Sunday, June 05, 2005

Amnesty International USA Chief Admits Charges Against Gitmo Are Unfounded

Even though Amnesty International head Irene Zubaida Khan has already made wild and irresponsible charges against the US, calling the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay a "gulag", William Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International USA, said that they don't "know for sure" that Gitmo is a "gulag". From Reuters:
Executive Director William Schulz said Amnesty, often cited worldwide for documenting human rights abuses, also had no information about whether Secretary Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved severe torture methods such as beatings and starvation.

Schulz recently dubbed Rumsfeld an "apparent high-level architect of torture" in asserting he approved interrogation methods that violated international law.

"It would be fascinating to find out. I have no idea," Schulz told "Fox News Sunday."

A weeks-long dispute has raged since Amnesty compared the prison for foreign terrorism suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the vast, brutal Soviet gulag system of forced labor camps in which millions of prisoners died.
We should all thank Schulz for finally admitting that Amnesty International has simply been making irresponsible accusations for which they have no evidence. Schulz was trying to divert criticism to AI's London office, which issued the "gulag" statement.