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Hi, I'm Bill O'Reilly. Thank you for watching us tonight.
Well, our pals at Amnesty International out with a new report that rips America's conduct in the war on terror, and that is the subject of this evening's Talking Points Memo.
I've pretty much had it with Amnesty International. From the very beginning of this war, literally weeks after 3,000 Americans were dead on the ground, that human rights agency has been sniping away at us. The conclusion of its latest report is that the USA has fought the war on terror at the expense of human rights and has eroded its credibility on humanitarian issues.
Amnesty is upset because the Bush administration has detained more than 1,000 people here, mostly Arab and Muslim men, in the terror investigation. The organization also objects to the battlefield terrorists being held at Guantanamo Bay.
This is so much nonsense, it hurts. America has spent billions of dollars trying to dismantle al Qaeda, a threat to the entire world. You and I are protecting the human rights of the Afghans, the Egyptians, the Europeans, and everybody else on the planet by funding our government's war on terror. We are not the violators here, we are the good guys.
But not in the eyes of Amnesty International. Of course Middle Eastern men in this country illegally have been detained. Why wouldn't they be? They should be deported as soon as possible, but only after we've investigated them fully. If you come to America illegally, don't expect a welcome wagon. Maybe Amnesty should look up the world -- the word "illegally."
And as for the suspected terrorists at Guantanamo, what are we supposed to do with them? Again, these were non-Afghans fighting for Usama bin Laden. They have no rights under international law because bin Laden isn't a soldier, he's a criminal. Get it, Amnesty? No. That's asking too much.
In 10 days, I am going down to Guantanamo Bay for a firsthand look. Maybe I'll change my mind, but I doubt it. Most other countries would have executed these criminals simply for taking up arms to support bin Laden.
Amnesty International lives in a world devoid of reason. They apparently don't see the global threat that Muslim fanatics present. They only see a limited picture of human rights violations. Have those violations happened? Of course. It is -- is it the prevailing policy in the USA? No, it's not. Unlike China, Iraq, North Korea, and many other countries, the U.S. continues to respect and fight for freedom.
But there will be no freedom if savages are allowed to violate all the rules of civilization, and the world's protector, America, cannot fight them effectively.
No innocent person should be incarcerated or should be hurt, but sometimes that happens in war. And make no mistake about it, this is a world war every bit as threatening as the Nazi menace. If terrorists get nuclear or bacterial weapons, even Amnesty International will feel the pain.
Talking Points is disgusted that this organization continues to lack perspective and continues to take shots at America. They should be ashamed.
And that's the memo.
The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day
Time for "The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day."
As you know the radiowaves in America are full of shock jocks, who often do outrageous things to get ratings. That's one of the reasons we started The Radio Factor, go give Americans an alternative to that. Anyway, two men in Moline, Illinois say they were duped into getting a tattoo by a shock jock. They men say they were promised $30,000 a year for five years if they would tattoo the station call letters on their foreheads. You see the result.
One thing, they didn't get the money. The men are now suing, but without a written contract, their chances are slim. Another thing working against them, they are ridiculous.
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