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  • Muslims Have Desecrated Bibles and Churches: So what is all the mob angst over the Koran?

    05/29/2005 3:35:06 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 46 replies · 1,116+ views
    VDH Private Papers ^ | May 29, 2005 | Bruce Thornton
    The images of Muslims rampaging over rumors and unproven allegations of “Koran abuse” are troubling — but not because of the behavior of the mobs. What else should we expect from fanatics whose religion justifies a toxic combination of arrogant superiority, spiritual entitlement, and corrosive resentment over history's repudiation of their inflated estimation of their world-historical role? Their minds addled by this brew, they find it perfectly reasonable to believe gratifying fantasies in which 9/11 was the handiwork of Zionist agents, the United States has spent lives and treasure liberating Iraqi Muslims in a scheme to acquire oil, and Jews...
  • Whose Side Is the American Press On, Anyway? The Newsweek-bashing is justified

    05/29/2005 9:46:51 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 13 replies · 730+ views
    The Free Lance-Star [Fredericksburg, VA] ^ | May 29, 2005 | Bob Sargeant
    In his recent column ["Media doing a poor job, but maybe not for the reasons you think," May 22], Rick Mercier said "there's nothing wrong with slamming sloppy journalism." Mercier then uses one of the weakest weasel words in journalism — "may" — as the linchpin of his argument: "And then let's acknowledge that the Newsweek article was not the first and only report of U.S. interrogators desecrating the Quran — there have been several others by U.S. and British news outlets and by groups such as the International Committee of the Red Cross. So American interrogators may indeed be...
  • From the Right-Weak news

    05/28/2005 7:54:13 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 5 replies · 329+ views
    The Barnstable Patriot ^ | May 28, 2005 | Steve Tefft
    Some questions, answers and general observations about the recent flap involving Newsweek magazine and the infamous, flushing-the-Koran allegation: 1) Was Newsweek wrong to print the story? Yes. Apart from the ideological ramifications of the incident (more on those later), publishing the story was simply bad journalism. The magazine claimed it had sources for the allegation. Sources (plural) turned out to be “source”(singular), which turned out to be someone who thought he heard proof of the allegation. That’s hardly a strong base upon which to build a case for running such a potentially explosive accusation. Writers generally learn about this in...
  • Wee Willie WaPo

    05/28/2005 6:52:49 PM PDT · by Archon of the East · 4 replies · 477+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 28th, 2005 | Dennis Sevakis
    In the ‘70’s TV series Kung Fu, David Carradine’s Kwai Chang Caine, affectionately known as “Grasshopper”, is told by one of his masters that when he is so graceful that he can adroitly walk upon the rice paper without leaving a trace, his learning will be complete. He will then be ready to wander the world imbued with wisdom, powered spiritually, and armored impervious by the Shaolin arts. The more I read, hear and see of what emanates from the liberal MSM and the foreign press, the more I get the feeling that they demand of the United States a...
  • All the news that's fit to slur U.S.

    05/28/2005 4:56:40 PM PDT · by Valin · 10 replies · 564+ views
    Toledo Blade ^ | 5/28/05 | Jack Kelly
    THE headline on Thursday's front page of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Blade's sister newspaper, was: "FBI told of Qur'an abuses." The headline's wording and the display's prominence gave the casual reader the impression the story - written by Neil Lewis of the New York Times - was new, and that the story was true. Neither is so. Mr. Lewis' story was based on FBI reports of prisoner interrogations at Guantanamo Bay in 2002 and 2003. He noted in his third paragraph that "they are accounts of unsubstantiated allegations made by the prisoners under interrogation." Mr. Lewis didn't mention that these...
  • Koran overboard

    05/28/2005 4:02:44 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 71 replies · 1,539+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | May 29 2005
    Needless to say, we yield to no one in our respect for Islam's holy texts, but this Koran-abuse fracas has gone daffy. Our military commanders should be spending their time fighting a war; instead, they're devoting gazillions of man-hours to investigating claims that Gitmo interrogators might have aggrieved a Muslim detainee or two. Several of these claims have proved spurious. Several others perhaps appear to warrant disciplinary reproval - a handful of incidents, hardly suggestive of systemic policy. Sorry about those hurt feelings, detainees. Not that you're getting your heads sawed off. No surprise that Muslim riots are exploding all...
  • Hindus Burn Koran - No One Riots!

    05/28/2005 1:53:54 PM PDT · by moneyrunner · 20 replies · 1,166+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 5/28/2005 | Moneyrunner
    Today I saw the demonstration that the Muslim Brotherhood organized to protest against the "desecration of the Quran". Hundreds of protesters carrying Qurans and banners were surrounded by thousands of security policemen. They chanted slogans against the US and carried banners with the words "The desecration of the Quran is an unforgivable sin" written on them. Several Arab/Muslim countries witnessed the same protests today. It is very interesting to notice that in nearly all those countries the demonstrations were organized by Islamist parties who wanted to seize the "Quran into the super Gitmo toilet" story in order to flex their...
  • NYT: Reports of Mishandling Koran Bring Protest Worldwide (the Times continues to foment violence)

    05/28/2005 6:20:23 AM PDT · by OESY · 33 replies · 995+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 28, 2005 | SALMAN MASOOD
    Thousands of Muslims joined hands Friday in waves of protest across the Muslim world to denounce reports that American interrogators at the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, had desecrated the Koran. Islamic parties called for anti-American rallies in Pakistan, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Middle East, mostly centered on Friday Prayer gatherings. Protesters chanted slogans and American flags were burned at some of the rallies. Still, most of the demonstrations were peaceful, according to news service reports. Emotions have boiled over in the Muslim world ever since the allegations of desecration spread through a brief article in Newsweek. The...
  • U.S. general assails 'shrill' Guantanamo criticism

    05/27/2005 8:05:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 642+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/27/05 | Larry Fine - Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The general responsible for the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said on Friday Amnesty International's "shrill" criticism of the detention of foreign terrorism suspects was uninformed. U.S. Army Gen. John Craddock, head of Miami-based Southern Command, added that he did not expect a military inquiry into whether U.S. personnel at the jail had mishandled the Koran would show more than the five cases acknowledged on Thursday. In its annual report on human rights worldwide, Amnesty International said the detention facility had become "the gulag of our times," equating it to the vast, brutal Soviet...
  • Mass rally against Qu'ran abuse

    05/27/2005 3:19:10 PM PDT · by Blackirish · 27 replies · 779+ views
    SA News 24 ^ | 27/05/2005 | Sami Zubeiri
    Islamabad - Thousands of Islamic hardliners launched fresh protests across Pakistan on Friday after the United States admitted some guards at Guantanamo Bay had mishandled the Qu'ran, witnesses and party officials said. Armed and mounted police as well as anti-terrorist commandos watched over several thousand people, including a number of women, who gathered outside the parliament building in Islamabad in response to a call by Islamic parties. Demonstrators waving anti-US placards and banners also vented their anger in southern Karachi and eastern Lahore, Pakistan's two largest cities, and many other towns around the Islamic republic of 150 million people. The...
  • Anti-American Rallies Staged in Mideast (alt. title - Thousands in Mideast protest Quran abuse)

    05/27/2005 9:18:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 568+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/27/05 | Eric Talmadge - AP
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Thousands of Muslims marched Friday in Islamic countries from Asia to the Middle East, burning symbols of America to protest the alleged desecration of the Quran by military personnel at a U.S. prison in Guantanamo, Bay, Cuba. The rallies in Pakistan, Egypt, Lebanon, Indonesia, Malaysia and elsewhere followed an admission Thursday by U.S. investigators that Islam's holy book was mishandled at Guantanamo. But American officials claimed it was often inadvertent and denied that any Qurans were flushed down a toilet, as Newsweek magazine had reported in a now-retracted article. No injuries were reported in Friday's demonstrations, with...
  • ACLU Fans The Flames Started By Newsweek

    05/27/2005 8:08:07 AM PDT · by Jay777 · 4 replies · 263+ views
    STOP THE ACLU BLOG ^ | 27-May-05 | Jay777
    As if the ACLU continued defense of American criminals and degenerates is not enough the ACLU has now taken their unholy cause to the very terrorists that have swore to kill or convert every man, women, and child in the United States. The ACLU has now “uncovered” more evidence of torture and mistreatment at the hands of United States Military interrogators. In a press release the ACLU blows their own trumpet on their “success” at uncovering “abuses”. Funny thing, the newest document that the ACLU is using as evidence is over 2 years old, has been investigated by the Military...
  • KURTZ: FBI DOCUMENTS GOT <em>TOO LITTLE</em> ATTENTION?!?

