Sunday, May 15, 2005
Newsweek murders innocent civilians
"They have looked through the logs, the interrogation logs, and they cannot confirm yet that there were ever the case of the toilet incident, except for one case, a log entry, which they still have to confirm, where a detainee was reported by a guard to be ripping pages out of a Koran and putting in the toilet to stop it up as a protest," he said. "But not where the U.S. did it."[End update]
As you probably know, I normally restrain my posts to critique of the Express-News, but this is too disgusting to let go unremarked.
Newsweek magazine on Sunday said it erred in a May 9 report that said U.S. interrogators desecrated the Koran at Guantanamo Bay, and apologized to the victims of deadly Muslim protests sparked by the article.Sixteen people were killed in Afghanistan during riots provoked by this slanderous Newsweek article. You will excuse me if I am somewhat less than civil in this post.
"We regret that we got any part of our story wrong, and extend our sympathies to victims of the violence and to the U.S. soldiers caught in its midst," Editor Mark Whitaker wrote in the magazine's latest issue, due to appear on U.S. newsstands on Monday.
Whitaker said the magazine inaccurately reported that U.S. military investigators had confirmed that personnel at the detention facility in Cuba had flushed the Koran down the toilet.
As Instapundit notes, "People died, and U.S. military and diplomatic efforts were damaged, because -- let's be clear here -- Newsweek was too anxious to get out a story that would make the Bush Administration and the military look bad."
For once, I must say to those who, against all evidence, maintain the media is not biased against Bush: Kiss. My. Ass. To paraphrase the mindless idiotarian mantra: "Newsweek lied, people died." All just so Newsweek could try to discredit the War on Terrorism.
Newsweek has an accomplice in the murders...a foolish "human rights" lawyer credulous enough to believe his terrorist clients in Guantanamo.
Human rights lawyer Tom Wilner, who represents several Kuwaiti prisoners at Guantanamo, said in February that his clients told him their Korans were thrown on the floor, stepped on and thrown into toilets at Guantanamo.Liar. Traitorous lying lawyer.
And here is the "vigorously critical free press" we keep hearing about:
The magazine said other news organizations had already aired charges of Koran desecration based "only on the testimony of detainees."Based only on the testimony of detainees. They don't believe anything their own government tells them, but they believe everything terrorist detainees tell them.
That pretty much sums up today's "vigorously critical free press."
The only bright side is that now, hopefully, no matter WHAT horrible things are alleged to occur at Guantanamo, no one will believe it. We might even save on a few airline tickets.
This story goes far beyond the biad that Mark correctly points out. People have died due to allegations that never should have been reported on. The MSM seems to forget about integrity when it comes to smearing US troops; being perfectly happy to report on unsubstantiated claims of an anonymous source. How could they not have know that this would lead to violence? Will the rest of the media cover this up like they did with Dan Rather and his fake reporting or will they give this the serious attention it deserves? The authors of this story, and the editors involved, should be canned at the least, and I would not shed a tear if that was the last edition of Newsweek we ever see.
I'm sure that will be cold comfort to the survivors of the 17 people now dead due to his Newsweek "investigative report".
many of what you characterize as "unsubstantiated rumors" were true
And since you bring it up, I also have to point out that we don't know if these latest rumors are true or not. Isikoff's source is still saying that there are government documents detailing this type of abuse, just not in the report he said at first. Whether he is credible or not we don't know, but this is not the first time these rumors have come up.
"Whitaker said the magazine inaccurately reported that U.S. military investigators had confirmed that personnel at the detention facility in Cuba had flushed the Koran down the toilet."
Newsweek says the report was "inaccurate" so I guess for now we know that the allegations are not true.
First off, I'm not defending the sloppy reporting by Newsweek reporter Isikoff. We now know that his report about U.S. military investigators confirming these reports may not be accurate. But just because a story is not confirmed by some official source does not mean that it is thereby false. As I noted above, there have been other reports by news organizations and human rights groups documenting these types of allegations. We don't know whether or not these allegations coming from former prisoners are accurate, but considering what we do know was going on at Gitmo and Abu Gharib it would not be surprising.
As for the riots in Afghanistan and elsewhere, it is almost random chance that the people who instigated them settled on this brief report to use to stir people up when there are many other examlpes of things they could have used to incite anti-American reactions. It is indeed tragic, but to say that Newsweek's sloppy reporting is directly responsible for the violence is a gross exaggeration.
Documenting allegations that Americans desecrated the Koran in order to abuse prisoners? Sorry if you are being jumped on here, Mike, and I appreciate your hanging around to discuss this...but I am going to have to insist on a few citations for the above claim. The DailyKos link cites four unsubstantiated claims by detainees who have - as we have seen from their terrorist training manuals - been trained to claim abuse and torture if they find themselves in captivity...hardly a valid source.
I don't recall any "insurgent" hostages being provided with a Bible prior to being beheaded.
Yet the "vigorously critical free press" consistently portrays us as the evildoers.
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