Monday, June 25, 2012

America's Shameful Human Rights Record

Jimmy Carter wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times in which he explains the sad state of the United States' human rights record. A few of his points are listed below

Source: New York Times

THE United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights.

Top officials are targeting people to be assassinated abroad,including American citizens.
As a result, our country can no longer speak with moral authority on these critical issues.

Recent legislation has made legal the president's right to detain a person indefinitely on suspicion of affiliation with terrorist organizations or "associated forces."

Recent laws have canceled the restraints in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to allow warrantless wiretapping and government mining of our electronic communications.

Any man killed by drones is declared an enemy terrorist,the death of nearby innocent women and children is accepted as inevitable.

The detention facility at Guantanamo Bay,Cuba,now houses 169 prisoners. About half have been cleared for release. Some have been tortured by waterboarding more than 100 times or intimidated with semiautomatic weapons,power drills or threats to sexually assault their mothers.

As concerned citizens, we must persuade Washington to reverse course and regain moral leadership according to international human rights norms that we had officially adopted as our own and cherished throughout the years.

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