Man Charged with Domestic Assault for Waterboarding Girlfriend

A 22-year-old Nebraska man named Trevor Case suspected that his girlfriend Danielle Stallworth might be cheating on him. In order to elicit information from Stallworth, the mother of his child, Case decided to employ an “enhanced interrogation technique” on her. He waterboarded Stallworth to find out if she had been unfaithful!

Police in Lincoln, Nebraska, allege that Case bound Stallworth’s wrists and ankles, stuffed “hospital socks” in her mouth, and put a t-shirt over her head. Case then allegedly poured a pitcher of water over her head. When the victim felt she couldn’t breathe, she began “freaking out.”

Lincoln police have charged Case with domestic assault, false imprisonment, and making terroristic threats in connection with the incident.

In his piece, “The wretched mind of the American authoritarian,” Glenn Greenwald writes the following: “Decadent governments often spawn a decadent citizenry.  A 22-year-old Nebraska resident was arrested yesterday for waterboarding his girlfriend as she was tied to a couch, because he wanted to know if she was cheating on him with another man; I wonder where he learned that?”

I don’t think we have to wonder where Trevor Case learned that, do we?

– Elaine Magliaro, Guest Blogger

Source: The Smoking Gun

45 thoughts on “Man Charged with Domestic Assault for Waterboarding Girlfriend

  1. So whats the big deal? You know how many people were doing this to on a daily basis? Why should this guy be punished for something we, as a nation, have decided is ok?

  2. Drastic circomstances require what… ? Yes! Who said that!?
    Seems as clear and present a danger as Iraq..

    Torture is always in the beholder of someone else’s eye and asking politely is so eighties..

    Probably a good parent, though, at age 22… mentally most likely on par with the infant.

  3. Does he get to move to an undisclosed location and shoot a “friend” in the face now or does he go to prison?

  4. He’ll soon be working the streets of America with the goons, thugs, and “muscle” put there by the previous administration. Perhaps he’s already working the streets,so to speak, but decided to take his work home.

  5. anon nurse We know what the the tea party is about, but white middle class Americans especially males are voting for them. Paul Krugman says they will actually be hurting themselves by voting republican because there will be no more stimulus and benefits will be cut. It looks like a wave and nothing will stop it until independent voters realize in 2012 that the tea party actually made them even worse off. Looks likes a good time to invest in the stock market as corporations will rule.

  6. Swarthmore mom:

    Now that is what I call a great “twofer”

    “It looks like a wave and nothing will stop it until independent voters realize in 2012 that the tea party actually made them even worse off. Looks likes a good time to invest in the stock market as corporations will rule.”

  7. Swarthmore mom,

    Good morning. (It’s hovering around the freezing mark in NY and I’m not ready for winter.)

    Appreciate your insights. Have you read Krugman’s book, “The Great Unraveling”, by any chance? I highly recommend it. In one of Krugman’s columns last week, he wrote (and you’ve probaly read the column): “So if the elections go as expected next week, here’s my advice: Be afraid. Be very afraid.”

    Given the things that I’m seeing on the streets of America, I’m already afraid.

    I saw a stat last night — maybe somewhere in this blog. If correct, something like 45% of all Americans have $10,000 or less in retirement savings. Many are just trying to survive and, as you say, the corporations are in control — they already have some people just where they want them, which is relatively powerless. And these folks will do just about anything that’s asked of them.

    The wheels are in motion; corpations (via our government — our plutocracy) already have their boots on the ground in our communities; and it may already be too late. Where this will end is anyone’s guess but, as I’ve said, ad nauseum, given my seat in this tragedy, we’re moving in the direction of a fascist state. But it’s still hard for some to believe that it could happen here and, as a result, it’s progressing without any apparent pushback.

    ( a link to the Krugman column “Divided We Fail”
    mentioned above:

  8. anon nurse;

    “Good morning. (It’s hovering around the freezing mark in NY and I’m not ready for winter.)”

    Tell me about it,same here in Jersey.

