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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Attacks on Newsweek: Lies or Incompetence?

This is a breaking story that's spreading rapidly around the Web, and it begs the above question. When the White House and all of their propaganda monkeys on the right went on the warpath against Newsweek, it was well-known on the left that reports of Koran-trashing have been around for years.

Documents released by the FBI today show that the government has known about it for years, too. Which means one of two things: A) the White House knows about the reports and lied about thm to the American public, or B) the White House don't know how the prosecution of their "war on terror" is being carried out, and their attacks were made through ignorance. Lying or incompetent? It can only be one of the two.

From the story:

NEW YORK -- New documents released by the FBI include previously undisclosed interviews in which prisoners at Guantánamo complain that guards have mistreated the Koran, the American Civil Liberties Union said today. In one 2002 summary, an FBI interrogator notes a prisoner’s allegation that guards flushed a Koran down the toilet.

The disclosure comes on the heels of controversy over a Newsweek report saying that government investigators had corroborated an almost identical incident. Newsweek ultimately retracted its story because a confidential government source could not be confirmed.