    05/27/2005 9:34:05 AM PDT · by the anti-liberal · 159+ views
    michellemalkin.com ^ | May 27, 2005 | Michelle Malkin
    KURTZ: FBI DOCUMENTS GOT TOO LITTLE ATTENTION?!? By Michelle Malkin   ·   May 27, 2005 07:57 AM Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz seems to tell Glenn Reynolds that the MSM is paying too little attention to newly disclosed FBI documents that contained the latest Koran-in-the-toilet allegation: I don’t contend that these FBI papers, unearthed in an ACLU lawsuit, get Newsweek off the hook. But you’d think they would be getting more attention. Of course, you probably don't know what FBI papers Kurtz is talking about, because, you know, hardly anyone paid attention to them. Kurtz's employer, The Washington Post Co.,...
  • How Gitmo authorities should react to the Koran in the toilet stories. (Vanity)

    05/27/2005 10:51:37 AM PDT · by carrier-aviator · 8 replies · 540+ views
    I am so sick of the lefty press, people who polling tells us are largely non-religious or atheist, weeping over mistreatment of the "Holy Koran." First: If they are going to call the Koran the "Holy Koran," then the Bible ought to merit the "holy" adjective as well. Second: The lefty writers write in seeming shock, sadness, and outrage that the Muslim holy book was "touched inappropriately." Please. Inasmuch as the writers largely don't believe in God, why do they give a damn? For them it is about as sacred as the TV Guide. But, they DO give a damn...
  • Leftist Press Won't Drop Koran "Mishandling" Stories - (respectful of Koran; hostile to Bible!)

    05/27/2005 9:24:17 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 49 replies · 1,276+ views
    MENS NEWS DAILY.COM ^ | MAY 27, 2005 | SHER ZIEVE
    First it was the Los Angeles Times who published the “Koran flushing story”, after the Newsweek story had been discredited. In an apparent attempt to help Newsweek find some of its lost credibility (and to take their own swipes at the US Military), now the rest of our leftist mainstream press has decided to print additional “Koran mishandling” stories. Hey! If a story is fake continue to print it, or other similar ones, so that maybe some of the uneducated will begin to believe them. Relying on a 2002 FBI report, notably one which merely referred to “allegations from detainees”,...
  • Pentagon: Prisoner Recanted Quran Desecration Claims

    05/26/2005 7:29:10 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 5 replies · 450+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/26/05 | AP
    WASHINGTON -- A prisoner at Guantanamo Bay who complained that a military guard threw a Quran holy book in the toilet has since recanted the story, senior Pentagon officials said Thursday. The prisoner, who made his complaint in an FBI interrogation in July 2002, is one of several quoted in newly released documents as saying that U.S. military personnel desecrated the Qurans of Muslim detainees at the prison. Allegations of Quran abuse have led to heated discussion - and even deadly demonstrations in Afghanistan - since a Newsweek magazine report, later retracted, that U.S. officials had confirmed a Quran was...
  • No Intentional Abuse of Koran at Guantánamo, General Says

    05/26/2005 7:43:01 PM PDT · by blogblogginaway · 16 replies · 248+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 26, 2005 | NEIL A. LEWIS/ DAVID STOUT
    WASHINGTON, May 26 - The American military commander at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, said today that investigators had found "no credible evidence" that a Koran had ever been flushed down a toilet there to unsettle detainees, and no serious incidents of intentional mishandling of the Muslim holy book by Americans. The commander, Brig. Gen. Jay W. Hood of the Army, said 13 possible incidents had been investigated in which the book might have been mishandled: 10 by guards and 3 by interrogators. Of the 13, only 5 embody "what could be broadly defined as mishandling of a Koran," the general said,...
  • Inquiry Finds Some Quran 'Mishandling' (Barf alert)

    05/26/2005 6:03:05 PM PDT · by jdsteel · 24 replies · 426+ views
    AP ^ | 05/26/05 | ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer
    WASHINGTON - U.S. officials have substantiated five cases in which military guards or interrogators mishandled the Quran of Muslim prisoners at Guantanamo Bay but found "no credible evidence" to confirm a prisoner's report that a holy book was flushed in a toilet, the prison's commander said Thursday. Brig. Gen. Jay W. Hood, who commands the detention center in Cuba, told a Pentagon news conference that 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 told Hood's investigators that he never witnessed any form of...
  • DoD News Briefing on Koran Mishandling Allegations

