The January 2015 Smithsonian Magazine asks “Did Civil War vets suffer from PTSD?” which seems a progressive conceit from an arbitor of the accepted version of events. I think it’s useful to ask “Does a bear shit in the woods?” by which I mean, is it conceivable to you that bears don’t shit in the woods? Because your incredulity is critical. Apparently these days, history is written not by historians but by pollsters. Today the commonplace perception of history and science prevails as the dominant verdict. Whether Climate Change is real, or whether torture is torture, depends on how the public polls. Presumably truth being what we want it to be would poll favorably too.
DENVER, COLO- Well, you’ve almost missed the most compelling courtroom drama this side of television. Although even on TV you don’t see a judge having to repeatedly admonish the audience to refrain from reacting with audible incredulity at the clueless ambivalence, awkward dissembling, and brazen lies being told on the stand by sheriff deputies and their witnesses concerning the death of Marvin Booker, 56, in their custody on July 9, 2010. National law enforcement experts have been flown in to defend the Denver Sheriff’s Department policies. It’s been quite a laugh and the jury seems wise to the scheme. Closing arguments begin Friday. If you’ve followed the Denver Post coverage you can skip the next paragraph, but those who’ve been packing the federal courtroom these past three weeks can assure you, you haven’t been treated to the half of it.
NOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Not another war on Iraq! Not an intervention, not precision bombing, not saving a minority from massacre. If this rescue of Iraqis was about preventing a massacre, the US would be intervening with airstrikes against Israel. Last week President Obama admited that Bush-era CIA interrogation methods were torture. “We tortured some folks,” spoken with the same expectation of impunity as he now launches another illegal war.
American press hides away (for Obama) news about the Guantanamo concentration camp hunger strike now in its second month
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ The US propaganda system sure aids out in assisting the US government and US military in their continued torture of people who have been convicted of no crime, as is the case with many of the POWs (‘detainees’) held by the Pentagon on Cuban territory in its concentration camp placed there. Actually, these hunger strikes have been going on at Guantanamo for over a decade now, with the compliant US big corporate press hiding this fact away from the American public…
James Steele, Pentagon organizer of Iraqi torture and death squads, again exposed in new documentary
— Why is the horrible sectarian violence still continuing in Iraq today? A new documentary exposes how the US-Pentagon organizer (James Steele) of Iraq’s death squads post overthrow of Saddam Hussein began his campaign of Pentagon made torture squads in Vietnam, carried it forward into organizing Central America’s militaries’ death and torture squads as well, and now most recently into US troop occupied Iraq where the US war makers used Shia against Sunni residents. James Steele’s job was to organize Shia torture and death squads. This Pentagon soldier/thug’s legacy lives on ’till this day.
Zero Dark Thirty has critics protesting that torture shouldn’t be shown to work, instead of torture being wrong
Protest torture, don’t protest Zero Dark Thirty’s depiction of torture as working, even if the public account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden holds that it did not. Who’s your source for that, the CIA? No doubt countless plenty were tortured elsewhere in the actual narrative. How perverse for human rights groups to oppose torture based on it being ineffectual, instead of inhumane. Do you doubt torture works? Look at poor Bradley Manning, already pleading guilty. You’d think galvanizing the public against the horror of torture would be easier than trying to sell them a lie, that torture isn’t fiendishly effective. Remember the inane debate about what constitutes torture? That can be illustrated in less than a second, likewise its effectiveness. What sophistry. This is same patronizing social engineering which moralists envision to contort society to new-age morays expunged of sociopathic ills. Greed, slavery, war, genocide, all work perfectly well. That’s the problem
US efforts to extradite Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange and UK hacker Gary McKinnon, the latter thwarted today by UK courts, point to a puzzling question. Should it matter where accused are charged or tried if the US is looking for justice? The activities of both men are essentially curtailed by house arrest, so why is a timetable frustrated? Probably what the US can only achieve by extradition, where the public eye prevents CIA rendition, is INDEFINITE DETENTION. In American hands, that also includes psychologist-crafted “we don’t torture” torture. In effect, the Department of Justice has defined being within US borders as differential enough in the correctional scheme of things. House arrest in the UK is not a sufficient deterrent to would-be leakers and hackers apparently, US declared adversaries must be remanded to where the Empire already has its dissidents contained, in the custody of US borders.
The US government is always talking about Chinese human rights abuses, and China has begun to respond with discussing the US’s own bad situation where human rights abuses are also very widespread. Unfortunately most Americans themselves are unaware that this is so. Al jazeera has an important report about the US’s human rights abuses in its prisons where the use of torture is widespread. So, Americans… ‘WAKE UP!’ …An estimated 80,000 men, women and even children are being held in solitary confinement on any given day in US prisons. …The most abused segment of the US population? Blacks.
