Scott Horton Interviews Will Grigg

Scott Horton, May 07, 2012

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Will Grigg, blogger and author of Liberty in Eclipse, discusses his article “The Everyday Evil of America’s Torture State;” Daniel Chong’s “accidental” 5 day incarceration during which he was without food or water, handcuffed and in complete darkness; the “Gitmo-ization” of the US justice system; other anecdotes of the cops torturing and killing Americans without being fired or prosecuted; the Michigan State Supreme Court’s unusual recognition of the right to resist unlawful arrest; the realization of Alan Dershowitz’s “torture warrants;” and how the prison-industrial complex profits from expanding the War on Drugs.

MP3 here. (38:07)

Will Grigg writes the blog Pro Libertate and is the author of Liberty in Eclipse.

9 Responses to “Will Grigg”

  1. No doubt there are a number of hide-behind-the-badge scumbags in American law enforcement. And, of course, why shouldn't there be? The system protects them from any genuine accountability. My own view is that the victim of police brutality should have the right to inflict the same abuse on the degenerate–er, cop–who abused him. Even things up, that. Of course, that Michigan Supreme Court ruling is great.

    There's always been police brutality in the U.S. In 1931, the Wickersham Commission report described widespread police corruption and brutality. The more things change, the more they remain the same, huh?

    Ever see the movie "Madigan" (1968) (Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Inger Stevens)? Police Commissioner Russell (Fonda) is discussing a case of alleged brutality: ". . . Doctor Taylor, there must be one rule, one standard for every man who carries a gun and is charged with the protection of the community. We expect our men not only to enforce the law, but to live under it themselves."

    Any real-life counterparts of Fonda's Commissioner Russell out there? . . .

  2. Slavery by chains or economics — Deadly force is still essential

    Law enforcement is all of the educated middle-class, 95% of their time is spent policing young laboring men and they have but one function, to establish modern-day slavery for the laboring class and an open air prison for the slums. Laboring-class being, the 49% of society with no education but some high school, and no income but an impoverishing minimum wage.

  3. What difference does it make?

    You buy the cheapest fruits and vegetables on the market, of course Wal-Mart, causing 5 year old migrant workers to slave in hot dusty fields at below minimum wage, law enforcement all of the educated middle-class create a police state for my slow and careful thinking laboring-class. So, who is guiltless?

    Like taking candy from a baby, enrichment upon the misery of the lowest class in society, what Empire USA is all about.

  4. Either with Maumens(Festas Usama) or with Sabah(festat Bu$h)

  5. The only challenge to most empires is the internal one.

  6. Of course they had to subjugate and murder evil Philippinos and occupy the place. They needed to be Christianized according to President McKinley. I would suspect a lot of Catholic would agree since the place had been a hot bed of the Jesuits.

  7. Sickening and tragic.

  8. I commend your concern for children (i have a child of my own :) but does my buying cheap fruit cause children to go to work or are those children already looking for work and that job is available as the best option? If it was not there best option, wouldnt they be doing something else?

  9. Scott- im not sure if the "starve the beast" solution will work for the empire to the extent that we hope. If the economy shrinks, and the Mil Ind Complex has less money, i dont think they will sit on their hands. wouldnt it be in there interest to cause another crisis to get a larger piece of that shrinking pie? I think history shows they have no problem in manufacturing crisis to gain power, and the bar is lowered if their backs are against the wall.

    Great show overall btw!

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