Posted by () in (asia, modern torture, children) on October-8-2007 (25) Comments  Read More

foot binding“If you love your son, you don’t go easy on his studies. If you love your daughter, you don’t go easy on her footbinding.”

We have all heard our parents tell us they are doing something for “our own good”, but this is ridiculous. A practice started hundreds of years ago and was popular ’till the 1930’s was chinese foot binding.

Basically, it was a procedure started on a small female child to keep her feet from growing. The feet did grow, but became deformed as a result. The would bind the feet for years to make them as close to 3″ as possible. What caused the deformation was that the foot ended up curved with the toes curled under.

It is a practice that weakened the women, made it difficult for them to walk, thus keeping the men in the position of power over them. You can’t run away from the fool on 3″ feet no can ya?

A pair of small feet three inch golden lilies were once the male chine women with bound feet as torturedesignated yardstick for feminine beauty in China. A young girl’s feet were broken and bound inwards along the instep, a process that caused excruciating pain. Systematically bound, day after day, the stunted feet began to take on the coveted look of that profoundly sensuous image, the lotus bulb.

child foot boundFoot Binding started in the Tang Dynasty (618-906), under the emperor Li Yu. He had ordered one of his slave girls to bind her feet and then dance for him. From that day on, foot binding began to become a regular tradition. It became increasingly popular to the upper class in the Song Dynasty (960-1297). Having tiny feet was a sign of beauty and wealth and men were attracted to women with small feet.

another quote

“that the connection between beauty rituals and pain is not accidental: The pain, of course, teaches an important lesson: no price is too great, no process too repulsive, no operation too painful for the woman who would be beautiful. The tolerance of pain and the romanticization of that tolerance begins . . . in preadolescence, in socialization, and serves to prepare women for lives of childbearing, self-abnegation, and husband-pleasing.”

The physical process which created this foot is described by Howard S. Levy in Chinese Footibinding: The History of a Curious Erotic Custom:
“The success or failure of footbinding depended on the skillful application of a bandage around each foot. The bandage, about two inches wide and ten feet long, was wrapped in the following way. One end was placed on the inside of the instep, and from there it was carried over the small toes so as to force the toes in and towards the sole. The large toe was left unbound. The bandage was then wrapped around the heel so forcefully that the heel and toes were drawn closer together. The process was then repeated from the beginning until the entire bandage had been applied. The foot of the young child was subjected to a coercive and unremitting pressure, for the object was not merely to confine the foot but to make the toes bend under and into the sole and bring the heel and sole as close together as physically possible.

Another observer reports:
“The flesh often became putrescent during the binding and portions sloughed off from the sole; sometimes one or more toes dropped off.”

Alum was used to absorb swelling and pus, and one victim describes it this way:
“Every two weeks, I changed to new shoes. Each new pair was one to two tenths of an inch smaller than the previous one. The shoes were unyielding, and it took pressure to get into them…After changing more than ten pairs of shoes, my feet were reduced to a little over four inches. I had been in binding for a month when my younger sister started; when no one was around, we would weep together. In summer, my feet smelled of pus and blood; in winter, my feet felt cold because of lack of circulation… Four of the toes were curled in like dead caterpillars; no outsider would have believed they belonged to a human being. If you wanna read more about chinese footbinding try here

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Posted by () in (modern torture) on October-8-2007 (11) Comments  Read More

The crazy mental doctor from “Hellraiser II” well thats kinda how I see him or them actually, below are stories of 2 quack doctors who believed it beneficial to mental health and research to torment and torture the mentally ill.

