Ghosts of Abu Ghraib: Lynndie England

The woman at the centre of torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq speaks out…


US soldier with an Iraqi colleague in Abu Ghraib, Iraq, 2009 © Army Medicine


Eight years have now passed since the Abu Ghraib scandal erupted around the world, and seriously threatened the war effort of the United States in the country. Lynndie England, co-conspirator and partner of Abu Ghraib’s ringleader Charles Graner, would be become the poster-girl for the worst abuses of the US army.

Now, in an interview with The Daily, she has spoken about her actions and her life since. Her most striking assertion is her apparent lack of sympathy or remorse for her victims:

Their lives are better. They got the better end of the deal,

They weren’t innocent. They’re trying to kill us, and you want me to apologize to them? It’s like saying sorry to the enemy.

In a view that bears much similarity to modern day justifications for mistreatment in Guantanamo Bay, she also seems certain of the guilt of men who had yet to be tried and convicted:

All the prisoners that were there were on that tier of high-priority. They were there for a reason. They had killed coalition forces or they were planning to,

They had information about where insurgents were hiding.

England now lives close to where she grew up in West Virginia, struggling to find work, and paranoid that at some point, someone will come to exact revenge for her actions.

A single mother, she’s bringing up her son Carter, conceived in Iraq with her estranged former lover; chief Abu Ghraib torturer, Charles Graner.

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