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NEWS: Bush Dismisses Amnesty International Report That Criticizes The U.S

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posted on Jun, 1 2005 @ 06:13 AM
U.S President, George Bush, has dismissed as "absurd" the Amnesty International report into the Guantanamo Bay dention camp. The report compares Guantanamo Bay to Russian gulags. The report also claims the United States behaviour in Guantanamo is responsible for an upsurge in human rights violations around the World.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush on Tuesday rejected as "absurd" an Amnesty International report that described the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay as a gulag and which said the United States was responsible for an upsurge in human rights violations around the world.

I'm aware of the Amnesty International report and it's absurd, it's an absurd allegation. The United States is a country that promotes freedom around the world," Bush said at a Rose Garden news conference.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Ouch, not nice when youre labelled as a human rights violating country. Is Amnesty International wrong here? Will Amnesty International be labeled a terrorist group some time in the future?

posted on Jun, 1 2005 @ 06:31 AM
Well of course he would deny it. Hell would freeze over if he said ya sure we violate the convention. We can murder injured soliders that are in temples, and we can lock you up forever without proving anything.
Whatever it takes.

posted on Jun, 1 2005 @ 06:59 AM
All politics aside, a country's leader needs to have a better response to allegations of human rights abuses than "absurd".

We need to give every detainee a trial, either sentence them or release them and close that place down. It doesn't even matter if the allegations are false, most of the world thinks that we're mistreating people there and will think we don't give a rat's about it if we just say their concerns are absurd.

posted on Jun, 1 2005 @ 07:55 AM
Here is a link to the Amnesty International Report.
Amnesty International Report

After reading the report, I have to question what they are basing their findings on. They state mounting evidence of human violations such as abuse of the quran but show no prrof of these violations.
They reference the IRC (International Red Cross) as an expert body that has reported these violations but a review of the IRC's website reveals:

The contents of the ICRC's representations and reports are confidential and for the exclusive attention of the relevant detaining authorities. Therefore, in accordance with its usual policy, the organization will not publicly confirm or deny whether the quotations in the article entitled "Red Cross Finds Detainee Abuse in Guantanamo", which appeared in the New York Times of 30 November, reflect findings reported by the ICRC to the United States authorities regarding the conditions of detention and treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

So basically neither agreeing with nor denying the alegations.

The ICRC's work at Guantanamo Bay
They also cite the secret detention centers holding other prisoners but this time they fail to even note the source of the allegations.

Although I agree that Bush should have had something more intelligent to say in regards to the report, I have to agree with him that if Amnesty International is going to make such statements without anything to back them then.... Hey they should join ATS since they would be great at creating new conspiracy theories!

posted on Jun, 2 2005 @ 10:41 AM
I love this!
What is Amnesty International's answer to Bush's statements?

President Bush dismissed the comparison to gulags as "absurd." But Irene Khan (search), secretary-general of the London-based human rights group, challenged Washington to prove its case by opening the camps to outside scrutiny. "Our answer is very simple ... open up the detention centers, allow us and others to visit them," she told reporters. "Transparency is the best antidote to misinformation or incorrect facts."

So instead of providing facts or anything to back their claims they do a dodge. My estimation of AI has dropped down dramatically.

Amnesty: Open Gitmo to Rights Inspectors

posted on Jun, 2 2005 @ 02:29 PM
well it is kind of hard to get any evidance when 3rd partiy and human rights groups are denied or have restricted access to these so called "Gulags" and often the only real evidance are statements made by former detainees.

Not to metion not one of the detainees have been granted POW status, and thus protection from human rights violations whcih can be found in the Geneva conventions

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