RNC police brutality and torture victims speak out

RNC police brutality and torture victims speak out


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Secret Radiation Guns Used In Iraq

Secret Radiation Guns Used In Iraq
Woodward compares clandestine program to Manhattan Project, could secret weapon be terrifying radiation canon?

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
September 9, 2008

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward revealed to Larry King last night that the U.S. has embarked on a “secret killing program” in Iraq which has dramatically reduced attacks on coalition troops by wiping out terrorists, but what could this secret weapon possibly be?

A CNN report details Woodward’s revelations.

The program — which Woodward compares to the World War II era Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb — must remain secret for now or it would “get people killed,” Woodward said Monday on CNN’s Larry King Live.

“The top secret operations will “some day in history … be described to people’s amazement,” Woodward told King.

While he would not reveal the details, Woodward said the terrorists who have been targeted were already aware of the capabilities.

“The enemy has a heads up because they’ve been getting wiped out and a lot of them have been killed,” he said. “It’s not news to them.”

For the weapon to be comparable to the atomic bomb, one would speculate that it must employ some kind of exotic new technology and is potentially related to neutron bomb and electromagnetic weapons research.

As far back as 2002, a Cox News Service report entitled Super-Secret Microwave Weapons May Be Used In Iraq, speculated that the military was preparing to utilize high-powered microwave weapons that send bursts of electromagnetic energy which completely disable enemy electronic devices.

However, Woodward’s discussion of the secret weapon wiping out alleged terrorists in large numbers suggests it may be a far more barbaric device than an EMP weapon, which would more traditionally be used against standing armies rather than scattered insurgents.

One possibility is that the weapon is something similar that described to film maker Patrick Dillon by Iraqi infantryman Majid al-Ghazali – a frightening giant flame-thrower type device that instead shoots out “concentrated lightning bolts” or radiation bursts that result in vehicles and people being almost literally liquidized.

During a street battle in Baghdad on April 12 2003, Al-Ghazali describes witnessing American troops unveil an oddly configured tank which “suddenly let loose a blinding stream of what seemed like fire and lightning, engulfing a large passenger bus and three automobiles.”

“Within seconds the bus had become semi-molten, sagging “like a wet rag” as he put it. He said the bus rapidly melted under this withering blast, shrinking until it was a twisted blob about the dimensions of a VW bug. As if that were not bizarre enough, al-Ghazali explicitly describes seeing numerous human bodies shriveled to the size of newborn babies. By the time local street fighting ended that day, he estimates between 500 and 600 soldiers and civilians had been cooked alive as a result of the mysterious tank-mounted device.”

Al-Ghazali adds that following the battle, U.S. troops were scrupulous about burying the evidence of the weapon’s deadly consequences, but that telltale signs remained which he showed to journalist Dillon.

Dillon, a battlefield medic in Vietnam, Somalia and Kosovo, stated, “I’ve seen a freaking smorgasbord of destruction in my life, flame-throwers, napalm, white phosphorous, thermite, you name it. I know of nothing short of an H-bomb that conceivably might cause a bus to instantly liquefy or that can flash broil a human body down to the size of an infant. God pity humanity if that thing is a preview of what’s in store for the 21st century.”

An interview with Majid al-Ghazali can be viewed below along with a further exploration of exotic weapons systems being employed in Iraq. Aid workers and others have backed up reports of terrifying new weapons systems being deployed that cause horrific injuries and agonizing deaths. Woodward’s characterization of the victims merely as “terrorists” conceals the fact that a great number of the victims of these brutal weapons are no doubt innocent people caught up in the fighting.


RNC Protester Tortured in Ramsey County Jail

RNC Protester Tortured in Ramsey County Jail
Elliot Hughes recounts allegations of torture while being detained in Ramsey County Jail. Hughes was detained during an RNC08 protest after reportedly colliding with a police bicycle on accident. …


Handcuffed Woman Tased in Police Station

Handcuffed Woman Tased in Police Station

Kurt Nimmo
December 2, 2007

It should be obvious by now that cops and tasers do not go together. It appears far too many cops use the devices to electrocute people simply because they refuse to cooperate, not because they pose a threat to the officers.

