PATRIOT LETTER: INSIDE – STUPIDITY AND HATE — HUMAN RIGHTS RECORDS OF THE UNITED STATES

Patriot Letter. Dated 4/1/05.

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INSIDE – STUPIDITY AND HATE

by Walter F. Mueller

I am receiving several e-mails that complain about my
“white supremacist bashing.” In fact, a guy, whose
e-mail name is “falange” alleges that he knows the
National Alliance, and they do not have anything
against black people. For a minute there I was
cracking up. Falange continued by warning me that he
was about to unsubscribe, however, he “will give me
another try.” Here is American arrogance at its best.
Of course, I took him off my mailing list, because the
Patriot Letter is for free, and demands are not being
honored here. This is a free service of Community
News. The constant show of unqualified business
practices makes me wonder why the U.S. is supposed to
be the wealthiest country in the world. Only in
America are people demanding, even when they get some
free stuff. The Patriot Letter isn’t all the time what
you want, but take it for the times you do like it.

It made me think of when I started all this. Maybe a
little explanation of why I am weeding out the
scumbags.

It all began about 13 years ago. I was looking for
information on the subject of the holocaust, and, as
bad as it is, a lot of the white supremacist groups
were selling revisionist books. So I was looking for
help in all the wrong places. Besides, one of my
principles is to see, to discuss, and to work it,
before I talk about it.

I started out with the Second Amendment movement, and
organized a large rally to defend the Second
Amendment. Almost 500 people joined me at California’s
Capitol. It was then, when for the first time I saw
the indirect German-bashing that took place. Posters
of Saddam Hussein, Stalin, and Adolf Hitler, were used
to compare gun laws of the United States. By the way,
it was there when I met Harvey Taylor.

Thank God, because Harvey Taylor was a true holocaust
revisionist. Dedicated and passionate. He was also a
member of the Institute for Historical Review Board of
Directors, and a friend of its director.

Harvey Taylor literally showed me the ropes, and
introduced me to the works of all great revisionists.

The calling of my life became to expose the lies of
the holocaust to as many people as possible, to stop
the German-bashing and the demonizing of the Third
Reich.

It was then when I got in touch with the local
National Alliance chapter, whose leader was a young
Czech. Immature, married to early, and was worshipping
the skinhead music scene. At the first meeting I was
impressed with the family gathering and the low-key
conversations. But, as I got to know them, it turned
out that the National Alliance is one of the biggest
abusers of German history. I remember when I was asked
to organize a David Irving meeting, and successfully
rounded up about 100 people. A good friend of the
local chapter leader, Chris Conner, was in charge of
the money, however, was so busy getting drunk that we
took away the money and handed it over to the young
Czech. Trying to get fresh air in the parking lot, I
saw Chris Conner smooching with the Czechs wife on top
of a car and having sexual intercourse.

I also met Dr. William Pierce. An incredible
disappointment. A bad public speaker with a lust for
loose women.

The National Alliance also turned out to be the most
ardent Christian bashers of them all.

But this experience was just the tip of the iceberg.
At the recommendation of many, I tried to work with
all of them. Impossible! Most white supremacist groups
are comprised of people who have serious criminal
records.

The entire NA leadership was and still is a bunch of
ex-felons and psychotic lunatics. Just a few examples.

Vincent Breeding, a borderline criminal and former NA
member.

Ceccing, the manager of the NA warehouse, arrested in
2003 for illegal weapons possession. Today he is with
Panzer Faust Records.

Victor Gerhard, general counsel for the NA, arrested
for battery, now with White Revolution.

Erich Gliebe, current leader of the NA, the biggest
snake in the snake pit. Managed to fire all after his
take-over who did not want to put up with his
dictatorship.

Martin Pringle, currently the high recruiter for the
NA, also a psychotic mental retard who disowned his
own sister for marrying a Mexican. A loser at its
best, operating from a spare bedroom, bragging that he
is an expert gunfighter.

Kevin Alfred Strom, who was very close to NA founder
William Pierce. Strom divorced and re-married again –
used to run porn website of white women. Today he is
the voice of American Dissident.

Mark Weber, former editor of National Vanguard, the
publication of the National Alliance, got hired away
by Willis Carto to run the IHR, however, kept close
contact with the NA over the years. He is now a
favorite guest on Strom’s radio show.

William A. White, the most dangerous of them all. With
an extensive criminal record, he was the perfect
addition to the National Alliance. 22 arrests between
the ages of 15 and 19, for assault, explosives,
property destruction, graffiti, the use of false
identification, and an attack on a police officer.
Today, White runs Overthrow.com

And this is just one organization! It gets much worse
as you keep looking at the others.

Of course, then I had no idea. Only when the press
linked me to these criminals, I got a rough awakening.
All I wanted was to restore the credibility of my
heritage and let the public know that the Jews are
evil and have lied about the holocaust.

It was IHR Director Mark Weber, on Harvey Taylor’s
behalf, who invited me to my first revisionist
conference. Finally I met the decent people, the true
revisionists. Dr. Robert Faurisson, whose wisdom in
revisionist matters is invaluable. Brilliant Dr.
Fredrick Toben, whose informative website and constant
battle against the enemy made him one of my heroes. It
is a true statement when I say that Harvey Taylor
became my mentor. Whenever I complained about the
involvement of revisionists with the criminal element
of criminal white supremacy, he told me to just stick
with it.

Well, not anymore! Because they are doing more damage
than they do any good. I say, if the revisionist
community severs all ties with these groups, publicly,
much of the lost credibility will be restored. It is
beyond me how it got that way in the first place. It
was like you are a revisionist, you are automatically
a white supremacist.

And, no, I don’t believe everything the media says
about them. My view comes from my own experience.
Never in my life have I seen so much hatred, expect
for the Jewish hate. The white supremacists have no
issues, they make no progress, and they are incapable
of leadership. Go look on their websites, and you’ll
find the only two dominating issues: Blacks and
homosexuality. Never will you find an issue that
actually relates to restoring the power of a white
nation.

According to them, blacks are all inferior. They are
all “niggers”, “mud people” with no IQ.

The same goes for Mexicans, Asians, and any non-white
group. Strangely, all these groups are elevated to
power positions, while we white have lost ours.

Homosexuality is a psychotic obsession of white
nationalists. The strangest revelation for me was that
they all knew more about homosexual sex than the
homosexuals themselves. That can only be contributed
to the hidden homoerotic behavior of the white
supremacists. They must think about that issue all the
time, otherwise, they could not know such intimate
things. I believe strongly that a large percentage of
white supremacists are closeted homosexuals, who can’t
deal with the attractions to their tattooed fellow
white supremacists.

But what is most outrageous is that these groups are
not any better than the Jews, who lie about the
holocaust. A simple revisionism-one-on-one reveals
that most of the things they say about homosexuals are
outrageous lies.

I was forced by them to research these things, after
they even posted fake Patriot Letters, alleging that
the 2004 Revisionist Conference was my “gay wedding
reception.” Believe it or not, this is still being
circulated and there are still idiots out there who
believe it.

For example, AIDS. The heterosexual community, rather
than the homosexual community spreads it today
predominantly.

Child molestation, another one of the vicious lies.
Every law enforcement agencies I spoke to and received
documents from, proved that homosexuals are very
rarely to molest children. 98.5 percent of all child
molestations – boy and girl – are committed by a
heterosexual friend of the family or family members
themselves.

Germany just recently released a similar study, which
reiterates the findings of their counterparts in the
U.S.

Another incredible lie is that homosexuals to no live
longer than 50. Bullshit! According to a study,
homosexuals live a healthier lifestyle than
heterosexuals, because they care about their body.

Here is another good one. Homosexuals can’t hold a
relationship. Well, homosexual relationships last
twice as long as today’s heterosexual marriages.

It was also amazing to me to find out that all this
hatred against homosexuals is rooted in the deep
beliefs of the extreme Christian right. Now how is
that, since most white supremacists also hate
Christians?

Yes, it is true that there is a lot of stuff that I
disagree with when it comes to homosexuals. But I am
not a supporter of the subcultures of heterosexuals
either. For example, The Birdman, whose pornographic
pictures tell you that he is either impotent or a
total wacko.

However, we cannot claim to be the detectors of truth
when we adopt outrageous lies like this, just because
some bible beater tells us to.

As long as I am not forced to participate, to pay for
it, or to suffer for it, it is none of my business
what two consenting adults do in their bedroom. Can
you imagine, the mother of all civil rights violations
– government in our bedrooms? It’s like the
Republicans constantly advocate smaller government,
and then turn around and support George W. Bush’s new
Homeland security Department.

I realized that these obsessions were the main reason
that white supremacists didn’t get anywhere. They
can’t even grasp the simple fact that homosexuals do
what they are supposed to, following those who protect
them. So, the talk about “pink lobby” and “gay power”
is all bullshit.

It reminds me of Charlton Heston, who wrote once a
piece, entitled: Winning America’s Cultural War. In
it, he said something like this:

I have worked with many incredibly talented
homosexuals, however, I do not want to be part of
their lifestyle. If they call me a homophobe for this,
then they are the bigots.

That’s how I feel about the issue.

So, I learned the white nationalist movement isn’t
doing really anything, except making enemies. My
battle for healthcare? They don’t give a shit!
Economy? You can’t even talk about it with them! Law
enforcement – they hate it. So, what are they really
good at? I’ll tell you in what they are really good
at: Dragging you down!

So I stick with the revisionist community and will
continued to expose the lies of the holocaust to
anyone who will listen. Unless some serious changes
are being made, no progress can be made. Consider also
that the traditional enemy associates this scum with
Adolf Hitler, when in truth, the Fuehrer wouldn’t
tolerate any of them.

In closing, never forget that the reason the SPLC, the
ADL, and other true hate organizations only exists
because of the stupidity of these white supremacists
groups.

And here is just a small example of your white
supremacists neighbors:

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Aryan Nations National Director, August Kreis as
stating the following:

“We as an organization will also endeavor to aid all
those who subvert, disrupt and are (sic) malignant in
nature to our enemies. Therefore I offer my most
sincere best wishes to those who wage holy Jihad
against the infrastructure of the decadent, weak and
Judaic-influenced societal infrastructure of the West.
I send a message of thanks and well-wishes to the
methods and works of groups on the Islamic front
against the Jew such as Al-Qaeda and Sheik Osama Bin
Laden, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah and to all
Jihadis worldwide who fight for the glory of the
Khilafah and the downfall of the anti-life and
anti-freedom System prevalent on this earth today.”

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i want schaivo dead!

bitch and her liquid cortex is fuckin’ up regular
programming! i want that bitch to die now sick of
hearing about it! shes a drain on our resources. shes
a ‘tard who needs execution, shes life unworthy of
life.

her arms all curled up, legs all fucked in a unnatural
position, whod wanna hit that? she cant fuck? shes not
worth a damn.

god bless america.

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Need I say more??????????

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From France:

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http://english.people.com.cn/200503/03/eng20050303_175406.html

The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2004

By the Information Office of the State Council of the
People’s Republic of China

March 3, 2005

In 2004 the atrocity of US troops abusing Iraqi POWs
exposed the dark side of human rights performance of
the United States. The scandal shocked the humanity
and was condemned by the international community. It
is quite ironic that on Feb. 28 of this year, the
State Department of the United States once again posed
as the “the world human rights police” and released
its
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2004. As
in previous years, the reports pointed fingers at
human rights situation in more than190 countries and
regions (including China) but kept silent on the US
misdeeds in this field. Therefore, the world people
have to probe the human rights record behind the
Statue of Liberty in the United States.

I. On Life, Liberty and Security of Person

American society is characterized with rampant violent
crimes, severe infringement of people’s rights by law
enforcement departments and lack of guarantee for
people’s rights to life, liberty and security of
person.

Violent crimes pose a serious threat to people’s
lives. According to a report released by the
Department of Justice of the United States on Nov. 29,
2004, in 2003 residents aged 12 and above in the
United States experienced about 24 million
victimizations, and there occurred 1,381,259 murders,
robberies and other violent crimes, averaging 475
cases per 100,000 people. Among them there were 16,503
homicides, up 1.7 percent over 2002, or nearly six
cases in every 100,000 residents, and one of every 44
Americans aged above 12 was victimized.

The Associated Press reported on June 24, 2004 that
the number of violent crimes in many US cities were on
the rise. In 2003 Chicago alone recorded 598
homicides, 80 percent of which involved the use of
guns. The Washington D.C. reported 41,738 murders,
robberies and other violent crimes in 2003, averaging
6,406.4 cases per 100,000 residents. In 2004 the
District recorded 198 killings, or a homicide rate of
35 per 100,000 residents. Detroit,which has less than
1 million residents, recorded 18,724 criminal cases in
2003, including 366 murders and 814 rapes, which
amounted to a homicide rate of 41 per 100,000
residents.

In 2003 the homicide rate in Baltimore was 43 per
100,000 residents. The Baltimore Sun reported on Dec.
17, 2004 that the city reported 271 killings from
January to early December in 2004.

It was reported that on Sept. 8, 2004 that by Sept. 4,
2004 there had been 368 homicides in the city, up 4.2
percent year-on-year. The USA Today reported on July
16, 2004 that in an average week in the US workplace
one employee is killed and at least 25 are seriously
injured in violent assaults by current or former
co-workers. The Cincinnati Post reported on Nov. 12,
2004 that homicides average 17 a week and there are
nearly 5,500 violent assaults a day at US job sites.

The United States has the biggest number of gun owners
and gun violence has affected lots of innocent lives.
According to a survey released by the University of
Chicago in 2001, 41.7 percent of men and 28.5 percent
of women in the United States report having a gun in
their homes, and 29.2 percent of men and 10.2 percent
of women personally own a gun. The Los Angeles Times
reported on Jul. 19, 2004 that since 2000 the number
of firearm holders rose 28 percent in California.

