Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Floating gulag

Not content with Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and Bagram, it seems the US is also running a secret, floating gulag, indefinitely imprisoning terrorist suspects on military vessels at sea in order to keep them beyond the reach of both the Red Cross and international law. The allegations come from the UN special rapporteur on torture, and he wants a full investigation as well as a list of all detainees so that their status can be examined.

The special rapporteur is also trying to investigate allegations of torture at Guantanamo, but is being stalled by American authorities. He'll probably receive the same treatment here. Which really does make it look like the Americans have something to hide...


... or maybe the UN Special Rapporteur is an irrelevant flunky of a cynical organization whose sole significant purpose in the world is to serve the economic and political interests of countries other than America while singing pretty songs about global harmony, and we're giving him precisely the treatment he merits.

Jason G. Williscroft
The Dead Hand

Posted by Anonymous : 6/30/2005 01:51:00 AM

... or maybe the UN Special Rapporteur represents most of the other two hundred countries on the Globe which have legitimate economic and political interests that may differ, quite reasonably, from those of America - a country, it should be noted, that sings pretty songs about freedom and democracy while laying waste to south-west Asian cities and killing uncounted numbers of innocent civilians.

Posted by Anonymous : 6/30/2005 07:17:00 PM