Thursday, May 26, 2005

DoD News Briefing on Koran Mishandling Allegations

Full Transcript

[snip]

GEN. HOOD: First off, I'd like you to know that we have found no credible evidence that a member of the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo Bay ever flushed a Koran down a toilet. We did identify 13 incidents of alleged mishandling of the Koran by Joint Task Force personnel.

Ten of those were by a guard and three by interrogators.

We found that in only five of those 13 incidents, four by guards and one by an interrogator, there was what could be broadly defined
[By muslims~Ox] as mishandling of a Koran. None of these five incidents was a result of a failure to follow standard operating procedures in place at the time the incident occurred.

We have determined that in six additional incidents involving guards that the guard either accidentally touched the Koran, touched it within the scope of his duties, or did not actually touch the Koran at all. We consider each of these incidents resolved.

In two additional incidents, involving interrogators, we found that a Koran was either touched or stood over during an interrogation. The first incident does not to be -- appear to be mishandling, as it involved placing two Korans on a television. The Koran was not touched during the second incident, and the interrogator's action during the interrogation was accidental.

We've also identified 15 incidents where detainees mishandled or inappropriately treated the Koran, one of which was of course the specific example of a detainee who ripped pages out of their own Koran.


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Q: I'm not sure whether there were any flush toilets there in the beginning. But setting aside the word "flushed," were any incidents involving Korans that were placed in waste buckets or devices that were used for handling waste?

GEN. HOOD: None of those that we found were. Now, I think it's important to note that in an ACLU FOIA request, a summary of an investigation -- or a summary of an interrogation conducted by FBI personnel at Guantanamo Bay in July of 2002 indicated that a detainee had reported to the interrogating agent that the guards in the detention facility did not treat him well; that their behavior was bad; that about five months ago, this guard beat detainees and that they flushed a Koran in the toilet.

That FBI report from August, the first of August, 2002, came to my investigating team's attention with 24 hours -- 24 to 48 hours of me initiating the investigation.

And they brought that to me, and because we considered this a very sensitive report, we brought this detainee in and spoke with him.

This detainee was very cooperative with us, and we discussed with him broadly his treatment in his early days at Guantanamo Bay. And we asked him was he beaten or abused, explaining that we were interested in making sure that we are doing things right. And we had a very good conversation with him, where he said no, that he wasn't beaten or abused, but that he had heard rumors that other detainees were.


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but that he had heard rumors that other detainees were.


Just a reminder...........

Al-qaeda training manual says

5. Spreading rumors and writing statements that instigate people against the enemy.

So an INMATE (terrorist) at GITMO said, in 2002, the Koran was mistreated. Or did he?

Oh boy, here we go again.........

Seems we've got the Washington Compost regurgitating the "we pissed off the muslims by desecrating their holy book and America is the bad guy" Koran story again today.

Now without going off on a tangent and equating this with Bibles being shredded.

Let's look at a few things. (one the WashCompo. somewhat covered)

First, the "inmate" (terrorist) that made these claims back in 2002 doesn't say the same thing today.

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(5-26-05)
Q. But can you just give us the department's general reaction to this release of FBI documents that indicate that in August of 2002, a detainee made an allegation of Koran desecration? Could you just give us a summary of what you know about that incident and --

MR. DIRITA: Well, what we know about that allegation is that we've gone back to the detainee who allegedly made the allegation, and he has said that's not what -- it didn't happen.
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Second, ever read the Al-qaeda training manual? This technique comes straight out of it.

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Missions Required of the Military Organization:

The main mission for which the Military Organization is responsible is:

The overthrow of the godless regimes and their replacement with an Islamic regime. Other missions consist of the following:

1. Gathering information about the enemy, the land, the installations, and the neighbors.

2. Kidnaping enemy personnel, documents, secrets, and arms.

3. Assassinating enemy personnel as well as foreign tourists.

4. Freeing the brothers who are captured by the enemy.

5. Spreading rumors and writing statements that instigate people against the enemy.

6. Blasting and destroying the places of amusement, immorality,and sin; not a vital target.

7. Blasting and destroying the embassies and attacking vital economic centers.

8. Blasting and destroying bridges leading into and out of the cities.

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Third, and I'd love to see this log made public.

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(5-12-05)
GEN. MYERS:They have looked through the logs, the interrogation logs, and they cannot confirm yet that there were ever the case of the toilet incident, except for one case, a log entry, which they still have to confirm, where a detainee was reported by a guard to be ripping pages out of a Koran and putting in the toilet to stop it up as a protest.

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So for you to believe this Koran story you have to take the word of a terrorist (that wants you dead) that doesn't say the same thing today & has been trained to spread rumors to make us look bad and discount an actual case where a detainee stuffed pages down his toilet..


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And TOM you're right "they are made and not born"........but it is not us that makes them.





























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More here......Jihad Kids: Images of Palestinian Child Abuse

James Arlandson: Top ten reasons why Islam is not the religion of peace

American Thinker ~ March 9th, 2005

Egypt's election fights [So this is how Mubarak keeps power...]


Egyptian supporters from the ruling National Democratic party clash with a protester from the opposition Kifaya, or 'Enough' movement, center, during a rally in down town Cairo Wednesday, May 25, 2005. President Hosni Mubarak urged Egyptians to support a national referendum Wednesday that would clear the way for Egypt's first multi-candidate presidential elections. Critics consider the referendum a sham, saying the rules being laid down ensure Mubarak will have no serious challengers and that his ruling National Democratic Party will not lose its grip on power. (AP Photo)



Egyptian supporters from the ruling National Democratic party clash with a protester from the opposition Kifaya, 'enough' movement, center, during a rally in down town Cairo Wednesday, May 25, 2005. President Hosni Mubarak urged Egyptians to support a national referendum Wednesday that would clear the way for Egypt's first multi-candidate presidential elections. Critics consider the referendum a sham, saying the rules being laid down ensure Mubarak will have no serious challengers and that his ruling National Democratic Party will not lose its grip on power. (AP Photo)



