The Phenomenon Known as Torture Creep

Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and others of Obama’s staff in the Situation Room in May 2011 when Osama bin Laden’s compound was raided.

The purpose of the article is to bear light on the historical concept of “sanitation” and/or “gentrification.” That is to say, a cleansing of an area through expulsion or extinction and the phenomenon known as Group (Gang) Stalking with electronic targeted assault and psychotronic torture. It also discusses the phenomenon known as “torture creep” a phenomenon that manifested following the aftermath of killing Osama bin Laden in May 2011. In addition, the influence of cultural sociology and the creating of “consent” in BDSM legal proceedings is also discussed and how informal rules that structure consent are unique to family relationships as well as its purpose to bring light to the aspect that certain area hospitals have been involved in the deployment of the phenomenon known as Group (Gang) Stalking with electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture.

“The five stages of dying, posited by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross run from denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. We pass through similar stages when it comes to dealing with historical trauma — and then move on to new stages beyond. One of them might be called sanitation, or perhaps gentrificationWhatever the word, it reflects the fact that eventually history is safely caged and tamed. Any visitor to Antietam or Gettysburg or the Somme has seen how the bloodiest battlefields become landscapes of verdant serenity, primped with tasteful monuments. Romans walk their dogs among the umbrella pines that edge the quiet precincts of the Circus Maximus, where countless Christians went to their deaths.

Sanitation has taken hold in the old Jewish Quarter of Cordoba — still called the Juderia, despite the fact that Jews have been largely gone for five hundred years. Wandering through the narrow, winding streets, a few blocks from the Mezquita, one can’t help recalling peter De Vries’ remark about how so many places are named for what had to be removed in order to make them what they are “(Murphy, 2012, pg. 85).

And it is here I’d like to add a personal comment, and we wonder what the phenomenon of Group (Gang) Stalking with electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture is all about?! Helene Fuld Hospital, Trenton Campus, Psychiatric Holding Area, in New Jersey and their use of electronic targeting and psychotronic torture! The seducers of human conscience! which may turn out to be either corrupt employees of the hospital itself! Or perhaps it is the “gods” of industry (specifically research and development employees) who have been instructed by their superiors to “turn water into wine or to turn shit into gold so we can make some money for ourselves in an economic niche! A miracle of rare device, in the advancement of new modern technologies in the name of science, and finding new markets for which to deploy them! It’s important to consider the work of Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality which was formerly titled “The Will to Knowledge”, and the role of the psychiatric hospital in correcting behavior and returning patients to their families in “much better condition” than when they left (Foucault, 1978, 1995). Remember Antonio Egas Montiz’s frontal lobotomy?

Defining Torture Creep

The concept of Torture Creep is attributed to Bush-era politics in response to 9/11 and the United States’ War on Terror. In an October 2007 Rasmussen poll, 27 percent of Americans surveyed said the United States should torture prisoners captured in the fight against terrorism, while 53 percent said it should not. In a 2012 YouGov poll, 41 percent said they would be willing to use torture — a gain of 14 points — while 34 percent would not, a decline of 19 points (Zegart, 2012). Hence the term “torture creep.” It is also important to note that white, far-right, liberal Republicans were suffering their own crisis of white masculinity during this time, holding public gatherings using the “N” word and touting pictures of Barrack Obama as an indigenous tribal “witch doctor.” The respondents in the 2012 pool were more pro-waterboarding, pro-threatening prisoners with dogs, pro-religious humiliation, and pro-forcing prisoners to remain naked and chained in uncomfortable positions in cold rooms. In fact, many of the polls prior to 2012 that were referenced by Amy Zegart in her article “Torture Creep” reported fewer people likely to use torture, recognizing it as wrong, than people who were willing to use and were okay with it. Even enthusiasm for assassinations of foreign heads of state has risen despite the fact our government has banned assassinating foreign leaders since 1976.

Although unlike Zegart’s opinion for the possible reason for the increase in the public’s desire for torture which she claims is because it is just “easier to support controversial policies after the controversy fades.” I believe torture creep is rooted in a more archaic and deep-seated place in the human psyche. That desire to annihilate and dehumanize those whom we fear most. The roots of sadism and the tendency to annihilate what seem like very real phantoms lurking in the shadows of our fears. There is no want for historical data for this fact involving “mental illness” and those placed in psychiatric hospitals.

We believe slavery has ended because there is no longer an industry for the slave trade. But yet everywhere we look today we see police brutality and the unnecessary killing of young black men and women by policing authorities. We see institutionalized forms of prejudice creeping into how young black women are treated in maternity wards. Are we to believe that violations of basic human rights no longer exist in the realm of psychiatry as well? A common narrative to the Phenomenon of Group (Gang) Stalking is that the individual is “mentally ill.” And are we to believe that because the human race no longer sees a purpose for institutionalized torture and laws that govern and inform it, the like and size of previous religious Inquisitions, that these acts of brutal torture no longer exist because it’s been “abolished” and it is no longer visible to the naked eye. This form of subtle torture is part of what is known as The Lesser Tradition of specialized tortures which will be discussed shortly.

“The legal scholar Alan Dershowitz, though not a proponent of torture, has argued that democratic governments should make provision for the issuance of official “torture warrants” that would sanction the use of torture in extreme cases — his argument being that torture is employed clandestinely in any event, and it would be better to subject it to legal regulation. “The major downside of any warrant procedure,” Dershowitz writes, “would be its legitimation of a horrible practice, but in my view, it is better to legitimate and control a specific practice that will occur, than to legitimate general practice of tolerating extra-legal actions, so long as they operate under the table of scrutiny and beneath the radar screen of accountability (Murphy, 2012, pg. 87).”

My personal comment is this. That it would never be accepted by conspicuous courts of law because legalized torture flies in the face of what American democracy stands for which is human decency and respect for basic personal rights. The legal proof that this would never be accepted by American legal democracy is the fact our courts do not recognize contracts of BDSM. “Torture warrants”, similar to BDSM, represent a violation of criminal battery laws. Important aspects for this study are the fact of criminal battery law and the site of the family are where people learn what modes of behavior are considered acceptable. “People on the margins of the law, or “in the shadow of the law” as it is commonly put by socio-legal scholars (Macaulay 1963; Mnookin and Kornhauser 1979), are important for this study because this is primarily where people construct consent and develop rules and norms to structure and define their internal relationships (Weinberg, 2016, pg. 10). The tie that binds the three elements, at least for me, is psychiatric treatment, the family, and the psychiatric institution where it is implemented. But to return to my main point, there is a reason why military courts exist and are kept separate from civilian courts. The laws that apply to each are both very different. This is because both BDSM and “torture warrants” lie at the intersection of law and cultural sociology. “Torture warrants” seem to mimic the phenomenon of what is now known as Group (Gang) Stalking with electronic targeted assault and psychotronic torture. What are the function of both informal laws and formal codesThe function of law is to shape human behavior. The paucity of work done on the phenomenon of Group (Gang) Stalking and electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture is enough to give voice to the informal nature of its rules, rules that operate in the “shadows of the law.”

