This series of illustrations is a way of imagining that Lynndie England–the young soldier who bore the public face of Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse–had an alternative role in an alternative military. In this world, Lynddie is a free agent. The voices of higher authority responsible for the brutality of Abu Ghraib have been excorcized and replaced by with her own inner autonomy. Here, Lynndie uses her personal agency to wreak havoc and revenge straight to the grandfather of terrorism porn, D.W. Griffith.

“Fair is Fair!” – Billy Jean Davy

operation detachment, 2006
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