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No, I wasn't at Gitmo, but let me describe 'torture' at boot camp

To The Daily Sun,

In June 1961, I was sent to camp in Chicago. Upon arrival at the camp, around 3 a.m. we were awaken at 5 a.m. Then the torture started and continue for 13 weeks. Sleep deprivation, swimming naked, thrown in the pool, even if you could not swim, were among our daily activities. If your shirt or neck was dirty, you were humiliated by being made to chant "I am a pig" while eating breakfast. Lifting pails of sand until you collapsed, doing exercises with a gun.

The language used by the camp supervisors was terrible. Cannot share what they said about your parents, girlfriends or wife. If you had acne, pop a pimple, etc. I could site many other examples of Senate Democrat torture, but Marines would tell you that I had it easy.

No, I wasn't at Club Gitmo. I was going through boot camp in the U.S. Navy. Democratic senators believe abortions are a woman's right, but deprive a terrorist of sleep and you are labeled a war criminal.

Jim Mayotte

Sanbornton

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A few criminals die resisting arrest and some are outraged

To The Daily Sun,

June M. Huot asks, in the Dec. 10 Laconia Daily Sun, "Where is our outrage?" at what she apparently believes are the racially motivated deaths of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, and what she believes is the racially motivated lack of indictments or convictions, at least so far, of the people who she believes are responsible for these deaths.

There are many things that deserve outrage.

It is outrageous that President Obama has only expressed concern about a few instances of black American deaths, i.e., when black criminals died, when he does little to stop the thousands of innocent people's deaths annually. He doesn't seem to care about the deaths caused by poor policing in Democratic-run cities, lenient liberal judges that release criminals prematurely, innocent people who died because gun control laws kept them from getting a gun needed to defend themselves, or by his tolerating, and even releasing criminal, illegal aliens who kill hundreds of American citizens annually, accidentally or intentionally.

It is outrageous that a race-baiter like Al Sharpton, who allegedly owes $4.5 million in back taxes and skips out on his bills, and never met a inter-racial situation he didn't try to exacerbate, gets media attention, a TV show, and audiences with President Obama.

It is outrageous that President Obama takes every opportunity to try to divide Americans along racial, gender, nationality, wealth, and other lines.

It is outrageous that Huot and many other Americans let themselves be influenced by the race baiters and media who promote stories rather than facts, who ignore the conclusions of the only people who have heard all the evidence, and who apparently aren't outraged at the mobs causing arson, looting, personal injuries, destruction of innocent people's private property, and other mayhem.

It is outrageous for people, who have no appreciation for the dangerous situation that exists when someone resists arrest in real life rather than on TV, to just assume the police are at fault for the consequences. (It takes enormous skill, effort, courage and dedication to duty for police to arrest someone who resists.)

It is outrageous for someone to die for selling "loosies," but the primary blame goes to Garner for resisting arrest and to the politicians who turned Garner into a criminal but who try to blame the consequences of their policies onto the police.

It is outrageous that two years after the Newtown school shooting, most public schools are still openly identified free fire zones for crazy people, aka "Gun Free Zones," when we know that the only thing that usually stops a crazy person bent on killing is running out of ammunition, a change of heart, or another person with a gun.

It is outrageous to believe that racism is to blame every time police arrest a minority or every time a minority dies at the hands of the police. According to the Department of Justice, blacks were responsible for nearly three-fourths of all homicides committed between 1980 and 2008. Assuming that crime statistic is at least somewhat representative of the criminal activity that leads to confrontations with police, it seems that proportionally far more whites, approximately three whites to each black, are killed by police.

It is outrageous that innocent people are probably being victimized and killed because police may hesitate to deal with crime situations that often result in them being unjustly accused of racism and brutality which can have a devastating impact on their careers and freedom.

It is outrageous for people to get outraged when a few criminals die resisting arrest when those same people don't get outraged at the innocent deaths of over a million babies annually. (What happened to "safe, legal, and rare?")

It is outrageous that Washington politicians, Republicans and Democrats, have generated $18 trillion in debt, not incurred for our nation's survival but to help re-elect politicians, for subsequent generations to repay.

It is a shame that a child who apparently didn't follow police direction and made a threatening move with a real-looking gun was killed by cops who, along with combat veterans, know that a child with a gun can kill you just as dead as an adult. Whether there is any culpability, racial aspect, or real reason for outrage is TBD.

The list of things which could legitimately cause outrage is long. Should people be outraged at police when two criminals died resisting arrest or when Trayvon Martin died while trying to kill George Zimmerman? No.

Don Ewing

Meredith

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