In One Eye

Wednesday, May 25, 2005
I can't believe people will find this surprising. I certainly don't.
Nearly a dozen detainees at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba told FBI interrogators that guards had mistreated copies of the Koran, including one who said in 2002 that guards "flushed a Koran in the toilet," according to new FBI documents released today.

The summaries of FBI interviews, obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union as part of an ongoing lawsuit, also include allegations that the Koran was kicked, thrown to the floor and withheld as punishment and that guards mocked Muslim prisoners during prayers.

The release of the new FBI documents comes in the wake of an international uproar over a now-retracted story by Newsweek magazine, which reported that an internal military report had confirmed that a Koran was flushed down a toilet. The retracted story has been linked by the Bush administration to deadly riots overseas.
It's become pretty much a truism that what the Bushies attack as counter to their agenda ultimately turns out to be true.

Given the fact that it's the Washington Post—the newspaper that owns Newsweek—that's reporting this story, will Newsweek be directed to retract its retraction?