Instruments of Torture: The Torture Chair

by Sehu Kessa Saa Tabansi

 

Power to the people!

Since this is the holiday season of consumer shopping frenzies and enlarged corporate profiteering I thought that it would only be fitting to offer a present of my own to the millions of workers out there that rarely get a glance inside the US Torture Centers first hand to see the American torture devices right off the assembly line.

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Photo #1

This is an exclusive expose to the masses that read Workers World Newspaper. Illustrated in Photo #1 is the clever marketing publicity photo of just one of many designs of numerous companies in the US pushing this sanitized, sterilized version of the so-called “Compliance Chair.” This product’s original design purpose was for immobilization and secure transportation of a human being to a vehicle or a close destination within the bureaus of corrections and other judicial centers. In the photo the machine may not appear too threatening. At a quick glance or to the inexperienced public it would be easy not to see the enormous pain inflicted by this sadistic device.

It is this monstrous machine that prison plantations nationwide have co-opted and adopted into a torture device where human beings are strapped in for eight to fourteen or more hours of severe pain.

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Photo #2

Straight from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections we have for you laborers and readers of Workers World Newspaper Photo #2, which is a picture of this torturous mechanical device as it is used absent the inviting display used by companies to market this device.

This device is used throughout every prison plantation in Pennsylvania, on men, women and children. What you are seeing at the top of the image are called “shoulder straps” which bend the shoulders backwards on a decline. In the middle of this barbaric torture chair are the waist restraint straps which pull the pelvis and abdomen into the chain in such a manner as to cause an arch in the spine between the shoulder blades and the lower back spinal cord.

On the sides are two hard planks of plastic with straps and no cushions. These are called the “wrist restraint straps” and they are responsible for cutting off the blood circulation to both hands. Finally, at the bottom you have your “ankle restraint straps” which, like the wrist restraint straps, also stop the bloodflow to the lower extremities.

So at this point you are seeing a torture device that cuts off blood flow to the fingers and toes. Here in Photo #3 is a more detailed look at those ankle straps. What you are seeing is tough fiber coated in plastic.

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Photo #3

When the agents of repression assemble these plastic-coated straps around the ankles there is no space left between the ankle straps and the skin, thus no blood circulation to the feet. The sorry human being that is restrained in this fashions will feel their feet swell and turn blue, green and purple, causing incredible pain for eight to fourteen hours or more.

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In this close-up photo, readers can see the wrist up close and personal. What is most revealing however are the two hard plastic planks which the arms are laid into. This is a hard surface with no cushion or anything of that nature; there is nothing cozy or comfortable about this instrument of pain! The oppressors apply these straps in a deliberate manner so that they are so tight against the flesh, similar to the ankle restraints, that the poor soul’s hands can swell three times their normal size. Discoloration occurs in phases, from blue to green, then purple to black, while the fingers sting and then eventually go numb from lack of blood circulation. Further, the waist restraint straps guarantee that the victim of this torture is unable to move, often for periods of eight to 14 hours or more.

For the victim of this torture device, there can be no movement from the head to toe. The pain is so unbearable that, over the course of an eight-to-fourteen-hour confinement to the chair, the victim will travel outside their body in shock and will hallucinate. We want readers to know that on top of this prisoners are naked, and that it is not unusual for there to be cold air blowing, for the victim to be sprayed with pepper spray, and for the victim to have to sit in their own urine and feces until release.

Besides Christmas, New Years, Hannukah and Kwanzaa there is “Watch Night.” I’ve been told that this is the night that slaves knew at midnight they would be free because of the Emancipation Proclamation (so they thought). With instruments of torture, the whip has simply evolved. So I ask readers and workers, are we really free? What’s the difference between whips and straps?

in memoir

by Sehu Kessa Saa Tabansi

i vote not to come
yet cancel the ballot to escape
i seek not the freedom to
impoverish others in order to believe
that i have conquered life successfully
to the contrary i rather fight for liberation
to immediately unbind the chains of oppression
clamped down upon the livelihood of the oppressed

What is Behind Your Door

by Sehu Kessa Saa Tabansi

between the axis of a pendulum of poverty
a sliding board of have not’s
looking up to the shining sun of haver’s
the smell transforms surrounding my radius
the stench is crime
a bombarded mind rest upon the door
i sense opportunity beyond
red concrete bricks
there is a sight of a rainbow
we call it the future
for us it became police’s death blows
red, white, and blue
black pain
at present the social conflicts rain
on the step outside my door
lamentations of many seasons gone by
i feel the cold of calamities abroad
all over the many communities doorways
yet and still i continuously stand
behind a tall wide shadow
awaiting to embark on a journey

THE HOLE

by Sehu Kessa Saa Tabansi

IN THE PENITENTIARY HOLE
THEY ARGUE POINTS THEY CAN’T FINALIZE
WITHOUT ASSISTANT PROOF OF STATISTICS
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
&
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
YET NO ONE GETTING PAROLED OUT OF JAIL?
RAISE UP AND BUILD, LIBERATE THE OPPRESSED NATION!
AND STILL NOBODY EVEN OWN A TEAM?
BETTER YET THEY DON’T INVEST BUT WANT TO BET?
IN THE PENITENTIARY HOLE
THEY FIGHT OVER TOBACCO SMOKE
WHICH NO ONE CAN KEEP
OR ORDER A FULL SUPPLY OF
ITS JUST ENOUGH TO BARELY SUPPORT
THEIR INCREASING POOR HABITS
IN THE PENITENTIARY HOLES
ACROSS THE UNITED STATES PLANTATIONS
MINDS SKITS OUT
LIES BROADEN
AND FEELINGS RUN DEEP
YOU ARE ONLY AS COOL
AS THE LAST FAVOR YOU DID.

slave kkkolony/prison kkkolony

Slave KKKolony U.S.A.

by Sehu Kessa Saa Tabansi

slave kkkolony
to prison kkkolony
same content
with prison salary
its like being brought
back into the field
because of manual labor
sweatshops are here still
you still can’t do shit
of course unless you ask
and every were you go
oh you need a pass
all men and women
are still separated
yes the prison industrial complex
makes you permanently castrated
instead of torch fires to the face
today they spray you with hot pepper mace
lynching’s
are hearing’s
in the penitentiary’s
to be paroled
is to inform you if you are being bought or sold
you see
no one gets free
transfers for good kneegrowz
and bad kneegrowz
the sale outs
buck-eyes get level drops
but hard rocks
get the shit beat out
and then placed on lock
cars and buses
replaced horses and ships
the guards
oversee as catchers

Prison KKKolonies

by Sehu Kessa Saa Tabansi

produce because of
tag-plates, stickers, furniture, clothes
and shoes are being used
and african descendants
are still mostly abused
yet and still poor whites too
don’t be confused
because its only a few
i know its white supremacy
and i got proof
they said first slavery was ordained
by god himself and that’s the truth
now modern days its the crime bill
they say to protect and keep whites
all safe and secure still
biblical genetics
and later economics
its all a big conspiratorial excuse
over 500 years of oppression
day after day we cell up in
this historical lesson