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Hannity Goes After Amnesty International

Reported by Deborah - May 31, 2005

Michael Ratner,Center for Constitutional Rights, came on H&C to talk about the comment made by Amnesty International in their annual report comparing Guantanamo to a Gulag. Unfortunatly, Hannity wouldn't even talk about the issue with Ratner preferring to focus on Amnesty International "giving aid and comfort to the enemy." Ratner finally said, "If you're not going to talk about it,then what am I doing here?"

Each time Michael Ratner tried to talk about how so many people have been held without trial at Gitmo, Hannity would ask "You like FDR?" or say "I don't want to talk about that."When Hannity realized that Ratner was not going to fold he diverted with a "You Guys" line
"You guys all hate George W Bush and accuse him of atrocities..."

When Colmes arrived, the message that Hannity was trying to avoid came through. Ratner told viewers that people need to know about the abuse going on authorized by Donald Rumsfeld adding that much of the torture is now being outsourced as well. Colmes added that we need to be self critical and correct this problem. Ratner emphasized that this was not a good message to be sending to the world adding that the Koran stories turned out to be true.

Hannity needing the last word blurted. "We gave them the Koran. You are giving aid and comfort to the enemy."

Comment: Hannity has no defense for this abomination so he cries traitor whenever someone speaks up. Although a powerful intimidation tool, this is losing effectiveness quickly.Cheney lashed out at Amnesty International yesterday on Larry King and today Bush called the allegations "absurd". We are being shamed and diminished by this arrogant refusal to accept responsibility for our mistakes and the consequences will only get worse.

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