…by Jonas E. Alexis
Donald Trump has recently shown that he is part of the Zionist establishment. People who have trusted this man to do the right thing will be surprised to know that Trump is willing to damn the law itself and send it to hell if it tries to stop him from pursuing his ideological purpose.
The Geneva Conventions condemn and forbid torture, but Donald Trump condemns the Geneva Conventions for condemning torture. Trumps says:
“The problem is we have the Geneva Conventions, all sorts of rules and regulations, so the soldiers are afraid to fight. We can’t waterboard, but they can chop off heads. I think we’ve got to make some changes, some adjustments.”
If he happens to be president, Trump says that he will “bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”
Worse than waterboarding? Who is this guy working for? Wasn’t it the Israeli regime that brought sodomy at Abu Ghraib? Wasn’t it the Neoconservatives and their puppets like Ann Coulter who perversely defended torture?
Have we already forgotten what happened in 2003? And isn’t Trump undermining what the Founding Fathers themselves believed and practiced? Let us do some history lesson here and see if Trump passes the test.
Torturing prisoners of war, according to the Founding Fathers, was forbidden territory. As historian David Hackett Fischer has vigorously documented,
“In Congress and the army, American leaders resolved that the War of Independence would be conducted with a respect of human rights, even of the enemy. This idea grew stronger during the campaign of 1776-1777, not weaker as is commonly the case in war.”
John Adams in particular knew that his enemies used cruelty on prisoners, yet he wrote a letter to his wife stating that such behavior should not take place among his soldiers. He wrote,
“I know of no policy, god is my witness, but this—Piety, Humanity and Honesty are the best policy. Blasphemy, Cruelty and Villainy have prevailed and may again. But they won’t prevail against America, in this Contest, because I find the more of them are employed, the less they succeed.”
George Washington put Adams’ principle to work. Some even persuaded leaders in Congress to adopt the British way of treating prisoners, but Washington refused. Washington “never threatened to deny quarter to an enemy.” When quarter was denied to American soldiers, many pressed Washington to follow the “eye for an eye” principle, but still he never gave in to the pressure.
For example, Lieutenant William Kelly was wounded and captured with his men by the British. They attempted to surrender, but
“British troops refused quarter and murdered them all. They ‘dashed out their brains with their muskets and ran them through with their bayonets, made them like sieves.’ As the Americans lay dying, the British troops brutally plundered their bodies with great violence.”
Not only that, “After the battles in New York, thousands of American prisoners of war were treated with extreme cruelty by British captors. Some Americans were confined in the churches of New York City, which were desecrated by scenes of cruelty, suffering, and starvation. Other Americans went to prison hulks in New York harbor and died miserably in large numbers.”
In other words, Washington had all the justification to return the favor to his British prisoners. Yet Washington treated British troops differently and “with the same human rights for which Americans were striving.” Washington’s prisoners expected that he would treat them as the British treated the American prisoners.
Yet they were astonished when Washington treated them as human beings. Whenever British soldiers were captured, Washington would send letters to the specific town saying that the prisoners “were innocent people in this war, and were not volunteers, but forced into this war.”
In another letter, Washington asked that the British prisoners be treated “with humanity, and let them have no reason to Complain of our Copying the brutal example of the British army in their Treatment of our unfortunate brethren…Provide everything necessary for them on the road.”
Not only that, he asked that the prisoners should be treated as friends. One prisoner, Johannes Reuber, wrote later that “conditions improved for us. Old, young, rich and poor, and all treated us in a friendly manner.”
As a result, many of the former British soldiers—some 3,194 of them—chose to stay in America. This has been one of the central issues in American history, and is the ideal that America was built upon. Legal scholar Robert F. Kennedy of Pace University declared that it was the Founding Fathers’ “disciplined adherence to those values that helped them win a hopeless struggle against the best soldiers in Europe.”
One can say that honest men like George Washington should be honored not because they were leading men but because their actions deserve a standing ovation. They saw America beyond the scope of their era, and did not buy into political maneuvering.
Torture in particular was so foreign to the United States that foreign countries were scared to use it, lest it ignited the anger of the United States.
