Jul 24 2011
Amidst the problems of attempts by the Fiduciary (the government) to “STEAL” our Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid Trust Funds and our efforts to thwart theirs, there are so many behind the scene efforts, the same for which is owed $2.6 trillion by our Treasury.
I have been and am in a banking situation, which was a “carryover” from many years ago, from which I am gradually trying to extricate myself for reasons we should all know and, frankly, do! I had been wanting to do some changes for quite some time, but I needed to do some “shopping” around, not to say that there is a vast difference here or there, but, just, maybe, a little more concern.
In the meantime, this month has brought notifications (“warnings” concerning any brokerage accounts) that the “Bank” has chosen another clearing house, one which is within its own “family.” And unless or until you remove such accounts (as you may wish), from their entity before July 29, 2011, thereafter, on August 5, 2011, you will be charged $75.00, for removal of any and each such account to any entity outside their brokerage. What? Do you get it? In other words, the Bank will charge its customers, after August 5, 2011, for, first of all, a decision it made to transfer your “assets” over to their “decision” should you not withdraw your funds on or before July 29, 2011.
Now, that’s not enough? No, today, I receive notification that I must accept/reject a new Banking Resolution by Sept. 15, 2011.
Quote that information here!
First, now, I have to look up that banking resolution, but not only that, I now need to find out what are the current charges vis a vis the Bank’s ultimatim.
Strikes me a form of enforcement!
By now, I think the message is quite clear! The least fortunate of us, despite our hard work, earnest beliefs, love of our fellow human beings, have become prey to our “elitist” predators, who would sooner be rid of us, unless they can use us, i.e., take note of our corporations in the Asian countries, China, for example, child labor, no OSHA laws, no benefits, $0.50 an hour? All of this while, first of all, being an American corporation(s), and paying NO taxes to the country in which they were incorporated — and it goes on and on!
This needs much work!
Jul 14 2011
Michael Hiltzik, of the LA Times, , offers a clear understanding of what actually is being offered by President Obama by putting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid — OUR Trust Funds — “on the table.”
This is a most important article, in terms of your own complete comprehension about what is at stake in this “offer” by President Obama. Please be sure to read it entirely.
Basing Social Security cost-of-living increases on the chained consumer price index, which presumes people will trade down to cheaper goods as costs rise, would force elderly people on fixed incomes to forgo essentials.
A man waits for free care at the Remote Area Medical clinic at the Los Angeles Memorial
Sports Arena last year. A proposal to change the formula that determines annual cost-of-
living increases for people on Social Security could leave fixed-income seniors having to
choose between medical care and food. (Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times / July 13, 2011)
Of all the ways policymakers in Washington show they have absolutely no conception of how their tinkerings with the federal budget affect average Americans, one stands alone. That’s the proposal to change the formula that determines annual cost-of-living increases for people on Social Security . . . . (emphasis mine)
Of course, this particular type of “indexing” is a preserved offering strictly for the elderly, children and disabled. And ideas to suggest that it be across the board were quickly “nayed.” Hummmmm! Wonder why!
“Shared sacrifices?” You’ve got to be kidding! When and where were sacrifices ever shared in these past eleven plus years? Except between the so-called “middle-class” and the so-called “middle-class?” Now, the decimated “middle-class.”
Jul 04 2011
(cross-posted at firefly-dreaming)
that as the nation commences its celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence:
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, – That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. – Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. – And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
– John Hancock
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
that we have continually retrogressed back to the point that necessitated the Declaration of Independence in the first place!
Hard to say “Happy 4th of July!” But have a good day anyway!
Apr 11 2011
(Wanted this to be days’ earlier, but it wasn’t possible. So, TMC’s diary here seemed a perfect place to comment, but then the comment became very long . . . . so!)
While traveling to an appointment last Thursday (April 7th), I listened to David Sirota, filling in for Thom Hartmann.* Sirota began by talking about Pentagon horrendous wastes, even to the extent that the Pentagon has an Entertainment Division. Essentially, the Pentagon puts up money to back films about war and for war and does everything, with money included, to discourage film makers from making films that are against war. He said he has detailed that information in his book, “Back to Our Future.”
