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Say No to Legalizing the Torture of Americans



The truth of the matter is in denying that the United States Central Intelligence Agency its agents as representatives of the United States Government and the American illegally tortured people regardless of those people being terrorist, foreign agents, or non-military combatants, the United States Government has opened every American to the threat of capture, torture and death.

For biblically

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Do not err; God is not put to shame, for anything that a man sows he reaps.” Galatians 6:7

Rest assured that the United States government has inadvertently declared open season on the American people sanity and well being by its misbegotten war of terror, as a war on terror, that is a war on terrorists, and ipso facto a war on every America, here in America and abroad, waged on every civilian, journalist, pastor, priest, rabbi, soldier, intelligence agent, corporate leader, house wife on vacation, man, woman, child and hippy, and  punk rocker overseas for what is good for the goose is good for the gander. In that if Americans can say that waterboarding is not torture then any alleged paramilitary extremist can do the same, which if that occurs the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and its representatives can not claim it is torture illegal and must be ended in what now has basis in international law. Such abrogations of international law will destroy the very institutions that the United States has relied upon since the creation of the United Nations by substitution of its own abilities and as such creates the basis for international confrontations for many years to come that the United States would imaginably have to go it alone.

Torturing Americans: Torturing Congress & POWS is that what the American people want, and even if that is what some people might want is that what should be justified and condoned by civilized society? Is America the new Taliban? the new ISIS? Al Quaida? Is that what American troops are fighting for overseas? If my own relatives condone such actions I would not want them in my house or in the general population of society freely moving.

Where is that redacted US Senate CIA Intelligence Report?

When Americans go overseas as representatives of America as in the USA USA USA (chant that football slogans) as students, or for employment by American corporations, or even on that vacation one dreams about in retirement they should be prepared if arrested to be interrogated and perhaps even tortured by what will then be justified by the Republicans and in particular Congressional members of the Republicans Party.

It is no surprise that the CIA used secret prisons in the US and in foreign countries, torture and unacceptable interrogation techniques spent a lot of money that was detailed in the disclosed unclassified portion of the Senate report 525-page unclassified portion, key findings executive summary released on December 9, 2014.

What would be a surprise is the American people condons such acts as which may one day be used on them either as citizens or or military personal overseas or as POWS But so many vets can be so blind as to not understand that what goes around comes around.

Neither is it a surprise to anyone except the most naive and gullible of Americans that the United States Congress, Senate, investigative Committees et cetera was lied to by officials and agents of the US CIA as they were empowered illegally to commit those crimes where you and me would spend the rest of out lives in prison for those same actions.

So I say torture the United States Congress, torture the United States Senate, especially the Republican members of the United States Congress so as to give them a dose of their own medicine. In fact maybe we should torture and interrogate each and every Republican, Democrat, and Independent who supports the use of these forms of barbaric torture for let’s call it what it really is TORTURE.

Where the question of weither these uses of torture and their supporters have set up the pretexts and justification for use and application on Americans can and should be examined.

Where all that money would be better spent educating the American people how to read such a report so as to know how the government not only lies to them as ordinary people but criminally systematically and arrogantly spies on not only foreigners but Americans then tortures them so as to deprive them of their constitutional and legitimate rights

For once during the Obama administration part of the United States Congress acted in truly a bipartisan fashion  as “The final report was approved on December 13, 2012 by a vote of 9-6 with seven Democrats, one Independent (Angus King), and one Republican (Susan Collins) voting in favor of publication and six Republicans stonewalling by voting in opposition as never before since the American Civil War and the 1960s Civil Rights period of the United States have the aspirations of the American people been stonewalled as they have regarding this report.

“On April 3, 2014, the SSCI voted 11-3 to submit a revised version of the executive summary, findings, and recommendations of the report for declassification analysis in preparation for future public release. After eight months, involving contentious negotiations about what details should remain classified, the revised executive summary, findings, and recommendations were made public with some redactions on December 9, 2014.”

As the American people are stonewalled and lied to when concurrently with the public release, the six members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that voted against the report released their own 167-page report criticizing both the process and the conclusions of the report approved by the majority in a justification of use of the very same torture and interrogation which may one day be used on people such as themselves after all according to them allegedly those enhanced interrogation techniques are not torture so now when any American can and will be treated as such it is not considered cruel and unusual punishment.

Should such processes be applied domestically where prisoners of any sort can be subjected to such mal ill treatment as to be so treated? Should children be subjected to such techniques of tortures after these techniques of torture are said not to be torture and presumably can be used on anyone for anything, anywhere, for any reason deemed by authorities of abuse and power.

Where maybe the American people should not want such misanthropes as those as those who committed such acts amongst them, after all do you want these people to walk among you, in your communities, with your children, family?

Examples of what was done provide included:

Examples of torture and abuse of prisoners

At least one prisoner was “diagnosed with chronic hemorrhoids, an anal fissure and symptomatic rectal prolapse,” symptoms normally associated with a violent rape.[5]

CIA officials Scott Miller and James Pavitt were told that rectal exams of at least two prisoners had been conducted with “excessive force.”[5]

Threats to rape and murder were made against the children or family members of prisoners.[6][1]:4[7]

In November 2002 the CIA killed at least one prisoner during interrogation by freezing him to death.[6][7] No CIA employees were disciplined as a result of his death.[7]

At least four prisoners with injuries to their legs (two with broken feet, one with a sprained ankle and one with an amputated leg) were forced to stand on their injuries.[7]

Prisoners were told that they would be killed (eg. one prisoner was told “we can never let the world know what I have done to you”, another was told that the only way he would be allowed to leave the prison would be in a coffin).[7]

One CIA interrogator who was subsequently sent home early threatened a prisoner with a gun and power drill and played Russian

Roulette with him.[5]

At least two prisoners were victims of “mock executions.”[5]

Several prisoners almost died and became completely unresponsive or nearly drowned during waterboarding.[7]

Abu Zubaydah’s eye was so badly damaged during his time in prison that it was amputated.[7]

Prisoners were kept awake for over one week (180 hours) causing at least five to experience “disturbing” hallucinations.[7]

One prisoner was psychologically traumatized to the point of being “a broken man” but CIA operatives stopped short of “complete[ly] break[ing] [him].”[7]

Prisoners were forced to use buckets for toilets.[5]

A report by the Federal Bureau of Prisons found that “they [had] never been in a facility where individuals were so sensory deprived i.e., constant white noise, no talking, everyone in the dark, with the guards wearing a light on their head when they collected and escorted a detainee to an interrogation cell, detainees constantly being shackled to the wall or floor, and the starkness of each cell (concrete and bars). There is nothing like this in the Federal Bureau of Prisons… detainees were not being treated… humanely.”[5]

A prisoner was tortured for months based on false accusations made by another prisoner who provided information while undergoing torture.[5]

One prisoner was placed in a box the size of a coffin for over 11 days and was also placed for 29 hours in a box 21 inches wide, 2 1/2 feet deep and 2 1/2 feet high.[8]

CIA interogators used unauthorized techniques such as forcing a prisoner to stand with his hand over his head for 2 1/2 days, putting a pistol next to his head and bathing him with a stiff brush.[8]

One detainee was subjected to “ice water baths” and 66 hours of standing sleep deprivation but was later released as the CIA had mistaken his identity.[9]

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