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While several books have been written about Abu Ghraib and the prisoner abuses that took place during the Ira War to date none of the key players in this drama have given a full account of what transpired at the prison between October and December of 2003 That is until now In this book TORTURED Lynndie England Abu Ghraib and the Photographs that Shocked the World LYNNDIE ENGLAND'S ONLY AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY author Gary Winkler tells all In addition to revealing the young Army Reservist's thoughts and feelings about her role in the abuse the author delves deeper into England's twisted relationship with Corporal Charles Graner the uestionable conduct of the war and the Bush era torture policies that contributed to the culture of abuse that came to exist at the Abu Ghraib prison in Ira


11 thoughts on “TORTURED Lynndie England Abu Ghraib and the Photographs that Shocked the World

  1. says:

    I'm not particularly impressed with this one although I moved heaven and earth to get a copy It turns out that the freuent spelling mistakes and the sometimes hilarious typos I was balling my eyes out holding Carter p 234 does not refer to anything sexual were the most interesting part of the book insofar as holding your attention is concernedTo start out with I don't believe this book was objectively written I got the impression that Lynndie England might be the only famous or infamous person of Mr Winkler's acuaintance and he decided to capitalize on that acuaintanceship by writing her story He jumps back and forth during the introductory stages of the book with uotes from one relative hard on the heels of a uote from another relative or friend; it was like he was at an England family reunion taking note of accolades given by a group of Lynndie fans I guess what I'm getting at is that if there was anything odious in Lynndie England's nature we wouldn't hear that from Mr Winkler The book touches too lightly on the crimes and excesses committed by American soldiers on the inmates of the American detention facility at Abu Ghraib Ira The soldiers most of whom were Military Police reservists were operating under the apparent instructions of Military Intelligence and Other Government Agencies as well as civilian contractors England herself was not a Military Policewoman; apparently she attended the jail on her time off to socialize and pose for photos with naked Irais Now these Irais are not all insurgents how can you be an insurgent when in your own country and opposing an invader? None had apparently been charged with anything Some of them weren't even suspects having been rounded up in sweeps yet they were denied basic human comforts and necessities insulted degraded tortured and sometimes killed by their keepersWhat I did get from this book is the feeling that the US Army unit at Abu Ghraib was out of control who puts reservists in charge of anything? Everyone knows that's a recipe for disaster all by itself Why were civilian agencies giving instructions to military personnel to soften up suspects for interrogation? Why were the senior NCOs not charging enlisted personnel for their excesses? Where were the officers? Why was a Corporal in charge of any goddam thing never mind a range of prisoners? Why is the US Army hiring recruits who were special needs students? The uestions are endless but there is only one answer We didn't know any better We had no orders There is a uick and easy retort to this everyone knows that torture is unlawful and one of the first things taught to a soldier in basic is that they are not obliged to obey any order which is manifestly unlawfulEngland herself does not get any sympathy at least from this reader She threw over a perfectly viable marriage in order to cavort with Cpl Graner her military superior and eventually her co accused At no time does she ever really get around to realizing that this guy is no good for her Personally I think it should have dawned early in the relationship when the guy showed her dad the photos of their sexual antics She has a tendency never to accept responsibility for anything always producing excuses she was a special needs student she didn't know it was wrong Graner told her to do it she had no instructionyou get the picture And the whining is enough to make you hurl I can't imagine where she got the sand to complain that her trial was inconveniencing her because she couldn't visit her folks and get on with her life and if she was convicted of a felony she couldn't hunt turkeys Very little remorse is forthcoming regarding the detainees who suffered mistreatment at Abu GhraibThat being said England and the other co accused are scapegoats in the end A situation like Abu Ghraib can only occur when the upper echelon are neglecting the obligation to ensure that regulations are enforced but people such as these are hard to nail down; in the end the common soldiery will have to bear the brunt of criticism Predictably the only corrective action taken resulted in a number of lower ranking military members being tried before courts martial Turds roll downhill and no one was lower in the valley than England and her buddies in the reserve MP unit They ended up in disgrace while the officers who should have been in control were unscathed by judicial censure The poet summed it up when he said Men crown the knave and scourge the tool that did his will


  2. says:

