Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Add one more to the list

The WSJ has an editorial today criticizing Amnesty International, not just for their recent over-the-top characterization of Guantanamo as a "gulag", but also for their activities on behalf of terrorists.
We don't recount this story to suggest Amnesty was actively in league with
Saddam. But it shows that, even after 9/11, Amnesty still didn't think terrorism
was a big deal. In its eagerness to suggest that every detainee with a Muslim
name is some kind of political prisoner, and by extension to smear America and
its allies, Amnesty has given the concept of "aid and comfort" to the enemy an
all-too-literal meaning.
Could it be that Amnesty is becoming the new greatest recruiting tool...oh, never mind.


Anonymous Mark Miller said...

I think AI seriously damaged its credibility when in the same report you cite it suggested that European countries should "grab" and put on trial for human rights abuses certain high U.S. officials if they happen to visit their countries, such as President Bush, Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, etc. AI modeled this approach on what one European country had already done some years back with Chile's former dictator, Augusto Pinochet.

I remember hearing a story a few months back about Rumsfeld declining to go to a conference held in Germany, because, I believe it was, an American civil liberties organization (not sure if it was the ACLU) had filed a legal motion in German court that triggered a law that would have required the government to arrest Rumsfeld and put him on trial on some charges the organization had filed. So one could brush off AI's suggestions to European nations, but as has already been illustrated, this is not out of the question.

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