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Human Rights Watch (HRW) has just released its report, “Extreme Measures: Abused Children Detained As National Security Threats.”

From my reading of the report, Israel and the US are the two worst abusers. Boko Haram is a distant third.

Which country is the worst abuser, Israel or the US? Taking into account that the US is responsible for the violence in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria that has resulted in torture and detention, if we include these victims in the American total, then the US is the Number One torturer of children. As it is unlikely that Israel could get away with abuse of Palestinian children without Washington’s support, we can add Israel’s abuses to Washington’s total.

Guantanamo Bay is a great distance away from Washington’s wars against Muslims in Afghanistan, North Africa and the Middle East. Yet even at Guantanamo, where the only violence is the violence that the US military inflicts on detainees, the US government tortured children, according to the Human Rights Watch report.

What kind of military tortures children? The only answer that I can come up with is a military that has no self-respect.

What kind of US government would pay two US psychologists $81 million to help the CIA devise torture techniques? Only a lawless government with no respect for US law and international law.

Think back to the torture memos written by US Department of Justice (sic) officials John C. Yoo and Jay S. Bybee. These memos justifying the US government’s torture of detainees despite the prohibition of torture by both US statutory law and international law to which the US is a signatory have been denounced by civil libertarians as the work of legal incompetents or criminals or both. Yet, John Yoo is a professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, and for his service to the White House torturers Jay Bybee was appointed a US federal judge to the second highest court. If Hitlery becomes president, Bybee and Yoo could end up on the Supreme Court.

The positions held by Yoo and Bybee tell the world all that is needed to know that the United States is a lawless entity and that this lawlessness is accepted by America’s legal, political, and educational institutions and by the American people.

What self-respecting parent would send a son or daughter to study law at a university that hosts a “legal scholar” who discounts law in behalf of torture?

If you were a judge on the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals and a torturer was appointed to the court, would you welcome the criminal or resign in protest against a government that has no respect for its own laws?

How many NSA officials have resigned over illegal spying on the American people?

How many FBI officials have resigned over false flag frame-ups of “terrorists?”

When the Democratic National Committee can hire Americans for $50 per night to fill up the empty seats at the Democratic convention, what does that tell you about the price of American integrity?

Do you remember the 775 Guantanamo detainees described by the US Secretary of Defense and the Vice President of the US as the most dangerous, most violent men on earth? We will never know how many of these detainees were tortured in an effort to elicit a confession in support of the government’s unfounded claims, but nine of them died in custody. We do know that despite torture and the assurances from the highest officials that the detainees were dangerous and violent, as of July 12, 2016, 90 percent of the detainees have been released without charges. Only 76 remain, and apparently there is no evidence that can be used to charge them. Apparently, they are being held only in order to save the US government from being 100 percent wrong. Being 90 percent wrong is close enough for government work. See: and

Do you remember those photos of the torture of the Abu Ghraib prisoners? As horrifying as the photos are, they are the mild part. Others photos were not released. The photos reveal more than torture. The photos reveal the extreme pleasure that the US soldiers got from torturing the prisoners. They were having the time of their life abusing other humans!

Some feminists have excused the female soldier, one of the several grunts punished while the higher officials responsible went scot free, with the rationale that she was only getting back at the male gender for the abuses she, as a female, had suffered from men.

The Abu Ghraib photos required silencing. Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the senior American commander in Iraq, appointed Major General Antonio Taguba to compile a report based on an investigation of the torture. All Gen. Taguba had to do was to explain away the torture and be promoted from 2-star to 3-star general.

If that is what Sanchez intended, he chose the wrong man. Gen. Taguba filed an honest report, finding:

“That between October and December 2003, at the Abu Ghraib Confinement Facility (BCCF), numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses were inflicted on several detainees. This systemic and illegal abuse of detainees was intentionally perpetrated by several members of the military police guard force (372nd Military Police Company, 320th Military Police Battalion, 800th MP Brigade), in Tier (section) 1-A of the Abu Ghraib Prison (BCCF). The allegations of abuse were substantiated by detailed witness statements (ANNEX 26) and the discovery of extremely graphic photographic evidence…In addition to the aforementioned crimes, there were also abuses committed by members of the 325th MI Battalion, 205th MI Brigade, and Joint Interrogation and Debriefing Center (JIDC).”

