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  • The ACLU doing what the ACLU does

    02/13/2016 1:44:45 PM PST · by HarborSentry · 6 replies
    Rand Koch blog ^ | February 13, 2016 | Rand Koch
    The ACLU and its friends are close to admitting that there weren't enough examples of real "torture" for them to complain about. Having sued to get images from evidence files of military legal cases, the ACLU finally got 198 images involving soldiers accused of mistreating prisoners. There were about 2,000 photos, but most are withheld because, quite understandably, the military doesn't want to provoke the the jihadists. The ACLU doesn't care if it provokes more violence. They want to see all the photos no matter who gets hurt. But this wasn't interrogation, either by the military or the CIA. It...
  • Cuban Activist Freed in Obama Deal, Then Arrested Again, Now in Grave Condition

    12/29/2015 5:13:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 29, 2015 | Bridget Johnson
    The Obama administration is calling on the Cuban government to free a political prisoner -- one of the dozens released from prison a year ago as a rapprochement gesture, only to be re-arrested a few months later. Vladimir Morera Bacallao, 53, is reportedly near death due to the hunger strike he started behind bars in October. Morera Bacallao, a labor activist, was arrested in April in the run-up to the regime's sham municipal elections for posting a sign outside his home stating: "I vote for my freedom and not in an election where I cannot choose my president." A month...
  • Authority of new EU force to supercede that of member states

    12/15/2015 11:04:40 AM PST · by csvset · 26 replies
    France24 ^ | 15 december 2015 | AFP
    The European Commission unveiled plans for a new external border and coastguard force that will be able to intervene even without the host country's consent on Tuesday, saying it had to restore EU security threatened by the migration crisis. The new agency will have a rapid reaction force of 1,500 guards and a "right to intervene" in European Union nations that are either overwhelmed by a migration influx or are deemed to be failing to secure their frontiers. With 1 million mainly Syrian refugees and migrants set to arrive in Europe by the end of this year, the record movement...
  • Caption This

    12/12/2015 12:02:33 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 65 replies
  • Liam Neeson Records Ad for Amnesty International Calling for Ireland to Legalize Abortion

    10/20/2015 1:23:06 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 30 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | October 20, 2015 | STEVEN ERTELT
    Actor Liam Neeson, known for his roles in popular action flicks, has recorded a new ad for Amnesty International which calls on Ireland to legalize abortion. The European nation is staunchly pro-life and prohibits killing babies in abortions in virtually every circumstance. Amnesty International is helping lead a pro-abortion push to repeal the 8th Amendment in Ireland, which has provided legal protection for unborn babies for years. Amnesty International Ireland recruited Neeson, an Irish actor, to do a voice-over for its commercial, which appears below. In the ad, Neeson essentially says laws protecting babies from abortions are antiquated and should...
  • Germany tightens rules for asylum seekers

    10/15/2015 7:22:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Euronews ^ | 10/15/15
    German lawmakers have approved new measures to tackle Europe’s refugee crisis. The list of countries Germany deems “safe” will be widened to include Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro, whose citizens will generally have no chance of being granted asylum. That will allow Germany to focus on refugees fleeing war zones such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Germany’s parliament that working with Turkey is key to solving the crisis, including providing humanitarian aid, helping to secure borders and combating people trafficking. “Most war refugees who come to Europe travel via Turkey. We won’t be able to order...
  • Syria Kurds 'razing villages seized from IS' - Amnesty

    10/13/2015 11:43:01 AM PDT · by keat · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | October 13, 2015
    Kurdish forces have carried out a wave of forced displacement and mass house demolitions - amounting to war crimes - in northern Syria, a rights group says. A report by Amnesty International accuses the Popular Protection Units (YPG) of razing entire villages after capturing them from Islamic State (IS). This appeared to be in retaliation for residents' perceived sympathies with or links to the jihadist group, it says. The YPG has consistently denied accusations of forced displacements. However, the YPG - a key ally of the US-led international coalition against IS - and its political parent the PYD have admitted...
  • Amnesty International Decides To Support Prostitution (lib against lib)

