by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
Happy birthday, Martin Bryant. I hope you got our card with greetings from nine Aussies in five states, plus one from New Zealand (link here). I hope the world will change soon and ordinary folk will wake up to the horrors that go on all around them – and which we could put an end to at the drop of a hat.
I decided to upload a prison-torture video. The second one that popped up on Youtube when I searched “torture in prisons” was from Russia. Don’t think I am trying to make a point about Russia. Just the opposite. I am trying to say that a prison is a prison. It doesn’t matter what country the prison is in — as “the country” does not control what goes on at the coalface.
The persons inside the prison – in many cases now employed by private corporations – have free rein, just as, say, abusive parents have free rein behind the closed doors of the home.
I said the Russian video was the second one that popped up. The US’s Guantanamo Bay prison was first on the Google page, and is connected to the CIA’s methods at Abu Ghraib.
Sorry if I’ve spoiled your day, O Reader, but you could put a stop to this and then not have to worry that it will happen to you. How put a stop to it? Renounce your politeness and over-optimism in which you say “Torture in prison is rare.”
Rare my arse. It’s the norm.
— Mary W Maxwell can be reached at ProsecutionForTreason.com