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Aidan Delgado is an American attorney, author, and war veteran. His 2007 book The Sutras of Abu Ghraib detailed his experiences during his deployment in Iraq. He graduated from Georgetown Law in 2011.
Delgado was born on November 18, 1981. He is an American citizen and grew up in Thailand, Senegal and Egypt. His father served in the American diplomatic service. During his eight-year stay in Egypt, Delgado learned to speak Arabic. His family then moved to Florida, where he attended college.
He was deployed to Iraq in April 2003. Because of his development of Buddhist beliefs, he filed for conscientious objector status. He continued to serve in Iraq while his request was processed. In November 2003 his unit was redeployed to Abu Ghraib prison.
After the Army
In 2005, Delgado began giving public presentations about his experiences in Iraq. The Associated Press described it as a "grisly roadshow" that gives "a disturbing account of routine brutality that he [Delgado] claims he saw during his year in Iraq." His presentations resulted in military investigations from the 81st Regional Readiness Command and the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command.
In 2011, Delgado graduated from Georgetown Law.
In the media
- He appears in the film The Ground Truth by Focus Features and the revised edition of Rush to War.
- In February 2006, blues guitarist Robert Cray released a video for his song "Twenty," about the Iraq War, in which Delgado portrayed a soldier coming home.
- Delgado is one of the individuals featured in the documentary Soldiers of Conscience by Luna Productions, broadcast on PBS on October 16, 2008.
- THE SUTRAS OF ABU GHRAIB by Aidan Delgado. Kirkus Reviews.
- Herbert, Bob (May 2, 2005). "From 'Gook' to 'Raghead'". New York Times. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
- Hettena, Seth (2005-06-12). "Former Soldier Takes On A New Mission". Associated Press via the Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
- Hammond, Dewey (2007-08-05). "A Buddhist soldier at Abu Ghraib". San Francisco Chronicle.
- "Soldiers of Conscience". PBS. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
- Fleming, Scott (2005). "In Good Conscience". LiP Magazine and AlterNet. Archived from the original on 17 March 2007. Retrieved March 11, 2007.
- Mission Rejected: U. S. Soldiers Who Say No to Iraq, Chapter 11. Chelsea Green Publishing.
Select speeches and interviews