How to make it in the military.  Coco Fusco’s “A Field Guide for Female Interrogators.”

Similar to how 19th century female spies challenged American perceptions of women’s ability to serve in military capacities during the Civil War, the images of Lynndie England’s atrocious acts at Abu Ghraib forced America to face its gendered prejudices and reconcile women’s role in the military. Artist and writer Coco Fusco’s provocative book, A Field Guide for Female Interrogatorsexplores the ways that the US military has capitalized on the growing presence of women in its ranks.

Looking critically at the role performance plays in an interrogation room, Fusco explores the ways in which women are trained to wield power against an enemy POW. The image above comes from an illustrated manual in which Fusco hypothesizes the ways in which women’s sexuality can be strategically used in the interrogation room. 

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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.
—  Lynndie England, the soldier who appeared in several photos taken at Abu Ghraib prison, says she won’t apologize for the inmate abuse that took place there. [The Daily]

“Joyelle McSweeney’s ’A Wormhole for Leslie Cheung’ doesn’t so much answer this question as sustain the catastrophe of its utterance, siphoning off the breath of a world gone wrong. If a wormhole is a shortcut through time-space, Joyelle blasts open poetry’s four (or more) dimensions so they spiral in a noisy accrual of grief. The first four sections of the poem prepare us for the cosmic traversal of a starry-eyed fan’s leaky teen spirit: ‘into the Stygian makework’ we go like 'chemical gradients,’ 'stunk to high heaven’ in a 'wet dream’ whose ghosts flesh out porn. This is, as Genet put it, the violence of a bud bursting forth. Make way for a generous puncturing through densities and nodes. As quickly as 'WARP SPASM’ erects the speaker’s selfhood in the first person, her bounded depth becomes just another bombed-out surface. She scratches 'whatever pelt is nearest’ with self-obliterating hunger, stylized in the image of a tail-eating rodent, as weaponized as any whirlwind of anguish. Unholy trinities crystallize because of this mayhem, entangling the speaker, murdered child beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey, and Lynndie England of Abu Ghraib ill fame. But like a girl punk group chewed up and spit out by the culture, this nonreproductive triad only manages to beget a list of sugary products before the poem stops dead in its tracks.”

-Lucas de Lima on Joyelle McSweeney’s “A Wormhole For Leslie Cheung”

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Military justice: kill and torture OK, whistle-blowing, not so much

Pfc. Lynndie England: 1.5 years

Pfc. Lynndie England served 521 days for her crimes at Abu Ghraib prison, including conspiracy, maltreating detainees and committing an indecent act. England blatantly dehumanized and terrorized inmates. In the pictures she appears to have enjoyed it.

No prosecution for deaths of Gul Rahman and Manadel al-Jamadi

The CIA interrogator of Manadel al-Jamadi, the dead prisoner in the above photo, who was suspected of a bomb attack that killed 12 people at a Baghdad Red Cross facility, was never charged with a crime. In 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder said there would be no prosecutions for the deaths of al-Jamadi and another prisoner, Gul Rahman, who died while chained to a concrete wall in near-freezing temperatures in a secret CIA prison in northern Kabul.

Lt. William Calley: Less than 4 years


For the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam in March 1968, Calley was found guilty of the premeditated murder of 22 civilians. He was released on parole in Nov. 9, 1974.

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On Friday (19 April 2013) Baby George III, accompanied by his mommy, Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, went all the way to the West 50s to see two plays, one by the poetess Kathleen Ossip and another by the Fence authoress Joyelle McSweeney, presented by the Medicine Show Theatre.

Baby George was rather excited. He loves theatre. After all, he comes from the some country that William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe come from.

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