Earlier Allegations Guards Threw Koran in Toilet
Here's an update to our earlier post skeptical of Newsweek's retraction of last week's Periscope item(about a military report stating that Guantanamo personnel had flushed a detainee's Koran down the toilet to get him to talk):
There are dozens of news articles referencing detainee allegations that guards threw korans in the toilet prior to the Newsweek article. Here's a sampling, all are available on lexis.com.
The Miami Herald March 9, 2005.
Yet recently declassified court documents allege that, as far back as 2002, some of Guantanamo's staff cursed Allah, threw Korans into toilets, mocked prisoners during prayers and deliberately took away prisoners' pants knowing that Muslims can't pray unless covered. Imagine a U.S. prisoner of war who is a devout Christian having his Bible tossed into the toilet or his rosary taken away. The U.S. government would rightly denounce such offenses as human-rights violations.
The Miami Herald March 6, 2005
Captives at the Guantanamo Bay prison are alleging that guards kicked and stomped on Korans and cursed Allah, and that interrogators punished them by taking away their pants, knowing that would prevent them from praying.
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