The government is demanding that Newsweek pay for their crimes. Are we honestly all of the opinion that they really made a mistake?
Ok, just looking at the reports from Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, I would say that the chances are damn good that someone actually did flush a Quran down a toliet. Has anyone offered up proof that they didn’t? The government offers up a memo that says that the Quran should be treated a specific way. Anyone have any real proof that it wasn’t written last week after they realized the shit storm they were in? Newsweek retracted the article. Does anyone think maybe that is because they were under a lot of pressure to do so?
Look, this is a version of the government and president that have shown before that they really don’t care that much about things that aren’t American and Christian. Does it seem that far fetched to think that perhaps they authorized use of whatever means needed to get the information they wanted? Even less than that doesn’t it seem possible that they turned their collective heads from any violations that might have been going on in order to get the information they wanted? With all the books that are coming out about the prison scandals, I don’t see how the current administration can act like they don’t know what is going on.
I can’t argue the point that the riots caused by this article are a good thing. People getting hurt is rarely a good thing, but the fact that stuff like this is coming out, I think is a good thing. The government is violating people’s rights and stepping on people’s beliefs and people need to know about it. I think Newsweek did a good thing by getting this out and honestly I don’t think they did anything wrong. We need more reporters that are willing to go out and find information instead of just spewing out the press releases that the administration puts out.
Next time the people in the top ranks go to do something that is morally/legally wrong, maybe the fact that they might get caught will hold a little more fear for them. Maybe the fact that they will help the “Terrorists” to win will make them do the right thing.
Personally, I can’t wait for Rummy to get in front of congress again and forget his chart about how it isn’t his fault this time.