Monday, August 10, 2009

New Video: "Tortured Logic"

The ACLU is continuing to press its Accountability for Torture campaign. They've released a remarkable video, featuring Oliver Stone, Patricia Perry, actors Rosie Perez, Noah Emmerich, John Doman and Reg E. Cathey, and musical composer Philip Glass, among others, reading directly from a memo authored by Jay Bybee, former head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel under the Bush administration. The memo was released in April as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the ACLU.

As Christy Hardin Smith at Firedoglake noted today:

The torture memos produced by the OLC were never meant to be seen and parsed by the public.

These memos used incredibly tortured logic to justify acts which, in prior wars, the United States prosecuted as war crimes.

The effect of watching the video is remarkable, as we hear out loud the monstrous legal justifications for the unjustifiable. ACLU has set up an action page, so that you can forward the video to Attorney General Eric Holder, and immediately send a letter asking him to initiate a "full and comprehensive investigation into Bush administration torture policies." The letter requests Holder "appoint an independent prosecutor with the authority to follow the evidence of torture wherever it leads."

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Anonymous said...

I don't know if this is the best place to leave this comment, but here goes: I have found books and youtube videos from people who are clear that torture is used to create dissociative states. These dissociative states are useful in creating people who will act according to someone else's will.

I can understand calling this bunk if, in reality, you have never heard of this. So here goes with some of what I've found.

In 1995, President Clinton authorized an Advisory Committee concerning Human Radiation Experimentation. Under that heading, people testified about their torture by a Drs. Green, Gottlieb and Orne.

These children were subjected to electric shock, hypnosis, pain induction, hallucinogens, sensory deprivation, dislocation of limbs and sexual abuse.

Valerie Wolf is the therapist who testified:

Two women who were tortured testified as well:

If these links don't work, go to youtube and search MKULTRA victim testimonies A, B and C.

Please read CIA Doctors
Human Rights Violations By American Psychiatrists. The creation of dissociative states in order to use people is well documented.

I am looking for the transcripts of this testimony and they appear to be hidden in The President's Advisory on Human Radiation Experiments.

I have more to write on this, but who knows if you will ever see this?


Valtin said...

Boston1775 -- Please note that I have seen and read your comment, and intend to follow up your info.


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