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Friday, December 23, 2011


America's "Human Rights" record

In 1982, Elliot Abrams was in charge of "Human Rights" at the U.S. State Department. Also in 1982, a military junta in Argentina was in the process of killing tens of thousands of its opponents, and taking hundreds of children away from the families of those opponents and giving them to military families.

Now a secret memo (remarkably, revealed through a FOIA request rather than by Wikileaks) has revealed that the U.S. government (in the person of Elliot Abrams and undoubtedly many more) knew precisely what was going on in Argentina, and condoned it (by certifying that the junta's human rights record was "improving"). Of course this also means that for nearly 40 years the U.S. government has been lying (by omission) about this fact as well.

Yet another fact to remember the next time you hear the U.S. government preaching "human rights" to the world (like Hillary Clinton, whose husband was responsible for signing the "Defense of Marriage" [sic] Act and putting "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" into practice, lecturing the world on gay rights the other day).

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