Egyptian supporters of the National democratic party burn banners of the Kifaya 'Enough' movement after their clash in Cairo Wednesday, May 25, 2005. Police and plainclothes security men beat up groups of demonstrators opposed to President Hosni Mubarak and the constitutional changes he urged Egyptians to support Wednesday in a national referendum that would clear the way for Egypt's first multi-candidate presidential elections. (AP Photo/ Nasser Nouri)


Egyptian supporters from the National democratic party flash Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak posters to other protesters from the Kifaya 'Enough' movement, front, during a rally in Cairo Wednesday, May 25, 2005. Police and plainclothes security men beat up groups of demonstrators opposed to President Hosni Mubarak and the constitutional changes he urged Egyptians to support Wednesday in a national referendum that would clear the way for Egypt's first multi-candidate presidential elections. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)



An Egyptian man, a supporter of the left-wing umbrella organization Kefaya (Enough), is arrested by policemen in civilian clothes for participating in a protest against the referendum on changing the electoral system to allow for a competitive presidential race.(AFP/Cris Bouroncle)



Supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak fight with a member of Kifaya ' enough' movement, center, during a rally in Cairo Wednesday, May 25, 2005. Oposing groups clashed Wednesday with police and plainclothes security men beat up groups of demonstrators opposed to President Hosni Mubarak and the constitutional changes he urged Egyptians to support Wednesday in a national referendum that would clear the way for Egypt's first multi-candidate presidential elections. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)



Supporters of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak chant 'Long live Egypt, long live Mubarak!' as they stage a rally near a polling station in Cairo. Egyptians trickled into polling stations to vote on a key electoral change to allow contested presidential polls for the first time.(AFP/Cris Bouroncle)



Kefaya (Enough) protest movement members protest as riot police barricade them in Cairo May 25, 2005. Plainclothes supporters of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak beat up activists protesting against a referendum on Wednesday on a new presidential election system that allows opposition candidates but sets them high hurdles. REUTERS/Mona Sharaf



Egyptian supporters from the ruling National Democratic party, right, fight with supporters from the Kifaya, or ' Enough' movement, during a rally in downtown Cairo Wednesday, May 25, 2005. President Hosni Mubarak urged Egyptians to vote in Wednesday's referendum on constitutional changes that would clear the way for the nation's first multi-candidate presidential elections. Critics consider the referendum a sham. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)



An Egyptian woman screams as she and other members of the left-wing umbrella organization Kefaya (Enough) are roughed-up by supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak while participating in a protest in Cairo against the referendum on changing the electoral system.(AFP/Cris Bouroncle)

Now that's how you show strength.........CRY on the Senate floor!!

Weepy Voinovich Begs for 'No' Vote on Bolton

(CNSNews.com) - The thought that John Bolton might be confirmed as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations brought one Republican senator to the brink of tears on Wednesday.

Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) choked up on the Senate floor, as he urged his colleagues to vote against Bolton's nomination on Thursday:

''I'm afraid that when we go to the [Senate] well, that too many of my colleagues -- (voice breaking) -- that too many of my colleagues are not going to understand that this appointment is very, very important to our country," Voinovich said.

"At a strategic time, when we need friends all over the world, we need somebody up there that's going to be able to get the job done.

"I know some of my friends say, 'Let it go, George, it's going to work out.' I don't want to take the risk," Voinovich said. "I came back here [to the Senate] and ran for a second term because I'm worried about my kids and my grandchildren. And I just hope my colleagues will take the time (pause) and before they get to this well, do some serious thinking about whether or not we should send John Bolton to the United Nations. I yield the floor."

[snip]



I saw this last night, the man lost it!

Update: THE AUDIO....

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

An update from Michael Yon in Iraq

And now, for the rest of the story....




Pretty great summary of what is deemed news worthy over in Iraq.

Including this....


Not Newsworthy: This medic's attention was significant for this little girl after a car bomb in Mosul, but it didn't make the SIGACTs or media releases.

Gun crime protester who chopped off finger selling guillotine on Ebay

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. --

Joel Gonzalez is bringing cutting edge equipment to the Internet. Literally.

Gonzalez, who cut off the tip of his finger outside the state Capitol in 1994 to protest efforts by the gun lobby to scuttle tougher firearms laws, is selling the homemade guillotine and hammer used in the severance on eBay. The bidding begins at $50,000.

"When I did it, people said I was crazy," said Gonzalez, a former Bridgeport city councilman. "I wonder what they are saying now."

Gonzalez told the Connecticut Post that he wants to sell the items to raise money needed to continue his activism in causes including bringing prayer back into schools, finding more money for education, abolishing the death penalty and, of course, strengthening gun control laws.

If he gets a $50,000 bid or more, he promised to give half to the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport

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I'm not really sure what to make of this guy, other than he believes in his convictions and will prove it to you. And he's an attention freak "Look at me, look at me!!"

But if someone wants to pay him the $10,000 (I know the news report says $50K but it says $10K on Ebay) more power to him/her..........Ain't Capitalism grand.

His idea is rather intriguing about cutting off the finger of "anyone who use a firearm to commit a premeditated crime."

After all I'm for the live TV execution of sex offenders (rapists..child molesters...) after their first offense.

It's nice to know he draws the line and says "premeditated crime" and doesn't just think all people that use guns should have their trigger finger lopped off.

Here's the Ebay page.......[With pictures]
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Two other quick thoughts.

I wonder if he goes around wearing this shirt..........


&

What would he do if he started to protest THIS?

Some toons......









And this is just down right amazing.......

Dear Senate Democrats ~ By:Tom Joseph

American Thinker

[snip]

For over two centuries, Senators from no one political party have ever dared, either out of respect or fear, to challenge the Constitution of our nation. For over two centuries, Senators have honored their oath to recognize the Constitution as the Law of the Land. If Senate Democrats continue to defy the Constitution through the unconstitutional use of judicial filibusters, you will do so at great political peril.

