Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Truth is Discrediting Thailand

Bangkok Post:

The Foreign Ministry on Tuesday denied a Washington Post news report that there was a secret US prison for international terrorists in Thailand.

Asean Affairs Department director Vitavas Srivihok said the Department of Information will look into the source of the report and release the facts to the public.

"The report may be aimed at discrediting Thailand, as the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)," Mr Vitavas said.

Foreign Affairs Minister Kasit Piromya's secretary Chavanond Intarakomalyasut also insisted there was no secret prison in Thailand. The Thai government had never let the United States build a torture facility in the country.

"Mr Kasit said even though the report was groundless, this issue must be clear as it is discrediting the country," Mr Chavanond said.

According to the Washington Post report, the secret CIA facility was used to interrogate and torture terrorist suspect Abu Zubaida in 2002 after he was captured in Pakistan.

This is the world the Thai media lives in. No regard for truth and all regard for fantasy.

Once again, notice that the Thai media refuses to do any independent investigation of its own, it just accepts whatever the government tells them to think, regardless of how stupid it may sound.

By the way, there is more to this story than one report. Many terrorists were either arrested in Thailand or brought to Thailand from somewhere else and tortured.

The International Red Cross did a report on torture in Thailand also. Did the IRC just write the report back in 2007 to discredit Thailand today?

When Hambali was captured and tortured in Thailand was that to discredit Kasit and Abhisit and their precious ASEAN summit?

When Khalid Sheik Mohammed was brought to Thailand was that just another conspiracy to get Kasit, probably the dumbest foreign minister in the history of foreign relations, and to discredit Thailand?


Mr. Wrigley said...

These folks never cease to amaze

Anonymous said...

I am not sure about foreign media trying to discredit Thailand; but if you are talking about xenophobic foreign journalists, there are quite a few around here.

David Higgs said...

What is the Thai for 'HOW HIGH' ? I would like to know, because it seems to be said quite a lot there when answering America.