kvining - 6/4/2005 1:48 PM
You say "Newsweek suggested...". I was under the impression they were told this by one government source, and their error was in not confirming it with another. Now you claim they made they whole story up, because it suits your agenda. This is the new way the right wing plays them game. Or is the old way, called "lying"?
As far as "no evidence of torture", what planet have you been living on? It ain't earth.
As far as gulags go, the Bush administration keeps opertions at its three gulags totally secret, which is the reason all this "anonymous source" crap goes on in the first place. Quacks like a duck.
I think Newsweek wrote the story and passed it by a gov source for comments. He didn't comment on that specific allegation which they took to mean approval. Subsequent reporting indicates that the gov source didn't intent to imply that story was true.
As I understand it, that particular allegation was floated previously from released British citizens who were detainees. They (the detainees) have been interviewed and said that they never personally witnessed such a thing but had heard about it.
There is no evidence that torture is part of the sanctioned inetrrogation techniques. Part of what came out of Abu Graib fiasco was that that behavior was unsanction and therefore, illegal. Was it torture? In a way. Certainly it was intentional humilation of captured combatants which I believe is against the conventions.
There have been a lot of allegations of sanctioned torture but I don't think any of the allegations has been found credible.
It is good to remember that our enemies in this war have everything to gain and nothing to lose by spreading rumors of Koranic desecration, true or not.
Believe it or not, some people have such deep-seated vitriolic hate for our actions that they would prefer to believe unsubstantiated rumors by car bombers and murderers of civilians then the denials of an elected civil government.
Go read, "Gulag Archepelago". The belief that the meathods of prison management and inmate treatment is analogous to the gulag is just a revelation of how little users of that term know about the gulag.
A hummingbird and an SR-71 both fly, but only one is a bird.