Monday, February 13, 2006

Another Flawed UN Gitmo Report

I’m not sure which is more laughable. The fact that the UN issued a report critical of Gitmo or that the Press treats the report as credible.

U.N.: U.S. tortures Guantanamo detainees

A U.N. investigation has concluded that the United States committed acts amounting to torture at Guantanamo Bay, including force-feeding detainees and subjecting them to prolonged solitary confinement, according to a draft report obtained Monday.

Let’s, for the moment, ignore that fact that force feeding and solitary confinement for Al Qaeda terrorists isn’t going to outrage a whole lot of Americans. Who actually wrote this report?

U.S. officials rejected the report, saying it was riddled with errors and treated statements from detainees’ lawyers as fact.

No surprise there.

The report from five U.N. human rights experts also recommended the United States close Guantanamo Bay and revoke all special interrogation techniques authorized by the Department of Defense.

Ah ha, another clue. Five UN human rights experts? Who could they be?

It accused the United States of violating the detainees’ rights to a fair trial, to freedom of religion and to health.

Cry me a river.

The five U.N. experts have mandates that cover torture, freedom of religion, health, independent judiciary and arbitrary detention. They started working together in June 2004 to monitor conditions at Guantanamo Bay.

They were appointed to their three-year terms by the 53-nation U.N. Human Rights Commission, the global body’s top rights watchdog.

Eureka! We found it. The vaunted U.N. Human Rights Commission, which can claim about as many terrorists members as Hamas. Here comes the kicker.

The draft report, which will be presented to the next session of the human rights commission, dismissed the U.S. claim that the war on terror constitutes an armed conflict.

Well, what the heck is it? A sporting event?! And get this…

U.S. officials faulted the experts for rejecting an invitation to visit Guantanamo Bay, saying it fundamentally undermined the accuracy of their findings.

The five brains behind the report have never set foot in Gitmo. Shame on the U.N. Nice job of making your organization more irrelevant.