The Bush Administration Was For Amnesty International Before It Was Against It via Think Progress: Tonight, Vice President Cheney will appear on CNN&#
May 30, 2005

The Bush Administration Was For Amnesty International Before It Was Against It

via Think Progress: Tonight, Vice President Cheney will appear on CNN’s Larry King Live and reportedly condemn a recent Amnesty International report that faults the U.S. for its treatment of detainees in the war on terror. Cheney has said: For Amnesty International to suggest that somehow the United States is a violator of human rights, I frankly just don’t take them seriously.

On March 27, 2003, Rumsfeld said: We know that it’s a repressive regime…Anyone who has read Amnesty International or any of the human rights organizations about how the regime of Saddam Hussein treats his people…

The next day, Rumsfeld even cited his “careful reading” of Amnesty: It seems to me a careful reading of Amnesty International or the record of Saddam Hussein, having used chemical weapons on his own people as well as his neighbors, and the viciousness of that regime, which is well known and documented by human rights organizations, ought not to be surprised.

And on April 1, 2003, Rumsfeld said once again: If you read the various human rights groups and Amnesty International’s description of what they know has gone on, it’s not a happy picture.

So TP nails the Bush Administration on their flip flops yet again.

Talk Left has more: Bush Calls Amnesty Report 'Absurd'

That's our leader, in denial, as always. At a press conference today, George Bush called the Amnesty International report on Guantanamo abuse (pdf) "absurd."

David Corn responds. If anything is absurd, it's that the Bush Administration has held 70,000 persons prisoner during its war on terror.

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