Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Anatomy of a Lie - How Donald Rumsfeld Twists the Truth

Rumsfeld Detainee Numbers
By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
Wednesday, June 1, 2005; 6:23 PM


Let's take this claim by claim.

1.) "
Number of detainees in U.S. custody since Sept. 11, 2001: 68,000."
This number includes Iraqi prisoners of war as well as detainees.

2.) "Number of criminal investigations into alleged mistreatment by U.S. personnel: 370."
This is true.

3.) "Number of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: 525,000."
This is everyone in the military who served in these areas. Notice he does not give the number of guards or military police who actually came in contact with the detainees.

4.) "Number of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen found to have treated detainees illegally: Less than 0.1 percent, which works out to fewer than 525. Actually, about 130 have been punished as a result of investigations."
Because claim number 3 is misleading this statistic is totally meaningless. How many prison guards are there?


You can clearly see Rumsfeld said a lot of nothing, but it sounded good so the AP picked it up without any fact checking.

3 Comments:

Blogger PoliShifter said...

Now that is some good work there Kenny...I totally missed that.

Damn those NeoCons are clever...

7:29 PM  
Blogger Kenny said...

Rumsfeld gets a pass.

Can you believe that the AP just prints this blather with no fact checking.

It's unreal.

7:31 PM  
Blogger halcyon67 said...

Well journalists these days are lazy, so they leave it up to us to do the factchecking. Also, those numbers are really hard to find.

To answer your question about prison guards. I would say one guard for every 15 detainees.

7:40 AM  

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