"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Failing the Giggle Test 

Mistakes were made: When an attorney representing Sgt. Alan J. Driver - who stands accused of abusing prisoners in Bagram - tried to have an al Qaeda operative named Omar al-Farouq produced as a witness, he was informed that al-Farouq "escaped." That's right, he's simply gone missing; no one knows where he's off to. This is especially troubling, given that al-Farouq is, supposedly, "one of Osama bin Laden's top lieutenants in Southeast Asia." Bad luck, to be sure, but these things happen:
In earlier cases of prisoner abuse in Afghanistan, the alleged victims either were dead or unidentified. Other alleged victims in Driver's case also cannot testify. One was released from custody and cannot be found, and the other has died.

Funny, that.

I wonder, though - has anyone thought to look for al-Farouq in an unnamed Eastern European nation? I mean, it couldn't hurt to ask.




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