US President George Bush, stated after 9/11, that “those who are not fully with the government are the enemy.”
The current Presidential encumbrance, Barak Hussein Obama is of the same mindset and opinion, which would come as no surprise I should think.
In the indecent haste to exploit the ‘Terrorist’ attacks on the WTC, Governments and the mainstream media tried to sell the people of the United States and the rest of the world, ‘the necessity of torture as a legitimate tool of law enforcement, and stopping terrorism.’
No decent person with a scrap of detectable humanity should ever tolerate or condone the torture of another human being.
It is forbidden by the American Constitution, and only those who secretly wish for their nation to abandon entirely its principles, it’s compassion, it’s humanity and even it’s Constitutional protections, could ever support it.
Torture does not, and never has assisted in the solving of crimes.
Tortured people will in reality, say anything or sign anything in order to end their own torment, even condemning others to suffer the same fate.
It should not need to be pointed out, that the millions of unnecessary executions carried out by religious fanatics for the crime of ‘witchcraft’, for example, were primarily based on confessions extracted under torture.
Torture exists for one reason only, to terrorise a nations people that stand against a dictatorial regime being implemented, and before any one nation’s people welcome, or even grudgingly accept such an abomination into their midst, it would be wise to read a few words from those who have first hand experience.
“Four men came in, bearing a cot with a sheet-covered figure.”Sit down,”one ordered.”You’re going to see a performance by a bad actor, an actor who has forgotten his part. Help him remember it.”They uncovered a body entirely purple, missing a foot.”Come closer,”another ordered.”Look at him. You’ll know him.”And she did. It was 27-year-old “El Gordo”Toledo, with whom she had been 20 days before. He could hardly speak, or scream, any more. When Elba maintained that she did not know him, they said, “Let’s see” – they pulled out his nails, cut off his remaining ear, cut out his tongue, gouged out his eyes, and killed him slowly as she watched, thinking, “He could be my son.” Then they brought another “actor, “26-year-old Eduard Munoz. It took them five hours to kill him, under her eyes. It was worse than any pain they could have inflicted on her, she said. Later she was forced to watch while her cellmates-aged 16, 17, and 40, nude and drugged, were directed to perform an erotic dance before they were raped. Another girl, back from a dreaded torture center, and pregnant, was so crazy that each time she awoke she screamed that her only desire was for her child to be born so she could kill it……”
Elba Vergara, Secretary to President Allende (himself murdered by Chilean generals)
Instead of being tortured, which was the usual procedure, they were brought to a hospital where they were subjected to plastic surgery:
“One of the women had her mouth taken away from her. The other lost half her nose. And they were released after several days with the gentle suggestion that they be sure to visit their comrades to show off their “cures.”
They had been turned into walking advertisements of terror; agents of demoralisation and intimidation…
In the case of the woman whose mouth had been shut, the most sophisticated techniques of plastic surgery had been employed. Great care had been taken by her medical torturers to obliterate her lips forever, using cuts and stitches and folds that would frustrate even the best reconstructive techniques. (Luis, a Cuban plastic surgeon), even thought he could detect an “American” hand in the macabre handiwork, or that of a Brazilian schooled in torture in the United States.
A small hole had been left in the face to allow the woman to take liquids through a straw and survive however…
When Luis and the medical team reopened the hole where her mouth had been, the sight was far more sickening than they had expected: All of the teeth had been removed and two dog fangs ‘incisors’ – had been inserted in their place.
An attempt at black humour from madmen…
The other woman had half her nose removed, skin, cartilage, and all. A draining, raw, and frightening wound was her “treatment,” the sign she was to carry around with her to warn people that rebellion was a “disease” and torture the “cure.”
Excerpt taken from: ‘The Sword and the Dollar: Imperialism, Revolution, and the Arms Race‘ By Michael Parenti.