"Black Glasses Like Clark Kent"
January 8, 2012 9:55 AM Subscribe
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In 2004, the Abu Ghraib prison scandal broke
. Author Terese Svoboda
's uncle checks into a pyschiatric ward.
Her uncle Don - a successful, prosperous and charming extrovert, in the golden years of life - has plunged into a deep depression, triggered apparently by the publicity surrounding Abu Ghraib.
Terese Svoboda's father begins to illuminate the situation: her uncle was an MP in occupied Japan, working at a military prison housing wayward GI's. Although she views it as a nusiance, she agrees to try to write his story. Her uncle then begins sending her audio recordings on cassette, of his memories of his time in occupied Japan.
The final tape is blank, save for recorded exerpts of a radio program on Abu Ghraib. Her uncle then puts a shotgun into his mouth.
Ms. Svoboda then beings to dig: her uncle has planted a secret, and she is driven to try to find out what was really going on over there, to confirm the details he provided, to try to understand what drove him to suicide.
The resulting book is entitled Black Glasses Like Clark Kent
When all is said and done, the smoking gun is ephemeral. What emerges is a picture
of the occupation, where allied soliders conducted themselves with carte blanche capacity to do anything they saw fit to do, under a blanket of press censorship; of one where military justice was asymmetrically applied to african americans; one where executions were quietly carried out and largely undocumented.