Torture And Abuse Is As American As Apple Pie – Updated


Early today, CNN’s top story was in regard the civil suit that alleges that children were abused in Florida’s Reform Schools in the 1960′s. The retired guard is denying the charges – but they ring true based on my own personal experiences. Torture and abuse has been prevalent in our Reform Schools and prisons as long as I can remember – and it still continues in many of our prisons and has been condemned by Amnesty International. I feel for the man who was courageous enough to file a suit against the State of Florida, however, I also feel sure that our Justice System (sic) will exonerate the accused guard.

Reform school guard, 85, denies beating boys

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — The man with the white hair and Southern twang seemed the consummate gentleman. Handsomely attired in a dark jacket and open-collared burgundy shirt, Troy Tidwell came to answer questions in a civil lawsuit that portrays him as a monster.

Across the table sat one of his accusers, Bryant Middleton. He had finally come face to face with the man who he says has haunted his dreams for the past 50 years.

He claims Tidwell beat him mercilessly with a leather strap when he was 14, when Tidwell was an administrator at a Florida reform school. Much More

How can we stop the torture of prisoners outside of the United States when at home, it is commonplace throughout the bulk of our own prisons? I’m disgusted with the torture of people that aren’t on American soil, but the ACLU needs to work on cleaning up our own prison systems before they can honestly address the torture of so called “Enemy Combatants.” If we do it on a regular basis to our own citizens, then it’s a natural progression to use the same or worse tactics on those who the government believes are terrorists. The American people need to acquaint themselves with what is going on in our own prisons and express the same outrage they have for torturing Enemy Combatants.

It is insulting to me that we care more about those who might be a threat to our country while ignoring the terror and death that is occurring in a prison system that is growing by the day. We incarcerate more people in the land of the “Free and Brave” than any other country on earth and then have the audacity to condemn other countries for doing exactly what is standard operating conditions throughout America.

The American Prison and the Normalization of Torture

By H. Bruce Franklin

The prison has become a central institution in American society, integral to our politics, economy, and culture. Between 1976 and 2000, the United States built on average a new prison each week and the number of imprisoned Americans increased tenfold. With a current prison and jail population of over two million, America has become the uncontested world leader in incarceration. Prison has made the threat of torture part of everyday life for millions of individuals in the United States, especially the 6.9 million currently incarcerated or otherwise under the control of the penal system. More insidiously, our prison system has helped make torture a normal, legitimate, even routine part of American culture.

Imprisonment itself, even when relatively benign, is arguably a form of torture. This is implicit in our society using prison as the most dire legal form of both “punishment” and “deterrence,” except for execution. Moreover, in the typical American prison, designed and run to maximize degradation, brutalization, and punishment, overt torture is the norm. Beatings, electric shock, prolonged exposure to heat and even immersion in scalding water, sodomy with riot batons, nightsticks, flashlights, and broom handles, shackled prisoners forced to lie in their own excrement for hours or even days, months of solitary confinement, rape and murder by guards or prisoners instructed by guards–all are everyday occurrences in the American prison system.(1)

The use of sex and sexual humiliation as torture in Abu Ghraib and the other American prisons in Iraq is endemic to the American prison. Psychological and physical sexual torture is exacerbated by the underlying policy of denying prisoners any volitional sex, making the only two forms of sexual activity that are physically possible–homosexuality and masturbation–both offenses subject to punishment. Strip searches, including invasive and often intentionally painful examination of the mouth, anus, testicles, and vagina, frequently accompanied by verbal or physical sexual abuse, are part of the daily routine in most prisons. A 1999 Amnesty International report documented the commonplace rape of prisoners by guards in women’s prisons.(2)

Each year, numerous prisoners are maimed, crippled, and even killed by guards. Photographs could be taken on any day in the American prison system that would match the photographs from Abu Ghraib that shocked the public. Indeed, actual pictures from prisons in America have shown worse atrocities than those pictures from the American prisons in Iraq. For example, no photos of American abuse of Iraqi prisoners have yet equaled the pictures of dozens of prisoners savagely and mercilessly tortured by guards and state troopers in the aftermath of the 1971 Attica rebellion.(3) Even more appalling images are available in the documentary film Maximum Security University about California’s state Corcoran Prison. For years at Corcoran, guards set up fights among prisoners, bet on the outcome, and then often shot the men for fighting, seriously wounding at least 43 and killing eight just in the period 1989-1994. The film features official footage of five separate incidents in which guards, with no legal justification, shoot down and kill unarmed prisoners.(4) MUST READ ARTICLE

It is hypocritical of us as a nation to run headlines about torturing enemy combatants when we constantly torture our own citizens. Those who have suffered torture in our prisons and reform schools need to bring lawsuits “en masse” to bring the torture of Americans in our penal system so that torture at home will also be addressed in these times when so much publicity has been given to the inhabitants of facilities that are not on American soil.

