Torture Chic

From Richter Studio, Inc
In the former Soviet Union, people who disagreed with the government were thrown into secret prison camps called gulags, where they were tortured and often killed. Sound familiar? Yes, the gulag concept is alive and well, thanks to the U.S. government. Our "War on Terror" is responsible for illegal imprisonment, torture and murder. With blatant disregard for domestic and international law, the U.S. government is effectively demolishing our democratic ideals.

Strike back against intimidation - Wear American Gulag

American Gulag is a series of bracelets and necklaces made of tough and durable rubber and stainless steel that simulate barbed wire. Why barbed wire? Because it symbolizes our government's barbaric dogma of physical and psychological imprisonment - from abuses at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay to smear tactics used by President Bush's henchman, who call critics of his policies traitors and cowards.

Fight against the lies and fear-mongering.
Flaunt your outrage - Wear American Gulag.

A portion of all sales will be donated to a human rights organization dedicated to fighting these injustices.

The bracelets are priced from $13.95 up to $225 (for the silver model, naturally), and seem pretty cool. I’m not certain I could handle the spikiness though, especially with the silver, but I suppose one shouldn’t be comfortable wearing such a bracelet. “The Truth Hurts - Wear It” slogan on the site is most definitely appropriate.

A good Christmas gift? Maybe. If you have a fashion-conscious radical leftist on your list, then yes. Otherwise, I think they might want the receipt. Even though it is a worth cause, something tells me these won’t exactly fly off the shelves quite like Lance’s.