Posts Tagged ‘torture’

Ten Issues Nobody Really Cares About

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

1) Torture: Manning gets 35 years for leaking documents, while torture continues in Guantanamo and around the world.

2) Syria: Chemical weapons or not, nobody’s going to war for Syria.

3) Egypt: a failed state and a successful military dictatorship.

4) Middle East peace: a sham and a fraud, as it’s been most of the last 65 years.

5) The deficit and/or the debt: Both are falling, while those who claim to be worried are only worried about their taxes being raised.

6) Gun Control: puhleeze…

7) Immigration Reform: has never been a realistic possibility in this Congress.

8) Afghanistan and Pakistan: two failed states in a race to the Islamist bottom.

9) North Korea: Maybe the Chinese are slightly worried about massive refugee flows when the regime implodes, but otherwise there’s nothing there.

10) The “rebranding” of the Know Nothing Party: see Middle East peace.

Gorilla says: “All of these things distract us from the economy, which no one in DC cares about!”


What We Do Know About America Today

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

1) The Bush Administration engaged in torture. There’s no doubt about it all, it was morally repugnant, and all involved should be put on trial for war crimes.

2) The gun control “compromise”, which is utter junk, will not pass the Congress of the United States. Nearly 90 Americans will die by gunshot today.

3) The immigration Gang Of Eight “compromise” will not pass the Congress of the United States. We need more immigration, especially high-skilled immigration. Building a fence is insane.

4) Whoever is found responsible for the Boston bombings, we can be sure that no one in law enforcement will be held accountable.

5) Tens of millions of Americans cannot find work, and no one in power is doing a thing about it.

Gorilla says: “It’s not a happy time and this is not a happy country!”


Still Learning Nothing About The Past

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

9/11: The greatest failure in US national security history was followed by the second and third greatest failures in national security history (the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan).

Torture and a massive clampdown on civil rights are the legacy.

3,000 people died for absolutely nothing.

None of the people responsible for these disasters have ever been held accountable.

Gorilla says: “Unless we confront the reality of 9/11, we’re condemned to repeat the same fantasies that made 9/11 possible!”


Religion As Torture

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Can you imagine doctors in America saying that parents who insist on extraordinary measures for their dying children on religious grounds, despite such measures not being scientifically or medically useful, are committing torture?

But that’s exactly what British doctors at one of the UK’s leading childrens’ hospitals are saying!

It’s a difficult argument to make, and it’s not yet a massive problem in Britain (1 or 2 cases/year at the hospital in question, maybe another 15 cases in which religious leaders have to be brought in to convince parents that further care is hopeless), but it does speak to a very different, fact-based, religion-neutral approach to medicine.

Gorilla says: “America’s more into torture of the terminally ill old, we actually don’t care at all about children, if we did then 20% of them wouldn’t be living in torturous poverty!”


We’re Fighting In Afghanistan For Torture!!!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Apparently, it’s not enough for us to make deals with Gaddafi to kidnap and torture people, we’re tuning people over to the Afghans to torture too!!!

And so this utterly pointless, utterly amoral war continues. We have no exit strategy, no reliable government, no reliable police and army, and we’re complicit yet again in torture.

Gorilla says: “It a clown like Petraeus can leave the place, why can’t America?”


Making A Buck On Kidnapping And Torture

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

In addition to the war criminal Dick Cheney, there’s the charter plane industry…

Richmor and SportsFlight!

Let’s never forget how amoral, cowardly, rapacious and evil the Bush Administration was.

Gorilla says: “And for all we know, it’s still profitable today!”


Whitewashing Bad Apples

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Yes, British soldiers tortured people in Iraq, but it’s not a systemic failure, it’s just a few bad apples who got out of hand!

Sound familiar?

What never happens as a result of these inquiries is any sort of punishment at any level further up the chain of command.

Heaven forbid we actually held the generals accountable for the failings of their troops!!!

Gorilla says: “Or their bankers, who also got away scot free!!!”


Better Business Through Better Bribing

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

The Chamber of Commerce is indeed a stupid organization, chock full of Know Nothings, so what’s their next move?

Hire the former Attorney General to lobby to overturn anti-bribery legislation!!!

Now a morally bankrupt clown like Mukasey, like the morally bankrupt clown he succeeded, is certainly a man who believes in torture.

He’s also a man who apparently believes in bribery and corruption!!!

Gorilla says: “If only the Chamber of Commerce had bribed the Taliban, bin Laden, and Saddam, imagine the money we’d have saved!!!”


Shorter Binyam Mohamed Verdict

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Torture is fine, so long as it’s a secret.


The Truth Will Come Out

Friday, February 26th, 2010

After all, the British courts won’t be intimidated by the efforts of the British government and security services to explain away and/or cover up their involvement in torture.

It’s a victory for the rule of law, as the article makes clear:

In a remarkable sequence of events, appeal court judges considering the case of Mohamed, who claims he was tortured, reinstated their findings about the security services, stating that some officials “appear to have a dubious record when it comes to human rights and coercive techniques”.

When will we see such clarity with respect to our own government’s involvement in torture, rather than the free passes and outright cover ups perpetrated by two successive Administrations?

Gorilla answers: “When the waterboard freezes over!”