I have my own ghosts I would like to face in a court of law, and I urge anyone that was in Fred C. Nelles School for Boys in Whittier, California during the 1960′s to contact me via email so that a similar suit can be brought against the State of California. I have outlined some of the torture I was exposed to myself in this article: US Has Been Torturing Our Own Citizens, Including Children, For Decades

Torture will not stop until Americans that have been exposed to it file similar lawsuits that was filed against the State of Florida, and I urge anyone that has been tortured on American soil to stand up for your rights and work together to file a class action lawsuit that will address torture that occurs regularly in our own country which is always ignored by the mainstream news media. If we fail to address this issue, Americans will be subjected to torture and abuse as long as those whom have suffered through this unconstitutional activity remain silent.

William Cormier

NOTE: I wrote an autobiography 20 years ago that spanned years of a person that no longer exists except in the recesses of my own memory. I cleaned-up my act when I was 28, and in a couple of months, I’ll turn 59 years old. Two and a half years in the California Youth Authority, and then five in Alabama and two separate sentences in California’s Adult Penal System have left me with an insight that very few people enjoy. Since the very beginning in Alabama, I learned that education was the key to getting off the farm – which believe me, was worth any effort that would be successful in escaping one the toughest work programs ever faced by US Inmates. The cruelty and torture that occurred in Alabama Prisons in the late 60′s and early 70′s makes what happened in Reform School mild by comparison and leaves any sane individual with a commitment to never place themselves in jeopardy of losing their freedom again – the most precious commodity that Americans possess. Back then, crude efforts were aimed at rehabilitation, but in my opinion, reform schools and prisons were nothing more than training grounds to educate America’s next generation of criminals. Recidivism was in the high eighty percentile range and I believe the system was designed to guarantee a high rate of what many people call the “revolving door.” Today’s prisons have literally given-up on rehabilitation – and now the emphasis is on punishment (sic) with sentences which are imposed that often transcends the inmates memory of the event that caused his/her incarceration.

I survived the system by playing a dual role; I was always a clerk of some type and had the good fortune of recognizing those who were the best of a largely corrupt system, and most of the time I was a Captain’s Clerk or higher. One individual I worked for began as a lowly Third Watch Sergeant in Alabama’s notorious “Bottom” which was located next to Holman Unit – where Alabama executions are carried out. Wherever Charlie Jones was transferred I was fast on his heels, as his transfer often depended on me coming along in the deal. I believe that Mr. Jones recently retired as the Warden of Holman Unit.

In California, I remain one of the few inmates alive that re-wrote the Procedures Manual for an entire correctional institution. I used my knowledge of inmate behavior and that of guards to write a manual that greatly enhanced the safety of inmate and officer alike, and it was done under the veil of secrecy, as the guards and inmates alike would have killed me if they had known that I was closing security holes that had existed since the institution opened. My Title was Captain’s Clerk, who later became a “Program Administrator” at San Quentin, a position highly coveted and only granted to those who had shown extremely strong writing skills. The key to advancement was always the ability to write detailed “Incident Reports” and Procedure Manuals, a skill I learned out of self-preservation.

It’s tough to find people that have a perspective that covers both ends of the spectrum, and as we debate our bloated Penal System, people who are truly enlightened with the issues and corruption that guarantees a high recidivism rate should be brought forward in the debate – as looking at it in a purely Law Enforcement perspective will result in failed attempts at rehabilitating a system that is now profit based. Prisons are big business in the United States, which is why one out of nine adults is either on probation, incarcerated, or has been a previous resident in our penal system. Those figures are astounding, demonstrating that Judges are lobbied to imprison as many as they can, contributing to a system that now is nothing more than big business built on the misery of others. As long as profiting from the incarceration of our fellow Americans profits large corporations, don’t expect any real change. In fact, if we allow the same profit based system to continue, we are likely to expand to a prison state far faster than most of you believe. It is maintained by prison change activists that as high as 10% of our entire prison population is innocent – and if that figure is correct, it’s a national disgrace that we so callously imprison anyone we can as District Attorney’s try to make a name for themselves, citing high conviction rates which the public believes is helping to protect them from people who they have been led to believe need to be locked-up for the safety of the general public. Guilt or innocence usually carries no weight with a District Attorney; all they care about is convictions, and when the deck is stacked exponentially in their favor, inmates regularly accept deals that threaten to levy maximum sentences id they fail to accept a guilty plea, and public defenders are usually nothing more than deal brokers.