Instead of becoming a 3-star general with lucrative consulting opportunities and board memberships at the end of his military career, Taguba was sent into retirement.

Seymour Hersh’s report on “The General’s Report” shows a US military whose leaders, both military and civilian, are devoid of integrity.


If we contrast the fate of Gen. Taguba, who took the US Military Code seriously, with the mindlessness of Fox “News” and its incoherent insouciant Medal of Honor winner, Dakota Meyer, who is displayed on need, we can see how integrity was lost to ignorance and propaganda.

Mischaracterizing Democratic convention delegates protests, “no more war,” as disrespect for the military, Dakota Meyer declares that “America is the beacon of hope.”

That is not the way the world sees it. In every world poll, the United States is ranked overwhelmingly as the greatest threat to peace, with Israel as the runner-up. The “threats”, such as North Korea and Iran, designated by the warmongers in Washington hardly register as threats in world polls.

Long ago Americans were divided into “liberals” and “conservatives” and set against one another, while those who did the dividing took away our civil liberties and prosperity. Both the Fox “News” imbecile and the Medal of Honor winner, who think of themselves as “conservatives,” believe that it is liberals who are disrespectful of the military and that their hatred of the military is why “liberals” are opposed to war. Of course, informed Americans are aware that it was conservatives who did not want to get into wars. It was conservatives, not liberals who opposed US involvement in WWI and WWII. Liberals were hot to trot.

It has escaped Fox “News” and the Medal of Honor winner that Democrat Hitlery is all in favor of war and wants more of it. The people who don’t want war are the ones that understand that WWIII will be nuclear and bring an end to life on earth. The people denigrated by the Fox “News” imbecile and the insouciant Medal of Honor winner are the people who are trying to save not only the United States but all life on earth from the stupid, reckless, arrogant war crowd.

To whom is America “the beacon of hope”? Is America the beacon of hope to the millions of peoples who have been killed, maimed, and displaced by America’s wars during the past 15 years? Is America the beacon of hope to the Palestinians trapped in the Gaza Ghetto that Israel uses for a shooting gallery? Is America the beacon of hope to the Latin American peoples whose representative governments Washington routinely overthrows? Is America the beacon of hope to the Russians and Chinese who are being encircled with military bases and demonized with hostile words and misrepresented with lies? Is America the beacon of hope for the middle class whose jobs and future were offshored? Is America the beacon of hope to the poor whose public assistance was wiped out by Clinton’s Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996?

America is a beacon of hope only to the One Percent who loot and plunder both our economic future and our civil liberties.

People can be intelligent without being brave, and they can be brave without being intelligent. Our soldiers fit in the later category. They do the work for the One Percent and are paid for their physical and emotional injuries with medals.

In the past 15 years “the beacon of hope” has destroyed in whole or part seven countries–Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, and Syria. The “beacon of hope” has overthrown representative governments in Honduras, Ukraine, Egypt, Argentina, and Brazil, installing in their place right-wing crooks, and is working hard to overthrow the elected governments in Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia. The extraordinary range of death and suffering for which “the beacon of hope” is responsible is unprecedented.

As if this is not enough, “the beacon of hope” is now recklessly and irresponsibly threatening two nuclear powers–Russia and China–with military encirclement justified with the most blatant and transparent lies. We hear the propaganda 24/7. Even the “liberal” NPR specializes in telling lies about Russia. Is it hopeful to convince two nuclear powers that the US is preparing to attack?

It is Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, who says he doesn’t want conflict with Russia and sees little point to NATO. Yet, the “liberal” media doesn’t miss an opportunity to demonize Trump, just as the presstitutes demonize the peace-seeker, Vladimir Putin.

The presstitutes are screaming: “Give us Hitlery and more war!”

Feminists want Hitlery for war on the glass ceiling.

The neoconservatives want Hitlery in order for them to achieve their ideology of world hegemony.

The military/security complex and Wall Street want Hitlery for their profits.

