Posts tagged torture
Posts tagged torture
The Irish government has admitted that it was in collusion with laundries operated by religious congregations which kept generations of women enslaved.
Prime Minister Enda Kenny failed to issue a formal apology. Just hearing about the Magdalene laundries, which operated from 1922 until as late as 1996, suggests that Kenny and the Irish government have yet to grasp the suffering of so many innocent women and of their families. Once taken to the workhouses — 60-year-old survivor Maureen Sullivan recalls that she was taken to one directly from school in a laundry van — all the women were given different names by the god damn, god fearing souless nuns, on the pretext that such would protect their privacy.
As Sullivan tells the Guardian, she was physically and verbally abused for “infractions” of nothing more than not walking fast enough around the laundry:
“There was physical abuse where they would dig you in the side with a sacred torture stick, aka, a thick cross of the rosary beads, where you got a thump on the side of the head and where there would be constant putting you down, shouting, verbal abuse. You got the cross in the side of the ribs if you slowed down on your way around the laundry.
“[The nuns, aka, god fearing sexually dysfunctional state supported celibate sadists] ate very well while we were on dripping, tea, bread. I remember another torture – one when we were all hungry – we could smell the likes of roast beef and cooked chicken wafting from where the nuns were eating. That was like another insult.
Hell is on Earth, and most of hell is created by the pious religious piss suckers for those that are vulnerable. Religion is the disease that defines the human race.
In the United States, the dominant narrative about the use of drones in Pakistan is of a surgically precise and effective tool that makes the U.S. safer by enabling “targeted killing” of terrorists, with minimal downsides or collateral impacts.
This narrative is false.
Those are the understated opening words of a disturbing, though unsurprising, nine-month study of the Obama administration’s official, yet unacknowledged, remote-controlled bombing campaign in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan, near Afghanistan. The report, “Living Under Drones,” is a joint effort by the New York University School of Law’s Global Justice Clinic and Stanford Law School’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic.
The NYU/Stanford report goes beyond reporting estimates of the civilian casualties inflicted by the deadly and illegal U.S. campaign. It also documents the hell the Pakistanis endure under President Barack Obama’s policy, which includes a “kill list” from which he personally selects targets. That hell shouldn’t be hard to imagine. Picture yourself living in an area routinely visited from the air by pilotless aircraft carrying Hellfire missiles. This policy is hardly calculated to win friends for the United States.
When Barack Obama took office, he was the civil liberties communities’ great hope. Obama, a former constitutional law professor, pledged to shutter the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and run a transparent and open government. But he has become a civil libertarian’s nightmare: a supposedly liberal president who instead has expanded and fortified many of the Bush administration’s worst policies, lending bipartisan support for a more intrusive and authoritarian federal government.
It started with the 9/11 attacks. Within a week, Congress, including many liberals, gave the White House blanket authority to wage a war on the terrorists. A month after that, Congress passed the USA Patriot Act, authorizing many anti-terrorism measure including expanded surveillance. By mid-November, the White House ordered creation of military tribunals to try terrorists who were not U.S. citizens.
Bush quickly expanded covert operations, creating a shadow arrest, interrogation and detention system based at Guantanamo that violated international law and evaded domestic oversight. While the Supreme Court eventually ruled that detainees have some rights, the precedent that the Constitution does not restrict how a president conducts an endless war against a stateless enemy was firmly planted. In response, groups like the American Civil Liberties Union proposed reforms the newly elected president could make. What few anticipated was how he would embrace, expand and institutionalize many of Bush’s war on terror excesses.
President Obama now has power that Bush never had. Foremost is he can (and has) ordered the killing of U.S. citizens abroad who are deemed terrorists. Like Bush, he has asked the Justice Department to draft secret memos authorizing his actions without going before a federal court or disclosing them. Obama has continued indefinite detentions at Gitmo, but also brought the policy ashore by signing the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which authorizes the military to arrest and indefinitely detain anyone suspected of assisting terrorists, even citizens. That policy, codifying how the Bush administration treated Jose Padilla, a citizen who was arrested in a bomb plot after landing at a Chicago airport in 2002 and was transferred from civil to military custody, upends the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878’s ban on domestic military deployment.
FGM can cause long-term severe physical, psychological and sexual problems for girls and women subjected to it and is a violation of their human rights. As Care2 blogger Judy Molland has written, FGM also “reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children.”
