Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Slight difference of opinion on Guantanamo

Amnesty International today charged that torture and inhumane treatment are ''widespread'' in U.S.-run detention centers in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cuba and elsewhere.
It said that while Washington has sought to blame abuses that have recently come to light on ``aberrant soldiers and lack of oversight,'' much ill-treatment stemmed from officially sanctioned interrogation procedures and techniques.
This came after U.S. officials said, in effect, they’d love to let many of the detainees go but are continuing to hold them for their own good.
A long-running effort by the Bush administration to send home many of the terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been stymied in part because of concern among United States officials that the prisoners may not be treated humanely by their own governments, officials said.
Can both statements be true at the same time? Ask George Orwell.

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