Camp Justice, formerly known as Camp Banzai, was renamed in the middle of September in 2004 as per an initiative to change the names of United States military bases in Iraq. A team of experts determined that “justice” is a friendlier word than “banzai.”
The original name proved to be prophetic, and extraordinarily appropriate: Camp Justice served as the location for Saddam Hussein’s execution in 2006, and in 2007 Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, Awad Hamed al-Bandar, and Taha Yassin Ramadan were all hanged.
In 2010, Saddam’s cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid—the infamous man known as Chemical Ali—was also hanged. The base served to support American interests in Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom.