Human rights? … depends

Human rights ... to the USA, they depend on its goals in a particular country

Details emerge of China activist’s escape

The president tries to “balance our commitment to human rights” while continuing “to carry out our relationships with key countries overseas,” John Brennan, Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, said on Fox News.

In China, the US Embassy shelters a Chinese human rights activist.

In Thailand, the US Embassy abandons a US Citizen to the Thai human rights gulag.

In the one case the goal is to embarass a unilaterally declared ‘enemy’ : China.

In the other the goal is to reward a non-NATO ally, a convenient site of extraordinary rendition : Thailand.

Torture … in Thailand or the USA, a fish rots from the head.

After Obama assumed office, Brennan was one of those most fiercely opposed to Obama’s release of the “torture memos,” lest they expose his own guilty knowledge and activist role. The Senate Intelligence Committee started looking into all this several years ago and, reportedly, is still doing so.

AmCit, as the apparatchiks at the US Embassy say, Joe Gordon remains in a Thai prison in recompense for the extraordinary services rendered to the criminal, rogue government of the United States of America by the Kingdom of Thailand.

May Day

More from that ‘champion’ of human rights in the White House, Brennan defends US drone attacks despite risks to civilians War Crimes

“Unfortunately, in war, there are casualties, including among the civilian population, … Sometimes you have to take life to save lives,”

5 May

‘Human Rights Won’t Get in the Way’: The Selling Out of a Chinese Dissident

When the blind self-taught lawyer Chen made his brave dash for freedom from his house imprisonment in rural Shandong Province, leaving behind his wife and two children, he naively believed that the US Embassy and State Department would stand firm in his defense, helping him to win some justice in his own country, where he hoped to stay and continue to use the law to help establish freedom and the rule of law. He naively believed that the US would stand firmly in defense of not only him but of his very vulnerable family.

Poor Chen should have paid attention to the statements of Secretary of State Clinton, who days after his escape from home confinement was due to arrive with banker’s hack Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to talk business with China, and to try and win Chinese diplomatic support for American action against North Korea and Iran, two allies of China.

Back in February 2009, on an earlier visit to China, Clinton had told Chinese officials and reporters that while the US would “continue to press” China on human rights, as well as the issues of Tibet and Taiwan, these things would not be allowed to get in the way of what she called the more pressing and immediate priorities. As she put it, “Our pressing on those issues can’t interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis, and the security crisis.”

Chen’s fate was sealed before he entered the US Embassy.

If he manages to escape China with his long-suffering wife and kids, it will not be because of the Americans, who already sold him down the river for the lure of Chinese profits. It will be because Chinese authorities decide they have more to gain in the court of world and domestic opinion by releasing “on humanitarian grounds,” a figure who actually is not that well known in any case among Chinese people, than they do from imprisoning him further and making a martyr of him domestically and abroad.

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