Ithaca College Quarterly 2005/1
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Seymour Hersh

Without Seymour M. Hersh's investigative reporting, the world may not have learned about the true nature of Abu Ghraib, the U.S. military prison in Iraq. Hersh first broke the prison scandals story in a series of articles for the New Yorker magazine. He first made his name in 1969 when reporting on the My Lai massacre in Vietnam.

Winner of many journalistic awards and author of numerous books, including the recent Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib, Hersh was one of two Ithaca College 2004-5 Park Distinguished Speakers (the other was author and scientist John Seely Brown).

During his two-day visit in March, Hersh held sessions with faculty, students, and staff. In the introduction to his public address, Dianne Lynch, dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications, described Hersh as one of the "the nation's most important speakers and social critics." During the talk Hersh said that U.S. citizens don't know half of what's going on in Iraq because the Bush administration controls the media's access to information. "The history of this time is going to be very rough on the journalists," he said during the question-and-answer segment following his lecture.

Hersh also spoke about the consequences of war. "Bombing worries me," he said. "It's a very imperfect solution. Bombs never go where they're aimed, and, you know, there are people beneath the bombs."

Read the text of Seymour Hersh's speech at Ithaca College, March 25, 2005: "Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib."

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