First they called Guantanamo detention facility a GULag, then after considerable public uproar they start calling actual GULag survivors asking whether such a comparison is at all valid.
So far, no confirmation. Not a single one.
Several days ago I received a telephone call from an old friend who is a longtime Amnesty International staffer. He asked me whether I, as a former Soviet “prisoner of conscience” adopted by Amnesty, would support the statement by Amnesty’s executive director, Irene Khan, that the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba is the “gulag of our time.”
In similar vein, I’d like to make a statement, that may or may not be true. I have no idea, I just want to say it because I feel like it.
“Amnesty International is fond of using smear tactics.”
Having said that, I’d like to go on a fishing expedition of my own.
I’d like to ask those who ever were victims of smear and slander whether my statement is true, true to an extent or not true at all.
I set only one condition: before you state your opinion, give at least one example when you were unjustly smeared. Any Single Example. That way we can debate what a smear is and whether AI is indeed using it.