Monday, November 3, 2008

A late Halloween treat: Chuckie Taylor going bye-bye

Posted on Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 9:45 AM

Almost forgot to share this one! (Thanks, Deanna, for the heads up)

Last month, I reported in Happytownâ?¢ the tragic tale of Orlando's Chuckie Taylor who, upon graduating from Evans High School, went on to torture and slaughter people in Liberia. So proud.

Well, now we get the great news that Taylor has been convicted of torture, firearms and conspiracy charges and faces life in prison. His is the first case of a U.S. citizen tried for torture and atrocities committed overseas.

... have you been following the auspicious career of Evans High School alum Charles Emmanuel, aka Charles â??Chuckieâ?� Taylor Jr., the son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor and the first civilian in American history to be charged with committing torture abroad? Well, you should be, because heâ??s set to go on trial next week in Miami, and heâ??s got a new record out! In your face, Biteboy!

Rolling Stone just did a piece on Chuckie titled â??American Warlord,â?� and it paints him as a frigginâ?? monster who liked to speed through crowds in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, in a Land Cruiser with license plates that read â??Demon.â?� He was in charge of an anti-terrorist squad whose job it was to protect his father. Chuckieâ??s boys used tactics like shocking victims in the genitals and pressing hot irons into their flesh.

Hereâ??s a quote from retired Brig. Gen. John Tarnue regarding how Chuckie would conduct his interrogations as an anti-terrorist military leader in Liberia: â??I want to see blood,â?� Tarnue recalls Chuckie saying. â??In my presence he tortured people. He didnâ??t touch them, but he gave the order.â?�

â??Chuckie was very much like the Hussein sons,â?� David Crane, founding chief prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, tells Rolling Stone. â??He was completely above the law, protected by his father and his henchmen.â?�

Wonder if he still gets the Evans alumni newsletter?

In an effort to cement his place in history, Chuckie has also released a song. Recorded in Trinidad, â??Angelâ?� is the kind of sped-up, soul-sampling beat Kanye used to specialize in (before he, you know, went crazy) and itâ??s weirdly not bad. He takes a cue from Ja Ruleâ??s thug-love growl, with the added element of a bone-chilling, off-key sung bridge that could be his â??Singing in the Rainâ?� from Clockwork Orange. One can only imagine how many people heard that low voice just before they died.

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