This item is, perhaps, too good to be true:
Washington, DC, May. 23 (UPI) — U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has banned cellphones equipped with cameras throughout the military, an Australian newspaper reported Sunday.
The Business newspaper said a Pentagon source said the Defense Department believes some of the photographs taken within the Abu Ghraib prison of abuses were taken with cameraphones.
For now digital cameras, camcorders and cellphones with cameras have been prohibited in military compounds throughout Iraq but a complete ban throughout the military is in the works, the report said.
Now I wouldn’t put it past Don Rumsfeld to do something in real life stupid enough to have been a satirist’s fantasy. Much of my morning newspaper seems to be taken from The Onion. (C’mon, you don’t think that Chalabi stuff actually happened, do you?)
On the other hand, I never heard of a newspaper called The Business and can’t find any reference to it on line. The UPI story above (carried in the Washington Times) identifies The Business as an Australian newspaper. But the AFP story in the Sydney Morning Herald thinks The Business is British. And somehow no one has a link to the original story reported in The Business. [Update: A reader points out that there’s a Scottish daily called Business AM with a Sunday edition called Sunday Business, neither of which has a website.]
Personally, I think a very sharp hoaxer has given the world’s wire services and newspapers The Business.
I’d be laughing harder if I weren’t so frustrated by my inability to figure out what happened at the famous “wedding party” (unless it was a smugglers’ meeting, or perhaps the wedding of a smuggler’s daughter) on the Iraqi-Syrian border. With an Administration devoted to lying, and a mass media incapable of telling truth from bullsh!t, we’re sort of flying blind here.