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Jilin Prison Uses ‘Death Beds’ to Torture Falun Gong Practitioners

Reenactment of the “death bed” torture method used on Falun Gong practitioners in China.

Epoch Times | Dec 16, 2007

By Shen Zhou

The death bed, a torture method originating from Jilin Prison, is frequently used to torture imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners at the Jilin Prison and Jilin Province Women’s Prison, also known as Heizuizi Women’s Prison, in Changchun City. Similar to the ancient, cruel punishment of being drawn and quartered, many Falun Gong practitioners have been tortured to death this way.

According to a Clearwisdom.net report on December 11, 2007, the death bed involves piecing together two twin-size beds and handcuffing or tying a practitioner’s hands and feet onto the four opposite corners of the two beds. After the practitioner is tied up, the beds are moved in opposite directions and bricks are inserted between the two beds. Each brick adds severe pain and injury.

Once tied to the death bed, the victim is unable to move her hands and legs. The beds can be pulled in various directions to cause additional pain and injury throughout the body. Blood circulation from the ankles and wrists are cut off as the muscles tear and bones break. Some practitioners were tortured to the point of dementia while others left handicapped.

Death Beds to Torture Male Falun Gong Practitioners at Jilin Prison

In October 2003, Jilin Prison set up over 10 small dark rooms for solitary confinement, which are referred to as psychological “therapy” centers to outsiders. Each room is equipped with a fixing bed used as a torture device. After the practitioner is tied into position, others torture him with various methods that include, but are not limited to stabbing with needles, burning with hot water, depriving of sleep, kicking, beating, and stepping on the practitioner.

To exacerbate the pain, quilts, water bottles, wooden boards, or other objects are forced between the practitioner’s back and the bed, so the body becomes suspended. The arms and legs are stretched even more tightly, leading to torn wrists and ankles. With the back arched and head bent back, breathing is extremely difficult and and the victim turn pale due to lack of oxygen.

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Falun Gong practitioners have been fixed to the bed by the police anywhere from ten days to two months. Their bodies were devastated and emaciated. Their muscles atrophied and their limbs lost strength. They need the support of a wall in order to walk. The cold of winter intensifies the injuries to their hands and feet.

Many male practitioners have been left disabled, and at least 10 male Falun Gong practitioners were tortured to death in Jilin Prison, including Liu Chengjun, Zhang Jianhua, Cui Weidong, Wei Xiushan, He Yuanhui, Hao Yingqiang, Lei Ming, Sun Changde, Wang Qibo and Cao Hongyan.

Death Beds in Jilin Province Women’s Prison

Female Falun Gong practitioners in Jilin Province Women’s Prison are not spared from the same torture. After limbs are secured to four bed corners, the bed board is removed, and only an iron pole half an inch in diameter supports the lower back. The rest of the body is left dangling in the air, and heavy objects are added on the practitioner’s legs. The practitioners are tied this way and prohibited from using the toilet around the clock until they are “transformed”.

The tortured person is left feeling neither dead nor alive. Falun Gong practitioners who refuse to give up their beliefs have all been tortured with the death bed at least once. Some can’t even count how many times they’ve been put on the death bed.

Ms. Song Yanqun of Shulan City, Jilin Province, is an English teacher at Dade Japanese School in Haerbing. She was sentenced to 12 years in prison for refusing to give up the practice of Falun Dafa. After Ms. Song was tortured on the death bed by the guards at Jilin Province Women’s Prison in May 2005, her left leg became cold and numb. Her entire right arm constantly trembles from pain, and she can no longer write.

At least seven female Falun Gong practitioners have been tortured to death in Jilin Women’s Prison. They are Yu Lixin, Deng Shiying, Wang Qiuyong, Yang Guiqing, Yang Guijun, Han Chunyuan, and Jiang Chunxian. Those who were tortured to the point of mental breakdown include Yang Mingfang, Ban Huijuan, Wang Guohua, He Shurong and several others. The actual number of deaths and severity of torture is estimated to be much worse as the flow of information is tightly blocked by the prison.

There are still more than a hundred Falun Gong practitioners being detained in Jilin Province Women’s Prison. Practitioners who refuse to “transform” are persecuted separately by the prison guards. They are monitored and deprived from sleeping by the other prisoners and tortured on the death bed.

