Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Homeland torture

The torture at Abu Ghraib received a lot of attention and appalled the world. Unfortunately, this sort of obscene conduct was perfected on the bodies of Americans and it receives no press attention. It happens daily in our prisons and often in small towns who exercise little oversight over their law enforcement agents. It's been a long day so I'm just going to quote Richard Lake directly on this one.
When Tennessee law enforcement officials showed up at the home of Lester Siler, a first-time convicted drug dealer out on probation, they asked his wife and 8 year-old son to leave. They didn't know that Lester's wife had turned on a tape recorder in the kitchen. When Lester exercised his constitutional right not to sign a consent to search his house, these officers spent the next two hours torturing him. They beat him with bats and guns, held loaded guns to his head, threatened to shoot him, dunked his head in the toilet, burned him with lighters, attached his testicles to a battery charger, threatened to cut off his fingers, and threatened to torture his wife. Then they arrested him for "evading arrest". It wasn't until his wife showed up at the FBI with the tape recording that all hell broke loose. And go figure, even though these officers have been convicted in federal court, not ONE national media outlet covered this story.

This was truly the most horrifying audio tape I have ever listened to. I didn't make it all the way through. I quit after 30 minutes because it was literally making me nauseous. Local coverage is available here. This happened in America, to an American citizen. I don't care if he was a two bit dealer, no human being, much less an American should suffer this sort of treatment at the hands of our government.


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