Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...

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The primary purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet for my observations and analysis about tasers, taser "associated" deaths, and the behaviour exhibited by the management, employees and minions of Taser International. In general, everything is linked back to external sources, often via previous posts on the same topic, so that readers can fact-check to their heart's content. This blog was started in late-2007 when Canadians were enraged by the taser death of Robert Dziekanski and four others in a short three month period. The cocky attitude exhibited by the Taser International spokespuppet, and his preposterous proposal that Mr. Dziekanski coincidentally died of "excited delirium" at the time of his taser-death, led me to choose the blog name I did and provides my motivation. I have zero financial ties to this issue.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Torture in America - enabled by the taser

This is the case that the US Supreme Court has been asked to review. Ah, well 'duh'...


A handcuffed motorist who refuses to stand up and walk to police car is repeatedly shocked with taser.

Disturbing YouTube video here [LINK].


Keep in mind the little technical detail that the current emitted by the X26 taser has been set to cause incapacitation, and even Taser Chairman Smith has admitted that they ramped it up from there by the ratio of 19/13 (or +46%). The actual level of electrical current has been estimated by an expert to be about TWO THOUSAND times more painful than 'intense pain'.

It's TORTURE. And it's extreme torture.


The officer is clearly TORTURING the victim in this incident. And for what reason? There is clearly ZERO risk to the officer. The only possible logic is to save a couple of minutes, but at the cost of instigating a legal case that has now reached the US Supreme Court. Where's the saving?

Not to mention getting caught on camera TORTURING a handcuffed victim that clearly just needs some mental-health help. So where's the moral high ground? Answer - long gone.


By the way - this is also a crystal clear example of the difference between lawful force (the noun), and torture used to attempt to force (the verb) the victim to obey. When the officer attempts to pick-up the subject, that's lawful force (the noun) and it's perfectly acceptable. When the officer uses the taser to attempt to force (the verb) compliance, that's called 'torture' and it's banned by treaty, by statute and by common sense. See the right-hand column for additional background on this distinction between force the noun (legal) and force the verb (evil).


And do you think that this isn't the normal day-to-day use of tasers?

It is.

This is what tasers are all about.

Only rarely are tasers used in place of guns.

Much of the time, tasers replace a wide range of ethical options with TORTURE.


And there is a risk of death. It's been legally established that tasers can contribute to death (when combined with other factors, such as relying on your heart for blood circulation, or not being in perfect health, or having an unspecified-until-postmortem-report individual susceptibility).

Especially with repeated applications (strangely discrepant with the theory that tasers have no effect...).


By the way - it's not just America. It's almost everywhere that tasers are used. It seems that only a very few jurisdictions have put into place careful training to try to preempt such day-to-day 'police state' torturing of the citizens
(perhaps the city of Ottawa, a half-credit for including some 'extra' refresher training on civil rights).


Now - what do the taser fan-boys have to say about this incident.

Often - the empty-headed taser fan-boys will offer-up the 'police state' legal theory that if a subject fails to obey the verbal directions of an officer, then the officer is legally entitled to apply electric torture to the subject until he either obeys, or dies.

...shudder...


The taser is clearly an Instrument of Torture.

And it's being used on normal citizens that have done nothing threatening.


The blame in this case goes well above the officer in question. He has clearly been brainwashed. Although common sense dictates that he should know better, the blame must also flow upwards to the highest levels.

And the taser training (controled by Taser), judging by the outcome, is clearly DEFECTIVE.


What a mess.


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