NBC Evening News for Sunday, May 22, 2005
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) U.N. criticism of US treatment of prisoners in Afghanistan noted.
(New York: Pat Dawson) Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai's US visit featured; scenes shown from Boston; details given from the "New York Times" story on prisoner abuse by US Army personnel. [KARZAI - thanks Americans for helping.] [On CNN, KARZAI - says we want justice for this brutal behavior.] [U.N. spokesman in Afghanistan Richard PROVENCHER- says this abuse is unacceptable.] Karzai's desire to get custody of Afghan prisoners & more influence over US military operations & his personal difficulty in maintaining the US as an ally will showing his independence to the Muslim world noted. [Middle East expert Walid PHARES- says President Bush needs Karzai, period.]