Bush administration flip flops: Amnesty International: Bush Administration Documents

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The following are Bush Administration Documents and US Congressional Citations related to the main article Bush administration flip flops: Amnesty International (AI):

White House Documents

Department of Defense Documents

Department of State Documents

Note: There are far too many to reference properly in this format.

"We work with Amnesty International. We listen to Amnesty International. We have close ties. We talk to them all the time, share information."

US Congressional Citations

The U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives had their share of persons who were quite happy to cite Amnesty International as a justification for the Iraq War:

"Amnesty International reports 'Detainees have been threatened with bringing in a female relative, especially the wife or the mother, and raping her in front of the detainee. Some of these threats have been carried out.'"

Senator Asa Hutchinson (R-Arkansas), Discussion of US Senate Authorization of the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq, Congressional Record (Senate), October 9, 2002.

"Amnesty International reported that in October 2000, Iraq executed dozens of women on charges of prostitution. Amnesty also reported the decapitation of numerous women accused of crimes with victims heads displayed in front of homes for several days. They further reported that the female relatives of prisoners are often raped as part of their torture."
"In total, the respected human rights group Amnesty International reports that Iraq failed to account for 16,000 people held in its custody."
Congressman Mark Steven Kirk (R-Illinois 10th)
"This is one of the most repressive regimes in the world. Amnesty International has reported that Iraq is the country with the greatest number of people missing or unaccounted for."
Congressman Ed Royce (R-California 40th)

Further Consideration of H. RES. 114, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution Of 2002, Congressional Record (House), October 8, 2002.

"A lot of people do not think of Saddam Hussein as a terrorist, but if you measure the severity of terrorism by the number of people someone has tortured or murdered, certainly no one can hold a candle to Saddam Hussein. In 1983, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International documented that he executed 8,000 of his own Kurdish citizens aged 13 and older. In 1985, it is reported they executed 315 children between the ages of 8 and 17. In 1988--we all remember this very well because that is when he set a record. We believe it is an all-time record that holds to this day. He murdered, in one day, 5,000 of his own citizens using a chemical that produces the most torturous kind of death, where your eyeballs are fried and your lungs are actually fried. There was mustard gas and other chemicals. That was in 1988. Then they talked about the 60 villages--Human Rights Watch--attacked with mustard gas. Women, children, it did not make any difference.
In 1990, Amnesty International listed 38 new methods of torture used by Saddam Hussein including mock execution, piercing of the hands with electric drills, electric shocks, sexual abuse, lowering the victims into baths of acid.:

Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Commending the President and the Armed Forces of the United States of America, Congressional Record (Senate), March 20, 2003

It should be noted that Inhofe complained about the Senate Investigation into the abuses at Abu Ghraib stating on May 11, 2004, entered onto the official Senate record,

"...as I watched the -- this outrage, this outrage everyone seems to have about the treatment of these prisoners, I was, I have to say -- and I'm probably not the only one up at this table that is more outraged by the outrage than we are by the treatment." - [1]

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