May 15th, 2005

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American hypocricy in the use of the word "freedom":
Exporting torture and Amnesty International

Observer Newspaper(UK): Anger as US Backs Regime

Heated criticism was growing...over 'double standards' by Washington over human rights, democracy and 'freedom' as fresh evidence emerged of just how brutally Uzbekistan, a US ally in the 'war on terror', put down Friday's unrest in the east of the country.

Outrage among human rights groups followed claims by the White House on Friday that appeared designed to justify the violence of the regime of President Islam Karimov, claiming - as Karimov has - that 'terrorist groups' may have been involved in the uprising...

Uzbekistan is believed to be one of the destination countries for the highly secretive 'renditions program', whereby the CIA ships terrorist suspects to third-party countries where torture is used that cannot be employed in the US. Newspaper reports in America say dozens of suspects have been transferred to Uzbek jails.

The CIA has never officially commented on the program. But flight logs obtained by the New York Times earlier this month show CIA-linked planes landing in Tashkent with the same serial numbers as jets used to transfer prisoners around the world. The logs show at least seven flights from 2002 to late 2003, originating from destinations in the Middle East and Europe.

Other countries used in the program include Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Morocco. A handful of prisoners' accounts - including that of Canadian Maher Arar - that emerged after release show they were tortured and abused in custody.

Boston Globe: US Must Stop 'Outsourcing' Torture
By US Representative Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, who introduced Bill HR 952 to eliminate the practice of ''outsourcing torture" on Feb. 17.

New York Times: It's Called Torture

USA Today: More information on HR 952

Think Progress: The Bush Administration Was For Amnesty International Before It Was Against It

Tonight, Vice President Cheney will appear on CNN’s Larry King Live and condemn a recent Amnesty International report that faults the U.S. for its treatment of detainees in the war on terror. Read more...Collapse )

Other Administration officials have similarly been quick to lash out against the Amnesty report. White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said the allegations were “ridiculous and unsupported by the facts.” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Richard Myers called the Amnesty International report “absolutely irresponsible.”

But in the past, when it was convenient to the Administration, they did not hesitate to cite Amnesty to make its case. And nowhere did the Administration need more help than in selling the Iraq war. Secretary Rumsfeld repeatedly turned to Amnesty to highlight the repressive nature of Saddam’s regime. Read more...Collapse )

Foreign Policy in Focus: Bush Administration Attacks on Amnesty International: Old Wine, New Bottles
(America's appaling history of discrediting Amnesty International reports)