walter freeman lobotomy clinic photo The field of mental health suffers no shortage of weird and offbeat characters, but the Washington Post recently outdid itself for its story on Walter Freeman, father of the lobotomy. Sample this lurid paragraph for starters: “Walter Freeman lifted the patient’s eyelid and inserted an ice pick-like instrument called a leucotome through a tear duct. A few taps with a surgical hammer breached the bone. Freeman took a position behind the patient’s head, pushed the leucotome about an inch and a half into the frontal lobe of the patient’s brain, and moved the sharp tip back and forth. Then he repeated the process with the other eye socket.” Freeman kept records of 3,439 lobotomies he performed over his long career, and he promoted the procedure to more than 55 hospitals in 23 states. At AMA meetings, he set up graphic exhibits and used hand-held clackers to draw audiences.Upon finding out that chimpanzees became subdued when their frontal lobes were damaged, and spurred into action by Portuguese neurologist Egas Monisz’ experiments on people, he and colleague James Watts started practicing on brains from the hospital morgue, and in 1936 they were ready for their first patient, a Mrs Hammatt, 63, who suffered from agitated depression and sleeplessness. The technique of entering the frontal lobes through the eye sockets was still far off into the future. Instead, they drilled six holes into the top of her skull. According to Freeman, Mrs Hammet emerged transformed, able to “go to the theatre and really enjoy the play … ” She lived another five years.

probably more hype than fact considering most of these procedures ended up with vegetables.. I doubt our brains are meant to be sliced and diced.

Nevertheless, hospitals were willing to put up with lobotomies and all their shortcomings for no other apparent reason than post-operation lethargic patients were easier to care for than pre-operation emotionally-charged ones.

Before Walter Freeman’s death in 1972, he’d crossed and re-crossed the nation 11 times, and had performed the “ice pick” lobotomy on no less than 2500 patients in 23 states.

Madeleine’s Story

ice pick lobotomyMadeleine was a 27 year old newscaster in New York city, in the mid 1950’s. She had begun to have delusions and terrifying dreams. She thought that ‘Three Wise Men’ were constantly telling her what to do, and quit her job because they began to appear sitting on the microphone. She was referred to Dr. Cameron, who put her on Thorazine. She feared him greatly, because he was so grim and forbidding, and he asked her questions that made no sense; questions like: ‘Do you ever imagine you are being struck by molten raindrops? Fire or bullets?’. Her paranoia was made worse by her fear of Dr. Cameron. She began to believe he was working with the Three Wise men. She decided to commit suicide by taking all of the Thorazine at once, and would pace and search in her apartment endlessly trying to find where her husband had hidden the bottle. The Wise men constantly taunted and ridiculed her, telling her how worthless she was. Her husband was caring and attentive, but it had gotten so the only way she could bear to have sex with him was if she pretended he was her father.

All of her sessions with Dr. Cameron were recorded, and he always called her as he did all women, ‘Lassie’, or ‘Girlie’. His severity and disturbing questions made each ‘therapy’ session worse for Madeleine.

Madeleine finally found the bottle and took all of the Thorazine at once. Her husband, having called every two hours from work for weeks, rushed home and got her to the hospital to have her stomach pumped. On Dr. Cameron’s recommendation, she was committed to his facility at McGill University.

monkey gets lobotomyAt the clinic, Madeleine was now subjected to more intensive ‘treatment’. She developed another hallucination she called the ‘Sloth’, and despite the countless times the electro-shock cart had been wheeled up to her rubber sheeted bed and the paddles on her temples had zapped her into oblivion, the hallucinations got worse.

Over three years she spent forty-four weeks at the clinic, consumed mountains of pills and thousands of volts. Each time she went home, she tried to kill herself.

Her final stay at the clinic was marked by a substantial increase in drugs and electroshock treatments. After each jolt of electricity, Madeleine would have convulsions. A rubber gag was inserted into her mouth to keep her from biting her tongue off. Usually every morning she recieved six separate bursts of electricity.

The figure for Europe was similar. Tens of thousands of lobotomies were performed in the Pacific Basin and India. There, the technique was simpler- a sufficiently strong electro-shock put them to sleep and was cheaper than an anesthetic. “A ‘trocar’, a graduated instrument rather like a miniature ice pick, was driven through the bony orbit behind the eye socket and tapped gently with a surgeon’s mallet to destroy brain cells and nerve fibers. Three or four patients could be handled in an hour.” (p. 219)

Madeleine Smith’s lobotomy was slightly more sophisticated:

“A theater porter wheeled Madeleine and he and the nurse transferred her from the trolley onto the operating table. Madeleine wore only a surgical gown. She stared, fully conscious, into the powerful overhead light.

