Friday, June 03, 2005

Friday Night News Dump/Truly Pathetic Edition

U.S. details Guantanamo 'mishandling' of Koran

The U.S. military for the first time on Friday detailed how jailers at Guantanamo mishandled the Koran, including a case in which a guard's urine splashed onto the Islamic holy book and others in which it was kicked, stepped on and soaked by water.

U.S. Southern Command, responsible for the prison at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, described five cases of "mishandling" of a Koran by U.S. personnel confirmed by a newly completed military inquiry, officials said in a statement.

In the incident involving urine, which took place this past March, Southern Command said a guard left his post and urinated near an air vent and "the wind blew his urine through the vent" and into a cell block.

It said a detainee told guards the urine "splashed on him and his Koran." The statement said the detainee was given a new prison uniform and Koran, and that the guard was reprimanded and given duty in which he had no contact with prisoners.

Right. The incredible flying urine trick was a complete freak of nature--Republican Jesus probably kicked that wind up, right?--although someone saw fit to keep Waterboy the hell away from the detainees in the future.

But rest assured, no flushing was involved in the descration of this Holy Book.

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