Let us consider further Cullen Murphy’s thoughts on legitimized forms of torture historically instituted during Medieval Inquisitions:

“The Spanish Inquisition is not what Dershowitz had in mind, but it, too, sought to legitimate and control a regime of torture, just as the Medieval Inquisition had. Torture might once have been limited to crimina excepta — crimes of the utmost gravity — but over time that category was broadened, and the threshold of permissibility was lowered. The phenomenon is sometimes known as torture creep. It comes in various forms. In the aftermath of killing Osama bin Laden, in May 2011, a number of commentators asserted that the Al Qaeda leader’s hideout had been discovered owing mainly to information gleaned from torture — demonstrating just how worthwhile torture can be. The claim was not true, but the fact that it was made illustrates a moral slide: where once torture was seen as justified only by some “ticking time bomb” scenario, now it was seen as justifiable for obtaining useful intelligence of a lesser kind.

Inquisitors resorted to torture for one main purpose: to elicit statements by the victim, about himself or people he knew, that they could legally regard as “the truth.” Torture was not employed officially as punishment, though it would be impossible to rule out such a motivation — in the hearts of many who wield it, torture has always entailed some measure of punishment. Officially, it was a tool of jurisprudence — an essential element in the hierarchy of proof. Because the gravest of crimes brought a penalty of death, it was essential to have an ironclad assurance of guilty — and no assurance was more persuasive then a confession.

Darius Rejali, the most prominent modern specialist on torture, had divided certain torture techniques into what he calls the Greater and Lesser Stress Traditions. The Greater Tradition consists of methods that are applied with a few limitations and that leave victims with “permanent, visible injuries.” The Lesser Tradition comes with certain rules and leaves “fewer tell-tale marks.” When modern democracies resort to torture, as they do, their tendency has been toward the Lesser Tradition — easier to hide, easier to explain away (Murphy, 2012, pg. 87–88).”

And it is here we can connect the dots from the Lesser Stress Traditions of torture and the phenomenon we know today as Group (Gang) Stalking with electronic targeted assaults and psychotronic torture. When authoritarian regimes have no such concerns as “the law” because they operate in its shadows. The Lesser Stress Traditions of torture can operate in an environment in which secular authorities are unaware of its presence and it can treat “subjects” as they please, and where legal authority may be at a disadvantage in understanding what this invisible subject actually represents which is compromised freedom. Some of the methods employed could by their nature do irreparable damage. Cullen Murphy writes, “The moral may be that the regulation of torture never really works — it just points the practitioners in new directions. As Rejali writes, ‘When we watch interrogators, interrogators get sneaky.’”

In the end, the informal rules that govern prescribed torture are part of a social order that orders relationships. It is inherent in its culture and informal social rules like formal laws structure human behavior by enabling or constraining social action and by enabling cohesion of a collective (Durkheim, [1893], 1997; Giddens, 1984). We could certainly use this theory to explain why torture goes hand-in-hand with militarized cultures.

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Zegart, Amy. (2012). Torture Creep: Why are more Americans accepting Bush-era policies than ever before? ForeignPolicy.com. Published September 25, 2012.

The Collapse of The Modern Industrial Economy, A Crisis of White Masculinity, The Post-Industrial Rise in Service Security Surveillance, the Transubstantiation of Formative Non-Virtue, and the Phenomenon of the Targeted Individual

Government Hints Fannie/Freddie Would Need Another Bailout If Conditions Deteriorate – March 19, 2015

After the election of Barrack Obama and the manifestation of racially coded rhetoric espoused by the Tea Party, an outbreak of articles and roundtable discussions arose concerning the decline of American men. This decline in (white) male masculinity seemed to suggest the deterioration of masculinity had reached a point where patriarchal privilege was finally over and where women appeared to be gaining fast in major social indicators (Salam 2009; Rosin 2010; Zincenko 2009; Ashbrook 2009; Pew Research Center 2010; Schmidt 2010). They noted this decline was not mild either. These commentators warned; it was a grand epochal change in power, as the patriarchal system that had benefited men for over one million years was in its final days. Then came such titles as the “Death of Macho” “The End of Men” “Male Decline in the 21st Century?” “The Rise of The Wives” and “Women Outpacing Men in Income, Education” have populated the media since 2009.

The main culprit in the perceived decline of men is the collapse of a modern, industrialized economy that supported and held up male advantage. Indeed, the perceived decline in any human being can be attributed to the collapse of supportive avenues toward individual successful outcomes, and here I am referring to the decline in a population electronically targeted by the development and need for a post-industrial service security surveillance economy and the rise of the Targeted Individual. The forces of globalization and technological innovation have reconfigured the economy in a global context where information and communication are some of the main drivers of economic success. The rise of a post-industrial service economy values skills in communication, listening, as well as knowledge in other modes of surveillance, and teamwork. Ironically, all skills are associated with women. The postindustrial economy’s reliance on technology and relatively transparent information flows and displaces the need for physical strength and risk (Rosin 2010). Manufacturing is now largely located in developing nations, leaving American working-class men in particular without employment or purpose.

The psychoanalytic logic and crime research statistics regarding homicide support “Women are always and everywhere less likely than men to commit criminal acts.” As “…. homicide research remains largely male-centric, with patterns unique to female offenders and victims often lost in the aggregate. Although males constitute the overwhelming majority of both homicide offenders and victims, it is important nonetheless to identify gender differences and similarities in trends and patterns of homicide.” And this is true not only of homicide but also in terms of individualizing gender differences in patterns and trends of human behavior.

