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The Torture-Friendly Trump Administration


The Torture-Friendly Trump Administration

Medea Benjamin

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Donald Trump is pro-torture. He said on the campaign trail he’d approve waterboarding “in a heartbeat,” plus “a hell of a lot worse.”

He added: “Only a stupid person would say it doesn’t work.”


“In more than half the nations of our world, torture certifies that the form of government is tyranny. Only tyranny, no matter how camouflaged, needs and employs torturers. Torture has no ideology.”----Martha Gellhorn


Time and time again the experts in the field of psychology have told us that torture does not work! Even more importantly it is grossly illegal. I don’t understand how in a nation that constantly crows about how it is a nation of laws, no one has yet been charged and tried for administering torture illegally!


Even if torture “works” it must not ever be employed for anything. Also. this is again the case of Trump simply following up on his predecessors’ behavior. Torture is also standard practice in U.S. jails and prisons - and has been for decades - especially “SuperMax” federal prisons. To put it simply, the U.S. government and police state has normalized torture. I wouldn’t put a whole lot of stock in McCain’s and Reed’s “outrage” as they have been around for awhile and know all of this.

Once again, a horror is attributed to Trump rather than the capitalist neoliberal/neocon empire that he is the current front man for. This kind of “personality politics” distracts people from what the system is and how to organize to deal with it. While pissing on Trump is a great sport, we’d better pull our panties up and zip up our flies and start acting like adults about all of this.


Thank you for including the US in the examples. As an expat, I hate to see the US put forward as some kind of haven from evil. If Americans are to blame, they must see that it affects them at home too. As one can see from the way we conduct war, when it is not on home soil, many don’t care.

In addition, those Americans who conducted torture abroad come home. If they continue to work in security, police and patient care, it can happen that they continue to practice philisophies they learned overseas. I have seen examples of this. It spills over into personal lives everywhere.


Presidential Commission on Bioethical Issues, begun by Pres. Obama in 2009 and ended in
Jan. 2017. [https://bioethicsarchive.georgetown.edu/pcsbi/node/203.html]

Electromagnetic tools are available for use in your community by police, Homeland Security neighborhood watch groups, and security guards everywhere.


Torture is, in my opinion, one of the prime indicators of the schizophrenic/narcissistic diseases fomented by predatory capitalism.
Just as capitalism must be said to be socialism if “externalized costs” are eliminated, there are psychological implications and manifestations of that degree of dissociative pathology.

We need to begin to have serious conversations about how dependent the current system is on dissociative rationalizations and denial. Whatever we do to others, we do to ourselves deep in the heart/mind integration with life. And, hey, the fact that the system is preventing people from shifting to stewardship rather than media veiled predatory practices ain’t got nothin’ to do with destruction of the planet… right??

Cooperatives are a real good start to integrating food and other needs. Screw buy new, find non-profit community fund-raising second-hand shops, glean, live simply so that others can simply live. People are organizing we are many they are few. The strength of diversity is something they’re desperate to keep the broad sweep of humanity from recognizing - it is anathema to monopoly.


About those who “come home” from war. The serious militarization of policing really accelerated during/after the U.S. wars in Southeast Asia when SWAT teams were created using military equipment, training and violence-hardened veterans.


I was an expat…and I was much happier when I was an expat. Now that I am back, I feel as though I am in the middle of the maelstrom.