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September 15, 2009

HRW Suspends Garlasco

The New York Times reports today that after initially having defended the creepy hobby of Human Rights Watch investigator Marc Garlasco, the organization has now suspended him.

While NY Times reporter John Schwartz quotes Garlasco's defense, he ignores the evidence circulating in the blogosphere for the last couple of days which exposes Garlasco's argument as dishonest. Schwartz writes:

“I’ve never hidden my hobby, because there’s nothing shameful in it, however weird it might seem to those who aren’t fascinated by military history,” he wrote. “Precisely because it’s so obvious that the Nazis were evil, I never realized that other people, including friends and colleagues, might wonder why I care about these things.”

Yet, as noted first by Israellycool on Sept. 12, three days before the Times' article:

Garlasco also blatantly lies in his response. His contentions that “I’ve never hidden my hobby, because there’s nothing shameful in it” and “I never realized that other people, including friends and colleagues, might wonder why I care about these things” do not compare well with this comment to him by a fellow Nazi memorabilia aficionado on one of the forums (no longer accessible without a login):

I remember you asking about using a psydonym before your book was published. Using your real name it really was only a matter of time before something like this happened.

Unfortunately, the Times article does not touch on the issue of the credibility of Human Rights Watch reports concerning Israel. The organization's facts have been challenged multiple times in the past years, such as here, here, and here.

Posted by TS at September 15, 2009 05:00 AM

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