From Democracy Now:
Jeremy Scahill reports the Obama administration is continuing to use a notorious military police unit at Guantanamo that regularly brutalizes unarmed prisoners, including gang-beating them, breaking their bones, gouging their eyes and dousing them with chemicals. This force, officially known as the Immediate Reaction Force, has been labeled the “Extreme Repression Force” by Guantanamo prisoners, and human rights lawyers call their actions illegal.
Now, I believe I’ve had plenty of criticisms of the Republicans in the past on this blog. Yet, this post here isn’t in the interest of fairness, it is to show that when it really matters on a host of issues, there isn’t much fundamental difference between Dems and Reps: the colonizing function of the empire still abounds, the yoking with capitalism and the economic neo-liberal theories still strongly exist, etc. Now, you were going to change from what?
If you’re going to do real change, quit carrying water for a nation that tortures. Quit bringing this nation into using torture. If you are criticizing torture but still moralizing a limited use of it, proclaiming the inherent goodness of a nation despite that it still tortures, or simply stopping the truth of torture from coming out (i.e. blocking pictures from surfacing, despite the court order) you’re at best acting as an antibody for the broken system. This self-serving power cannot be redeemed — it is the wrong economy. Stop the torture. Be different. Change.
But Dems, you don’t believe me that you’re rather similar to the Republicans? Go take the political compass test. While obviously a rather crude test, it still serves its function: it lays bare the false notion that the American empire and those in office are politically dynamic:
By the way, for those who are curious, I am at Economic Left/Right: -7.62, Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.00. Think Mandela/Dalai Lama area. I admit that the test is not the most sound endeavor, I am very far from Libertarianism and never mind that they conflate anarchism with libertarianism. However, I’ve taken this test multiple times over the past few years and I’ve pretty much achieved similar results each time. Therefore I don’t take the numbered precision as exact, but instead see it as a way of depicting a distance. I’d also like to mention that my results are not from an explicitly political system, rather it is the theopolitical that drives such an odd combination.