Sunday, May 15, 2005

Shoot That Reporter

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In the Middle East the USA is getting quite a reputation for killing pesky reporters who aren't embedded or attacking embedded reporters who aren't open whores. Like the reporter who shot the film of soldiers murdering injured people deliberately. Bad, naughty, no, no! America is supposed to be the good guys!

The story of American torturers flushing the Koran down the toilet roil the Middle East. Far from burning out, the fires seem to burn higher and higher.
A group of Afghan Muslim clerics have threatened to call for a holy war against the United States in three days unless it hands over military interrogators reported to have desecrated the Quran.

The warning on Sunday came after 16 Afghans were killed and more than 100 hurt last week in the worst anti-U.S. protests across the country since U.S. forces invaded in 2001 to oust the Taliban for sheltering Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network.

The clerics in the northeastern province of Badakhshan said they wanted U.S. President George W. Bush to handle the matter honestly "and hand the culprits over to an Islamic country for punishment."

Well, the Italians wanted to find justice after Americans shot their agent dead. This roils still in Italy. The Prime Minister there nearly lost his job over this. Our nation simply hunkers down and waits until the outrage dies down and we stomp forwards. This is why Condi is suddenly in Iraq today, to assure them the USA will spend another $100 billion this year in that forsaken wasteland and the graveytrain won't stop, the Iraqis cooperating with the crusaders will be well paid and protected even though even more of them were assassinated this week.

But the news from Afghanistan is very bad. We have few troops there and bin Laden is there, lurking, waiting to strike and we provide him with all the propaganda help he needs. Our hysteria about this news is useful to him.

As usual, killing off the reporter who wrote the story is the favorite trick the rulers will use. They do this all the time. A reporter uncovers the CIA funnelling coke to crack dens in LA under Reagan, the anti drug Prez, and that reporter is called names and attacked by the NYT and WP as a liar and is driven out of work and eventually commits suicide. They tried this on the great Parry who runs Consortium News and he is, thankfully, still alive. The media moguls drove others out of the nest. The reason Bernstein and Woodward were not driven out for breaking Watergate still amazes me. I, personally feel the CIA and the other spooks were out to get him for various reasons.
Newsweek magazine said today that it might have erred in reporting that American interrogators at the Guantánamo Bay naval base in Cuba might have desecrated detainees' copies of the Koran, a report that has provoked deadly rioting in Afghanistan.

But Stephen J. Hadley, the national security adviser, said angrily today that if such acts of desecration were discovered, "people will be held to account."

We bet Hadley is going to go after whoever in the administration it was who outed Valarie Palme too, no? Yeah, right.
Mr. Hadley, a man of normally calm demeanor, got somewhat exercised when asked about the report that a Koran might have been thrown into a toilet, or placed on a toilet seat, at Guantánamo.

"This is not our policy," he said on CNN. "Our policy is to have nothing but the utmost respect for the holy Koran, and if this did occur, people will be held to account."

Newsweek reported an even angrier reaction from the Pentagon spokesman, Lawrence DiRita to the article. Told that an anonymous government official had insisted to a reporter that he clearly recalled investigative reports describing "a toilet incident" -- but might have been confused about where exactly he saw this -- the magazine said, "DiRita exploded: 'People are dead because of what this son of a bitch said. How could he be credible now?' "

Already cranking up the blade on the guillotine!
The magazine said the Defense Department had found no evidence of such desecration; in an editorial, the magazine said, "we regret that we got any part of our story wrong and extend our sympathies to victims of the violence and to the U.S. soldiers caught in its midst."

Newsweek carried its brief original report in the May 9 issue. It noted today that similar reports had circulated for months in the British and Russian press, and on the Arab news agency Al-Jazeera.

The magazine said that notes from Marc Falkoff, who is representing 13 Yemenis held at Guantánamo, blamed a guard stomping on a Koran for an incident in August 2003 when 23 detainees tried to kill themselves. One of the 13 told Mr. Falkoff, according to his notes, that another detainee had attempted suicide "after the guard took his Koran and threw it in the toilet."

Al Jazeera knows how the Pentagon deals with pesky reporters. They suffered a very high death rate from Americans blowing them up or shooting them. It is interesting that this information finally penetrated the American Iron Curtain that forbids any news passing into our country that displeases our rulers.
"But Westerners, including those at Newsweek, may underestimate how severely Muslims resent the American presence," the magazine wrote, "especially when it in any way interferes with Islamic religious faith."

Right before an election here a nice man named bin Laden sent us a tape explaining in great detail why he and others are mad at us and why we should stop annoying them all and just go home to our own country and how the dumbest thing we could do was elect Bush President.

Did we listen then? Noooooo.
On Thursday, Gen. Richard B. Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was asked at a Pentagon briefing about the reported desecration. He said the only relevant log entry found so far concerned a detainee who was "reported by a guard to be ripping pages out of a Koran and putting in the toilet to stop it up as a protest."

This is exactly what the Pentagon always says when caught doing a naughty thing. Blame the victim. In the Italian affair, it was all the fault of the driver, the passengers, they and they alone were the architects of their own doom. The Americans were forced to kill them, see? Same here. The story is mixed up. The prisoners that were being tortured desecrated the Koran themselves. See? See? Aw, come on, world, didn't you know?

We are the good guys.
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