Amnesty USA has been relentless in it's criticism of US policies regarding the Guantanamo Bay prisoner camp and now it turns out that the leaders of Amnesty USA have financially supported members of the Democratic Party:
The top leadership of Amnesty International USA, which unleashed a blistering attack last week on the Bush administration's handling of war detainees, contributed the maximum $2,000 to Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign.There was a time when I respected most international organizations by default but that time is now long gone.
Federal Election Commission records show that William F. Schulz, executive director of Amnesty USA, contributed $2,000 to Mr. Kerry's campaign last year. Mr. Schulz also has contributed $1,000 to the 2006 campaign of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat.
For Amnesty USA to refer to the camp at Guantanamo Bay as a "gulag" is not only insulting to us today but it is particularly insulting to those who have died or suffered in the gulags of the old Soviet Union. The vast majority of the prisoners in Cuba in no way qualify for protections under the Geneva Convention. That is a fact.
A person can of course state that keeping the prisoners in Guantanamo may not be in the best interests of U.S. goals but to claim that U.S. actions there are against international law is absurd.
And as an amusing experiment, I wonder if any leaders of Amnesty USA or Amnesty International has made any public statements encouraging world leaders to charge members of the Taliban with war crimes? Have they done anything similar regarding Saddam Hussein?