About 31,000 Americans are killed and 75,000 wounded
by firearms each year, which means more than 80 people
are shot dead each day. In 2002 there were 30,242
firearm killings in the United States; 54 percent of
all suicides and 67 percent of all homicides were
related to the use of firearms. The Associated Press
reported that 808 people were shot dead in the first
half of 2004 in Detroit.

Police violence and infringement of human rights by
law enforcement agencies also constitute a serious
problem. At present, 5,000 law enforcement agencies
in the United States use TASER – a kind of electric
shock gun, which sends out 50,000 volts of impulse
voltage after hitting the target. Since 1999, more
than 80 people died from TASER shootings, 60 percent
of which occurred between November 2003 and November
2004.

A survey found that in the 17 years from 1985 to 2002,
Los Angeles recorded more than 100 times increase in
police shooting at automobile drivers, killing at
least 25 and injuring more than 30 of them. Of these
cases, 90 percent were due to misjudgment. (The Los
Angeles Times, Feb. 29, 2004.)

On Jul. 21, 2004 Chinese citizen Zhao Yan was
handcuffed and severely beaten while she was in the
United States on a normal business trip. She suffered
injuries in many parts of her body and serious mental
harm.

The New York Times reported on Apr. 19, 2004 a
comprehensive study of 328 criminal cases over the
last 15 years in which the convicted person was
exonerated suggests that there are thousands of
innocent people in prison today. The study identified
199 murder exoneration, 73 of them in capital cases.
In more than half of the cases, the defendants had
been in prison for more than 10 years.

The United States characterizes itself as “a paradise
for free people,” but the ratio of its citizens
deprived of freedom has remained among the highest in
the world. Statistics released by the Federal Bureau
of Investigation last November showed that the nation
made an estimated 13.6 million arrests in 2003. The
national arrest rate was 4,695.1 arrests per 100,000
people, 0.2 percent up than that of the previous year
(USA Today, Nov. 8, 2004).

According to statistics from the Department of
Justice, the number of inmates in the United States
jumped from 320,000 in 1980 to 2 million in 2000, a
hike by six times. From 1995 to 2003, the number of
inmates grew at an annual rate of 3.5 percent in the
country, where one out of every 142 people is behind
bars. The number of convicted offenders may total more
than 6 million if parolees and probationers are also
counted. The Chicago Tribune reported on Nov. 8 last
year that the federal and state prison population
amounted to 1.47 million last year, 2.1 percent more
than in 2003. The number of criminals rose by over 5
percent in 11 states, with the growth in North Dakota
up by 11.4 percent and in Minnesota by 10.3 percent.

Most prisons in the United States are overcrowded, but
still cannot meet the demand. The country has spent an
average of 7 billion US dollars a year building new
jails and prisons in the past 10 years. California has
seen only one college but 21 new prisons built since
1984.

Jails have become one of the huge and most lucrative
industries, with a combined staff of more than 530,000
and being the second largest employer in the United
States only after the General Motors. Private prisons
are more and more common. The country now has over 100
private prisons in 27 states and 18 private prison
companies. The value of goods and services created by
inmates surged from 400 million US dollars in 1980 to
1.1 billion US dollars in 1994. Abuse of prisoners and
violence occur frequently in US jails and prisons,
which are under disorderly management. The Los Angeles
Times reported on Aug. 15 last year that over 40 state
prison systems were once under some form of court
order, for brutality, crowding, poor food and lack of
medical care.

The NewsWeek of the United States also reported last
May that in Pennsylvania, Arizona and some other
states, inmates are routinely stripped in front of
others before being moved to a new prison or a new
unit within their prison. Male inmates are often made
to wear women’s pink underwear as a form of
humiliation. New inmates are frequently beaten and
cursed at and sometimes made to crawl.

At a jail in New York City, some guards bump prisoners
against the walls, pinch their arms and wrists, and
force them to receive insulting checks nakedly. Some
male inmates are sometimes compelled to stand in the
nude before a group of women guards. Some female
inmates go in shackles to hospital for treatment and
nursing after they get ill or pregnant, some give
births without a midwife, and some are locked to
sickbeds with fetters after Caesarean operation.

Over 80,000 women prisoners in the United States are
mothers, and the overall number of the minor children
of the American women prisoners is estimated at some
200,000. The country had more than 3,000 pregnant
women in jails from 2000 to 2003 and 3,000 babies were
born to the prisoners during this period (see Mexico’s
Milenio on Feb. 21, 2004). It is estimated that at
least more than 40,000 prisoners are locked up in the
so-called “super jails”, where the prisoner is
confined to a very tiny cell, cannot see other people
throughout the year, and has only one hour out for
exercise every day.

Sexual harassment and encroachment are common in jails
in the Unite States. The New York Times reported last
October that at least 13 percent of inmates in the
country are sexually assaulted in prison (Ex-Inmate’s
Suit Offers View Into Sexual Slavery in Prisons, The
New York Times, Oct. 12, 2004). In jails of seven
central and western US states, 21 percent of the
inmates suffer sexual abuse at least once after being
put in prison. The ratio is higher among women
inmates, with nearly one fourth of them sexually
assaulted by jail guards.

II. On Political Rights and Freedom

The United States claims to be “a paragon of
democracy,” but American democracy is manipulated by
the rich and malpractices are common.

Elections in the United States are in fact a contest
of money. The presidential and Congressional elections
last year cost nearly 4 billion US dollars, some 1
billion US dollars or one third more than that spent
in the 2000 elections. The 2004 presidential election
has been listed as the most expensive campaign in the
country’s history (see

http://www.opensecrets.org/overview),

with the cost jumping to 1.7 billion US dollars from 1
billion US dollars in 2000. To win the election, the
Democratic Party and Republican Party had to try their
utmost to raise funds.

The Washington Post reported on Dec. 3 last year that
the Democratic Party collected 389.8 million US
dollars in electoral funds and the Republican Party
raised 385.3 million US dollars, both hitting a record
high (see Fundraising Records Broken by Both Major
Political Parties, Washington Post on Dec. 3, 2004).

Data released by the Federal Election Commission (FEC)
on Dec. 14, 2004 show the average spending for Senate
races was 2,518,750 US dollars in 2004, with the
highest reaching 31,488,821 US dollars; and the
average spending for House races was 511,043 US
dollars (see http://www.opensecrets.org/overview),
with the highest reaching 9,043,293 US dollars (see
http://www.opensecrets.org/overview/topraces.asp?cycle=2004).

The Republican Party, the Democratic Party and their
periphery organizations spent a total of 1.2 billion
US dollars on TV commercials, making this presidential
election the most expensive in history. The TV
commercials were broadcast 750,000 times, twice of the
airings in the general election in 2000. In the Oct. 1
– 13 period in 2004, the Republican Party spent 14.5
million US dollars on advertising, and the Democratic
Party’s advertising spending amounted to 24 million US
dollars in the first 20 days of October 2004.

