Monster Guarding Me
By T Lee Dibble II Reader Comment
Yesterday a prison guard, an employee of the State of Illinois hired to protect the public from dangerous criminals, stood outside of my cell with a prideful look in his eyes, and boasted to my cellmate and me how he, while serving his latest tour in Afghanistan as a U.S. Soldier, shot and killed two human beings... or as he so candidly put it: "got two of ‘em for ya," like this was something I was into. Sensing that he had captured my full attention with his unsolicited revelation, he then proceeded to display the full range of his bloodlust by further bragging about how one of the Afghan men, whom he killed, "turban had spun off his head" as his head exploded from the bullets that he put in it. I was speechless.
Regarding the American Criminal Just-us System, most citizens believe that everyone gets a fair shake, only guilty people are in prison, the system is fair, and all that dreamy stuff. Let's see, I make a mistake while on drugs when I was 19 years old, I'm thrown away with a life sentence in prison. But the man in the prison uniform, who is supposed to be guarding society from me, is bragging to me about killing two human beings with pleasure?!?!? That 19 year old kid (whose mistake was being with the wrong people at the wrong time) doesn't even exist today, and to think, this boastful murderer is guarding me. The public is being fooled. The actual monsters are out there among society guarding them from men in prison, such as myself, who wake up each day making conscious efforts to prove the ''MONSTER'' label wrong and rehabilitate themselves in a place that offers nothing but negativity.
I'm doing LIFE for a 30 second lapse in good judgment while high on drugs, and this dude in a prison guard uniform is bragging to me on the other side of these bars about killing two human beings?!?! Are you serious?!?!
WHO'S GUARDING SOCIETY FROM THE PRISON GUARD???