- Dec 2012
What about the situation outside of the US? The USA operates an estimated 100 "black sites", secret prisons, around the world. Total number of captives in these locations is impossible to estimate. They're held without due process, and often not even the family knows where these people are. America does in fact make people disappear. It just doesn't usually do it in America. Some people think they're just terrorists being held so it doesn't matter how they're treated, but there are plenty of examples of innocent people that have been and probably continue to be kept in such places, including ironically, innocent Chinese Uighurs in Guantanamo Bay...!
I also don't think that this comparison between freedom in America vs freedom in China, can be made without acknowledging the situation in areas that are or have been under American military control, or even those that are occupied by American proxies . The Chinese don't have such a lethal track record with regard to their international affairs, the way US has in the quest to spread their brand of democracy. A lot of people died including journalists simply doing their job, and a lot of people disappeared. A lot of Americans would like to wash their hands of what happened and pretend they didn't have anything to do with it, but the people in Iraq and Afghanistan and even Pakistan and Yemen don't have such a short memory.