Empire Files on Nov 19, 2022
In this Eyes Left/Empire Files exclusive, Mike Prysner sheds light on the shadowy military career of Ron DeSantis.
Featuring never-before-heard testimony by former Guantanamo detainee Mansoor Adayfi about DeSantis’ participation in illegal torture at the prison camp, and why he was likely sent to Iraq to do war crime cover-ups next.
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I’m in favor of shining a light on the war crimes of our politicians. But I would hardly single out DeSantis. And in studying DeSantis, I would hardly focus on his time in the middle east. Before becoming governor, he was in congress for 5 years.
Members of the US armed forces practice war crimes against individuals. But members of congress practice war crimes against entire countries. It’s a more abstract process — sending in so many troops, or so many drones, so many bombs — it’s all statistics, and no faces. Members of congress don’t get into the gory details of torturing individual human beings. But members of congress actually cause a great deal more suffering.
All of the USA’s many many wars are mass murders based on lies to make a few rich men richer. If members of congress know what they are voting for, then they are mass murderers. If they do not know what they are voting for, then they are grossly incompetent and irresponsible — I guess that’s something like mass manslaughter, or mass 3rd degree murder. (The Nuremberg trials sent the top Nazis to be executed, but middle-level Nazis went to work for NATO instead.)
All the wars have nearly unanimous support in congress. Congress does not pass the Sodom and Gomorrah test (Genesis 18:32). But it is not just congress that may soon be destroyed. Even worse than the war crimes are the crimes against the ecosystem; those may soon kill us all.
(Sorry, I guess I’ve wandered off topic a little, but you know how it is — one thought leads to another.)
Thanks, Lefty, all good points.
Good point lefty. Yes it’s not just about bad apples. The whole barrel is rotten just as in all hierarchical mass societies. None of the elite can be so blind – so must be complicit or consciously looking the other way.
Regards, Roy (www.critical-mass.net)