How the world views US response to Gtmo suicides


Richard Moore

Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 10:32:34 -0500 (CDT)
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Subject: USA re Gtmo suicides / USA = new nazis
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Subject: World condemns Graffy and Harris
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 00:33:47 -0700
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US retreat on Guantanamo deaths

13 June 2006, (AP) -excerpts

US claims that the suicides of three Guantanamo Bay prisoners were a 
PR stunt or an act of warfare have drawn international criticism and 
prompted Washington to distance itself from the statements.

Sean McCormack, the US state department spokesman, told reporters on 
Monday: "We would not say that it was a PR stunt.

Colleen Graffy, the deputy assistant secretary of state for public 
diplomacy, had said earlier that the deaths "certainly [are] a good 
PR move to draw attention".

And Navy Rear Admiral Harry Harris had said he believed that the 
suicides were an "act of asymmetric warfare against us" rather than 
an act of desperation.

Le Monde (France): Graffy's comments "illustrate the gulf which 
separates American authorities from the rest of the world on this 
sinister question".

The Guardian (UK): Harris's remarks "cold and odious".

Amnesty International: Graffy's comment "shows a chilling disregard 
for human life" and said it was "deeply concerned" by Harris's remark.

The International Federation for Human Rights: shocked by the 
American officials' statements "shameful and revolting".

The Daily Mail (UK) a right-wing tabloid: the officials had spoken 
"with utter insensitivity to world opinion" in an editorial headlined 
"From the high moral ground to the gutter."

El Mundo (Spain): Graffy and Harris comments "gruesome".


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