Despite a fierce campaign to stop the measure, Iowa became the first state Friday to officially make it a crime to enter a farming operation with the intent to secretly videotape animal abuse. Undercover footage filmed by animal rights groups during the past several years have been instrumental in exposing cases of cruelty to farm animals.
Obama is a catastrophic failure at honesty. Our President feigns ignorance condescendingly and disgustingly to the fact that he is a willing collaborator in a Police State that has about as much resemblance to a Democracy as the Third Reich. America has evaporated, and these bastards we the corporations put in office lie to the people as if the people have to listen to lies and believe the lies, as if it is unimportant to behave honestly towards the people and as if the only reason we the people exist is to be the recipient of a lie, as if that were our job, to be lied to. We the people are not these avaricious legislatwhores pathetic children to be condescended to and set aside as unimportant. This is our country, America belongs to the 99% and not to those greedy, wealthy, pompous asses that subjugate and prey upon the people. The 1% are thieves, well dressed, haughty and articulate thieves, but nonetheless thieves.
The United States Government revels so majestically (not really) in its grand superiority amongst the nations of the world. A cowardly, duplicitous, two faced plutocratic moron that scratches its ass with the same finger it picks its teeth might, one would hope, at least know that such gifted behavior would appear damn disgusting to others. Politicians in the White House and Department of Justices behavior towards Bradley Manning is barbaric in any century and insane in its level of slow, prolonged, distracted torture, medieval torture of a decent concerned human being. The people expect more respect from leaders for the rule of law: a fast and speedy trial is a constitutional right, not a fucking privilege to be obviated by any officious ass, including a presidential ass.
Both Eric Holder and Barrack Obama should be summarily executed as enemies of the United States Constitution and perpetrators of crimes against humanity. America is not naive enough to see this travesty as anything but failure of the United States at its highest level of government.
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been stripped of legal immunity for acts of torture against US citizens authorized while he was in office. The 7th Circuit made the ruling in the case of two American contractors who were tortured by the US military in Iraq after uncovering a smuggling ring within an Iraqi security company. The company was under contract to the Department of Defense.
The company was assisting Iraqi insurgent groups in the “mass acquisition” of American weapons. The ruling comes as Rumsfeld begins his book tour with a visit to Boston on Wednesday, September 21, and as new, uncensored photos of Abu Ghraib spark fresh outrage across Internet. Awareness is growing that Bush-era crimes went far beyond mere water boarding.
Cheney, Rumsfield, Bush and the Republican Party in general are epitomized by the unrestrained illegal use of torture and parrallel the behavior of the Third Reich as fanatics come to power.
Some students in the Air Force’s Nuclear Ethics course called its theological justifications for nuclear strikes the ‘Jesus loves nukes’ part.
Brought to you by the same organization which maintained that the Earth was orbited by the Sun and if you dared disagree, you were put to death: Christians - murderous empty-headed fools - Christians.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Monday refused to dismiss a lawsuit against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for creating policies that caused American civilians to be tortured by the U.S. military in Iraq.
Republicans: still treating Americans like cattle for the slaughter.
The last known gay concentration camp survivor imprisoned because of his sexual orientation has died, according to Germany’s Lesbian and Gay Association.
Rudolf Brazda, who was held at the Buchenwald concentration camp for three years until U.S. forces liberated the camp in 1945, died Wednesday at the age of 98.
A survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that white evangelical Christians are more likely to support torture than people who rarely or never attend religious services.
Christians also have poor sex lives, empty heads so what exactly is the attraction?
Bradley Manning was moved from Quantico to a better facility at Leavenworth according to his attorney David Coombs, due to his dual Welsh citizenry, and pressure from Welsh Parliamentarian in Britain - David House, Democracy Now.
Obama would not have done it for just a regular old fucking American; Obama likes to kiss Royal ass, though.
Time to go Obama. Alan Grayson Democrat, 2012.
Findings from a series of autopsies could alter the debate over the controversial diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome.
A new study suggests that babies can die by violent shaking alone — but not in the way doctors have previously thought.
A team of researchers who conducted autopsies on 35 babies in Miami, Dallas and Calgary, Alberta, report that when children die after being violently shaken, they die of neck injuries and not from brain trauma. by Joseph Shapiro