In a democracy, the majority rules. In our representative democracy, the majority of the people have elected those who serve in the House and the Senate. They have elected George W. Bush to serve as their President. Since without majority rule there can be no democracy, perhaps it would be fair for Democratic Senators who are seeking minority rule to tell the American people just what form of government they now want to impose on this nation.

[snip]

And this is from a "rank and file Democrat".....

Full article HERE

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

That didn't take long........The deal has already been violated

The deal has already been broken................IMO

Not Voting - 1- Inouye (D-HI)

A. Votes for Certain Nominees. We will vote to invoke cloture on the following judicial nominees: Janice Rogers Brown (D.C. Circuit), William Pryor (11th Circuit), and Priscilla Owen (5th Circuit).

Inouye is a signatory to the deal, the deal said they all would vote to invoke cloture, he didn't vote.........deal just got broke.

Former Iraqi PM Reveals Secret Service Data on Birth of Al-Qaeda in Iraq (in 1999)

Baghdad, 23 May (AKI) - The number two of the al-Qaeda network, Ayman al-Zawahiri, visited Iraq under a false name in September 1999 to take part in the ninth Popular Islamic Congress, former Iraqi premier Iyad Allawi has revealed to pan-Arab daily al-Hayat. In an interview, Allawi made public information discovered by the Iraqi secret service in the archives of the Saddam Hussein regime, which sheds light on the relationship between Saddam Hussein and the Islamic terrorist network. He also said that both al-Zawahiri and Jordanian militant al-Zarqawi probably entered Iraq in the same period.

"Al-Zawahiri was summoned by Izza Ibrahim Al-Douri – then deputy head of the council of the leadership of the revolution - to take part in the congress, along with some 150 other Islamic figures from 50 Muslim countries," Allawi said.

According to Allawi, important information has been gathered regarding the presence of another key terrorist figure operating in Iraq - the Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

"The Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi entered Iraq secretly in the same period," Allawi affirmed, "and began to form a terrorist cell, even though the Iraqi services do not have precise information on his entry into the country," he said.

Allawi's remarks come after statements to al-Hayat by King Abdallah II of Jordan over Saddam's refusal to hand over al-Zarqawi to the authorities in Amman.

On this question Allawi said: ''The words of the Jordanian King are correct and important. We have proof of al-Zawahiri's visit to Iraq, but we do not have the precise date or information on al-Zarqawi's entry, though it is likely that he arrived around the same time."

In Allawi's view, Saddam's government "sponsored" the birth of al-Qaeda in Iraq, coordinating with other terrorist groups, both Arab and Muslim. "The Iraqi secret services had links to these groups through a person called Faruq Hajizi, later named Iraq's ambassador to Turkey and arrested after the fall of Saddam's regime as he tried to re-enter Iraq. Iraqi secret agents helped terrorists enter the country and directed them to the Ansar al-Islam camps in the Halbija area," he said.

The former prime minister claims that Saddam's regime sought to involve even Palestinian Abu Nidal - head of a group once considered the world's most dangerous terrorist organisation - in its terrorist circuit. Abu Nidal's organisation was responsible for terrorist attacks in some 20 countries, killing more than 300 people and wounding hundreds more.

He added that Abu Nidal's refusal to cooperate with Islamist groups was the reason for his death in Iraq, in the summer of 2002.

Toon

On this filibuster "deal"..............

As I'm sure you're aware by now the Republican party was sold out by a group of seven liberal Republicans that are happy with glee to be fawned over by the media.

I'm still not sure what to totally think of this "deal" and won't know for sure until there are some votes on some of the judges.

First impressions are that it's not a good thing and the Dems are the winners.

Frist needs to put it to a test post haste and move Myers up for a vote next to see what these dems are going to do.

I have some a concern that there is a silent deal and the 7 Repubs. are going to vote against the judges.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Those Indonesians, so thankful of our Tsunami relief...

Thousands of Indonesian Muslims march toward the US embassy during a demonstration in Jakarta over the alleged desecration of the Koran by US soldiers at Guantanamo Bay military

Indonesian Muslims rally on the street carrying anti-U.S. banners in Jakarta on May 22, 2005. More than 1,500 Muslims on Sunday staged a protest following a May 9 Newsweek magazine report that U.S. interrogators had desecrated the Koran in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Newsweek had issued and apology and retracted the report, saying it could not substantiate the article. Despite the retraction, anger over the report still simmers in parts of the Muslim world.

Indonesian Muslim women shout 'Allahu Akbar' (God is Great) during a protest in front of U.S. embassy in Jakarta on May 22, 2005. More than 1,500 Muslims on Sunday staged a protest following a May 9 Newsweek magazine report that U.S. interrogators had desecrated the Koran in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Newsweek had issued and apology and retracted the report, saying it could not substantiate the article. Despite the retraction, anger over the report still simmers in parts of the Muslim world.

An Indonesian Muslim girl carries a banner that reads 'Kick out U.S. imperialism in Muslim nations' during a rally in Jakarta May 22, 2005. More than 1,500 Muslims on Sunday staged a protest following a May 9 Newsweek magazine report that U.S. interrogators had desecrated the Koran in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Newsweek had issued and apology and retracted the report, saying it could not substantiate the article. Despite the retraction, anger over the report still simmers in parts of the Muslim world.

ATTENTION!! [Filibuster Vernacular]

It is no longer the "NUCLEAR OPTION".

It is now the "TURNIP TRUCK OPTION"

So says Senator Byrd........



update(5-24)

Sen. BYRD, EXECUTIVE SESSION -- (Senate - May 23, 2005):

"The so-called nuclear option has been around for a long time. It didn't require a genius to figure that one out. Any cabbagehead who fell off of a turnip truck could have done that. That is easy to figure out. It has been around since the cloture rule was adopted in 1917--yes. I call it the turnip truck option, not the nuclear option, not the constitutional option. I call it the turnip truck option. It could have been talked about and suggested by someone who fell off a turnip truck and got up and dusted himself off and got back on the truck and fell off the turnip truck again--so turnip truck No. 2. Let it be that.

