UN “Torture Rapporteur” Manfred Nowak: Get Bush, Get Rumsfeld

Posted by John Rosenthal

The Austrian law professor Manfred Nowak is the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture. He first came to broad public attention in 2006, when he accused the US of practicing torture at Guantánamo Bay. I have written at length about Nowak’s dubious intellectual pedigree in my 2006 essay “The Road to Condemning Guantanamo”. Nowak did not [...]

The Wrong Place at the Wrong Time? (Manfred Nowak vs. KSM on Guantanamo Detainees)

Posted by John Rosenthal

The UN “torture rapporteur,” Manfred Nowak, says that many of the inmates being held at Guantánamo Bay were simply “in the wrong place at the wrong time” when they were taken prisoner in Afghanistan or Pakistan. But someone who presumably knows better disagrees: namely, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – or “KSM” – the former bin Laden [...]

The Road to Condemning Guantanamo

Posted by John Rosenthal

What is the source of the European zeal to have the American detention center in Guantanamo Bay shut down? Perhaps no one has been more zealous in the matter than Manfred Nowak, the Austrian professor and UN Human Rights “expert” who has famously accused the US of practicing torture at Guantanamo. A look at the [...]

What Would Europe Say? The “Foley Affair” in European Perspective

Posted by John Rosenthal

The consensus in the “old” media seems to be that former Congressman Mark Foley’s sometimes salacious electronic communications with teenage interns threatens to demotivate the Republican base and usher in Democratic control of Congress. If this is so, it would be a highly ironic outcome. After all, what substantive argument does the Democratic Party have [...]