Several veterans (one of VietNam era) called in speaking about the excesses of Pentagon spending and blatant waste. Both discussed Halliburton and Blackwater, in particular.
Mar 18 2011
UPDATE: “Japan raised the nuclear alert level from a four to a five, on par with Three Mile Island. This decision has shocked many nuclear experts who thought it should be higher.” Please see my Comment below: “Thanks, RiaD!”
(cross-posted at firefly-dreaming.com)
From the AP: Diplomat says minuscule fallout reaches Calif.
– 1 hr 50 mins ago
LOS ANGELES – Government experts in the United States are keeping a close eye on any radioactive particles that could travel from Japan, and they may already be seeing trace amounts.
A diplomat who has access to radiation tracking by the U.N.’s Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization told The Associated Press in Vienna that initial readings show tiny amounts of radiation have reached California. But it’s not dangerous in any way – “about a billion times beneath levels that would be health threatening,” the diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the organization does not make its findings public.
U.S. government experts also insist there’s no threat to public health from the plume, but they are still closely monitoring the situation with detection monitors deployed along the West Coast. . . . (emphasis mine)
Obama also sought to reassure the nation:
Obama’s statement came as he tried to reassure a worried nation that “harmful levels” of radiation from the Japanese nuclear disaster are not expected to reach the U.S., even as other officials conceded it could take weeks to bring the crippled nuclear complex under control. . . .
I went to NukeFree.Org, which has on-going updates of the whole situation. I noted the following — and while I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the content and I confess utter ignorance in the premises, I do know there are always attempts to downplay bad situations.
Mar 16 2011
Update! On-going videos of the rally in Lansing, TODAY!
Late is better than never! PLEASE TAKE NOTICE!
“I’m asking everyone who can to take Wednesday off and head to the State
Capitol in Lansing to protest the cruel and downright frightening legislation
currently being jammed down our throats … Governor Snyder, once elected,
yanked off his nice-guy mask to reveal that he is in fact a multi-millionaire
hell-bent on destroying our state and turning it over to his buddies from
Wall Street … Trust me, you will rue the day you sat home and did
nothing while thieves posing as politicians stole your
Great Lakes State from you.” – Michael Moore . . .
O.K., here are the details:
DO SOMETHING Tomorrow, Wednesday, in Lansing!
Wednesday, March 16th: Stand Up for Michigan
Join the Michigan AFL-CIO affiliate unions and Working
Michigan from noon-5:00 PM for a giant protest to say
NO to GOP attacks on Michigan’s middle class
GET ON THE BUS!
Info below for buses going to Lansing tomorrow
from Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Traverse City
and other Michigan cities
All are welcome – it’s free but get there early or RSVP
. . . . see more here.
Here’s just one video of a protest against Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, demonstrated on Tuesday, March 15th!
This, too, is late, but, there are a lot of people in Michigan, who would, I’m sure, join this effort as well — Michigan State AFL-CIO
Mar 07 2011
See my Comment at the end for Update! Unfriggin’ real!
(cross-posted at Firefly-Dreaming.com)
I make no bones about it! I totally love Michael Moore!
Well, a few nights ago, Michael sat down around 12:00 midnight to do some writing and then, said to himself, why am I doing this, why not just go to Madison, Wisconsin? Well, he did just that and spoke to the huge crowds in Madison, on Saturday, March 5, 2011. He shared his humility and gratitude with those crowds, as well as cheered them on in solidarity!
Transcript of Michael’s speech:
Feb 07 2011
As President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speak publically to denounce any violence had toward protesters in Egypt, which have been and are carried out attacks by government-paid thugs and out-of-uniform security forces, backed by snipers who are dropping protesters from a distance and thugs pulling organizers out of the crowds, it is we, the U.S. that backs the Egyptian miliary.