    05/26/2005 5:13:54 PM PDT · by OXENinFLA · 20 replies · 809+ views
    DoD ^ | 5-26-05 | Lawrence Di Rita and Joint Task Force - Guantanamo Commander Brig. Gen. Jay W. Hood
    LAWRENCE DIRITA (Pentagon spokesman): Good afternoon, folks. As I mentioned to you earlier, we are very happy and pleased to have Brigadier General Jay Hood, who is the commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. General Hood has been engaged in -- and is currently engaged in the commander's inquiry with respect to the situation involving the use of religious articles at Guantanamo. I mentioned he continues his investigation -- his inquiry. He's not finished with it. It's not our normal practice, nor will it be our normal practice in the future, to offer interim results of our inquiries. But under...
  • Desecration Serial, This Time Holy Prophet - (Quran News Agency reacts to James Atticus Bowden!)

    05/26/2005 2:21:18 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 15 replies · 552+ views
    IRAN QURAN NEWS AGENCY.COM ^ | MAY 25, 2005 | EDITORS
    Tehran, IQNA: May 26, 2005—an American news website aired the most outrageous remarks to the holy prophet of Islam, defining Islam as a Barbarous religion. In the wake of Newsweek magazine's desecration report of holy Koran that set off widespread demonstrations across the Muslim world causing 14 deaths, in another aggressive, hostile attempt toward Muslims American MichNews.com website posted an article today accusing the holy prophet to the mass killings of Jews and Christians ,naming the divine religion as the paragon of barbarity. The article which is posted by an ignorant retired US army officer named James Atticus Bowden, has...
  • Pentagon says detainee retracts Koran allegation

    05/26/2005 2:31:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 441+ views
    Rooters via Yahoo!News ^ | May 26, 2005 | Will Dunham
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Guantanamo detainee who told an FBI agent in 2002 that U.S. personnel there had flushed a Koran in a toilet retracted his allegation when questioned this month by military investigators, the Pentagon said on Thursday. "We've gone back to the detainee who allegedly made the allegation and he has said it didn't happen. So the underlying allegation, the detainee himself, within the last two weeks, said that didn't happen," chief Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita told a briefing. An FBI document, dated Aug. 1, 2002, contained a summary of statements made by the detainee in two...
  • Pentagon says detainee retracts Koran allegation

    05/26/2005 2:48:40 PM PDT · by zencat · 5 replies · 222+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 05/26/2005 | Will Dunham
    The Guantanamo detainee who told an FBI agent in 2002 that U.S. personnel there had flushed a Koran in a toilet retracted his allegation when questioned this month by military investigators, the Pentagon said on Thursday. "We've gone back to the detainee who allegedly made the allegation and he has said it didn't happen. So the underlying allegation, the detainee himself, within the last two weeks, said that didn't happen," chief Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita told a briefing.
  • Friedman: Outrage and silence over atrocities to Muslims, by Muslims-("mercy & compassion?")

    05/26/2005 3:45:48 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 14 replies · 590+ views
    SALT LAKE TRIBUNE,COM ^ | MAY 26, 2005 | THOMAS FRIEDMAN
    It is hard not to notice two contrasting stories that have run side by side during the past week. One is the story about the violent protests in the Muslim world triggered by a report in Newsweek (which the magazine has now retracted) that U.S. interrogators at Guantanamo Bay desecrated a Quran by throwing it into a toilet. In Afghanistan alone, at least 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in anti-American rioting that has been linked to that report. I certainly hope that Newsweek story is incorrect, because it would be outrageous if U.S. interrogators behaved that...
  • PRISONER RECANTS QURAN-DESECRATION CLAIMS

    05/26/2005 12:41:05 PM PDT · by areafiftyone · 48 replies · 1,348+ views
    SF Gate ^ | 5/26/05
    A prisoner at Guantanamo Bay who complained that a military guard threw a Quran holy book in the toilet has since recanted the story, senior Pentagon officials said Thursday. The prisoner, who made his complaint in an FBI interrogation in July 2002, is one of several quoted in newly released documents as saying that U.S. military personnel desecrated the Qurans of Muslim detainees at the prison. Allegations of Quran abuse have led to heated discussion — and even deadly demonstrations in Afghanistan — since a Newsweek magazine report, later retracted, that U.S. officials had confirmed a Quran was flushed in...
  • Ex-prisoner confirms desecration in Guantanamo

