Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

Orders

Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

Orders

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General Order Number One, Para 5, Art K: no possession, displaying or creating of sexually explicit material. I won't ask about that last part. It's beside the point; orders are orders. So when the order came down for me to personally inspect every living container for pornography, I called for all sergeants to come to my room. I told them they had a one hour amnesty period before I would check all living containers for pornography. If the soldiers have any porn, I said, put it in a garbage bag and leave it in front of my room. No questions asked. Exactly one hour later I went into the living containers. "Open this, unlock that," I said acting like I was looking for something. When I got back to my room there was a sergeant standing guard over two full garbage bags. Inside were magazines and DVDs, most of it in Arabic. …

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