How government ‘bungled the war on terrorism’
February 19, 2009 by Personal Liberty News Desk
A politician and former UN official has said that America’s "war on terror" contributed to an erosion of human and civil rights around the world.
Mary Robinson, former Irish President and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the U.S. government’s response to 9/11 is to be blamed for much of the disillusionment plaguing human rights and anti-terror advocates around the world, according to Reuters.
"Seven years after 9/11 it is time to take stock and repeal abusive laws and policies," she was quoted as saying at a news conference in Geneva. She added that American policies may inspire other countries to follow suit and break human rights.
In her view, "We are not more secure. We are more divided, and people are more cynical about the operation of laws."
Shortly after taking office, President Obama signed an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and prohibit the use of torture, but he did not explicitly ban the controversial practice known as "extraordinary rendition."
Four human and civil rights organizations have recently written a letter to the president demanding full access to the detainees at Guantanamo to review the conditions of confinement and make recommendations for revising U.S. policies.