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Cuban Women Apply for Masonic Rites

 

Maria Deraismes, French feminist author, lecturer and politician, co-founder of Co-Freemasonry along with Georges Martin, through the La Respectable Loge, Le Droit Humain, Maçonnerie Mixte (Worshipful Lodge, Human Rights, Co-Masonry) in Paris.

IPS | Dec 18, 2007

By Patricia Grogg

HAVANA, Dec 18 (IPS) – A group of women are looking forward to founding the first women’s Masonic Lodge in Cuba next year, and so put an end to their traditional exclusion from Freemasonry, an esoteric society which is based on the ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity.

They are being helped in this endeavour by the Women’s Grand Lodge of Chile, which will send a delegation to Cuba in mid-2008 to initiate several dozen women in Havana and Pinar del Río, 157 kilometres west of the Cuban capital, the head of the Working Committee on Women’s Masonic Lodges in Cuba, Digna Gisela Medina, told IPS.

According to Medina, women have been interested in Freemasonry for centuries, but it is only recently that women’s Lodges have come into being.

“As women achieved their goals and their active participation in society grew, women’s Lodges started to be formed in many countries of the world,” she said.

This has already happened in France, Belgium, Spain, the United Kingdom, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay, and other countries. “It seems to be an irreversible process, and we think that sooner rather than later, women Masons will be internationally accepted by the Regular Grand Lodges,” she added.

Fabian socialist, feminist and Theosophist 33rd degree Freemason Annie Besant

Masonry is self-described as a progressive, philanthropic institution made up of free-thinking persons of good character who seek self-improvement. People of different religious creeds and atheists coexist within it, as do Masons of different political and philosophical persuasions.

But one of the ancient fundamental precepts of the United Grand Lodge of England, which sponsors Regular Lodges all over the world, is to exclude women from the brotherhood. Initiation of women Masons, therefore, would appear to be irregular and problematic.

José Manuel Collera

However, José Manuel Collera, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Cuba from 2000 to 2003, says that “like many other Masons,” he thinks this rule is now outmoded and should be revoked. “Personally, I have always defended the inclusion of women in Freemasonry,” he told IPS.

In his view, excluding women has caused the order to lose its appeal in the modern world. “Women are the most important element in society; they constitute half of humanity, and they are mothers of the other half. There is no doctrinal, philosophical, esoteric or initiatory reason to prevent a woman from becoming a Mason,” he argued.

Collera acknowledged, however, that Cuban women have had to overcome several hurdles in their quest, especially among some of the most conservative male Masons. “But these are only conflicting currents of thought, not an official position of Freemasonry as a whole,” he said.

In any event, sponsorship by the Women’s Grand Lodge of Chile removes any risk of the male Grand Lodge of Cuba losing its regularity and the recognition of the other Grand Lodges it is in amity with, by transgressing the ancient boundaries and accepting women among its numbers.

Women’s Masonry uses the Scottish rite, also practised by the male Cuban Lodges, so the symbols, rituals and initiations will be the same for men and women, said Medina, 46, who is a specialist in maxillofacial surgery at the Calixto García teaching hospital in Havana.

Among the groups of Masonic aspirants, aged 18 to 60, there are professional women and homemakers, Catholics and state employees. “The important qualities are that they should be virtuous, discreet, hardworking, and of course keen to join the Masons,” said Medina, whose father and husband are Freemasons.

Political activism or belonging to other social organisations are no bar to becoming a Mason, Collera and Medina said.

The Working Committee led by Medina was formed two years ago in Havana, and is made up of about 30 women. In Pinar del Río there are 32 women aspirants, and interest has spread to Caibarién, a town on the north coast of the province of Villa Clara, 268 kilometres from Havana, where a new group of women is getting under way.

There are plans for another Working Committee to be set up in Santiago de Cuba, the country’s second-largest city, which is 847 kilometres southeast of Havana. “We are not interested so much in quantity as in quality,” Medina said.

Statistics from 2004 indicate that there are 29,000 Masons in Cuba, organised in over 300 Lodges. The governing body of the order is the Grand Lodge of Cuba, and both the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, as well as the York Rite, are practised.

