Yes, he adds, he did like the people he interviewed, people the world saw as monsters. They're not "lily white," he quickly acknowledges, but "I found them endlessly interesting. Would I imagine myself becoming close friends with them? No. But I think they're all people, not monsters, and quite articulate. Lynndie included. The way she was described to me before the interview was, I would be talking to a person who, some said, at best was mentally challenged. She emerges as a person who is gone crazy, but she's there and she's quite articulate."
And back to the subject of pictures and words, there is one picture and three words that Morris returns to. A prisoner nicknamed "Gilligan" is covered by a floor-length black hood, placed atop a box, wires attached to his fingers, told to stand still. If he moved, he was told, he'd be electrocuted.
This photo is "the most notorious picture from Abu Ghraib, the iconic picture of abuse," Morris says. This was not deemed "criminal" during the military investigation. It was, he adds, his voice rising once again, "standard operating procedure."