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Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Word of the day: "Disassembling"
Normal definition: taking apart, deconstructing.

Bushinition: "not telling the truth", as in, former prisoners released from detention in Guantanamo Bay who then U.S. guards and interrogators of abuse, but who the president says are trained to make the claims up. Here's the quote from today's conference:
In terms of the detainees, we've had thousands of people detained. We've investigated every single complaint against the detainees. It seemed like to me they based some of their decisions on the word of -- and the allegations -- by people who were held in detention, people who hate America, people that had been trained in some instances to disassemble -- that means not tell the truth. And so it was an absurd report. It just is.
Thank you for the clarification, Mr. President. And as if on cue, the Washington Times chimes in with a timely story on the al Qaida hanbook...
In a raid on an al Qaeda cell in Manchester, British authorities seized al Qaeda's most extensive manual for how to wage war. A directive lists one mission as "spreading rumors and writing statements that instigate people against the enemy." If captured, the manual states, "At the beginning of the trial ... the brothers must insist on proving that torture was inflicted on them by state security before the judge. Complain of mistreatment while in prison."

In other words: "disassembling." And here's an interesting statement from Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita:
"There are elements within the detainee population that were very effective at getting other detainees agitated about the Koran by making allegations," Mr. Di Rita said. "They particularly focused on the practice of their faith and the Koran being kept from them. So people should not be surprised when detainees come out and make these kinds of allegations. It causes the reactions we've seen."
Does that mean Newsweek's off the hook for all that violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan?
posted by JReid @ 4:18 PM  
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