Jan. 18th, 2010

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Three suicides reported in Guantanamo detention facility in 2006 are now alleged to have been murders. This is an article in today's Harper's.

Why is there nothing on the New York Times' main page about this? Perhaps I'm missing some obvious reason I shouldn't trust the Harper's story? But shouldn't an allegation this important at least be mentioned somewhere in the NYT? If you search for the names of the involved, you find an anemic piece on the story, written as though the news were not the alleged crime itself, but the reporting thereof! But you don't even find this story on the first page of a search for either Guantanamo or suicide.

And this on the heels of finding out that the NYT wants people to pay for online access? Dudes, I might pay you for journalism if you wrote credible pieces on the things I actually care about. Yes, yes, I care about Haiti too, and the Massachusetts election. But as a matter of long-term US policy I really, really care about us not torturing and killing people.

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