The nuclear option, as I say, has been around for a long time, but previous leaders of the Senate and previous Presidents, previous White Houses, did not seek to foist this turnip truck option upon the Senate and upon the right of the American people to have freedom of speech on the part of their representatives in the Senate."

Baghdad raids net 22 terrorists, weapons, $6 million dollars US

BAGHDAD, IraqTask Force Baghdad units nabbed 15 terror suspects during six early-morning raids conducted throughout Baghdad on May 22.

One of the raids, in central Baghdad, netted two suspected terrorists and $6 million dollars in US currency.

Later in the day, an Iraqi citizen told Iraqi Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division about two people suspected of planning and carrying out a car-bomb attack near a military base in central Baghdad. An Iraqi patrol went to the site, cordoned off the area and detained two suspects. Both suspects were taken into custody for questioning.

Another Iraqi citizen's tip helped Task Force Baghdad Soldiers find 14 mortar rounds in east Baghdad.

In other combat operations May 22, a dismounted Iraqi Army patrol from the 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division found another weapons cache in east Baghdad. The Iraqi Soldiers found three mortar rounds, one rocket, three grenades and AK-47 rifles. The cache also contained one chemical mask, 135 anti-aircraft rounds, machine gun ammunition, a police radio and speaker and six fuses.

Iraqi Soldiers from the 3rd Muthana Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division uncovered a third weapons cache containing a number of rockets buried in Abu Ghraib. Explosives experts checked for booby traps, and finding none, removed an undetermined number of rockets from the site.

In north Baghdad, a Task Force Baghdad observation team investigating an earlier mortar attack saw a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a house. When the Soldiers searched the house they found a male disguised as a woman in an apparent effort to avoid detection. The man was arrested and taken into custody for further questioning.

Later, a U.S. convoy hit a roadside bomb in western Baghdad. No Soldiers were injured in the attack, but an Iraqi citizen was hurt. While Army medics treated the injured civilian's wounds, they saw a taxi cab start to leave with four occupants trying to hide. The Soldiers stopped the cab and detained all four occupants. The injured citizen was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

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SIX MILLION DOLLARS AND A CROSS DRESSING TERRORIST!!

Iranian TV Shows a Scale Model of "New Iranian Submaine" - The Ghadir

#676

The following are excerpts from a news story about the Iranian-produced "Ghadir" submarine", which aired on Iranian Channel 2 on May 10, 2005

Reporter: The Ghadir submarine is entirely Iranian, and was built Defense Ministry experts. This is, of course, only a scale model. Our reporter really wanted to film this submarine's production line, but this was not possible due to security reasons. The Ghadir can locate the ships and submarines of Iran's enemies with precision and strike at them. The Ghadir systems make it difficult for even advanced radars to track the submarine underwater.

CLICK HERE TO FIND CLIP

#676

Sen. Lautenberg uses MOVEON's talking points in the Senate.

Last Thurs. (5-19) the "Greased skids"* Senator from New Jersey got his talking points straight from MoveOn.org.

I guess he has to, MoveOn "bought" the democratic party after all.



MoveOn's ad.


Save the Republic!

This week, Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith opens in theaters nation-wide. And weirdly enough, the plot of what will undoubtedly be one of the biggest films in movie history revolves around a scheming senator who, seduced by visions of absolute power, transforms a democratic republic into an empire.

The movie’s opening buzz and its parallel theme to our current judicial fight present a great opportunity to educate the public — and have some fun. So we’ve put together a flyer that draws on themes from the Revenge of the Sith story to explain the very real threat to democracy posed by the nuclear option.

Senator Lautenberg ~ EXECUTIVE SESSION -- (Senate - May 19, 2005) [Page: S5492]


Speaking of popular culture, the biggest film of the year is opening this week, ``Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.'' This is one of the characters in that film. He is portrayed here on this chart. He is the leader of the Senate in a far-off universe. In this film, this leader of the Senate breaks rules to give himself and his supporters more power, and after this move from the Senate leader, another Senator states:

This is how liberty dies.

One film critic described this film as a story of ``how a republic dismantles its own Democratic principles.''

As millions of Americans go to see this film this week and in the weeks ahead, I sincerely hope it does not mirror actions being contemplated in the Senate. I say to my colleagues, do not let liberty die. I urge my colleagues, on behalf of the American people--and I ask the American people to express themselves on this--do you want to give up your rights, do you want to give up your rights to protect your children against a foul environment? Do you want to give up your rights to be able to work in a safe environment? Do you want to give up your rights to decide on questions such as war and peace? I urge do not let it happen. I urge my colleagues to oppose any attempt to break the Senate rules and destroy over 200 years of American tradition. We must save the United States and the interests of our country as a whole.



* Greased Skids refers to what a NJ Judge said when the democratic party of NJ was trying to get Lautenberg on the ballot after Torricelli was booted off.

A Judge asked Lautenberg's lawyer "So you basically want us to Grease the skids in order to put him on the ballot?"

Newsweek trashes American Flag......literally. (Just not in the US)

Newsweek: America is dead (U.S. Flag Shown in Trashcan on Cover!)

February 2 issue of Newsweek's Japanese edition:

The equivalent international edition of Newsweek, the January 31 issue


American edition of that same issue

Ain't this the truth...[Filibuster]

Sunday, May 22, 2005

These are kinda fun....










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Friday, May 20, 2005

My newest toy [No, it doesn't require ammunition]

Well, I decided to get with it and jump into the 21st century.

I went out and bought a ZEN MICRO MP3 player the other night.

I didn't really buy it to listen to music, I never really got into the whole Walkman thing.

The one I bought has a few more features than an IPOD.

Not only can you use it to play music but it also has an FM tuner, you can download outlook express info to it like names/phone #'s and calendar reminders.

But the coolest feature, and the reason I threw down the 200 clams for it, is the ability to record voice.

I'm heading back to school in Sep. and thought it would be a good idea to record all my classes and keep them on a backup in case I want to go back and review.

