LONDON (Reuters) - Washington's 'war on terror' has made the world more dangerous by curbing human rights, undermining international law and shielding governments from scrutiny. Releasing its annual report into global human rights abuses in 2002, the London-based watchdog Amnesty International made one of its fiercest attacks yet on the policies pursued by the United States and Britain in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. If the war on terror was supposed to make the world safer, it has failed, and has given governments an excuse to abuse human rights in the name of state security, it said...

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Do you agree with Amnesty International`s assertion that the `War on Terror` has only made the world a worse place to live in?
LONDON (Reuters) - Washington`s `war on terror` has made the world more dangerous by curbing human rights, undermining international law and shielding governments from scrutiny. Releasing its annual report into global human rights abuses in 2002, the London-based watchdog Amnesty International made one of its fiercest attacks yet on the policies pursued by the United States and Britain in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. If the war on terror was supposed to make the world safer, it has failed, and has given governments an excuse to abuse human rights in the name of state security, it said...

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18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 7/29/03 - 2:04:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
not the "war on terror" in general, but the patriot act in specific, yes.
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 8/14/03 - 12:08:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
There just a bunch of idiots. If we didn'r retaliate, then all those people who died on 9/11, died in vane. We are tired of being walked on by different countries.
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 8/14/03 - 12:11:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
Everyone is jumping on the terrorist bandwagon these days. With the new laws if you are thought to be a terrorist than they can imprison you for any length of time. In our country you are innocent until proven giulty. So I don't know about the world but it isn't making the U.S. a better place.
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 10/5/04 - 9:10:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Wednesday 12/8/04 - 3:15:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. There is no change in the level of direct threat to most of us, but we're all 20 times more terrified. I think that's a very unhealthy mindset and that the government has used it to manipulate us. It's the biggest reason Bush was re-elected, imo.
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Wednesday 12/8/04 - 11:07:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
"If the war on terror was supposed to make the world safer, it has failed, and has given governments an excuse to abuse human rights in the name of state security"

I haven't read or heard anything more truthful about the war on terror than that statement.

17 yrs ago - Friday 5/13/05 - 4:56:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with Uncle, and unhailey
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/13/05 - 4:59:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
You simply can't eliminate terroristic by creating more reasons for people to hate us.
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/13/05 - 5:04:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
YOu certainly can't eliminate terrorism by sitting back and doing nothing or by catering to the terrorist. Bill Clinton tried that and it got us the destruction of the world trade centers and the deaths of many people inside them.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 5/31/05 - 12:22:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 12/8/2004 11:07:32 PM unhailey wrote:
"If the war on terror was supposed to make the world safer, it has failed, and has given governments an excuse to abuse human rights in the name of state security" I haven't read or heard anything more truthful about the war on terror than that statement.

You mean half truthful. Or I would, anyway. First part-true. Second part-more idiotic than a song about what you would do if you had the copyright on the F word. And there is such a song.

16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 6/11/05 - 3:41:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
of course they're right - a war waged by 2-3 countries (US, UK and...Poland?) has become a danger for all of us. It should be interesting to see what people outside America thinks, since you aren't the only ones affected...
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 6/20/05 - 11:46:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
no---
what a naive and foolish notion.
What you liberal hoo-ha types seem to NOT understand---is the people who want to kill us--the people who WANT to destroy what civilization there is--
Those people would NOT be sitting on their hands (or their Korans) while we did NOT make war on them...they would be planning, in safety---recruiting with their lies, in safety...how to destroy things LIKE THIS WEBSITE---

THIS WEBSITE WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED IN THEIR WORLD--
Doesnt' that tell you something about where you should be putting your support?

Sitting back, and just saying "yea, they are people too--their way is ok for them" results in YOU DIEING...

So---get real, wake up from your liberal futurewonderland fairy-tale perspective, take off the rose colored glasses---and see the world for what it is...

next please.

