Friday, November 13, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dudley Did-Wrong: Taser Torture in the Great White North

by William Grigg

What would Constable Benton Fraser, the genteel, scrupulously honest, and self-effacing Canadian Mountie from “Due South,” say about this:

“A Selkirk, Man., RCMP officer denies any wrongdoing in the case of a teenage girl who says she was injured with a Taser while in police custody two years ago….

The teenager was taken into custody after she and some friends were found drunk in her parents’ van, which her mother had reported stolen.

In her statement of claim, the girl says she was put in a cell by several officers, and after punching or shoving one of them, was allegedly shoved onto the floor, knelt on by four officers, and hit with a stun gun in her thighs three times.

In the documents, Gavel admits that a stun gun was used, but only after `it became necessary to physically restrain [the girl, and] fit her with a spit mask.’

Contrary to the girl’s claims of being shocked numerous times, the documents said the Taser was `successfully applied’ only once to the inside of the girl’s thigh.”

So, let’s get this straight: A 16-year-old girl was pinned to the floor by four fully-grown men (well, nominal males, in any case), and then subjected to electro-shock “pain compliance” torture in which the business end of the Taser was pressed against her inner thigh. That’s the sort of thing that, if done by people not on a government’s payroll, would result in someone being placed on a sex offender registry.

In literature, drama, and even cartoons, the Mounties have been depicted as a corps of professional, highly disciplined police not given to the violence, corruption, and vulgarity so frequently found here in the Lower 48. (Once, when exceptionally frustrated, Constable Fraser let loose with his idea of a curse word: “Bindlesnitch!”)

Apparently, whatever it is that has turned so many American policemen into state-licensed sadists is contagious, and the Mounties have come down with a severe dose.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Agent of Empire Visits Vassal

Rare bit of truth from one of our overlords.

"At the risk of sounding undiplomatic, Pakistan has to have internal investment in your public services and your business opportunities," Clinton told businessmen, taking swipe at tax evasion in the cash-strapped country.

"The percentage of taxes on GDP is among the lowest in the world... We (the United States) tax everything that moves and doesn't move, and that's not what we see in Pakistan," she said.