Thursday, June 09, 2005

The Loss Of Journalistic Integrity

All the media, including the blogosphere, have reported Amnesty International's pronouncing Gitmo "a gulag." Some of the media have pointed out Rule 18 of the al-Qaeda manual; this rule states "You must claim you were tortured."

But in the June 13, 2005 edition of U.S. News & World Report, John Leo brings a whole new twist to the Amnesty-International-Declares story in his commentary "Stories Not Told." :

"[An] omission marred the reporting of Amnesty International's report charging torture in U.S. detainment camps. The group didn't just call Guantanamo a 'gulag,' an over-the-top remark that was universally reported. In a press release that most reporters ignored, the group also invited foreign governments to snatch certain visiting American officials off the streets and bring them to trial for crimes against humanity. The suggested snatchees, should they travel abroad, were President Bush, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former CIA Director George Tenet, and other unnamed civilian and military officials. Amnesty International said that 'all states have a responsibility to investigate and prosecute people responsible for these crimes,' just as the British pounced on Augusto Pinochet in London in 1998. The snatching recommendation wasn't new, but the Amnesty press release is a useful reminder of the dangers of signing on to the International Criminal Court."


At 6/09/2005 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I would love to see AI attempt to snatch any high ranking US official "off the street." They would find several 9mm rounds dispensed at them by agents of the US Secret Service, no doubt protruding from places unmentionable.

No guts, no glory Amnesty International -- go for it.


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