Conversely, I think it's highly unlikely that they were ordered to do these things by anyone. Absence of orders is enough by itself to trigger this kind of treatment. I assume that the officers in charge knew this, and approved of what was going on, but can achieve plausible deniability by not having ordered any of it.
I assume that officer training includes mention of the Stanford experiment, so if the govt really wants to prevent this kind of thing in the future, the officers in charge should be prosecuted if it can be shown that they had been properly trained and were aware of what was going on. Not just if it can be shown that they ordered it.
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