Kyeann: May 2009 Archives

Funding Alternative: Combat Human Trafficking

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As I enter year three of a well-funded total assault on my life, I thought I would begin offering concrete suggestions for other destinations for the wasted funds. (This weekend's street theater/car shenanigans were a complete, absurdly funny waste, btw. Sad. Thank goodness an appreciation of the absurd and ironic can't be stolen and are nearly impossible to harass out of a person.) An aspect of surviving has been tempering daily horrors or irritations with the knowledge that people are living much more hellish existences in the world, this country, this state, this town, possibly on my block. As I survive my plight, I recognize the importance of taking responsibility for the plights of others.

We hear about human trafficking, but I think it's too overwhelming for most of us to come to terms with. This Frontline documentary on sexual slavery had me in tears. Watch it, and then imagine that five years ago it was estimated that 600,000 - 800,000 people are trafficked annually, and most of them for sexual purposes. Imagine if your wife or daughter were stolen. It's happening at malls and outside of schools.

We have to work with estimates when discussing this issue.  If there were around 13,000 women shipped into the U.S. publicly this year, examined in the town square, and sold to pimps (aka slaveholders), of course decency would never allow it. But shipping them in secretly, and providing access to 7 johns a night in suburban neighborhoods is apparently acceptable to us. If 10,000 girls and women are providing services across this country each day, that's 70,000 men who seek pleasure from and thus allow (through denial or sickness) sexual slavery. In a single day.  (I lectured a few men in Thailand who justified their sex tourism to themselves -- just because a woman is smiling, faking an orgasm for you and saying all you want to hear doesn't mean she's there willingly or actually getting paid for the "pleasure." Men need to know that these women have no control over their lives.) That doesn't count the mercenary men and women who buy and sell human beings.

In mainstream U.S. culture we allow the exploitation of sex to sell everything from deodorant to jeans. It was completely acceptable for elderly former presidential candidate Bob Dole to joke about getting an erection from watching a young Britney Spears jiggle and shake because it was in a Pepsi commercial! So creepy! And yet, there it was on prime time. (And we wonder why someone who was marketed as jail bait and grandpa fodder has had issues to work out!) But as we mainstream this sort of wink-wink creepiness and Girls Gone Wild videos go like hot cakes, we are also completely puritanical/obsessed about it (i.e. Ted Haggard) or hysterical (i.e. sex offender witch hunts).

Yet we remain in a complete state of denial about the fact that sexual exploitation through molestation and rape are factors in so many of our sexual identities (the statistic that's always thrown around is that 1 in 5 girls is molested). We have to begin to discuss sex honestly and openly so that the sexual deviance that is exploiting vulnerable girls and women isn't such a booming industry. It's not a "women's issue." Hurting/exploiting other people emerges from having experienced abuse or indifference or very bad socialization. We have to ask ourselves how our societal conception of sexuality is skewed to allow this kind of domination to be accepted/desired by so many men and women. There must be an alternative to this fascination/obsession vs. moral posturing polarization. Sexuality is one of the most beautiful aspects of human existence and we seem hell bent on making it as ugly and problematic as possible. (Maybe Meaghan McCain will help usher in some genuine Republican sex positivity.)

As someone who has been an unknowing and unwilling star of government-funded, secretly filmed porn, and is an involuntary part of a 24-hour peep show (Yep! that's where funding $ are going! And how someone - or ones - seems to make a living. That's what you're associating yourself with!), I can attest to the fact that these changes need to occur at the top (apparently in local and federal government). Maybe human trafficking is ignored because people who crave and maintain power are disproportionately sadistic. 

Also, apparently, as a culture, we still believe that brown and slavic-speaking people from all over the world should happily, silently and cheaply pick our food, build and clean our buildings and diaper our babies.

So, those of you who have worked so hard to ruin every aspect of my life and keep on a-tryin', how about funding one of these organizations? Or this one. How about working to ensure that there are no prisoners or slaves on your block -- not me or anyone else.

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Getting on the Right Side of History

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11_-Hollar-Nuremberg.jpgAll of those quaking in fear of Obama’s supposed dictatorial/Socialist impulses should feel unsettled today. His waffling “indefinite detention” stance, as far as I can tell, still allows “enemy combatants” to be detained without charge. (I don’t know the specifics of how this relates to the Military Commissions Act – will wait for more analysis to better understand. But as far as I know any U.S. citizen could still be subject to Gitmo-like limbo detention.) Rather than keeping us safe, this ongoing half repudiation of the last administration’s inhumane and unconstitutional policies means that we and future generations are all still vulnerable to the excesses of unfettered executive privilege.

Under a bad (but not worst) case scenario, Obama and his cabinet could become paranoid about, oh, say, potential homegrown terrorism based on recent Homeland Security reporting about right wing extremist threats.  Or there could be a right wing extremist attack much more spectacular than the church shootings, clinic bombings and community massacres that we’ve become accustomed to. Just as the last administration ignored the 4th amendment rights of every single US resident by monitoring all of our electronic communications, 2nd amendment rights could conceivably go out the window with as much ease if we are terrified into a state of hysteria because of the actions of a few NRA members. (Montanans are actually stocking up on guns as if they were swine flu vaccine.)

The specter of unchecked executive power should unite all of us in a nonpartisan desire to investigate (and if necessary prosecute) the abuses of the last administration. Though I don’t believe the above Obama scenario is anything to fear, that belief is based on faith. It shouldn’t be. All of us should go to sleep at night secure in the knowledge that constitutional guarantees will be enforced -- no matter which party helms the White House. That’s why we must demand truth, transparency, and justice.

I don’t know yet what type of commission or investigation would be best. I’m still trying to work out how to deal with my own lack of 4th amendment rights and ongoing conspiracy against my rights and illegal detention. I do know that it’s hard for anyone (intelligence analyst, senator, flooring contractor, insurance agent) to admit to being wrong.  People who were convinced to take action based on manufactured intelligence, or reluctantly submitted to cronyism, now have the chance to decide whether cowardly self-preservation is more important than truth and justice.  It’s never too late to get on the right side of history.
 
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Six Hours A Week Is:

A coping strategy, advocacy outlet, and form of protection. My life has been nearly destroyed by the unconstitutional practices of politically/socially-motivated private intelligence contractors and the corruption and cronyism that allow them. Apparently because I speak out in ways that prioritize the little guy and human and environmental health above gargantuan profit margins, and believe that facts are as important as PR spin, I was someone who had to be completely discredited. In 2007, after a few months of a surreal and relentless invasion of privacy and dignity, I started to spend six hours each week researching, communicating about, and advocating legal and ethical responses to assaults on our shared democratic and republican ideals. For most of that time I was writing from the perspective of someone whose life was manipulated into a constant state of terror and emergency. In 2010, many of the array of entrapment attempts seem to have failed and it seems no longer possible to get away with such excessive, obvious harassment and overt interference. As we take more practical steps to address what has been allowed to happen to my family, we do expect to see some more harassment and intimidation. But I should be able to chronicle it from a more measured perspective, rather than that of someone in constant fear. Part of me would like to go back and delete earlier posts, because even I find them hard to relate to in some ways. But this blog has been one of our only forms of protection as everyone in any official capacity ignored the truth and tried to spin and frame us into the troublemakers and perpetrators of one form or another. So I leave it up as a form of protection, a record of what has occurred, and (with luck) the account of our way back to credibility and some form of legitimate justice. All content on this site is property of Kyeann Sayer. All rights reserved.