From Bush’s news conference:
I’m aware of the Amnesty International report, and it’s absurd. It’s an absurd allegation.
The United States is a country that promotes freedom around the world. When there’s accusations made about certain actions by our people, they’re fully investigated in a transparent way.
It’s just an absurd allegation.
In terms of, you know, the detainees, we’ve had thousands of people detained. We’ve investigated every single complaint against the detainees.
It seemed like to me they based some of their decisions on the word of and the allegations by people that were held in detention, people who hate America, people that have been trained in some instances to disassemble, that means not tell the truth.
BUSH: And so it was an absurd report. It just is.
Disassemble means ‘to take apart’. I suppose the word he meant was ‘dissemble,’ but for crying out loud, can’t he get some speechwriters that can write things that he can read?
Just saying that they’ve had ‘thousands of people’ detained doesn’t answer the Amnesty International charges. In fact it’s part of what Amnesty International is using in their charges – that the US has had thousands of people detained without giving them any formal status! And we’re happy to know that they’ve examined all the complaints against the detainees, but what the report is about is complaints by the detainees.
And we wouldn’t have to go on the word of these ‘people who hate America’ if there had been independent observers in Gitmo who did not presumably hate America. There’s normally a presence of lawyers there now, but that was not the case for some time.
It’s obvious that this is just an absurd charge, of course, just absurd! Why? It just is.
A lovely example of an intelligent dialogue with the American people.Powered by Sidelines