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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Amnesty Incredible

I missed this one in the Times. I guess there is no reporting anything critical of our saviors, Amnesty Int'l. Apparently, their "Gitmo as gulag" theme is still a comparison they seek to make.
Patrick Devenney discusses how they ignore the true gulags in North Korea to focus the world's attention, supported by the MSM, on any tactics we take with our terrorist prisoners. He writes:

The “non-partisan” advocacy group has taken to calling actual gulag survivors and begging for their endorsement of Amnesty's statement. In an editorial published in The Washington Post on June 18th, Soviet gulag veteran Pavel Litvinov recounted how a senior Amnesty staffer called him asking for his public support. When Litvinov suggested there was quite a difference between his own experiences and those of the terrorists imprisoned in Guantanamo, the staffer responded “Sure, but after all, it attracts attention to the problem of Guantanamo detainees."

Why don't they go to Natan Sharansky? He was imprisoned in a gulag. And the real-life gulags of North Korea hold citizens of the country, not armed combatants and those who aid and abet them!

And what does AI have to say about North Korea? Quoting Devenney:

The first thing you will notice when reading Amnesty’s 2005 report on human rights in North Korea is the length of the article, or rather, lack of same. Amnesty writers have managed to fit the abject brutality of North Korea into an article shorter than the one you are reading now. Amnesty, amazingly, takes only 1,351 words to describe the most brutal and despotic regime on the face of the earth. In comparison, Israel, or in Amnesty parlance “Israel/Occupied Territory,” needs 2,592 words. The U.S, not surprisingly, rates three times the North Korean word count. North Korea’s 200,000 slave laborers, its dozens of political prison camps, its mass interrogation and torture facilities near the Chinese border, all in 1,351 words.

In actuality, the Amnesty International report on North Korea barely mentions any of these horrors. It is 1,351 words of avoidance and oversight, of misdirection and outright ignorance.


"Non-partisan"?

And back to Gitmo. Are the 550 detainees not receiving the rigfhts ordered through Hamdi v Rumsfeld? As Michelle Malkin reports:

Every single detainee currently being held at Guantanamo Bay has received a hearing before a military tribunal. Every one. As a result of those hearings, more than three dozen Gitmo detainees have been released. The hearings, called "Combatant Status Review Tribunals," are held before a board of officers, and permit the detainees to contest the facts on which their classification as "enemy combatants" is based.

This is not even close to what the citizens of North Korea, imprisoned and often executed for such offenses as theft or practicing Christianity, are provided.

5 Comments:

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The part that really slays me is that Gitmo is probably less stressful than a fraternity hazing.

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Haha, that's a great point. Let me compare the hazing during my fraternity's "hell week" to Gitmo:

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Free Food...Check

And yet, desptie this "torture" it was still fun!

 
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