    08/12/2015 4:24:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | August 11, 2015
    Posted: August 11, 2015 Amnesty International Decides To Support Prostitution Amnesty International has voted in favor of a new proposal that pushes for the decriminalization of sex work and prostitution. During the Amnesty International Council Meeting (ICM), Amnesty International delegates from various nations voted in favor of a resolution titled “Policy on State Obligations to Respect, Protect, and Fulfill the Human Rights of Sex Workers,” according to the human rights group’s official website. “The International Council requests the International Board to adopt a policy that seeks attainment of the highest possible protection of the human rights of sex workers, through...
  • Amnesty approves policy to decriminalize sex trade

    08/11/2015 12:30:56 PM PDT · by wtd · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/11/2015 | AP
    Amnesty approves policy to decriminalize sex tradeLONDON (AP) — Amnesty International has approved a controversial policy to endorse the de-criminalization of the sex trade, rejecting complaints by women’s rights groups who say it is tantamount to advocating the legalization of pimping and brothel owning. At its decision-making forum in Dublin on Tuesday, the human rights group approved the resolution to recommend “full decriminalization of all aspects of consensual sex work.” It argues its research suggests decriminalization is the best way to defend sex workers’ human rights.
  • Report: C. African Republic Muslims forced to convert [to Catholicism, says Amnesty International]

    07/31/2015 6:15:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 31, 2015 8:42 AM EDT | Carley Petesch
    Muslims in the western part of Central African Republic are being forced to hide their religion or convert to Christianity under threat of death, Amnesty International said Friday. […] Widespread human rights abuses committed by Seleka led to the formation of a Christian militia known as the anti-Balaka, who have targeted Muslims and sent tens of thousands fleeing to neighboring countries. Muslims told Amnesty International they’ve been forced to convert or hide practices. “We had no choice but to join the Catholic Church. The anti-balaka swore they’d kill us if we didn’t,” said a 23-year-old man in the Sangha-Mbaere prefecture,...
  • Iran sees unprecedented spike in executions with 694 people already put to death this year…

    07/24/2015 1:10:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13:46 EST, 23 July 2015 | Sam Matthew
    The Iranian authorities have put to death nearly 700 people so far this year, in an unprecedented spike in executions. Amnesty International said this is the equivalent of three people being killed each day. […] The reasons behind this year’s shocking surge in executions are unclear, but the majority of those put to death in 2015 were convicted on drug charges. […] Amnesty International said in Iran, death sentences were handed down by courts “completely lacking in independence and impartiality.” “They are imposed either for vaguely-worded or overly-broad offenses, or acts that should not be criminalized at all, let alone...
  • Amnesty International Denounces Hamas War Crimes

    05/28/2015 5:02:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 28, 2015 | Ari Lieberman
    Amnesty International Denounces Hamas War CrimesPosted By Ari Lieberman On May 28, 2015 @ 12:07 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments [1]The so-called human rights group Amnesty International, which frequently and unjustly criticizes Israel for defending itself against todayÂ’s modern-day Nazis, has issued another scathing report about this past summerÂ’s war in Gaza involving the Israel Defense Forces and Hamas. However, in a surprising and refreshing turn of events, Amnesty International actually performed a genuine investigation and issued a biting indictment [2] of the Hamas terrorist group.The report, one of four issued by Amnesty International concerning the war, confirms...
  • Hamas Executed Palestinians During Israel War: Amnesty

    05/27/2015 8:27:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Islamist group Hamas used its 2014 Gaza war with Israel to "settle scores" with rival Palestinians, executing at least 23 in possible war crimes, Amnesty International said Wednesday. A report by the London-based rights group detailed the "brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of 'collaborating' with Israel" by Hamas, de facto ruler of the Gaza Strip enclave. The report details the "extrajudicial execution of at least 23 Palestinians and the arrest and torture of dozens of others".
  • Police in Ferguson committed human rights abuses: Amnesty report

