Prison abuse scandals involving U.S. personnel and foreign detainees continue beyond the retraction of the recent Newsweek story. Digging a little
deeper, the Washington Post reports on what FBI investigators found out on the "korans flushed down the toilet" allegations and other forms of
anti-Islamic cultural abuse. Maybe the smell of upline policy directives will never go away.
Guantanamo Guards Accused of Mistreating Koran
Newly Released FBI Documents Detail Allegations
By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Nearly a dozen detainees at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba told FBI interrogators that guards had mistreated copies of the Koran,
including one who said in 2002 that guards "flushed a Koran in the toilet," according to new FBI documents released today.
The summaries of FBI interviews, obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union as part of an ongoing lawsuit, also include allegations that the Koran
was kicked, thrown to the floor and withheld as punishment and that guards mocked Muslim prisoners during prayers.
Records released by the government May 19 to the ACLU and made public today summarizing interviews with detainees.
The release of the new FBI documents comes in the wake of an international uproar over a now-retracted story by Newsweek magazine, which reported that
an internal military report had confirmed that a Koran was flushed down a toilet. The retracted story has been linked by the Bush administration to
deadly riots overseas...
A Defense Department spokesman was not immediately available for comment today. Pentagon officials have said previously that detainee allegations
about the Koran have not been considered credible, although authorities have launched an internal review in the wake of the Newsweek controversy.
"The failure to address these allegations in a timely manner raises grave questions regarding the extent to which such desecration was authorized by
high-ranking U.S. officials in the first place."...
The new documents include other allegations of questionable treatment at Guantanamo, including two reports of beatings by guards and a report that a
female guard told a prisoner she was menstruating and then "wiped blood from her body on his face and head..."
Following the reports of Koran mistreatment by the Red Cross and others, the Pentagon issued rules in January 2003 governing the handling of the book
and forbidding its placement on the floor, near a toilet or in other "dirty/wet areas."
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
I read an ATS post recently that compared the Newsweek allegations of "koran flushing" and subsequent retraction with what happened on CNN
concerning George W Bush's military service record and his unexplained AWOL periods.
The story behind the story can be true, whether it's retracted by the original presenter or not.
These are the days of leaks and propaganda covering who-knows-what evil and muck! It pays to not close your eyes to the possibility that what you are
told is true then what you are told is untrue, may be true. This is proven here, the facts are more substantial than the furore around the
In any event, the kind of abuses listed in the WP article are culturally extremely offensive. I would hope that there are not too many readers here
that would view them as being appropriate treatment of detainees. But this is a diverse readership with broad ranging intellect or lack of, and ethics
or lack of.
Vive le difference.
[edit on 28-5-2005 by ZeddicusZulZorander]