“The radical lobotomy would be performed under a local anesthetic so that the surgeon could immediately judge her disorientation, indicating how successful was his severing of her frontal lobes. Until he observed the required signs, he would continue to destroy that portion of her brain.

“Do you feel anything, lassie?” Dr. Cameron always asked. Madeleine mumbled as he peeled back the skin on her forehead, exposing the bone.

Using the surgeon’s drill, “He drilled for a few moments and a fine spray of bone shavings spumed into the air…After he finally retracted the brace, the resident collected the skull shavings from Madeleine’s head and placed them in a small gallipot. The dust would be used to fill up the burr hole at the end of the operation.”

“Madeleine’s brain was exposed, milky pink in color.”

“The surgeon asked for a long steel spatula that had replaced the wire stylet Dr. Moniz had used as a leucotome in his first operations; the stylet had proven not to be stiff enough, and the wire had a tendency to bend in a patient’s brain, traversing through blood vessels and tissue not meant to be destroyed. The journals had been filled with accounts of patients who had started to have epileptic seizures and other serious complications caused by the wire. The spatula was an altogether more sturdy weapon.”

“Lassie, count to ten.”
A series of grunts came from Madeleine.

“The surgeon inserted the spatula into the burr hole. He worked to a definite routine: down a few centimeters, then a pause to move the instrument a few centimeters laterally. Each move destroyed more of Madeleine’s brain.”

“Can you sing your favorite song?”
A strange moaning came from Madeleine.

“The surgeon drove the spatula further into her brain, extending and widening the wound, from which blood oozed.

“Lassie, count to ten.”
There was a grunt from Madeleine.

The surgeon continued to destroy her brain.
“Do you feel sleepy?”
She gave the same response.

The surgeon withdrew the spatula and asked for a cannula, a heavy-gauge hypodermic needle. He inserted it in the hole and, using steady pressure, drove it down to the spheroidal, the bony ridge at the base of the skull. The cannula was withdrawn. Once more he inserted the spatula, and swung its handle upward, so that the blade could be drawn along the base of her skull and a cut made as far to the side as possible in her brain.”

“Dr. Cameron continued to ask questions. They were part of what he termed the disorientation yardstick- his means of knowing how much brain destruction was being acheived.

“Lassie, speak to me.”
A further grunt.

The surgeon continued, and finally she made no more sounds, closed her eyes and fell into a stupor.

“Dr. Cameron bent over Madeleine. Removing the eyeshield, he lifted one and then another of her eyelids. She stared vacuously back at him.

“Lassie, its all over, no more pain.”

Later that day, Madeleine was transferred to St. Jean de Dieu hospital, to enter the custodial care of the religious sisters who maintained a number of zombies like her.”

Between 1944 and 1960, over 100,000 lobotomies had been performed in the US.

In the 1950’s and 60’s, the US government was obsessed with discovering secrets of ‘mind control’. At McGill University, in Montreal, Canada, the American Dr. Donald Ewen Cameron ran a clinic. Many of his patients were lobotomized, and sent to an oblivion some remain in today.

So let me get this straight…. stick an ice pick in my eye, cut off parts of my brain, skull shavings run a muck in the air, all to make me better, and, I will most likely end up a vegetable that is if I am not in that percentile that dies from the procedure, ahh, let me think about this one… no thanks … doctor.

That was how it was, but the propoganda made it sound like some miricle cure to those “nutty relatives” you really do not want bugging you.

The really sad thing is how many families agreed to have this done to their loved ones because of the hype and propoganda, I doubt they ever got the details of what a “good” result was.

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Posted by () in (abu ghraib, middle east) on September-28-2007 (3) Comments  Read More

How the tides had turned… here is a quote about the infamous Abu Ghraib facility…. from the Saddam time

“We visited the notorious Abu Gehb (sic) Prison outside Baghdad and found written records of prisoners being executed by being put through mincing machines.” “Saddam Hussein never cut corners when it came to punishment. Abu Ghraib once held tens of thousands of human souls — criminals, political enemies, and those who just happened to get in the way. A 12-year-old Iranian boy visiting his grandmother near Basra in 1985 was swept up in an Iraqi invasion. He was still here 15 years later.”