    ” And these folks will do just about anything that’s asked of them.”Bings to mind this series:

  9. I sat in a proffer the other day on a drug case and noticed the narcotics detective’s knuckles were bloody. Either he works on cars on the weekends or the idea that some people are so bad that we are justified in breaking the law in enforcing it is trickling down to local police forces. I’m not naive and know this happened before “enhanced interrogation” but calling it that instead of torture ensured that many more interrogators are going to “work the dark side,” as Cheney said, whether it be dealing with suspected terrorists or suspected drug dealers on the local level.

    Obama’s worst sin, in my view, is putting a bipartisan stamp on “the dark side,” ensuring that it continues and perhaps expands.

    Condi Rice appeared in my city last week at a hospital benefit and I wondered if they knew they were hosting someone who is almost certainly a war criminal.

  10. eniobob –

    “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” – Oscar Wilde (“The Decay of Lying”, 1889)

    We’re getting closer. (Thanks for that…)

  11. From that same Krugman article:

    “Now, the government shutdown ended up hurting Republicans politically, and some observers seem to assume that memories of that experience will deter the G.O.P. from being too confrontational this time around. But the lesson current Republicans seem to have drawn from 1995 isn’t that they were too confrontational, it’s that they weren’t confrontational enough.”

    Well some people don’t believe in wet paint signs either,and these are the ones who will be pulling the lever tommorow for this same party.And again at one time this was a party of moderation and what ever disagreements there were they use to try to compromise for the good of the country.

  12. eniobob
    1, November 1, 2010 at 10:57 am
    anon nurse;

    “Good morning. (It’s hovering around the freezing mark in NY and I’m not ready for winter.)”


    Good morning all. It’s cold here in Ohio.

    Well, tomorrow is the day … I will be on pins and needles …

  13. David wrote:

    “Obama’s worst sin, in my view, is putting a bipartisan stamp on “the dark side,” ensuring that it continues and perhaps expands.”

    Well said. And there has been a “trickle-down” effect. It’s not just the police who are participating in abuse (and, yes, even torture) — some in our “community watch groups” are playing a part, as well. Community-oriented policing has, in effect, resulted in a sort of deputization of some community members.

    We live in a “24” culture, where a certain type of individual loves the thought of being a spy or helping the police fight “the war on terror. And these folks have been playing their parts well. It’s a system that’s out of control and thriving, apparently.

  14. According to the Justice Department, no crime has been committed.. IF they charge him with a crime, they also MUST perp-walk chimpy bush and darth cheeeeney out of their homes to the US Marshall’s van in cuffs.

  15. anon nurse Good morning to you too. I am not going to live in fear. One has to learn to be resourceful and take care of one’s self and one’s family in the best way we can. Don’t give into fear. Be proactive. It might not take too long for these middle class Americans to figure out that the tea party republicans have nothing to offer them.

  16. What is that saying “its a ill wind that blows no good”


    “Good morning all. It’s cold here in Ohio.”

  17. eniobob,

    Hope not … I’m out doing some door knocking for my candidate and it’s cold!

    Came in to warm up and check the mail. Happy to say that I expect all the democrats in my area to win tomorrow. We have put in a lot of work and I believe it will pay off.

    Responses I’m getting from registered voters are encouraging. At least in this small area of the country the teabaggers have worn out their welcome. Talked to two former teabaggers this morning who are going to vote democrat … I suspect they were lukewarm teabaggers to begin with. They went to a couple of rallies and didn’t like what they saw … I think they are being sincere with me, not just polite.

  18. Swarthmore mom,

    Re: “I am not going to live in fear. One has to learn to be resourceful and take care of one’s self and one’s family in the best way we can. Don’t give into fear. Be proactive.”

    While I agree with this, for the most part, I believe that fear is a normal (and sometimes protective) response, given certain circumstances. Adrenaline flows and, hopefully, the appropriate response will follow — one will choose to “fight”, or opt for “flight”, the latter sometimes ensuring survival. Things are pretty bad out there on the streets.

    Having said this, I do believe that “even in the dark, one has the power to whistle”, as it’s said. (I can’t remember who said it — was it Elie Wiesel?)

  19. Blouise

    “I will be on pins and needles …”

    Ditto to that! (Good morning, Blouise (and all) Thought that I had posted this, but don’t see it, so will repost.)

