May 24, 2006

Fighting back...at last!

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States went on the counter-attack against Amnesty International, rejecting its charges of the torture of terror suspects and criticizing its lack of help in prosecuting deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack dismissed allegations by the Nobel Prize-winning rights group, which cited reports that US prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and elsewhere were subject to "torture and ill-treatment."

"Nobody is being tortured at Guantanamo Bay," McCormack told reporters when asked about the charges in Amnesty International's latest annual report.

He went on to point out Amnesty's role in documenting rights abuses during the 24 years of Saddam's rule before he was deposed by the Americans in 2003 and later captured and charged with crimes against humanity.

"But when it came time to put Saddam Hussein on trial, which is happening right now, they (Amnesty) are absent. They've done zero, zip, nothing, to assist in those efforts," McCormack said.

"So in terms of where they might focus some of their efforts, I would just offer the humble suggestion that they might follow through in actually assisting with or providing some support to this trial for what they acknowledge is one of the great human rights abusers of recent times."....

What, ask Amnesty International to help harm sweet lovable Saddam? And lose all its America-hating donors? Hurt cuddly peace-loving Saddam, and offend pacifist donors? Outrageous. The administration must think AI is some kind of human-rights organization....

Posted by John Weidner at May 24, 2006 8:51 PM
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