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ITOW lecture series continues with army psychologist

The 2011 lecture series at the In Their Own Words (ITOW) Veterans Museum in Perham continues with nationally-known Col. (Ret.) Larry C. James, author of "Fixing Hell: An Army Psychologist Confronts Abu Ghraib" on Friday, July 1 at 7 p.m.

In April 2008, the world was shocked by the brutal pictures of beatings, dog attacks, sex acts and the torture of prisoners held at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. As the story broke and the world began to learn about the extent of the horrors that occurred there, the U.S. Army dispatched Colonel Larry James with an overwhelming assignment: to dissect the catastrophe, fix it, and prevent it from being repeated.

A veteran of deployments to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and a nationally well-known and respected Army psychologist, James's expertise made him the one individual capable of taking on this enormous task. In his book "Fixing Hell," readers see the tightrope that military personnel must walk while fighting in the still new battlefield of the war on terror: the challenge of serving as both a doctor/healer and combatant soldier; and what can--and must--be done to ensure that interrogations are safe, moral, and effective.

In his book, James debunks many of the false stories and myths surrounding the actions of American soldiers at both Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, and he reveals examples of our men and women in uniform striving to serve with honor and integrity in the face of extreme hardship and danger.

The 2011 lecture series at the ITOW Museum is free and open to the public. Seat reservations are advised. For more information, or to reserve a seat, call 218-346-7678. The ITOW Veterans Museum is located at 805 West Main Street in Perham.