The human rights group Amnesty International criticized the procedures behind the sentencing and called for the journalists’ immediate release. “No access to lawyers, no due process, no transparency: the North Korean judicial and penal systems are more instruments of suppression than of justice,” said Roseann Rife, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific deputy director.Sound familiar? Yeah, well, that's OK; the U.S. is exceptional, the "indispensable nation," and when we hold people indefinitely, without even a show trial, without even charges, but with some torture thrown in just for grins and giggles, that's no problem. Because our intentions are good. If you need proof, just ask us -- we'll tell you. But be sure you ask politely. Nine-eleven changed everything, and don't you forget it.
Monday, June 08, 2009
No, Really ... Pot, Meet Kettle
As IOZ points out, the North Korean justification for keeping the two journalists in the jug is at least as good as our supervisors' reasons for keeping the clientele of Guantanamo Bay, and Bagram, and who-knows-how-many places whose names we haven't heard. From the story he links: