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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

More on the Newsweek Retraction Story

Turns out this story has actually been around at least 14 months, not just since August, and certainly not just since the Newsweek story.

Britain's Observer had the story, in gruesome detail, on March 14, 2004, following the release from Guantanamo of the so-called Tipton Three:

This is one of over 3500 hits for "tipton three" on Google--see for yourself at

I submit that the ethical position following the Holocaust and other extreme human rights abuses is that neither mental nor physical torture is acceptable.

We must say loudly that these acts of terrorism are not done in our name, and demand of our governments that they desist. There is ample international precedent for a populace being found complicit if they didn't actively oppose war crimes. From Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo Bay, we have seen our government act reprehensibly in our names. Well, I say, this is not in my name. One does not win democracy and freedom by violating them, killing them, and dragging their remains across objects sacred to those of other faiths. These actions do not represent me. they do not represent anything that is in the virtuous heart of the American people.

I've done two radio interviews this week on the real story here. If I can get one of them, I'll post a link to the audio in this space.


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