Open letter to UN Security Council
UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS
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15th June 2020
RE: NATIONAL COVID-19 TESTING ACTION PLAN: TORTURE.
UNITED STATES AND EUROPEAN POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERSHIP HAVE PERPETRATED TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT AGAINST THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY.
With respect to the subject of BIOTERRORISM previously mentioned on 5th June 2020, additional issues I find are those related to: TORTURE.
TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT
The central characteristic of the legal concept of torture is that it is an in-trinsic part of the narrative of official behavior. The practice of torture is a powerful institutional expression of state craft, power, and social control. The official use of torture, even if denied in theory but used in practice ,functionally means that the state (an organ of human association) uses these powers (as critical components of security) to intimidate or sometimes even eliminate its enemies, or indeed non-enemies. When torture becomes rou-tine practice in governance,18 the state does not represent the moral order of the community, but instead is the repository of authorized violence and im-permissible coercion.19 This is expressed by achieving power through brute force. However, when power is maintained by practices of torture and ill treatment, the claim to state legitimacy is illusory, or weakened. The state also seeks to validate its use of violence and coercion by appeals to its authority. Even naked power has its limitations in the scheme of social control. The state elite constantly search for moral and ideological justifications for their current and continued existence. The use of torture by the state indicates insecurity in the processes of governance. The state in-variably appeals to some moral or normative standard in order to validate recourse to this form of violence and weaken the identification of the state with naked power or brute force. Thus, the state tries to elevate the morality of its use of violence by appeals to notions of self-defense, the protection of security interests at all levels (including national security), the morality of the survival of the state (as a romantic or moral artifact), or the morality im-plicit in the construction of a state as a higher order framework of human association.
Reaffirming its previous resolutions on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,
Reaffirming also that no one shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,