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WP Claims More Koran Outrages And Abuses

From the DNC’s house organ, the Washington Post:

FBI Reports Duct-Taping, ‘Baptizing’ at Guantanamo

By Dan Eggen

Wednesday, January 3, 2007; A01

FBI agents witnessed possible mistreatment of the Koran at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including at least one instance in which an interrogator squatted over Islam’s holy text in an apparent attempt to offend a captive, according to bureau documents released yesterday.

In October 2002, a Marine captain allegedly squatted over a copy of the Koran during intensive questioning of a Muslim prisoner, who was "incensed" by the tactic, according to an FBI agent. A second agent described similar events, but it is unclear from the documents whether it was a separate case.

In another incident that month, interrogators wrapped a bearded prisoner’s head in duct tape "because he would not stop quoting the Koran," according to an FBI agent, the documents show. The agent, whose account was corroborated by a colleague, said that a civilian contractor laughed about the treatment and was eager to show it off.

The reports amount to new and separate allegations of religiously oriented tactics used against Muslim prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. After an erroneous report of Koran abuse prompted deadly protests overseas in 2005, the U.S. military conducted an investigation that confirmed five incidents of intentional and unintentional mishandling the book at the detention facility. They acknowledged that soldiers and interrogators had kicked the Koran, had stood on it and, in one case, had inadvertently sprayed urine on a copy.

The reports released yesterday were the result of an internal survey conducted in 2004 by the FBI, which asked nearly 500 employees who had served at Guantanamo Bay to report possible mistreatment by law enforcement or military personnel. More than two dozen incidents were reported, including some that the government had revealed in earlier document releases.

The new documents were turned over as part of an ongoing lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union.

In them, FBI employees said they had witnessed 26 incidents of possible mistreatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, including previously reported cases in which prisoners were shackled to the floor for extended periods of time or subjected to sexually suggestive tactics by female interrogators.

In a previously unreported allegation, one interrogator bragged to an FBI agent that he had forced a prisoner to listen to "Satanic black metal music for hours," then dressed as a Catholic priest before "baptizing" him.

One agent reported being told that while questioning male captives, female interrogators would sometimes wet their hands and touch detainees’ faces in order to interrupt their prayers. Such actions would make some Muslims consider themselves unclean and unable to continue praying

An FBI memorandum that accompanied the documents emphasized that none of the incidents involved agency or Justice Department employees. It said the reports concerned personnel from other government agencies or outside contractors.

Jameel Jaffer, deputy director of the ACLU’s National Security Program, said the new documents highlight the need for more focused and aggressive investigation of allegations of detainee abuse at Guantanamo Bay. He questioned how aggressively the FBI pursued the allegations by its employees, because authorities conducted follow-up interviews in only nine of the 26 cases.

"More comprehensive investigation is needed, not only into the scope of abuses but into the root causes and policies that led to those incidents," Jaffer said.

Some previously reported tactics mentioned in the new documents include wrapping a prisoner in an Israeli flag, subjecting others to extreme heat and cold, and aggressively using strobe lights on others…

The folks at the Washington Post are at it again. They are trying to stir up outrage on the "Arab street" to get more of our troops murdered.

Never mind that these allegations are five years old. That they have already been reported and investigated. That they were (maybe) perpetrated by a contractor rather than a soldier or DOD employee or an FBI agent.

That there have since been strict new policies put into place to protect the "dignity" of these prisoners. Never mind that this whole article is based upon a ACLU press release. 

We have to concentrate on the outrage of it all!

And it’s not like the Washington Post hasn’t gone down this path before, as even they are forced to cryptically mention in passing:

After an erroneous report of Koran abuse prompted deadly protests overseas in 2005…

Lest we forget, it was the Washington Post’s partner Newsweek who published the "Koran Flushed Down Toilet" lies, which got a number of our soldiers and others killed.

But the Post and Newsweek hate this country so much they will publish anything to help out enemies and to hurt our cause.

Meanwhile, speaking of desecration:

Photo

[Reuters caption:] Saddam Hussein holds a cigar while he kisses the Koran in the holy shrine of Sammara, 75 miles north of Baghdad in this March 12, 1998 file photo. U.S.-backed Iraqi television station Al Hurra said Saddam Hussein had been executed by hanging shortly before 6 a.m. on December 30, 2006.

Saddam is shown kissing the Koran while smoking a cigar? Where is the outrage?

In fact, the wire services ran this photo after Saddam’s execution to demonstrate to the "Arab street" what a devote Muslim Saddam Hussein was.

Which of course is also a lie. But never mind.

It advances the media’s agenda — which is to engender more hatred of the US.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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