Tuesday, June 13, 2006


June is Torture Awareness Month

June 26th is the date that the United Nations has marked as the International Day in Support of Survivors and Victims of Torture. This year a coalition of human rights, civil liberties and faith organizations have joined TASSC International, a leading survivors organization, in declaring June “Torture Awareness Month." This awareness raising month is an effort to respond to the growing evidence that the United States government is engaging systematically in the use of torture and inhuman treatment as part of the “war on terror.”

12 Comments:

Blogger Rhino-itall said...

why would you want to bring awareness to torture by the U.S. government?

I think it's bullshit, but even if you're right do you think we are the worst perpatrators of torture in the world? why wouldn't you protest CUBA, or CHINA, or N.Korea?

Is it because you have no balls? Is it because you hate your country?

I think it's a combination of the two. This organization tassc, and the UN both know there's torture going on in these other countries but they want to protest the U.S.?

Why is that? Please gary enlighten me as to why this organization and the UN isn't working to bring awareness to the systematic torture and genocide in darfur?
even if the U.S. is torturing every prisoner in gitmo, that doesn't come close to what's going on in cuba, where they put people in jail for dissagreeing with castro! So if you're going to protest gitmo why not step outside the fence and the protection of the U.S. military that you so loathe and protest castro's treatment of his own people?

Oh that's right i already answered that, you have no balls! well, at least we cleared that up...............pussy!

5:05 AM  
Blogger Donkeyhue said...

How cute. You are anti-torture. What a bold stance you are taking. Whats next, you will announce that you are pro-oxygen. Cant you at the very least pretend that you love your country, wait...you are American right?

9:24 AM  
Blogger gary said...

Typical, Rhino and Donkey, to attack the patriotism of those who disagree with you. Attacking my manhood as well, one might say, is a bit below the belt.Let me respond:

First, I am opposed to torture everywhere, and support the efforts of organizations like Amnesty International that are working to end torture everywhere.

Second, I am particularly opposed to torture in my name, as it were. Torture is a profound violation of American values, as well as a violation of national and international law.

Third, being anti-torture is not like being pro-oxygen. Unfortunatly, many in our country, and our government support torture or look the other way.

An no, Rhino, it's because I love my country.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Rhino-itall said...

you love your country? so do you beat your kids to show your love for them too?

So you ARE PARTICULARLY OPPOSED TO TORTURE IN YOUR NAME which i assume means as an American.
So you save the MOST venom for the country that committs the least torture in the world because its "in your name" but where is your venom for the other countries.

I see in your post that you attack MY country, which you claim to love but no other countries are mentioned in the "torture awareness month" post. Why is that?
Are we the worst offenders according to you? Do you have any proof of ANY torture at all?

If you want to lie to yourself and say you love your country that's fine, but don't throw that bullshit at me and expect me to say it smells like roses.

10:49 AM  
Blogger gary said...

I never beat my kid to show my love for her but I did disclipine her and tried to teach her values. I am not attacking YOUR country (which is mine too, by the way) but I am criticising the policies of its leaders (which you see as treasonous apparently. A rather un-American attitude.) And if you think we are not torturing or outsourcing torure then you should take your head out of your ass. You might get a better view.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Rhino-itall said...

i see that you avoid answering the question, so i will ask it again.

Why is the NO mention of torture by ANY other country except for the one you claim to love???

When is the amnesty international march on havana? when will they be in n.korea? Why isn't the UN organizing a protest in sudan? Is this tassc group heading to darfur this month? Why not?

11:50 AM  
Blogger gary said...

Let me quote the first sentence of my original post:"June 26th is the date that the United Nations has marked as the International Day in Support of Survivors and Victims of Torture." That would apply to ALL victims of torture everywhere. Amnesty International and other "liberal" groups have long worked against torture in ALL nations. Does that answer your question?

12:35 PM  
Blogger Rhino-itall said...

No! that does not answer my question. Keep reading:

This awareness raising month is an effort to respond to the growing evidence that the United States government is engaging systematically in the use of torture and inhuman treatment as part of the “war on terror.”

so the whole point of torture awareness week is to attack my country. Do you deny this? click the link to this organization and see that ALL of their protests are in WASHINGTON DC!!! What??? Is that where all the torture takes place?

What about the book they promote on their website? who is it attacking? Gee it's a anti U.S. book! what were the chances?????

Gary you're either lying to yourself, lying to me, or you're an idiot and being duped by these commies. Your choice

12:52 PM  
Blogger gary said...

Well, Rhino I am opposed to torture in all countries but I happen to have been born in this one--and it's not protesting torture that un-American. Torture itself is un-American. Tolerating torure is un-American.And practicing torture is a crime against humanity.

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gary, look forward to reading your recent posts and delving into your
archives. happily linked over from RI

3:58 PM  
Blogger Left of Center said...

Unless one lives in a vacume, it's easy to find stories of horrendous torture all over the globe. From ethnic cleansing, rape and torture in Africa, Indonesia, Eastern Europe and the countries in the middle east that we subcontract torture out to. It's all wrong. We can't even set an example because the world looks at our actions and the President's signing statements as approval of torture.

4:31 PM  
Blogger Rhino-itall said...

Gary and Lefty, we are all against torture (well not me) the problem i have though is not with the anti torture message, it's with the focus on the U.S.

We don't torture people. I'm sure there are isolated incidents, but as a general rule we don't do it. Therefore the focus on us is simply anti American sentiment. The U.N. has ZERO credibility, Amnesty international has ZERO credibility, and they have both shown their anti American bias on numerous occasions.

Why would someone who loves their country promote such biased organizations??? Why is the focus on the U.S.????

6:13 AM  

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