    10/24/2014 6:24:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 24, 2014 | BY CAREY GILLAM
    Police in Ferguson, Missouri, committed human rights abuses as they sought to quell mostly peaceful protests that erupted after an officer killed an unarmed black teenager, an international human rights organization said in a report released on Friday. The Amnesty International report said law enforcement officers should be investigated by U.S. authorities for the abuses, which occurred during weeks of racially charged protests that erupted after white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, 18, on Aug. 9. The use by law enforcement of rubber bullets, tear gas and heavy military equipment and restrictions placed on peaceful...
  • Chad considering anti-gay legislation, says group

    09/23/2014 9:26:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2014 12:00 PM EDT
    Amnesty International says a draft anti-gay bill in Chad represents a backward step for human rights in the country. The rights group said Tuesday that amendments to the penal code proposed by the government would criminalize same-sex conduct in Chad, threatening jail sentences of between 15 and 20 years, and a fine ranging from $100 and $1,000. …
  • Ethnic Cleansing Occurring in Iraq, Amnesty International Charges (official report)

    09/02/2014 1:37:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    aleteia ^ | September 2, 2014 | JOHN BURGER
    It’s difficult to read Amnesty International’s report on ethnic cleansing in Iraq without imagining that you’re reading the script of a movie. Over and over, the report, issued today, relates accounts of men being taken out of their villages in pickup trucks, lined up in a deserted area, and shot. Often they were shot in the backs, many times at the edge of a “wadi” or a large hole in the ground, into which the bodies would tumble. Some were not gravely injured and feigned death so that they could escape—and tell the story. Enough Iraqis—Christians, Shia Muslims, Yazidis...
  • Feds Creating Database to Track ‘Hate Speech’ on Twitter

    08/25/2014 6:10:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | August 25, 2014 3:30 pm | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter. ... “This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda [?], and assist in the preservation of open debate,” the grant said. ... “Truthy” claims to be non-partisan. However, the project’s lead investigator Filippo Menczer proclaims his support for numerous progressive advocacy groups, including President Barack Obama’s Organizing for Action, Moveon.org, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, Amnesty International, and True Majority. ... The government-funded researchers hope that the public will use...
  • We Are All Complicit in the Warzone that Has Become Ferguson, Missouri (Barf!)

    08/19/2014 1:27:46 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 71 replies
    We Are All Complicit in the Warzone that Has Become Ferguson, Missouri The President, our Congresspeople, the governor, the police, and maybe even you. By James Joiner on August 19, 2014 14 5 0 View All Comments (5) Getty Images As I'm writing this, people are in the streets in Ferguson, Missouri for the sixth night in a row. Journalists are being threatened and detained—not arrested, so, God forbid, they will not have their day in court and force some semblance of legal reckoning—and therefore kept from performing their duties. These are duties which are, remember, firmly and unequivocally protected...
  • Amnesty International has come to Ferguson

    08/18/2014 12:19:33 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 47 replies
    WashPost ^ | 8-18-2014 | Abby Ohlheiser
    In an unusual move, the global rights organization Amnesty International has dispatched a delegation of observers and organizers to Ferguson, Mo., to provide direct support to community members and to observe the police response to protests. The 13-person delegation, which arrived late last week, was the first of its kind deployed by Amnesty within the United States, the organization said. The St. Louis suburb has been filled with unrest since since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed on Aug. 9 by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. That unrest intensified once again on Sunday, with reports...
  • Spain Arrests Freed Gitmo Captive Running Jihadist Recruitment Network

