More Koran Flushing Reports

The ACLU released a FBI memo that contains a prisoners report of a Guantanamo guard flushing a Koran.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An FBI agent wrote in a 2002 document made public on Wednesday that a detainee held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had accused American jailers there of flushing the Koran down a toilet.

The Pentagon said the allegation was not credible.

…The newly released document, dated Aug. 1, 2002, contained a summary of statements made days earlier by a detainee, whose name was redacted, in two interviews with an FBI special agent, whose name also was withheld, at the Guantanamo prison for foreign terrorism suspects.

The American Civil Liberties Union released the memo and other FBI documents it obtained from the government under court order through the Freedom of Information Act.I’ve seen various sites claim that Newsweek is vindicated, nothing could be further from the truth. Here’s what I had to say about the story last week,

The point is not that such allegations existed; it is that Newsweek reported that a US government investigation had (or would) conclude that such event took place.

No one (to my knowledge) is arguing a few detainees (and/or their lawyers) hadn’t made allegations concerning Koran desecration, yet [Andrew] Sullivan implies that those charges somehow lend credence to Newsweek’s shabby reporting. Sullivan then gets swept up in the “look at all the other prisoner abuse stories” mentality that presumably led Newsweek to run with such a poorly sourced report.”Nothing has changed…

Previous Coverage

Koran-In-The-Crapper Scorecard – Drudge Edition
Newsweek’s Fungible Editorial Standards
Newsweek’s Hail Mary?
Defending Newsweek
Quote Of The Day – We Didn’t Start The Fire Edition
Carrie Underwood Wins American Idol
Bill Gates Stars In Napoleon Dynamite Parody


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