    Interesting and Somewhat Subjective View on the Victimization of Lynndie England March 8 2011Honestly years ago one of the last things I wanted to do was read about the face of the Abu Ghraib scandal The media after all had sufficiently done its typical over the top saturation coverage of the issue and I felt I really didn't need any information on the topic Compounding my initial sentiment was the disgust I felt over the mere possibility that a few irresponsible idiots and a camera may have augmented an already incendiary situation in Ira that resulted in unnecessary American deaths However now that several years have passed and the dust has somewhat settled since the Abu Ghraib scandal was first covered I was receptive to read about one the scandal's major players the leash girl herself Lynndie England I picked up Gary Winkler's book Tortured in an effort to learn about the rationale if not the excuses of the soldier that became synonymous with Abu Ghraib The media's angle in reporting the issue seemed politically motivated than honest overview of events Although Winkler does provide an introspective look at the life of Lynndie England the book left me with mixed feelings the most prominent is that England is portrayed as a victim at almost every step of her life Additionally there are two points the reader may want to know beforehand First the book is the only authorized biography of Lynndie England and second the author is known for his works on West Virginian culture Lynndie England is from West Virginia I felt these two points factored in dictating the tone of the book Tortured teases the reader by starting with England being detained by the military in Ira for undisclosed reasons before taking us back to the very beginning England's childhood in West Virginia From the start Winkler preps the reader with a variety of victim related issues that could be used to justify her behavior whether it be her family's financial despair a hard living deep woods country environment or early childhood developmental issues that she eventually overcame in high school This section of the book is rather interesting as we get a glimpse of Lynndie England outside the military an innocent country girl striving to be the first in her family to go to college The desire to be a meteorologist and the college degree it would reuire leads England to enlist in the US Army a patriotic decision with a GI Bill benefit Portrayed as being young naïve and somewhat gullible her life seems rather innocent and predictable to a degree Enter Charles Graner the ex Marine reservist who is portrayed as the devil in disguise from the moment he is introduced in the book Almost immediately Winkler portrays England as prey to the predatory Graner who snakesg her away from the hometown boy she married prior to active duty What follows are a series of bad behavior incidents and the start of England's disdain for the military's rules of conduct Before long the innocent West Virginian appears to be spellbound by Graner who can apparently coax her into anything not that she was an unwilling accomplice Upon deploying to Ira as part of an MP detachment assigned to guard prisoners we get a continued dose of England's and Graner's improper conduct and how it meshes with the military's vague policy on handling non combatant prisoners It is at this point I realized the not so subtle victimization of Lynndie England at the hands of the US Government Although the book does not shy away from describing the actions associated with the infamous photos of Abu Ghraib they are tempered with England's rationaleexcuses and the author's steady injection of uestionable US foreign policy all of which seem to indicate the abuse of prisoners was almost unavoidable I do give credit to the author for including the incriminating photos which allows the reader to see the delight on England's face while participating in the prisoner abuse The pictures alone seem to contradict her somber attempt to explain the situation But by providing the visual evidence of the abuse with England's explanation the author allows the reader to ultimately decide which speaks of the truth the Lynndie England in the photos or the Lynndie England facing the conseuences of those photos The last third of the book is devoted to Lynndie England's fate personally and professionally It is not difficult for the reader to empathize with the difficulties she faces at this particular moment the burden of carrying and giving birth to a child fathered by an indifferent Charles Graner discovering Graner's infidelity with a fellow soldierfriend the death of a beloved aunt the hate mail received by she and her family her parents' divorce the likelihood of serving a prison sentence as the mother of an infant child and being booted from the Army Wilder however does not paint England to be a victim this time she portrayed as a survivor Whether right or wrong Lynndie England became the face of Abu Ghraib even though others share as much if not of the blame While I found Gary Wilder's book to be both interesting and informative; I also found it a little too subjective and coddling at times I feel Wilder paints England to be a victim of circumstance throughout the book developmental issues as a child blind follower to Charles Graner the Bush Administration's strategy in Ira etc and the reader is somewhat prodded to focus on other people and issues as the reason for her behavior in Ira While the book is not an attempt to exonerate Lynndie England's actions it appears to be an attempt to garner empathy if not sympathy for her Is England a victim or a deviant? While Wilder's words may support one side the pictures themselves support the other ultimately it is up to the reader to decide


  3. says:

    Yes these soldiers were responsible for the abuse of the prisoners under their care and it is right that they were prosecuted for their role in this atrocity However the book does show that military justice is anything but just The highest ranking soldier charged was a staff sergeant There is no way that these soldiers managed to abuse these prisoners without the knowledge and probably instruction from the MI CIA and their own MP officers at the prison The injustice is that none of these officers have had to face any form of censure or justice


  4. says:

    ok good