America sets Human Rights Example

18 12 2006

The New York Times has a story about Mr. Vance, who was an American citizen being held at the high security detention facility in Baghdad. 

The fluorescent lights in his cell were never turned off, he said. At most hours, heavy metal or country music blared in the corridor. He said he was rousted at random times without explanation and made to stand in his cell. Even lying down, he said, he was kept from covering his face to block out the light, noise and cold. And when he was released after 97 days he was exhausted, depressed and scared.

Provided Mr. Vance’s allegations are true, this goes to show that things have not improved since the Abu Ghraib scandal. 

 Mr. Vance plans to sue Mr. Rumsfeld for violation of his civil liberties. 

At Abu Ghraib I was willing to say that it might very well be just a few bad apples – now I’m not so sure that the entire crop isn’t rotten.

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