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Why you should always check out the source

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by bruno, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. bruno

    bruno 5-Year Member Retired Staff Member

    Feb 2, 2008
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    I have had conversations before with some on this forum about what they "know" because of some unattributed drivel they read on the internet or "heard" . You can not just blindly believe what some unattributed source posts on the internet or on talk radio etc... The Internet can be the equivalent of the high school bathroom wall and often should be viewed with the same degree of credulity.

    This post is from the VMI web site reacting to some nonsense posts that apparently are circulating. It would be amusing if these kind of rumors weren't so hazardous to a reputation.
    False Reports of Waterboarding
    LEXINGTON, Va., April 30, 2009 --
    False reports have been circulating on some talk television and radio programs and on the Internet alleging that cadets are routinely waterboarded at VMI as part of a “ritualized hazing.” These false accusations are apparently being made to justify the practice of waterboarding suspected terrorists, now banned by the President.

    VMI does not waterboard anyone, nor can we find any reference in our records that such a practice has ever occurred here. Some reports are specifically alleging that George C. Marshall, a graduate of VMI’s Class of 1901 and arguably one of the greatest soldiers America has produced, was waterboarded when he was a cadet. We have found no reference in our records or in the voluminous biographical information about General Marshall that he was ever subjected to waterboarding.

    In their first months at VMI, cadets experience the Rat Line. This is a very tough period, both physically and mentally. The Rat Line at VMI today is a carefully calibrated experience that is professionally run. It does not include waterboarding, and it cannot be equated with hazing.

    These allegations are not appropriate to the reputation of General Marshall or the Virginia Military Institute.
  2. Just_A_Mom

    Just_A_Mom 10-Year Member

    Jul 9, 2006
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    Oh goodness. Thanks for posting this bruno.
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 5-Year Member

    Nov 25, 2007
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    I like this line...

    "The Rat Line at VMI today is a carefully calibrated experience that is professionally run. It does not include waterboarding, and it cannot be equated with hazing."

    "Today" is the operative word. One of my best friends is a VMI grad; he certainly has some stories from the past. VMI could have just as easily said "Yeah the General was waterboarded...and he asked for it again and again, because he was just that tough."

    The internet is an interesting place filled with lies. Side not to current and future students....wikipedia is not a credible source for papers....

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