Several days ago I received a telephone call from an old friend who is a longtime Amnesty International staffer. He asked me whether I, as a former Soviet "prisoner of conscience" adopted by Amnesty, would support the statement by Amnesty's executive director, Irene Khan, that the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba is the "gulag of our time."
"Don't you think that there's an enormous difference?" I asked him.
"Sure," he said, "but after all, it attracts attention to the problem of Guantanamo detainees."
Even AI people know that Gitmo isn't a gulag, and it doesn't even come close. But they're more than happy to lie, slander and smear the USA if it suits their needs. Amnesty International has become nothing more than a cheap political organization, which is sad if you consider the good they used to do. But now?
They're worthless. And people are starting to recognize that fact.