20 May 2006

Everyone else is wrong and we are right

Well, now the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' Committee Against Torture has issued a report demanding (well, perhaps that is too strong a verb and "requesting" is more appropriate) that the US close the Prison at Guantanmo Bay, dismantle the system of secret prisons that it allegedly maintains across East-Central Europe, and North Africa, and generally desist from practices that further violate the internaitonal covenants to which we are signatory. Here is the report form npr and from the Financial Times. BushCo, of course, would love to comply by sending detainees off to countries where they will predictably have little or no protection against mistreatment. And, in the meantime, they also assure us that none of this long-term and secret detention of prisoners in any way is questionable. All of our practices and policies in this area of the "war on terror," they assure the world, are in comformity with US law. Do you believe them? Would you like to buy a bridge? Actually, given that the Committee Against Torture also has taken issue with the inquiries into alleged mistreatment and torture of mostly African-American prisoners by the Chicago Police Department over the course of several decades, perhaps BushCo is not really so far from the mark.

Guantanamo is not an isolated problem but, rather, part of a long-term systematic policy that quite assuredly will undermine security in the US and abroad. Just a piece of evidence - in this Salon.com archive of the photos and videos documenting torture and mistreatment at Abu Ghraib, it becomes clear that the policies and practices implemented there migrated with US Military personnel directly from Guantanamo.

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Blogger elendil said...

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and a few other NGOs, have designated June Torture Awareness Month. I've created a blogroll you can join if you're interested. You can find it here. The idea is that everyone is linked to from the blogroll, and in exchange, you discuss torture (as you already do), and link to the Torture Awareness site to help support the NGOs.

There's a lot of bloggers concerned about human rights abuse in the War on Terror. If we coordinate, we can show our support and help Amnesty and HRW make Torture Awareness Month a success!

21 May, 2006 00:46  

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