'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Monday, June 27, 2005

So Much Hypocrisy, So Little Time... 

The US has admitted to the UN Committee against Torture that prisoners have been tortured at Guantanamo Bay:

Washington has, for the first time, acknowledged to the United Nations that prisoners have been tortured at US detention centres in Guantanamo Bay, as well as Afghanistan and Iraq, a UN source said.

The acknowledgement was made in a report submitted to the UN Committee against Torture, said a member of the ten-person panel, speaking on on condition of anonymity.

'They are no longer trying to duck this and have respected their obligation to inform the UN,' the Committee member said.

'They they will have to explain themselves (to the Committee). Nothing should be kept in the dark,' he said.

UN sources said this is the first time the world body has received such a frank statement on torture from US authorities.

The document submitted by the US will not be made public until the committee conducts hearings in 2006.

Meanwhile, Cheney says that the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay should be happy they're "living in the tropics" and Bush speaking on the occasion of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture just said

Freedom from torture is an inalienable human right, and we are committed to building a world where human rights are respected and protected by the rule of law.

which is why, you know, we detain our prisoners in countries outside the United States and why we kidnap suspects and whoosh them away to places like Uzbekistan: there's so much less rule of law to protect them.

America will not pretend that jailed dissidents prefer their chains, or that women welcome humiliation and servitude, or that any human being aspires to live at the mercy of bullies.

Yeah, bullies suck. Hey, did you hear that Chavez is mad man who doesn't believe in democracy?

All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: The United States will not ignore your oppression or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.

Unless, of course we are your oppressors in which case just shut up and eat your lemon chicken.

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