Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Bush Eye

June 16, 2001:

"I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy….I was able to get a sense of his soul." —George W. Bush, after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin

From Human Rights Watch:

Russian Government Targeting Rights Activists Working on Chechnya

(New York, January 22, 2005)—Alleged pro-Russian forces in Chechnya have abducted a Chechen human rights defender, Makhmut Magomadov, Human Rights Watch said today. The abduction follows raids in recent weeks by Russian law enforcement on two human rights groups that work on Chechnya.

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President Bush in Iraq, June 13, 2006:

"Today I have come to not only thank you but to look Prime Minister Maliki in the eyes, to determine whether or not he is as dedicated to a free Iraq as you are," Mr. Bush said to the troops, many of whom held up cameras to take a picture of him. "And I believe he is."

Abuse Cited In 2nd Jail Operated by Iraqi MinistryOfficial Says 12 Prisoners Subjected to 'Severe Torture'
By Ellen KnickmeyerWashington Post Foreign ServiceMonday, December 12, 2005; A01
BAGHDAD, Dec. 11 -- An Iraqi government search of a detention center in Baghdad operated by Interior Ministry special commandos found 13 prisoners who had suffered abuse serious enough to require medical treatment, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Sunday night.
An Iraqi official with firsthand knowledge of the search said that at least 12 of the 13 prisoners had been subjected to "severe torture," including sessions of electric shock and episodes that left them with broken bones.


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