Amnesty Who?

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

I spent the day reading all the various statements from Cheney, Scott McClellan, President Bush and General Myers regarding the recent human rights report from Amnesty International. I would like to start first by listing a few of the quotes from the above mentioned individuals.
1. President Bush: "I'm aware of the Amnesty International report, and it's absurd. The United States is a country that promotes freedom around the world." (White House Press Conference May 31, 2005)
"It seemed like (Amnesty) based some of their decisions on the word and allegations by people who were held in detention, people who hate America, people had been trained in some instances to disassemble-that means not tell the truth, and so it was an absurd report. It just is" (White House Press Conference May 31, 2005)
2. Scott McClellan-White House Press Secretary: "I think the allegations are ridiculous and unsupported by the facts. The United States is leading the way when it comes to protecting human rights and promoting human dignity." (White House Press Briefing May 25, 2005)
3. Vice President Dick Cheney: "Frankly, I was offended by it, for Amnesty International to suggest that somehow the United States is a violator of human rights, I frankly just don't take them seriously." (Interview on Larry King May 30, 2005)
"Occasionally there are allegations of mistreatment, but if you trace those back, in nearly every case, it turns out to come from somebody who had been inside and released to their home country and now are peddling lies about how they were treated." (Interview Larry King May 30, 2005)
4. General Richard Myers: "I think it's irresponsible. I think it's absolutely irresponsible. If you look back at the policy of this government, what we said we treat people-the president said, and we've all said-humanely and where military necessity permits, and in accordance with the Geneva Convention, we're doing that. (Gen. Myers Fox News Sunday May 29, 2005)
"I mean, these are the people that took four airplanes and drove them into three buildings on September 11th. They're the same folks with the same mentality." (Gen. Myers Fox News Sunday May 29, 20005)
There is a good article on thinkprogress.org with quotes from Donald Rumsfeld prior to the invasion of Iraq. Clearly the United States took the word of Amnesty International very seriously when their facts supported our rush to war in Iraq, but now that they are critical of the U.S. they are no longer a credible organization.
How many more organizations does this administration have to ignore or try to discredit before people actually stop and think maybe its not everyone else, maybe just maybe it is this administration that is the biggest threat to human rights.

3 comments:

Daedalus said...

It's not just human rights, it's everything. Every person that comes to criticize the administration is a "disgruntled employee" who was passed over for a job of some sort, Tom Ridge, for example.

I think Americans are starting to wake up, judging by the latest polls. I just can't figure out why it took them so long.

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