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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Faces of Violence USA -- police, sport, foreign relations

For whom violence is the only option and those who systemically or obliviously excuse it, cover it up, and otherwise support it.  
Editing and commentary by Carolyn Bennett


This man is reportedly 27 years old and in the employ of the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, police department.

Daniel Holtzclaw
In the course of his police duties, this man burglarized establishments and committed sexual assaults against women. News reports referencing court records said he has been “charged with sixteen counts of burglary and sexual assault” – two counts in the assault charges include “first-degree rape and sexual battery, among other crimes.” Some of the suspected assaults investigators said “took place as a result of traffic stops.” 

Like countries under invasion and occupation by U.S. government forces, no one is safe in their houses or on the streets.

Reuters reports that although this man stands “accused of raping or sexually assaulting at least six women while on (police) patrol,” Oklahoma City’s government officials, including law enforcement officials, though they had taken away the “officer’s” badge, uniform and weapons, released him from jail this past Friday September 5, 2014.

Ray Rice


This man is a 27-year-old American footballer and a woman abuser engaged in a violent sport.

In March of this year following a February 15 “altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey,” authorities arrested Raymell Mourice (Ray) Rice and a grand jury indicted him on charges of “third-degree aggravated assault” related to an incident in which he hit a woman in the face so hard that he knocked her unconscious. The woman was his fiancée and later became his wife. 

The National Football League did virtually nothing to punish this abuser. After the arrest for domestic violence, Rice’s team, the Baltimore Ravens, initially handed him a two-game slap-on-the-wrist suspension from the NFL”; the court imposed no criminal punishment. And it took six months and apparently another publicized graphic of this man’s barbarity (March 27-September 8, 2014) for the team's deciders to end his contract.


In less than two terms in office, this man, age 53, and the 44th president of the United States has virtually destroyed rights under the U.S. constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and has committed war, unprovoked violence of aggression, directly or indirectly, against at least 15 countries

1.      Afghanistan
2.      Bahrain
44th president of the
United States 
3.      Congo
4.      Egypt
5.      Gaza
6.      Iran
7.      Iraq
8.      Libya
9.      Mali
10.  Pakistan
11.  Somalia
12.  Sudan
13.  Syria
14.  Ukraine
15.  Yemen

These acts of aggression – without mentioning torture and illegal imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and other places – have caused the outpouring of hundreds of thousands, even millions of roving peoples – refugees no Western country wants to accept, homeless and stateless peoples, disease epidemics, and the suffering of untold numbers of children into an interminable future. However, no government or legal system has brought indictments, prosecutions, or any court action against the central perpetrators of this aggression or its far-reaching consequences. No Western head of state has stood before the bar of justice for unspeakable crimes against other sovereign states or human beings.     

The U.S. president this week announced that tomorrow (Wednesday) – conveniently on the eve of remembering the September 11, 2001, incident – he will make another televised speech justifying barbarous actions undertaken by his government. The plutocrats sit safely in protected spaces and watch as if a sport or video game, and batter mercilessly an already suffering people.

The U.S. president orders and warplanes intensify the carnage. Today’s news reports U.S. “airstrikes against jihadists in western Iraq.” American fighter jets, attack aircraft and drone aircraft on Monday and today reportedly “conducted five bombing raids near the massive Haditha Dam in Anbar province.”

If you cannot see an all-encompassing strain of violence, connections in sport, private and public domestic affairs, and U.S. international affairs – then you are seriously blind, without human feeling, and thus co-contributors in perpetuating violence in all sectors of human existence.   

Sources and notes

“Oklahoma policeman accused of rape while on patrol released on bond” Reuters
September 6, 2014 4:19 a.m., http://news.yahoo.com/oklahoma-policeman-accused-rape-while-patrol-released-bond-081952139.html

August 9, 2014, Democracy Now headlines: “Ray Rice Suspended from NFL After Video Shows Him Punching Then-Fiancée,”

Raymell Mourice ‘Ray’ Rice (born January 22, 1987), a professional American football running back, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Rice

“NFL Suspends Ray Rice for 2 Days over Domestic Violence Arrest,” July 24, 2014, EURPublisher01, http://www.worldwidewamm.org/http://www.eurweb.com/2014/07/nfl-suspends-ray-rice-for-2-days-over-domestic-violence-arrest/

“US bombs IS in Iraq as Obama looks to present strategy,” September 9, 2014,


A lifelong American writer and writer/activist (former academic and staffer with the U.S. government in Washington), Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett is credentialed in education and print journalism and public affairs (PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; MA, The American University, Washington, DC). Her work concerns itself with news and current affairs, historical contexts, and ideas particularly related to acts and consequences of U.S. foreign relations, geopolitics, human rights, war and peace, and violence and nonviolence. Dr. Bennett is an internationalist and nonpartisan progressive personally concerned with society and the common good. An educator at heart, her career began with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Since then, she has authored several books and numerous current-affairs articles; her latest book: UNCONSCIONABLE: How The World Sees Us: World News, Alternative Views, Commentary on U.S. Foreign Relations; most thoughts, articles, edited work are posted at Bennett’s Study: http://todaysinsightnews.blogspot.com/ and on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carolynladelle.bennett. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08UNCONSCIONABLE/prweb12131656.htm http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-000757788/UNCONSCIONABLE.aspx Her books are also available at independent books in New York State: Lift Bridge in Brockport; Sundance in Geneseo; Dog Ears Bookstore and Literary Arts Center in Buffalo; Burlingham Books in Perry; The Bookworm in East Aurora

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