Monday, June 06, 2005

Amnesty International admits its claims are baseless

In an interview on national television, the Executive Director of Amnesty International admitted that his organization has no idea what they're talking about with regard to Guantanamo Bay:

::::::::Despite highly publicized charges of U.S. mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo, the head of the Amnesty International USA said on Sunday the group doesn't "know for sure" that the military is running a "gulag."

Executive Director William Schulz said Amnesty, often cited worldwide for documenting human rights abuses, also did not know whether Secretary Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved severe torture methods such as beatings and starvation.

Schulz recently dubbed Rumsfeld an "apparent high-level architect of torture" in asserting he approved interrogation methods that violated international law.

"It would be fascinating to find out. I have no idea," Schulz told Fox News Sunday.

So, let's get this straight, once and for all. Amnesty International issued a report accusing the Bush Administration, the US Military, and the commanders and troops at Gitmo, specifically, of abusing detainees and engaging in torture. They raised the level of this abuse to that suffered by the millions of prisoners of the Sovier-era gulag camps. They cited these reasons as justification to not only call for the immediate closure of Gitmo, but also as their reason to call on foreign governments to arrest and put on trial the President and high-level members of his staff. And when challenged to back it all up, they say they have no idea if what they're claiming is true. Simply staggering.

When asked about his claims that the US is keeping independent human rights organizations out of Gitmo entirely, specifically whether he had knowledge about whether or not the International Red Cross had been allowed, he said he had no idea about that, either. Aside from the fact that he doesn't like the US's current position on the world stage, Mr. Schulz doesn't seem to know a whole lot about anything. Yet he expects that he and his organization are to be taken quite seriously and their demands given incredible weight.

I wonder how he'd like the headline, "Amnesty International Accused of Abetting International Child Prostitution Trade" showing up on a report somewhere. I wonder how long it would take him to scream "lawsuit" if the author of such a document said, on national television, "It would be fascinating to find out. I have no idea," when asked for his proof, all the while sneering at the camera. I'm guessing not long. Mr. Schulz expects that if someone makes an accusation against him or his organization that such a person would be held to the reasonable standard of having to put up or shut up. Such a person would need very good evidence to make such a slur on their good name and reputation. Amnesty International apparently feels they're above such concerns. Their obvious attempts to smear the US in general and our President in specific is sickening. They should feel free to pack up and get out whenever they like.

Hat Tip: Captain's Quarters, LGF