Monday, May 23, 2005

NewsWEAK Part 2

"May 30 issue - What really happened at Guantanamo? Last week, amid the heat of the controversy over NEWSWEEK's retracted story, new details about the issue of alleged mistreatment of the Qur'an emerged.
The International Committee of the Red Cross announced that it had provided the Pentagon with confidential reports about U.S. personnel disrespecting or mishandling Qur'ans at Gitmo in 2002 and 2003. Simon Schorno, an ICRC spokesman, said the Red Cross had provided "several" instances that it believed were "credible." The ICRC report included three specific allegations of offensive treatment of the Qur'an by guards."

So here we go again with more of the same allegation ... but wait ... there is actually an interesting twist. Not only do they name a source, but the actually eventually list the allegations ... after making sure any reader gets the idea that it's nothing but abuse by the U.S. Shall we review?

1. "VanNatta recounted that in 2002, the inmates suddenly started yelling that the guards had thrown a Qur'an on or near an Asian-style squat toilet." (A bleeping detainee did it).

2. "guards or interrogators mishandled their Qur'ans. In one case, a female guard allegedly knocked a Qur'an from its pouch onto the detainee's bed."

3. "detainees became upset after two MPs, looking for contraband, felt the pouch containing a prisoner's Qur'an.

4. "While questioning a detainee, an interrogator allegedly put a Qur'an on top of a TV set, took it off when the detainee complained, then put it back on."

5. "guards somehow sprayed water on a detainee's Qur'an."

6. "a guard inadvertently knocked a Qur'an from its pouch onto the floor of a detainee's cell".

All I can say is ... WOOPIE FREAKIN' DO! BOO HOO!!!

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