US Judge Rules OK to Torture Children: Omar Khadr Torture Evidence Accepted

US Judge Rules OK to Torture Children: Omar Khadr Torture Evidence Accepted

Omar KhadrOmar Khadr, child soldier, is facing a military tribunal in which his future will be decided partly by a US judge who has ruled that it’s ok to torture children and that evidence obtained by torturing children is acceptable in court.

Omar Khadr, Canadian citizen, was apprehended by US military in Afghanistan after a firefight in which he is alleged to have thrown a grenade that killed an US army medic. He was 15 at the time. Khadr was the last person alive in the compound when he was apprehended and was suffering from a blinded eye and two serious gunshot wounds to his back.

In today’s proceedings the prosecution has admitted that it has no eye witness to identify who actually threw the fatal grenade and no forensic evidence linking Khadr to the grenade. They did present video of Khadr in a roomful of men apparently engaged in bomb making. Khadr would have been 15 or younger at the time.

Over the eight years that this teenager has been in US military custody, he may have confessed to various violent activities. In order to elicit confessions from the inmates at Guantanamo prison, it has been established that various methods of torture were used. Khadr alleges that he was threatened with gang rape, made to endure ‘difficult’ body positions, treated to ‘frequent flyer'(sleep deprivation) and more. At age 15 he confessed to terrorist activities when faced with more torture. While confessions made under toture are notoriously unreliable, the US military judge in this case has decided to accept the confessions as court room evidence.

So after having seen the above, it really calls to mind many other videos relating to the loss of liberty that American citizens seem to be going through.  For example, take this video, of a Baptist minister being tazed and dragged from his car.

What did he do wrong?  Well….nothing, it seems.  He was released without charges.

And this all really begs the question:  do people even realize the loss of liberty that they are enduring?  When the Patriot Act was passed, it received whole hearted support  from many Americans.  Enough that we didn’t see all out revolt.

Of course, there were some people who saw the evil that lay dormant within the legal Act.  Obviously, the initial intentions were good, with the intent being to catch “terrorists”.  The false logic of “if you aren’t doing anything wrong, you don’t have anything to be worried about” was bandied about in an attempt to shout down dissenters.

However, consider tazers as an example.  Initially, they were intended to be used as an alternative to lethal force.  And in that capacity, who wouldn’t support them?  If you can reduce not only deaths, but also medical treatment from hostile interactions with police, everyone wins.

However, is that how they turn out to be used?  While you could sometimes say “yes”, to make that a blanket answer is far less than honest.  Take for example this story, about an elderly, bed-bound lady who was tazed while in her bed and wearing oxygen:

Don’t Taze My Granny!!!

American police have been accused of tasering an 86-year-old bed-ridden grandmother.

Lonnie Tinsley called the emergency services to his home in El Reno, Oklahoma, when he became concerned that his grandma Lona Vernon had failed to take her medication.

But instead of a medical technician, he claims at least a dozen armed police officers answered his call.

When Mrs Vernon ordered the police from her house, officer Thomas Duran allegedly decided she was being ‘aggressive’ and gave the order: ‘Taser her.’

Her alarmed garndson, is then said to have replied: ‘Don’t taze my granny!’

According to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Tinsley’s ‘obstructive’ behaviour prompted the police to threaten him with their tasers.

He was then was assaulted, removed from the room, thrown to the floor, handcuffed, and detained in a police car.

At this point, the heroes in blue turned their attention to Lona.

According to officer Duran’s official report, Mrs Vernon had taken an ‘aggressive posture’ in her hospital bed.

In order to ensure ‘officer safety’, one of his men ‘stepped on her oxygen hose until she began to suffer oxygen deprivation’.

Another of the officers then shot her with a taser, but the connection wasn’t solid.

A second fired his taser, ‘striking her to the left of the midline of her upper chest, and applied high voltage, causing burns to her chest, extreme pain’, and unconsciousness.

Lona was then handcuffed with sufficient ruthlessness to tear the soft flesh of her forearms, causing her to bleed.

After her wounds were treated at a local hospital, Lona was confined for six days in the psychiatric ward at the insistence of the El Reno Police Department.

Was a less lethal force used?  Or was it merely a shortcut in the communication strategy?  And if you refer to the video of the minister, it once again becomes apparent that it is not a “less lethal force”, it is a shortcut to communication.  Had the officer in charge just listened, brought the dogs back out, and repeated the alleged steps, the whole thing could have been avoided.  THAT would be a “less lethal” force.

Our founding fathers set up protections for us in the Constitution.  Slowly but surely, this armor is being dismantled via “special exceptions”, such as the Patriot Act (or the “Internet Kill Switch”).  The worst part?  You are paying these people to impose this tyranny on you.

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