An article from the journal of Violence and Gender states, “For women to kill, they generally must see their situation as life-threatening, as affecting the physical or emotional well-being of themselves or their children.” Overall, it is often noted that males and females tend to see the utility of violence in radically different ways. Whereas men tend to employ violence as an offensive move to establish superiority, women typically view violence as a defense of last resort. And, “Unless the murders of women are examined separately from the murders of men, that is, disaggregated by gender, little can be known about this type of murder which is otherwise lost within the larger number of male–to-male homicides.”

It is my personal opinion that when it comes to aggressive violence perpetrated by females it’s primarily passive-aggressive in nature, the kind of which may violate boundaries but not necessarily kill instantaneously. It is for this reason the utility in the type of service provided by security service surveillance mimics the passive-aggressive boundary violations often associated with the female gender. Since women are caregivers, they are the guardians for the well-being of their husbands and children and may already be well versed in establishing felt security. Here, the term security becomes the issue. How secure do the proponents of service security surveillance already feel in their own masculinity or femininity? Women are already groomed for second-class status, it is this very status that supports their necessity to, not only utilize the best modes of behavior but find the best avenues that will foster their success. Sometimes the best avenues are antisocial ones which including clandestine surveillance and even sometimes murder. It is for this reason women make excellent female intelligence operatives. Where men have a tendency to utilize brute force as part of their established sexuality, women look for subtle angles and avenues that don’t require physical violence. This tendency to be more “passive-aggressive” in the boundary violations and violence they employ is even demonstrated in the weapons of choice when women commit acts of murder. When it comes to women killers, they tend to murder by smothering, drowning, suffocating, poisoning, or strangling their victims. These are clearly less messy alternatives than the brute force of masculine bloodletting.

The Great Recession has only exacerbated a trend in, not only a crisis of white masculinity, but it may be affecting a small population of females as well. Since 80% of the jobs lost in 2008 had been men, this has left some commentators to opine that the country is in a “he-cession” or “man-cession” (Salam 2009) alluding to a dramatic crisis of white masculinity. The financial industry, construction, and heavy manufacturing were all hit the hardest during the Great Recession leaving their female counterparts additionally stressed.

Is it any wonder then, we see the transubstantiation of male formative non-virtue as the phenomenon of the Targeted Individual rose and continues to effect a small population of American citizens? The phenomenon is now one of the biggest threats to the liberty and the freedom of free-thinking men and women in American democracy.

It is here we can make the connection I had mentioned earlier regarding the telemarketing polls conducted into Tea Party members during the Obama administration, 40% of whom were women, and their demographic comprising mostly white, older, middle-class males living in rural areas (and their wives no doubt), and the connection to an early historical crisis in white masculinity regarding the closing of the Western frontier and the rise of bureaucratic control over business. Mens’ need to conquer and control territory, preferably unrestrained control, has never changed. It has only shifted over the course of time from one area to another. The conquering territory, and not the physical landscape of the Western frontier where bravery, physical strength, bravado, and the willingness to take risks to new forms of wildlife, has now become the landscape of service market economies in the post-industrial American economy where men can openly face the fierce new opportunities in an unpredictable market. This idea is nothing new in academic thinking. However, what is new is the global need for an expanded service security surveillance economy and one that includes the makeup of electronic targeting. The male dominant need to control and conquer, not only new territories and new expanding markets, but the existing and exploding territories of human bodies, that vast majority that makeup overpopulations of human beings and their need for, not only service security surveillance, but service security medical surveillance in attempts to thwart the death instinct, develop new advancing medical technologies, and “save lives.”

Thus, the transubstantiation of formative non-virtue into an unregulated market territory where the far-right radical, conservative republican can enjoy his libertarian philosophies and with the unbounded freedoms of deployment of technology rooted in boundary violations of Other are a very real and existing phenomenon (as we now enter the era of directed energy weapons). Even at the turn of every corner in the invisibility of electromagnetic frequency and microwaves. I would truly love to know what the philosopher Michel Foucault would have thought of today’s post-industrial, service security surveillance phenomena!

I use the term “transubstantiation of formative non-virtue”, a play on words from one of my favorite authors and from one of the most informative books ever written on religious Christian philosophy, Dante’s Purgatorio. In Canto XXV of Dante’s Purgatorio, Dante then describes to the best of his 12th-century knowledge, a very interesting idea on how the shades (spirits) materialize upon death. It has to do with an idea of Informative Virtues, a philosophical idea that the regenerative powers of the seed create similar life. As in, like begets like. An example Dante used in this Canto was a sea-fungus, when it undertakes the reorganization process of meiosis, the seed takes on the virtue from the progenitor’s heart. Upon death, the soul takes on an aerial body and will stand either on the River Archeron (to await Hell) or stand on the River Tiber (to await salvation). Thus, upon death, all souls according to their hearts are either damned or saved. The allegory used here recalls Luke 6:43–45 where Jesus taught that good trees produce good fruits and likewise, bad trees will produce bad fruits (logic). Thus, the act of human breeding (progenitors-to-offspring) scientifically explains how human reproduction works in the vaginal vase of the women’s womb where “good seed” (ova/female sexual intellect) and “good seed” (sperm/male sexual intellect) produce further “good seed” (the fetus/”birthing new advanced future technologies”/brainchild). (Logic) Fashioning another explanation after the proverb found in the New Testament, The Parable of The Mustard Seed, when Jesus was asked the question, “What is the Kingdom of God Like? To what can I compare it?” To which Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed (good seed) a gardener planted in his garden and a great tree grew (good seed of future offspring). It grew so big that all the birds and the fowl of the air could come and take refuge in it.” In Bible study, the comparison of this verse is made with the sudden, secret growth, an immense development, as “good seed” (logic).

Except this big tree is the new digital global panopticon and the development of directed energy weapons, the biggest threats to freedom in the creation of service security surveillance sector that will support market economies and secure our national borders from threats of “terrorism” following 9/11. Then Republican president, George Bush, turned every U.S. citizen into a foreign national giving the unbounded freedom and right to the authority of the NSA, CIA, and other U.S. government agencies to surveil in the name of national security. The question becomes, “Who will this great tree serve?” And will there be clandestine secret foreign agents flocking to this “big tree” to target U.S. citizens? Where is the human logic, or even human need to torture?

