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Sunday, June 19, 2005

Amnesty International staffer asked ex Gulag prisoner to act as Gitmo-Gulag marketing gimmick

Several days ago I received a telephone call from an old friend who is a longtime Amnesty International staffer. He asked me whether I, as a former Soviet "prisoner of conscience" adopted by Amnesty, would support the statement by Amnesty's executive director, Irene Khan, that the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba is the "gulag of our time."

"Don't you think that there's an enormous difference?" I asked him.

"Sure," he said, "but after all, it attracts attention to the problem of Guantanamo detainees."
We'd already guessed Amnesty International's leadership has become a den of politically-driven leftists. Ironically (or predictably?) an ex Gulag prisoner has revealed they are even worse: leftist propagandists, venally asking someone they once helped to effectively lie about the Gulag system for Amnesty's anti-Gitmo marketing campaign.

If they keep this up, Amnesty will be considered by many a traitor to the US war effort and risking American lives with their inflammatory propaganda. So much for an organisation which once attracted supporters from both sides of the aisle for its letter writing campaigns to save 'prisoners of conscience'.

How long before Human Rights Watch falls?

Washington Post: No American 'Gulag'

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 6/19/2005 01:06:00 pm


Blogger Murray said...

"it attracts attention to the problem of Guantanamo detainees"

The only "problem" I have with this is that the terrorists are still alive.

6/19/2005 04:58:00 pm  
Blogger Roger said...

I think they need some new fact- checkers at the WashPost. That guy wrote that South Korea has a worse human rights record than what's happening at Guantanamo. I think he means North Korea. That is rather sloppy.

6/19/2005 07:16:00 pm  
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6/19/2005 07:16:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Roger, from what I've been told unofficially about South Korean justice (and Japanese justice), the statement in that article is probably correct.

And lets all remember South Korea under President Park Chung Hee...

6/19/2005 09:43:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Roger: Where's your blog gone?

6/19/2005 09:57:00 pm  
Blogger Roger said...

I cannot believe that someone would criticise the human rights record of the South with the beast lying over the border to the North. That is ridiculous. Even in the South's worst days they were far better than the North on a good day.
My blog has died. I am tinkering with a new one at www.siegementality.blogspot.com.
It will be daily-updated-journal type thing. I hope to keep it humorous and interesting, although there aint much happening there yet.

6/20/2005 10:03:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Oh I agree, but maybe the author was trying to point out many supposedly enlightened countries treat their citizens worse than the Gitmo prisoners.

6/20/2005 01:48:00 pm  

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