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, April 18, 2010

Letter to Pres. Obama: "21st Century Electronic Lynching"

The President of The United States has been sent a letter intended to draw his attention to the many civil rights violations inherent with, even encouraged by, tasers.

See copy of letter on the Truth...Not Tasers blog. [LINK]

The letter pulls no punches. It accuses Taser International and its associates of serious corporate and personal malfeasance.

"Representatives of the company that manufacturers electronic torture devices lied to Police Officials when they told them that the devices had been tested and were found to be non-lethal. They bragged instead about the excruciating agony and terror caused by their use. ... They scammed an all-too-willing law enforcement community with half truths and outright lies." [emphasis added]

This open letter puts Taser International and its associates into an awkward quandary. Do they just let it pass, thereby passively acknowledging the accuracy of the accusations? Or do they want to take it to court, thereby opening themselves to a detailed judicial review of their past and present corporate behaviour (including all their up-to-now private communications)?

Their best option is to issue a pseudo-indignant press release, then file a formal civil complaint as late as is reasonably possible, and then ever-so-slowly drag it through the courts for years and years and years.

Eventually, when they might be forced to open their Corporate kimono (potentially very embarrassing and legally-lethal for them), they'll just quietly drop the whole matter.

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