POLITICS: The War on Gaping Assholes: "Abraham Lincoln once said that when you ‘familiarize yourself with the chains of bondage you prepare your own limbs to wear them.’ Pat Robertson quoted Lincoln when he launched his Presidential bid, as did Paul Giamatti in The Negotiator. The sentiment, that when we are exposed to oppression we act as though we are oppressed (even when we are free), can be applied to the war on porn. Or the war on the hardest of hardcore porn. And the war on pee in porn. Those at SuicideGirls and SG’s members know of the potential of prosecution because of depictions of simulated gore and urination.
Because the Devil lives in Photoshop and people’s urtheras, many other hardcore porn sites are seeking web hosting outside of the country and, like SuicideGirls, have changed or removed images.
Of course, if you are a guest of the CIA at Guantanamo Bay, those acts aren’t vulgar; they’re standard operating procedure.
Ironically, the behaviors described as prosecutable and obscene in the FBI memo overlap quite directly with behaviors that FBI agents and others have witnessed at U.S. facilities holding prisoners in the War on Terror. At these facilities, actual torture—not adults hurting each other for sexual pleasure, but adults torturing other adults in order to coerce confessions—has reportedly occurred. Pictures have surfaced showing U.S. soldiers engaging in a level of brutality that makes the brutality dished out by Max Hardcore seem gentle in comparison. And at the U.S. prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, an FBI agent has reported seeing prisoners 'chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food or water. Most times they had urinated or defecated on themselves, and had been left there for 18 to 24 hours or more.' One had pulled his own hair out so that it lay in a pile on the floor next to him. Even more ironically, it was Gonzales who, in 2002, as White House Counsel, signed off on a memo widening the possibilities for violent behavior by U.S. interrogators, a memo that led directly to Americans viewing, in pictures from Abu Ghraib and reports from Guantánamo Bay, the sadism, urination, and defecation that Gonzales appears to abhor so greatly in another context.
And still more ironically, this month top Bush administration officials have been fiercely lobbying against a move by Senator John McCain to outlaw any further torture of prisoners held by the United States, with Vice President Dick Cheney emerging as the most prominent and passionate administration defender of torture. Meanwhile, American conservatives have responded positively to Gonzales's move to curtail the sadistic porn available to Americans, with the Family Research Council announcing 'a growing sense of confidence in our new attorney general' as a result of the new obscenity squad.
It’s very easy to apply a ‘slippery slope’ argument to the idea that torture is ‘acceptable’ in certain circumstances of national security, or that it’s a ‘slippery slope’ if you condone or censor people like Max Hardcore. But there is a huge difference between the investigation and prosecution, case by case, of obscene, nonconsensual acts and inciting fear in people who share the predilection for rubberized hoses in asses, enjoy viewing or taking part in double-fisted, double-penetration, and/or like peeing on themselves or their man-whore.
But there’s something to be said that if pictures were posted on the internet of CIA interrogators ‘protecting freedom,’ they would be violating federal obscenity laws.
(Written by: Christopher)"
(Via SuicideGirls: News Wire.)
Friday, November 18, 2005