    05/26/2005 7:14:02 AM PDT · by robowombat · 24 replies · 523+ views
    The Dawn, Pakistan ^ | May 26, 2005 | Intikhab Amir
    Ex-prisoner confirms desecration in Guantanamo By Intikhab Amir PESHAWAR, May 25: Badar Zaman Badar, a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, has said that the jail authorities stopped mishandling and desecrating the Holy Quran in 2003 following strong protests by prisoners. Talking to Dawn on Sunday, Mr Badar, who was released in September 2004 after spending over two years in camp X-ray, recalled that the prison staff used to mishandle the Holy Quran during daily checking of prisoners’ cells. Throwing the Holy Book on ground while the prisoner was praying, he added, was a common practice employed by some jail officials deliberately...
  • Today's Misleading Headline Award... [Koran incident on FBI report]

    05/26/2005 12:51:53 AM PDT · by Wiz · 20 replies · 841+ views
    Power Line ^ | 2005 May 25 | John
    ...goes to this Reuters story: "FBI memo reports Guantanamo guards flushing Koran". Sensational story, huh? That's what the lefty who emailed us the link thought. He wrote: Will this make your front page? I hope you do the right thing and acknowledge that Newsweek was correct in it's [sic] story, but I doubt it. Unfortunately for our correspondent, who so badly wants the Newsweek story to be true, the article says no such thing. What it reports is old news: An FBI agent wrote in a 2002 document made public on Wednesday that a detainee held at the U.S. naval...
  • Guantanamo Guards Accused of Mistreating Koran (WaPo rides to rescue of Newsweek)

    05/25/2005 7:16:03 PM PDT · by tgslTakoma · 53 replies · 1,149+ views
    Washington Post (Newsweek's parent company) ^ | May 25, 2005; 4:54 PM | Dan Eggen
    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...
  • Mark Steyn: Nice Goin’, Guys [Newsweek is much easier to flush]

    05/25/2005 7:00:18 PM PDT · by Constitution Day · 65 replies · 2,589+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 6, 2005 | Mark Steyn
    happy warrior MARK STEYN Nice Goin’, GuysNewsweek is much easier to flush. To us old Fleet Street hands, Michael Isikoff will always be the guy who lost the Monica scoop. He had the Lewinsky story first, but his bosses at Newsweek killed it at the last minute. They wanted more sources, more corroboration: It’s all very well having presidential DNA on the intern’s cocktail dress, but we really need a second stain on a second dress before it would be responsible to run this thing. If you can’t get a second dress, the Columbia Journalism School Book of Media Ethics...
  • Farrakhan wants probe into Koran desecration reports

    05/25/2005 6:30:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 776+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | 5/25/05 | AFP - Chicago
    CHICAGO (AFP) - Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan called for a congressional investigation into reports of desecrations of the Koran at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. "As Muslims, we say enough is enough," the influential African American leader said from the pulpit of his south Chicago mosque. Farrakhan said a delegation of Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders should participate in the investigation. Farrakhan also demanded that the US military either charge and try the detainees at Guantanamo Bay or release them to their families. The American Civil Liberties Union accused the US government Wednesday of turning "a...
  • Photos of Newsweek on Rioters signs? (Vanity)

    05/25/2005 5:51:06 PM PDT · by Chicos_Bail_Bonds · 5 replies · 612+ views
    Me | 5-25-2005 | Me
    I've google, I've Yahooed...I'm trying to find some photos of the riots that have pictures of the protestors, etc with Newsweek on their signs. I know I saw them on the initial television reports, but I cannot seem to find any online. Anyone have any?
  • FBI Records Cite Quran Abuse Allegations

    05/25/2005 2:04:08 PM PDT · by zencat · 35 replies · 989+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 05/25/2005 | ROBERT BURNS
    Terror suspects at the Guantanamo Bay prison told U.S. interrogators as early as April 2002, just four months after the first detainees arrived, that military guards abused them and desecrated the Quran, declassified FBI records say.
  • Donald Graham Ascends To Calm Newsweek Bunch(read the PR moves)

