Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Trust, but don't verify

Anne Applebaum gets to the heart of the Newsweek mess.

One basic problem with this situation is bureaucratic. The Defense Department says it has found "no credible" allegations of holy book flushing. Of course, we know there have been allegations of this -- but the Pentagon finds these, and apparently all others, "not credible."

But like its prisoners, the Pentagon has the relevant information locked up. It cannot be independently evaluated. Anybody who might be able to cast light on this works for the Pentagon and, if they had anything to say that deviated a whisker from the Bush line, they have been silenced. For now, anyway.

So the Pentagon is basically saying "trust us" and "fuck off" at the same time. Sound familiar?