    06/20/2014 12:12:05 PM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 20, 2014
    In a story unlikely to receive attention from the mainstream media in the United States, a former Guantanamo Bay captive has been arrested in Spain for operating what authorities there say is a sophisticated jihadist recruitment network. Spanish media is reporting that the one-time Gitmo prisoner is a 46-year-old Moroccan named Lahcen Ikassrien, who heads an Islamic cell that recruits fighters for the Syrian and Iraqi-based terror group known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Ikassrien and seven others were arrested in Madrid recently as part of a dozen raids on terrorism cells in the Spanish capital,...
  • Ex-prostituted women blast UN and Amnesty International for trying to legalize prostitution

    03/25/2014 11:09:00 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    life site news ^ | Lisa Correnti
    NEW YORK, March 21, 2014 (C-FAM.org) - Women rescued from prostitution are criticizing UN agencies and Amnesty International for trying to legalize prostitution insisting legalization would lead to more girls being trafficked, and transform pimps into legitimate businessmen. “When [UN personnel] work in a brothel then will I listen to their argument,” said one former prostituted woman referring to the newly-created agency called UN Women. “What the hell are they [Amnesty International] thinking,” said Rachel Moran, a former prostituted woman from Ireland. Author of Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution, Moran refers to a leaked draft paper advocating for legalizing...
  • Louisiana's Longest-Serving Death Row Prisoner Walks Free After 30 Years

    03/12/2014 6:27:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed March 12, 2014 | Dana Ford
    There are many ways to measure 30 years, but for Glenn Ford, the yardstick is simple. "My sons -- when I left -- was babies. Now they grown men with babies," he said, speaking as a free man for the first time in nearly three decades. Ford, Louisiana's longest-serving death row prisoner, walked free Tuesday after spending nearly 30 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit. "My mind's going all kinds of directions, but it feels good," Ford, 64, told reporters outside the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, according to CNN affiliate WAFB.
  • Rights Groups Warn of Ethnic Cleansing of Muslims in Central African Republic

    02/14/2014 5:16:28 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb. 12, 2014 | Laura Smith-Spark
    Attempts to purge Muslims from parts of the war-torn Central African Republic have prompted "a Muslim exodus of historic proportions," rights group Amnesty International warned Wednesday. {snip}
  • Syria rebels 'beheaded a Christian and fed him to the dogs'

    06/16/2013 6:47:43 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 53 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19:41 EST, 30 December 2012 | Nick Fagge
    Syrian rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to dogs, according to a nun who says the West is ignoring atrocities committed by Islamic extremists. The nun said taxi driver Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped after his brother was heard complaining that fighters against the ruling regime behaved like bandits. She said his headless corpse was found by the side of the road, surrounded by hungry dogs. He had recently married and was soon to be a father.
  • Russian Authorities Raid 'Amnesty International' Offices

    03/25/2013 1:51:45 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9:50 AM, Mar 25, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    Russian authorities have reportedly raided offices of human rights group Amnesty International, according to the Associated Press. *****************************************snip*****************************************"Russian officials have searched up to 2,000 NGOs in the past month, according to Pavel Chikov, a member of the presidential human rights council."
  • The Children of Hannibal (MICHAEL J. TOTTEN)

    12/17/2012 11:22:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | MICHAEL J. TOTTEN
    The rich heritage of Tunisia, maybe the only place where the Arab Spring stands a chance Modern-day Tunisians, more Westernized than most Arabs, see themselves as descendants of the great Carthaginian general who invaded Italy. The Arab Spring began in Sidi Bouzid, a small Tunisian town, at the end of 2010. In a desperate protest against the corrupt and oppressive government that had made it impossible for him to earn a living, food-cart vendor Mohamed Bouazizi stood before City Hall, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match. His suicide seeded a revolutionary storm that swept the countryside and eventually...
  • Insight: Afghan women fade from White House focus as exit nears

    05/10/2012 9:09:39 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/10/2012 | Laura MacInnis and Amie Ferris-Rotman
    Shortly after sending U.S. troops to Afghanistan in October 2001, President George W. Bush focused so intently on freeing Afghan women from the shackles of Taliban rule that empowering them became central to the United States' mission there. More than a decade later, as his successor Barack Obama charts a way out of the unpopular war, Afghan girls are back in school, infant and maternal survival rates are up and a quarter of the parliament's seats are reserved for women who at least on paper have the same voting, mobility and other rights as men. But Obama rarely speaks about...
  • Spain police accused of rampant racial profiling by Amnesty International

