UPDATE: I've just updated this story. It looks to me like we just caught the military in a lie. See what I wrote below, but why did they reprimand a guard for what they're claiming wasn't his fault, i.e., the urine episode? Because they're lying to us.
Honey, I kicked the Koran.
Now the Bush administration is admitting a guard kicked a Koran and "accidentally" splashed urine on it. How exactly do you accidentally splash urine on a holy book? Apparently there are magical winds in Cuba that were able to waft the urine through air vents from a man peeing, and then amazingly deposit the urine in a prison cell on top of a Koran. Truly magical winds.
Think I'm kidding - this is what the military is claiming:
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.Of course, this is interesting. Why did the military reprimand the guard if the wind simply blew his urine onto the Koran? That's not a basis for a reprimand. What's going on here? Was it intentional or not? The military clearly is saying it was not intentional, but then they reprimanded the guard? For what? Sloppy urination?
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.
Funny we find out about this on a Friday night at 7:45pm.
AP has a more detailed report on this:
The Pentagon on Friday confirmed for the first time that a U.S. soldier deliberately kicked a Guantanamo Bay prisoner's Muslim holy book in violation of the military's rules for handling the Quran.
In other confirmed incidents, prison guards threw water balloons in a cell block, causing an unspecified number of Qurans to get wet; a guard's urine splashed on a detainee and his Quran; an interrogator stepped on a Quran during an interrogation; and a two-word obscenity was written in English on the inside cover of a Quran.