Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Friday, June 3, 2011 8:05 pm


Filed under: Sad — Lex @ 8:05 pm
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Back on Jan. 18, 2010, I blogged about an article published in Harper’s by Scott Horton about what was purported to have been the killing of three Guantanamo detainees, whose deaths were then made to appear to have been suicides.

It now appears that the story was probably incorrect — not that Horton intentionally faked it, but that in a situation without definitive proof either way, he and the magazine may have relied excessively on witnesses who were not in position to see or hear some of the things they reported and failed to acknowledge the existence of some evidence that didn’t comport with their narrative. The prisoners’ deaths were, more likely than not, actually suicides.

Horton is no Jayson Blair; still, this is a major failure by a writer and a magazine with sterling reputations.

And while I’m relieved to know that the U.S. service members involved in the case aren’t murderers, Guantanamo remains a huge stain on our national honor. “Oh, well, they weren’t murdered, they committed suicide” — “they” — being people who haven’t been charged with a crime and are being denied legal due process — shouldn’t be much consolation to anyone.


  1. Oh well at least Horton didn’t win a Nobel Peace Prize for it like….

    I, Rigoberto Menchu, Liar

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Friday, June 3, 2011 8:31 pm @ 8:31 pm

  2. Or Henry Kissinger.

    Comment by Lex — Monday, June 6, 2011 10:21 am @ 10:21 am

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