This transubstantiation of formative non-virtue seems to have exponentially multiplied during and after the presidential Obama administration and the Great Recession of 2008. For it was the economic harbinger that forced the rise of a post-industrial need to service an economy, by the way crippled, an economy that is supportive to the needs of a paranoid bunch of Republican libertarians and experts hell-bent on violating the liberties and freedoms of U.S. American citizens are rooted in community policing. A service security surveillance economy that values skills in communication, listening, intelligent gathering among other modes of surveillance, and teamwork. Another connection made to the patterns and trends of individualizing sexuality and gender is the passive-aggressive violence that the service security surveillance economy represents. Its need for a different set of skills. The skills required for electronic targeted assault and unbounded boundary violations represent a similar method to passive-aggressive “feminine masculinities” demonstrated in female human communications; clandestinely subverted, creating feelings of felt security. These skills are strongly associated with women, listening and establishing felt security, and the need for coercive control over their children. They are the passive-aggressive tones needed to mother effectively but are also connected to the high functioning male psychopath. The difference between female masculinities and high functioning male psychopaths is in their reasoning employed behind their need for control. Men tend toward conquering, controlling, and dominating, even coercively, in order to exert and establish manhood and dominance, especially when it comes to the female maternal form. Women’s utility for coercive control tends towards the preservation of life and continued well-being.

The Great Recession of 2008, and Barrack Obama’s two terms in office, gave rise to one of the worst Republic presidents America has ever seen! And is it any wonder that a white belligerent, far-right radical, conservative-libertarian Republican president was elected in the aftermath of “witchdoctor Barrack Obama” Tea Party era and Tea Party leadership that explicitly used racial coded rhetoric and the use of derogatory signs with the word “nigger” printed on them. Or when Dale Robertson, leader of the Tea Party group called “1776,” endorsed Pastor John Weaver, former chaplain of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, who espoused ideologies at the Christian Identity, a movement that believes Jews are a satanic force and people of color are not fully human (Burghart & Zeskind 2010). It is my opinion that whoever is behind the phenomenon of the electronic targeted tortured individual shares the same type of ideologies Pastor John Weaver shared with the Christian Identity. These proponents are cut from the same corrupt fabric of white supremacist Nazis who believe that the South will one day rise again and that people of color are not hardworking. This certainly explains the phenomenon that occurred when a group of rabble-rousers ascended the Capitol steps to create what has become known as the Capitol Insurrection on January 6, 2021. It’s important to consider the threat to homosexuals, the threat to the mentally ill, the threat to those living with lowered social status due to disabilities, individuals living on welfare who are perceived by these certain types as “inferior” and “lazy.” These are the same types of ideologies that extend out of the far-right, radical, conservative, libertarian, Republican rhetoric. I suddenly feel unsafe knowing they walk among us.

Subnote: The citations cited in this post can be found in the book American Identity in the Age of Obama.

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A Crisis of White Masculinity in the Age of Obama and a Discussion on What Motivates Gang Stalking with Electronic Targeted Physical Assaults

One of the many sign posters printed by the Tea Party (white billionaire conservative Republican protesters) who also touted the phrase “Obama’s Bin Lyin” insisting Congress should “Impeach Obama Now.”

In the book, American Identity in the Age of Obama which is attributed to multiple authors, in particular in Chapter 6, “White Masculinities in the Age of Obama: Rebuilding or Reloading,” a particular demographic was considered in the face of a clear and present crisis of white masculinity. The book noted the identity crisis associated with white, older, middle-class men living in rural areas. A connection can be made with white, elite, farming/plantation business owners. With this specific demographic population, the connection is a similar one made to and written about in Chapter 6, The Crisis of White Masculinity, which can be found over JSTOR and is located in my reference section. A similar crisis of white masculinity seemed to occur during the abolishment of slavery, and in particular, we see a similar crisis of masculinity occurring during historic time periods that threatened populations of the predominant male identity. This certainly happened during the Salem witch trials as a comparison between these inexcusable executions and the expulsion of Anne Hutchinson. That is, a threat to the personal manhood of a predominant white leader in the community.

It is, for this reason, the study of identity during the period of Colonialism and Postcolonialism would be most appropriate to understanding the phenomenon of gang stalking with electronic targeted physical assaults (directed energy weapons) and psychotronic torture because it is this time period that gave rise to the radical right, middle class, white conservative male leaders. The forms of behaviors that have historically been harbingers for change in Colonial America have predominantly surrounded the threat to white masculine identity. During this time period, we see the event of the Boston Tea Party. Whether or not you hold a supportive position to the action taken during this historical event or view it as a radical, aggressive move in opposition to authority and the law depends on your political orientation.

Reading postcolonial female writers is important to gain a foundation of knowledge regarding modern female identity and feminine identity crisis as we explore feminine object relations during the colonial era and Postcolonial era and beyond into the modern period. I say this because I am a female writer interested in psychoanalysis and identity.

In addition to the study of postcolonial feminine identity and beyond, postcolonial masculine identity (1780–1830) or even a better, the term the Late Modern Period extending from the (the 1750s through 1940s) following French and American RevolutionsIndustrial Revolution, the Great Divergence, and the early World Wars is important to gaining an understanding of how both feminine and masculine identities have changed over time. Important also is the Great Divergence and it too is tied to the crisis of white masculinity as it represented changing social roles. Additionally, the concept of the time period, that of Colonialism (1607 to 1776), it would seem that the fragmented stranded existence of some modern masculine identities who would still like to practice or policy control by one people or power over other peoples or areas. In the phenomenon known as gang stalking with electronic targeted physical assaults and psychotronic torture we certainly can make the connection to the fragmented, stranded, crisis in identity of the perpetrators to such acts. Colonialism was tied to British Monarch Rule and Absolutism and manifested the delusions of Satan spawning the execution of not only witches but also some warlocks and the expulsion of Anne Hutchinson from her religious community based on the testimonial, she was a Jezebel. We can therefore say, with a high degree of certainty that the manifestation of delusions goes back centuries to past historical religious inquisitions among many other historical events expressing harbingers for change.

“Change is inevitable but with it comes new possibilities.” ~The Answers

In the book, Dark Money: the hidden history of the billionaires behind the rise of the radical right, we see a similar crisis of white masculinity among the radical right conservative Republicans during the Obama administration. Interestingly, where the crisis of white masculinity takes place during postcolonial America, where its development coincides with developments like the end of the Western frontier closing and the disappearing opportunities for economic independence in an era of bureaucratization of business. If we look at the history of American manhood it would reveal several co-extensive phenomena. In fact, if we delved even farther into history during the time of Medieval Inquisitions, we would uncover men dressed as the religious authority (Inquisitors) who were pardoned and given “absolution” from God if they used instruments of torture. In the modern era, we have the German Holocaust where we see a German Identity Crisis on a mass scale as the very core of what it meant to be German was questioned.

