This from The Washington Post:
Detainees told FBI interrogators as early as April 2002 that mistreatment of the Koran was widespread at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and many said they were severely beaten by captors there or in Afghanistan, according to FBI documents released yesterday.
The summaries of FBI interviews, obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union as part of an ongoing lawsuit, include a dozen allegations that the Koran was kicked, thrown to the floor or withheld as punishment. One prisoner said in August 2002 that guards had "flushed a Koran in the toilet" and had beaten some detainees.
But the Pentagon said yesterday that the same prisoner, who is still in custody, was reinterviewed on May 14 and "did not corroborate" his earlier claim about the Koran.
"We still have found no credible allegations that a Koran was flushed down a toilet at Guantanamo," Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said in a statement last night.
**GOI Comment: Hmm. Let's see. So we didn't flush the Quran but we DID kick, throw to the floor or withhold the Quran as punishment. As if kicking the Holy Quran is any better then flushing it down a toilet!! Muslims consider the Quran to be the living world of Allah (God) just as the Christians believe of the Bible. How many God fearing Muslims are going to be relieved that we (American's) "only" kicked the Quran rather then flushed it down the toilet?? This is like saying that no, I didn't punch my wife in the face but I did kick her in the shins. Either way it is an abuse.
WOW, WHAT A RELIEF!!! The kicking of the Quran incidents are mentioned like they are somehow less offensive and somwhat justifiable. This is as much an outrage as if it we were indeed flushing the Quran down the toilet.
The article goes on:
Whitman said in his statement last night that al Qaeda members have been trained to lie about their treatment during incarceration, and that officials at Guantanamo Bay have had "a great deal of sensitivity to the importance of the Koran and other religious items and practices and . . . extensive procedures were put in place to respect the cultural dignity of the Koran."
**GOI Comment: Hmm. That's interesting. Why would we be releasing al Qaeda members in the first place? I thought that they were the enemy?? Sure there are going to be a few people who lie about their treatment and yes al Qaeda members are not the most credible people but does that mean we are to believe everything that U.S. officials say about Guantanamo Bay? We are to believe that dozens of prisoners collaborated to all say that they saw the Quran being kicked around like a soccer ball when none of them didn't? This is epecially difficult to swallow when the United States does not exactly have the best track record of credibility either given Abu Ghraib and the 2 prisoner deaths in Afghanistan. Besides, I highly doubt that these prisoners are given much access to one another. Even ONE accurate example of Quran desecration is too many and should not be tolerated if we are going to try and "spread Democracy" and "human rights" in the world.
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