According to experts, throughout the history of Cuban Masonry women have always been associated with its activities, lending external support, but until now the felt need of women to enter the inner sanctum of its mysteries has gone unrecognised.

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Daddy Bush Makes Skull and Bones Pilgrimage

Former President guest of honor at secret society death cult

Prison Planet | Dec 18, 2007

by Paul Joseph Watson

An 83-year-old George H. W. Bush apparently made what could be his last pilgrimage to Skull and Bones over the weekend when he purportedly paid a visit to the tomb and rekindled his loyalty with the secret society death cult for the first time in nearly 10 years.

Skull and Bones is a secret society based at Yale University which recruits just fifteen members a year. The vast majority of its members have gone on to occupy positions of high power and influence.

The practices of Bonesmen have been scoffed at by the establishment as frat boy tomfoolery for decades but robbing graves, kissing skulls, masturbating in coffins and performing mock sacrifices is exactly the kind of behavior you’d expect from an Ed Gein or Charlie Manson, and not the people with their finger on the nuclear button.

Bush was in New Haven this weekend to pick up an award but according to eyewitnesses who saw special furniture and tables being unloaded outside the tomb, he was also likely guest of honor for Skull and Bones.

“Famously absent from Boner bashes in recent years (last appearance we can confirm was in 1998), all signs point to the 83-year-old Bush Sr. as guest of honor at the Bones’ latest homoerotic leather-daddy Satan-worship, or ritualized flag-burning, or whatever strange and magical things they do in those windowless buildings on High Street. Obviously, the Bonesmen declined to comment on this story,” reports Ivygate.com.

Skull and Bones came back into focus during the 2004 presidential election when both Kerry and Bush were coy about discussing their membership of the group. Members are told that even talking about Skull and Bones is a cardinal sin and many have been known to immediately leave the room when the subject is raised.

A 2001 ABC News report featured footage from a Skull and Bones initiation ritual performed inside the courtyard of the tomb and showed members running around screaming, kissing skulls and performing mock sacrifices.

Of course it was all dismissed as harmless fun but I’m sure there are many who would have reservations about letting people who masturbate in coffins baby sit their children, never mind shape the destiny of the world.

Of course the fact that future world leaders like to dress up like Klan members, letting fly blood-curdling screams as they slash imaginary victims’ throats before kissing skulls and the fact that those same future world leaders then preside over the deaths of untold millions in brutal wars is nothing to worry about and we should all just forget about it and get back to watching America’s Got Talent.

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Iraq conflict rekindles local Vietnam Vets’ trauma

AP photo A U.S. Army soldier from the Blackfoot Company of the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment storms the back yard of a small farmhouse during a mission on the outskirts of Muqdadiyah, Iraq, on Wednesday. Many Vietnam War veterans have said hearing about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has caused their post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms to resurface.


Fosters | Dec 16, 2007

By ROBERT M. COOK

While many Americans may find daily television news coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan disturbing, Joe Carroll finds it especially difficult.

“This war that we got now has brought everything back to me, especially the roadside bombs,” said the Rochester resident, who is a Vietnam veteran.

The war on terror has sparked a resurgence of his post traumatic stress disorder symptoms, sparking a flare-up in the condition he’s battled since returning from Southeast Asia 40 years ago.

He said he’s started to have the same nightmares he had several years ago, nightmares that would make him wake up in a cold sweat and feel disoriented.

Carroll worked in a transportation unit that operated convoys. The trucks faced the threat of mined roads and often came under attack from snipers, he said.

“Getting hit in the convoys,” is one dream Carroll often has, “or being shot from the side of the road on rice paddies.”

One of his worst nightmares is related to one of the worst days he had in Vietnam. One night, members of his Army unit, the 573rd Transportation Co., were ordered to do a nighttime convoy run at high speed to reduce the risk of attack, Carroll said.

The soldiers were told that if anything or anyone got in their way they were to ignore it and keep driving. That proved tragic — Carroll said he hit and killed a Vietnamese man and child, but didn’t realize it until after they’d reached their destination and saw body parts underneath the truck.

“I can still see them there,” Carroll said.

