This video from the USA is called Guantanamo Witness Against Torture, DC 4-18.
From Associated Press:
Dutch lawmakers offended by Rep. Lantos
10/27/2007, 5:42 a.m. CDT
By DESMOND BUTLER
WASHINGTON — Dutch lawmakers who visited the Guantanamo Bay military prison this week said they were offended by a testy exchange in Washington with a senior congressional Democrat.
The lawmakers said that Rep. Tom Lantos [from the Right wing of the Democratic party], D-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told them that “Europe was not as outraged by Auschwitz as by Guantanamo Bay.”
To Mr. Lantos: during the nazis’ Auschwitz mass murders, the Netherlands were occupied and parliament could not meet. It is correct that the governments on the Allied side did not pay enough attention to Hitler’s Holocaust while it was going on. The railroads to, and the SS guards barracks, of the death camps were not bombed. However, that criticism includes the United States government.
Mariko Peter [sic. Peters], a member of the Dutch Green Party, who began the exchange with Lantos, said she took notes of the remarks.
A Lantos aide said he realizes that the Guantanamo facility does harm to the reputation of the United States and has praised judges who ruled in favor of extending legal rights to prisoners. He has not, however, suggested that the prison be closed.
Before the Guantanamo exchange, the lawmakers had discussed a debate in the Netherlands about whether the country should maintain its 1,600 troops serving in NATO’s Afghanistan operations.
“You have to help us, because if it was not for us you would now be a province of Nazi Germany,” Lantos said, according to the Dutch lawmakers.
Partly true. However, the actual liberation of the Netherlands was mainly by the Canadian, not by the US, armed forces. As for the defeat of nazi Germany in general: according to military historians, 85% of Hitler’s soldiers died on the eastern front, against the Red Army of the Soviet Union. According to Lantos’ logic, if the Soviet Union would still exist and be governed in the way of Joseph Stalin, the Netherlands and other countries should say ‘yes’ if it would ask for military help.
“The comments killed the debate,” said Harry van Bommel, a member of the Socialist Party. “It was insulting and counterproductive.”
A Lantos spokeswoman said Lantos was not available and had no comment.
The Dutch government soon will announce whether its troops will stay in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan, where they recently have begun an anti-Taliban offensive backed by British and Afghan forces. Lantos has praised the Netherlands’ contribution to the Afghan mission.
“It was a diplomatically strange situation,” Peters said. “The mere suggestion that the United States could be compared with Nazi Germany is so flawed.”
It was not the first time that Lantos had offended European political circles. In May, he lashed out at the former leaders of France and Germany. His comments, which included calling former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder a “political prostitute,” provoked a rebuke from German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
The lawmakers, from the Dutch House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee, were invited to visit Guantanamo and Washington by the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, Roland Arnall. The lawmakers also met senior Bush administration officials, including Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte and Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England.
Members of the delegation said they were given an extensive tour of the Guantanamo Bay prison, which has been heavily criticized by human rights groups.
The Associated Press report forgets to mention that the parliamentarians were not allowed to talk to prisoners, which made the visit one-sided.
Most of the delegation called for the closing of Guantanamo.
“We have to close Guantanamo because it symbolizes for me everything that is wrong with this war on terror,” Peters said.
But at least one member disagreed.
“Let’s not forget we are in a state of war — not only the United States but also my country — with Islamic terrorists,” said the far right Freedom Party leader, Geert Wilders. “I think we could only learn from Guantanamo.”
Talking about Afghanistan, from the British Daily Mail:
RAF ‘knew of fuel leak that was to kill my son’
Last updated at 18:51pm on 26th October 2007
DEFENCE chiefs knew their ageing Nimrod planes were suffering fuel leaks months before one exploded in Afghanistan last year killing 14 servicemen, it emerged last night.
The father of one of the men who died yesterday accused the Ministry of Defence and RAF of being “negligent” and responsible for “killing” his son.
Sgt Ben Knight, 25, died when the Nimrod surveillance plane he was travelling on exploded 12 miles west of Kandahar in September 2006.
His father, Graham Knight, said he had “leaked emails” from officers detailing problems with the Nimrod.