Skip to main content

View Diary: Join Webb's list today! Overhaul U.S. unjust detention. (153 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Culture of abuse: this is also tied to Abu Ghraib (7+ / 0-)

    First, thank you for posting this. This issue -- and the way it has been ignored -- has made me sick inside for years

    I was amazed when I saw a notice about Webb's move on TPM.  Was going to put something up today if no pertinent diaries were getting traction, but you did an excellent job and are more plugged into the issue than I.  

    When the story on Abu Ghraib and related abuses was breaking, it was clear to me that some of the ease with which these abuses were perpetrated (in some cases by people who had been prison guards stateside), as well as the appalling ease with which the whole sordid story was papered over, was tied to this same sickness in our nation.

    May we all find ways to wake up our fellow citizens on the urgency of repairing this...words fail...this blight on our nation's soul.

    the injectapods look like nothing less than lobsters with bat wings. "I don't know, but I don't like it," says Agar, throwing a stick at the beastie

    by stevelu on Sun Mar 29, 2009 at 09:25:29 AM PDT

    •  your words are great, by the way (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      stevelu, OHdog, JesseCW, ThisIsMyTime

      Please do post on this. My 16 year old son lives in this culture of abuse. It's hard to keep a level head. I'm grateful that you find these realities sickening.

      •  My heart goes out to you.. (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        philipmerrill

        I'm so sorry to hear about your son.  I understand the difficulty in keeping a level head!  

        It is hard to confront how limited our power as parents can be to protect our children.  Sometimes circumstances may narrow down choices until all you can really do is hold a spot open in your heart and/or home for the wheel of time to turn -- although I hope that you are still in a position to do a bit more.  

        What is happening?  Is he in a lockup of some kind, or is something else going on?

        I have two kids, 4 and 8.  These are the easy years, I imagine, and I hope and pray for good fortune and strong communities in ten years time.

        the injectapods look like nothing less than lobsters with bat wings. "I don't know, but I don't like it," says Agar, throwing a stick at the beastie

        by stevelu on Sun Mar 29, 2009 at 08:04:36 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  It's quite a story (0+ / 0-)

          And only some of it is mine to tell. So far, he has managed to avoid incarceration.

          I think the hardest part for me to accept is how f-ing vital my helping him learn how to fight was. As a New Yorker, I felt this was like an ancillary or auxilliary skill to have for those rare times (and my HS had a great karate program). They have not been rare times for my boy. He wins, almost always, but the process of being confronted and not being able to avoid violence is disgusting and demoralizing for him (thank God!). And regular.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

  • Recommended (141)
  • Community (70)
  • Elections (26)
  • Civil Rights (26)
  • Environment (26)
  • Media (25)
  • Culture (25)
  • Law (24)
  • Science (23)
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership (22)
  • Memorial Day (21)
  • Labor (21)
  • Josh Duggar (20)
  • Economy (19)
  • Republicans (17)
  • Rescued (17)
  • Ireland (17)
  • Education (17)
  • Marriage Equality (17)
  • Climate Change (17)
  • Click here for the mobile view of the site