Upon a brief perusal of a number of historical harbingers, we see similarities to events that transpire and the basic similar human condition contributing to violence. What remains unchanged in all of this is the human heart and the human psyche and the fact that innate aggression resides within our species especially when manhood, or womanhood for that matter, is challenged. So, we can speculate this to be the cause and root of the phenomenon known as gang stalking with electronic targeted physical assaults and psychotronic torture.

We might question, “What motivated a group of well-educated, upper-class, white men to dress up as American Indians and throw tea into the Boston harbor?” We might question, “What motivated a plantation owner to lynch his own black slaves following the fall of slavery, in the face of their begging for life?” “What motivated a group of wealthy Republican businessmen to print up posters of Barrack Obama dressed like an African witch doctor, outfitted with body paint and a bone through his nose, above the word “socialism?” During the Obama administration, the level of unprovoked racism manifesting itself among the radical right Republican conservative groups fearful on the horizon of American socialism, the national healthcare plan, and free healthcare, which had to be policed and monitored for their radical depictions that were racially offensive.

Similar to the element of “dark money,” with their formation of so-called “socialist organizations” set up with a tax code of 501(c)(4), the IRS code for tax-exempt as “social welfare organizations” that can participate in politics so long as it’s not the group’s primary focus. Such nonprofits can hide the identities of their donors from the public, reporting them only to the IRS. This is what is meant by “dark money groups.” Comparing this level of non-transparency and gang stalking with electronic targeting physical assault and psychotronic torture we similar attempts to change the outcome of events, territories, and elections.

Identity is often associated with “sameness and distinctiveness” yet it also has its “contradictions”. That is, we all have our differences and we all have our contradictory selves.

The term “identity crisis” refers to a psychological conflict that entails social confusiona sense of detachment, and a loss of oneself such as when a political ruling party losses majority control as we witnessed during the Obama era or when large popular religious movements such as the Cathers in southern France and the Waldensians in both southern France and northern Italy who were considered “apostate” or heretical to Christianity during the Medieval Inquisitions spanning 1184 to 1230 AD.

In studying identity crisis, and its subsequent psychological disorders, there have been integral topics to study. For example, the study of Colonialism and Postcolonialism is imperative for an adequate understanding of psychoanalysis, as human history tells us a lot. Postcolonial feminist theories in female identity crisis have been conceptualized to delve into the boundaries of the self and move beyond the social dynamics through which the female subject explores and questions her identity separate and apart from her ruling counterpart, male patriarchy. It is no different when studying mass random shooting events and the phenomenon of gang stalking with electronic targeted physical assaults; a person’s identity has been challenged and put into question, a person’s sense of self has become disrupted with some type of detachment and loss. Such as when a person’s Facebook profile may be placed into question when new social information is found contradictory to their posted highlights and is seen as not being nearly as picture-perfect as the individual’s beliefs about themselves.

The thing about gang stalking with electronic targeted physical assaults and psychotronic torture is that it is a business like any other business. It requires access to a pool of cash, network associates, and insider knowledge. The pool of cash helps one to purchase the necessary technological gadgetry for the group of people whose aggregate/accumulated wealth can afford them the ability to fund their own personal and private field operations with which they could undermine the outcome of events.

Sources:

Karmi, Sally. The Stranger in the Mirror: Female Identity Crisis, Dissociation, and Self-Fragmentation in Kafa Al-Zubi’s Novel X. International Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Volume 7. Issue 1, (pp. 24–35). Published March 29, 2021. Retrieved online September 5, 2021. https://kkgpublications.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/IJHSS-7.20003-1.pdf

Pinar, W. (2001). THE “CRISIS” of WHITE MASCULINITY. Counterpoints, 163, 321–416. Retrieved September 5, 2021, from http://www.jstor.org/stable/42977756

Mayer, Jane. (2016). Dark Money: The hidden history of the billionaires behind the rise of the radical right. New York. Doubleday.

American Identity in the Age of Obama. (2014). Edited by Amilcar Antonio Barreto and Richard L. O’Bryant. Book compiled by multiple academic authors. A Routledge Series on Identity Politics. New York. Routledge; a Taylor & Francis Group.

Neil Somerville. (2004). The Answers. London. Thorsons Elements; Harper-Collins Publishers, Ltd.

What’s Your Rallying Cry? Is It Just A Myth?

Marketing “Crazy” (see Notes)

There have been many taglines over the years, Nike’s, “Just do it” Apple’s, “Think Different” and Capital One’s marketing campaign, “What’s in your wallet.” Or how about, “People Call Me Crazy.” Rallying cries are meant to spawn people into action, inspire them to make their best possible choices in the performance of their best possible selves, or inform them in some way. Well, they are supposed to be used as marketing tools. However, some are rooted in nothing more than clandestine deception of lies and myth-making.

However, rallying cries appeal to one’s sense of purpose and mastery and motivated people will make sure their desires are accomplished in some twisted and clandestine ways to promote their goals.


In the summer of 2008, a group experimenting with social media and online communications methods decided to trigger a flash mob in the House of Representatives in Washington. Eric Odom from the Sam Adams Alliance group and Rob Bluey, a self-promoted “card-carrying member of the vast right-wing conspiracy” created false Tweets to generate action. Utilizing the social media platform Twitter to form something called the “DontGo” movement. Sending out false Twitter messages demanding the Democratic leadership in the House scheduled a vote on legalizing offshore oil and gas drilling, or else the Republicans would refuse to go home for the summer recess. It’s almost laughable that it was actually believed. I mean, a threat to your boss to refuse to go on vacation? What they proved was it was possible to flood Twitter feeds with false messages to promote controversy. This begins to make me wonder even further about the Twitter storms that surrounded Donald Trump’s phenomenal presidency. Phantasmagorical Twitter storms will never be forgotten for sure by those who lived through it over the social media platform.

So how did the “DontGo” false Twitter campaign work? In August of 2008, conservative congressmen, oil lobbyists, and other supporters of offshore drilling poured into the House creating a wild and seemingly spontaneous protest. They chanted, “Don’t go!” and “Drill here!” “Drill now!” They didn’t succeed at lifting the restriction on offshore drilling but the protest was said to be “the 2008 version of the Boston Tea Party.”

