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Don’t Quit Your Day Job, NYT

Doesn’t the Department of Defense get it? The New York Times was only kidding!

To the Editor:
Your September 7, 2006 editorial, “A Sudden Sense of Urgency,” asserts that the recent transfer of 14 CIA prisoners means that “President Bush finally has some real terrorists in Guantánamo Bay.”  This merits a correction.
Since its inception, terrorists that have been held at Guantánamo Bay have included personal bodyguards of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda recruiters, trainers, and facilitators.  One notable individual held at Guantánamo was Mohamed al-Kahtani, believed to be the intended 20th hijacker on September 11th. […]
Dear Mr. Kenney [who transmitted the letter]:
Thank you for the letter, but we respectfully pass. We do not see the need for a correction, as the phrase in question was meant to be somewhat lighthearted in tone and not literal.

Haha. Except that humor usually succeeds because it’s true!