Torture: Mainstream and Legal in America

Kurt Nimmo
April 13, 2012

Once clandestine, torture has gone mainstream. It is now routinely used — from the interrogation of detainees in the war on manufactured terror to police routinely using “pain compliance” techniques on school children.

The attacks of September 11, 2001, opened the floodgates and provided the foundation for mainstreaming the use of torture and dismissing moral objections to the practice. Abu Ghraib, the torture memos of John Yoo, and the award-winning Fox TV series 24 all acted as a sadistic pornography that worked like slow acid to desensitize much of the public to what had been previously unthinkable and regarded as incompatible with the tenets of Christianity and modern civilization.

Below we encapsulate a number of examples showing how torture has become an acceptable practice domestically.

Taser Bracelets for Air Travelers

In 2008, the Department of Homeland Security pushed the idea of a taser-like bracelet that would act as a stun device for airline passengers. It was said that the bracelet would replace traditional boarding passes and would shock the wearer on command, completely immobilizing him/her for several minutes, according to The Washington Post.

The DHS expressed an active interest in the technology. DHS official Paul S. Ruwaldt of the Science and Technology Directorate, office of Research and Development, wrote a letter to the inventor of the bracelet. “To make it clear, we [the federal government] are interested in… the immobilizing security bracelet, and look forward to receiving a written proposal,” he wrote.

In other words, what might seem macabre to the average person is considered a valid – and even preferable – technique by the state.

Tasering the Public

Electro-shocking citizens is now a common practice for police departments around the country. In addition to non-violent people who do not pose a threat to the police, children, the elderly, students, the mentally handicapped and even wheelchair-bound people are now not only tasered on a regular basis, but also beaten, pepper sprayed and often killed. has posted hundreds of news stories documenting this now routine and mundane torture practice with “nonlethal” taser weapons.

School teachers torture disabled student.

“The only terrorist most Americans will ever encounter is a policeman with a badge, nightstick, mace and Taser,” Paul Craig Roberts wrote in 2007. “Police brutality has crossed the line from using excessive force against a resisting Rodney King to unprovoked gratuitous violence against persons offering no resistance, such as the elderly, women, students, and elected officials.”

Waterboarding the Elderly and Children

Torture is apparently so normalized it is now used against the elderly, as a case in Georgia revealed last year when an 89-year old woman was waterboarded at a Jonesboro facility. The woman, who suffered from dementia, was tortured after and argument over ice cream.

In 2010, an Iraqi veteran in Washington State waterboarded his daughter for failing to recite her ABCs correctly. The man was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and had returned after being stationed for 15 months in Iraq. It was not clear if he had learned the practice while in the military.

Police Employing Military Torture Technology

The military has devised a number of new “pain compliance” technologies now used by police. “Designed to control crowds, clear streets, subdue and restrain individuals and secure borders, they are the 21st century’s version of the police baton, pepper spray and tear gas,” writes Rania Khalek.

Invisible “pain rays,” lasers that blind, tasers “on steroids,” so-called “calmative agents,” deafening microwaves, ear-splitting Long Range Acoustic Devices, and other torture technologies are either now being deployed by police or are being tested.

2nd Video: "Non-Lethal Weapons" on Police Drones in America - YouTube

Judge Napolitano on police using “non-lethal” weapons in drones.

Psychological and Sexual Torture for Travelers

In addition to actual physical violence and torture, the government has honed the art of psychological torture at the nation’s airports. The sexual molestation of children is defended by the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security as a necessary component in the war on terrorism.

Remarkably, the TSA has advised parents to instruct their children to regard strangers groping their private parts as a “game,” a practice also used by pedophiles and sexual predators. Children “don’t have the sophistication” to distinguish between a pat-down carried out by an airport security officer and an assault by a sexual predator, Ken Wooden, founder of Child Lures Prevention, told Raw Story in 2010.

“This policy is also incredibly insensitive to the countless victims who have already been traumatized by unwanted touching in their lives and could be re-traumatized by such pat-downs,” Wooden said.

3rd Video: Young Boy Strip Searched By TSA - YouTube

Child strip searched by TSA.

For adults, the practice of intrusive pat-downs by the TSA further acclimates them to the formerly unacceptable idea that the government has the right to invade their personal space and fondle their genitals under the bogus guise of protecting them from phantom terrorists. It also further undermines the Fourth Amendment and the principle of probable cause.

The TSA has expanded its mission to terrorize the public from airports to bus terminals, subway platforms and Amtrak stations. If the mega-agency is allowed to continue this expansion – something Congress has given it a green light to do – we can expect to be sexually molested, forced through cancer-inducing naked body porno scanners, and psychologically tortured at the local mall and on street corners around the nation.

The Methodology of Submission

As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn noted in his book The Gulag Archipelago: 1918-1956, torture is used primarily to break the will and train the victim to obey and submit to the state. “The most natural thing of all is to combine the psychological and physical methods,” he writes.

Beyond the fact that sadists and authoritarian personalities gravitate toward positions where torture is routinely employed, the state has a keen interest in using it not only to break the will of enemies (either real or manufactured), but also as a psychological weapon to train the masses to accept their servitude or face harsh consequences. Moreover, when torture is taken out of the shadows and normalized – even celebrated on popular television shows – it desensitizes a public that has already undergone decades of desensitization when it comes to violence and war.

The methodology of submission is an integral component in breaking our will to resist ever encroaching tyranny and the ultimate end game of the elite – a eugenics-based culling of the herd that is accepted by the dumbed-down masses as beneficial for the planet and the Gaia hypothesis pushed by the global elite.

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