Less than a year and a half following the Boston Tea Party, at the Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry spoke his famous words in a speech that became a defining moment in his career as a statesman and for the Commonwealth of Virginia and what would soon become the United States of America. Patrick Henry delivered his famous “Give me liberty, or give me death!” speech less than a month before the American Revolution began. The American Revolution would begin on April 19, 1775.

Henry’s most well-known line from the “give me liberty or give me death” speech came into play at the very end of his presentation. His last words to the audience were:

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” (ushistory.org)

In the true libertarian sense and in the similar vein of the brother Kochs, Eric Odom and Rob Bluey tried, as they may, to accomplish unregulated chaos and anarchy which began America in Pattrick Henry’s rallying cry “give me liberty or give me death.” And we can infer from the free libertarian wishes of the Kochs that this, albeit maybe unconscious wish, is implied in acts of electronic targeted violence and psychotronic torture.


When dealing with treacherous behavior, no other writer is more complete. I am talking about the villainous treachery found in the writings of William Shakespeare. The criminally deceptive behaviors penned no better than by the infamous William Shakespeare and which seem to be prolifically found at the core of big business and politics. Is it no coincidence that the most villainous treachery surrounds Shakespearean characters who were in possession of political and economic power?

When Iago whispers mythical lies into the ear of Othello, the Moore of Venice, he lies about Othello’s beloved Desdemona we can come to see its potential as a rallying cry. It has been said in literary analysis that if you want to uncover the lies one tells, you must first uncover what the villains say about their motives. Iago states his motives in his soliloquy. In Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago’s lust for Desdemona only proves useful in his plot of revenge. As Iago continues to manipulate Othello further through his trickfullness, Othello begins to lose control over his own thinking at Iago’s persistent insinuations that Desmodona has been unfaithful to Othello.

Or how could we forget Tamora’s villainy in Titus Andronicus when it reaches a shocking peak, she orders her two surviving sons to rape and mutilate Titus’s daughter, Lavinia, in an act that avenged her son’s murder by Titus. Cruelly ignoring the innocent girl’s pleas for mercy and mocking her distress, she defiantly sentences the girl to death.

Or Angelo’s malevolent delight in dishing out severe justice, proclaiming one scene, “hoping you’ll find good cause to whip them all,” in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. Angelo’s cracking down on the city’s sexual immorality, sentencing the young Claudio to death for making his lover pregnant. Angelo shows his full measure of hypocrisy when filled with lust, he propositions Claudio’s beautiful sister, Isabella, claiming he will reprieve Claudio if she agrees to sexual relations and, if not, her brother’s death will be guaranteed to be slow and tortuous.

Is there a more Machiavellian villain than King Richard III? He is portrayed as a malicious, deceptive, and bitter usurper who seizes England’s throne by nefarious means and a ruler who takes delight in his own villainy.**

Or what of Claudius in Hamlet? Shakespeare tells his audience “something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” We quickly discover that this is a reference to Denmark’s usurper King Claudius, Hamlet’s uncle. Guilty of fratricide, Claudius makes a run for the kingdom by pouring poison into the ear of Hamlet’s father as he slept. What is the psychoanalytic connection between Macbeth, Richard III, and Hamlet? They were all plagued by the vengeful ghosts of their former victims. Claudius is described by the ghost of Hamlet’s Father as “that incestuous, that adulterate beast / with witchcraft of his wit, and traitorous gifts …” Does this sound like anybody we know? Unlike other villains like Iago and Richard III, Claudius takes no pleasure in his wrongdoing and seems to be endowed with a sense of conscience as he confesses, “O, my offense is rank, it smells to [HIGH] heaven.”

I was never a fan of Shakespearean tragedies. I always preferred his comedies until a kindly librarian once told me in order to fully understand the breadth of human existence (and human communication) one must study Shakespearean villainy, “among other things.”

We can certainly come to an understanding of how rally cries come to inspire and how some of them may be rooted in false narratives like the villainy in the “DontGo” movement and just how powerful an influence mainstream and social media can be in communicating falsehoods and influencing outcomes. We also can come to see that virtue and values (spirituality in the phenomenology of spirit) are important in personal conduct, both in business practices and political leadership.


Notes: *Spiritual mediums are believed to be schizophrenic by the psychiatric community. There is also a developed skill called clairsentience which some believe is a psychic phenomenon but is more adequately described as an evolutionary adaptation to living in a world full of predators. It is the heightened sense of developed empathic sensing. It occurs when one feels like they have “eyes watching them” but when they turn around, can see no one. It is the evolutionary adaptation of sensing another’s emotional presence even when their presence cannot be directly perceived with eyesight. Think about if you were walking in the woods and someone was hiding in a tree and you could feel their “presence,” like you knew someone was there, but could not perceive them with your eyesight. This is clairsentience and it has been deemed by some in the psychiatric community to be a “schizophrenic symptom.” There is a fine line between survival sensing (the fight or flight response) and paranoid hallucinations, the hearing of voices in one’s head. Still, does anyone possess the right to inflict harm through the use of clandestine electronic weapons or obscure the line between what appears as “treatment” and the act of harming another human being based on individual difference (mental illness)?

** Forensic anthropology would prove Shakespeare’s writing correct of Richard III’s physical appearance. He had a physical deformity. He suffered idiopathic adolescent scoliosis, a curvature of the spine that developed after ten years of age and that may have brought back pain to the future king. Richard III died at age 32 at the Battle of Bosworth in the last war of the Roses on August 22, 1485. His bones were discovered sometime between 2012–2013 beneath a Leicester car parking lot believed to be where a church once connected to a friary. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-21063882

The above writing is meant as a comparitive analysis between the “experimenting with social media and online communications methods ” and the phenomenon of electronic targeted physical assaults and psychotronic torture being experienced by those that have been called “schizophrenic.”

Sources:

Jane Mayer. (2016). Dark Money: The hidden history of the billionaires behind the rise of the radical right. New York. Doubleday.

Judith Butler. (1997). The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection. Stanford, California. Stanford University Press.

William Shakespeare. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Stamford, Connecticut. Longmeadow Press.

