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  • pkptrader pkptrader Jan 14, 2005 8:46 AM Flag

    Prison abuse hurt U.S. moral authority

    U.S. moral authority hurt by prison abuses, rights group says

    Friday, January 14, 2005 - Page A11
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    UNITED NATIONS -- Washington's moral authority in the war on terrorism has been undermined by the abuse of prisoners in Iraq and the secretive detention and coercive techniques used against prisoners elsewhere, Human Rights Watch said in a report yesterday.

    The international monitor said human rights suffered a serious setback worldwide in 2004 as a result of the Abu Ghraib scandal and the failure of the global community to protect victims of ethnic massacres in the Darfur region of Sudan.

    Human Rights Watch executive director Ken Roth said the massacres in Darfur and murderous attacks against civilians in other countries were clearly more heinous than the U.S. abuse of prisoners.

    However, he said the United States has set itself up as the defender of human rights around the world, adding that when it fails to adhere to long-established standards, it lends seeming legitimacy to repressive practices pursued by other governments in the name of security.

    "In the midst of a seeming epidemic of suicide bombings, beheadings and other attacks on civilians and noncombatants -- all affronts to the most basic human-rights values -- Washington's weakened moral authority is felt acutely," Mr. Roth said in the 2005 report, which covers human-rights abuses in 64 countries.

    Human Rights Watch is an independent non-governmental organization that has been critical of repressive regimes on both the right and the left of the political spectrum, and of both Israel and Muslim states.

    In a news conference at United Nations headquarters yesterday, Mr. Roth urged the U.S. government to establish an independent panel to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the Abu Ghraib scandal and for similar abuses of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and other secret detention facilities around the globe.

    He acknowledged, however, that the Bush administration appears unrepentant, noting that President George W. Bush has nominated his former chief counsel, Alberto Gonzales, to become attorney-general, despite memos from Mr. Gonzales that justified the use of torture and derided as "quaint" and "obsolete" the Geneva Conventions' that set limitations on interrogation and treatment of prisoner combatants.

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    • So I guess that beheadings and murders by the terriorists in Iraq does not hurt their moral authority. I am not sure why you posted this article or if you are trying to attack both the war on terror and the Bush administration. For one, I am glad that that Bush is "unrependant" as I have been critical of the way the US is fighting this war. The goal should be to eradicate (yes, I mean kill) as many of these terrorists as possible without remorse. That means fighting a less poilitically correct war and developing hunter/killer teams to destroy the terrorists one by one and to end this conflict.

      I'd rather be fighting these Al-Qaeda maniacs in Iraq then on the streets of New York. We need to committ more resources and troops to defeating the terrorists. Who cares about a bunch of third world socialists in the UN whose only desire is to see the US fall as a world power.

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