    12/14/2011 11:49:04 PM PST · by Arthurio · 16 replies
    MADRID — Amnesty International on Wednesday accused Spanish authorities of using racial and ethnic profiling, with police singling out people who are not white in order to meet quotas. In a new report, the human rights group said some police stations in Madrid have weekly and monthly quotas for ID checks and detentions of immigrants not carrying residency papers or work permits, encouraging officers to target people belonging to ethnic minorities, even if they are living legally in Spain as residents or are citizens. “People who do not ‘look Spanish’ can be stopped by police as often as four times...
  • Arrest Bill Clinton! (Amnesty International is exposed as useful idiot hypocrites!)

    12/12/2011 3:28:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 12, 2011 | Marc A. Thiessen
    A true story: Several years ago, the CIA informed the White House counterterrorism adviser that it had located a wanted Islamic terrorist and requested White House guidance for how to proceed. The counterterrorism adviser recommended “extraordinary rendition” — snatching the terrorist in a covert operation and secretly whisking him away for interrogation in a foreign country. A White House lawyer demanded a meeting with the president to argue that this would be a violation of international law. In the Oval Office, the lawyer and the counterterrorism adviser argued their cases, when suddenly the vice president walked in. Hearing the lawyer’s...
  • Catholic Siena College Invites Pro-Abortion Speaker Widney Brown

    11/11/2011 8:42:04 AM PST · by concernedAmerican1 · 5 replies
    TFP Student Action ^ | 11-11-11 | John Ritchie
    Why would any Catholic college welcome a radical pro-abortionist?
  • North Dakota bishops: Catholics should not donate to ‘objectionable’ groups

    03/12/2011 7:40:38 PM PST · by Coleus · 11 replies
    CNA ^ | 03.11.11
    Catholics and Catholic organizations should not endorse organizations with “morally objectionable” missions, North Dakota’s bishops said, citing Amnesty International, the March of Dimes and Susan G. Komen for the Cure because of their links to abortion or unethical research. Bishops Paul A. Zipfel of Bismarck and Samuel J. Aquila of Fargo in a March 10 statement called upon pastors, clergy and the lay faithful to be prudent and just in making their charitable decisions, particularly on issues related to human life and marriage.  “All human life is sacred and must be protected,” the bishops said. “This is why we should...
  • Satellite Images of North Korea Prison Camps Find 200,000 Living as Slaves

    05/13/2011 7:59:32 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 23 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | Aaron Saenz
    No one really knows how bad it is, but it’s much worse than I thought possible. Piecing together information from satellite images and eye witness accounts, Amnesty International suspects that the horrific concentration camps in North Korea are growing. Some 200,000 people live as slaves – enduring starvation, torture, and rape while performing hard labor. Many die every year, only to be replaced by fresh bodies. Of those that survive, few will ever be released. Deemed ‘prisoners’, the victims of North Korea’s political pogroms are interned for the smallest criticisms of the regime of Kim Jong-Il, and when they are...
  • Afghan officer shoots dead US soldier

    05/12/2011 2:07:56 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 20 replies
    PressTV ^ | May 12th 2011 | Staff
    An Afghan policeman has shot dead an American soldier and wounded three others in the southern province of Helmand. A member of the Afghan national police opened fire on the Americans on Thursday during a full scale scuffle in the provincial capital city of Lashkar Gah, located about 555 kilometers (344 miles) south of Kabul, a Press TV correspondent reported. The shooting marks the second incident of its kind in less than a month. On April 27, a veteran Afghan army pilot opened fire on foreign troops at Kabul airport, killing eight US-led soldiers and a contractor. Several US-led foreign...
  • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PARTNER CAGEPRISONERS LYNCHES OBAMA (But they're Jihadists so it's OK)