For instance, a woman was tased in a Sheffield Lake, Ohio, police station not because she threatened officers — in fact, she was restrained in handcuffs — but rather because she refused to “cooperate,” as the video at the left demonstrates.

“Last November, [Kristina Fretter] was stunned with a Taser while in handcuffs in the Sheffield Police Department booking room after being picked up for drunken driving. The officer who fired the Taser, Edward Long, resigned, and charges were dropped against Fretter in exchange for her promise not to sue the village,” the Chronicle-Telegram reports.

“Tasers occupy a strange place in the police rulebook,” notes Peter Gorman, writing for the Fort Worth Weekly. “Law enforcement officers learn what is called a ‘use of force continuum’ to determine what means or weapons they may use in different situations. The ‘continuum’ begins with simple police presence, then moves up to issuing commands, then the use of open hands, and after that, pepper or other chemical sprays, closed hands (including elbows and knees and other takedown moves), the use of a hard baton, and finally, the use of lethal force.”

You might think Tasers would fit somewhere near the “lethal force” end of that list, right before a gun. Instead, however, many police agencies place Tasers immediately after the “issuing commands” force level — which suggests to officers that using a Taser is less serious even than a push or pepper spray. Which also means that if an officer asks you to produce your driver’s license and you ask “Why?” rather than immediately complying with the order, there’s a chance, in some jurisdictions, that you could, within their rules, be hit with a Taser for refusing the command. That’s in part how Tasers have begun to be used, not as serious, life-threatening weapons, but as a bully’s tool of compliance, something to get people in line — with sometimes egregious consequences.

One such jurisdiction seems to be Austin, where a man was tased for producing his license too slowly (see video). It appears the cop in the video was looking for somebody to use a taser on, as the man in the vehicle seemed to be following orders, albeit too slowly for the cop. The man’s crime? He was driving 70 miles per hour on a 65 mph road. Please keep this in mind the next time you are in Austin and you are driving five miles per hour over the limit.

As an increasing number of disturbing incidents reveal, far too many cops apparently get off on electrocuting people, thus prompting an obvious question: are police departments hiring sadists who revel in inflicting pain and suffering on others? Sadly, it appears the answer is affirmative.

It’s an inescapable conclusion: cops love their taser guns and they love even more to use them on people not quick enough to respect their authority.

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Fox Host Says Dissenters Should Be Tased

Fox Host Says Dissenters Should Be Tased

Kilmead laments that people who confront politicians aren’t “beaten to a pulp,” as establishment continues to sell war on anyone who disagrees with authority

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
November 20, 2007

During a discussion about a Code Pink member heckling Hillary Clinton at a recent event, Fox News host Brian Kilmead said that people who confront politicians are “threatening” and should be Tased or “beaten to a pulp,” as the establishment media continues to sell the idea that anyone who disagrees with authority should be brutally punished.

A segment on the Fox and Friends morning show yesterday turned into an opportunity for Kilmead to share his dictatorial fetish that dissenters be dealt with in the proper manner, as footage aired of Clinton’s heckler being removed from the event by security.

“They should Tase this guy,” Kilmead says. “At one point with security so high and tensions on edge, don’t you think they’re going to get at the very least Tased or beaten to a pulp by somebody? These people look threatening.”

Watch the video.

A number of other recent high profile public confrontations were reeled off, some of which involved We Are Change members, to paint a picture of a growing threat that needed to be quashed.

As the screams of tasered University of Florida student Andrew Meyer played in the background, the presenters seemed to react with glee, after which Kilmead concluded, “I would be for Tasing anyone in Code Pink,” adding “I’m pro-Pink Tasing.”

As we have reported in-depth, this is all part of an intimidation campaign to silence dissent as the apparatus of the police state turns against anyone who questions authority.

Since Tasing is all part of “pain compliance,” otherwise known as torture, why not go the whole hog and waterboard these potential terrorists? After all, if Ron Paul supporters are a terrorist threat, as CNN’s Glenn Beck has so enthusiastically pushed recently, then how far should we go to protect America?

If it was good enough for the Nazis to torture their political foes then it’s good enough for us, as Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz made clear last week.

“There are some who claim that torture is a nonissue because it never works — it only produces false information,” wrote Dershowitz in the Wall Street Journal. “This is simply not true, as evidenced by the many decent members of the French Resistance who, under Nazi torture, disclosed the locations of their closest friends and relatives.”

Wonderful – forget about those antiquated Geneva Conventions – let’s use what the Nazis did as a role model for how to conduct ourselves and see where it gets us.

Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer!


Video: Cop slams prisoner’s head injuring him
October 14, 2007, 8:49 am
Filed under: Connecticut, Oppression, pain compliance, police brutality, Police State, Taser Guns

Video: Cop slams prisoner’s head injuring him


Bootcamp Guards Found Not Guilty in Murder of 14 Year Old

Guards Acquitted in Boot Camp Case

October 12, 2007

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Seven former boot camp guards and a nurse were acquitted Friday of manslaughter in the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit and kicked by the drill instructors in a videotaped altercation.

The all-white jury took about 90 minutes to decide whether the guards were responsible for the death of Martin Lee Anderson, a black teen. The guards are white, black and Asian.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Seven juvenile boot camp guards and a nurse either acted properly as caretakers of a 14-year-old boy, or became frustrated and crossed a line because he repeatedly refused to comply with their orders to run laps around an exercise field.

Jurors in the manslaughter trial of the eight were to decide which account of the teen’s death was more plausible in deliberations set to begin Friday.

Prosecutors say the eight neglected the boy by not meeting his medical needs during an altercation captured on a surveillance camera in the camp’s exercise yard. They say the defendants killed Anderson by covering his mouth and forcing him to inhale fumes from ammonia capsules while striking him with their fists and knees.

“This case is about the failure of caregivers to provide Martin Lee Anderson with the care that any prudent person would deem necessary and essential to the well-being of a child,” prosecutor Mike Sinacore told jurors in closing arguments Thursday.

Defense attorneys say Anderson’s death was unavoidable because he had undiagnosed sickle cell trait, a usually harmless blood disorder. The disorder can hinder blood cells’ ability to carry oxygen during physical stress.

Prosecutors say the seven men and boot camp nurse Kristin Schmidt continued to punish Anderson through compliance techniques even when it became obvious something was seriously wrong the teen.

“They are manhandling this kid who is basically fluid in their hands,” prosecutor Scott Harmon said as he showed a segment of the 30-minute video to the jury. “You may not hear anything coming out of that video sound-wise, but that video is screaming to you in a loud, clear voice, it is telling you that these defendants killed Martin Lee Anderson.”

The defendants saw Anderson as one of hundreds of juvenile offenders who was simply refusing to comply with requirements when he collapsed on his first day in the camp and wouldn’t continue exercising, defense attorneys said.

They say Anderson initially caught their clients’ attention because he used profanity.

“There was nothing to show that this was anything but a healthy, foul-mouthed, out-of-control, young man who was malingering out on that field,” Jonathan Dingus, defense attorney for guard Henry McFadden, told jurors.

Anderson died Jan. 6, 2006, when he was taken off life support, a day after his altercation with the guards.

The defendants face as many as 30 years in prison if convicted of aggravated manslaughter of child. Jurors could decide to acquit them of manslaughter, but convict them of lesser charges including child neglect or culpable negligence.

A defense attorney said convicting the guards would be like spitting on troops fighting an unpopular war.

“They have not brought in one witness to say those tactics are illegal. That those wrist bends, those knee strikes are improper,” said Robert Sombathy, who represents guard Patrick Garrett.

If jurors found those tactics are wrong, every boot camp in the state would be guilty of child neglect, he said. Florida ended its military boot camp system last year because of the Anderson case.

