By now, everyone is aware of the "gulag" description of the Guantanamo Detention Center and the accusation that the Bush administration are "architects of torture," by Amnesty International, but NewsMax is reporting that AI may have insured the release of a known terrorist, involved with the planning of 9/11, just two months after the attack.
Just two months after the World Trade Center was destroyed, Amnesty issued one of its "URGENT ACTION" reports on behalf of Ahmed Hikmat Shakir, who was then being detained by Jordanian security forces in connection with a planning session for the 9/11 attacks.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Amnesty complained that Shakir was being held in "incommunicado detention and is at risk of torture or ill-treatment." Saddam Hussein - the only Mideast leader to publicly praise the 9/11 attacks - also weighed in on Shakir's behalf.
"Pressure from Amnesty and Saddam Hussein worked," the Journal said. "Mr. Shakir was released and hasn't been seen since."
Amazing. AI and Hussein working together to insure the release of a terrorist just weeks after the 9/11 attack. Is it possible that AI wants Gitmo closed down because they are fearful of occupying a cell or two?
I don't understand how anyone can possibly continue to defend the actions of Amnesty International. They have become deeply involved in the war on terror, and have done so on the wrong side. If we still knew how to fight wars in this country, they would be expelled from our shores immediately.