In the elections, political parties and interest
groups not only donated money for their favorite
candidates, but also directly spent funds on
maximizing
their influence upon the elections. In Maryland, some
corporate bosses donated as much as 130,000 US
dollars. In return, the candidates after being elected
would serve the interests of big political donators.
The Baltimore Sun called this “Buying Power” (see
“Buying Power”, The Baltimore Sun, April 5, 2004).
Due to the fact that local judges in 38 states need to
be elected, quite a number of candidates began
campaign advertising and looking for big donators.
Some interest groups also got themselves involved in
the judge election campaign.The US election system has
quite a few flaws. The newly adopted Help America Vote
Act of 2004 requires voters to offer a series of
documents such as a stable residence or identification
in registering, which in reality disenfranchises
thousands of homeless people.

The United States is the only country in the world
that rules out ex-inmates’ right to vote, which
disenfranchises 5 million ex-inmates and 13 percent
male black people (see Milenio, Mexico, Oct. 22 2004).

The 2004 US presidential election reported many
problems, including counting errors, machine
malfunctions, registration confusion, legal
uncertainty, and lack of respect for voters. According
to a report carried by the USA Today on Dec. 28, 2004,
due to counting errors, a review of election results
in 10 counties nationwide by the Scripps Howard News
Service found more than 12,000 ballots that weren’t
counted in the presidential race, almost one in every
10 ballots cast in those counties. Due to machine
malfunctions, 92,000 ballots failed to record a vote
for president in Ohio alone. Registration confusion
made four fifths of the states go into the election
without computerized statewide voter databases (see
“Election Day Leftovers”, USA Today, Dec. 28, 2004).
The Democratic Party brought 35 lawsuits against the
Republican Party in at least 17 states, charging the
latter with threatening and blocking
voters from registering or voting, especially minority
ethnic groups. In Florida, the cases of black people
being removed from voter registration list or their
votes being denied were 10 times higher than people of
other races. The British Broadcasting Corporation
(BBC) reported on Sept. 22, 2004 that during the
period of election, someone often distributed
handbills
to black voters to bilk and intimidate them by saying
that anyone who defaulted electricity bills, apartment
bills or parking fines would be arrested outside the
polling booths. Some others pretended to be
plainclothes outside polling booths and demanded
voters show their identifications. However, black
people who were able to present photo identification
were less than one fifth of white people, therefore,
many of them were rejected.

In the meantime, fabrications of disputable pictures
and statements were put in the agenda of political
maneuvers. Campaign advertisement and political
debates were full of distorted facts, false
information and lies. According to statistics of the
Annenberg Public Policy Center of University of
Pennsylvania, campaign advertisement for the 2004 US
presidential election had a large proportion of false
information that was enough to mislead voters, far
beyond 50 percent in 1996. In the Republican camp, at
least 75 percent contained untrue information and
personal attacks. The website of the center
(http://www.FactCheck.org) listed at least 100 items
of such information.

The US freedom of the press is filled with hypocrisy.
Power and intimidation hang over the halo of press
freedom. The New York Times published a commentary
on March 30, 2004, saying that the US government’s
reliance on slandering had reached an unprecedented
level in contemporary American political history,
and the government prepared to abuse power at any
moment to threat potential critics.

A collected works, Zensor USA, revealed that whenever
the faults of government dignitaries or big companies
were touched, the strong American press censorship
system would snap at the journalists who insisted on
investigation and made them the last sacrificial lamb.
(see Das Schweigen der Journalisten, Handelsblatt,
Germany, March 17, 2004).

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) kept watch
on a leader of freedom of speech movement in
University of California at Berkeley for a decade
long. Although no record showed he violated federal
laws, the FBI hired someone to keep monitoring his
daily activities and collect his personal information
without permission from the court. (see SingTao Daily,
Oct. 11, 2004).

On July 16, 2004 the US State Department made a
regulation, in violation of the norms of most other
countries, that foreign reporters should leave the
country while waiting for the valid period of their
visas to be extended. The annual report of Native
American Journalists Association criticized the US
administration for the move, which severely infringes
upon press freedom. (see AP story, Antigua, Guatemala
Oct. 24, 2004).

Someone with the American Society of Newspaper Editors
said that the US administration’s measures reflected
its repulsion of foreign news media. (see Milenio,
Mexico, June 20, 2004). In Iraq, the United States on
the one hand alleged that it had brought democracy to
the Iraqi people, on the other hand it suppressed
public opinion. On March 28, 2004 US troops closed
down a Shiite newspaper in Baghdad, which triggered a
protest demonstration by thousands of Iraqi people.

On Sept. 27, the Association of American University
Presses, Association of American Publishers and other
organizations jointly lodged a complaint to the
district court of Manhattan, New York, charging the
Office of Foreign Assets Control under the Department
of the Treasury with deliberately preventing literary
works of Iranian, Cuban and Sudanese writers from
entering the United States and turning the economic
sanctions against the three countries into a
“censorship system” to stop free dissemination of
information and ideology. (see Xinhua story, Sept. 30,
2004).

In another case, eight reporters, including Jim
Taricani of the TV station in Providence, Rhode Island
with the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), Judith
Miller of The New York Times, and Matthew Cooper of
Time magazine, were declared guilty for they declined
to disclose the confidential sources of news. The New
York Times pointed out on Nov. 10, 2004 that through
these cases, it was found out that press freedom
suffered rampant infringement.

In addition, in recent years, over a dozen foreign
journalists have been detained in airports in the
United States, including the one in Los Angeles. In
March 2003, a Danish press-photographer was expelled
out of the country after a DNA test. A Swiss
journalist was rejected from entry of an airport in
Washington D.C. The airport staffs by force took
pictures and finger prints of the journalist.
Meanwhile, he was not permitted to contact the Swiss
embassy in the Unite States. In May, two groups of
French journalists, altogether six members, were
rejected of entry the US territory. They simply
came to the Unite States to cover an exposition. Two
Dutch journalists fell into trouble when they were
covering a film award ceremony. In October and
December, one British reporter and one Austrian
journalist were held up at US airports respectively.
In early May, 2004, a British female journalist, who
was sent by The Guardian to Los Angeles to cover some
events, was detained at the Los Angeles airport and
faced interrogation and body search, and then was
handcuffed and taken to the detention house in the
downtown. There, she was detained for 26 hours before
sent back to Britain.

III. On Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The United States refuses to ratify the International
Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural rights and
took negative attitude to the economic, social and
cultural rights of the laborers. Poverty, hunger  and
homelessness have haunted the world richest country.

The population of people living in poverty has been on
a steady rise. According to a report by The Sun on
July, 6, 2004, from 1970 to 2000 (adjusted for
inflation), the bottom 90 percent’s average income
stagnated while the top 10 percent experienced an
average yearly income increase of nearly 90 percent.
Upper-middle-and-upper-class families that constitute
the top 10 percent of the income distribution are
prospering while many among the remaining 90 percent
struggle to maintain their standard of living.
Worsening income disparities have formed two Americas.
(Two Americas, The Baltimore Sun, July 6, 2004).
According to a report of the Wall Street Journal on
June 15, 2004, a study on the fall of 2003 by Arthur
Kennickell of the Board of Governor of the Federal
Reserve System showed that the nation’s wealthiest
1 percent owned 53 percent of all the stocks held by
families or individuals, and 64 percent of the bonds.
They control more than a third of the nation’s wealth.
( US Led a Resurgence Last Year Among Millionaires
World-Wide, The Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2004).
In Washington D.C., the top 20 percent of the city’s
households have 31 times the average income of the 20
percent at the bottom. (D.C. Gap in Wealth Growing,
The Washington Post, July 22, 2004).