Contrast that to our day, where men like Donald Trump are almost bought by AIPAC. They have to wipe out all of history and replace the truths with fables. And one of those fables is that torture works.
Trump and others simply are not following the Founding Fathers, and when they start talking about restoring the Constitution and the Founding Fathers to their former glory and at the same time perpetuating torture, then it could be an infallible sign that you are listening to some useful idiots because there is enough evidence which indicates that torture doesn’t work.
Donald Canestraro, a professional interrogator who served for over 25 years with the Drug Enforcement Administration, argues that “information obtained through coercion isn’t accurate.”
Darius Rejali, an eminent scholar who has done extensive studies on the use of torture in places like the U.S., Korea, Soviet Russia, South Vietnam, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, etc., has concluded in his scholarly study Torture and Democracy that the evidence shows that torture does not work.
One neurobiologist by the name of Shane O’Mara went so far as to say that
“The use of such techniques appears motivated by a folk psychology that is demonstrably incorrect. Solid scientific evidence on how repeated and extreme stress and pain affect memory and executive functions (such as planning or forming intentions) suggests these techniques are unlikely to do anything other than the opposite of that intended by coercive or ‘enhanced’ interrogation…
“Stress such as that caused by torture releases the hormone cortisol, which can impair cognitive function, including that of the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus. Studies in which soldiers were subjected to stress in the form of food and sleep deprivation have found that it impaired their ability to recall personal memories and information…
“Water-boarding in particular is an extreme stressor and has the potential to elicit widespread stress-induced changes in the brain…torture triggers abnormal patterns of activation in the frontal and temporal lobes, impairing memory.”
The simple question is this: what did we get when we torture? We get beautiful things like Abu Ghraib, where sodomy was rampant. What we are seeing here is that people like Donald Trump have to dismiss the Founding Fathers and adopt the Neoconservative or Israeli way of treating prisoners. And who was behind this, and where did the trainers get their training? You guessed it: Israel. Two of the men were none other than Steven Staphanovic and John Israel.
US General Janis Karpinski, who was at Abu Ghraib at the time, was shocked to learn that some Israelis were involved in the interrogation. Palestinians who spent time in Israeli detention declared that the pictures at Abu Ghraib reminded them of what the Israelis used to do to them.
So, when I see Donald Trump talking about circumventing the law in order to substitute what seems to be a New World Order ideology, then I see horror, suffering and grief. I see another Bush, who was a complete puppet of the system. Why? Again, only horror, suffering and grief have come out of places like Abu Ghraib. A history lesson again is needed here.
Torture was routine in Abu Ghraib, and forcing prisoners to have sex with one another and sodomizing teenagers was fair game. One prisoner testified that he saw one officer
“fu$king a kid, his age would be about 15-18 years. The kid was hurting very bad and they covered all the doors with sheets. Then when I heard the screaming I climbed the door because on top it wasn’t covered and I saw [name blacked out], who was wearing the military uniform putting his dick in the little kid’s ass. I couldn’t see the face of the kid because his face wasn’t in front of the door. And the female soldier was taking pictures.”
Torture was also routine in Afghanistan, where adolescents were beaten with hoses “and pipes and threats of sodomy.” These wicked acts were not done in the dark. Cambridge University published similar reports in a book that is more than 1200 pages long. These acts were also testified to by psychiatrists such as Terry Kupers.
It is common knowledge now that acts of torture were committed by the U.S. Army in places such as Abu Ghraib Prison between 2001 and 2004 during the Iraq War—a war that was spearheaded by Neoconservatives. There were at least 400 cases of alleged abuse during that timeframe.
What may or may not surprise people is that many of the abusers were “third country nationals,” individuals who were joint citizens of America and Israel. In fact, many of the soldiers responsible were trained in Israel. Accounts of similar abuse can also be found in places such as Guantanamo.
Because of these abuses, which include sexual assault and beating, numerous detainees have attempted to commit suicide. At least four of them succeeded; some “hanged themselves with makeshift nooses.” The U.S. of course closely guarded this fact.
The European Union, the Organization of American States, Amnesty International, the Human Rights Watch, the United Nations, and the International Committee of the Red Cross have all condemned the abuse perpetrated at Guantanamo. Amnesty International declared that it is the “gulag of our time,” for which it was later chastised by the Washington Post.
