Posts Tagged ‘Torture’

Related imageStanley McChrystal: Death Squad Poster Boy & ‘Cheney’s Chief Assassin’
By MediaLens, Dissident Voice, July 1, 2010

The sacking of the head of NATO’s military command in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, caused a surge in coverage of the man described by political analyst James Petras as “Cheney’s chief assassin.”

In May 2009, Petras sampled from McChrystal’s CV. The general had played a central role in directing units involved in “extrajudicial assassinations, systematic torture, bombing of civilian communities and search and destroy missions”. He was “the very embodiment of the brutality and gore that accompanies military-driven empire building”.

Between September 2003 and August 2008, McChrystal commanded the Pentagon’s Joint Special (more…)


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Theft of Organs UPIsraeli Organ Harvesting
The New “Blood Libel”?
by ALISON WEIR, 2009

Last week Sweden’s largest daily newspaper published an article containing shocking material: testimony and circumstantial evidence indicating that Israelis may have been harvesting internal organs from Palestinian prisoners without consent for many years.

Worse yet, some of the information reported in the article suggests that in some instances Palestinians may have been captured with this macabre purpose in mind.

In the article, “Our sons plundered for their organs,” veteran journalist Donald Bostrom writes that Palestinians “harbor strong suspicions against Israel for seizing young men and having them serve as the country’s organ reserve – a very serious accusation, with (more…)

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Corpse TagIsraelis detained for organ harvesting in Romania
By Uprooted Palestinian, February 21, 2013

Jewish news agency JTA, reported on February 20, 2013 that Romanian police detained two Israeli medical personnel, Dr. Dr. Rapahel Ron-El, a fertility specialist at Assaf Harofeh Hospital in central Israel and his technical assistant Daphna Komarovsky for illegally harvesting eggs from local women. However, under pressure from powerful Jewish groups, both were released from police custody and put under house-arrest inside a hotel in Bucharest on Wednesday.

 The Romanian police source has claimed that these Israelis were targeting poor local students (more…)

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No Due ProcessMilitary Commissions
By Humanrightsfirst.org, 2013

On October 28, 2009, President Obama signed into law the Military Commissions Act of 2009, which was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). MCA 2009 is the third attempt at creating a military commissions system. The new reforms to the system include some improvements over the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and the November 12, 2001 Military Order issued by President Bush which first created a military commissions system after September 11. MCA 2009 however, still fails to provide many of the fundamental elements of a fair trial found in federal civilian courts and a court martial system. For example, the rules (more…)

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man-on-earth-rupert-vandervellHow Did a Form of Torture Become Policy in America’s Prison System?
The cruel rise of solitary confinement in America.
By Andrew Gumbel, October 11 2013

In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville visited the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia to observe first-hand the effects of a peculiar — and, at the time, entirely novel — form of incarceration. The Quakers, who had opened the prison two years earlier, believed that long-term solitary confinement was an ideal form of religious penitence (whence the termpenitentiary) and would hasten prisoners’ rehabilitation and reintegration into society. They saw it not as extreme punishment but as a progressive idea, far preferable to the giant holding pens typical of the age, where mutilations and violence among prisoners were common, and spiritual betterment all but unthinkable. (more…)

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AbbottCarnegie Institution of Washington
Miss Harriett E. Abbott,19 Brookes Avenue,Burlington, Vermont.

Dear Miss Abbott:

Massachusetts and Indiana have perhaps some of the best central organizations for keeping in a central place records of all sorts of inadequates who come under the care of the state or in a municipality in the state. For one thing, a central eugenics survey, if it is to be permanent, could well prepare a brief case history card to be prepared in duplicate by all of the state and municipal institutions. The institution could keep one copy and could file the second with the central survey.

The establishment of psychiatric clinics is a good thing, but it is not the principal object of a eugenics survey. A eugenics survey needs to locate, first, the inadequates in the state; second, to find out, if possible, why they exist. A preliminary classification could well be made on the (more…)

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Eugenics Baby FarmProposal to the Advisory Committee of the Eugenics Survey of Vermont, Perkins, Henry F.. September 9, 1925.



Some Essentials of a Good Eugenics Program.

(Please renumber the following items so as to arrange them in what seems to you to be the order of their importance. Cross out any item that you consider non‐essential and add others that you consider essential.)

1. Routine physical and mental examinations of school children with registration of defectives. 2. Special classes in the public schools. (In rural as well as ‐urban and village.)3. Clinics (some of them travelling) for use of schools, courts, prisons, welfare societies, orphanages, public health nurses, etc. etc.a. Should one clinic be connected with Waterbury State Hospital?b. Should one (more…)

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