Feb
08
2011

U.S. Outraged Over Cuban Detention Practices

OnFebruary 5 theAssociated Press ran a story about a case in Cuba:

Prosecutors are charging jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross with "acts against the integrity and independence" of Cuba and requesting a 20-year prison term, state news media reported Friday, dimming hopes he would be allowed to go home soon.

Further down, as one would expect, is a response from the United States:

Gloria Berbena, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, which Washington maintains instead of an embassy, said his "imprisonment without charges for more than a year is contrary to all international human-rights obligations."


Now that is rich. A news outlet might want to point out the well-known fact that elsewhere on Cuba, the United States has built a detention facility to do precisely that toprisoners under U.S. control. But the AP is not that impolite.

(h/t JJ, who spotted the piece in his local paper)

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