Ashley Benedik, defense attorney for Schmidt, said the nurse did what she could to assess Anderson’s medical condition and that she could not have foreseen Anderson was dying of an exertion sickle cell collapse.

Each of the defendants testified that ammonia capsules were used to try to revive the boy. But Sinacore said they actually used the capsules to try to force Anderson to comply with their demands to keep exercising.

Sinacore told jurors that 16 minutes into the video, the men continued to apply ammonia and use physical force on Anderson as he became increasingly limp. Their actions continued for 10 more minutes, he said.

“Physical force is applied in between and during the ammonia applications even though (Anderson) clearly wants you to stop,” he said. “Finally medical action is taken when Martin Lee Anderson is in a coma.”


Pain Compliance. Coming Soon to an Antiwar Demo Near You?

Pain Compliance. Coming Soon to an Antiwar Demo Near You?

Kurt Nimmo
October 11, 2007

Last September, Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne indicated the military would use “nonlethal weapons” against “fellow citizens” before they use them in “a wartime situation.” In other words, the American people are considered little more than guinea pigs, especially dissenting Americans in need of “crowd control.”

Before zapping antiwar demonstrators with an ADS beam—that’s short for “Active Denial System”—the military or police may request they remove glasses, contact lenses, and take coins and keys out of their pockets. “Precautions used to test U.S. military’s microwave weapon ADS for crowd control have raised questions about its safety, says a report,” explains United Press International. “These precautions raise concerns about the ADS in real crowd-control situations, the New Scientist reported… The ADS fires a 95-gigahertz microwave beam, which is supposed to heat skin and to cause pain but no physical damage, the report said. Until now little information about its effects had been released.”

In fact, it took a Freedom of Information Act request filed by a group that campaigns against the use of biological and non-lethal weapons to discover how dangerous the ADS weapon is. It was learned that military “experimenters” conducting tests at the Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque “banned glasses and contact lenses to prevent eye damage to the subjects and in the second and third tests removed any metallic objects such as coins and keys to stop hot spots being created on the skin.”

“How do you ensure that the dose doesn’t cross the threshold for permanent damage?” asked Neil Davison, co-ordinator of the non-lethal weapons research project at the University of Bradford in the UK. “What happens if someone in a crowd is unable, for whatever reason, to move away from the beam? Does the weapon cut out to prevent overexposure?” Or will they get cooked like a Thanksgiving turkey? Considering the track record of the military—tasked, after all, with killing people and wrecking things—we can assume the latter.

During the experiments at Kirtland, reports the New Scientist, “people playing rioters put up their hands when hit and were given a 15-second cooling-down period before being targeted again. One person suffered a burn in a previous test when the beam was accidentally used on the wrong power setting.”

Oops. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Mistake or no, imagine the results if this “nonlethal” weapon is distributed to police departments, staffed with garden variety sadists of the sort now legendary for tasering students for not showing ID or asking the wrong question to globalists.

“Over the past 20 years Congress has encouraged the U.S. military to supply intelligence, equipment, and training to civilian police. That encouragement has spawned a culture of paramilitarism in American law enforcement,” notes the Cato Institute.

“According to a recent academic survey, nearly 90 percent of the police departments surveyed in cities with populations over 50,000 had paramilitary units, as did 70 percent of the departments surveyed in communities with populations under 50,000. The Pentagon has been equipping those units with M-16s, armored personnel carriers, and grenade launchers. The police paramilitary units also conduct training exercises with active duty Army Rangers and Navy SEALs…. State and local police departments are increasingly accepting the military as a model for their behavior and outlook. The sharing of training and technology is producing a shared mindset. The problem is that the mindset of the soldier is simply not appropriate for the civilian police officer. Police officers confront not an ‘enemy’ but individuals who are protected by the Bill of Rights. Confusing the police function with the military function can lead to dangerous and unintended consequences—such as unnecessary shootings and killings.”

But then, of course, the commander-decider guy considers the Constitution and the Bill of Rights little more than a “g.d. piece of paper.”

