Prison ships

Sometimes, it’s not terribly hard to understand why the rest of the world doesn’t necessarily buy into the American argument that we’re the good guys:

The United States is operating “floating prisons” to house those arrested in its war on terror, according to human rights lawyers, who claim there has been an attempt to conceal the numbers and whereabouts of detainees. Details of ships where detainees have been held and sites allegedly being used in countries across the world have been compiled as the debate over detention without trial intensifies on both sides of the Atlantic….

“By its own admission, the US government is currently detaining at least 26,000 people without trial in secret prisons, and information suggests up to 80,000 have been ‘through the system’ since 2001. The US government must show a commitment to rights and basic humanity by immediately revealing who these people are, where they are, and what has been done to them.”

This is not exactly what one would describe to be an effective means of implementing the “hearts and minds” strategy which has been declared of supreme importance for ultimate success in the Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism.