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The False Justification of Torture

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Torture and Today’s “Conservatism”

I put myself generally in a category of conservative thinkers on the basis of the absolute nature of our Founding Documents. That means that over time I have engaged increasingly less in supporting GOP rhetoric. In fact, I now isolate myself from supporting GOP positions purely on the basis of party stance, because the GOP is destroying itself with self contradiction.
Correct conservative thought coincides with the concept of individual liberty, and supports only that which which favors individualism and therefore Constitutionalism.
The infliction of torture falls within a pattern of thought which would deny individuals the basic constitutionally defined right to compassionate treatment. It is evil. Torture is one area in which I and the GOP (and the CIA) do not see eye to eye. Torture is pure evil. A right to inflict torture upon the accused is not and should not be a political issue. It is a moral issue.

The 8th Amendment

By the authority of the 8th Amendment to the Constitution, cruel and unusual punishment shall not be inflicted upon the accused.

Just so you don’t have to look it up yourself, here are the exact words of that Amendment:

“Amendment 8 Rights of Accused. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”
Why, might we suppose, did the Founders include this Amendment? Is it possible that certain supporters of the American Revolution underwent cruel and unusual punishment at the hands of King George’s thugs? Is it possible that the roles now might appear to be reversed, but that there is possibly yet another parallel with Original Intent and what is going on politically in the world today?

Inalienable Rights

To anyone who claims that the right not to be tortured belongs only to American citizens, may I point out that the Declaration of Independence clearly states that “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,….” ?

It says ALL men, and not just Americans. ALL men. And that’s also why they chose the word “inalienable”. Rights belong to your conscious being. Rights are a part of you, and cannot be removed from you any more than your heart or your brain could be removed from you. Your rights ARE you.

To claim then, that human beings who are not American citizens have no inalienable Rights to exercise while on US soil is completely irrational and self contradictory. It is, in fact, to claim that those who are not Americans are not to be classified as “men”, in the sense that the Declaration of Independence uses that word.

One popular false belief that would lead to the conclusion that torture of non Americans is constitutional, is the belief that the Constitution “granted” inalienable rights to men, specifically to Americans. The Constitution did not “grant” rights to anyone. It simply “enumerates” those rights. It spells them out, as they ARE. It enumerates them for ALL men. Don’t forget the meaning of that word “inalienable”. The Declaration itself states that it is SELF EVIDENT that truth applies to ALL men.
If it were true that inalienable rights were granted only to Americans, then foreigners do not count, and have therefore no rights on our soil. But if rights ARE self evidently inalienable for ALL men, as is clearly spelled out in the Declaration, the only way anyone could be excluded from exercising their rights would be for the accused to be counted outside of the grouping called “men”.

We are all Human Beings

Taking this to a logical conclusion, those who support torture have come to the conclusion that its deserving recipients are less than human. I disagree.

If we are all human, it is a self contradictory position that inalienable rights do not belong to some, or that they can only apply at certain times, and in certain locations.
Many are also enraged about the heinous nature of the terrorism carried out by the accused, and appear to be using this as a justification for torture. This is an “eye for an eye, and tooth for a tooth” mentality. The heinousness of the accused crime is a totally independent subject from the infliction of torture upon the accused, of whom it is possible may be many innocent parties. The heinous nature of terrorism must never be made an excuse for making exception to the absolute truths in our Founding Documents, documents which recognize that rights can be taken from no man.

No Emotional Fervor Please

Is this the spirit of the American way? Are exceptions to be made to the truths contained in our founding documents because there is great political and emotionally charged fervor driving the feeling?

Emotional fervor lacks principle, compassion, and logic, and can drive groups of human beings to support ad justify evil. Allowing ourselves to be run over by the unthinking emotion of reactionary evil is not befitting of what America’s so-called Christian supporters claims as a Christian nation. It is self contradictory, just like the GOP.

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Libertarianism – The Shocking Notion that Other People Are Not Your Property

Liberty Freedom Libertarianism

2 of the most interesting people in political thought. Both of whom in my experience are actually decent human beings too.

Almost everyone knows Ron Paul but more people should be familiar with Tom Woods who’s bookMeltdown is a fantastic (and very accessible) explanation of the 2008 Crash. You can read his work and listen to his show at TomWoods.com.

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UK Authorities Ignore 1,400 Non-Muslim Children Repeatedly Attacked By Muslim Rape Gangs

Saudi writer Abdulah Mohammad Al Dawood urges followers to sexually molest women for working at public places

A chilling report has emerged that details the atrocities that at least 1,400 non-Muslim children faced at the hands of Muslims for 16 years in Great Britain because authorities feared they would be viewed as racist.

BBC reports that children as young as 11 were beaten, trafficked and raped by large numbers of men between 1997 and 2013 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, according to a review into child protective services. The worst part is that over a third of the cases were known by authorities, who were afraid to speak up because of the ethnic and religious backgrounds of the attackers.

“Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist,” according to the report’s author, Professor Alexis Jay.

Jay blamed the “blatant” collective failures of the council’s leadership and concluded that “It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered.”

Authorities Ignore 1,400 Non-Muslim Children Repeatedly Attacked By Muslim Rape Gangs

The chilling details of Jay’s report revealed:

Victims were doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, terrorized with guns, made to witness brutally-violent rapes and told they would be the next if they spoke out.

They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten and intimidated.

One victim described gang rape as “a way of life”

Police “regarded many child victims with contempt”

Some fathers tried to rescue their children from abuse but were arrested themselves;
The approximate figure of 1,400 abuse victims is likely to be a conservative estimate of the true scale of abuse.

The majority of the perpetrators were Pakistani, according to Jay’s report. Because of this, others wouldn’t report alleged abuses out of fear they’d be labeled as racist.

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One of the victims said that “gang rape” became a way of life for some of the girls who grew up in Rotherham with her. Fathers would also try to track down their daughters to remove them from the homes where they were abused only to be arrested after the police were called to the scene.

According to Jay, the systematic failures within CPS happened despite three reports between 2002 and 2006, that both the council and police were aware of, “which could not have been clearer in the description of the situation in Rotherham.”

Jay says that the first of the reports were “effectively suppressed” because senior officials denied the data was true, and the other two reports were just flat out ignored. Councillors seemed to dismiss the reports as isolated incidents even though they documented widespread abuse.

“Others remembered clear direction from their managers not to [acknowledge the reports],” according to Jay.

Many of the victims believed that the perpetrators were their boyfriends who would shower them with gifts, drugs and alcohol. Some of them still don’t even believe that they were victims of abuse and groomed for sexual pleasure.

Some of the victims had serious mental issues and others from broken homes. Almost all of them had dysfunctional families with parents that suffered from addiction, sexually abused or would beat them.

The girls were eventually rescued by police and taken out of the abusive homes after being monitored by CPS, but it was too little too late.

“I was a child and they should have stepped in,” one of the victims said.

“No matter what’s done now… it’s not going to change that it was too late, it should have been stopped and prevented.”

You can read the full report here.

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