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05-15-2005, 07:38 PM
Newsweek apologizes for Quran story
Says report that sparked deadly protests contained errors


The Associated Press
Updated: 7:29 p.m. ET May 15, 2005

NEW YORK - Newsweek magazine has apologized for errors in a story alleging that interrogators at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay desecrated the Quran, saying it would re-examine the accusations, which sparked outrage and deadly protests in Afghanistan.

Fifteen people died and scores were injured in violence between protesters and security forces, prompting U.S. promises to investigate the allegations.

“We regret that we got any part of our story wrong, and extend our sympathies to victims of the violence and to the U.S. soldiers caught in its midst,” Newsweek Editor Mark Whitaker wrote in a note to readers.

In an issue dated May 9, the magazine reported that U.S. military investigators had found evidence that interrogators placed copies of Islam’s holy book in washrooms and had flushed one down the toilet to get inmates to talk.

Whitaker wrote that the magazine’s information came from “a knowledgeable U.S. government source,” and before publishing the item, writers Michael Isikoff and John Barry sought comment from two Defense Department officials. One declined to respond, and the other challenged another part of the story but did not dispute the Quran charge, Whitaker said.

But on Friday, a top Pentagon spokesman told the magazine that a review of the military’s investigation concluded it was never meant to look into charges of Quran desecration. The spokesman also said the Pentagon had investigated other desecration charges by detainees and found them not credible.

Also, Whitaker added, the magazine’s original source later said he could not be sure he read about the alleged Quran incident in the report they cited, and that it might have been in another document.

“Top administration officials have promised to continue looking into the charges, and so will we,” Whitaker wrote.

Following the report, demonstrations spread across Afghanistan, and Islamic leaders gathered to pass a resolution calling for anyone found to have abused the Quran to be punished. Many of the 520 inmates at Guantanamo are Muslims arrested during the U.S.-led war against the Taliban and its al-Qaida allies in Afghanistan.

National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said in an interview for CNN’s “Late Edition” that the allegations were being investigated “vigorously.”

“If it turns out to be true, obviously we will take action against those responsible,” he said.

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05-15-2005, 07:41 PM

05-15-2005, 07:53 PM
I don't see them denying that it happened.. did I miss that part?

05-15-2005, 08:00 PM
This is one of those stories meant to deflect, and misdirect... they didn't say it didn't happen, but they're leading people to believe it didn't.

05-17-2005, 04:13 PM
It might be possible that the white house got to someone.