Why is it Donald Trump, the candidate who says he wants to avoid dangerous conflict with nuclear powers, who is being demonized?

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  1. Realist says:

    Why is it Donald Trump, the candidate who says he wants to avoid dangerous conflict with nuclear powers, who is being demonized?”

    Trump is no panacea. He has his bouts of American hegemony and warmongerism or bellicism.

  2. Didn’t make it past the third paragraph.

    Dude, if you blame America for the crimes of Moslems, then you need a new moral GPS. Yours has vanished in a fecalstorm of absurd slander.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  3. @The Grate Deign

    You assume Moslems have agency. They disagree– they’re predestinarian.

  4. A much more lucid commentary than many of your recent ones. Obviously, the medication is working. Compliments to your nurse.
    Your point about Judicial Torture – for such it is – is very valid. In Britain, The Revolution-Settlement of 1688-90 ( the English call it the Glorious Revolution ) eliminated this, though it took a number of years to be fully implemented. In the course of the 18th Century, Judicial Torture was eliminated in the vast majority of European countries, often by so called Enlightened Despots. In France, the reform-minded Louis XVI enacted such legislation, very much against the opposition of the lawyers.
    Modern America is very much a regressive entity, an aspect of which is its tolerance, indeed defence, of Judicial Torture. Ironically, the supporters of Judicial Torture tend to be NeoCons, Liberals and Leftists, who would be mortified to be called regressives. But that’s what they are. The opponents of Judicial Torture tend to be people the first group call reactionaries or bigots.

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  5. alexander says:

    Dear Mr Roberts,

    As a native New Yorker in his early fifties, I think I have met over ten thousand fellow Americans in my lifetime (just an estimate), I have even been mugged and/or beaten up over five times ……I have never met ANY AMERICAN, EVER, even my muggers, who would consider torturing children.

    Not that there are not some individuals out there,mind you, but they seem so few and far between, as to be totally inconsequential.

    So where does it come from ,if it doesn’t come from US ?

    Who teaches us to do these things, Mr. Roberts….and why ?

    After bearing witness to our constant stream of “junkets” to Israel , year after year,

    I have developed a pet theory….and its called “the theory of dirt”.

    I believe the synergy between Israel and the US is such that whatever atrocities they may commit over there, for whatever reasons, our government MUST commit them too, sometime for no other reason than to share in their “dirt”.

    Our government is , somehow, bribed /extorted, or both, to function as partners in crime with our little state pal in the middle east…and it seems absolutely imperative for Israel , that we share their dirtiness…in whatever form it takes.

    The point of it, as I try to understand it, is to neutralize our ability to control Israels behavior…and conversely, strengthen their ability to control ours.

    Do you see this ?

    I can understand why Israelis might torture children in Gaza, or children in the West Bank, I find it abhorrent, but I understand it.

    But what reasons could the US possibly have…..other than in sharing in Israels “dirt” ?

    Does anyone have a good answer for this.?…because I would surely like to be mistaken.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  6. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    A much more lucid commentary than many of your recent ones.

    Likewise, I’m sure.

  7. Realist says:

    “People can be intelligent without being brave, and they can be brave without being intelligent. Our soldiers fit in the later category. They do the work for the One Percent and are paid for their physical and emotional injuries with medals.”

    Exactly. Why would anybody join the military? Can’t they think of anything better to do with their life?

  8. I seem to have lost track of the children in all that….

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  10. Rurik says:

    I can understand why Israelis might torture children in Gaza, or children in the West Bank, I find it abhorrent, but I understand it.

    I don’t Alexander. unless it’s to get them to confess to their brother or father being a “terrorist” -under torture, when they’ll say anything. But I think the main reason they torture children is for the fun of it.

    But what reasons could the US possibly have

    I’ve been very naïve in my youth. I always figured people more of less thought and felt and were motivated by the same things I was. But in adulthood, I learned that people can be motivated by things very different indeed than what motivated me.

    I learned that my government deliberately set about burning hundreds of thousands of harmless and defenseless old men, women and children alive for the sheer sadistic pleasure it gave them to cause this suffering on these innocent people at Dresden at the end of WWII, when Germany was already done for, and the beautiful city was bursting at the seams full of refugees fleeing the Red Army rapists.