Images shot by activists appear to show graphic scenes of
intense fighting in Cairo and Alexandria
Munich – The Obama administration on Saturday formally threw its weight behind a gradual transition in Egypt, backing attempts by the country’s vice president, Gen. Omar Suleiman, to broker a compromise with opposition groups and prepare for new elections in September.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking to a conference here, said it was important to support Mr. Suleiman as he seeks to defuse street protests and promises to reach out to opposition groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood. Administration officials said earlier that Mr. Suleiman and other military-backed leaders in Egypt are also considering ways to provide President Hosni Mubarak with a graceful exit from power.
“That takes some time,” Mrs. Clinton said. “There are certain things that have to be done in order to prepare.”
. . . . . .
Now, the United States and other Western powers appear to have concluded that the best path for Egypt – and certainly the safest one, to avoid further chaos – is a gradual transition, managed by Mr. Suleiman, a pillar of Egypt’s existing establishment, and backed by the military*.
Al Jazeera discusses meeting over the weekend with key persons.
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has cast doubt on the government’s willingness to follow through on promised reforms, following talks with authorities aimed at ending the country’s political crisis.
Egyptian state television said Omar Suleiman, the country’s newly appointed vice-president, began meetings with prominent independent and mainstream opposition figures on Saturday to go through the options, which centre on how to ensure free and fair presidential elections while sticking to the constitution.
The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) played down Sunday’s meeting with Suleiman, saying that it was not prepared to drop its central demand of calling for Mubarak to resign as president.
“We cannot call it talks or negotiations. The Muslim Brotherhood went with a key condition that cannot be abandoned … that he [Mubarak] needs to step down in order to usher in a democratic phase,” Abdul Moneim Aboul Fotouh, a member of the MB, told Al Jazeera.
Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, cautiously welcomed the inclusion of the MB in talks, but said the US would “wait and see” what results the dialogue yields.
The MB, which is formally banned by whose activities are tolerated, was one of several groups taking part in those talks. Other participants included members of secular opposition parties, independent legal experts and business tycoon Naguib Sawiris, attendees said.
A representative of Mohamed ElBaradei, the opposition figure, was also in attendance.
ElBaradei, however, told the American television station NBC that he had not been invited to the talks. He criticised the negotiations for being “opaque”, saying that “nobody knows who is talking to whom at this stage”.
Understanding who Omar Suleiman is. Suleiman is Egypt’s new vice president and the former head of the country’s general intelligence service, was a key agent of the CIA in Egypt for renditions.
. . . One of those whose rendition Suleiman helped oversee was al-Qaeda suspect Ibn Sheik al-Libi, who told the CIA, according to a bipartisan report from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, that he was locked in a tiny cage for more than three days, then beaten because, at the behest of the United States, the Egyptians wanted him to say that Saddam Hussein was going to give al-Qaeda chemical and biological weapons. “They were killing me,” he told journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn. “I had to tell them something,” and so his coerced confession wound up in Colin Powell’s now notorious address before the United Nations in February 2003, justifying war against Iraq.
Ironically, blowback from the propaganda offense claiming the existence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction now enhances the credibility among Egyptian protesters of a man that same campaign tried to discredit – Mohamed ElBaradei, former director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and, . . . .
Insisting that his agency’s investigations proved that WMD’s did not exist – followed by his moderate stance on the Iranian nuclear program – led to angry attacks by the Bush administration, especially from Ambassador to the UN John Bolton, and even the tapping of ElBaradei’s telephone. They attack him still, yet in this current crisis he is, as one journalist wrote, “about as much of a liberal secularist as the US could realistically hope for.” . . . .
Feb 01 2011
Jan 02 2011
December 14, 1972
My dearest darling John:
Who ever in the whole world would dream of getting a real
Partridge in a Pear Tree? How can I ever express my pleasure.
Thank you a hundred times for thinking of me this way.
My love always,
December 15, 1972
Today the postman brought your very sweet gift. Just imagine
two turtle doves. I’m just delighted at your very thoughtful gift.
They are just adorable.
All my love,
December 16, 1972
Oh! Aren’t you the extravagant one. Now I must protest. I
don’t deserve such generosity, three French hens. They are just
darling but I must insist, you’ve been too kind.
