From today’s White House press breifing:
QUESTION: Scott, there’s an FBI memo that’s been released today through a Freedom of Information request. It dates from August 23, 2002, and recounts the interrogation — the interview of a detainee at Bagram. And in this memo, the FBI recounts that this detainee says he had nothing against the United States, but the guards in his detention facility do not treat him well, their behavior is bad; about five months ago, the guards beat the detainees and they flushed a Koran in the toilet.
White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan’s response:
I mean in terms of if there’s any abuse of detainees, we take any such allegations very seriously.
But Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita said, prior to this month, there were no investigations regarding Koran desecration:
QUESTION: [H]ave there been or are there current investigations of possible similar desecrations [of a Koran] elsewhere — (inaudible)?
MR. DI RITA: Those types of allegations have not previously been — there’s — we’ve not previously included that in any kind of previous investigations into detainee operations, because there haven’t been credible allegations to that effect.
Why didn’t the Bush administration take this detainee’s allegation of abuse and Koran desecration seriously? If they didn’t investigate, how do they know his allegation isn’t credible?
UPDATE: AP just filed a story.