Political observers like The Atlantic‘s Andrew Sullivan have argued that one of the most dangerous elements of the Bush administration’s torture policies was the risk that a “torture mentality” would take hold in American society.
Those who seek evidence for that theory need look no further than Great Falls, Montana, where two teacher’s aides have been charged with using water torture on a middle school student.
Julie Ann Parrish and Kristina Marie Kallies face one count each of felony abuse after allegations that they forced a 13-year-old autistic boy’s head under water after he fell asleep in class. They also stand accused of “forcing him to sit in his soiled pants for hours and making him eat his own vomit when he got sick,” reports KTLA in Los Angeles.
“If the teachers thought Garrett was being lazy or falling asleep at his desk, they forcibly took my son to the kitchen sink in the room and forced his head under the water while he was screaming for his mother,” Tifonie Schilling, mother of the alleged victim, told ABC News. “And if he had an accident in his pants he was made to sit in it all day. They would taunt him and say, ‘You stink like a baby.'”
“They were waterboarding my son,” Schilling said.
According to the Associated Press, police in Great Falls are working to bring Kallies, one of the accused, back to Montana to stand trial. She is believed to be in Texas. Parrish, the other defendant, has already had her first court date and has been released on $5,000 bail.
Both Kallies and Parrish denied the charges during a school investigation. According to court documents, the teacher’s aides say they only “splashed water” on the child’s face and neck, and never let him sit in his own waste for more than a few minutes.
But Tifonie Schilling told ABC she received a letter from a teacher’s aide with whom she was friendly warning her of the duo’s behavior towards her son. Schilling pulled her son from Great Falls’ North Middle School, where the abuse allegedly took place, in April, 2009.
The alleged victim, Garrett Schilling, now 14, suffers from Fragile X syndrome, a genetic disorder that is the leading cause of autism.
The attorney representing Schilling says he has received more complaints from other parents about abuse within the school district, some of it having to do with the same two teacher’s aides.
“I have about 14 other families who have kids who have been subjected, in one way or another, to different schools in the district,” attorney Randy Tarum told ABC. “The abuse comes in varying degrees, and not every child says they were tortured.”
Michael Moore predicts Mick Mulvaney will get into Heaven after confessing Trump’s quid pro quo
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore predicted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will ascend to Heaven in the afterlife during a Friday interview on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber.
The host played a clip of Mulvaney admitting Trump's quid pro quo while seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.
"This man obviously is going to be admitted into Heaven," Moore said. "You know, he told the truth."
"If there was a movie version of this, somebody stuck him with a needle just before he walked out onto the stage there, a truth serum needle, and he just went on and on saying, 'Yeah, that’s what we do. Yeah, of course.' Essentially admitting there is a quid pro quo. In fact, there are many quid pro quos."
Trump campaign has 12-person ‘War Room’ toiling to fight the impeachment inquiry: report
While the White House has bragged about refusing to start a "war room" to deal with the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's administration, his campaign is footing the bill for a 12-person operation, the LA Times reported Friday.
“Some of you have criticized us for not having a war room — OK? — which we don’t by the way,” acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters.
“You don’t have a war room when you haven’t done anything wrong," he added.
By that logic, Trump's 2020 re-election campaign may fear the president did something wrong.
‘I don’t think he knows what he’s doing’: Ex-Trump advisor rips the ‘cascading crisis’ of his ‘strategic disaster’
President Donald Trump received harsh criticism from a former top Middle East advisor for the ethnic cleansing campaign Turkey is waging against the Kurds in Syria.
MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed Brett McGurk, the former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.
"The truth of the matter is when President Trump announced to the world last December that we were leaving Syria and he arbitrarily cut our force reportedly in half, which is already a small force, we lost all of our leverage and influence," McGurk argued. "And he really threw it out the window on this call on October 6th."