Monday, June 06, 2005


CST: Amnesty recants "gulag" - June 6

Relying on a "Fox News Sunday" interview by host Chris Wallace of William Schulz, director of Amnesty International USA, the Chicago Sun Times says today the agency has backed off its characterization of the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, military prison as a "gulag".

Schulz responded to Wallace by saying, "Clearly, this is not an exact or a literal analogy, and the secretary general has acknowledged that."

"In size and in duration, there are not similarities between U.S. detention facilities and the gulag," Schulz said. "People are not being starved in those facilities. They're not being subjected to forced labor."

Schulz maintained that some similarities did exist, saying the United States keeps a network of prisons worldwide, "many of them secret prisons into which people are being literally disappeared." In some cases, he said, prisoners are being tortured and killed.

Chicago Sun Times full story.

D.H.: It seems to me a better headline might have been "Amnesty says Gulag similarities, differences exist with Gitmo." But maybe that wouldn't fit the space. We gotta get people to read this stuff we write, after all.

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