And apparently a write for the Miami Herald thinks even suggesting Korans would be used to hide contraband is an outrage and is vigorously investigating. via Qurans at crux of Guantánamo hunger strike – Guantánamo – MiamiHerald.com.
A senior Pentagon official said this week that Muslim captives at the detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, have hidden weapons inside their copies of the Quran, a claim the U.S. military has yet to substantiate.
“There have, in the past, been incidents of detainees storing contraband in their Qurans; items found have included improvised weapons, unauthorized food and medicine,” wrote William K. Lietzau, deputy assistant secretary of defense for rule of law and detainee policy.
He made the claim in a one-letter dated April 1 to the Center for Constitutional Rights, a New York law firm. The firm wrote Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on March 14, seeking a meeting to discuss the ongoing hunger strike at the Guantánamo prison, which they said started over a Feb. 2 Quran search and grew to present “a serious threat to the health and life of detainees.”
Lietzau, responding for Hagel, offered a broad defense of Quran search policy and told the lawyers he was “aware of reports that many detainees are engaged in a hunger strike.”
The Miami Herald has been asking the military since mid-March to provide specific details, including photographs, of items found concealed in detainees’ Qurans. n light of the Lietzau letter, The Herald asked additionally for specific incident reports. No details have been provided.
A dispute over Quran searches has been the underlying issue of the hunger strike that lawyers for the captives say is more widespread than the military acknowledges. On Friday, Navy medical staff considered 41 of the 166 detainees to be weak enough or to have lost enough weight to be classified as hunger strikers. Eleven were getting tube feedings of nutritional supplements, the camps said, and no hunger strikers were hospitalized.
Durand said the Quran searches Feb. 2 went this way in Camp 6, the communal camp where the hunger strike started: Guards collected the Qurans without touching them, in what looked like “a postal box,” and then turned them over to a Muslim linguist for inspection. The prison has not said whether that search yielded any contraband.
When Durand was asked for specific examples, he replied with a general statement: “We always find contraband,” he said in an email Wednesday morning. “Every search, every time. From improvised weapons (clubs, shanks, knives, garottes) to hoarded medications to unauthorized electronics (audio/video recorders, games, etc.). Sometimes in the Quran, but every search results in something.”
Carol Rosenberg – one of Gitmo al Qaeda’s leading advocates at the Miami Herald – finds it hard to believe that Muslim terrorists would do such a thing. After all, they are most pious.
Remember the Korans that were incinerated (not burned as reported by the media) in Afghanistan that caused massive rioting and more than 30 deaths including a U.S. teacher and at least six U.S. soldiers all at the hands of Muslims? Those Korans were incinerated because Muslim prisoners desecrated them with their names, stories, communications to other prisoners and outside contacts, and coordinated attack plans on the pages of the supposedly holy books. Yet Obama lied about that too – he said the “burning” was an accident and the U.S. troops were punished.
At Gitmo, where sharia law reigns, U.S. soldiers not only can’t search the Korans, they can’t even TOUCH the Korans paid for by U.S. taxpayers.
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