6,397. 6/21/2005

In an appearance on the Tony Snow Show on June 21, 2005, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld discussed allegations of torture made by detainees at Guantanamo. ” ‘These detainees are trained to lie, they’re trained to say they were tortured, and the minute we release them or the minute they get a lawyer, very frequently they’ll go out and they will announce that they’ve been tortured,’ Rumsfeld said. The media jumps on these claims, reporting them as ‘another example of torture,’ the secretary said, ‘when in fact, (terrorists have) been trained to do that, and their training manual says so.’ “

 – Donna Miles, “Al Qaeda Manual Drives Detainee Behavior at Guantanamo Bay,” American Forces Press Services, U.S. Department of Defense, June 29, 2005

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