I think that it can be said that we have right now a deeply MENTALLY ILL society, and the military plays a giant role in why America as a country is so totally psychologically sick. See Waterboarding Charges Against Delaware Doctor Who Tortured Young Daughter.
They keep piling it on against Syria. Human Rights Watch declared that SYRIA’S state-sanctioned torture constitutes a “crime against humanity” but not when America does it. SYRIA’S “torture centers” stink, not ours. ITS chemical weapons stockpile is a threat, not ours. ITS pilots and military commanders are defecting, alas, not ours. The pre-game show for the War on Syria isn’t even a remake of the Iraq or Libya war of aggression, it’s a rerun. Syrian Curveballs are whispering about unspeakable tortures called “Basat al reeh”, “Dulab” and “Falaqa”, failing to mention they got them from the Guantanamo manuals. Not only is Human Rights Watch silent about American torture, it ignores explosion of crimes against humanity which have resulted from the Western intervention into Libya.
The hunger strike continues… In photos: widespread solidarity with hunger striking Palestinian prisoners …NOTE how Israelis use solitary confinement to torture POWs just exactly how the Pentagon does. Volatile Situation as Hunger Strikers near Death.
Americans are always in a rush to go bomb countries, arrest people, torture people and treat its illegal immigrants like criminals and trash. Why are Americans so busy trying to jail innocent people rather than go against the real criminals? Is it because they are plain ignorant or because they don’t believe they can fight against such an oppressive gang of thugs. Maybe this type of quote is what Americans take to be sound advice: “If you can’t beat them. Join them” ― Jim Henson, Jim Henson’s Storyteller
The US government and its military have a long history of torturing and murdering POWs held by its soldiers and their allies, and 14 of Osama bin Laden’s family are now being held incognito in a Pakistani military jail. Are these three women plus their eight children and the other three relatives being tortured at this time? Osama's wives, kids remanded in judicial custody for 9 days. I definitely would not rule it out at all as the US military consistently breaks international law in the commission of all its various foreign occupations and wars. Torturing the family members of Osama bin Laden, all done supposedly to gather vital information, is exactly the type of atrocity that one can expect from ‘our’ government’s thugs.
“…We should never, as a policy, maltreat people under our control, detainees. We tortured people unmercifully. We probably murdered dozens of them during the course of that, both the armed forces and the C.I.A.” – US Army General Barry McCaffrey commenting on US television in 2009 about US Army troops in Iraq.
By now, the propaganda machine in capitalist society world wide has begun its coverup of the real truth about the Honduran prison gulags. Almost 360 burned alive in a fire at a prison system where it WAS NOT the first time the Honduran police authorities have burned prisoners alive, hundreds who never were even convicted at all in this most recent case. But the corporate media is keeping the lid well down on the news that this burning alive of Honduran prisoners has happened in Honduras before, and in each case there is much educated speculation that the Far Right governmental authorities have been deliberately killing people in this horrible manner. See Honduras prison fire: Tragedy repeats itself.
This poster says it all, doesn’t it? Between “Never” & “Forget” are the Twin Towers framed by a Pentagon. Then there’s Dumbass & Dumbo, the TSA grope, the GI thumbs up trophy snapshot, Abu Ghraib torture, Guantanamo illegal detention, and to silence those who would complain, the militarized riot police. All smiles. 9/11 Let’s Roll!
The execution in a Jail Cell in Denver, unacceptable… except, of course, to the Police and Judiciary and Social “leaders” in Denver. And the Feds who would have the task of prosecuting Civil Rights violations like, say, tasering and beating a handcuffed victim to death.
If the FBI and the “justice” Department gave any more of a shit about the lives of people they’re paid to protect than the other Pigs do. The murdered man in question was a Homeless Street Preacher, had the same occupation as Jesus. Who was also homeless, by the way
So why wouldn’t the Churches be outraged by this? You know, like the Third Self-Righteous Church of Denver with the Right Reverend P. Ompousass preaching conformity and obedience to the Police State? The question answers itself…
March against police terror! March for Marvin, Oleg, and all the victims!
So, what happens when we do WORSE than behead somebody? Say, for instance, gut-shoot a third-world person knowing full well that the only place in town which can treat an abdominal wound is a hospital associated with whatever torture regime we’re propping up, or a US Military Hospital who will patch the dude up and then turn him over to somebody like the Saigon Torture Regime? Which is what these rifles were designed for doing. Not for a humane quick kill.