In order to understand what the average activist may face come the next war—for instance, the coming attack against Iran—consider the following video produced by the DoD:


Cop Brutalizes 15 Year Old Girl

Cop Pepper Sprays, Punches, Nearly Breaks Girl’s Arm During Curfew Arrest

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
October 5, 2007

Another shocking example of police brutality has been caught on camera showing a cop nearly breaking a girl’s arm, punching her and then pepper spraying her in the face as she cries after being arrested for violating a city curfew.

Watch the dramatic video of the incident which occurred in Fort Pierce, Florida.

The cop twists the 15-year-old’s arm right up behind her back to almost breaking point before the girl appears to bite the officer, upon which the cop punches the girl and pepper sprays her directly in the face.

Descriptions of the video on mainstream news websites strongly emphasized the fact that the girl bit the officer without even mentioning the fact that he would have probably snapped her arm out of the socket had the brutality continued.

Last week, a video showing a school security guard arresting and breaking a girl’s arm for dropping cake made national headlines.

The last couple of months have produced an epidemic of police and security guard brutality which seems to be spiraling out of control as cops are trained that the public is their enemy.


Handcuffed man dies in custody of police

The Arizona Republic
October 5, 2007

A handcuffed man stopped breathing and died after struggling with Phoenix police officers who were arresting him early Thursday.

Archie R. Poole Jr., 41, is the second person in the last week to die in police custody. Carol Gotbaum, 45, died last Friday after she was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct at Sky Harbor International Airport and placed in a holding room.

Poole, of Tolleson, is the fifth person to die in police custody this year. Last year, six people died in custody.

In-custody deaths occur across the country and have become a hot-button issue in recent years, particularly after officers began using Tasers to subdue suspects who then died. Last year, the U.S. Justice Department launched a review of the deaths of up to 180 people who died after law-enforcement officers used stun guns or other electroshock devices to subdue them.

But experts say just the process of being arrested can trigger physiological responses that could lead to death in people experiencing “excited delirium,” in which a shutdown of bodily function occurs after sensory overload.

Dr. Phillip Keene, the former Maricopa County medical examiner, said drug users and those who are obese or suffering from hypertension are more susceptible to “excited delirium,” although not everybody who is at risk will actually experience it. Excited delirium sets in very quickly and without any warning.

“It’s mostly a roll of the dice,” Keene said.

Police haven’t released details about the struggle that led to Poole’s death, although officials said they did use “physical force” to take him into custody. The officers did not pepper-spray Poole or use a Taser.

Poole was stopped after patrol officers saw the same car parked in front of two known drugs houses in central Phoenix in a short time. Officers chased Poole into a park and fought with him to get him into custody, police said.

Shortly after police handcuffed Poole, he became unresponsive. He was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

When a body experiences extreme stress, it produces a “fight or flight” response and chemicals are released that elevate blood pressure and accelerate the heart rate, Keene said. If a person is in this position, further actions that would also release a fight or flight response can cause trouble.

“It can be anything,” Keene said. “It can be handcuffing. It can be yelling at someone. It can be chasing them or tackling them. You don’t have to do anything bad to them to trigger a bad outcome.”

Restraining someone can exacerbate the problem by restricting breathing. When hands are brought behind the back, it also pushes back the shoulders. As a result, the chest can’t expand as much, and a person doesn’t get as much air.

A University of Toronto study published in 1998 found that restraint “may contribute to the death of people in states of excited delirium.” In the study, all 21 cases of unexpected death that were examined were associated with restraint. Eighteen people were lying facedown, and three were subjected to neck pressure.

Gotbaum’s death brought a national spotlight on the Phoenix Police Department because of her connections to a prominent New York family and an assemblage of high-powered lawyers.

But all in-custody deaths should get the same scrutiny, said Dan Pochoda, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona.

The organization has begun pushing nationwide to equip patrol cars with videotaping equipment and to require independent investigations of in-custody deaths.

“This is a very serious matter,” Pochoda said.

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