“I saw three guards beat a man to death with sticks and cables,” one prisoner remembered. “When they got tired, the guards would switch with other guards. I could only watch for a minute without getting caught, but I heard the screams, and it went on for an hour.”

“Our hands were tied like this. First the left hand and then the foot. Then a black hood on my head, then they applied electricity.”

black hood over head at abu ghraibI guess there is something about Abu Ghraib and that black hood… because we now all know, it happened again… after the US took control.

It seems like no matter which side holds that prison… they all seem to act the same way… and that is the same twisted bullshit, coming full circle.

According to U.S. State Department propaganda released in April 2003 to justify the march toward war, Saddam killed 4,000 prisoners at the institution in 1984, and executed about 50 political prisoners there between 2000 and 2001. You’d think that this represented progress, but to the U.S. it was a reason to invade… and we all can’t forget the “weapons of mass destruction” that US intelligence KNEW he was hiding.

Anyway, Saddams brutality at Abu Ghraib was unimaginable to the US… that torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners just can no longer go on… So the US marched on, and into Abu Ghraib.

When the U.S. came storming into the country in spring of 2003, Abu Ghraib was left athumbs up from military at abu ghraib smoldering ruin, looted by the local populace as the Saddam regime disintegrated. The Americans came in and thought to themselves, “Hey, wouldn’t it be great if we used this ghoulish house of horrors for our own prison?”

WOW how things changed at Abu Ghraib! the totally sick and twisted Abu Ghraib prison got the US reform! yes… the US policy for the humane treatment of prisoners came to shine like the North star… or maybe that light at the end of some tunnel somewhere.

abu ghraib prisonOne of the US generals, Gen. Janis Karpinski came right out and said it. “Living conditions (for the prisoners) now are better in prison than at home. At one point we were concerned that they wouldn’t want to leave,”

Hell, who wants to leave? Its just like home… I always get chased around the yard by my dog at home, I always get forced into homosexual acts at home, I always walk around in the black hood at home…. and wait…. myself and all the neighbors love to do that nude dogpile act at home! I lways get the broom stick shoved up my ass at home… don’t you?

anyway, here is the list of what they did admit to… what they did not admit to we shall never know.

a. (S) Punching, slapping, and kicking detainees; jumping on their naked feet; b. (S) Videotaping and photographing naked male and female detainees;

c. (S) Forcibly arranging detainees in various sexually explicittorture of homosexual acts at abu ghraib positions for photographing;

d. (S) Forcing detainees to remove their clothing and keeping them naked for several days at a time;

e. (S) Forcing naked male detainees to wear women’s underwear;

f. (S) Forcing groups of male detainees to masturbate themselves while being photographed and videotaped;

g. (S) Arranging naked male detainees in a pile and then jumping on them;

h. (S) Positioning a naked detainee on a MRE Box, with a sandbag on his head, and attaching wires to his fingers, toes, and penis to simulate electric torture;

i. (S) Writing “I am a Rapest” (sic) on the leg of a detainee alleged to have forcibly raped a 15-year old fellow detainee, and then photographing him naked;

j. (S) Placing a dog chain or strap around a naked detainee’s neck and having a female Soldier pose for a picture;

k. (S) A male MP guard having sex with a female detainee;

l. (S) Using military working dogs (without muzzles) to intimidate and frighten detainees, and in at least one case biting and severely injuring a detainee;

m. (S) Taking photographs of dead Iraqi detainees.

a. (U) Breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees;

b. (U) Threatening detainees with a charged 9mm pistol;

c. (U) Pouring cold water on naked detainees;

d. (U) Beating detainees with a broom handle and a chair;

e. (U) Threatening male detainees with rape;

f. (U) Allowing a military police guard to stitch the wound of a detainee who was injured after being slammed against the wall in his cell;

g. (U) Sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick.

h. (U) Using military working dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one instance actually biting a detainee.