Since November 2003, the average income of most
American families have been on the decline. The
earning of many medium and low-income families could
not keep up with the price rises. They could barely
handle the situation. According to the statistics
released by the US Census Bureau in 2004, the number
of Americans in poverty has been climbing for three
years. It rose by 1.3 million year-on-year in 2003 to
35.9 million. The poverty rate in 2003 hit 12.5
percent, or one in eight people, the highest since
1998. (Census: Poverty Rose By Million, USA Today,
August 27, 2004, More Americans Were Uninsured and
Poor in 2003, Census Finds, The New York Times, August
27, 2004).

The homeless population continues to rise nationwide.
On Dec. 15, 2004, an annual survey report released at
the US Conference of Mayors showed that the number of
people seeking emergency food aid increased by 14
percent year-on-year while the number of people
seeking emergency shelter aid increased by 6 percent.
(http://www.usmayors.org). It is estimated that the
homeless population reached 3.5 million in the United
States. But the US Federal budget has stopped
providing fund to build new affordable housing, which
forced many local governments to cut the public
housing projects. The city of San Diego has a homeless
population of 8,000, but the government could only
provide 3,000 temporary beds. Those without lodging
tickets are regarded illegal to live on the streets.
They would be summoned or detained. In January 2004,
an investigator with the US Commission on Human Right
denounced the US for large-scale infringement on human
rights on housing issue.

The health insurance crisis has become prominent. A
report of the Washington Post on Sept. 28, 2004 said
health insurance costs posted their fourth straight
year of double-digit increases in 2004. Over the past
four years, health insurance costs have leaped 59
percent – about five times faster than both wage
growth and inflation. Around 14.3 million Americans
put one fourth of their income on the health expenses.
(Higher Costs, Less Care, The Washington Post,
September 28, 2004). Currently, family health
insurance plan costs more than 10,000 US dollars each
year. Many families could not afford it. Fewer workers
have coverage – 61 percent in 2004, compared with 65
percent in 2001. (Health Plan Costs Jump 11%, The
Washington Post, September 10, 2004) Compared with
2003, the number of people without health insurance
increased 1.4 million to 45 million, or 15.6 percent
of the country’s population. (Census: Poverty Rose by
Million, USA Today, August 27, 2004). In Texas, about
one fourth of the workers don’t have health insurance.
(Spain Uprising newspaper, May 11, 2004). In
California, around 6 million Californians don’t have
health insurance and the welfare system with the
annual cost of 60 billion US dollars are about to
collapse. (The Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2004).
Meanwhile, medical accidents occurred one after
another, becoming the third killer following heart
disease and cancer. According to a report of Boston
Globe on July 27, 2004, one out of every 25
in-patients become the victim of medical accident.
From 2000 to 2002, 195,000 people died of medical
accidents each year. The actual figure might be twice
of that.

IV. On Racial Discrimination

Racial discrimination has been deeply rooted in the
United States, permeating into every aspects of
society.

The colored people are generally poor, with living
condition much worse than the white. According to a
report of The Guardian of Britain on Oct. 9, 2004, the
average net assets of a white family is 88,000 US
dollars in 2002, 11 times of a family of Latin
American ancestry, or nearly 15 times of a family of
African ancestry. Nearly one third of the African
ancestry families and 26 percent of the Latin American
ancestry families have negative net assets. 74 percent
of the white families have their own houses, while
only 47 percent of families of the African and Latin
American ancestry have their own houses. The market
value of houses bought by black families is only 65
percent of those of white people. Black people’s
encounter of mortgage loans refusal for house purchase
or furniture is twice that of white people. Some black
families don’t even think of buying their own houses.
The death rate of illness, accident and murder among
the black people is twice that of the white.

The rate of being victim of murders for the black
people is five times thatof the white. The rate of
being affected by AIDS for the black people is ten
times that of the whites while the rate of being
diagnosed by diabetes for the black people is twice
that of the whites. (The State Of Black America
2004, Issued by National Urban League on March 24,
2004, http://www.nuL.org/pdf/sobaexec.pdf).

Statistics show that the number of black people living
in poverty is three times that of the white. The
average life expectancy of the black is six years
shorter than the white.

People of minority ethnic groups are biased against in
employment and occupation. The Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission of the United States received
29,000 complaints in 2003 of racial bias in the
workplace (Racism in the 21st Century, published in
USA Today May 5, 2004 issue).

Statistics provided by the United States Department of
Labor also suggest that by November 2004, the
unemployment rate for black and white people is 10.8
percent and 4.7 percent respectively
(http://bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf).
In New York City, one of every two black men between
16 and 64 was not working by 2003 (see Nearly Half of
Black Men Found Jobless, published by The New York
Times on Feb. 28 2004). Black people not only have
fewer job opportunities, but also earn less than white
people. Even with the same job, a black man only earns
70 percent of that for a white man. Regions such as
California, where immigrants make up a larger
proportion of the local population, are almost like
traps of death. Mexican Laborers who have come to work
in the United States have a mortality as high as 80
percent.

Teenagers from at least 38 countries work like slaves
(EFE San Francisco, Sept. 26, 2004). Out of 45 million
people who are unable to afford Medicare in the United
States, 7 million are African-Americans, accounting
for about one fifth of the total African-Americans in
the States. The proportion is 77 percent higher than
that for the white people (available at
http://www.johnkerry.com/communities/african-americans/gw_record.html).

The Declaration of Independence said all men are
created equal, so the gap between black and white
people is simply an insult to the founding essence
of the United States (see US News and World Report on
March 29, 2004).

Apartheid runs rampant at schools of the United
States. On May 17, 1954, Chief justice Earl Warren of
the Supreme Court announced the court’s decision
over a case known as Brown v. Board of Education that
the doctrine of “separate but equal” had no place in
US public schools. Fifty years later, white children
and black children in the United States still lead
largely separate lives. One in eight southern black
students attends a school that is 99 percent black.
About a third attend schools that are at least 90
percent minority. In the Northeast, by contrast, more
than half of blacks attend such schools (Schools and
Lives Are Still Separate, The Washington Post, May 17,
2004).

Racism recurs on campus of American universities.
Fascist slogans and posters promoting superiority of
white people, along with threats by weapon or words
were found on college campuses including University of
California at Berkeley. Protests were sparked off when
Santa Rosa Junior College in California published
anti-Semitism opinions in a column article in its
campus newspaper and the chat room of its website were
dominated by white-superior surfers. At Dartmouth
College, white girl students auctioned off black
slaves in fund-raising activities. At the University
of Southern Mississippi, hordes of white students
assaulted four black students, chanting racist slogans
after a football match was over. At Olivet College of
Michigan State, where there are only 55 black
students, 51 of the black students quitted school
after racial cases of violence or harassment (see The
China Press, a Chinese language newspaper published in
New York, on April 17, 2004).