16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 6/20/05 - 12:01:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Benjamin Franklin

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 7/1/05 - 11:27:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
You know Brunnen_G...
you are exactly right about Benjamin...and it is a quandry...

But then, in 1776 Ben didn't have to consider what ONE person with a small Nuke, or one person with an air-borne anthrax could do to a large city.

As much as I hate to say it---I think that you have to take Ben's words in context of this times...and tragically, the killing power of the modern pantheon of weapons is a very very different thing then what Ben understood when he said this....

The question really---is what "essential liberty" we are giving up that impacts our lives adversely?

next please

16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 11/6/05 - 11:39:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. Amnesty international is about as anti american as u can get. What makes them some final authority on anything. Im sure they could tell me what store sells the best tofu and bean sprouts, but would I really care. Everyone of these anti war nuts are directly responsible for the deaths of our GI's and encouraging our enemies. This war would have been over a year ago had not the democrats and hollywood elites encouraged the terrorists so much. They have blood on their hands.
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 12/29/05 - 2:18:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
so far bush hasnt stopped terrorism, hes only made more of it
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 12/29/05 - 2:35:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. I agree 100% with Unclelaughie. We are not one bit safer, but the government has exploited the American fear mentality to expand its authority and abuse human rights whenever it is beneficial to US corporations.
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 12/29/05 - 2:39:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/6/2005 11:39:53 PM 112233w wrote:
No. Amnesty international is about as anti american as u can get. What makes them some final authority on anything. Im sure they could tell me what store sells the best tofu and bean sprouts, but would I really care. Everyone of these anti war nuts are directly responsible for the deaths of our GI's and encouraging our enemies. This war would have been over a year ago had not the democrats and hollywood elites encouraged the terrorists so much. They have blood on their hands.

What you said has no basis in reality whatsoever. I have attended no fewer than two anti war demonstrations, and it was at that time that I felt more patriotic than I ever have in my life. I truly love my country and when it is dishonoring our men and women in uniform by sending them into harms way unnecessarily to terrorize the world so that Haliburton can make a buck, I am very angry, and I have a right to be heard. The constitution says so.

16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 12/29/05 - 3:05:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with Amnesty International 100%.
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 12/29/05 - 3:58:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 7/1/2005 11:27:07 AM typeatme wrote:
You know Brunnen_G... you are exactly right about Benjamin...and it is a quandry... But then, in 1776 Ben didn't have to consider what ONE person with a small Nuke, or one person with an air-borne anthrax could do to a large city.

In addition, it wasn't Franklin who wrote that, although it's a common mistake: both the wording and the attribution are generally incorrect. I'm also pretty sure the thousands of people murdered by terrorists are very short on liberty indeed right now...

16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 12/29/05 - 4:06:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
Amnesty International is comprised of a bunch of fruitcakes who need a bath more than they need to perpetuate anti-American sentiment throughout the world.
They need to mind their own f*cking business.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 2/6/06 - 12:26:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 1/26/2006 11:10:31 PM KikiPeepers wrote:
Top Ten Mistakes of the Bush Administration in Reacting to al-Qaeda

Wow. That was a big eye-opener.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 2/6/06 - 12:34:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/6/2005 11:39:53 PM 112233w wrote:
No. Amnesty international is about as anti american as u can get. What makes them some final authority on anything. Im sure they could tell me what store sells the best tofu and bean sprouts, but would I really care. Everyone of these anti war nuts are directly responsible for the deaths of our GI's and encouraging our enemies. This war would have been over a year ago had not the democrats and hollywood elites encouraged the terrorists so much. They have blood on their hands.

Amnesty International is about Human Rights how is that anti-american unless you're admitting the US doesn't agree to human rights
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 2/6/06 - 12:53:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
"Do you agree with Amnesty International's assertion that the 'War on Terror' has only made the world a worse place to live in?"

Absolutely

16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 2/18/06 - 2:36:41 PM EST (GMT-5)

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