Friday, November 18, 2005

TorturZ "R" U.S.

Uh-oh. Pass the compazine. It's nausea time.


There was a charming piece on "Six Degrees of Rumsfeld's Anti-Geneva Conventions' Kinda Torture" tonight on ABC news. As is usual for the media whore media, they tried to downplay the deep disgustingness of it, but hey, everyone's owned by corporations these days, so who cares.

After reading Rummy's little list of Six Favorite Ways to Torture Others, I googled the Geneva Conventions:

Part II. General Protection of Prisoners of War

Art. 12. Prisoners of war are in the hands of the enemy Power, but not of the individuals or military units who have captured them. Irrespective of the individual responsibilities that may exist, the Detaining Power is responsible for the treatment given them. [YO, DUDES, THIS WOULD INCLUDE GIVING THEM OVER VIA RENDITIONS. DON'T BE TAKING VACATIONS IN EUROPE ANYTIME SOON.]

Prisoners of war may only be transferred by the Detaining Power to a Power which is a party to the Convention and after the Detaining Power has satisfied itself of the willingness and ability of such transferee Power to apply the Convention. When prisoners of war are transferred under such circumstances, responsibility for the application of the Convention rests on the Power accepting them while they are in its custody. [DITTO. RUMMY, SEE ABOVE.]

Nevertheless, if that Power fails to carry out the provisions of the Convention in any important respect, the Power by whom the prisoners of war were transferred shall, upon being notified by the Protecting Power, take effective measures to correct the situation or shall request the return of the prisoners of war. Such requests must be complied with. [DITTO. DITTO, RUMMY.]

Art. 13. Prisoners of war must at all times be humanely treated. Any unlawful act or omission by the Detaining Power causing death or seriously endangering the health of a prisoner of war in its custody is prohibited, and will be regarded as a serious breach of the present Convention. In particular, no prisoner of war may be subjected to physical mutilation or to medical or scientific experiments of any kind which are not justified by the medical, dental or hospital treatment of the prisoner concerned and carried out in his interest.

Likewise, prisoners of war must at all times be protected, particularly against acts of violence or intimidation and against insults and public curiosity.

Measures of reprisal against prisoners of war are prohibited.

Art. 14. Prisoners of war are entitled in all circumstances to respect for their persons and their honour.

Women shall be treated with all the regard due to their sex and shall in all cases benefit by treatment as favourable as that granted to men.

Prisoners of war shall retain the full civil capacity which they enjoyed at the time of their capture. The Detaining Power may not restrict the exercise, either within or without its own territory, of the rights such capacity confers except in so far as the captivity requires.

Art. 15. The Power detaining prisoners of war shall be bound to provide free of charge for their maintenance and for the medical attention required by their state of health.

Art. 16. Taking into consideration the provisions of the present Convention relating to rank and sex, and subject to any privileged treatment which may be accorded to them by reason of their state of health, age or professional qualifications, all prisoners of war shall be treated alike by the Detaining Power, without any adverse distinction based on race, nationality, religious belief or political opinions, or any other distinction founded on similar criteria."

Of course, here's the thing: after 9/11, everything CHANGED. So RUMMY and TOAD-EXPLODER BUSH can now do anything they want.

So they say.

After 9/11, everything changed, so that it then became NOT a BAD and STUPID thing THAT LED TO THE DEATHS OF THOUSANDS when President Toad-Exploder Bush and his merry men failed to do jack shit about that pesky PBD "BIN LADEN DETERMINED TO STRIKE INSIDE THE UNITED STATES."

No, afterward, they all determined that their own idiocy in paying no attention whatsoever to the Clinton administration's repeated warnings about Al Qaeda meant that they could now unleash their own personal-and then collective--sadistic urges.

Oho. And how would that come about?

How shall we torture? Let us count SIX Ways:

(with appropriate counterspin)

1. The Attention Grab: The interrogator forcefully grabs the shirt front of the prisoner and shakes him.

2. Attention Slap: An open-handed slap aimed at causing pain and triggering fear.

Translation: a punch in the face to show person we don't adhere to the quaint Genevas.

3. The Belly Slap: A hard open-handed slap to the stomach. The aim is to cause pain, but not internal injury. Doctors consulted advised against using a punch, which could cause lasting internal damage.

Translation: a total massive blow to the stomach designed to injure internal organs, and may kill.

4. Long Time Standing: This technique is described as among the most effective. Prisoners are forced to stand, handcuffed and with their feet shackled to an eye bolt in the floor for more than 40 hours. Exhaustion and sleep deprivation are effective in yielding confessions.

Translation: A rose by any other name would smell less sweet. Despite the cute spinny name--which alone should alert one that this procedure totally sucks--the spin tries to portray this form of torture as being negligible in terms of horror. But--hoo ah--it's not! Causing pain--is--uh--TORTURE! Surprise, surprise?? Forcing humans to stay awake until they lose their minds is--uh--TORTURE!

5. The Cold Cell: The prisoner is left to stand naked in a cell kept near 50 degrees. Throughout the time in the cell the prisoner is doused with cold water. [This is being spun as benign. Guess what? It's not! It's TORTURE!]

6. Water Boarding: The prisoner is bound to an inclined board, feet raised and head slightly below the feet. Cellophane is wrapped over the prisoner's face and water is poured over him. Unavoidably, the gag reflex kicks in and a terrifying fear of drowning leads to almost instant pleas to bring the treatment to a halt.

[Isn't that Orwellian name SO cute? Makes it sound so insignificant, like, snowboarding or skateboarding!! Woo hoo! Who could get upset about that? Oh, except, historically speaking, people who take other people prisoner and then bring them to the point of death, and then revive them, and then do that again, and again, wow, they're pretty much know as engaging in

T O R T U R E.

Yee haw, you sick evil black-heart neo-con draft-dodging blowhard sadistic perverts.

What part of "hurting others is wrong" did Mummy forget to teach you? Or did her words just bounce off your shiny, empty full-metal-jacket skulls?



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