Friday, January 31, 2020

Torture and the National-Security State

"Chinese Resilience and Silent, Simple and Steady Resistance:  a Model for Mankind" (Koenig).  After praising the impressive Chinese reaction to the crisis:
". . . it should also be noted that this case of 2019-nCoV is curiously similar to other CoronoVirus diseases, like the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – MERS,  first found in Saudi Arabia (2012) and then it spread to other Middle Eastern and Sub-Saharan African countries; and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), first discovered in China in 2002, spread around the world but was quickly contained and caused no known infections after 2004. Both are coronaviruses, suspected having been laboratory-made, with animal trials, and the viruses’ transfer to humans was only possible with human assistance. Then the viruses mutated to make human-to-human infection possible. Both SARS and the new 2019-nCoV virus also have the particularity of affecting primarily people of the Chinese race.
There are some 100-plus CIA / Pentagon sponsored clandestine and semi-known laboratories spread throughout the world – laboratories to fabricate and test agents for biological warfare. A few years ago, one such laboratory was discovered and reported on in Ukraine. They were working on a virus affecting the “Russian Race”. Since there is no homogenous Russian Race – their initial trials supposedly failed. Since the empire never gives up in its evil attempts to dominate the world, we can assume that research on race directed bio-agents continues.
This western, especially American (CIA, Pentagon, NATO) project to develop bio-chemical weapons to kill people by disease rather than bullets and bombs – it is much cheaper and less obvious – does exist. You may draw your own conclusion on whether SARS and the new 2019-nCoV fits that pattern. The timing of the appearance was especially curious. It was first reported on 31 December 2019 in Wuhan (the center of China) – and then expanded rapidly, so that it interfered with China’s most important Holiday, the Lunar New Year. It could, of course, be just coincidence.
One of Washington’s “low-grade” warfare models is destabilizing China (and Russia for that matter) with any means. With the objective of destabilization, China is constantly being harassed and aggressed – see Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Uyghurs in Xinjiang, Tibet, the tariff wars – and why not with a contagious virus, a trial for a potential pandemic?"
"Coronavirus: the Dark Side" (Roberts). From The Peg!

Using the secret service to block process servers (it is easier to get a bullet past the bullet-dodgers than a writ), exactly what you would expect from her, but not a nice look for a lawmaker:  "No One Is Above The Law? Hillary Clinton Refuses To Be Served Tulsi Gabbard Lawsuit" (Durden).

Tweet (Shaun King) (Biden is hilariously shameless in his lying):
"For nearly 50 years, @JoeBiden
 has publicly pretended to have been a part of the Civil Rights Movement.

He's not "exaggerating" or "embellishing," he is creating entire fictional storylines to impress white liberals & connect w/ Black voters.

It must be confronted

A thread..."
"Jared Kushner taunts Palestinians because he wants them to reject his ‘peace plan’" (North).  "Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ won’t bring peace – that was the plan" (Cook).  It's not as stupid as it looks - the (((lawfare experts))) carefully concocted the legalese so Israel could steal the settlements while not facing any risk of having to give up anything.

"The Torturers and the ‘Ticking Bomb’: How Torture Became Routine in the Global War on Terror" (Giraldi).  Torture fits very nicely into the National-Security State, which requires constant threats for its very existence.  Indeed, given the extreme unlikelihood that any of the conceptual basis of the National-Security State bears any connection to reality, torture is probably essential.  There are always magic words which the torture victim is expected to come up with, words describing the kind of threat that would justify the continuation and expansion of the National-Security State.  It is a kind of game - the torturer can give hints about what the words are, but can't provide the full key as that would be cheating.  If the victim comes up with the magic words, the torture is over, and the victim is either executed or sent to a dungeon forever.  If he is not clever enough to provide the magic words, the torture continues until he dies.  The torturer is judged on how many sets of magic words he or she manages to come up with in order to justify his or her own job and the entire National-Security State itself.
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