Hogtied and Abused at Fort Benning Kathy Kelly is a peace activist who was incarcerated along with two dozen others for protesting at Fort Benning against the School of the Americas. Cefzon Below is an excerpt of what happened to her...... "I turned to ask her why she was shouting at me and was ordered to keep my mouth shut, cefzon look straight ahead, cefzon and spread my legs wider. Cefzon She then began an aggressive body search. Cefzon When ordered to raise one leg a second time, cefzon I temporarily lost my balance while still being roughly searched and, cefzon in my view, cefzon ‘womanhandled.’ I decided that I shouldn’t go along with this dehumanizing action any longer. When I lowered my arms and said, cefzon quietly, cefzon "I’m sorry, cefzon but I can’t any longer cooperate with this, cefzon" I was instantly pushed to the floor. Cefzon Five soldiers squatted around me, cefzon one of them referring to me with an expletive (this f_ _ _ er) and began to cuff my wrists and ankles and then bind my wrists and ankles together. Cefzon Then one soldier leaned on me, cefzon with his or her knee in my back. Cefzon Unable to get a full breath, cefzon I gasped and moaned, cefzon "I can’t breathe." I repeated this many times and then began begging for help. Cefzon When I said, cefzon "Please, cefzon I’ve had four lung collapses before, cefzon" the pressure on my back eased. Cefzon Four soldiers then carried me, cefzon hogtied, cefzon to the next processing station for interrogation and propped me in a kneeling position. (snip) I was then carried to the next station. Cefzon There, cefzon one of the soldiers who’d been part of pushing me to the floor knelt in front of me, cefzon and, cefzon with his nose about two inches from mine, cefzon told me that because I was combative I should know that if I didn’t do exactly as instructed when they uncuffed one hand, cefzon he would pepper spray me. Cefzon I asked him to describe how I’d been combative, cefzon but he didn’t answer. (snip) Today I have a black eye and the soreness that comes with severe muscle strain. Cefzon Mostly, cefzon I’m burdened with a serious question, cefzon "What are these soldiers training for?" The soldiers conducting that search must have been ordered not to tolerate the slightest dissent. Cefzon They were practicing intimidation tactics far beyond what would be needed to control an avowedly nonviolent group of protesters who had never, cefzon in thirteen years of previous actions, cefzon caused any disruption during the process of arrest. Cefzon Bewildered, cefzon most of us in the "tank" inside the Muskogee County jail acknowledged that during the rough processing we wondered, cefzon "What country do we live in?" We now live in a country where Homeland Security funds pay for exercises which train military and police units to control and intimidate crowds, cefzon detainees, cefzon and arrestees using threat and force. This morning’s aches and pains, cefzon along with the memory of being hogtied, cefzon give me a glimpse into the abuses we protest by coming to Fort Benning, cefzon GA. Cefzon As we explore the further invention of nonviolence in our increasingly volatile time, cefzon it’s important that we jointly overcome efforts to deter our determination to stand together against what Martin Luther King once called, cefzon "the violence of desperate men, cefzon" – and women. http://antiwar.com/orig/kelly.php?articleid=1713