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Taser Torture

(IPhone link) via James Wolcott: Arthur Silber, chronicling the escalating pattern of authoritarian abuse, details how the Taser is being used as a

(IPhone link)
via James Wolcott:

Arthur Silber, chronicling the escalating pattern of authoritarian abuse, details how the Taser is being used as a tool to enforce compliance and convulse resistance, even if that resistance poses no threat, as in the case of the poor, befuddled passenger Robert Dziekanski, who met his death at the Vancouver on

I'm shocked that the entire Republican Prez crew weren't all packing their trusty tasers to neutralize Anderson Cooper's liberal bias last night. Mitt Romney probably stocked up on his free travel coupons to Gitmo for a weekend of fun and games. Comply or feel the wrath of thy taser. We've seen so many stories lately about the horror inflicted by them. It makes me wonder how many other times they were used unnecessarily that hasn't been reported...

If you can bear to watch it, here is a video of Dziekanski's final moments of life. Please note that, when the Mounties arrived and while they were there, Dziekanski was no threat to anyone (not that he had been that serious a threat before). He had nothing in his hands, and he had no means of seriously harming anyone. He was in a secure area of the airport. Like Andrew Meyer, he was significantly outnumbered. If the authorities believed he had to be "subdued," they had any number of other means of achieving that end -- means that would not have been fatal. But for the state, such calculations are irrelevant. Dziekanski was too much trouble; easier to eliminate him. The fact that he had become "too much trouble" as the direct result of the state's own criminal incompetence is on

UPDATE: (Nicole) And even more tasering stories are now coming out...the police tasered a pregnant woman in Ohio in front of her 1 year old son of whom she was attempting to surrender custody.

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