Many concerned individuals around Europe also voiced their concerns about what was going on at Guantanamo. Even flaming Zionist Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times urged President Bush to close down the facility, an opinion the European Parliament shared. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell finally had to admit,
“Essentially, we have shaken the belief the world had in America’s justice system by keeping a place like Guantanamo open and creating things like the military commission. We don’t need it and it is causing us far more damage than any good we get for it.”
After much examination of the abuse in the camp and the pathetic ideology that the administration used to continue the torture, noted attorney and professor Joseph Margulies came to a similar conclusion.
Michael Lehnert, U.S. Marine Brigadier General who helped establish the camp, was completely shocked about what happened there after he was replaced. What is even more revealing is that Lawrence Wilkerson, a former aide to Powell, announced that Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld knew that most of the prisoners held in the camp were innocent, but still detained them for political and ideological reasons.
Wilkerson’s announcement gained strength when it was discovered that of the almost 600 detainees, no more than 24 had any connection to al-Qaeda.
Yet many of the prisoners, if not all, were regularly tortured. Kenneth Roth, Jewish executive director of the Human Rights Watch, declared that some of the methods used by the U.S. in the camp were unconstitutional, despite the administration’s repeated propaganda that the methods they were using were “safe, humane, and professional.”
Obviously the so-called war on terror has turned the American government and politicians into savage people, reversing traditional American ideals strictly based on law.
“The tactics used by the military touched off wrenching debates with the FBI agents in which one agent, who cannot be named, accused the military of criminal behavior. ‘When I became an agent, I swore to uphold the Constitution against all enemies,’ the agent argued, ‘both foreign and domestic.’ The military officer argued that he was defending the country and the Constitution. ‘Not the same Constitution that I read,’ said the agent.”
Before the war in Iraq, waterboarding was unknown in America, used by tyrant countries such as Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime.
So, when Donald Trump starts talking about making America great again, he means to say that America will be great again if we start torturing people. It is really pathetic because Trump lived through the Abu Ghraib period, which means that he has enough information to make a rational conclusion about torture. If this man cannot apply practical reason on such a simple issue, why should we trust him on tougher issues? “Don’t tell me it doesn’t work,” Trump says. “Torture works.”
Where is he getting those crazy ideas? Did his buddy Sheldon Adelson tell him to say that mumbo jumbo?
 Ben Schreckinger, “Trump calls Geneva Conventions ‘the problem,’” Politico, March 30, 2016.
 David Hackett Fischer, Washington’s Crossing (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004), 375-376.
 Ibid., 376.
 Ibid., 377.
 Ibid., 378.
 Ibid., 379.
 Ibid., 378.
 Ibid., 379.
 Robert F. Kennedy Jr., “America’s Anti-Torture Tradition,” LA Times, December 17, 2005.
 Michael Levin, “The Case for Torture: ‘Terrorism and Torture,’” Newsweek, June 7, 1982
 Julian Borger, “US report on ‘enhanced interrogation’ concludes: torture doesn’t work,” Guardian, December 9, 2014; “Senate report on CIA torture claims spy agency lied about ‘ineffective’ program,” Guardian, December 9, 2014.
 Donald Canestraro, “Experienced interrogator: Torture doesn’t work,” The Hill, December 13, 2014.
 Darius Rejali, Torture and Democracy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007).
 “Neuroscience: Torture Doesn’t Work and Here’s Why,” Newsweek, September 20, 2009.
 Robert Fisk, “Follow Torture Trail At Abu Ghraib,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 26, 2004.
 “Israeli Interrogators ‘in Iraq,’” BBC, July 3, 2004; “Abu Ghraib General Says She Met Israeli in Iraq,” CNN, Jul. 4, 2004.
 Matthew Kalman, “Were Abu Ghraib Abuses Learned from Israel?,” San Francisco Chronicles, June 27, 2004.
 Mark Danner, Torture and Abu Ghraib: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror (New York: New York Review of Books, 2004), 243.
