England Points Upwards

From Holden:

The responsibility for the torture and abuse of detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan and Iraq lies at the very top levels of the Pentagon and the Bush assministration.

Lynndie England’s lawyers are finally pointing us in the right direction.

Army Pfc. Lynndie R. England, who appeared in iconic photos from the Abu Ghraib prison that shocked the world, is a “compliant personality” who abused Iraqi prisoners because military superiors told her to, her defense lawyer told a military jury Wednesday.

In his opening statement to the all-male jury of five officers, England’s lawyer, Capt. Jonathan Crisp, sought to shift the blame for the Abu Ghraib abuses from the young reservist of Fort Ashby, W.Va., to the Army. Crisp noted that the service recruited England despite her lifelong struggle with mental and learning disorders, and assigned her to one of the world’s most dangerous prisons even though she lacked training in police work or corrections.