The… when word came out to the press about these new reforms at the Abu Ghraib prison facility… what did the press do?  60 Minutes  held off running the story at the request of General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

I thought the press was to report on such matters… this is a country of “freedom of speech” and disclosure of government officials wrong doings ….hmmm?

then…

May 7, 2004, Rumsfeld told a Senate panel that there may be video of the abuse at Abu Ghraib. According to the New Yorker’s Sy Hersh, the tapes include footage of male minor prisoners being raped.

so lets add rape of a minor to the above list of why the prisoners just LOVE the stay at Abu Ghraib, since the US took over… and may never wanna go home again! Hell, who ever wants to go home from the Neverland Ranch.

this is a photo gallery of the Abu Ghraib prison, most are pictures while under US care… a few may be under Saddam… you figure out which is which… cuz I sure can’t

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Posted by () in (medieval torture, torture device) on September-28-2007 (1) Comment  Read More

The Cradle… or more like the giant thing up your ass!

torture cradle image This is one midieval invention we all need to stay much more than an arms length away from…

it goes like this

The victim, hung by an iron belt around his waist, hands and feet are tied or bound in some way, but the legs are held open with a pole or stick.

He was pyramid put on top of a rack. His legs were stretched out frontwards and tied with a rope at the ankles.

Now the man was lowered onto the pyramid point that penetrated into his butt hole or vagina (if female). What that did was contract the muscles, and probably cause enough pain so that the person could not just pass out or fall asleep… what kind of a sick mofo thought of this baby? hmmm… will need to look that one up I am sure

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Posted by () in (children, middle east, flogging) on September-28-2007 (0) Comments  Read More

Yet a story about another 14 year old boy

at least he kept his headthe boy was apparently demonstrating… hopefully for human rights, however, he was arrested, flogged and imprisoned.

On the bright side… well, if there is one to a child getting flogged amd tortured… At least the kid got to keep his head and did not get a glimpse of that axe to the right.

December 09. 2006 - According to reports from the Organization of Defense of Human Rights in Iranian Kurdistan, the recent series of arrests in the township of Mahabad continues. 14-year-old Shahou Hasanpour and his brother Houshiar are two of the most recent detainees. They were arrested and charged with taking part in the summer 2005 series of demonstrations in Mahabad.

Neither one of the brothers had the benefit of being represented by a lawyer in court. Houshiar was sentenced to 4 months in prison and 50 lashes. .

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Posted by () in (children, middle east, flogging) on September-27-2007 (5) Comments  Read More

flogging torture middle eastSo what kind of horrific crime can get a punishment such as public torture?

86 lashes in factflogged in torture, a type of torture that leaves life long scars as reminders of bad deeds. So what did this boy do to get hit with the cane 86 times while the community watched, the event took place in a large square in Tehran. The on lookers were unable to do anything in fear of them being the next one to get caned. But the flogging did attract a large crowd… most of which now, would never brake the boy/girl hand holding law out of fear!

Well…this young man did the unspeakable, he held his girlfriends hand. While the girl may think its charming and cute to hold hands, the government did not. Why worry about murder, robbery, rape, bombers… there are bigger fish to fry here… yes the hand holders… we shall have none of that!

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Posted by () in (children, middle east, flogging) on September-27-2007 (6) Comments  Read More

A boy died after being flogged and getting 85 lashes

Most of us can not even understand these types of punishments, Most parents WANT the kids to eat when hungry,  holiday or not. And from what I have read, most religions that use fasting, allow children some wiggle room… but not in this town..

A 14 year old boy died on November 11th, after having received 85 lashes. According to the Mullah judge of the public circuit court in the town of Sanandadj, the boy was guilty of being hungry and breaking his fast during the month of Ramadan.

flogged in tortureThe Kurdish site Rojeh´heh reports that the young man´s identity has not been disclosed. He was scheduled for burial on Saturday, November 13th, in the cemetery of Beheshteh Mohammadi in Sanandadj. However due to the public´s realization of the events surrounding the boy´s circumstances the cemetery was stormed in protest and his burial did not take place.

The picture to the right is not the boy in question, I could not find any of him, but it shows what 85 lashes may look like and why a child can easily die from being tortured in that way.


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