All my love,
December 17, 1972
Today the postman delivered four calling birds. Now really,
they are beautiful, but don’t you think enough is enough. You are
being too romantic.
December 18, 1972
What a surprise. Today the postman delivered five golden
rings, one for every finger. You’re just impossible, but I love it.
Frankly, all those birds squawking were beginning to get on my nerves.
All my love,
December 19, 1972
When I opened the door today there were actually six geese
laying on my front steps. So you’re back to the birds again huh?
These geese are huge. Where will I ever keep them? The neighbors
are complaining and I can’t sleep through the racket. Please stop.
December 20, 1972
What’s with you and those freaking birds?? Seven swans a
swimming. What kind of damn joke is this? There’s bird poop all
over the house and they never stop the racket. I can’t sleep at night
and I’m a nervous wreck. It’s not funny. So stop those freaking birds.
December 21, 1972
I think I prefer the birds. What the hell am I going to do
with 8 maids a milking? It’s not enough with all those birds and 8
maids a milking, but they had to bring their damn cows. There is manure
all over the lawn and I can’t move in my own house. Just lay off me, smartass.
December 22, 1972
What are you? Some kind of sadist? Now there’s nine pipers
playing. And Christ do they play. They’ve never stopped chasing
those maids since they got here yesterday morning. The cows are
getting upset and they’re stepping all over those screeching birds.
What am I going to do? The neighbors have started a petition to evict me.
You’ll get yours !
December 23, 1972
You rotten prick:
Now there’s ten ladies dancing. I don’t know why I call
those sluts ladies. They’ve been balling those pipers all night long.
Now the cows can’t sleep and they’ve got diarrhea. My living room is
a river of shit. The Commissioner of Buildings has subpoenaed me to
give cause why the building shouldn’t be condemned.
I’m calling the police on you !
December 24, 1972
What’s with those eleven lords a leaping on those maids and
ladies? Some of those broads will never walk again. Those pipers
ran through the maids and have been committing sodomy with the cows.
All twenty-three of the birds are dead. They’ve been trampled to
death in the orgy. I hope you’re satisfied, you rotten vicious swine.
Your sworn enemy,
December 25, 1972
This is to acknowledge your latest gift of twelve fiddlers fiddling
which you have seen fit to inflict on our client, Miss Agnes McHolstein.
The destruction, of course, was total. All correspondence should
come to our attention. If you should attempt to reach Miss
McHolstein at Happy Dale Sanitarium, the attendants have been
instructed to shoot you on sight.
With this letter please find attached a warrant for your arrest.
Law Offices of
Badger, Bender and Chole
H A P P Y NEW YEAR !
Dec 20 2010
Each of us can help in trying to alleviate or end the plight that PFC Bradley Manning finds himself in — that of total isolation for seven months running now, no sheets nor pillows for his bed, unpermitted to exercise and is under constant surveillance. The U.S. government is holding Manning under these deplorable conditions, supposedly, for his role in having sent various various TRUTHS to Wikileaks, concerning areas in our wars and otherwise, without any charges having been had or placed against him. (Some of which information was known to some of us before such revelations through our own truth-seeking, but not to Americans, in general!)
Thanks to David Swanson, published with his thanks to Ed Fisher, there is very complete information as to how WE may help this 23-year old Bradley Manning.
How to Report the Torture of Bradley Manning to the United Nations
Sample information to include:
a. Full name of the victim:
Bradley E. Manning (born 17 December 1987), Private First Class (PFC), United States Army
b. Date on which the incident(s) of torture occurred (at least as to the month and year):
Ongoing from May, 2010.
