There is a misleading headline on Amnesty International’s stance on Guantanamo. It suggests that AI has backed off of charges that there is a gulag-style atmosphere at Guantanamo when in fact there isn’t. On FOX News Sunday, AI Executive Director William Schulz said he didn’t know the extent of the abuse. That out-of-context quote made the headline rather than:
–The massive secrecy surrounding the operation, which was what is remark was aimed at;
–His drawing of parallels between the Soviet Union and Guantanamo even as he noted there were differences as well;
–His suggestion that the US might be holding other detainees at other secret locations.
This is an example of lazy journalism. This kind of sloppy journalism is what has caused the Bush administration to continue their oppressive policies in Iraq and elsewhere.