  20. Blouise,

    This year was the first time my husband and I put a campaign sign on our front lawn. We did it because the political opponent of our chosen candidate is a tea party/birther/racist/nut job. Well, the sign was only up for two days when someone ripped it off its metal frame. My husband and I had an answer for the person who stole the sign–we put up TWO new signs. They’ve been there for over a week now–and no one has touched them.

  21. I have to go back calling for Bill White, but I don’t think he will make it. I have a Bill White sign. Last time I had two Obama signs. A lot of women I know are fired up democrats because of the tea party. My sister in Chicago is. Brady, a tea party candidate, is close to becoming the governor of Illinois.

  22. anon nurse: You should be in pretty good shape in NY compared to much of the rest of the country. Cuomo is okay. I read we might end up with about 35 republican governors. They will begin cutting medicaid and medicare benefits by June. The stimulus will run out then, too.

  23. I am a criminal defense attorney and am frequently asked “how can you defend those people?” I usually reply that “those people’s rights are yours too and if we don’t protect the rights of the worst among us, those of the best are soon eroded as well.” Most people assume both that “it can’t happen here” and “it won’t happen to me.” These are both dangerous assumptions, ones that I fear a lot of people will see refuted in the near future.

    Anon nurse, you’re right. There are a lot of “Dwight Shrutes” out there right now trying to emulate Jack Bauer.

  24. I made a promise to myself,that at 5;00 o’clock I am not going to watch anymore election news until tomorrow night after the polls close.

    I am so informed about who’s up and who’s down that I’m going to tune in too see who is going to be eating crow.And I think there will be some of that.

  25. 1) “Charged with … making terroristic threats”? I guess my surprise comes from the idea that one can be a “terrorist” against a single person. I am not surprised to learn that an “anti-terrorist” law can be used to indict anyone for anything.

    2) Don’t states have criminal laws against torture? If they don’t they should.

  26. Swarthmore mom:

    What I’m worried about is what’s currently taking place on the street. Nothing changed when Obama was elected and I’m guessing that little will change after tomorrow. Until the truth about what’s going on domestically is exposed, the turbo-charged street “games” will continue, I suspect.

    We need congressional hearings. Will we get them? I doubt it. Until we do, many good and decent Americans will continue to suffer.

  27. Good afternoon all,

    Back in to warm up again.

    This thread is interesting, two distinct conversations going on at the same time.

    I have run into several disgruntled teabaggers this afternoon … disgruntled with the teabaggers … some have told me they aren’t going to vote at all and some have said they are going to vote for the dems.

    I only encountered one impolite teabagger who told me Obama was a Muslim and wasn’t a real citizen then slammed the door in my face. I walked back down her driveway and turned around for she was calling out to me. She came out onto her porch and apologized for slamming the door. I wished her well and went on my way. In this last week I have spoken with a couple hundred people and that was the first “angry” teabagger I’ve met.

  28. SM,

    I wish I could be more specific, but I can’t say too much yet. We’re waiting for additional data from DOJ related to a past FOIA request.

  29. Elaine,

    Here’s a little hint from a long time yard sign allower … when someone defaces a sign, leave it in place but also put up a new, clean one. People see the defaced sign and immediately see your candidate’s opponent in a bad light. Your candidate gets a few sympathy votes he/she might not have gotten. Most passers-by aren’t informed voters and that’s enough of a visual aid to push them into remembering your candidate’s name and marking it on their ballot.

    This last presidential election produced a great many thefts of Obama signs but not by McCain supporters … Obama signs were hard to come by and people were stealing them from each other for their yards. It was a very strange phenomena. People started marking their signs and then would search their neighborhoods if their signs were stolen and steal them back.

  30. Blouise:

    I’ve said this once and I’ll say it again.You Go Girl!!

    Luckily in the part of Jersey I’m in we only have Donald Payne and the county Excecutive on the ballot no earth shaking decision here,but get this.

