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["Withiel", as you strange people* seem to insist on calling him, got me to join. I shall assume this is a good thing. Hi.]
*This is not a bad thing
As people may already have seen, Amnesty International's latest report described Guantánamo Bay as "the gulag of our times" and claimed, in short, that US human rights violations in the name of the "War on Terror" were fostering abuses across the world; all this further convinces me that I want to be Irene Khan if I grow up. Anyway, Dick Cheney responded today by saying that they Hurt His Feelings.
"Frankly, I was offended by it," Cheney said in the videotaped interview. "For Amnesty International to suggest that somehow the United States is a violator of human rights, I frankly just don't take them seriously."
Cheney said detainees at Guantanamo "have been well treated, treated humanely and decently."
"Occasionally there are allegations of mistreatment," Cheney said. "But if you trace those back, in nearly every case, it turns out to come from somebody who had been inside and released to their home country and now are peddling lies about how they were treated."
*deep breath* That sort of statement should only really require pointing-and-laughing, but in the spirit of spreading information: Hmm. And hmm. And again, hmm. But then, maybe Cheney's definition of "humanely" is not the same as our Earth definition.
Personally, I'm convinced the only reason nobody's tried to assassinate Bush yet is that they got halfway out of the door before realising it would make Cheney president.
On a completely different note, linkage for anyone needing further proof that the growing liberalisation of Western society since the 1960s can only be a good thing: scans from a book given to teenage girls in the early '50s on how to be the perfect woman. With, apparently, no brain. We've come a long way.