The Newsweek Massacre
Update: (Sunday 11:00 PM) To the wonderful readers who have drifted over from the Anchoress and who may be questioning if I am upset…
Yes. Yes, I am angry to the point of tears that a news service can print such filth against our country, … against, My Country!… Yes, I am angry that this rag is polluting my country!
This beautiful country is the country where I was so blessed to have been born!
And, I am so proud of this country more so today than ever. This is the place where Johann,my Great-Great Grandfather escaped to back in the mid 1800’s to avoid a Prussian War. And, it was here where this young German-Speaking-Yankee fought courageously in 20 battles of the Great Civil War.
This is the country that my family fought to save!
Yes, I’m mad!… This sloppy news service has spat on the beautiful land that Timothy John Clifford, my Great Grandfather escaped to back in the late nineteenth century from Ireland, so that he wouldn’t starve. This is the land where he strived to make something of his life and the life of his ancestors. This is where he was blessed to meet another young, courageous and beautiful woman on the streets of Chicago to wed. This is where he was able to build a prosperous life for himself and his family.
This is the country that gifted my family with abundant life!
This soil they curse is the same fertile soil that my family farmed for generations and produced bountiful crops from the fertile black earth of Iowa to feed thousands of others in far away places.
This is the country that gave my family the opportunity to prosper!
This same society they loathe is the society that gave me the gift of safety as a child when the rest of the world was filled with uncertainty, hardships and violent abuse.
This is the country that gave me safety!
Yes, I am angry! People are dying! People are rioting and people are dying… And, more will die… Societies are being led to believe that we wish them harm. That I wish them harm! Yes, I am upset. Yes, I am confused. And, yes, most of all, I am sad that they hate this same country so much!
Whew!…feel better now…
Now to my previous post…
Here is the unsourced May 9th Newsweek article on Quran abuse.
More Proof that the Liberal MSM has Joined With Our Enemies
The uproar was ignited by a recent report in Newsweek magazine that U.S. troops had thrown a copy of the Quran into a toilet as part of their interrogation of Muslim prisoners. Afghan prisoners released from Guantánamo and other U.S. military prisons also say soldiers abused the Quran to horrify or humiliate prisoners.
At least four policemen were reported killed in Ghazni province and another person in the city of Gardez, both southwest of Kabul, and a protester was reported shot to death in Qalay-I-Nau, in the northwest as the violence spread from southern to northern Afghanistan for the first time.
Elsewhere, peaceful but angry Muslims protested in the Palestinian territories, Pakistan and Indonesia, according to news agency and television reports. The biggest march appeared to be in the northern Gaza Strip, where more than 1,000 Palestinians, including many activists of the Islamic militant movement Hamas, marched to chants of “protect our holy book.”
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday blamed opponents of his plans for long-term ties with the United States for four days of protests that left 15 dead.
In his first public comment on the violence since returning from a trip to Europe, Karzai said the protesters also included opponents of his reconciliation efforts with the ousted Taliban.
Here’s the kicker…
The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff says an investigation has so far turned up no evidence of US interrogators at Guantanamo Bay desecrating the Muslim holy book, the Quran, reports CNN.
But an investigation by the US Southern Command, which has jurisdiction over the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has so far turned up no evidence that that incident took place, said General Richard Myers.
“They have looked through the logs, interrogation logs, and they cannot confirm yet that there was ever the case of the toilet incident,” he said.
On April 28, 2002, in a story in Newsweek entitled “Phantom Link To Iraq,” Michael Isikoff reported that the meeting that had been widely reported in the press between the September 11th hijacker Mohamed Atta and the Iraqi consul Ahmed Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani, in April 2001 never actually took place.
The only witness to the putative liaison was Czech counterintelligence, and, according to Isikoff, “the Czechs”were no longer standing behind the story, noting “NEWSWEEK has learned that a few months ago, the Czechs quietly acknowledged that they may have been mistaken about the whole thing.”
The fog descended in a matter of days, with dozens of newspapers, including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and New York Times reporting, along the lines of the Newsweek story, that the “Czechs” had retracted their report about this meeting.
In, fact, there never had been a retraction, or even modification, from the officials in the Czech Republic supervising the Czech intelligence service.
– On December 17th, 2001 Gabriela Bartikova, the spokeswomen for the Minister of the Interior, had said “Minister Gross had the information from BIS, and BIS guarantees the information, So we stick by that information.”
– On May 3rd, 2002 referring to the Newsweek allegation, Interior Minister Stanislav Gross stated ” I draw on the Security Information Service [BIS] information and I see no reason why I should not believe it.” He further explained that he had consulted with the chief of the counterintelligence service, Jiri Ruzek on May 2nd in order to find out whether the Czech intelligence service had any new information that would cast doubt on the meeting. “The answer was that they did not. Therefore, I consider the matter closed,” Gross concluded.
– The official position of the Czech government was reiterated on June 4th by a senior diplomat, U.N. Ambassador Hynek Kmonicek, who stated “The Czech government s
tands by the interior minister’s announcement last fall that a suspected Iraqi intelligence agent met Sept. 11 hijacker Mohammed Atta in Prague last year” He explained that “The meeting took place as confirmed by the interior minister last fall. We were able to identify two times when Mr. Atta crossed the Czech border.”
A lawyer for accused Al Qaeda associate Ahmed Omar Abu Ali said today that evidence that Saudi Arabian security officers brutally tortured his client—allegedly with the collusion of FBI agents and other U.S. government officials—will be “front and center” in his client’s defense on charges that he plotted with Saudi-based terrorists to assassinate President Bush.
…threats to make evidence of torture central to Abu Ali’s defense raises the stake in what is rapidly shaping up as a major criminal prosecution that could prove embarrassing to one of the U.S. government’s staunchest allies in the war on Al Qaeda—as well as FBI agents who worked closely with the Saudis on the handling of the former northern Virginia resident.
More on Michael Isikoff here (the Alberto Gonzalez’ “connection” to torturing terror supects):
At the White House meeting, Gonzales was concerned about observing the law, the participant recalls. “We didn’t want to go over the line,” he says. But Gonzales’s worry was: “Are we forward-leaning enough on this?” “That’s a phrase I heard Gonzales use many times,” recalls this lawyer. “Lean forward” had become a catchphrase for the administration’s offensive approach to the war on terror. “And the second part of that statement was always, ‘Prevent an attack, save lives.’ If Gonzales had any role in this, it was to be the fair arbiter of ‘Are we doing enough?'”