"Al Qaeda has published manuals as long as — oh, I've seen some dated 1998. Our intelligence community has manuals where they advise their people, if you get caught by the infidels, they're going to strip you, they're going to do this. Get your story ready. Be ready to handle some very rough stuff." -- Seymour Hersh
Hersh thinks he is being very clever. The mainstream media pushed the Abu Ghraib story beyond any sense of proportion. The New York Times ran front page stories, above the fold, for weeks. Now that the Islamists have adopted the story as the main justification for beheadings, along with Gitmo, the media is trying to come to grips with what they have done. What they have done is provided the Islamic jihadists with their most powerful weapon, propaganda.
In the above quotation, Hersh begins by telling the truth, starts to fabricate, and culminates in a huge lie:
"Be ready to handle some very rough stuff."
In fact, the al Qaeda training manual gives NO instructions for handling actual torture or "rough stuff" as he calls it. What the manuals do is instruct the "brothers" to CLAIM torture, whatever the actual circumstances.
Hersh knows that in all liklihood many of the stories breathlessly run as fact in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Guardian, Mirror, etc., are manufactured lies. These lies could have been exposed if mainstream media had bothered to do one Google search, as I will demonstrate shortly. Hersh is attempting to use a bit of fact to conceal the mainstream media's primary role in recruiting more Muslims into the global jihad.
Google: "al Qaeda training manual"
I originally read this at thesmokinggun.com. This contains the critical excerpts, courtesy of PBS Frontline.
PRISONS AND DETENTION CENTERS:
1. At the beginning of the trial, once more the brothers must insist on proving that torture was inflicted on them by State Security [investigators] before the judge.
2. Complain [to the court] of mistreatment while in prison.
4. The brother has to do his best to know the names of the state security officers, who participated in his torture and mention their names to the judge. [These names may be obtained from brothers who had to deal with those officers in previous cases.]
6. During the trial, the court has to be notified of any mistreatment of the brothers inside the prison.
Trying to lie in the Internet Age can be dicey, Seymour.
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