    05/11/2011 10:36:08 AM PDT · by denydenydeny
    Here’s the latest from CagePrisoners, Moazzam Begg group that campaigns for Salafi jihadi prisoners. The article contains is a mocked-up photograph, showing the bloody corpse of Barack Obama, accompanied by text describing the future assassination of the President of the United States. The article was posted by Fahad Ansari, a solicitor who previously worked with the so-called Islamic Human Rights Commission, and who is now at CagePrisoners. Ansari is the man who described Anwar Al Awlaki, the man tipped to be Bin Laden’s replacement, as “inspirational“. Ansari previously wrote an article for CagePrisoners, in which he said of the death...
  • Blair used ‘war on terror’ to okay torture: Amnesty

    11/25/2005 8:10:24 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 3 replies · 145+ views
    The Independent ^ | 26 November 2005 | Ben Russell and Colin Brown
    LONDON — Tony Blair was accused yesterday of undermining decades of British campaigning for international human rights by using the war on terror to give a “green light” to torture. Amnesty International will today launch an unprecedented global campaign against the British government after ministers admitted that they would use information gained by torture to prevent attacks on the United Kingdom. Mike Gapes, Labour chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, reacted with anger after Ian Pearson, the Foreign Office minister responsible for human rights, said the government could not ignore evidence obtained under torture if it could prevent a...
  • AMNESTY OWES (US) AN APOLOGY

    11/02/2002 1:26:53 AM PST · by kattracks · 11 replies · 2+ views
    New York Post ^ | 11/02/02
    <p>November 2, 2002 -- Remember those hysterical charges early this year claiming that America was "torturing" and otherwise violating the human rights of Taliban and al Qaeda detainees at Camp X-Ray?</p> <p>Well, four of those prisoners have now been released, and you can hear the truth about America's "brutality" straight from the horse's mouth.</p>
  • More Afghan captives head for Cuba

    01/14/2002 1:59:26 AM PST · by Ada Coddington · 5 replies · 166+ views
    BBC ^ | 1/14/02 | unknown
    More Afghan captives head for Cuba Security at the base has been massively beefed up Another 30 Taleban and al-Qaeda prisoners have left Afghanistan by plane for Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, it is reported. The prisoners, who were shackled and had white caps covering their faces, boarded a C-17 transport plane at trhe US base in Kandahar, the Associated Press reports. Each prisoner was flanked by two US soldiers as they walked across the tarmac to the aircraft. Most lights at the US base were switched off and security was tight. The first group of 20 detainees arrived in Guantanamo ...
  • Taliban's detention

    01/23/2002 6:22:16 AM PST · by prometheus · 6 replies · 38+ views
    The Jarkarta Post ^ | January 23, 2001 | JOSEPH L. SPARTZ
    &nbsp; www.thejakartapost.com Print January 23, 2002 &nbsp; Taliban's detention The premature and hypocritical concern voiced by otherwise reputable international organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, Human Rights Watch or Amnesty International over detention conditions of Taliban and al-Qaeda prisoners at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba is not just utterly misplaced, but outright ridiculous. If given the choice, millions of destitute, hungry and freezing Afghan refugees would gladly change places with Taliban prisoners in their roofed, albeit open-air, wire cage accommodations with three square meals a day, medical attention, sanitary facilities, not to ...
  • Judge's 'doubts' over Cuba prisoner case

    01/22/2002 2:04:39 PM PST · by kattracks · 2 replies · 5+ views
    BBC ^ | 1/22/02
    An American judge has said he has "grave doubts" about whether he has the right to rule on the treatment of prisoners captured in Afghanistan and detained by the military in Cuba. A group of civil rights advocates is challenging the detention of 158 al-Qaeda and Taleban prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay naval base, saying it violates international law and the United States constitution. But during a 20-minute hearing in Los Angeles, District Judge Howard Matz did not rule on a petition from the groups demanding that the US Government identify the men, disclose specific reasons for their detention and ...
  • Detainees or POWs?