    I learned that my government set up camps for mostly German teenage boys, where they were slowly starved to death or forced to die slowly of exposure to the elements. Like many millions of German civilians who were forced from their homes and set on death marches into the frozen wasteland.

    These thing and more were done by my government out of sheer, sadistic, psychopathic hatred unleashed. –

    In order to burn people alive, you have to be worse than any animal. Worse than even most humans are capable of being, but these are the types that were running my government in just the last century.

    These days I read an article by Seymour Hersh about how my government (the CIA) would rape little boys in front of their mothers. We all saw pictures of men smeared with excrement and sexually humiliated for the sadistic pleasure it gave their tormentors. American tormentors.

    I’ve basically been cured of my naiveté Alexander.

    There is a monster that inhabits the limbic system of some human’s ids. Usually the least notable and often the most unremarkable of the lot, they become the child molesters and police state thugs of our society, whose need to impose themselves on others, any others, becomes so unbearably imperative, that they’ll do anything to get that satisfaction. And they often end up in government and usually in the federal government, where their proclivities can be expressed without compunction or accountability.

    Gitmo is an expression of these people’s terrifyingly cruel psyches There they make men’s lives so unbearable, that the men try to starve themselves to death to escape. But oh no they don’t! Our noble government agents are there with hoses to ram up their backsides and pump gruel up their colons. It’s called Forced “Rectal Rehydration”, and this is how my tax dollars are being spent.

    and that’s just what we know about. There are other buildings at Gitmo that no journalist is ever allowed to even go near. Some of them are so secret that they’re not even acknowledged. Men have disappeared under very suspicious circumstances at that place and we’re never told the whole truth, or even part of it.

    George Orwell understood these people perfectly. His dialog between the inner party O’Brien and Winston Smith as Smith is being mercilessly tortured really gets to the nuts and bolts of it.

    it’s about power. It’s about that all too human need to feel power over another. It goes back to our more primitive, baboon like ancestors, that felt a need to lord it over all the other males who constantly threated its alpha status, and therefor its dominance and access to the females. This charming quality doesn’t so much exist in most primates, but in some humans it has taken on a terrifying twist, and they become consumed by the need to feel power over others. You’ve met them. They’re the double digit IQ policeman (or woman) whose need for absolute domination is so vital to their psyches, that they’ll literally murder you if you don’t submit sufficiently to them.

    They’re the middle management types who take sadistic pleasure out of humiliating their (especially more intelligent) subordinates, or the TSA goons who torment little old ladies for the sheer, glorious surge of raw power it makes them feel. But when these types are the worst of the worst, they always head straight into government. And the very worst, head into the centers of power of the federal government. There they can sate all their pent up frustrations at being the hopelessly mediocre people that they know all too well that they are. And find temporary relief by torturing and forcing others to submit to them. That is the key, these other people must be forced to submit to them, personally. And therein they get their release. These people never have normal and satisfying relationships with the opposite sex. A major part of their pathology is that they can’t have normal and satisfying relationships with the opposite sex, and that only creates in them the absolute need to find release in making others submit. Like the cop who absolutely must make his victim submit. It’s sexual in a way, and he must feel his dominance. When the worst of these people come down the pike, they’re going to be in the government somehow, or out molesting children.

    that’s my psychological profile of the ugly side of our federal government, and what motivates them at their core.


    one of the lessons I learned about human nature and our government was during the Waco raid. I’ll never believe that those ATF goons and fecal marshals were all that angry about the ones who were shot and killed. No, that wasn’t it. What it was, was an unbearable frustration these guys felt at not being able to make those people submit, after all that testosterone pumping in their viens. It drove them literally insane, and their rage was so all-consuming that they wanted to make those people suffer too, and the way they saw to do that was to force the people who were frustrating their need to feel that power and submission, was to burn them all alive.

    I’m sure they all felt a slight tinge of relief from knowing how horribly those people died, but nothing like the satisfaction those guys needed to feel by making those people submit. To them. To their power.

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