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What Did George Washington Think About Torture? – Dr. Sutton on the US Buildup of the Soviet Union – Charlie Hebdo False Flag? – Bruce Olsen’s Amazing Story with the Montilone Indians – Swim with the Manatees

January 14, 2015

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Professor Antony Sutton on US Buildup of the Soviet Union

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“Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to injure any [prisoner]. . . I do most earnestly enjoin you to bring him to such severe and exemplary punishment as the enormity of the crime may require. Should it extend to death itself, it will not be disproportional to its guilt at such a time and in such a cause… for by such conduct they bring shame, disgrace and ruin to themselves and their country.” – George Washington, charge to the Northern Expeditionary Force, Sept. 14, 1775

In my most recent interview of The Other Scott Horton (no relation), the heroic anti-torture human rights attorney, Columbia lecturer and author of the indispensable blog “No Comment” at Harper’s magazine, we discussed the prisoner of war policies of General George Washington, Commander of the Continental Army, and an incident after the Battle of Trenton, New Jersey on December 26, 1776.

It seems that after the battle, the Continentals were preparing to run some of the British Empire’s German mercenaries through what they called the “gauntlet.” General Washington discovered this and intervened. As Horton explained in the Huffington Post, Washington then issued an order to his troops regarding prisoners of war:

“‘Treat them with humanity, and let them have no reason to complain of our copying the brutal example of the British Army in their treatment of our unfortunate brethren who have fallen into their hands,’ he wrote. In all respects the prisoners were to be treated no worse than American soldiers; and in some respects, better. Through this approach, Washington sought to shame his British adversaries, and to demonstrate the moral superiority of the American cause.”

In the worst of times – when foreign troops literally occupied American soil, torturing and murdering American patriots – and few believed that the cause of the revolution could ultimately win against the might of the British Empire, the first Commander in Chief of the U.S.A. set the precedent that this society is to lead even our enemies by “benignant sympathy of [our] example.” To win the war against the occupying army of Redcoats, the American revolutionaries needed right on their side.

And it worked. Many of the German Hessians in fact joined the revolutionaries in their fight against the English and stayed here in America to be free when the war was won.

Must we abandon this legacy? Is it already too late to reclaim it?

Merry Christmas.

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Torture Should Not be a Part of a Free Society

Anna Yeisley

Constitutional Ambassadors

No cruel or unusual punishment is a bulwark of free people and free societies. If we don’t object to torture, we are signing our own death warrant in terms of soul, dignity and truth.
“Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”
Although the Eighth Amendment is clear about torture, we are endangering our future by accepting the evil philosophy that torture is necessary.
Torture goes against the the tenets of a free society. The inalienable right not to be tortured, intimidated or oppressed applies to every human being.
Those who currently dominate our foreign policy, military and government appear to be ignorant of the fundamental principles of free government. Do you think those who believe that torture is necessary will protect your and your family’s God-endowed rights?
The reason our Bill of Rights states that “no cruel or unusual punishment should be inflicted” and “no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without a trial by jury” is to protect us from people with sadistic, dark hearts holding to evil ideologies who may one day attempt to dominate the unseen undercurrents of American government.
If you don’t think that “bad” people with evil ideologies can dominate governments and attempt to control nations, you really don’t know your history.
We, in America, believe everyone should have a trial. Torturing and kidnapping people instead of having trials and investigation by impartial parties regresses us back to the Dark Ages and terribly dangerous times for everyone.
If you don’t defend and protect the rights of every human being, history shows your rights won’t be protected for long, either.

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