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    Wednesday, September 21, 2005

    Lynndie England to Fight Charges of Prisoner Abuse

    Stardate 4589.5

    Remember this? This is Lynndie England with a detainee at Abu Ghraib prison. According to one soldier, this picture was meant as a training aid.

    "This is how you drag a naked and beaten prisoner around with a dog leash..."

    Well now, Army PFC Lynndie England, one of the last junior enlisted soldiers to be dealt with in court for Abu Ghraib abuses is going to fight the charges. Two other soldiers have been convicted and another six cut plea deals and received prison sentences of up to 8 years.

    How is she going to fight this you may ask? I am glad you did, because her new strategy is to use her history of mental health problems as an excuse for this atrocious inhuman behavior. Obviously, since she is mentally ill, she was easily seduced by Private Charles Granar, the supposed "ringleader" of the abusing soldiers into carrying out these unspeakable acts. He is also believed to be the father of her young son...

    She had already plead guilty in May to conspiracy, maltreating prisoners and committing an indecent act for a cap of 11 years in prison on her sentence but the judge threw the deal out and now they are back at it again. Back in January of 2004, she had already implicated herself in the abuse scandal. In my books, it's a done deal. She has admitted to the crimes, and has even plead guilty already. I seriously hope the judge does the correct thing and locks her up for a long time.

    So how does someone that has such obvious deep-rooted mental illnesses actually get into the army anyways?

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