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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 06:05 AM

How the US uses sexual humiliation as a political tool to control the masses

How the US uses sexual humiliation as a political tool to control the masses

Believe me, you don't want the state having the power to strip your clothes off. And yet, it's exactly what is happening

Naomi Wolf
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 5 April 2012 10.50 EDT

In a five-four ruling this week, the supreme court decided that anyone can be strip-searched upon arrest for any offense, however minor, at any time. This horror show ruling joins two recent horror show laws: the NDAA, which lets anyone be arrested forever at any time, and HR 347, the "trespass bill", which gives you a 10-year sentence for protesting anywhere near someone with secret service protection. These criminalizations of being human follow, of course, the mini-uprising of the Occupy movement.

Is American strip-searching benign? The man who had brought the initial suit, Albert Florence, described having been told to "turn around. Squat and cough. Spread your cheeks." He said he felt humiliated: "It made me feel like less of a man."

In surreal reasoning, justice Anthony Kennedy explained that this ruling is necessary because the 9/11 bomber could have been stopped for speeding. How would strip searching him have prevented the attack? Did justice Kennedy imagine that plans to blow up the twin towers had been concealed in a body cavity? In still more bizarre non-logic, his and the other justices' decision rests on concerns about weapons and contraband in prison systems. But people under arrest that is, who are not yet convicted haven't been introduced into a prison population.

Our surveillance state shown considerable determination to intrude on citizens sexually. There's the sexual abuse of prisoners at Bagram der Spiegel reports that "former inmates report incidents of various forms of sexual humiliation. In some cases, an interrogator would place his penis along the face of the detainee while he was being questioned. Other inmates were raped with sticks or threatened with anal sex". There was the stripping of Bradley Manning is solitary confinement. And there's the policy set up after the story of the "underwear bomber" to grope US travelers genitally or else force them to go through a machine made by a company, Rapiscan, owned by terror profiteer and former DHA czar Michael Chertoff with images so vivid that it has been called the "pornoscanner".

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/apr/05/us-sexual-humiliation-political-control?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+theguardian%2Fmedia%2Frss+%28Media%29

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Judi Lynn Apr 2012 OP
midnight Apr 2012 #1
malaise Apr 2012 #2
Art_from_Ark Apr 2012 #3
girl gone mad Apr 2012 #5
Art_from_Ark Apr 2012 #6
bemildred Apr 2012 #4
JohnyCanuck Apr 2012 #7
Cal33 Apr 2012 #8
Blue_Tires Apr 2012 #9

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 06:56 AM

1. The Obama DOJ and strip searches



What virtually none of this anti-Florence commentary mentioned, though, was that the Obama DOJ formally urged the Court to reach the conclusion it reached. While the Obama administration and court conservatives have been at odds in a handful of high-profile cases (most notably Citizens United and the health care law), this is yet another case, in a long line, where the Obama administration was able to have its preferred policies judicially endorsed by getting right-wing judges to embrace them:

In 1979, the Supreme Court ruled that in the interest of security, prisons could conduct visual body cavity searches of all detainees after they had contact with outsiders. For years after that ruling, lower courts ruled that the prison had to have a reasonable suspicion that the arrestee was concealing contraband before subjecting him to a strip search upon entering the facility.

But in recent years, some courts have begun to allow a blanket policy to strip search all arrestees.

The Obama administration is siding with the prisons in the case and urging the court to allow a blanket policy for all inmates set to enter the general prison population.



http://www.salon.com/2012/04/03/the_obama_doj_and_strip_searches/singleton/

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 07:36 AM

2. We were discussing this a few nights ago

We definitely sense a trend

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 07:53 AM

3. So much for Kennedy's supposed "powerful intellect"

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 12:49 AM

5. Easy to look brilliant when you're sitting next to Clarence Thomas.

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Response to girl gone mad (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 01:05 AM

6. LOL

Isn't that the truth!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 08:50 AM

4. Fear makes you stupid, and those guys are all very afraid. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 03:45 PM

7. K&R n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 06:02 PM

8. It does look as though our nation, as a whole, is getting crazier and crazier.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Apr 20, 2012, 09:54 AM

9. Naomi is one of the best

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