Racial prejudice has made social conflicts to become
acute, causing a rise in hate crimes. Racial
prejudice, most often directed at black people, was
behind more than half of the nation’s 7,489 reported
hate crime incidents in 2003, the FBI said on Nov.22
2004. Race bias was behind 3,844 of the total cases in
2003, FBI claimed after having made statistics of hate
crimes handled by 16 percent of the law-enforcement
organizations in the States.

Reports of hate crimes motivated by anti-black bias
totaled 2,548 in 2003, accounting for 51.4 percent of
the total, more than double the total hate crimes
against all other racial groups. There were 3,150
black victims in these reports, according to the
annual FBI figures (AP, Washington, Jan. 26, 2004).
And with regard to the attribute of race, among the
6,934 reported offenders, 62.3 percent were white
(http:/www.fbi.gov/pressrel/presssrel04/pressel/12204.htm).

In a related development, because of the “lingering
atmosphere of fear” stemming from the Sept. 11 attacks
and fallout from the Iraq War, there were 1,019
anti-Muslim incidents in the United States in 2003,
representing a 69 percent increase. There were 221
incidents in 2003 of anti-muslim bias in California,
tripled a year ago (Los Angeles Times, May 3).

Racial prejudice is ubiquitous in judicial fields. The
proportion for persons of colored races being
sentenced or being imprisoned is notably higher than
whites. In accordance with a report published in
November 2004 by the US Department of Justice, colored
races accounted for over 70 percent of inmates
in the United States. And 29 percent of black people
have the experience of being in jail for once. Black
people make up 12.3 percent of the population in the
United States, but by the end of 2003, out of 1.4
million prisoners who are serving jail terms above one
year at the federal or state prisons, 44 percent were
blacks, or on average, 3,231 in every 100,000
African-Americans were criminals. Latino-American
inmates make up 19 percent of the total prisoners, or
1,778 in every 100,000 Latino-Americans are inmates.
Inmates
of other color races account for 21 percent
(http://wwww.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/P03.htm).
At the end of 2003, 12.8 percent of black men aged 25
to 29 were in prison (Chicago Tribune, Nov. 8, 2004),
compared 1.6 percent of white men in the same group (A
Growing Need for Reform, The Baltimore Sun, June 20,
2004). Blacks receive, on average, a longer felony
sentence than whites. A black person’s average jail
sentence is six months longer than a white’s for the
same crime. Blacks who are arrested are 3 times more
likely to be imprisoned than whites who are arrested.
White felons are more likely to get probation than
blacks. (see the State Black America 2004, issued by
National Urban League on March 24, 2004,
http://www.nul.org/pdf/sobaexec.pdf).

After the Sept. 11 incident, the United States openly
restricts the rights of citizens under the cloak of
homeland security, and uses diverse means including
wire tapping of phone conversations and secret
investigations, checks on all secret files, and
monitoring transfers of fund and cash flows to
supervise activities of its citizens, in which, people
of ethnic minority groups, foreigners and immigrants
become main victims.

Statistics show that after the Sept. 11 attacks, 32
million were investigated out of racial prejudice
concern throughout the United States. Among the
people being investigated out of racial prejudice
concern, African-Americans made up 47 percent,
followed by people of Latino and Asian origins. White
Americans only account for 3 percent. On June 23,
2004, authorities with the Los Angeles Police
Department and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation
authorities investigated the televised beating of a
black suspect by white police in Los Angeles that has
resurrected the explosive spectre of the 1991 Rodney
King assault. Eight police officers have been removed
from regular duties following the incident on June 23
in which three of them were seen tackling the
suspected black car thief, one beating him repeatedly
with a metal flashlight (AFP, Los Angeles, June 24,
2004).

In the meantime, the anti-immigrant trend has become
increasingly serious in the States. The US Department
of Homeland Security announced in November 2004 that
157,281 immigrants were repatriated in one year, up 8
percent from a year ago, a record high. The number of
foreigners arrested without any documents also went up
by 112 percent (Argentina La Nacion, Nov. 21, 2004).

Another report says starting from last year, many
American cities such as San Francisco, Baltimore,
Philadelphia, Miami, Saint Paul, Denver, Kansas
and Portland, dozens of immigrants from Mexico or
other countries are arrested each day and are forced
to wear fetters like suspects. The practice of
treating
illegal immigrants like criminals has become a
national trend. The limit in the definition of
terrorists and illegal immigrants has become very
blurry.

V. On The Rights of Women and Children

The situation of American women and children was
disturbing. The rates of women and children physically
or sexually victimized were high. According to FBI
Crime Statistics, in 2003 the United States witnessed
93,233 cases of raping. Virtually 63.2 in every
100,000 women fell victims. The statistics also showed
that every two minutes one woman was sexually
assaulted and every six minutes one woman was raped.

The number of women abused and treated at First Aid
Centers exceeded one million every year. More than
1,500 women in the United States were killed every
year by their husbands, lovers or roommates (The
Milenio, Mexico, Sept. 26, 2004). Nearly 78 percent of
American women were physically victimized at least
once in their lifetime. And 79 percent of the women
were sexually abused at least once. A survey released
in November 2004 by the US National Institute of
Justice showed by the time they concluded four years
of college education, 88 percent of the women had
experiences of physical or sexual victimization and 64
percent of them experienced both. In the past decade,
charges handled by the US Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission against sexual harassment on women surged
22 percent (The Sun, Jul. 16, 2004).

Sex crimes in the US military were on the rise.
According to the Washington Post (Jun. 3, 2004), from
1999 to 2002 the number of lawsuits against sexual
crimes in the US army that were formally filed grew
from 658 to 783, up 19 percent. And the number of rape
cases went up from 356 to 445, up 25 percent. The
number of such cases rose equally 5 percent between
2002 and 2003. The British Guardian reported on Oct.
25, 2004 that by the end of September 2004 the Miles
Foundation had dealt with 242 cases filed between
September 2002 and August 2003 about US woman soldiers
being raped or sexually harassed in Iraq, Kuwait,
Bahrain or Afghanistan. In addition, there were 431
cases of US women soldiers being sexually harassed at
other military bases.

Women’s labor and social rights were violated.
According to The Sun newspaper (Jul. 16, 2004), the
charges handled by the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission on sexual discrimination against women grew
12 percent in the past decade. In 2004 two cases drew
wide attention. They were a bias class lawsuit
involving 1.6 million women employees at Wal-Mart and
another case involving 340 women staffers of Morgan
Stanley (New York Times, Jul. 13, 2004).

Men and women on the same job were not paid the same.
Statistics released by the US Labor Department in Jan.
2004 showed a woman who worked full time had the
median earning of 81.1 percent of that for a man. The
Chicago Tribune said on Aug. 27, 2004 that the rate of
women in poverty went up fast, to 12.4 percent of the
entire female population.

