'We Were Just Pawns:' Lynndie England
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2009 2:06 PM CDT
Lynndie England arrives for a pretrial hearing at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2005.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Lynndie England is trying to rebuild some semblance of a normal life, but her past continues to haunt her, she tells the AP. “It’s my face that's always recognized,” the former Army Reservist and poster child for Abu Ghraib abuse said of trying to get a job—or even just going to the store. “I can't really change that.” England has been unemployed since she got out of prison. “I sit at home all day.”

England hopes a new biography of her by a local West Virginia author will the change public opinion of her part in the Abu Ghraib scandal. “They think that I was like this evil torturer,” she complains. “I wasn't. People don't realize I was just in a photo for a split second in time.” Bigger fish are to blame for the abuse, England argues. “We were just pawns. People were just playing us.”