Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Torture Report: Better Than Useless

A torture victim pictured covered in excrement at Abu Ghraib.  We are in an unwinnable war of modern martyrdom.
 by Shawn K. Inlow

Today I'm watching all the wailing on television about the release of a report, many years too late and well after anything will be done about it.

This is not politics.  This is war.  And the United States is the most warlike nation on earth.  We have always been at war.  Almost always.  I defy you to name one U.S. president in your lifetime that has not fired a single shot in war.  There is one.  But you might not like the answer.

The Mountain wants to address torture in general before we discuss this report.  When 9/11 happened, Osama bin Laden won.  The terrorist resorts to the tactic when he has no other weapon.  And the tactic worked masterfully on a nation that has, instead of asking why the attacks happened, simply been turned into a quivering, fearful population that will sell out our core freedoms cheaply and cling to the uniforms of the military for protection.

It's a protection racket.

Terrorism begets terrorism.  We, and many other nations right now, are in an unwinnable war of modern martyrdom and we become more and more enraged with every beheading, don't we?  WAR, my friends, is SAVAGE, no matter who wages it.  No matter what methods you employ.  WAR is the sum FAILURE of civilization.  It is destructive in everything it touches.  Dehumanizing.  Debilitating.

But.  There's always a but.  In the United States war is insanely profitable.  It is the only growth industry left to us.  The only thing made in America any more is ordinance.  The jobs are in the manufacture of weapons of mass destruction.  Nobody does it like Uncle Sam.

The Mountain maintains that when the United States went Medieval after 9/11 - which I lay squarely on the shoulders of men like Dick Cheney, George Bush, the Pentagon and the CIA in no particular order - this country crossed a line from the savagery of constant war to the blackest abyss.

Raytheon thanks you.  GE thanks you.  Exxon thanks you.  Because now the war state has been merged with the corporate state and the surveillance state and now it's Orwell shot clean through.  All we need now is our daily "Two Minutes Hate."  But who are we kidding.  We get far more than our two minutes daily.  The ONLY thing we see on television is hate.  The ONLY thing that manages our politics is hate and fear.

Step away from the television.  Go walking on the Mountain.

When you are in a fight, the only way it ends is if someone stops swinging.  The Mountain suggests America be the one to stop throwing punches.  We need to stand for peace.  We need to stand for kindness.  We need to stand for love.  Americans should be withdrawn from the middle east entirely.  We need to stop.

America was drawn back into war against ISIS - our new Eastasia - only when they threatened the Iraqi oil fields, right?  Just so.  BP thanks you.  Chevron thanks you.  But our country is now trapped in the same endless cycle of violence that Israel and Palestine find themselves in, locked in each other's death grip, neither being able to let go.

So I ask you.  At the end of the 9/11 logic, who is stronger?  Somehow, bin Laden was on the same side of the banks, the military.  At the end of the day, the banks are stronger.  The military has swelled like a bloated demon-pig.  And the government no longer answers your calls.  You are ostensibly free as long as you don't ask the wrong questions.

Wikileaks asked the wrong questions.
Bradley Manning asked the wrong questions.
Edward Snowden asked the wrong questions.

People like this go to Room 101.  For real.  And our government will try to make them vanish down the memory hole.  Because, my friends, they are right.  They are just telling the truth.

Now this report comes from a congress that has been spied upon by the CIA - an organization that Congress should control.  And all the toadies who authored the American response to 9/11 are being called the liars they are.  Oh, but they still get to go on teevee and lie some more on their own behalves while the truth tellers have to hide out in Russia.  Or an embassy in England.  Or in solitary confinement.

And all these worms come crawling forth to shout with straight faces this magnificent irony:  This report will endanger Americans!  This is irresponsible!


I would say, wouldn't you, that Americans have been endangered in the Middle-East for a very long time.  Maybe sometime Americans will get the idea that being in the Middle-East is a bad idea.  As if this report will endanger that status quo.  "They" said the same thing about the Iraq War Journals published by Wikileaks and other major newspapers.  Still waiting for the other shoe to drop there.

Maybe the report will have some truth in it.  And there are criminals and villains and warmongers who sense that maybe - just maybe - they could be hauled up in front of a new Nuremberg Tribunal to answer questions.

If wishes were hand grenades, the Masters of War would die.

Maybe the report will have some truth in it.  The Mountain hopes so.  But don't delude yourself into thinking that those who authored and carried out torture in our name will be held responsible.  NOBODY takes responsibility for ANYTHING anymore.  Another product no longer made in America (trademark).  The only people taking responsibility anymore are terrorists.

Maybe men like Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney will be cast out of the public sphere for the cowards and liars they are.  Maybe those who lied to congress will be held accountable.  Yeah, right.  Because congress just doesn't want to know.


  1. "The only people taking responsibility anymore are terrorists."

    Too true Shawn. Too true.

    Did you hear the Fox News host today screaming about how "awesome" America is? Screaming at the top of her lungs while covering her eyes and closing her ears. Makes me want to check out of this place. Thanks for venting.

    1. Hi Max.
      Thanks for reading. Please feel free to share with anyone you like if you found the article useful.
      I don't watch Fox News anymore. I got enough of it while I worked as a State Trooper. Having worked as a journalist and having been trained in the ethics of journalism, I find Fox repugnant because they lie to their audience all the time. And they never correct any falsehood they foist off as news. How's the "War on Christmas" going? Have you met anyone who has been killed by or who has worked on a "Death Panel?" But that's another story.

      I will agree with the host you cite that our country IS pretty awesome. But that doesn't mean we do everything right and it is good to live in a country where you can complain, even if it has no effect whatsoever. Like I said in the article: The government no longer takes your calls.

      I have actually thought about becoming an expatriot. Sometimes I'm reminded of that old song: "My country sickens me, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing." Vancouver BC would be nice. Maybe Norway. But, you know, those of us with clear conscience and those of us who can read and think and process information can't just run away. Our country needs our words and sometimes America really is where it's happening. We still have potential, even though the Capitalism is destroying the Democracy.

      Best to you. You are welcome on the Mountain any time.


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