President Bush has dismissed as "absurd," an Amnesty International report that strongly criticizes the United States on human rights. Mr. Bush told reporters during a White House news conference Tuesday the United States is a country that promotes freedom around the world. He pointed to ongoing prosecution of some of those involved in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq as evidence of U.S. commitment to transparency and human rights. The Amnesty report compared the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Soviet-era prison camps known as gulags. Mr. Bush said the report was based on allegations by prisoners that "hate America." Separately, Mr. Bush defended the strength of the U.S. economy. He called on lawmakers to pass his domestic agenda, including finalizing an energy bill by August and moving forward on Social Security reform.