Anne Applebaum argues that Amnesty International is biased when they accuse the US government of human rights abuses. The truth is that Amnesty are neutral observers who tell it how they see it. It really worries me that Americans can blame the messenger but ignore the message.

Perhaps the USA's violations of human rights are done with more media-savvy than Stalin or Mugabe managed. Perhaps they are better targeted at 'them' rather than 'people like us'. They are no less wrong.

I fear that things are going to have to get a whole lot worse before they start getting better.