Iraq’s Abu Ghraib Torture 7:00, 2004 (Ref: ME04411)


She’s the poster child for everything that’s wrong with America’s invasion of Iraq. Branded torturer and trailer trash after photos were broadcast around the world showing her allegedly abusing Iraqi soldiers. In 2004, Lynddie England went before a pre-trail hearing, which determined if she was to be court martialled – which is when this film was made. Private England claims she was only following orders. Private England was one of seven soldiers accused of horrific abuses at Abu Ghraib prison. She faced more than 13 counts of abusing prisoners, stemming from the possession of sexually explicit photographs and indecent acts but unrelated to the prisoners. England could face up to 38-years in prison if all charges are upheld. The soldiers involved say the photos were staged by intelligence agents to intimidate other prisoners. Since the scandal broke, Lynndie England, who is pregnant, has been assigned to a desk job at Fort Bragg. The report includes an exclusive interview with the prison commander at the time, Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, who says she has been used as a scapegoat. Other interviews include, England’s lawyer, her sister and family friends.