Absolving ourselves

Here's a good joke, in case you missed it.

The Pentagon acknowledged on Monday that two former members of the military team handling prosecutions of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba, had alleged last year that the trial system was rigged in favor of the government.
Officials said, however, that the prosecutors’ charges had been thoroughly reviewed and dismissed as unfounded. While declining to reveal specifics of the allegations, a Pentagon spokesman said an investigation determined they were 'much ado about nothing.'
So wait, why did these prosecutors jeopardize their careers and futures? To perpetrate a lie? The AP story does include plenty of criticism but geez, if the story were about another nation's government absolving itself of crimes would the media's balance obsession really override common sense?

Think about it: Pakistani President Musharraf sells nuclear material to wandering nomad with no references; says: "What? We didn't do that. We even investigated and found that we didn't. I said we didn't (enter relevant Shakespeare quote here for lighthearted reinforcement)."

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