I had a sense of deja vu when I saw the photos that emerged in 2004 from Abu Ghraib prison. Even as the Bush administration was spinning the notion that the torture of prisoners was the work of "a few bad apples" low in the military hierarchy, I knew that we were seeing evidence of a systemic policy set at the top. It's not that I am a genius. It's simply that, having worked at a rape crisis center and been trained in the basics of sex crime, I have learned that all sex predators go about things in certain recognizable ways.
We now know that the torture of prisoners was the result of a policy set in the White House by former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Rice -- who actually chaired the torture meetings. The Pentagon has also acknowledged that it had authorized sexualized abuse of detainees as part of interrogation practices to be performed by female operatives. And documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union have Rumsfeld, in his own words, checking in on the sexualized humiliation of prisoners.
So in the name of defence, the power-brokers in the US (and other nations) justify certain activities which at home would be treated for what they are, crimes. In the meantime, these same power-brokers get to salaciously ogle the carrying out of said activities, passing such enjoyment to certain keen and/or gullible personnel within the armed forces and 'intelligence' communities.
It's always men who lead the way in such endeavours and it makes me sicker than sick.
There are times like these when I would ask to be granted one wish: To wipe out all men on Terra who push their 'terra' agendas, or who do nothing to stop war, or who do nothing to stop violence against women, or who do nothing to protest the abuse of children (including their recruitment into men's armies), or who nothing to protect other animal species, or who do nothing...
Sigh... I'm heading for another read of one of my all-time favourite stories, The Gate to Women's Country, by Sheri S Tepper.
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