Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Torture Nation: Audio/Visuals and Words

Handcuffed woman tasered:


Man on Utah highway tasered for not signing traffic ticket:


Hat tip to Freedom Rider for both of the videos.

Taser Nation:
A country that employs torture as an instrument of national policy should be expected to do the same on the local law enforcement level. The reverse is also true. The United States, with its long legacy of subjecting society’s “Others” to systemic violence, now elevates pain to a kind of universal principle, spreading torture and “rendition” as institutionalized components of its global offensive. Now the domestic legacy and foreign policy combine to trickle down upon previously immune white citizens, in the form of Taser-torture. Tasers, once defended as life-saving alternatives to police use of deadly force, have become weapons of arbitrary, sadistic choice. The circle of pain is complete.

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The proto-fascist direction of the nation is now enveloping people who never saw themselves as the targets of state terror, that is to say, white people. Black people were always victims of police brutality. White people either approved or may have even felt sorry for Negroes but just didn't care enough. They didn't think the same treatment would ever be meted out to them.
Now thanks to video cameras and You Tube, everyone is now a witness to the trickle down movement of police brutality. If the president and vice president and Congress determine that torture is acceptable for some, inevitably it becomes acceptable for all.
Fox and Friends show their fascist colors yet again:
Monday morning as the hosts of Fox & Friends were talking about a Code Pink protester who heckled Senator Hillary Clinton in Los Angeles, Brian Kilmeade threw a hissy fit about the group saying the man in the video should have been tazed. He then went on to suggest that “these people” should expect to be brutally punished for exercising their right to free speech;
Kilmeade: “They should taze this guy!” [snip]
“…Why do they think they’re going to continue to be politely escorted out. At one point with security so high and tensions on edge, don’t you think they’re going to get at the very least tazed or beaten to a pulp by somebody?”
This is merely a few snapshots of the domestic side of the American Zeitgeist in all its glory. Not a pretty picture, is it?

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