Monday, June 06, 2005

Amnesty International, Clueless

Despite the fact that Amnesty International made reckless charges calling Guantanamo a gulag and referring to Rumsfield as an "architect of torture," they now say that they ‘Don’t know for sure’ about Guantanamo: Amnesty USA.

Hey, that's responsible. Compare a U.S. facility to to one of the most devastatingly evil places in the world, and then say, well we "don't know for sure" if it is like a gulag.

Instapundit writes "I wonder what would happen if Donald Rumsfeld should charge Amnesty with being in the pay of Al Qaeda, and then later say that 'It would be fascinating to find out. I have no idea.'"

The entire transcript of the interview can be found here on the Fox News website. Here are
a few tidbits Amnesty's backpeddling.

WALLACE: Mr. Schulz, do you have any evidence whatsoever that he ever approved beating of prisoners, ever approved starving of prisoners, the kinds of things we normally think of as torture?

SCHULZ: It would be fascinating to find out. I have no idea...[Ed. wait a minute, you call him an architect of torture, and then admit you have no friggin idea. What is "fascinating" is wondering who actually takes you folks seriously.]

WALLACE: Wait, Mr. Schulz, excuse me, you're switching subjects. I asked you whether the ICRC has been allowed access to every place from Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo Bay. And the answer is yes, correct?

SCHULZ: Oh, Chris, I have no idea whether the Red Cross has been given access to the secret detention facilities that the U.S. is maintaining. Have they been given access to the Syrian prisons and the prisons where the United States is rendering prisoners? I have absolutely no idea and I suggest you don't either. I think we don't know. [...]
SCHULZ: Chris, we don't know what the Red Cross has said about torture.


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