Apr. 7th, 2008

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The U.S. government's role in torture, and possible culpability for war crimes. It's a good read, but the most striking bit was this (regarding meetings at Gitmo about how best to torture people):

Ideas arose from other sources. The first year of Fox TV’s dramatic series 24 came to a conclusion in spring 2002, and the second year of the series began that fall. An inescapable message of the program is that torture works. “We saw it on cable,” Beaver recalled. “People had already seen the first series. It was hugely popular.” Jack Bauer had many friends at Guantánamo, Beaver added. “He gave people lots of ideas.”

The brainstorming meetings inspired animated discussion. “Who has the glassy eyes?,” Beaver asked herself as she surveyed the men around the room, 30 or more of them. She was invariably the only woman present—as she saw it, keeping control of the boys. The younger men would get particularly agitated, excited even. “You could almost see their dicks getting hard as they got new ideas,” Beaver recalled, a wan smile flickering on her face. “And I said to myself, You know what? I don’t have a dick to get hard—I can stay detached.”

That's always what I've suspected about pro-torture types; they get hot thinking about it. There are safe and consensual outlets for those sorts of sexual predilections but people with those sorts of politics are generally too uptight to go looking for them.

Hat tip: [livejournal.com profile] king_felix.

If you need a palate-cleanser after that, check out the Westboro Baptist Church getting Rickroll'd.

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Hat tip: [livejournal.com profile] trollprincess.
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The U.S. government's role in torture, and possible culpability for war crimes. It's a good read, but the most striking bit was this (regarding meetings at Gitmo about how best to torture people):

Ideas arose from other sources. The first year of Fox TV’s dramatic series 24 came to a conclusion in spring 2002, and the second year of the series began that fall. An inescapable message of the program is that torture works. “We saw it on cable,” Beaver recalled. “People had already seen the first series. It was hugely popular.” Jack Bauer had many friends at Guantánamo, Beaver added. “He gave people lots of ideas.”

The brainstorming meetings inspired animated discussion. “Who has the glassy eyes?,” Beaver asked herself as she surveyed the men around the room, 30 or more of them. She was invariably the only woman present—as she saw it, keeping control of the boys. The younger men would get particularly agitated, excited even. “You could almost see their dicks getting hard as they got new ideas,” Beaver recalled, a wan smile flickering on her face. “And I said to myself, You know what? I don’t have a dick to get hard—I can stay detached.”

That's always what I've suspected about pro-torture types; they get hot thinking about it. There are safe and consensual outlets for those sorts of sexual predilections but people with those sorts of politics are generally too uptight to go looking for them.

Hat tip: [livejournal.com profile] king_felix.

If you need a palate-cleanser after that, check out the Westboro Baptist Church getting Rickroll'd.

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Hat tip: [livejournal.com profile] trollprincess.

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