He is far from the only Vietnam veteran struggling with a recurrence of PTSD. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has seen a 59 percent increase in the number of Vietnam vets seeking counseling for PTSD at its mental health centers, according to VA officials in Washington, D.C.

The number increased from roughly 123,800 vets in 2001 to more than 196,800 in 2006, according to VA officials.

Veterans centers, established after the Vietnam War, are providing much of the mental health services Vietnam vets need, according to Dr. Jim Garrett, deputy director of the northeast’s veterans centers.

He said New Hampshire’s veterans centers are in Manchester and Auburn. Maine has centers in Springvale, Bangor, Caribou, Lewiston and Portland. An additional New Hampshire center is to be opened in Berlin in six months, he added.

Garrett, a psychologist and Vietnam vet who served with the Marines in 1969, said his fellow vets are being attacked on two fronts: the war on terror and retirement.

Many Vietnam veterans they’re treating had kept their PTSD issues in check as they worked full-time jobs and raised families. But any number of triggers ranging from the wars in the Middle East to personal problems such as divorce or seeing their children move out of the house, can bring PTSD back, Garrett said.

Vet center counselors recommend vets avoid watching too much television news about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan “so they don’t get obsessed with it,” he said.

Roland Patnode, commander of American Legion Post 7 in Rochester, said he knows the war on terror has affected some post members who served in Vietnam.

“It can come out at anytime, like any traumatic event,” said Patnode, himself a Vietnam veteran who served in the Marines there in the early 1960s.

A typical scene of wounded, battle-weary American troops in Viet Nam.

He said he experiences his share of PTSD in the form of nightmares and cold sweats.

Garrett said returning veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who experience PTSD have an advantage over Vietnam vets because the medical community now has a much better understanding of how war affects people.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was officially diagnosed in 1980, around the same time the country opened vet centers nationwide to help Vietnam veterans, Garrett said.

Veterans with PTSD often experience nightmares or flashbacks related to traumatic experiences they had during the war that they have tried to subdue, Garrett said. They can be triggered by anything and once a veteran begins having PTSD symptoms, they are likely to occur again, Garrett explained. Garrett said some combat veterans never have PTSD.

The 39 northeast vet centers see 28,000 Vietnam veterans and their families each year, he said. Garrett said a majority of people treated at the vet centers are Vietnam veterans. He could not say how many are Iraq and Afghanistan veterans or how many are World War II and Korean War veterans.

Some of the best medicine for Vietnam vets is to talk with other Vietnam vets as much as possible in support groups, Garrett said.

“It validates being a soldier who went and did a job and the consequences related to that,” said Garrett, who began counseling Vietnam vets in 1984 as a team leader at a vet center in Albany, N.Y.

Roy Driver, a team leader at the vet center in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine, said he’s also seeing more Vietnam vets who say they’re suffering from PTSD again because of the war on terror. Driver, who has counseled veterans for 27 years, added that it reminds him of what World World II veterans experienced in the 1980s when many of them retired from the workforce.

“It’s nothing new,” he said.

Driver said his center will be hiring a social worker so it can be staffed with three counselors to deal with the workload.

Driver said counselors and veterans have come to realize there is no cure for PTSD.

“The memories will always be there,” Driver said.

The best thing veterans can do for themselves is not to suffer in silence, Driver said.

Driver said his center and the others in Maine are “holding their own.”

But as demand for mental health services increases as more Iraq and Afghanistan vets seek help and more Vietnam vets are affected by PTSD, he’s not sure the system will be able to take care of the need.

“It will be interesting to see how much the talk of caring for the veterans lasts after the war is over,” Driver said.

Dr. Mark Gilbertson, a clinical psychologist at the mental health clinic of the VA Medical Center in Manchester, said he has researched and treated Vietnam combat vets for 12 years.

He has seen more new Vietnam vets seek help in the last two years than in the last 12 years, he said.

In large part, the Iraq war is a “potent trigger,” Gilbertson said.

He said Vietnam vets see a great deal of similarities between the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Vietnam. The conflicts share having guerrilla warfare and hidden roadside bombs and booby-traps, Gilbertson said. Each war also divided the country.

He called the PTSD recurrences “natural and expected,” and stressed that “it’s never too late to come in and get help, even if it’s been 30 to 40 years.”