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The Darker Side!




















President George W. Bush on the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture – June, 26, 2003 –

“The United States is committed to the world-wide elimination of torture and we are leading this fight by example.  I call on all governments to join with the United States and the community of law-abiding nations in prohibiting, investigating, and prosecuting all acts of torture and in undertaking to prevent other cruel and unusual punishment. . . . Nowhere should the midnight knock foreshadow a nightmare of state-commissioned crime.  The suffering of torture victims must end, and the United States calls on all governments to assume this great mission.”

I am still shocked at all the relevations of torture and abuses perpetrated by the CIA and American military of detainees during this ridiculous War on Terrorism.  I think it has gone about as well as The War on Drugs and the War on Keeping Fat People Out of McDonalds.  But I have been troubled the last few days over President Obama’s refusal to release the rest of the alleged detainee torture photos.  His reasoning is sound stating that there is no need to further endanger American troops in Iran and Afghanistan.  I buy that argument under the premise that we were assured that the photos are no worse than the photos already released.

But logic dictates that that there is something faulty with the premise.  If the photos are no more malevolent than those previously released, then what is the problem of releasing them?  Retired Army General Antonio Taguba who investigated Abu Ghraib in 2004 told the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph newspaper that the remaing photos show images of  “torture, abuse, rape, and every indecency.”  Two of the alleged photos are said to depict a male U.S. soldier raping a female prisoner while another has a male U.S. translator raping a male prisoner.  Other assaults are said to include a trucnheon, wire and a phosphorescent tube.

Of course the Pentagon has denied these allegations saying that the Telegraph had misquoted General Taguba.  The alarm level was raised even furhter when White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs went on to slam the reliability of the Telegraph.  My only question is what reason would a retired flag officer from the Army have to lie?  And why is the White House so vehemently trying to paint the Telegraph as some sort of National Enquirer.  The only answer is to release the remaining photographs.  The Obama Administration came in with a message of transparency.  My only hope is that they don’t become the Orwellian Ministry of Truth!  Winston Smith worked for the Bush Administration.



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Police Brutality!










I try my best to help the ignorant masses to get informed.  I don’t put out my public service announcements for my benefit.  Obviously, this neer-do-well has never seen my “Staying Safe from the Police!” PSA.  His dumb ass should have known that if the police have to come and get you, then they’re also bringing an ass whipping.

Now this doesn’t excuse the behavior of the officer who should have been fired on the spot.  To kick a man in the head while he is laying prostrate on the ground is an act of brutality that should never happen.  However, the prisoner can console himself that he was fortunate enough that Dick Cheney and the CIA wasn’t after his ass.

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Torture Memos!


























 Let’s not be to harsh on President Obama and his releasing of the torture memos that has former members of the Bush Administration making plans to flee to Costa Rica.  Had Obama not released the memos, he would have been compelled by a federal judge to do so anyway.  This all stems from a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 2003 under the Freedom of Information Act.  It has taken six years for these memos to be released.  Click the link to read the actual memos.

Every Republican talking head, Dickless Cheney in particular, are now running around like Chicken Little screaming that we are less safe for making information available to the public that was already widely known.  Cheney is even calling for the C.I.A. to make available memos that confirm that Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (torture) actually provided us with actionable intelligence.  According to the Washington Post

When CIA officials subjected their first high-value captive, Abu Zubaida, to waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods, they were convinced that they had in their custody an al-Qaeda leader who knew details of operations yet to be unleashed, and they were facing increasing pressure from the White House to get those secrets out of him.

The methods succeeded in breaking him, and the stories he told of al-Qaeda terrorism plots sent CIA officers around the globe chasing leads.

In the end, though, not a single significant plot was foiled as a result of Abu Zubaida’s tortured confessions, according to former senior government officials who closely followed the interrogations. Nearly all of the leads attained through the harsh measures quickly evaporated, while most of the useful information from Abu Zubaida — chiefly names of al-Qaeda members and associates — was obtained before waterboarding was introduced, they said.