 Alissa J. Rubin, “Anti-Torture Efforts in Afghanistan Failed, UN Says,” NY Times, January 20, 2013
 Karen J. Greenberg and Joshua L. Dratel, eds., The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)
 Lila Rajiva, The Language of Empire: Abu Ghraib and the American Media (New York:
Monthly Review Press, 2005), 167.
 See Michael Otterman, American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond Victoria: Melbourne University Press, 2007), chapters 9 and 10; Philippe Sands, Torture Team: Rumsfeld’s Memo and the Betrayal of American Values (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2009), 14-16; Julian Borger, “U.S. General Linked to Abu Ghraib Abuse,” Guardian, May 22, 2004; Luke Harding, “After Abu Ghraib,” Guardian, September 20, 2004; Kate Zernike, “Detainees Describe Abuses by Guard in Iraq Prison,” NY Times, January 12, 2005; Greg Miller and Peter Finn, “Secret Iraq War Files Offer Grim New Details,” Washington Post, October 23, 2010; Emily Dugan, Nina Lakhani, et. al., “Torture, Killing, Children Shot—and How the U.S. Tried to Keep it all Quiet,” Independent, October 24, 2010; Robert Fisk, “The Shaming of America,” Independent, October 24, 2010; David Leigh and Maggie O’Kane, “Iraq War Logs: U.S. Turned Over Captives to Iraqi Torture Squads,” Guardian, October 24, 2010; Nick Davies, Jonathan Steele, and David Leigh, “Iraq War Logs: Secret Files Show How U.S. Ignored Torture,” Guardian, October 22, 2010.
 Robert Fisk, “Abu Ghraib Torture Trail Leads to Israel,” Independent, May 26, 2004.
 See Erik Saar and Viveca Novak, Inside the Wire (New York: The Penguin Press, 2005); Michael Ratner and Ellen Ray, Guantanamo: What the World Should Know (White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2004; Andy Worthington, The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (London: Pluto Press, 2007); Joseph Margulies, Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006); “U.S. Condemned over Prison Abuses,” BBC, October 27, 2007; Jenifer Fenton, “Ex-Guantanamo Guard Tells of Violence Against Detainees,” CNN, October 28, 2011.
 “‘Fingernail Slash’ at Guantanamo,” BBC, December 7, 2007.
 “Guantanamo Commander Says 3 Detainees Hanged Themselves with Makeshift Nooses,” USA Today, June 11, 2006; “Triple Suicide at Guantanamo Camp,” BBC, June 11, 2006; “Three Die in Guantanamo Suicide Pact,” The Times, June 11, 2006.
 “Mass Guantanamo Suicide Protest,” BBC, January 25, 2007.
 “American Gulag,” Washington Post, May 26, 2005.
 “Close Guantanamo Camp, Hain Says,” BBC, February 17, 2006; “Doctors Attack U.S. over Guantanamo,” BBC, March 10, 2006; “Doctors Demand End to Guantanamo Force-Feeding,” Guardian, March 10, 2006.
 Thomas L. Friedman, “Just Shut it Down,” NY Times, May 27, 2005.
 “Euro MPs Urge Guantanamo Closure,” BBC, June 13, 2006.
 “Colin Powell says Guantanamo should be closed,” Reuters.com, June 10, 2007.
 See Joseph Margulies, Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006).
 Tony Perry, “Marine Officer who Set Up Guantanamo Prison Dismayed by what it has Become,” LA Times, September 25, 2009.
 Tim Reid, “George W. Bush ‘Knew Guantanamo Prisoners were Innocent,’” The Times, April 9, 2010.
 Tim Golden, “U.S. Said to Overstate Value of Guantanamo Detainees,” NY Times, June 21, 2004.
 See Saar and Novak, Inside the Wire: A Military Intelligence Soldier’s Eyewitness Account of Life at Guantánamo (New York: The Penguin Press, 2005), and Dana Priest and Joe Stephens, “Pentagon Approved Tougher Interrogations,” Washington Post, May 9, 2004.
 Margulies, Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power, 85.
 Jane Mayer, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals (New York: Anchor Books, 2008), 203.
 William Safire, “Waterboarding,” NY Times, March 9, 2008.
 Quoted Jenna Johnson, “Trump says ‘torture works,’ backs waterboarding and ‘much worse,’” Washington Post, February 17, 2016.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.
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