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The Exempt Media's love affair with Amnesty International suddenly become more understandable when AI's executive director, William Schulz, responded to questions about the use of the "gulag" analogy to Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo. When asked to defend its allegation, Schulz said he didn't know that it was accurate, but he also didn't know that it was:
Despite highly publicized charges of U.S. mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo, the head of the Amnesty International USA said on Sunday the group doesn't "know for sure" that the military is running a "gulag."
Executive Director William Schulz said Amnesty, often cited worldwide for documenting human rights abuses, also did not know whether Secretary Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved severe torture methods such as beatings and starvation.
Schulz recently dubbed Rumsfeld an "apparent high-level architect of torture" in asserting he approved interrogation methods that violated international law.
"It would be fascinating to find out. I have no idea," Schulz told "Fox News Sunday."
In other words, Amnesty International's reoprt consists of nothing but conjecture and opinikon, not fact. It's a startling admission of the threshold used by the once highly-regarded watchdog group. They've compiled their report and their accusations based on assumptions. In fact, despite their earlier allegations, Schulz admitted that he has no idea whether the International Red Cross has been given access to all prisoners at Guantanamo, let alone other military detention facilities.
No wonder the American media loves Amnesty International -- they use the same editorial thresholds for publication. Just like Newsweek, AI apparently feels that any rumor that matches the preconceived notion of its publisher merits reporting as fact to its readers.Sphere It View blog reactions
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