Historic Documents. “Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death.” Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775. https://www.ushistory.org/documents/libertydeath.htm

Juno Jakob. (2014) “People Call Me Crazy: A Film by Juno Jakob.” Red Fox Pictures & Straw Lane Productions. A film about schizophrenia. YouTube.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJCtAzznzCw

Dark Money and Its Ties to Electronic Targeted Physical Assaults and the Targeted Individual

Updated: August 30, 2021; 04:59 PM

In February 2009, less than one month after Barrack Obama was sworn in as president, Obama would enjoy an approval rating of over 60 percent. His administration, however, would be under fire from the kind of guerrilla warfare waged against many democratic presidents who assumed presidential office. Virtually every Democratic president since Franklin Roosevelt to Barrack Obama has had political campaigns waged against them. Perhaps, some might say, Obama faced even fiercer factions. It is during this time we see the creation of a new political movement of a small number of people with massive resources orchestrating, manipulating, and exploiting the economic unrest for their own purposes. Hence, the Tea Party. However, the Tea Party was not a new strain of American politics, it was part of the same old ideological thinkers who joined right-wing movements from the Liberty League to Scaife’s Arkansas Project. One thing remained undeniable during Obama’s administration, the element of racial resentment that tinged many Tea Party rallies was the same old and disgracefully enduring story of American politics. What Obama was up against was a new form of permanent campaigning not waged by politicians but by people whose wealth gave them the ability to fund their own private field operations with which they could undermine the outcome of the election. And the phenomenon of electronically targeted physically assaulted and psychotronic torture of the “mentally ill individual” seems to mimic this same crisis in white masculinity. It is just another way those with economic resources, political and business connections find a way to fund their own private field operations for private interests.

Changing gears from presidential politics to state and municipal politics, it was around this time I began my first intimate experience with psychotronic torture. It has been suggested that the year, 2009, was the year the phenomenon of the Targeted Individual manifested itself. How much attention is paid, by the individual, to the unrivaled role of outside money and how it can influence how private interests are carried out and governed in those with political, financial, and social power? It is only those whose interests make it absolutely necessary to keep abreast on the political and business activities of one’s enemies and their corporate interests, their friends with the spending power, political connections, and corporate/business interest and how those interests connect to media power and broadcast manipulations.

Imagine the kind of power that could be unmasked if the conservative political machine, outside the traditional political machine, could control outcomes by being funded by unlimited private fortunes? According to the book “Dark Money: the hidden history of the billionaires behind the rise of the radical right” by Jane Mayer, a self-financed militia could be called into action without transparency, legal restrictions, or accountability to circumvent “problems.” Reading this book one makes eery connections to the role a narcissist plays in the downfall of the weak and vulnerable.

According to the book, “much attention was paid to the portion of this spending that was directed at elections. Less attention was paid to the equally unrivaled role that outside money played in influencing the way the country was governed.” In this way, America’s attention is focused on putting the vote back into the people’s hands and not on the unrivaled role outside money plays in influencing outcomes. It has become a battle between financial and political power and corporate business interest and one where the individual’s vote no longer counts for much anymore.

What I found offensive was the manner in which the House Republicans chose to fight the new Democratic president in 2009. “In January 2009 the model the House Republicans chose to emulate was the Taliban,” states Jane Mayer. “The House campaign committee held up Afghanistan’s infamous Islamic extremists as providing an example of how they could wage ‘asymmetric warfare.’” Compare this political strategy to electronic targeted weapons and the use of psychotronic torture in cases of the gang stalked and one can make an adequate description of the new reign of terrorism, no longer foreign but now domestic, and how it has come to spread itself across the United States like an unbeknownst plague claiming the lives of the innocent through the use of electronic targeted physical assaults and psychotronic torture; military tactics fashioned to emulate Afghanistan’s Islamic extremists.

On December 12, 2016, Dr. Seth Farber wrote an essay, “The Psychiatric Metanarrative, Targeted Individuals and the Deep State” on the discrediting of TIs using a pseudo-scientific psychiatric narrative which dismisses all of them as non-compliant “psychotics, and egregiously asserts the innocence of the deep state.” A quotation from The American Public Informs President Obama’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues About Ongoing Non-Consensual Human Experimentation in the USA:

“Neuroscientists, in particular, know that we stand today on the tip of a massive revolution in human affairs with the new knowledge of remote influencing technologies capable of manipulating the human body and human brain. So do the Military and Intelligence agencies. Who will speak and act today on behalf of all humanity? Who will step forward in this country to investigate, prosecute, and terminate ALL non-consensual human experimentation ongoing today? Will the real bioethicists please stand up?”

Like the concealed legendary myth of Greek mythology, Metis’ incorporation by Zeus, hidden within the ancient play of Aeschylus’ Oresteia, the myth narrative helps explains the function of incorporation in psychoanalysis of matricide as opposed to the mechanism of introjectionthe function of mourning. Myth political narratives are the creative narratives by those in positions of political, economic, and social power who attempt to conceal a mistruth or lie through phantasmagorical garb. Like the myth, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg screwed us all,” it eclipses the truth by way of concealment and lies about the true reason American political power is corrupt. The Republican majority leadership in both the House and the Senate. Myths that conceal, even at the local level, the marriage between small businesses (doctors), corporate businesses (advancing technologies), and deep state government statism and corruption.

To compare the analysis of white masculinity in American history, the development of the crisis in white masculinity coincides with developments like the end of the Western frontier and disappearing opportunities for economic independence in an era of business bureaucratization. And where Griffin (1990) is unpersuaded that the impact of these trends on particular groups within the middle class is arguable and, in any case not shown.

In his cultural history of American manhood, sociologist Michael Kimmel (1996) points to several co-extensive phenomena which he argues cracked the foundation upon which manhood had been grounded. These included: (1) industrialization(2) the entry into the public sphere a significant number of women, (3) Emancipation of the blacks, (4) a massive influx of immigrants, and (5) the closing of the Western frontier. Once again, the meaning of manhood was uncertain. Comparing the aspect of uncertainty within this historical context and in light of Jane Mayer’s information in “Dark Money” we can come to an understanding of how the impact of “feeling frightened and cut loose from traditional moorings of their identities, adrift in some anomic sea” may lead to a crisis of white masculinity, indeed of any gender and ethnicity.

Rituals of initiation of men into popular fraternal orders and aggressive reactionary politics are nothing new and still maintain their presence in American culture and we can further compare these fraternal brotherhoods to initiations and rituals found in gang memberships as well as the phenomenon of gang stalking, electronic targeted physical assaults and psychotronic torture. Might the depletion of economic business opportunities and marketing niches birthed the phenomenon of gang stalking, electronic targeted physical assault, psychotronic torture and the new business of electronic service security surveillance?

Sources:

Jane Mayer. (2016). Dark Money: The hidden history of the billionaires behind the rise of the radical right. New York. Doubleday.

