PLEA TO OBAMA: Ban the EXTRAJUDICIAL POLICIES Behind the Torture
• Extrajudicial targeting and punishment allows a calculated bypass of the judicial system -- paving the way for myriad abuses.
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(NOTE: This commentary was written for posting to The Washington Post political blog, "The Fix." The post did not go through. Instead, the author received a full-screen message that the post was "being held for the blog owner." As has been written in this space, it's believed this message did not emanate from The Washington Post, but was a "spoofed page" inserted in a "targeted" data stream by government censors who actively infringe upon the author's constitutional rights.
The question now: Will these draconian, unconstitutional infringements on personal liberty continue into the Obama administration -- or is this latest example of apparent prior restraint and censorship of political speech just a last gasp of an eight-year authoritarian reign of terror? That question is relevant to the discussion below:)
Within days or even hours of his swearing in, President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order prohibiting any agent of government from committing acts of torture -- an order that would incontrovertibly reject as illegal, inhumane, and a violation of international law and treaties the catalogue of "enhanced interrogation techniques" practiced by officially-sanctioned operatives of the Bush-Cheney administration.
But "torture" is a term of (dark) art. As recent history attests, one chief executive's (or VP's) "aggressive" interrogation technique is another's beastial inquisition. To borrow a descriptive adjective from the Bush-Cheney lexicon, techniques that reasonable humanists might regard as torture (i.e., waterboarding) are but "tools" in a toolbox-full of methodologies and tactics that continue to be employed by federal and local authorities...
...whether the stated goal is victory in the "war on terror" -- or, just perhaps, control and submission of the "targets" of a particular "operation" (or "op," to use the common argot).
If torture is just a tool, then what's really needed is a prohibition on the underlying anti-democratic, inhumane policies -- the purposeful bypass of the judicial system in favor of what has been termed extrajudicial targeting and punishment.
THAT, not just the tactical tool of torture, is the venal sin of the Bush administration -- the methodical and calculated establishment of policies and organizational structures that have substituted an indiscriminate, undemocratic and unjust authoritarianism for the rule of law.
Example: A nationwide, government-funded covert vigilante network, comprised of citizen "community watch" and anti-terrorism volunteers and off-duty or retired public safety, military and intelligence officers, who systematically stalk and inflict physical punishment on American citizens who have been unjustly "targeted" by authorities as "dissidents," "troublemakers," "whistle-blowers" or "undesirables."
These operatives are said to employ high-tech devices such as the latest generation of silent, radiation-emitting "directed energy weapons" to degrade the physical health of their targets -- what victims of so-called organized community "gang stalking" deem as an officially-sanctioned slow genocide.
The extrajudicial punishment is supplanted by a host of government programs and policies, sold to Congress as "tools" against terrorists and drug traffickers, that are being abused as a means to destroy the financial well-being of extrajudicially targeted Americans -- denying them due process under the law while inflicting upon them a cruel social genocide.
So our appeal to President-elect Obama: Yes, issue an executive order banning "torture." But by the same stroke of the pen, ban the unconstitutional contagion of government-sponsored EXTRAJUDICIAL TARGETING AND PUNISHMENT -- the policies that have eviscerated the U.S. Constitution as well as the nation's economy.
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