Monday, May 16, 2005

Newsweek Claims Torture at Gitmo ... Maybe

But they're sorry either way.

Last week Newsweek printed a story that claimed U.S. soldiers in Guantanamo Bay, where we know things are running smoothly, flushed a copy of the Koran as part of pyschological torture. Newsweek has since said that its sources might not be accurate. Ooops!

The story went on to say:

These findings, expected in an upcoming report by the U.S. Southern Command in Miami, could put former Gitmo commander Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller in the hot seat. Two months ago a more senior general, Air Force Lt. Gen. Randall Schmidt, was placed in charge of the SouthCom probe, in part, so Miller could be questioned. The FBI e-mails indicate that FBI agents quarreled repeatedly with military commanders, including Miller and his predecessor, retired Gen. Michael Dunleavy, over the military's more aggressive techniques. "Both agreed the bureau has their way of doing business and DOD has their marching orders from the SecDef," one e-mail stated, referring to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

So a report was going to be released anyway by the U.S. that would look bad for Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller. Newsweek jumped the gun on this story. I wonder what the Schmidt report will say.

Now it really doesn't matter if this actually happened at Guantanamo or not--the international Muslium community has made up its mind on the U.S. and our MSM. Needless to say, violent riots followed in Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan.

In his quasi-apologetic editor's note, Mark Whitaker said:

"Although other major news organizations had aired charges of Qur'an desecration based only on the testimony of detainees, we believed our story was newsworthy because a U.S. official said government investigators turned up this evidence."

Three things are going to happen because of this story. The Right is going to continue its"Liberal Media Conspiracy" while the MSM at large does not bother to look any further into torture tactics being used at Guantanamo, Muslium and Middle Eastern hatred for the U.S. will continue to rise and everyone back home in the U.S. will continue to ignore the prisoners in Cuba.

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