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Bondage, Sadism, Sentencing and Conclusions
« on: 2006-03-11 19:46:53 »
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The Nation recently reported, "culminating a month-long investigation, on February 25, army officials recommended that seven paratroopers from the famed 82nd Airborne Division stationed in Fort Bragg be discharged after appearing on a gay pornographic website -- which gay bloggers quickly concluded was www.activeduty.com. More serious than a discharge under Don't Ask, Don't Tell, three of the soldiers face court-martial on charges of sodomy, pandering and "wrongfully engaging in sexual acts with another person while being filmed with the intent of broadcasting the images over the Internet for money." (Yes, while sodomy is perfectly legal for civilians after Lawrence v. Texas, military appeals courts have upheld military sodomy laws). Four others were demoted and penalized for underage drinking, drunken driving and adultery." If found guilty, the three soldiers being courtmarshalled will receive sentences of five years imprisonment as well as dishonorable discharges and forfeiture of pay (Refer Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) Article 125).

So we know that the military consider sodomy to be worthy of attention, and as we know from previous discussions on this BBS, the US does not engage in torture. Nevertheless, it may be instructive to wonder about Sadism and possibly other displays of affection? Does the dod regard any of these as being as heinious as anal, oral, aural or even nasal sex (given that the DoD clearly never got to the bottom of the meaning of sodomy)?

Let's take a peek shall we.
PersonPositionKnown FactsJudicial Consequences
Abed Hamed Mowhoush
Former Iraqi General
Stuffed into a sleeping bag, wrapped with electrical cord, and suffocated to deathOne lieutenant received a written reprimand, a fine, and 60 days restrictions of movement
Abdul Jameel
Former Iraqi Lieutenant ColonelTied by his hands to the top of his cell door, and then gagged, suffered from a fractured and bleeding throat, more than a dozen fractured ribs, internal bleeding, and numerous lacerations and contusions. Asphyxiated and diedNone
Fashad MohammedIraqi civilianHooded, sleep-deprived, and subjected to thermal extremes. Multiple minor injuries, abrasions and contusions, blunt force trauma and positional asphyxiaNone
Manadel al-JamadiIraqi alleged "insurgent"Arrested by Navy SEALS and CIA personnel who took turns punching, kicking, and striking him with their rifles. They later stripped him, doused him with water, and threatened him. Finally, during interrogation, a CIA agent ordered him shackled to a window in an uncomfortable posture known as "Palestinian hanging." In less than an hour he was dead. According to one of the guards who was present when al-Jamadi's body was unshackled, blood gushed from al-Jamadi's mouth and his arms nearly came out of their socketsNone

While some "non-judicial remedies", e.g. written reprimands, reductions in rank, and the like have been awarded, the Human Rights First "Comprehensive Report on Detainee Deaths in U.S. Custody" from which this data was taken reflects that the above 5 month sentence is the most severe awarded to date, and the lieutenant involved, the highest ranked officer to have been sentenced. As the report concludes, "accountability for wrongdoing has been limited at best, and almost non-existent for command." From this, we must conclude that for now, in the eyes of the US military and their civilian masters, "unnatural carnal copulation" is undoubtedly a much worse crime than "sadism" (which, given that we don't engage in torture, is all in which these playful Americans are engaging).

An editorial based on the report is available at Washington Post.
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« Reply #1 on: 2006-03-12 14:40:40 »
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Setting aside your point about sadism, is there any reason these soldiers are not allowed to engage in this activity (I am referring to activeduty.com not the alleged torture of detainees)?

Does the Army have specific prohibitions against posing naked on the internet?

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« Reply #2 on: 2006-03-12 14:57:58 »
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[Jonathan Davis] Setting aside your point about sadism, is there any reason these soldiers are not allowed to engage in this activity (I am referring to activeduty.com not the alleged torture of detainees)?

[Hermit] I don't know. Extreme homophobia? Insufficient classical education (thinking of Sparta)? Like most modern armies, they prefer death and dismemberment over sex and engorgement (Walmart has the same prejudice).

[Jonathan Davis] Does the Army have specific prohibitions against posing naked on the internet?

[Hermit] I'm damn sure they don't. But probably don't need them. I'm sure the US military has catchall's like "Conduct unbecoming" and "Into disrepute" available. And will enforce same.
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