Saturday, April 3, 2010

Wherein Amnesty International continues to lose its moral bearings.

There is dissension in the ranks of AI. Key section:


A SENIOR official at Amnesty International has accused the charity of putting the human rights of Al-Qaeda terror suspects above those of their victims.
Gita Sahgal, head of the gender unit at Amnesty’s international secretariat, believes that collaborating with Moazzam Begg, a former British inmate at Guantanamo Bay, “fundamentally damages” the organisation’s reputation.
In an email sent to Amnesty’s top bosses, she suggests the charity has mistakenly allied itself with Begg and his “jihadi” group, Cageprisoners, out of fear of being branded racist and Islamophobic.
Sahgal describes Begg as “Britain’s most famous supporter of the Taliban”. He has championed the rights of jailed Al-Qaeda members and hate preachers, including Anwar al-Awlaki, the alleged spiritual mentor of the Christmas Day Detroit plane bomber.
Amnesty’s work with Cageprisoners took it to Downing Street last month to demand the closure of Guantanamo Bay. Begg has also embarked on a European tour, hosted by Amnesty, urging countries to offer safe haven to Guantanamo detainees. This is despite concerns about former inmates returning to terrorism.
Sahgal, who has researched religious fundamentalism for 20 years, has decided to go public because she feels Amnesty has ignored her warnings for the past two years about the involvement of Begg in the charity’s Counter Terror With Justice campaign.
“I believe the campaign fundamentally damages Amnesty International’s integrity and, more importantly, constitutes a threat to human rights,” Sahgal wrote in an email to the organisation’s leaders on January 30. “To be appearing on platforms with Britain’s most famous supporter of the Taliban, whom we treat as a human rights defender, is a gross error of judgment.”



It should also me noted that al-Awlaki was a mentor for the deranged Nidal Hasan, Fort Hood gunman.


Amnesty International is ‘damaged’ by Taliban link - Times Online

For More, read Andy McCarthy

For her courage in bringing this to the light, Ms. Sahgal was summarily canned (excuse me, I meant 'suspended') by AI. A petition protesting this move, and supporting Ms. Sahgal, was started, that while prefaced by the usual references to the evils of the American led Global War on Terror..

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man caused disaster..

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Islamic totalism...

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the really inconvenient truth..

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the movement that shall not be named..

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oh hell, you know what I'm talking about,

was quite critical of the move, and quite critical of the moral idiocy of siding with this man Begg, and his group "Cageprisoners", a thinly veiled jihadi group, using a thinly veiled "defensive" argument to justify at least some (read all) jihadi and terrorist activities. You know the argument, the one rehearsed over and over by Bin Laden himself. What is more, the head of AI, a Claudio Cordone, sanctioned said line of argument. The petitioners quite rightly point out that it is an all purpose rationale for beheadings, bombings of civilians, kidnappings, use of women and children as bombs, and etc..

Not that they had been receiving any funds from me recently, but should Amnesty ask for contributions, they will be informed as to where they may insert the request.