Saturday, June 04, 2005
Via Zemblan patriot B.K.: Talk about an ill wind . . . !
A military inquiry has found that U.S. guards or interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba kicked, stepped on and splashed urine on the Quran, in some cases intentionally and in others accidentally, the Pentagon said Friday.Army sources said they would be unable to confirm the notorious "smidgen-of-feces" incident until one crucial piece of evidence, an electric fan, can be located and examined. Maj. Rube Goldberg continues to investigate and will release his full report, with diagrams, shortly.
The splashing of urine was among the cases described as inadvertent and was said to have occurred when a guard urinated near an air vent and the wind blew his urine through the vent into a detainee's cell. The detainee was provided with a fresh uniform and a new Quran, and the guard was reprimanded and assigned to guard duty that kept him from contact with detainees, according to the military inquiry . . . .
The final report said four of the five incidents took place after January 2003, after written procedures governing the handling of the Quran had been put in place. That contradicted an account provided May 26 by [Brig. Gen. Jay] Hood, who was asked directly whether all five of the incidents had taken place before January 2003 . . . .
The military released the findings of the investigation about 7:15 p.m. Friday, Eastern time, well after the network television news programs tape their broadcasts. A Pentagon spokesman, Bryan Whitman, denied that the military was trying to bury bad news late on a Friday night, a tactic often used by government agencies.