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June 26, 2005

Compare and contrast

The effortless hypocrisy takes your breath away:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush, whose administration has been hit by accusations of prisoner abuse, said on Sunday that the United States was committed to the elimination of torture worldwide.
In a statement to mark United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Bush said: “Freedom from torture is an inalienable human right, and we are committed to building a world where human rights are respected and protected by the rule of law.”

Except where they aren’t:

(CBS/AP) – U.N. human rights experts seeking to visit the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay said Thursday they have reliable accounts that suspected terror detainees being held there have been tortured.
The four independent experts said the United States had not responded to their numerous requests to check on the conditions of terror suspects at the U.S. Naval base in Cuba, as well as U.S. facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places of detention.

And as I’ve written previously, U.N. human-rights investigators have now been trying—unsuccessfully—to visit Guantanamo for more than three years.

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