Monday, February 27, 2006

Commonplace Torture Chairs

Without the intention of taking away what has happened at Gitmo and that pesky prison some where in the Middle East... I forget where... We must not forget what goes on in United States prisons, jails right here nationally in those torture chairs. I strongly encourage everyone to look up a recent incident in Biloxi/Gulfport Mississippi where a man arrested for disorderly conduct and public intoxication was beated and tortured in a chair used to restrain inmates considered unruly.

The inmates are strapped down with leather binds that electronically tighten as the "victim" moves to adjust or resist; in this case the man was taken to the hospital after some hours in this chair, where he later died. The FBI is investigating this and a similar case where this young man's kidneys were severely damaged to the point he required dialysis and physical therapy to repair muscle and nerve damage from sittingin the same chair for over seven hours.

There is a level of accountability that we are not holding our government officials to - if we stand united against this type of inhumane treatment in either of these cases we will gain credibility abroad - that is what little shred of credability that can be salvaged.

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