The health care for American women was at a low level.
The US Family Medical Leave Act guarantees 12 weeks of
unpaid leave for childbirth to about half of all
mothers and nothing for the rest. A study of 168
countries conducted by the Harvard School of Public
Health indicated that US workers have fewer rights to
time off for family matters than workers in most other
countries, and rank near the bottom in pregnancy and
sick leave. “The United States trails enormously far
behind the rest of the world when it comes to
legislation to protect the health and welfare of
working families,” said Jody Heymann, a Harvard
associate professor who led the study. (AP Boston,
Jun. 17, 2004)

Child poverty was a serious problem. The Chicago
Tribune reported on Aug. 27, 2004 that the number of
children in poverty climbed from 12.1 million in 2002
to 12.9 million in 2003, a year-on-year increase of
0.9 percent. About 20 million children lived in
“low-income working families” — with barely enough
money to cover basic needs (AP Washington, Oct. 12,
2004).
In California, one in every six children did not have
medical insurance. The Los Angeles Times said on May
6, 2004 that in the metropolitan area the number of
homeless children found wondering on the streets at
nights numbered 8,000, which had stretched the
2,500-bed government-run emergency shelter system well
beyond capacity. Poverty deprived many children the
opportunity to obtain higher education. In the 146
renowned institutions of higher learning, only 3
percent of the students came from the low-income
class, while 74 percent of them were from the
high-income class.

Children were victims of sex crimes. Every year about
400,000 children in the US were forced to engage in
prostitution or other sexual dealings on the streets.
Home-deserting or homeless children were the most
likely to fall victims of sexual abuse. Reports on
children sexually exploited, which were received by
the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children,
soared from 4,573 cases in 1998 to 81,987 cases in
2003 (The USA Today, Feb. 27,2004).

In recent years scandals about clergymen molesting
children kept breaking out. According to a study
commissioned by the American Catholic Bishops, in 2004
a total of 756 catholic priests and lay employees were
charged with child sexual harassment. It is believed
that from 1950 to 2002 more than 10,600 boys and girls
were sexually abused by nearly 4,400 clergymen (AFP,
Feb. 17, 2005). Moreover, every year over 4.5 million
kids in the United States were molested in
kindergartens and schools, which amounted to one
in every ten (AP, Jul. 14, 2004).

Violent crimes occurred frequently. Studies show
nearly 20 percent of US juveniles lived in families
that possessed guns. In Washington D.C. 24 people
younger than 18 were killed in 2004, twice as many as
in 2003 (The Washington Post, Jan. 1, 2005). In
Baltimore, 29 juveniles were killed from Jan. 1
to Sept. 27 in 2004. In 2003 35 were killed (The
Washington Post, Sept. 28, 2004).

A report released by the US Justice Department on
November 29, 2004 said about 9 percent of school kids
aged 9 to 12 admitted being threatened with injury or
having suffered an injury from a weapon while at
school in 2003.

More and more schoolers were reluctant to go to school
because of security concerns. Child abuses and
neglects were widely reported in the United States.
The Sun newspaper reported on May 18, 2004 that in
2002, a total of 900,000 children in the United States
were abused, of whom nearly 1,400 died.

Every year, 1.98 out of every 100,000 American
children were killed by their parents or guardians. In
Maryland, the rate was as high as 2.4 per 100,000.
(Md Child Abuse Deaths Exceed National Average, The
Sun, May 18, 2004). The Houston Chronicle newspaper
reported on Oct. 2, 2004 that in Texas, each staff of
local government departments responsible for
protecting children’s rights handled 50 child abuse
cases every month.

Two thirds of juvenile detention facilities in the
United States lock up mentally ill youth; every day,
about 2,000 youth were incarcerated simply because
community mental health services were unavailable. In
33 states, juvenile detention centers held youth with
mental illness without any specific charges against
them
(http://demonstrats.reform.house.gov/Documents/200408171941-41051.pdf).

The USA Today reported on July 8, 2004 that between
Jan. 1 and June 30 of 2003, 15,000 youth detained in
US youth detention centers were awaiting mental health
services, while children at the age of 10 or younger
were locked up in 117 youth detention centers. The
detention centers totally ignored human rights and
personal safety with excessive use of drugs and
force, and failed to take care of inmates with mental
problems in a proper way. They even locked up
prisoners in cages. There were reports about scandals
involving correctional authorities in California,
where two juvenile inmates hanged themselves after
they were badly beaten by jail police (San Jose
Mercury News and Singtao Daily, March 18, 2004).

VI. On the Infringement of Human Rights of Foreign
Nationals

In 2004, US army service people were reported to have
abused and insulted Iraqi POWs, which stunned the
whole world. The US forces were blamed for their
fierce and dirty treatments for these Iraqi POWs. They
made the POWs naked by force, masking their heads with
underwear (even women’s underwear), locking up their
necks with a belt, towing them over the ground,
letting
military dogs bite them, beating them with a whip,
shocking them with electric batons, needling them
sometimes, and putting chemical fluids containing
phosphorus on their wounds. They even forced some of
the these POWs to play “human-body pyramid” while
staying naked, in the presence of US soldiers who were
standing on the roof and mocking at them. They
sometimes sodomized these POWs with lamp pipes and
brooms. Some Iraqi civilians were also fiercely
abused.

The newspaper Pyramid pointed out that the true face
of Americans was exposed through this incident. A
spokesman of the International Committee of the
Red Cross (ICRC) said, sarcastically, that the US has
made the whole world see what the hell a democratic,
law-ruled nation is.

According to US media like the Newsweek and the
Washington Post, as early as several years ago, in US
forces’ prisons in Afghanistan, interrogators
used various kinds of torture tools for acquiring
confession, causing many deaths.

British newspaper The Observer reported on March 14,
2004 that according to a report by the ICRC, US
soldiers had formed a kind of mode for arresting
people even before the Iraq war. “Torture is part of
the process.”

Over 100 former Iraqi high-ranking government and
military officials were put under special custody by
the US military. They stayed 23 hours a day in dark,
small and tightly closed concrete-made wards, where
they were allowed to leave the wards twice a day, with
20 minutes available for taking a bath or going to the
toilet.

On Nov. 26, Iraqi Lieutenant General Abid Hamid Mahmud
al-Tikriti was put in a sleeping bag by force and died
after he was physically tortured during an
interrogation.

According to a latest report by AP, on Feb. 18, 2005,
in November 2003, CIA people hanged dead one of the
so-called “ghost” prisoner in the Abu Ghraib Prison by
fierce means, with his two hands cuffed behind his
back. When he was released with shackles and lowered,
blood gushed from his mouth “as if a faucet had been
turned on.”

Among the 94 abuse cases confirmed and published by
the Office of the US Inspector General for the Filed
Army, 39 people were killed, 20 of these cases were
confirmed as murder. There were also severe child
abuses conducted by the US forces.

At least 107 children were imprisoned in seven prisons
including the Abu Ghraib Prison run by the US forces
in Afghanistan. They were not allowed to get in
contact with their families. Their term in prison was
undetermined. It was not clear when they were going to
be brought court hearing. Some of these children had
been abused. One low-ranking US officer who had served
in the Abu Ghraib Prison testified that US soldiers
abused some of these children in custody, and they had
even assaulted young girls sexually.