Joshua A. Perper and Stephen J. Cina. (2010). When Doctors Kill: Who, Why, and How. New York. Copernicus Books.

Ramola D. (2016). Seth Farber, Ph.D. The Psychiatric Metanarrative, Targeted Individuals, and the Deep State: A Response to The New York Times. The Everyday Concerned Citizen. Published online December 12, 2012. https://everydayconcerned.net/2016/12/12/seth-farber-ph-d-the-psychiatric-metanarrative-tareted-individuals-and-the-deep-state-a-response-to-the-new-york-times/amp/

Seth H. Farber, Ph.D. “The Psychiatric Metanarrative, Targeted Individuals and the Deep State.” Sethhfarber.com https://www.sethhfarber.com/farber_essay_response_to_new_york_times_2016_ti_letter_129180.htm

William F. Pinar. (2001) The Gender of Racial Politics and Violence in America: Lynching, Prison Rape, and the Crisis of Masculinity. New York. Peter Lang AG International Academic Publishers.  The Destabilization of Gender, Chapter 6   The Crisis of White Masculinity by William F. Pinar (this research is confined to the white middle class) also found in Counterpoints   Vol. 163, The Gender of Racial Politics and Violence in America: LYNCHING, PRISON RAPE & THE CRISIS OF MASCULINITY (2001), pp. 321-416 (96 pages) “Peter Filene (1998) argued it first appeared in 1974 that at the turn of the century men’s sense of themselves as men were under stress, not only at work, but at home, and in terms of sexuality.” 

Judith Butler. (1997). The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection. Stanford, California. Stanford University Press. 

C. Griffin. (1990). Reconstructing masculinity from the evangelical revival to the waning of Progressivism: A speculative synthesis. In M. C. Carnes and C. Griffen (Eds.), Meanings for manhood: Constructions of masculinity in Victorian America, 183–204. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Michael Kimmel. (1996). Manhood in America: A cultural history. New York: Free Press.

The Biopolitics of Hate

The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the gay community in response to police raids that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Patrons of the Stonewall Inn were other Village lesbians and gay bars and neighborhood street people fought back when police became violent.

I’m writing this post because it has come to my attention that some individuals may feel certain people deserve or should be tortured for the culture they represent. This is one of the most heinous and cunning deceptions that often influences other people’s attitudes and perceptions about other people’s differences. It also directly opposes what our constitution has long stood for. At the base of the Statue of Liberty, it is written,

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”

To believe in the ideology that certain people or groups deserve, or should be tortured for the culture they represent is most certainly “words teeming with refuse.” No one deserves to be tortured, or raped, or murdered for no good reason whatsoever unless the U.S. Supreme Court feels that a penalty of death is warranted in certain cases.

In my academic study, I have studied sociology and culture, and diverse groups of people who possess diverse cultural lifestyles. One of the latest releases on sanctions, in American democracy, involves the drug culture and one where more and more states are now declassifying marijuana as illegal and making recreational marijuana legal. The groups who tend toward this type of behavior may have at one time or another been involved in the illegal drug culture. Does this mean they deserve to be tortured? Most certainly not! Yet, there is a pervasive point of view that certain groups, who represent cultural differences, deserve to be harmed. This is simply not true! For various groups make up the majority of U.S. citizens from Catholics, Muslims, Buddhists, homosexuals, transgender, bisexual, lesbians, Asians, Guatemalans, African Americans, even people who practice BDSM, and those who engage in prostitution make up groups who have historically needed protection from acts of hate in American history.

The latest phenomenon to emerge has been termed, Targeted Individuals. These individuals claim they are being gang stalked and targeted with electronic physical assaults and psychotronic torture. The individuals who make up this group are being targeted by a biopolitic, a word coined by Johan Rudolf Kjellen, a Swedish political scientist, to mean the intersectional field between human biology and politics (medicine and the law). Biopolitics takes the administration of life and a locality’s populations as its subject. To quote Michel Foucault, it is “to ensure, sustain, and multiply life, to put this life in order.” During the time of Alan Turing, the nature of this biopolitic took the shape of castration for homosexual males, if their true identities were ever discovered. Turing earned his bachelor’s from the University of Cambridge and his Ph.D. from Princeton University and was working on decoding Russian ciphers at the time of his untimely death during the Cold War. Today, this biopolitic has changed. We no longer consider homosexuality a form of criminal behavior, nor can we legally castrate homosexuals as a form of punishment for their “deviant proclivities.” We no longer recognize this behavior as “a threat to the security and order of human affairs.” Even still, prostitution, although illegal, in my opinion, does very little “to threaten the security of the social order” and the necessary order of human affairs. This form of social behavior is more of a benign threat and may actually provide a greater service to the biological needs of men. However, these groups, homosexuals, prostitutes, blacks, have historically been targeted with hate, and they are still targets of hate even today.

It is easy to see the flaw in the belief in “a common culture for all.” America was primarily born with its own “common culture,” with a strong sense of essentialist beliefs that certain characteristics are important for upholding fundamental principles in American values and American politics. When a common culture or anyone’s cultural values are placed into question, what follows is an adversarial debate which can lead to conflict. A conflict that may be rooted in fundamental differences and foreclosure against the “Other” based on ethnic, religious, gender, and socioeconomic standing. We witnessed a form of this breach in American cultural values with the storming of the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021.

Obviously, some behaviors must be punished because they threaten the security, tranquility, and domestic order of America. Behaviors such as forcible rape, physical assault, homicide, and stalking. But, “What happens when behaviors that are not a threat to the security and order of human affairs are punished because of a biopolitic that utilizes administrative tools (whether it be administrative medicine or administrative legal sanctions or both) for the control of life at the local level for the purpose of absolute control over certain individuals who are found “threatening” within the population?” Isn’t this what was done to Alan Turing, one of the greatest cryptanalysts with one of the greatest minds for cracking ciphers, because he was gay? I would really like to know what every Targeted Individual being victimized has done to have been found guilty for deserving such treatment? Because as near as I can find, they all simply make easy targets for some predator, and we know that most common thugs are spineless because they target vulnerable, disadvantaged, and easy groups. Hitler targeted the Jews because he had the power and the resources to do so.

So, now let me ask, “If a homeless person gets beat up by somebody on the streets because he is homeless, did he deserve the beating and bring that punishment upon himself because he was indigent?” Sadly, some individuals would say, “Yes.” But you see the point I’m trying to make. Right?