On Monday, ThinkProgress caught Bill O’Reilly claiming that there is “no proof” that detainees were ever abused at Guantanamo Bay, despite the fact that both the FBI and the Red Cross have documented abuse at the prison. On MSNBC’s Countdown last night, Keith Olbermann pointed out that O’Reilly is also contradicting himself when he says that there is no proof of abuse at Gitmo:
OLBERMANN: That kind of contradicts this is quote from somebody who visited Gitmo in June of 2005.
“There have been abuses by U.S. interrogators there, but not many and now we have some stats to back that up.”
It also contradicts what the same visitor said after a second trip to Gitmo in June, 2006.
“Muhammad al Gitani, thought to be directly involved with the 9/11 attack, was treated harshly and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld ordered that Gitani could be subjected to coerced interrogation.”
Who is it that disagrees with Bill O’Reilly’s contention that there is no proof of mistreatment at Gitmo? Bill O’Reilly. He was the visitor who had confirmed the abuses.