Wednesday, March 12, 2008

State Dept. Releases Human Rights Report

The Human Rights Abuses annual report was released Tuesday by the U.S. State Dept. Some of the details appeared in the Houston Chronicle.

China: Torture allegations include shocks, beatings, shackles, and other forms of abuse. One prisoner was reported to have been strapped to a "tiger bench," a contraption which forces the legs to bend until they break. Chinese officials have gone to great lengths to enforce the "one child policy" and forced relocations have increased. Allegations of human rights abuses include reports of people being forced from their homes to clear space for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. "The government continued to monitor, harass, detain, arrest, and imprison journalists, Internet writers, and bloggers." The report only covers abuses to humans. China is also very adept at abusing the rights of small animals.

Pakistan: The human rights situation has got increasingly worse mostly because of President Musharraf's 42-day state of emergency imposition, suspension of the constitution, and the dismissal of the Supreme and High Provincial Courts.

North Korea: In the report's detention and imprisonment section, N. Korea is accused of forcing pregnant women into abortions and killing babies born in prisons.

Vietnam: The State Dept was critical of the crackdown on political dissent under one-party communist rule. Democracy advocate Nguyen Phuong Anh while visiting another activist, allegedly was beaten by plainclothes security agents. Two other political activists disappeared in Cambodia last May.

Sudan: The genocide in Darfur continues. Reports of Sudanese military and proxy militias conducting extrajudicial killings, torture, beatings, and rapes have not slackened.

Violations of human rights and torture by the United States is not included in the report because it's our report. However, there is plenty of evidence already published to draw our own conclusions.

The American military practices the most vicious forms of torture violating human rights to the nth degree. Music is used to induce sleep deprivation, prolong capture shock, and disorient detainees during interrogations. The very odd Mother Jones magazine has acquired a playlist of just some of the music used in the torture sessions. The playlist includes Raspberry Beret - Prince, Coming to America - Neil Diamond, Bulls on Parade - Rage Against the Machine, Stayin Alive - Bee Gees, and the Barney theme song. Listen to the torture songs here.

Only recently, US military authorities, with permission from their civilian masters, have instituted the most heinous of torture methods. Detainees "at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay will be allowed to make personal phone calls." One prisoner has a six year old daughter with whom he has never spoken. His lawyer said, "To be honest, I don't know whether speaking with her will lift him from his depression or simply shatter him."

And if that weren't heinous enough "humanities courses and more open communal areas" will be made available. Oh, the humanity! Damned American bastards!

At least we don't laugh at the prisoner's genitalia anymore. That's got to count for something.

Previous posts on torture:
Al-Qaida "Torture for Dummies" Manual
More Torture Photos

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Marie's Two Cents said...

Oh My!

We really are bastards!!

Making the GITMO Prisoners listen to Barney?

That's enough to drive anyone nuts!

LOL, Great Post Indigo :-)

As far as those other countries, that is totally sick.

Indigo Red said...

I could listen to the Barney song and maybe even get used to it, but the Meow Mix commercial drove me nuts wen it was plated on television. I listened to the entire collection and really didn't find anything that would bring me to bean spilling.

I agree, Marie, those other countries are totally sick and those, I think, were the milder countries. Iran and some of the African countries are really very primitive with interrogation tactics. Mexico is none too pleasant I hear.