    05/25/2005 8:09:39 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 1 replies · 271+ views
    NY Observer ^ | 05/25/05 | Tom Scocca
    Donald Graham Ascends To Calm Newsweek Bunch by Tom Scocca What does it mean when a news-weekly becomes the news story of the week? On May 18, Newsweek invited its rank-and-file staff to join the editors in the conference room for the weekly cover meeting to address the implications, both internal and external. The expanded invitation was a break from the usual Wednesday routine, according to a Newsweek staffer. But crisis management at the embattled newsweekly had reached a crucial point. Two days earlier, editor Mark Whitaker had retracted a May 9 item about alleged Koran abuse at Guantánamo Bay....
  • FBI documents cite Koran abuse allegations (MSM Bias alert)

    05/25/2005 1:38:29 PM PDT · by Sterm26 · 24 replies · 592+ views
    AP/Yahoo news ^ | 05/05/05 | Robert Burns, AP Military Writer
    WASHINGTON - Terror suspects at the Guantanamo Bay prison told U.S. interrogators as early as April 2002, just four months after the first detainees arrived, that military guards abused them and desecrated the Quran, declassified FBI records say. "Their behavior is bad," one detainee is quoted as saying of his guards during an interrogation by an FBI special agent in July 2002. "About five months ago the guards beat the detainees. They flushed a Quran in the toilet." The statements about guards disrespecting the Quran echo public allegations made many months later by some detainees and their lawyers after prisoners'...
  • FBI records cite Quran abuse allegations

    05/25/2005 1:36:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 908+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/25/05 | Robert Burns - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Terror suspects at the Guantanamo Bay prison told U.S. interrogators as early as April 2002, just four months after the first detainees arrived, that military guards abused them and desecrated the Quran, declassified FBI records say. "Their behavior is bad," one detainee is quoted as saying of his guards during an interrogation by an FBI special agent in July 2002. "About five months ago the guards beat the detainees. They flushed a Quran in the toilet." The statements about guards disrespecting the Quran echo public allegations made many months later by some detainees and their lawyers after...
  • Who was Newsweek's source? Analyst believes anti-Bush CIA 'weasel' set up reporter Isikoff

    05/23/2005 7:24:30 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 21 replies · 1,255+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | May 21, 2005 | WorldNetDaily.com
    A disgruntled former CIA operative hoping to hurt President Bush was likely Newsweek's source on the fake Quran-in-the-toilet story, says geopolitical expert Jack Wheeler, and his action now means journalists will no longer trust the ex-Langley agents forced out by chief Porter Goss. In a column on his intelligence website, To the Point, Wheeler writes of this "silver lining" to the Newsweek story penned by reporter Michael Isikoff.
  • N. Korea blasts U.S. for Quran scandal (Barf Alert)

    05/23/2005 7:28:20 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 2 replies · 280+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | May 23, 2005 | WorldNetDaily.com
    Despite Newsweek's retraction of the Quran-in-the-toilet story, the official North Korean news agency yesterday blasted the U.S. for violating the human rights of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. "American soldiers flushed holy Qurans down toilets in a bid to wrest concessions from prisoners at the Guantanamo POW Camp," claimed the North Korean story.
  • Gergen: Unmask Newsweek Source

    05/23/2005 7:04:12 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 789+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/23/05 | NewsMax
    Newsweek magazine has announced that it will institute stricter guidelines on the use of unnamed sources after last week's retraction of a Quran-desecration story. But despite the tremendous uproar generated by the discredited story, the magazine says no staffers will lose their jobs. In a letter to readers in Newsweek's latest issue, chairman and editor in chief Richard M. Smith promises that "the cryptic phrase 'sources said' will never again be the sole attribution for a story in Newsweek." Two of the magazine's top editors will be assigned sole responsibility for approving the use of anonymous sources. "We got an...
  • Closing the Book on Koran Abuse

    05/23/2005 1:32:23 PM PDT · by rightalien · 7 replies · 452+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | May 23, 2005 | Paul Sperry
    Despite what rioting Islamic fanatics around the world want to believe, the U.S. did not authorize any interrogators to desecrate the Koran to rattle Muslim detainees at Gitmo—at least not according to a military intelligence memo I've obtained. Distributed in early 2003 by an Army JAG officer, the sensitive internal document lists approved techniques for interrogating Taliban and al-Qaida detainees at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo, Cuba, and none of those techniques include defiling the book Muslims hold sacred. No flushing it down the commode or laying it in the toilet seat; no stomping or spitting on it. "That...
  • Media vs. the Military

