From CNN, with thanks to all who sent this in:
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Detainees at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, alleged in 2002 that guards mistreated the Quran, according to some of the hundreds of FBI documents released by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The ACLU obtained the documents from the FBI through a federal court order in a lawsuit based on a Freedom of Information Act request. Most of them are records of detainee interviews with FBI agents.
According to the documents, released Wednesday by the ACLU, a detainee interviewed in August 2002 said guards had flushed a copy of the Quran in a toilet.
Others reported the Quran being kicked, withheld as punishment and thrown on the floor.
Prisoners also complained about “non-believers” touching the book, according to the documents….
White House press secretary Scott McClellan told reporters Wednesday that past accusations have had credibility issues.
“There have been allegations made by detainees,” McClellan said. “We know that members of al Qaeda are trained to mislead and to provide false reports.
“We know that’s one of their tactics that they use. And so I think you have to keep that in mind as well.”
Indeed. See page 16 of this. It would be refreshing if the ACLU would address that and indicate why they think these reports are credible.