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    Muslims rioting over fake trashing of koran by US Marines

    CORRECTED: Newsweek: Koran desecration report wrong

    Sun May 15, 2005 08:27 PM ET
    By David Morgan

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Newsweek magazine said on Sunday it erred in a May 9 report that U.S. interrogators desecrated the Koran at Guantanamo Bay, and apologized to the victims of deadly Muslim protests sparked by the article. Editor Mark Whitaker said the magazine inaccurately reported that U.S. military investigators had confirmed that personnel at the detention facility in Cuba had flushed the Muslim holy book down the toilet.

    The report sparked angry and violent protests across the Muslim world from Afghanistan, where 16 were killed and more than 100 injured, to Pakistan to Indonesia to Gaza. In the past week it was condemned in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and by the Arab League. On Sunday, Afghan Muslim clerics threatened to call for a holy war against the United States. "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," Whitaker wrote in the magazine's latest issue, due to appear on U.S. newsstands on Monday.

    The weekly news magazine said in its May 23 edition that the information had come from a "knowledgeable government source" who told Newsweek that a military report on abuse at Guantanamo Bay said interrogators flushed at least one copy of the Koran down a toilet in a bid to make detainees talk. But Newsweek said the source later told the magazine he could not be certain he had seen an account of the Koran incident in the military report and that it might have been in other investigative documents or drafts. Whitaker told Reuters that Newsweek did not know if the reported toilet incident involving the Koran ever occurred. "As to whether anything like this happened, we just don't know," he said in an interview. "We're not saying it absolutely happened but we can't say that it absolutely didn't happen either."

    INCIDENT UNDER INVESTIGATION

    The acknowledgment by the magazine came amid heightened scrutiny of the U.S. media, which has seen a rash of news organizations fire reporters and admit that stories were fabricated or plagiarized. The Pentagon told the magazine the report was wrong last Friday, saying it had investigated earlier allegations of Koran desecration from detainees and found them "not credible." Newsweek reported that Pentagon spokesman Lawrence DiRita reacted angrily when the magazine asked about the source's continued assertion that he had read about the Koran incident in an investigative report. "People are dead because of what this son of a bitch said. How could he be credible now?" DiRita told Newsweek.

    The May 9 report, which appeared as a brief item by Michael Isikoff and John Barry in the magazine's "Periscope" section, had a huge international impact, sparking the protests from Muslims who consider the Koran the literal word of God and treat each book with deep reverence. Desecration of the Koran is punishable by death in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Newsweek, which said opponents of the Afghan government including remnants of the Taliban had used its report to fan unrest in the country, said it was not contemplating disciplinary action against staff. "This was reported very carefully, with great sensitivity and concern, and we'll continue to report on it," said Newsweek Managing Editor Jon Meacham. "We have tried to be transparent about exactly what happened, and we leave it to the readers to judge us."

    U.S. officials opened an investigation but maintained that members of the Guantanamo security force were sensitive to the religious beliefs and practices of the detainees in U.S. custody. U.S. national security adviser Stephen Hadley earlier on Sunday stressed the report had not been confirmed. "If it turns out to be true, obviously we will take action against those responsible," Hadley said on CNN's "Late Edition." Newsweek's Whitaker said that when the magazine first heard of the Koran allegation from its source, staff approached two Defense Department officials. One declined to comment, while the other challenged a different aspect of the May 9 story but did not dispute the Koran charge.

    The magazine said other news organizations had already aired charges of Koran desecration based "only on the testimony of detainees." "We believed our story was newsworthy because a U.S. official said government investigators turned up this evidence. So we published the item," Whitaker said. "Our original source later said he couldn't be certain about reading of the alleged Koran incident in the report we cited," he wrote.

    http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.j...6&pageNumber=1
    Last edited by Kungfoolss; 5/16/2005 8:11pm, .

    #2
    Ohhh, how my heart bleeds for the Muslims.... :XXpuke:

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      #3
      You are a total idiot, Kungfools. Locked in your small room, just watch as the walls close in, and call the death of people something funny. No one will notice yours.

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        #4
        Just how powerful do they think our toilets are?

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          #5
          Originally posted by punchingdummy
          Just how powerful do they think our toilets are?
          I'd say a bit more hefty than the brain power of your average muslim.

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            #6
            Pretty strong talk for a guy that never shows his face.

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              #7
              i find it funny when kungfools talks about brain power

              considering the abuses that have been reported can you really blame muslims for beleiving it?


              In August and October 2004 there were news reports based on a lawsuit and a written report by British citizens who had been released from the prison in Cuba. They claimed abuse by U.S. guards, including throwing their Qurans into the toilet.

              In January, Kristine Huskey, a lawyer representing Kuwaitis detained at Guantanamo, said they claimed to have been abused and in one case a detainee watched a guard throw a Quran into a toilet.
              Last edited by DANINJA; 5/17/2005 3:43am, .

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                #8
                I'll say this.

                Fuck the Muslims. I have no time for them at all. Most of them are bastards and I would sooner shoot them than trust them.We have problems of our own down here in Sydney, Australia and I have seen first hand the sort of shit these guys pull.

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                  #9
                  So people of other religions aren't assholes?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Hannibal
                    I'll say this.

                    They should have flushed my posts down the toilet instead.
                    For the first time, I agree with Hannibal.

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                      #11
                      If it happend it was just TOO stupid.
                      Doesn't matter really, if it didn't happen, no one will believe it now.

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                        #12
                        in one case a detainee watched a guard throw a Quran into a toilet.
                        Oh...my....God.

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                          #13
                          I love the fact that we have no problem bombing the shit out of their country, killing thousands of civilians, destroying their infrastructure and basically imposing our belief systems on them, but OMG DON'T THROW T3H KORAN IN T3H TOILET!!!11!

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Hannibal
                            I'll say this.

                            Fuck the Muslims. I have no time for them at all. Most of them are bastards and I would sooner shoot them than trust them.We have problems of our own down here in Sydney, Australia and I have seen first hand the sort of shit these guys pull.
                            Warning:
                            You're treading a fine line, hatred and rascisim will not be tolerated.

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                              #15
                              Everyone's biting themselves in the ass on this one.

                              Newsweek looks like a disreputable rag.

                              The administration looks foolish because one story in a U.S. magazine sparks deadly riots in Afghanistan, which we invaded and supposedly rebuilt, and in Pakistan, supposedly an ally.

                              The protesters look like idiots. The prisoners in Guantamo Bay are being held without charges or representation outside the confines of any legal system, yet a rumour of a book being flushed down the toilet is reason to riot.

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