Skip to comments.U.S. confirms Gitmo soldier kicked Quran
Posted on 06/03/2005 4:38:21 PM PDT by Kokojmudd
By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon on Friday confirmed for the first time that a U.S. soldier deliberately kicked a Guantanamo Bay prisoner's Muslim holy book in violation of the military's rules for handling the Quran.
In other confirmed incidents, prison guards threw water balloons in a cell block, causing an unspecified number of Qurans to get wet; a guard's urine splashed on a detainee and his Quran; an interrogator stepped on a Quran during an interrogation; and a two-word obscenity was written in English on the inside cover of a Quran.
The findings are among the results of an investigation last month by Brig. Gen. Jay Hood, the commander of the detention center in Cuba, that was triggered by a Newsweek magazine report - later retracted - that a U.S. soldier had flushed one Guantanamo Bay detainee's Quran down a toilet.
The story stirred worldwide controversy and the Bush administration blamed it for deadly demonstrations in Afghanistan.
Last week, Hood disclosed that he had confirmed five cases of mishandling of the Quran, but he refused to provide details. Allegations of Quran desecration at Guantanamo Bay have led to anti-American passions in many Muslim nations, although Pentagon officials have insisted that the problems were relatively minor and that U.S. commanders have gone to great lengths to enable detainees to practice their religion in captivity.
Hood said last week that he found no credible evidence that a Quran was ever flushed down a toilet. He said a prisoner who was reported to have complained to an FBI agent in 2002 that a military guard threw a Quran in the toilet has since told Hood's investigators that he never witnessed any form of Quran desecration.
Surely, Bush ordered these incidents. Nice timing for the Sunday shows. Will it ever end? Liberalism is a mental disease.
Who gives a Shiite?...listen closely as I drop kick one of my five versions of the Qur'an across the floor for my cats to chase...Cornpone
There is an easy answer to this. Rule 1) No muslim prisoners get to have the Koran. Just ban them all together from POW camps.
Can we just surrender already?
Confiscate the damn books and burn them.
CNSNews.com) - Bibles found in the possession of visitors to Saudi Arabia are routinely confiscated by customs officials, and in some cases copies allegedly have been put through a paper shredder, according to religious rights campaigners.
There aren't 10% of the american public that care about this story. The press is just trying to cause our president problems in the global community. If he let's those problems effect how we fight this war... that's his own fault.
When will the hate ever stop?
Hey...hey..no need to try to inject common sense into this mess.
What are you trying to do?
You must be one of them there 'agitaters'.
You're so right and we should feed them pork. Some good eastern NC BBQ with a vinegar based sauce(the best). Oh, and serve it to them on pages of the Koran.
Clinton, Kennedy, Kerry et al!
But, but, the MSM tells us the terr perps are the good guys. They only blow up innocent Muslims and lob their heads off, Korans not withstanding et al.
Medals, promotions and choice of next assignment should be awarded the Gitmo guards. Do not kowtow to these Islamic scum.
How many qurans were destroyed when the latest mosque was blown up by "fellow muslims"? Its ok for them to desecrate it ?
Allah goes down on little boys in hell.
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