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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

More about the American (and British) War on Freedom

Following on from my recent post on the Supreme Court ruling that political prisoners in the American Gulag have human rights after all, here are a few more relevant pieces which bring various aspects of the affair into focus.

Firstly, that it's not just Guantanamo but a huge collection of secret prisons, some established illegally on British soil. Did we complain at our violated sovereignty? Come on, people, this is Blair we're talking about: the torture of a few brown-skinned minions was never going to get him excited, especially if he could pretend it gave him influence with Dubya, or if it made him money. Brown seems to have simply followed the Blair line since taking office: easier than having original thoughts.

Next, that the US Government allows Chinese torturers to torture Chinese dissidents held at Guantanamo. Well, free trade is a two-way street: if other countries get American business out of torturing American dissidents in their countries, it seems only fair that the US should make a profit out of helping the Chinese suppress the Uyghurs.

Finally, a reminder that many if not all of those confined and tortured at Guantanamo are not only innocent but known by the US government to be innocent. (And more here.) So what? It's all about sending the signal that Bush is tough on terrorism, not about catching or punishing terrorists. Which is why after the billions of dollars spent invading Iraq and torturing half the population of Asia, the USA is no nearer to capturing Osama bin Laden than it ever was.


At 17 June, 2008 16:20, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Idon't like reading your posts. You show how screwed up our government is. (stuff we don't see in our news or papers here)

At 19 June, 2008 20:17, Blogger Rob said...

Joe - very often the stuff I link to is from US sources (as with the Ted Rall article here). While we get some of it in papers like the Guardian you won't find too much exposure of the Guantanamo situation (and so on) on the BBC or most of the British papers either. The odd item, that's all.

And our government, especially under Blair, has been helping yours all the way, so I don't feel you need to feel too bad about it.

At 19 June, 2008 20:22, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Oh, been waiting for this news to come out. They waited long enough



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