Sunday, June 05, 2005

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL IS BECOMING A punchline to a bad joke. After publicly flogging the U.S. for running a modern "gulag," accusing the Bush administration of being "architects of torture," and of course giving terrorists some nice public relations and recruiting tools along the way, they now say they aren't sure about any of it.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite highly publicized charges of U.S. mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo, the head of the Amnesty International USA said on Sunday the group doesn't "know for sure" that the military is running a "gulag."

Executive Director William Schulz said Amnesty, often cited worldwide for documenting human rights abuses, also did not know whether Secretary Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved severe torture methods such as beatings and starvation.

Schulz added though, that it would be "fascinating to find out."

Note to Schulz: First you find out, then you publish the report. Not the other way around.

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