What’s more fierce is that US soldiers used military
dogs to frighten these juvenile prisoners to see whose
dog could scare them to lose control on excretion. US
forces had violated the Vienna Convention on
Diplomatic Relations, by detaining two Palestinian
diplomats to Iraq in a prison ward of the Abu
Ghraib Prison, together with 90 other men. They spent
one year in the prison, suffering from very poor
living conditions.

The ICRC believed that abuse of detained Iraqis in the
notorious Abu Ghraib Prison was not a single case. It
was a systematic behavior. According to some White
House documents that were made public on June 22,
2004, the Department of Defense approved to use harsh
means to interrogate prisoners in Guantanamo,
Cuba.

The US Secretary of Defense said in the public that
the Geneva Convention does not mean that all the
detainees, especially those who were so-called
“non-fighting personnel”, should be treated as a POW.
A draft memorandum of the Department of Defense also
claimed that US laws and international conventions,
including the Geneva Convention, which strictly ban
the use of torture, do not apply to US President as
the General Commander of the US Army. A memorandum of
the US Department of Justice makes it even more
clearly that the United States could use international
laws to measure other countries on the issue of the
treatment of POWs, while it is not necessary for
Washington to abide by these laws. The interrogators
were trained to find ways to torture prisoners,
physically, while they should exceed the Geneva
Convention, technically.

Media found that the US soldiers’ behaviors in
humiliating Iraqi prisoners as showed photos were
typically what they were trained for. US Brigadier
General Yanis Karpinski told the press that her boss
once said to her that “prisoners are dogs.” If they
were made to think that they were a bit better than
dogs, they could get out of control.

Meanwhile, the US government has tried for the third
successive year to extend the term of a resolution of
the UN Security Council that soldiers could be
exempted of lawsuit by the International Criminal
Court, even if they break the relevant rules. In view
of prisoner abuses in Iraq, this has been strongly
criticized by the UN General Secretary (Reuters’ story
on June 17,2004).

Former US President Jimmy Carter also criticized that
the US policies formulated by the high-ranking
officials are a kind of retrogression, which has
damaged the principles of democracy and rule of law
and lacked respect for fundamental human rights.

To avoid international scrutiny, the United States
keeps under wraps half of its 20-odd detention centers
worldwide which are holding terrorist suspects.
And at least seven US-controlled clandestine prisons,
one of which dubbed “inferno,” in Afghanistan, have
not been kept within the bounds of law. (Prensa
Latina, Aug. 16, 2004)

In a report by the Human Rights First on 24 US secret
interrogation centers, these secret facilities are
believed to “make inappropriate detention and
abuse not only likely but virtually inevitable.”
(British newspaper the Times, Sept. 11, 2004)

Moreover, an executive jet is being used by the
American intelligence agencies to fly terrorist
suspects to other countries, in a bid to use torture
and evade American laws. The plane is leased by the US
Defense Department and the CIA from a private company
in Massachusetts. Being accused of making so-called
“torture flights,” the jet has conducted more than 300
flights and has flown to 49 destinations outside the
United States, including the Guantanamo Bay prison
camp in Cuba. The suspects are frequently bound,
gagged and sedated before being put on board the plane
(British newspaper the Times,
Nov. 14, 2004). The United States has secretly shifted
thousands of captives worldwide in the past three
years, most of whom were not indicted officially.

The United States is the No. 1 military power in the
world, and its military spending has kept shooting up.
Its fiscal 2005 defense budget hit a historical high
of 422 billion US dollars, an increase of 21 billion
dollars over fiscal 2004. As the biggest arms dealer
in the world, the United States has made a fortune out
of war. Its transactions of conventional weapons
exceeded 14.5 billion dollars in 2003, up 900 million
dollars year-on-year and accounting for 56.7 percent
of the total sales worldwide. The Iraq War has been “a
helping straw” to the US economic development.

The United States frequently commits wanton slaughters
during external invasions and military attacks.
Spain’s Uprising newspaper on May, 12, 2004 published
a list of human rights infringement incidents
committed by the US troops, quoting two bloodthirsty
sayings of two American generals, “The only good
Indians I ever saw were dead” by General Philip
Sheridan and “we should bomb Vietnam back to the stone
age” by air force general Curtis LeMay. We can still
smell a similar bloodiness in the Iraq War waged by
the United States.

Statistics from the health department of the interim
Iraqi government show 3,487 people, including 328
women and children, have been killed and another
13,720 injured in 15 of Iraq’s 18 provinces between
April 15 and Sept. 19 in 2004.

A survey on Iraqi civilian deaths, based on the
natural death rate before the war, estimates that the
US-led invasion might have led to 100,000 more deaths
in the country, with most victims being women and
children.

Jointly designed and conducted by researchers at Johns
Hopkins University, Columbia University and the
Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, the survey also
finds that the majority of the additional, unnatural
deaths since the invasion were caused by violence,
while air strikes from the coalition forces were the
main factor to blame for the violence-caused deaths.
(Associated Press, Oct. 28, 2004)

On Jan. 3, 2004, four US soldiers stationed in Iraq
pushed two Iraqi civilians into the Tigris River,
making one of them drowned.

On May 19, 2004, an American helicopter fired on a
wedding party in a remote Iraqi village close to the
Syrian border, killing 45 people, including 15
children and 10 women. On Nov. 20, 2004, seven people
were killed in Ramadi in the Anbar province when US
troops opened fire on a civilian bus.

According to a Staff Sergeant in the US Marines, his
platoon killed 30 civilians in six weeks. And he has
witnessed the blasphemy and gradual rotting of many
corpses, and a lot of wounded civilians were deserted
without any medical treatment. (British newspaper The
Independent, May 23, 2004)

In addition, the US troops often plunder Iraqi
households when tracking down anti-US militants since
the invasion. The American forces has so far
committed at least thousands of robberies and 90
percent of the Iraqis that have been rummaged are
innocent.

The United States has been hindering the work of the
United Nation’s human rights mechanism. And it either
took no notice of or used delaying tactics on the
requests of relevant UN agencies to visit its
Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba.

Some justice-upholding developing countries introduced
draft resolutions on America’s democracy and human
rights situation to the 59th UN General Assembly, to
show their strong concern over the US human rights
infringement, prisoner abuse, media control, and
loopholes in its election system.

It is the common goal and obligation for all countries
in the world to promote and safeguard human rights. No
country in the world can claim itself as perfect and
has no room for improvement in the human rights area.
And no country should exclude itself from the
international human rights development process, or
view itself as the incarnation of human rights which
can reign over other countries and give orders to the
others. Even the United States shall be no exception.

Despite tons of problems in its own human rights, the
United States continues to stick to its belligerent
stance, wantonly trample on the sovereignty of other
countries, and constantly stage tragedies of human
rights infringement in the world.

Instead of indulging itself in publishing the “human
rights country report” to censure other countries
unreasonably, the United States should reflect
on its erroneous behavior on human rights and take its
own human rights problems seriously. The double
standards of the United States on human rights
and its exercise of hegemonism and power politics
under the pretext of promoting human rights will
certainly put itself in an isolated and passive
position and beget opposition from all just members of
the international community.

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