The following is a summary of the conditions under which PFC Manning is being held, which in the opinion of experts and even International Law, constitute torture:
“Bradley Manning, the 22-year-old U.S. Army Private accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, has never been convicted of that crime, nor of any other crime. Despite that, he has been detained at the U.S. Marine brig in Quantico, Virginia for five months — and for two months before that in a military jail in Kuwait — under conditions that constitute cruel and inhumane treatment and, by the standards of many nations, even torture. Interviews with several people directly familiar with the conditions of Manning’s detention, ultimately including a Quantico brig official (Lt. Brian Villiard) who confirmed much of what they conveyed, establishes that the accused leaker is subjected to detention conditions likely to create long-term psychological injuries” Salon
Journalist Glenn Greenwald has investigated and published an extensive report on this issue. Please refer to this article in full for more details: Salon
c. Place where the person was seized (city, province, etc.) And location at which the torture was carried out (if known):
* Camp Arifjan, a military jail in Kuwait
* U.S. Marine brig in Quantico, Virginia
“Manning was arrested by agents of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command in May 2010 and held in pre-trial confinement in a military jail at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.”
d. Indication of the forces carrying out the torture:
The President of the United States, The Congress of The United States, The United States State Department, The United States Justice Department, The United States Department of Defense, The United States Army, The United States Navy, The United States Marine Corps. All of the above are responsible for this illegal activity.
Furthermore, the torture of PFC Manning is not an isolated incident, rather, it is part of a policy shift that has been documented in The United States over the course of at least two Administrations, those of George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
For example, The United States has been found by the United Nations Committee against Torture to be responsible for:
* the US opinion that the Geneva Convention does not apply to, and would undermine, its War on Terror
* the US attempt to sidestep provisions of the Convention by applying it only to US territory, rather than areas under US control
* the fact that detainees are not always registered, depriving them of safeguards against acts of torture
* allegations of secret detention facilities which are not accessible to the International Red Cross
* the US refusal to comment over the existence of such facilities, and the allegations of torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment which have emanated from them
* the US involvement in enforced disappearances and its refusal to accept that this is a form of torture
* the rendition of subjects, without judicial procedure, to states where they face a real risk of torture
* the use of secret ‘diplomatic assurances’ to justify deporting detainees to country’s with poor human rights records
* the indefinite detention of prisoners without charge at Guantanamo Bay without legal safeguards or judicial assessment of justification
* the inadequate training provided to police and military personnel on the UN’s prohibition of torture
* the 2002 authorization of the use of interrogation techniques, such as water-boarding, shackling, sexual humiliation, and dogs, which have resulted in the deaths of some detainees
* the apparent impunity of police and military personnel accused of torture and not prosecuted
* the lenient sentences given to many people convicted of torture
* the proposal to withdraw the right of habeas corpus to Guantanamo detainees
* the difficulties that victims of abuse have faced in obtaining redress and compensation
* the apparent failure to ban evidence obtained under torture from being used at military commissions, and the limitations placed on the right of detainees to complain
* substantiated information which indicates that US sanctioned executions can be accompanied by severe pain and suffering
* numerous, reliable reports of sexual assault of detainees and sexual violence perpetrated by detainees on each other, to which ‘persons of differing sexual orientation’ are particularly vulnerable
* the humiliation of female prisoners and the shackling of female detainees during childbirth
* the large number of children sentenced to life imprisonment
* the extensive use of electro-shock devices which have caused several deaths
* the harsh regime imposed in ‘supermaximum’ security prisons, and prolonged isolation periods which may be used as a form of punishment
* reports of brutality and excessive force used by law enforcement officers and the numerous allegations of the ill-treatment of racial minorities, migrants and homosexuals which have not been properly investigated.
e. Description of the form of torture used and any injury suffered as a result;
* PFC Manning has been placed in a form of solitary confinement that is cruel and unusual. This is a term utilized within US Constitutional Law, and US citizens are supposed to enjoy protection against this form of treatment.
The US Supreme Court has had occasion to adjudicate on this issue. As long ago as 1890, the US Supreme Court wrote:
“A considerable number of prisoners fell, after even a short confinement, into a semifatuous condition, from which it was next to impossible to arouse them, and others became violently insane; others still, committed suicide; while those who stood the ordeal better were not generally reformed, and in most cases did not recover sufficient mental activity to be of any subsequent service to the community. (In re Medley, 1890)”
. . . . .