Cancelled a planned appearance for fear of being arrested for Torture and other heinous crimes. Too bad the CSPD and prosecutor don’t have the BALLS to file similar charges against the Über-VerBrecher and instead are giving him a Medal for being such an upstanding Christian Hero. Like Vlad Dracula.
I wonder if they’re going to serve Peasant under glass or merely fried Baby Nuggets? He’s said to be extremely partial to baby roasted in Napalm or White Phosphorus …
If it’s the nutsack or the sponsor, it’s a big one… Baby Doc Duvalier in Haiti called for national reconciliation, said he only came back to help Haiti How very noble, but a better help would be for him to send back the money he stole, YEARS AGO, taken the entire responsibility for Haiti’s national debt instead of causing the debt with the aforementioned taking out all the money.… Failing that, he COULD have sent the money back immediately after the earthquake… and kept his sorry worthless ass in exile. Instead he parks himself in the middle of a disputed election, why? Is he really that much of a narcissist that he believes himself the Savior of Haiti? The current judiciary in Haiti, probably going to change after the election Especially if Baby-Doc gets back in power is charging him with theft and corruption.
Is that disrespectful? IS THAT BEING TOO IMPOLITE? Is that showing INSUFFICIENT DEFERENCE TO THE TORTURER-IN-CHIEF? –who promised to close Guantanamo two years earlier but avers now because he was not allocated the funds to lock-up the prisoners elsewhere, or can’t find courts for his kangaroos, because this president thinks don’t do illegal detention, rendition and torture means don’t do it where we can see you. CLOSE IT. Take Gitmo’s remaining operating budget and fly the whole camp home. THEN, then hold a huge gala fundraiser, several million dollars a plate, where all your warmonger and torture cronies and their spouses can hold a raffle for one lucky couple to MAYBE be granted amnesty against charges of war crimes. How’s that for an exit strategy? Last chance. THEN take the sum raised as an offering to the freed detainees, prostrate yourself to beg their forgiveness –how could you not mean it?– and dare not begrudge even one of the unfortunate souls who might demand your heads on a platter in the bargain. IN THE MEANTIME, I’ll think on whether I’m showing disrespect.
The Arizona State police are running cover for the Murdering Scum Minutemen who killed among others Raul and Briseña Flores, father and 9 year old Daughter, both of them American. The PIGS are parroting the unproved Racist Minutemen accusation that Raul was a drug dealer. Easy to do when the accused is Dead.
The Racists who did that, the Racists who cover for them, are the same Racist TeaBags who are leading the charge against freedom of Religion, having killed one person, at least, burned at least one Community Center in Murfreesboro Tennessee, an assault on a darker-skinned construction worker at the ground zero memorial, because he was wearing a Rastafarian tee-shirt. Rastafarian is a Christian sect., but they say he “looked” muslim so it’s all right.
And, it doesn’t stop with simple assaults, arsons and murders. There’s also the notion of giving the PIGS even MORE powers to arrest people simply for being “different”. Which is a violent act.
The youngest prisoner at Guantanamo was arrested when he was 15, for defending his home.
Remember that propaganda film “Red Dawn” where a heroic group of Boy Scouts form a resistance movement against the Communist Invaders? Yeah. Only the roles are reversed, the kids who were propagandized by that bloodthirsty movie in the 80s are now senior officers at the Pentagon, at Guantanamo, at Bagram, “advisors” at Abu Ghraib and other Torture Centers, teaching Other Perverted Sexual Predators how to do their Sadistic Rapes and get away with it. The kids fighting back against an invasion of THEIR homelands by Totalitarian Corporate Conquerors, are swarthy of skin, often (but not always) Muslim of faith and thus branded as Terrorists for not bowing to their “rightful masters”.
How about it, Pervs? Need a job which matches your hobby? Join the U.S. Military Police.
I bet the Green Berets and Marines will do some fancy Custom Shopping for your victims, just give them the age and gender of your preference and they’ll go out and snag you a 90 or 10 year old male “terrorist” or a 70 or 7 year old female “insurgent”.
Once you get past the notion that hurting people is FUN in the sickest kind of way, what difference would any of those petty details make, like the number of digits in their age? The military and their Iraqi and Afghan and other Puppet State “security forces” kill the kids even as young as newborns, daily.
What can compare to the thrill of killing babies, shooting 92 year old grandfathers in their beds? Torture!
Torture Kids, torture grown-ups, take videos of it and if you do a special good job of it Bush and Cheney will pay extra for the Torture Porn videos. Maybe give you a “special private audience” (sngt sngt sngt tee hee) The suspicion is that the current president gets off to it as well…
Dance first, THEN piss…(mustn’t get our shoes all wet and stinky)