    05/23/2005 1:32:27 PM PDT · by pissant · 19 replies · 855+ views
    WaPost ^ | Howie Kurtz
    The bashing of Newsweek over its horribly handled item on Koran desecration has mushroomed into a sweeping indictment of the media, which some conservatives now accuse of deliberately slandering the military. Newsweek "wanted the story to be true," says Rush Limbaugh, because the media "have an adversarial relationship with America" and "end up siding with the bad guys." Some news outlets "magnify every mistake the military makes in order to hammer the Bush administration," says Bill O'Reilly. The Wall Street Journal editorial page blames "a basic media mistrust of the military that goes back to Vietnam." Columnist Jonah Goldberg decries...
  • Two of Newsweek's Top Editors to Approve Anonymous Sources

    05/23/2005 6:22:45 AM PDT · by Wrangler22 · 2 replies · 168+ views
    Conservative Thoughts ^ | May 23, 2005 | John Kuethe
    In Monday’s edition, Newsweek Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Richard Smith wrote a letter in which he apologized for the report and said the magazine will raise standards for anonymous sourcing. "We got an important story wrong, and honor requires us to admit our mistake and redouble our efforts to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again," he wrote. Two of the magazine's top editors will be assigned sole responsibility for approving the use of anonymous sources, and the magazine will stop using the phrase "sources said" to attribute information in stories, Smith said. My question is "What has changed?"...
  • More than the Koran

    05/23/2005 8:39:23 AM PDT · by manny613 · 4 replies · 408+ views
    No matter what you think of the inaccurate Newsweek item about flushing the Koran down a Guantanamo toilet, it's a mistake to say, as the White House does, that anyone died because of it. Toilets don't kill people, fanatics do. Americans don't kill each other over burning the Bible, as reprehensible as Bible-burning would be, nor did any of us take to the streets to shout insults at Muslim "infidels" when Palestinian Muslims used pages from a Bible as toilet paper during the occupation of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, or when Islamic radicals beheaded Daniel Pearl, a reporter...
  • The Riots of the Faithful (Newsweek)

    05/23/2005 12:51:22 PM PDT · by restornu · 7 replies · 606+ views
    M E R I D I A N M A G A Z I N E ^ | May 2005 | By Orson Scott Card
    So Newsweek prints an uncorroborated allegation about American interrogators flushing Qurans down the toilet in order to get fanatical Muslim prisoners to talk, and there’s rioting and death all over the Muslim world. There are several lessons to be learned from this incident, some trivial, some quite important. The courts have given the news media carte blanche, in the name of the First Amendment — but the media are no better than government at exercising unchecked power. When it’s known that no one can punish you, a certain kind of person stops caring whether he hurts anybody. And such people...
  • The Media in Trouble

    05/23/2005 8:11:59 AM PDT · by Valin · 18 replies · 1,003+ views
    US News % World Report ^ | 5/30/05 | John Leo
    It's official. conservatives are losing their monopoly on complaints about media bias. In the wake of Newsweek 's bungled report that U.S. military interrogators "flushed a Qur'an down a toilet," here is Terry Moran, ABC's White House reporter, in an interview with radio host and blogger Hugh Hewitt: "There is, I agree with you, a deep antimilitary bias in the media, one that begins from the premise that the military must be lying and that American projection of power around the world must be wrong." Moran thinks it's a hangover from Vietnam. Sure, but the culture of the newsroom is...
  • Newsweek erred, let's attack the bloggers

    05/23/2005 6:54:42 AM PDT · by Valin · 18 replies · 1,009+ views
    Power line ^ | 5/22/05 | John Hinderaker
    Journalism professor Chris Hanson begins his piece in the Washington Post by taking Newsweek to task for its handling of the Koran-gate story. However, he quickly shifts his criticism to conservative blogs, and then implies that Drudge (which he calls a blog of sorts) is the real cause of Newsweek's error. Hanson's attempt to portray bloggers' handling of the Dan Rather and Eason Jordan stories as particularly noteworthy instances of the rumor-mongering that got Newsweek into trouble is preposterous. In the case of Rather, bloggers carefully examined every facet of the document-authenticity issue -- the document format, style, and substance...
  • Shouting fire - Newsweek's blunder and our (Washington Times) response