I’m debating whether to publish a chapter or two per month on this site or attempt to get it in E-book form, something that I don’t have the funds to accomplish. It’s hard to turn-back the clock and remember what I have attempted to forget for a lifetime, but since there appears to be a movement to change some aspects of our prison system, I believe this is a publication that will shed some light on issues that Americans have no idea that exist but must possess in order to make an informed decision. So far, those that have proof-read the original state they haven’t been able to put it down, and in my opinion, it needs to be re-written to include a more detailed account of the issues that contribute to the need to support an out of control prison system.



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  • Gsosbee

    Wednesday, March 8, 2011
    FBI/CIA Covert Unlawful Method Against Men: Castration

    NOTE: This report by former FBI agent Geral Sosbee, details just one aspect of the ‘neutralization’ campaigns run against whistleblowers and those deemed ‘dissidents’ by corrupt government agencies.

    Chemical and biological warfare (poisoning) is used to destroy the health and well-being of targets, as well as to apply psychological pressure, which results in extreme stress and trauma.

    But to add insult to injury, media outlets (controlled by the same corrupt Intel agencies) engage in selective censorship to prevent an expositor/whistleblower from alerting the public to these hideous crimes.

    Note that in this case, Indymedia summarily and unjustly bans Geral Sosbee from posting on this issue.

    The same type of selective censorship can be seen, as perpetrated by Google, AOL, Yahoo and others, apparently only against certain individuals who have been targeted for neutralization, while the non-targets are free to post anything they please, no matter the subject matter.

    Having discussed these issues at length with Geral Sosbee, which he has investigated over a period of years, and having also heard the testimony of those targeted for assaults by chemical/biological warfare (both men and women), I have no doubt about these atrocities being perpetrated against those deemed “enemies of the state”.

    Shame on you, Indymedia Worldwide!

    BHP
    March 7, 2011

    Intelligence Report: Castration of the Enemy

    The cia recently announced that Viagra is being offered to men who help in the USA war effort in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places. No mention is made by the cia of the ongoing practices of the fbi/cia to castrate men who refuse to cooperate (in the murderous war efforts), or who otherwise act against the interests of the American intelligence services (the fbi/cia).

    Secret laws now authorize the fbi/cia, et al, to engage in threats of castration and actual castration at will when the intel services can show some basis for the chemical assaults on selected Targets. One such basis is the showing that the Target has or is suspected of having a venereal disease (such as HIV or HPV, etc.) and is therefore a presumed threat to society. Indeed over half the adult male population is now believed to be infected with the HPV, a fact that offers great opportunity for the intel services to carry out their threats of castration on a broad section of the general population.

    http://www.brightonpittsfordpost.com/latestnews/x407382003/Study-50

    If the fbi/cia decide to end the productive life of an activist, or other suspected “enemy” , he may be incarcerated in a mental hospital by using fraudulent civil process as I have briefly summarized ;
    http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/05/375399.shtml
    http://www.cmaq.net/node/29986

    or he may become the subject of a phony criminal case wherein the imprisonment of the Target satisfies the intel service’s need.

    Today the fbi/cia also review the medical records of male Targets and conduct other in- depth investigations in efforts to profile the Target in a predetermined manner that ostensibly seeks to justifiy castration. However, in order to achieve the desired end, the intel services also create a file on the Target wherein women swear in false affidavits and file derogatory statements against the Target, rendering the Target vulnerable to corrective action. In some instances the fbi and the cia actually poison or otherwise infect the Target as suggested in some of the links below in order to disable, injure or kill the Target.

    Generally, the public is not aware of the dirty tricks used by the intel services against Targets, including adverse actions & procedures against uninfected men and others who pose absolutely no threat to anyone. The central goal of the intel services (the fbi/cia) is to protect state secrets (including their crimes against humanity)

    http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/part4-worldinabo.html

    and to further political objectives (such as silencing whistleblowers).
    Thus, men must become more vigilant regarding the crimes planned and committed against them by the fbi/cia agents and their operatives, including members of the public at large who are often co-opted into assisting the assassins in the poisoning and killing of selected Targets (sometimes by obscure methods).