    01/24/2002 11:40:25 AM PST · by stop_fascism · 22 replies · 204+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/24/2002 | Mackubin Thomas Owens
    Detainees or POWs? Ancient distinctions. By Mackubin Thomas Owens is professor of strategy and force planning at the Naval War College in Newport. His views do no necessarily reflect those of any agency of the U.S. government. January 24, 2002 8:55 a.m. as President Bush's decision launch a "war against terrorism" in response to September 11 now hoisted the United States on its own petard? That would seem to be the case as international organizations and even officials of allied countries such as Great Britain have intensified criticism of the United States concerning its treatment of captured al Qaeda and ...
  • Mark Steyn: Racism is bad - so is self-delusion

    12/19/2005 3:57:45 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 60 replies · 2,649+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 12/20/05 | Mark Steyn
    What's the deal with these riots in Sydney? You switch on the television and there's scenes of urban conflagration and you think, "Hang on, I saw this story last month." But no. They were French riots. These are Australian riots. Entirely different. The French riots were perpetrated by - what's the word? - "youths". The Australian riots were perpetrated by "white youths". Same age cohort, but adjectivally enhanced. And, being "white youths", they thus offered "a chilling glimpse into the darker corners of Australian society", as Nick Squires put it last week, "with thousands of white youths rampaging through a...
  • Amnesty: prosecute Bush for admitted waterboarding

    11/10/2010 9:58:19 PM PST · by RC one · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 10,
    LONDON (Reuters) - The United States must prosecute former President George W. Bush for torture if his admission in a memoir that he authorized waterboarding holds true, rights group Amnesty International said on Wednesday.In "Decision Points," published this week, Bush defended his decision to authorize waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning condemned by some as torture.Bush said the practice was limited to three detainees and led to intelligence breakthroughs that thwarted attacks and saved lives. He told NBC in an interview to publicize the book that his legal adviser had told him it did "not fall within the anti-torture act."...
  • Amnesty International Official Calls Israel a ‘Scum State’

    08/26/2010 1:49:37 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 17 replies
    National Review Onlin ^ | 08/26/2010 | Benjamin Weinthal
    On Monday the head of Finland’s branch of Amnesty International, Frank Johansson, termed Israel a “scum state.” Writing in his blog, which appears on the Web site of Iltalehti, one of Finland’s largest newspapers, he based his characterization of Israel on his “own visit[s], which occurred during the 1970s and for the last time in the 1990s.” Johansson further justified his rhetoric toward Israel because he has previously invoked strong language against former Pres. George Bush on Finnish TV. He called Mr. Bush “the biggest executioner in the Western Hemisphere.” Turning Israel and the United States into whipping boys is...
  • Amnesty urges Saudi not to paralyse man

    08/20/2010 11:52:37 AM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 9 replies
    Breitbart - AFP ^ | Aug. 20, 2010 | AFP
    Amnesty International urged Saudi authorities on Friday not to medically paralyse a man in retribution for similar injuries he allegedly caused during a fight. The London-based group quoted reports that a court in the northwestern town of Tabuk had approached a number of hospitals to ask if they could cut the man?s spinal cord in retribution, as requested by the victim. "We urge the Saudi Arabian authorities not to carry out such a punishment, which amounts to nothing less than torture. While those guilty of a crime should be held accountable, intentionally paralysing a man in this way would constitute...
  • AI SLAMS Mexico Over Robbery, Rape, Murder of Immigrants