    05/23/2005 7:24:12 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 3 replies · 547+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 23, 2005 | Paul M. Rodriguez
    The fallout over the now-retracted Newsweekstory about American GIs desecrating the Koran continues to spread amid opportunities lost to put some badly needed issues into context with respect to the Muslim world, how the Bush administration has responded and how the press manages to mess things up. As someone who is no stranger to controversial stories and political firestorms, I have enormous sympathy for Michael Isikoff, the lead reporteronthe Newsweek story. As a former editor I sympathize with the top editorial brass at the weekly newsmagazine. That said, I do have to wonder what was in their minds when assembling...
  • The Qur'an Question (Newsweek)(DETAINEE put Koran near toilet, NOT guards)

    05/22/2005 8:01:26 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 36 replies · 1,128+ views
    Newsweek ^ | May 30, 2005 issue | Evan Thomas and Michael Isikoff
    The International Committee of the Red Cross announced that it had provided the Pentagon with confidential reports about U.S. personnel disrespecting or mishandling Qur'ans at Gitmo in 2002 and 2003. VanNatta recounted that in 2002, the inmates suddenly started yelling that the guards had thrown a Qur'an on or near an Asian-style squat toilet. The guards found an inmate who admitted that he had dropped his Qur'an near his toilet. According to VanNatta, the inmate then was taken cell to cell to explain this to other detainees to quell the unrest. But the incident could partly account for the multiple...
  • Down the Toilet at Newsweek:Dungeon legend and the peril of anonymous sources(Russia started it!)

    05/22/2005 2:34:01 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 10 replies · 671+ views
    SLATE.MSN.COM ^ | MAY 16, 2005 | JACK SHAFER
    Newsweek floundered in journalistic purgatory over the weekend, unable to confirm or completely retract the "Periscope" item from its May 9 issue that incensed rioters in Afghanistan and Pakistan; 16 people died in the melees. I wonder why Newsweek wasn't more skeptical about Quran-desecration charges. Muslims so venerate the Quran that they are outraged if anyone touches one without first washing their hands, let alone put it into a dung-hole. Compare the ubiquity of the toilet story with other kinds of Quran desecration. In my Nexis sifting I found only a handful of examples from the last 25 years: A...
  • Newsweek Retools Policies About Sources

    05/22/2005 6:49:40 PM PDT · by Valin · 20 replies · 420+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/22/05 | DESMOND BUTLER
    NEW YORK -- Newsweek has adopted new policies for the use of anonymous sources, a week after retracting a report that claimed investigators had found evidence the Quran was desecrated by interrogators at the U.S. naval prison at Guantanamo Bay. In a letter to readers appearing in Monday's edition, Newsweek Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Richard Smith apologized for the report and said the magazine will raise standards for anonymous sourcing. We got an important story wrong, and honor requires us to admit our mistake and redouble our efforts to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again," he wrote. Two...
  • Dissing the Koran

    05/22/2005 3:08:55 PM PDT · by Valin · 50 replies · 1,043+ views
    While Islamist fanatics and ignorant Westerners sow panic over the alleged desecration of a Koran at Guantanamo Bay, no one mentions a startling fact: When it comes to destruction of the Koran, there's no question who the world champion is--the government of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi state religion is the primitive and austere Wahhabi version of Islam, which defines many traditional Islamic practices as idolatrous. Notably, the state bans the importation of Korans published elsewhere. When foreign pilgrims arrive at the Saudi border by the millions for the annual journey to Mecca, what happens to the non-Saudi Korans they are...
  • Thousands of Indonesians rally against those who desecrate the Koran

    05/22/2005 6:32:39 AM PDT · by Flavius · 25 replies · 697+ views
    Channel Newsasia ^ | 5/22/05 | na
    JAKARTA : Hardline Indonesian Muslims at a rally attended by thousands have vowed to wage war against America and said those who desecrate the Koran should be killed. "Destroy America and its allies! Kill those who desecrate Islam!" Muhammad Iqbal alias Abu Jibril, from the Indonesian Mujahedin Council (MMI), exhorted thousands of protestors through a public address system outside the US embassy. Muslims around the world have demonstrated in recent days against alleged abuse of the Muslim holy book at the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The unrest, which left at least 14 people dead in Afghanistan, followed...