    There an intiative on the ballot that deals with money collected for unemployment insurance.If you vote yes the money will still go to that fund.if you vote no well the state will put it into other uses.They have been very quiet on this:

    TRENTON — New Jersey voters will decide this year whether the state Constitution should be amended to bar lawmakers from raiding state workers’ benefit funds.

    If approved, the question — the only one on this year’s ballot — would end the practice of using surpluses in the Unemployment Compensation Fund, the State Disability Benefits Fund and similar funds for other programs or to help balance the state budget.

    Businesses and employees pay into the funds through payroll taxes. In the case of the unemployment fund, the tax is automatically raised if the balance drops below a certain level.

    From 1992 to 2007, and governors and legislators from both parties diverted about $5.4 billion from benefit funds and used the money for other purposes, mostly charity care reimbursements to hospitals.

    • N.J. Assembly panel to hear testimony on next year’s potential $10.5B budget shortfall

    • N.J. will borrow $2.25B to help with cash flow

    • N.J. Gov. Chris Christie signs pension, benefits changes for state employees

    • Gov. Chris Christie is expected to propose changes to N.J. unemployment system

    • Looking ahead, analysts say N.J.’s budget woes may be far from over

    • Complete coverage of the 2010 New Jersey state budget

    Proponents say those repeated withdrawals left many of the benefit funds depleted and in precarious financial shape. They argue that the money paid by workers and companies should be set aside only for their intended purpose.

    There has been little public opposition to the proposal, which has the support of state worker unions and other labor groups, including the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and the State Policemen’s Benevolent Association. It’s also backed by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

    Critics say the measure could limit the legislature’s ability to make decisions based on the state’s financial needs at any given time and fails to address whether the amounts now collected are sufficient to support the benefit funds into the future.

    Proponents say the measure will force lawmakers to make critical financial decisions. They also note that legislators overwhelmingly approved placing the question on the ballot.

    “This question impacts every sector of the labor movement, the state AFL-CIO said in a prepared statement. (This proposal) is essential to ensuring that the benefit programs we as workers pay into, such as unemployment insurance, paid family leave, and worker’s compensation, are there when we need them.

  31. Blouise

    Thanks for your active citizenship and thanks for the interesting insights you’ve gained. I’ve a feeling tomorrow night is going to be a long one!

  32. Number one: Krugman doesnt know shit. Number two: neither do the tea partiers. Number three: wasnt this about a man being charged with a crime for actions we pay people in the cia and foreign countries to do to people on a daily basis? How did it suddenly turn into bashing the tea partiers and worrying that were all doomed if washington stops spending 2 or 3 times our gross domestic product? and Number four: obama has declared that not only does he have the right to assassinate anyone on the globe for any reason he can come up with but that noone can even challenge it in court because to even question it would reveal “state secrets”. This should terrify you more than spending cuts and krugmans drivel.

  33. David wrote:

    “…if we don’t protect the rights of the worst among us, those of the best are soon eroded as well.” Most people assume both that “it can’t happen here” and “it won’t happen to me.” These are both dangerous assumptions, ones that I fear a lot of people will see refuted in the near future.”

    Pretty well sums it all up.

  34. One addition to my previous comment:

    As ekeyra and others have noted, this kind of behavior has become systemic. “Monkey see, monkey do.”

    The author of this posting aptly draws our attention to Glen Greenwald’s article “The wretched mind of the American authoritarian,” and points to his assertion that “Decadent governments often spawn a decadent citizenry.”

    They do. And ours has.

  35. Did a search on “human rights” and ended up here.

    From GAP’s Daily Whistleblower News:

    CBS: Obama, U.S. Subject to Human Rights Roasting

    November 5, 2010

    “Summary: In a move toward greater transparency, the Obama administration has submitted the U.S. to an examination of its human rights record by the United Nations’ Human Rights Council for the first time.

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was invited to give testimony at the meeting, and called for an investigation into torture and other abuses revealed in WikiLeaks’ trove of leaked documents.

    While other countries spoke out about flaws in the American human rights record, the harshest criticism came from a group within the U.S. — the U.S. Human Rights Network — which submitted its own 400-page report.”

    CBS: Obama, U.S. Subject to Human Rights Roasting –

    (The full report is available via the above link.)

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