Lynndie England holding a leash attached to a prisoner, known to the guards as "Gus"
Kyle Twite's insight:
This photo shows a guard dragging around a prisoner on a leash. The guard in this photo was one of the 11 or so soldiers and officers that were charged with the abuse and torture. One somewhat horrifying things to note is that this is one of the least graphic photos on the Abu Ghraib issue.
The ACLU human rights organization that attempts to bring to light injustices and get them to court. Their main goals are to protect your First Amendment rights, your right to equal protection under the law, right to due process, and your right to privacy. They also try to protect others, "The ACLU also works to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; prisoners; and people with disabilities."
The article describes many small forms of resistance throughout WWII. First, there was a movement inside Nazi Germany to attempt to assassinate Hitler, which failed, and is what the movie Valkyrie. Next it describes the resistance in France, which consisted of killing informers, raiding German military facilities, and sabotaging rail lines. In the eastern front of Germany, many rebellions happened in Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Greece, and Poland, yet were suppressed with violence and brutality. In Germany it self, many people spiritually resisted the Nazis, refusing to fight in the army, and organizing illegal religious study in the concentration camps. Finally people resisted non-violently by simply listening to allied radio, or reading anti-Nazi newspaper.
This region of Europe is the setting of my book Resistance. It starts in Paris, France, the red/pink/mix country. Then once she is captured by the Germans, she is put into a camp in Germany, the yellow paleish country.
This image of a prisoner being tortured has become internationally famous
Kyle Twite's insight:
This photo is another example of the Abu Ghraib torture. This is one of the photos that made the Abu Ghraib Scandal infamous around the world. The prisoner in this photo appears to be getting electrocuted due to the wires attached to his hands. A horrifying thing to note that this can be very lethal, as the electricity would be running through your heart, and can cause it to stop.
The article tells of how prison inmates in the United States were treated horribly for several years while being hidden from public view. It shows how that many prison in America have been found to be abusing the prisoners. "at Pelican Bay Prison in California, and concluded the violence “appears to be open, acknowledged, tolerated and sometimes expressly approved” by high ranking corrections officials." It goes on to say that "In recent years, U.S. prison inmates have been beaten with fists and batons, stomped on, kicked, shot, stunned with electronic devices, doused with chemical sprays, choked, and slammed face first onto concrete floors" by the guards.
Resistance: A Frenchwoman's Journal of the War [Agnes Humbert, Barbara Mellor] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A real-life Suite Française, this riveting diary by a key female member of the French Resistance in WWII is translated into English for the first time.Agnès Humbert was an art historian in Paris during the German occupation in 1940. Though she might well have weathered the oppressive regime
Kyle Twite's insight:
The story starts with Agnes, age 55, In Paris June 7th 1940, several days before the invasion of Paris, being a well respected curator of Musee National des Arts et Traditions Popularies, Palais de Chaillot. She describes them pack up and moving almost all of the museum's pieces and the overall attitude of Paris at that time. She is forced to flee Paris for a bit, then is called back to the museum, and finds that everything has changed. Agnes talks with Jean Cassou and together with several other people they started a newspaper that they hoped would provide hope for any french resistance. Ten months after they started it, the group was betrayed to the Germans and most of its members were arrested. Agnes was sent to a prison at Cherche-Midi where she works pretty much as a slave laborer in a rayon factory. In the prison, she learns about how the Germans in the prison have it just as bad, many of them having committed no crimes. During her time in prison, she sees the horrible treatment of the people there. Eventually she is freed by the allies, and then helps with organizing the newly freed prisoners. She even treats her previous captors fairly, even defending them from others.
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