Friday, May 13, 2005

Newsweeks Story Not Checking Out

The Newsweek story that has sparked protests around the world by Muslims appears to have no basis. The magazine quoted an anonymous source in their story stating that military interrogators at Guantanamo Bay tore up a Quran and flushed it down the toilet in an attempt to intimidate prisoners.

Newsweeks Weak Story?

General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that no evidence has been found. "They have looked through the logs, the interrogation logs, and they cannot confirm yet that there was ever the case of the toilet incident," the General said. "He did note a log entry, which they still have to confirm, where a detainee was reported by a guard to be ripping pages out of a Quran and putting them in a toilet to stop it up as a protest. But not where the US did it."

One has to wonder if MSM journalists really understand the affect that a story like this can have and the unwarranted damage it can do. If this is some reporter pushing a biased view via quoting a ghost source, this will in fact be a crime in my mind.