    04/30/2010 6:33:45 AM PDT · by foutsc · 6 replies · 323+ views
    Western Hero ^ | 30 April 2010 | Silverfiddle
    Note to Mexico:  Shut you stupid gob until you clean up your gross human rights abuses! Richest Irony of the Year:  A guy who calls himself "Felipe Calderon" and claims to be "President" of a country called "Mexico" criticized US immigration policies, saying the new Arizona law "opens the door to intolerance, hate, and discrimination." Now The Irony Part Next comes Amnesty International, with a damning report on the cruel human rights depredations inflicted upon immigrants passing through Mexico. Yahoo News plays it straight up: The group's report comes at a sensitive time for Mexico, which is protesting the passage...
  • Amnesty International to US: Spread the Wealth or You Violate Civil Rights

    04/19/2010 7:12:24 AM PDT · by WXRGina · 17 replies · 637+ views
    Dakota Voice ^ | April, 19, 2010 | Gina Miller
    So, Amnesty International is pushing us to embrace the UN in further enslaving our citizens under the guise of “humanitarian assistance.” Ironically, the overarching slogan of the Amnesty report is, “Demand Dignity.” But, where is the dignity in living on handouts? Where is the dignity in taking money that you haven’t earned? Receiving a little help when we’re down is one thing, but playing the system for your entire livelihood in another. There is no dignity in being a ward of the state.
  • Amnesty International and Jihad (Why is a human rights group working with a Taliban supporter?)

    04/16/2010 11:51:20 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 340+ views
    Online.WSJ.com - Opinion Europe ^ | APRIL 14, 2010, 5:00 P.M. ET | n/a
    OPINION EUROPE APRIL 14, 2010, 5:00 P.M. ET "Amnesty International and Jihad Why is a human rights group working with a Taliban supporter?" SNIPPET: "Amnesty International defines itself as "a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all." So why is the organization working hand-in-glove with one of the Taliban's most notorious defenders? That's a question serious human-rights campaigners are asking themselves in light of Amnesty's curious collaboration with Moazzam Begg. Mr. Begg is a British citizen and former Guantanamo detainee who, following his release in 2005, wrote a memoir and became director of a...
  • Amnesty International Comes Clean: We Have Sided with the Enemy of America

    04/03/2010 10:15:45 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 10 replies · 1,067+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | April 3, 2010 | John Stephenson
    “As a former Guantanamo detainee it was legitimate to hear his experiences, but as a supporter of the Taliban it was absolutely wrong to legitimise him as a partner,” Sahgal told The Sunday Times. ….. Andy McCarthy reports in disgust of their response: In response to the petition, AI Secretary-General Claudio Cordone has issued a letter in vigorous defense of AI’s collaboration with Begg and Cageprisoners. Steve Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism has the story, here. In the letter, Cordone states AI’s position outright: advocacy of “jihad in self defence” is not antithetical to human rights. That Islamists reserve unto...
  • Blackmail in the name of human rights for all

    03/14/2010 12:06:39 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 1 replies · 290+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 28 02 2010 | The Times of India
    A controversy centred on the human rights body Amnesty International is raging in Britain and it could be instructive for India. Earlier this month, Gita Sahgal, the head of the organization’s ‘gender unit’, publicly protested against its close association with Moazzam Beg, a British Islamist and former inmate of Guantanamo Bay. Beg, who had earlier migrated from Birmingham to Kabul because he was inspired by the Taliban, returned to Britain after his release from US custody in 2005. Exploiting the fierce anti-Bush mood in Europe after the invasion of Iraq, an unrepentant Beg founded Cageprisoners to campaign for the release...
  • Amnesty chief suspended after attacking group's links to 'Britain's most famous Taliban supporter'

    02/09/2010 12:20:44 PM PST · by La Lydia · 14 replies · 456+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | February 9, 2010
    A senior Amnesty International official has been suspended after attacking the human rights charity for allying itself with 'Britain's most famous supporter of the Taliban'. Gita Sahgal, head of the organisation's gender unit, branded Amnesty's links to former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg a 'gross error of judgment'. She was removed from her post within a few hours of her criticism...and now a bitter war of words is raging between the activist and her employer. Both have angrily defended their position over Mr Begg, 42, a Briton held at Guantanamo for three years until 2005 because of suspected links to...