 What is equally disturbing is that the C.I.A. has destroyed over 90 video tapes, some of which included the use of torture that were also requested by the ACLU.  You can bet your ass that shit rolls downhill and by the time this stinking ball comes to a stop there are going to be quite a few people with new numbers.  Prison numbers that is.  Torture must never be a tool of the United States Government.  It undermines the moral authority of the United States.  Not to mention it flies in the face of Christian sensibilities.

Unfortunately,  Americans are almost equally split on the use of torture.  See the latest poll numbers here!  For another interesting take on the torture issue, check out the lastest blog by Fakename.


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War Crimes!









Unfortunately, HBO is not scheduling this amazing movie anytime soon.  You can rent it or download it from Amazon.com.  This is must see T.V.  Your government is full of war criminals!


“Put people in crazy situations and people do crazy things.” – Pfc. Damien Corsetti, Bagram, Afghanistan

Winner of the 2008 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature as well as a 2008 Peabody Award, Taxi to the Dark Side takes a disturbing in-depth look at the highly questionable interrogation practices used by United States military guards on prisoners in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay in the years following 9/11. Beginning with the story of an innocent young Afghan taxi driver named Dilawar, who was killed while being held in Bagram prison in 2002, Taxi to the Dark Side tells the grim, cautionary saga of how the U.S. government, desperate to draw out information from a top Al Qaeda leader detained in Guantanamo Bay, approved the use of cruel and unusual interrogation techniques that bordered on torture – which were systematically imported to other US prisons abroad. In examining the interrogation practices used in Bagram, Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, the film includes shocking photos, archival footage, expert commentary, and interviews with several soldiers stationed at prisons in Afghanistan and Iraq. These guards admit to using unorthodox techniques – including isolation, ceiling handcuffing, sleep deprivation, strip humiliation, “water boarding,” threats by menacing dogs, sexual abuse and more – that they say were condoned and even approved by their superiors, despite being in clear violation of the humanitarian rules outlined in the Geneva Conventions.

The title of Taxi to the Dark Side refers, first, to an Afghan cabbie named Dilawar, who was apprehended by U.S. soldiers in 2002 and detained in the Bagram Air Base prison, where he died of wounds to the lower extremities after four days. Second, it evokes a statement VP Dick Cheney made to Tim Russert a few days after the 9/11 attacks. “We also have to work the dark side, if you will,” said Cheney of our strategy to bring terrorists to justice. “We’ve got to spend time in the shadows in the intelligence world.”

Taxi to the Dark Side examines the growing abuse within U.S. military prisons abroad, starting with the case of Mohammad al-Qahtani, a suspected “20th hijacker” of 9/11 who was subjected to new, humiliating interrogation tactics in an attempt to get him to reveal information in Guantanamo Bay. With the apparent approval of Sec. of State Rumsfeld, these tactics were imported to Iraq and Afghanistan, where guards subjected detainees to increasingly sadistic acts. As the film shows, after the now-famous Abu Ghraib prison photos were published in 2004, many soldiers were brought to trial, discharged and/or imprisoned – but the damage had already been done.

Taxi to the Dark Side opened to stellar reviews upon theatrical release, earning numerous awards including Best Documentary at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and Best Documentary Screenplay at the 2008 Writers Guild of America Awards.

Taxi to the Dark Side was written, produced, directed and narrated by Alex Gibney, who is also responsible for the Oscar®-nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, The Trials of Henry Kissinger and other films. Gibney’s father Frank, a U.S. veteran who died before the documentary was completed, had urged his son to make the film.

Written & Directed by Alex Gibney; Produced by Alex Gibney, Eva Orner & Susannah Shipman; Executive Producers: Don Glascoff, Robert Johnson & Sidney Blumenthal and Jedd Wider & Todd Wider; Editor: Sloane Klevin; Cinematography: Maryse Alberti & Greg Andracke; Co-Producers: Marty Fisher, Blair Foster & Sloane Klevin; Original Music by Ivor Guest and Robert Logan; Additional Music By Mario Grigorov; Narrated by Alex Gibney.


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