Monday, May 05, 2008

A manipulator and a propagandist


The Pentagon is pissed at Sami al-Hajj, the Al Jazeera cameraman released from Guantanamo after 6½ years, including 500 days on hunger strike, for having the temerity to appear weak and unwell on his arrival in Sudan. Said an anonymous Pentagonite to ABC, “He’s a manipulator and a propagandist.”

A manipulator and a propagandist – and friends

Another Pentagonanian said al-Hajj has no credibility because there is “no information to substantiate his allegations that he was mistreated at Guantanamo”. Unless you count being forcibly feed 1,500 or so times. “It’s the advantage they have in this fight. It’s a war of ideas, and they can claim any wild number of things happened to them and they’ll capitalize on it.” Yes, that is the advantage they have when you lock them away from the sight of the world. They describe his last interrogation as being “very cordial.” So, no hard feelings then?

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