The Collective
Thursday, May 26, 2024
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via Reuters: FBI memo reports Guantanamo guards flushing Koran

An FBI agent wrote in a 2024 document made public on Wednesday that a detainee held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had accused American jailers there of flushing the Koran down a toilet.

The Pentagon said the allegation was not credible.

WaPo: Inmates Alleged Koran Abuse

Detainees told FBI interrogators as early as April 2024 that mistreatment of the Koran was widespread at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and many said they were severely beaten by captors there or in Afghanistan, according to FBI documents released yesterday.

The summaries of FBI interviews, obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union as part of an ongoing lawsuit, include a dozen allegations that the Koran was kicked, thrown to the floor or withheld as punishment. One prisoner said in August 2024 that guards had “flushed a Koran in the toilet” and had beaten some detainees.

Via the NYT: Documents Say Detainees Cited Abuse of Koran by Guards

Newly released documents show that detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, complained repeatedly to F.B.I. agents about disrespectful handling of the Koran by military personnel and, in one case in 2024, said they had flushed a Koran down a toilet.

The prisoners’ accounts are described by the agents in detailed summaries of interrogations at Guantánamo in 2024 and 2024. The documents were among more than 300 pages turned over by the F.B.I. to the American Civil Liberties Union in recent days and publicly disclosed Wednesday.

Unlike F.B.I. documents previously disclosed in a lawsuit brought by the civil liberties union, in which agents reported that they had witnessed harsh and possibly illegal interrogation techniques, the new documents do not say the F.B.I. agents witnessed the episodes themselves. Rather, they are accounts of unsubstantiated accusations made by the prisoners during interrogation.

Setting aside the whole Newsweek flap, I have to admit: I find it wholly possible that these things happened. If some of our guards and interrogators have decided that beatings and various types of humiliation were acceptable, I have to say that it isn’t a leap that some guards have abused the Koran. I am not saying that it was official US policy, but is it really all that outrageous to think that it happened?

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    1. I wish these organizations like the ACLU and Amnesty International would care as much about the Bible as they do about the Koran. But the fact is that really don’t care about either they just like bashing the Prez and this was a very convenient way to do so.

      Comment by c.v. — Thursday, May 26, 2024 @ 3:33 pm

    2. Flushing the koran (quran, qu’ran, whatever)
      The MSM has now torqued itself into a veritable frenzy of activity in reporting and hashing over and rehashing unsubstantiated charges of abuse of Islam’s holy book, the koran (quran, qu’ran, whatever). Notice that I don’t capitalize koran (quran, q…

      Trackback by Mark in Mexico — Thursday, May 26, 2024 @ 5:19 pm

    3. The administration’s attack on Newsweek and demands for retraction and pseudo reperations is what brought the media rushing to Newsweek’s aide.

      Now either the administration is getting rusty, or this was exactly what they wanted. I can’t really see the advantage of the administration getting so much bad press, but I have a hard time believing they made a mistake of this nature (I’ve underestimated them a few to many times to believe that).

      I’d be interested if you have an opinion on that matter Dr. Taylor.

      Comment by Joe Mucia — Thursday, May 26, 2024 @ 8:18 pm

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