Canada, supposedly a US ally, makes reference to American war tactics that put the US on par with a terrorist state.
America is a terrorist state -- An ally dares say what must be said
January 18, 2008 - 8:04am | By DOUG THOMPSON
Canada has dared admit what other U.S. allies will not: America is a terrorist state that tortures prisoners and violates international law.
A Canadian Foreign Affairs Department training manual, Torture Awareness Workshop Reference Materials, defines torture and lists Guantanamo Bay and the United States, along with Afghanistan, China, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Syria as nations which torture prisoners and abuse human rights.
This is not an enemy of the United States making wild claims about “the Great Satan” of America. It’s not even our sometimes ally France. This is Canada, one of this county’s strongest allies.
While Canada didn't come out and say flatly that America is a "terrorist state," the manual clearly identifies this nation as one that uses terror techniques in direct violation of international law. In our book, that makes us the United Terrorist States of America.
On one Foreign Affairs Department web site link
, you can find this thought on Guantanamo:
The Guantanamo base is, for Cuba, one of the most humiliating and even dangerous elements of the residue of the incomplete sovereignty the country knew before the 1959 Revolution. The base arrangement was imposed on Cuba as part of the deal whereby US occupation forces finally left the bulk of the island and independence was formally achieved in 1902. The agreement establishing its presence can, of course, only be ended with the agreement of both parties and, despite repeated Cuban attempts to convince the United States to abandon the base, Washington has been unwilling to do so. It is generally agreed that this stance is related much more to overall political questions than to any present particular strategic need for the installation.
The United States pays a miniscule rent each year for the base to the Cuban government but as a matter of pride, all these cheques have been retained and not cashed since the Revolution. Despite the impact of the base on other traffic in Guantanamo Bay, the United States is not obliged in the 1903 accord to provide details of ship movements into or out of their territory. Until recently, it has also been US practice not to provide such information. Indeed, it is Cuban shipping which is obliged to move through special channels in order to enter and exit the bay and to advise US authorities of their intentions. And it is only through Cuban military intelligence that national authorities have in the past had some idea of likely movements. There are some reports that this has changed somewhat over recent months and that the United States is now more cooperative, but it has been impossible to confirm this. If this were proven to be true it would be important for the argument of bilateral confidence building being made here.