Here's a pic of the player.


Saddam puts a smile on Iraqi faces..



Hamza Adnan, 8, Jinan Jassim, Ayah Faiz, 5, and Duha Munaf, 16, from left, watch Dubai-based satellite television station al-Arabiya in a house in the Karada area of Baghdad, Friday May 20, 2005, as it broadcasts Friday's front page of Britain's mass circulation tabloid newspaper, the Sun, showing Saddam Hussein standing in his white underwear while folding what appears to be a brown pair of trousers. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

This is just SICK SICK SICK...........

Homosexual Group Admits Obscene Material Was Handed Out at Conference

'Outed,' GLSEN Boston Confesses Sexually Explicit Literature Was Made Available to Kids at Its Event

Caution: This story contains terms that some may find offensive.

By Jim Brown and Jenni Parker
May 19, 2005

(AgapePress) - A Boston health clinic has admitted to distributing pornographic books to middle school students and others at a Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) conference hosted by a Massachusetts high school. Initially GLSEN Boston categorically denied its recent 15th Annual Conference event at Brookline High School featured sexually explicit materials.

However, the Fenway Community Center health clinic has admitted to passing out copies of "The Little Black Book -- Queer in the 21st century," a graphic how-to manual on homosexual sex. The superintendent of Brookline Schools has also acknowledged that the sexually explicit materials were made available at the conference when they should not have been, and he has apologized for that fact.

Prior to the health clinic and the school system confirming the truth, GLSEN Boston's office had maintained that the allegations of pornographic books at its conference were "categorically untrue," and were nothing more than lies "from the far right." As late as yesterday, the chapter's website had a notice posted on its "news & announcements" page, stating that the group "wants to assure everyone that there were no sexually explicit materials at the conference."

According to the web notice, the pro-homosexual organization prohibits "sexually explicit materials of any kind" at its conferences, and to permit them at one of its events "would be in violation of clearly stated policy." GLSEN Boston executive director Sean Haley was even quoted on the website as saying that the group assigns monitors to every workshop and event to assure that all policies are strictly enforced.

"No such materials, from AAC or anyone else, were ever present at the GLSEN conference in Brookline," Haley claimed, adding, "These allegations are simply lies." Wednesday night (May 18), however, GLSEN admitted to American Family Radio News that the inappropriate materials were indeed present at the April 30 event -- but would never be made available at one of its conferences again.

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This is just sick, and anyone that believes there's no Homosexual agenda in this country is naive to the Nth degree.


Article 8 Alliance has posted the booklet.

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(Caution: extremely gross and disgusting.)

Click here to see the booklet given to kids
(Caution: extremely gross and disgusting.)

Photos from the event -- Brookline High School, April 30.

Deadly health misinformation in the booklet - Statement by medical expert on sexually transmitted diseases.

Here's where the funding came from!

PepsiCo's CFO give us the finger, then tries to hide it........

Have you heard about this kerfuffle?

Seems PesiCo's CFO, Indra Nooyi, doesn't think to highly of the US. Here's what she had to say at the Columbia Business School while she gave graduation remarks..

Via POWERLINE

This analogy of the five fingers as the five major continents leaves the long, middle finger for North America, and, in particular, The United States. As the longest of the fingers, it really stands out. The middle finger anchors every function that the hand performs and is the key to all of the fingers working together efficiently and effectively. This is a really good thing, and has given the U.S. a leg-up in global business since the end of World War I.

However, if used inappropriately – just like the U.S. itself - the middle finger can convey a negative message and get us in trouble. You know what I’m talking about. In fact, I suspect you’re hoping that I’ll demonstrate what I mean. And trust me, I’m not looking for volunteers to model.

Discretion being the better part of valor...I think I’ll pass.

What is most crucial to my analogy of the five fingers as the five major continents, is that each of us in the U.S. – the long middle finger – must be careful that when we extend our arm in either a business or political sense, we take pains to assure we are giving a hand...not the finger. Sometimes this is very difficult. Because the U.S. – the middle finger – sticks out so much, we can send the wrong message unintentionally.

Unfortunately, I think this is how the rest of the world looks at the U.S. right now. Not as part of the hand – giving strength and purpose to the rest of the fingers – but, instead, scratching our nose and sending a far different signal.

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Now that is a contrived, well thought out, and obvious swipe at the USA.

Well, she's now issisued a non-apology apology trying to tell us we're just dumb and didn't understand what she was saying.

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In my comments, I used the analogy of a human hand to illustrate that people in countries around the globe need to join together to make the world work in harmony – just as all the fingers of a hand work together. It is an illustration that I learned when I was a student, and that I have shared with others on many different occasions.

As part of this illustration, I assigned five of the world’s continents to the different fingers and thumb. I refer to North America and particularly the U.S. as the middle finger because it is the longest and anchors every function the hand performs. The middle finger also is key to all the fingers working together effectively. That is how I view America’s place of importance in the world.

The point of my analogy was to emphasize America’s leadership position. Equally critical is the need for each of us as citizens to take a constructive role in whatever we choose to do in life to ensure the U.S. continues as the world’s “helping hand.”

Unfortunately, my remarks at Columbia University were misconstrued and depicted in a different context as unpatriotic. Although nothing could be further from the truth, I regret any confusion or concern that I may have inadvertently created.

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"misconstrued and depicted in a different context"

You must be joking!!


How does one "misconstrue" this???

"but, instead, scratching our nose and sending a far different signal."

Here, let me give you a visual aid to what she's saying.



Now it's not his nose, but you get the point.

This lady needs to be fired post haste........BTW that was her 3rd try at apology and she still didn't apologize.

[Dem] Memos reveal strategy behind judge filibusters

By Charles Hurt
THE WASHINGTON TIMES



The "nuclear" showdown that is expected to begin unfolding in the Senate today has its origins in closed-door discussions more than three years ago between key Senate Democrats and outside interest groups as they huddled to plot strategies for blocking President Bush's judicial nominees.

In a Nov. 7, 2001, internal memo to Sen. Richard J. Durbin, who is now the minority whip, an aide described a meeting that the Illinois Democrat had missed between groups opposed to Mr. Bush's nominees and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat and member of the Judiciary Committee.

"Based on input from the groups, I would place the appellate nominees in the categories below," the staffer wrote, listing 19 nominees as "good," "bad" or "ugly." Four of the 10 nominees who Democrats have since filibustered were deemed either "bad" or "ugly." None of those deemed "good" by the outside groups was filibustered.

Among those listed as "ugly" was Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen, whose nomination will be brought to the floor today by Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican.

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These memos came out in NOVEMBER of 2003!!!

I guess the press hold stories until they think we need to see them.

(I'm not saying this is news to me, I've know about since they first came out.)

But back when this story first came out the focus was on how the memos were obtained and not what was IN the memos.


THE MEMOS.

Saudis Shred Bibles, Rights Campaigners Claim

(CNSNews.com) - Bibles found in the possession of visitors to Saudi Arabia are routinely confiscated by customs officials, and in some cases copies allegedly have been put through a paper shredder, according to religious rights campaigners.

Reports from the Islamic world of the abuse of Bibles and other items important to Christians emerge from time to time, but generally have little impact - in contrast to the wave of Muslim anger sparked by a Newsweek report, since retracted, of Koran desecration by the U.S. military.

"The Muslims respect the Koran far more than Christians respect the Bible," says Danny Nalliah, a Sri Lankan-born evangelical pastor now based in Australia.

During the 1990s, Nalliah spent two years in Saudi Arabia, where he was deeply involved with the underground church.

"It's a very well-known fact that if you have a Bible at customs when you enter the airport, and if they find the Bible, that the Bible is taken and put in the shredder," he said in an interview this week.

"If you have more than one Bible you will be taken into custody, and if you have a quantity of Bibles you will be given 70 lashes for sure - you could even be executed."

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CONTINUED HERE....

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Next time you hear a Dem say AG GONZALES said Judge OWEN was a judicial activist..........

TELL THEM TO STUFF IT!!!
This is from AG GONZALES'S Senate hearing back in JAN.




SEN. BROWNBACK: You know, I believe you said your wife had some interest in this, and I may recruit her on this topic as well, even though she's not up for confirmation here. I'll work with her as well. Finally, there's a topic I wanted to give you a chance to address while you on the Texas Supreme Court in June of 2000. And this came up during Judge Owen's hearing, of a case on a parental consent law that you wrote, I believe, the majority opinion on. And this was upholding the parental -- a decision regarding the parental notification law, where a minor sought an abortion. In this particular case, a minor was seeking an abortion without, as was required by Texas law, notification of her parents. You had some pretty strong words for those in the minority opinion who thought the law should be applied as written and was affirmed by the trial court. I just wanted to give you a chance to express your opinion on this case. It came up often during Judge Owen's confirmation hearing here. You were cited on the other side of that often. And I'd like to get your thoughts on that here for the record. And, do you believe that the interpretation of duly enacted legislation is open to interpretation by the courts in a manner not consistent with the strict reading of the law? That is the underlying issued involved with this.

MR. GONZALES: Thank you for that question, Senator. Let me just say at the outset regarding Judge Owen: I served with Judge Owen on the Texas Supreme Court, and I think she did a splendid job, a superb job as a judge. I think she would make a superb job (sic) on the 5th Circuit, and that's why her name was recommended to the president. There were a series of very contentious cases -- opinions written in connection with six cases, I think, involving four minor daughters in the year 2000 while I was on the court. It is true that the law -- the legislature made it a policy judgment that they wanted more -- they wanted parents more involved with the abortion decisions of their minor daughters. But the legislature did not make the parental rights absolute; they provided three exceptions. And most of the decisions of the court involved -- are about interpreting those exceptions, allowing a judicial bypass. My comment about judicial -- an act of judicial activism was not focused at Judge Owen or Judge Heck (sp); it was actually focused at me. What I was saying in that opinion was that, given my interpretation of what the legislature intended, by the way the words that they used in terms of having a minor not totally informed or well informed but sufficiently well informed and the structure of the act, it was in my judgment that the legislature did intend the judicial bypasses to be real. And given my conclusion about what the legislature intended, it would have been an act of judicial activism not to have granted the bypass in that particular case. If someone like Judge Owen in that case reached a different conclusion about what the legislature intended, it would have been perfectly reasonable for her to reach a different outcome. But as to the words that have been used as a sword against Judge Owen, let me just say that those words were related to me in terms of my interpretation of what the legislature intended, again, through the words of the statute and the way that the judicial bypass procedure would actually operate in practice.

SEN. BROWNBACK: Thank you and your family for being here, and I look forward to your confirmation.

Source

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Update: Here's Gonzales's orginal statement. (Thanks deport)

Justice Gonzales... Concurring opinion, Jane Doe #5

The dissenting opinions suggest that the exceptions to the general rule of notification should be very rare and require a high standard of proof. I respectfully submit that these are policy decisions for the Legislature. And I find nothing in this statute to directly show that the Legislature intended such a narrow construction. As the Court demonstrates, the Legislature certainly could have written section 33.033(i) to make it harder to bypass a parent's right to be involved in decisions affecting their daughters. See ___ S.W.3d at ___. But it did not. Likewise, parts of the statute's legislative history directly contradict the suggestion that the Legislature intended bypasses to be very rare. See id. at ___ (detailing legislative history). Thus, to construe the Parental Notification Act so narrowly as to eliminate bypasses, or to create hurdles that simply are not to be found in the words of the statute, would be an unconscionable act of judicial activism. As a judge, I hold the rights of parents to protect and guide the education, safety, health, and development of their children as one of the most important rights in our society. But I cannot rewrite the statute to make parental rights absolute, or virtually absolute, particularly when, as here, the Legislature has elected not to do so. The Court said in Doe 1(I) that a minor must make at least three showings before she may exercise the bypass rights the Legislature gave "mature and sufficiently well informed" minors under section 33.003(i). In re Doe 1(I), ___ S.W.3d ___ (Tex. 2000). These showings are to ensure that the minor can demonstrate the level of maturity and knowledge the Legislature seems to have intended when it passed a statute that primarily protects parental rights, but also confers judicial bypass rights to certain minors. Based on the evidence of Doe's maturity and knowledge, I conclude the limitations upon parental rights in section 33.003(i) apply here. Therefore, I am compelled to grant Doe's application.

The Framers intended no more than a Senate majority to approve judges. ~ By Clarke D. Forsythe

Breaking the Rules

[snip]

.......On June 13, 1787, it was originally proposed that judges be “appointed by the national Legislature,” and that was rejected; Madison objected and made the alternative motion that appointments be made by the Senate, and that was at first approved. Madison specifically proposed that a “supermajority” be required for judicial appointments but this was rejected. On July 18, Nathaniel Ghorum made the alternative motion “that the Judges be appointed by the Executive with the advice & consent of the 2d branch,” (following on the practice in Massachusetts at that time). Finally, on Friday, September 7, 1787, the Convention approved the final Appointments Clause, making the president primary and the Senate (alone) secondary, with a role of “advice and consent.”

Obviously, this question is something that the Framers carefully considered. The Constitution and Supreme Court decisions are quite clear that only a majority is necessary for confirmation. Neither the filibuster, nor a supermajority vote, is part of the Advice and Consent role in the U.S. Constitution. Until the past four years, the Senate never did otherwise. Changing the Senate rules to eliminate the filibuster and only require a majority vote is not only constitutional but fits with more than 200 years of American tradition.

Flogging and stoning adulterers in the Quran~ By: James Arlandson

American Thinker - May 18th, 2005

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Galloway goes before Senate panel today...

British Parliament member to face oil-for-food accusers

Should be some good fireworks here.

It started at 9:30 (est) today.

He'll be in front of Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

LIVE LINK to the panel............SMASH HERE

Pictures I promised...

In response to the Captain's Quarters post from last night I'd like to follow up and post the pics I was talking about.

Why were we sanitized from the true images from 9-11?

As the poster from CQ writes - " there is absolutely no legitimate reason to run a story like this. Newsweek ran the story knowing that it would excite the passions of the world's muslim population."

Contrast this with the media's refusal to show pictures of our fellow citizens jumping out the the world trade center. We were told that such pictures would unnecessarily anger the American people and lead to violence against Muslim Americans. "

He's absolutely right. I remember the quickness that video of the planes crashing into the Towers was removed from the news casts. And even if they did use the video it was just a snippet and they'd cut it just before the impact. It wasn't until the 1 year anniversary that they were played in full again.

And the number of jumpers was scarcely show. Did you know the first casualty in the FDNY was from a jumper landing on a firefighter? That came out during the 9-11 hearings.

To his point that the media didn't show the true horror of 9-11 because they didn't want to "unnecessarily anger the American people and lead to violence against Muslim Americans."

Why? Were they afraid there would be more people in favor of waging a needed war?

Did they think that if the American public saw the carnage of their fellow Americans it would open their eyes wider to what terrorism is and how Jihadists see no line between innocent civilians and military targets?

I honestly don't think the American public would have gone out in a mad lynching mob trying to find all muslims and kill them. We're better than that. I do think that their view on what tracks we needed to take would have been different.

I think people would be more cautious of how fast Islam is growing in the US, especially in our jails.

And that it is not a religion of peace, but a cult of death.

I think the discussion about closing the border would be even more veracious than it is today and there would be more people behind it's closure and would have started sooner.

I think more people would come to realize why we're waging this war on terror in other lands and not waiting till it comes to our shores. Note the picture I posted of the Iranians volunteers to carry out suicide bombings against Americans in Iraq and Israel. Don't people see that if they were here within our borders they would have no problem exploding themselves in our malls, movie theaters, and clubs?

I truly fear the day that happens.....

So I ask, have you ever seen these pictures before?

Do you think these should have been shown, with a warning, on major news stations to show the aftermath of 9-11?

If you're squeamish I advise you NOT to click the links, they are extremely graphic.

Once again these are EXTREMELY GRAPHIC click at your own risk!

WARNING **EXTREMELY GRAPHIC PICTURES**
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Monday, May 16, 2005

Now that is a damn good analogy from Captain's Quarters!!

Captain's Quarters points something out that I didn't even contemplate while ranting about Newsweek's FUBAR, but now that it's come to light his poster is 100% correct, the US media shielded us from the horror of 9-11!

Specifically how much coverage the people that chose to jump to their death rather than burn alive in the jet fuel inferno.

How many dead bodies did you see from that day?

I can only think of a hand full and apx. 3,000 people were murdered that day.

And due to the nature of this I will be posting some that I have once I get to work tomorrow. [Those pics are on my hard drive at work.]

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UPDATE: Pictures I promised...
(Don't worry, I just posted links)
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Until then......





Palestinian Sermon: Sheik Ibrahim Mudeiris ~ Muslims Will Rule America and Britain, Jews Are a Virus Resembling AIDS

5/13/2005

The following are excerpts from a Friday sermon on Palestinian Authority TV. The preacher is Sheik Ibrahim Mudeiris. PA TV aired this sermon on May 13, 2005

Ibrahim Mudeiris: Allah has tormented us with "the people most hostile to the believers" – the Jews. "Thou shalt find that the people most hostile to the believers to be the Jews and the polytheists." Allah warned His beloved Prophet Muhammad [the pedophile ~ Ox] about the Jews, who had killed their prophets, forged their Torah, and sowed corruption throughout their history.

With the establishment of the state of Israel, the entire Islamic nation was lost, because Israel is a cancer spreading through the body of the Islamic nation, and because the Jews are a virus resembling AIDS, from which the entire world suffers.

You will find that the Jews were behind all the civil strife in this world. [Unlike the Peaceful muslims that are trying to kill everyone? ~Ox] The Jews are behind the suffering of the nations.

Ask Britain what it did to the Jews in the early sixth century. [The 6th century?!?!?!~Ox] What did they do to the Jews? They expelled them, tortured them, and prevented them from entering Britain for more than 300 years. All this was because of what the Jews did in Britain. Ask France what it did to the Jews. They tortured them, expelled them, and burned their Talmud, because of the civil strife the Jews wanted to spark in France, in the days of Louis XIX. Ask Portugal what it did to the Jews. Ask Czarists Russia, which welcomed the Jews, who plotted to kill the Czar - so he massacred them. But don't ask Germany what it did to the Jews. It was the Jews who provoked Nazism to wage war against the entire world, when the Jews, using the Zionist movement, got other countries to wage an economic war on Germany and to boycott German merchandise. They provoked Russia, Britain, France, and Italy. This enraged the Germans toward the Jews, leading to the events of those days, which the Jews commemorating today.

But they are committing worse deeds than those done to them in the Nazi war. Yes, perhaps some of them were killed and some burned, but they are inflating this in order to win over the of the media and gain the world's sympathy. The worst crimes in history were committed against the Jews, yet these crimes are no worse than what the Jews are doing in Palestine. [Not even close......~Ox] What was done to the Jews was a crime, but isn't what the Jews are doing today in the land of Palestine not a crime?!

Look at modern history. Where has Great Britain gone? [Into the 21st century? ~Ox] Where has Czarist Russia gone? Where has France gone - France, which almost ruled the entire world? [They surrendered.~Ox] Where is Nazi Germany, which massacred millions and ruled the world? [When did the Nazis "rule the world"? ~Ox] Where did all these superpowers go? He who made them disappear will make America disappear too, God willing. He who made Russia disappear overnight is capable of making America disappear and fall, Allah willing.

We have ruled the world before, and by Allah, the day will come when we will rule the entire world again. The day will come when we will rule America. The day will come when we will rule Britain and the entire world – except for the Jews. The Jews will not enjoy a life of tranquility under our rule, because they are treacherous by nature, as they have been throughout history. The day will come when everything will be relived of the Jews - even the stones and trees which were harmed by them. Listen to the Prophet Muhammad, who tells you about the evil end that awaits Jews. The stones and trees will want the Muslims to finish off every Jew.

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No US money should go towards the PA. Not one penny.

Darfur Protest in London

Protesters carry a mock coffin, symbolizing the loss of Africans which are being killed in Darfur, in a demonstration outside the Sudan Embassy in central London on Sunday, May 15, 2005. The demonstrators are calling for the Sudan and British governments to provide effective protection for the threatened African population in the Darfur region of Sudan.

So do we remove all judges that got under 60 votes?

Just a quick thought, since the Dems think that Judges need a super-majority in order to be confirmed to the bench, what do we do with all the ones on the bench now that didn't receive 60 votes?

Pictures caused by Newsweek story..........


A Muslim Indian boy holds a placard during an anti-U.S. demonstration in Bombay May 16, 2005. The protesters were sceptical about an apparent retraction by Newsweek magazine of a report that U.S. interrogators desecrated the Koran and said U.S. pressure was behind the climb-down. The report in Newsweek's May 9 issue sparked protests across the Muslim world from Afghanistan, where 16 were killed and more than 100 injurded, to Pakistan, India, Indonesia and Gaza.


Pakistani Shi'ite Muslim children stand on a U.S. flag during a rally to protest against the reported desecration of the Koran in Karachi May 16, 2005. Muslims in Afghanistan and Pakistan were skeptical on Monday about an apparent retraction by Newsweek magazine of a report that U.S. interrogators desecrated the Koran and said U.S. pressure was behind the climb-down. The report in Newsweek's May 9 issue sparked protests across the Muslim world from Afghanistan, where 16 were killed and more than 100 injured, to Pakistan, India, Indonesia and Gaza.


Afghan students from Kabul University shout slogans as they burn a US flag. Newsweek magazine has announced that its story alleging that staff at a US detention facility desecrated copies of the Koran, which has sparked deadly protests in Muslim countries, could be wrong, but stopped short of a full retraction.


Pakistani supporters from an Islamic organization Pasban-e- Sahaba burn a U.S. flag during a protest in Peshawar May 15, 2005. The supporters of the Islamic organization Pasban-e- Sahaba were protested over a recent magazine report that U.S. interrogators in Guantanamo Bay had desecrated the Koran.


[Nice spelling]

Activists shouting anti-US slogans during a demonstration in Pakistan. Allegations that US guards at the 'war on terror' detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba threw Korans in the toilet surfaced more than a year ago but it was not until this week when riots broke out in Afghanistan that the US military ordered an investigation


Pakistani protestors of Pakistan's opposition Islamic alliance MMA chant anti-U.S. slogans during a rally after Friday prayers in Karachi May 13, 2005. Angry protests raged across the Muslim world from Gaza to Indonesia on Friday over a report U.S. interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had desecrated the Koran.


Afghan students from Nangarhar University burn an effigy of US President George W. Bush during a protest in Jalalabad 11 May. The United States sought to stem Muslim anger over reports of the desecration of a Koran at its 'war on terror' detention camp, with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calling such disrespect 'abhorrent' and promising to punish any offenders


[Say what??!??]

A Pakistani protestor holds a placard during a rally in the western city of Quetta May 12, 2005. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged Muslims around the world on May 12th to resist calls for violence from people outraged by allegations that interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had desecrated the Koran. Reports that interrogators at the U.S. military prison in Cuba put Korans in toilets and in at least one case flushed the holy book down the toilet have triggered violent demonstrations in Afghanistan as well as official protests in Pakistan.


[The "HOLLY" Koran???]

University students chant anti-U.S. slogans during a protest in Kabul May 12, 2005. Demonstrations spread in Afghanistan on Thursday over a report that U.S. interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had desecrated the Koran, and officials said three protesters were killed