Carolyn Arnold compares the 13th century witch-hunt to modern day terrorism suspicion & Paula Coughlin discusses military injustice

11/07/13 Mary Glenney
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Today on From a Woman's Point of View, the following topics were covered:

Carolyn Arnold

Carolyn Arnold retired in 1997 after 12 years on the staff of US Senator John Glenn, she is the author of an e-Book, Letters from Washington.

Carolyn Arnold wonders about Masks, Memes, Torturers and Witches in her recent article. There probably is not a woman in the western world who was not related to one of the 80,00 witches (low estimate) who were tortured, murdered, boiled and burned to death beginning in the 13th century. Did you know that all the authorities started with the premise that not believing in witches was heresy? Witches were not condemned by their confessions, but rather by the twisted minds and imaginations of the torturers?

No, we don’t burn witches at the stake, but Carolyn Arnold asks what is the real difference between an accusation of witchcraft and a suspicion of terrorism when both are used to justify torture and summary executions – sometimes carried out by drones. Tell me, do we believe in a modern witchcraft, that terrorists are evil witches beyond redemption and that not believing in terrorism, or a war on terror is heresy, if not treason?

Paula Coughlin

Paula Coughlin is the whistleblower of the Tailhook assault scandal, lieutenant and a helicopter pilot in the navy. Paula Coughlin discusses the present situation of injustice in the military, including pending legislation.

She covers: what our military, the most powerful the world has ever seen, going to do about sexual assault, battery and rape that is being suffered by both men and women in the military? The numbers are increasing, the reporting continues to be a desperate ordeal for the victims, and the perpetrators essentially go unpunished. Last year, of the 26,000 knows assaults, just slightly over 3,000 were officially reported, only 283 went to a military tribunal, and only 8 were punished.

Most of the victims were retaliated against, humiliated and usually drummed out with less than an honorable discharge, thus denying them any benefits.

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