    http://sosbeevfbi.ning.com/forum/topics/fbicia-methods-to-torture-and
    http://barbarahartwell.blogspot.com/2007/08/new-reports-from-ex-fbi….
    http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/resumepage.html
    http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/part16-updatefor.html
    http://www.governmentattic.org/docs/FBI-Army_Bacteriological_Warfar
    http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2007_hr/germs.pdf
    http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/tooth14.html
    http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/letterformthemed.html
    http://sosbeevfbi.ning.com/forum/topics/psychoelectronic-weapon
    http://www.governmentattic.org/docs/USMC_NeuronalEntrainment_Nonlet
    http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/hightechassau.html

    Miami Indymedia is under the control of the fbi/cia and other terrorists and now announces that this reporter may not post any article or report on the Miami Indymedia forum. Here are the messages to me when I attempt to post the reports on intelligence services castration program (see my report on this subject at

    http://sosbeevfbi.ning.com/forum/topics/fbicia-covert-unlawful-method?xg_source=activity

    Here is the cowardly message sent to me anonymously by the Miami Indymedia fool:

    Your IMC Miami article- fbi/cia Intelligen?ce report: castration of the enemy
    InboxX

    Reply |imcmiami to me
    show details 1:35 AM (8 hours ago)
    fromimcmiami togsosbee@gmail.com
    dateMon, Mar 7, 2011 at 1:35 AM
    subjectYour IMC Miami article- fbi/cia Intelligence report: castration of the enemymailed-byyahoo.com
    signed-byyahoo.com
    hide details 1:35 AM (8 hours ago)

    Geral,
    Please do not post any more articles on the Miami Independent Media web site.
    Thanks for your co-operation.
    The Editors

    From:
    http://miami.indymedia.org/news/2011/03/21978.php
    printable version – email this article

    For original reports by Geral Sosbee see:
    http://sosbeevfbi.ning.com/
    http://www.sosbeevfbi.com

    For more on torture see:
    http://www.boell.org/downloads/Lingis_on_torture.pdf

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/wjcormier wjcormier

    Yesterday, after submitting this article to the Governor's Office I also made a phone call. I was treated with courtesy and the aide I spoke to immediately pulled up my site and printed the article so the Governor could review it. I was also told that I would receive a reply as to the allegations that I had made. I don't know when that will be, but I sense that the legal wheels are turning, and today my sister received notice that she was being appointed an attorney to represent her on the "Educational Neglect" charge. As luck would have it, my vehicle is broke-down and I'm hoping that we can get it resolved in the next few days.

    I do worry that bringing this matter to the direct attention of the Governor could cause us more money and stress – however in this instance, since it was a State Employee that suggested writing this essay I'm hoping for better results. The problem with my sister and these outrageous charges is that we aren't the only ones that are experiencing these type of problems in Georgia – and what few employees that are still with family services are extremely concerned with how they perceive the agency is running, and where it will be in the near future is something that if it isn't addressed soon to alleviate this situation I have no idea of what the final outcome will be when state employees are taxed to the limit and finally break under the pressure.

    I know this is a Republican Governor, however, I was treated with the utmost courtesy so I am hoping to get this issue resolved satisfactorily in the near future. The attorney who was appointed to represent my sister for Educational Neglect is requesting a meeting as soon as possible, while the Public Defender's Office doesn't seem to care enough about the case to even ask the most basic of questions. Becoming involved with the law is one of my worst nightmares, and children and adults as well are under a great deal of stress.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/wjcormier wjcormier

    Yesterday, after submitting this article to the Governor's Office I also made a phone call. I was treated with courtesy and the aide I spoke to immediately pulled up my site and printed the article so the Governor could review it. I was also told that I would receive a reply as to the allegations that I had made. I don't know when that will be, but I sense that the legal wheels are turning, and today my sister received notice that she was being appointed an attorney to represent her on the "Educational Neglect" charge. As luck would have it, my vehicle is broke-down and I'm hoping that we can get it resolved in the next few days.

    I do worry that bringing this matter to the direct attention of the Governor could cause us more money and stress – however in this instance, since it was a State Employee that suggested writing this essay I'm hoping for better results. The problem with my sister and these outrageous charges is that we aren't the only ones that are experiencing these type of problems in Georgia – and what few employees that are still with family services are extremely concerned with how they perceive the agency is running, and where it will be in the near future is something that if it isn't addressed soon to alleviate this situation I have no idea of what the final outcome will be when state employees are taxed to the limit and finally break under the pressure.

    I know this is a Republican Governor, however, I was treated with the utmost courtesy so I am hoping to get this issue resolved satisfactorily in the near future. The attorney who was appointed to represent my sister for Educational Neglect is requesting a meeting as soon as possible, while the Public Defender's Office doesn't seem to care enough about the case to even ask the most basic of questions. Becoming involved with the law is one of my worst nightmares, and children and adults as well are under a great deal of stress.

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