Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

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


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.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Independence Tests

Gary J. Mulder, "President" of the Canadian "Centre" for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths, wrote a letter protesting his pure-as-the-driven-snow motivation for establishing his Canadian clone of the US Taser-funded IPICD(L?).[LINK].

IPICD(L) = Institute for Prevention of In-Custody Deaths (Laawsuits?)

There is a simple test that can be applied to individuals to see if they are independent thinkers, or if they are actually 'members' of The Church of Taser:

1) Can a death be caused by a taser?
2) Can a death be caused by 'excited delirium'?

If the individual espouses the belief that tasers are perfectly incapable of causing a death (via internal risk factors), but they are simultaneously willing to accept the lethal dangers of 'excited delirium', then that bizarre and seemingly-contradictory combination of beliefs comes straight from The Church of Taser and is highly indicative that they're not thinking independently.

Where the money comes from is not the 'independence' question being asked. It's obviously trivial to keep the financial trail squeaky-clean when standing up a new self-styled "centre" (in a spare bedroom?) only costs about $75.

The issue is the independence of ideas. If Mr. Mulder is a closet 'member' of The Church of Taser, and holds bizarre beliefs about the relative risks of 'delirium' as compared to being zapped with a taser, then we have a right to question the real purpose of his so-called "Centre".

Another test of honesty-of-purpose would be to see if this "Centre" ever raises its voice to protest against tasers being used repeatedly on people that are (for example) simply displaying some degree of disobedience. Even the NIJ cautioned against the apparent risks of repeated taserings, and bringing such risks into situations where there was already zero risk, obviously increases the risk of in-custody death. So? Well? Oh Helllllooooo?

Mr. Mulder - your true motivations will be judged by your actions. Go ahead - do something, say something, write something - to prove our suspicions wrong. You have this opportunity to substantiate your stated purpose. Take it (now), or do not complain about our suspicions regarding the true purpose of your Canadian clone of a US Taser-funded "Institute".

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