Wasted Honor -

Carl R. ToersBijns is the author of the Wasted Honor Trilogy [Wasted Honor I,II and Gorilla Justice] and his newest book From the Womb to the Tomb, the Tony Lester Story, which is a reflection of his life and his experiences as a correctional officer and a correctional administrator retiring with the rank of deputy warden in the New Mexico and Arizona correctional systems.

Carl also wrote a book on his combat experience in the Kindle book titled - Combat Medic - Men with destiny - A red cross of Valor -

Carl is considered by many a rogue expert in the field of prison security systems since leaving the profession. Carl has been involved in the design of many pilot programs related to mental health treatment, security threat groups, suicide prevention, and maximum custody operational plans including double bunking max inmates and enhancing security for staff. He invites you to read his books so you can understand and grasp the cultural and political implications and influences of these prisons. He deals with the emotions, the stress and anxiety as well as the realities faced working inside a prison. He deals with the occupational risks while elaborating on the psychological impact of both prison worker and prisoner.

His most recent book, Gorilla Justice, is an un-edited raw fictional version of realistic prison experiences and events through the eyes of an anecdotal translation of the inmate’s plight and suffering while enduring the harsh and toxic prison environment including solitary confinement.

Carl has been interviewed by numerous news stations and newspapers in Phoenix regarding the escape from the Kingman prison and other high profile media cases related to wrongful deaths and suicides inside prisons. His insights have been solicited by the ACLU, Amnesty International, and various other legal firms representing solitary confinement cases in California and Arizona. He is currently working on the STG Step Down program at Pelican Bay and has offered his own experience insights with the Center of Constitutional Rights lawyers and interns to establish a core program at the SHU units. He has personally corresponded and written with SHU prisoners to assess the living conditions and how it impacts their long term placement inside these type of units that are similar to those in Arizona Florence Eyman special management unit where Carl was a unit deputy warden for almost two years before his promotion to Deputy Warden of Operations in Safford and Eyman.

He is a strong advocate for the mentally ill and is a board member of David's Hope Inc. a non-profit advocacy group in Phoenix and also serves as a senior advisor for Law Enforcement Officers Advocates Council in Chino, California As a subject matter expert and corrections consultant, Carl has provided interviews and spoken on national and international radio talk shows e.g. BBC CBC Lou Show & TV shows as well as the Associated Press.

I use sarcasm, satire, parodies and other means to make you think!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Dutch Solider, my uncle Victor

Not much has been said about a Dutch soldier who brought honor to his family and to the military unit he was assigned to when he was a young man. Born in 1908, Frederick Victor ToersBijns, a 21 year old cadet at the Dutch Royal Military Academy, showed the world his fencing skills as he took part in international competitions of “saber fights” for which he won fourth place.

By decision of the Governor General of the Dutch East Indies (today’s Indonesia) from July 31, 1932 he was promoted and appointed with honor the rank of second lieutenant in the Dutch army. There he was assigned to the 14th Infantry battalion at Buitenzorg. 3 years later, ToersBijns was promoted to first lieutenant and assigned to the Muara Teboh garrison. 

It was here where he gained notoriety as a world class fencer and appointed to the fencing team who among them were some of the best fencers around that part of the world.  He competed with those members of the Royal Navy as well as some officers of the Dutch Marines. In honor of the Dutch princess, he was appointed master of ceremonies for a parade held yearly and gradually moved on to compete in a series of competitions held for saber fighters. 

On April, 30, 1938, ToersBijns was an honor graduate of the military police academy and was assigned to the 14th battalion military police before being assigned permanently to the 2nd military police battalion. In 1939, he participated in the competition trials of the Royal Dutch Indian Officer meets where he placed in the finals for such competition and placed 4th place prize.

Soon after the competition, war broke out with Japan and in March, 1942, ToersBijns escaped from the island of Java to the island of Sumatra to avoid being captured and joined the opposition forces against the Japanese army. His time during the resistance was critical in defending Dutch troop positions and his eventual capture by the Japanese in December 1944, resulted in his death by decapitation with his own sword.

Photo – the spot in Anjol where ToersBijns was killed by the Japanese before he dug his own grave and was beheaded on this spot.

Reference: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emanuel_Victor_Frederik_Toers_Bijns