Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Uighurs get the shaft from our freedom loving president.

The WaPo reports today:

"Attorneys for a group of Chinese Muslims held for nearly five years in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, filed suit yesterday, asking that the men be released immediately and alleging that they have been held as part of a political deal between the United States and China.

The lawyers -- Sabin Willett and Susan Baker Manning -- allege in the court documents that their clients' detention was one of several demands the Chinese government solicited in mid-2002 as the United States was seeking global support for toppling Saddam Hussein."

Selling out human rights for the march of freedom. That would never happen, right?

Colin Mackerras writing for the Atimes Online confirms the contention that the Bush administration sold the Uighurs out to make friendly with the Chinese.

"The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington heightened the general fear of terrorism in Xinjiang. In January 2002, the government released a long report accusing terrorist forces fighting for an independent Uighur state of having been responsible for more than 200 terrorist incidents in Xinjiang between 1990 and 2001. . . The US Department of State commented with a forked tongue: its counter-terrorism office was generally sympathetic toward China's position, even commending it for taking concrete actions against terrorism, but its human-rights section continued to condemn discrimination against Uighurs in Xinjiang and any action it saw as a human-rights abuse."

Erkin Dolat wrote in September 2002 for the Atimes that:

"The United States government has officially placed the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), an obscure group even most Uighurs know nothing about, on its Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) list. US Deputy State Secretary Richard Armitage on Monday announced this decision in Beijing, saying that the US government had put ETIM on its terrorist list after "careful study. . . the political implication of this decision is disastrous to the Uighur freedom movement worldwide and to the ever-deteriorating human-rights situation in East Turkestan. This decision by the United States will justify China's claim since September 11 that 'East Turkestan terrorist forces' are part of an international terrorist network, and legitimize China's aggressive clampdown on any form of Uighur dissent, no matter how non-violent and peaceful they may be."


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