We have posted several items about the Department of Justice Inspector General report on the September 11 detainees. We noted that the report simply did not find the violations of civil liberties that the press widely reported it did. We linked to a column by Michelle Malkin and a Weekly Standard article by Professor Thomas Powers of the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Both had read the report closely and arrived at conclusions similar to our own.
I noted in the first of my posts on the report that it was impossible to understand the report’s findings from the news accounts of the report. Michelle Malkin has pursued this issue with the New York Times, which had actually misreported the report’s findings. Michelle has kindly forwarded us a copy of her letter to the editor regarding the Times’ reportage. We doubt you’ll be finding her letter in the pages of the Times anytime soon and thought you might be interested in reading it here as a Power Line exclusive:
“Earlier this month, New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau incorrectly reported in a front page news article that ‘Many [September 11 detainees] were jailed for months, often without being formally charged…’ This is factually inaccurate. The Department of Justice’s inspector general found only 24 cases out of the 762 detainees where it took more than a month to serve notice of formal charges (see page 30 of the OIG report). And of those cases, the inspector general acknowledged that there were numerous legitimate reasons for delay, such as logistical disruptions in New York City after Sept. 11, including electrical outages, office shutdowns and mail service cancellation that slowed delivery of charging documents.
“I brought Lichtblau’s error to your attention on June 6–more than a week ago–but no correction has been issued as yet.
“When a reader pointed out a similar error in the Los Angeles Times, that paper ran the following correction: ‘A June 4 editorial on a report by the Justice Department’s inspector general incorrectly stated that most post-Sept. 11 detainees were held for months without charges. In fact, 60% of the 762 immigrants detained after the 9/11 attacks were charged within 72 hours.’
“Clearly, the New York Times remains fact-challenged and anti-Bush administration even after the fall of Boyd/Raines.”
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