The AP reported on Saturday that the Pentagon “will investigate a Marine’s sworn statement that guards at Guantanamo Bay bragged about beating detainees and described it as a common practice.”

It doesn’t sound plausible that this kind of abuse is routine and didn’t come out earlier. It’s possible that the braggarts were making up some exploits to impress the female Marine, a paralegal who stopped by briefly at the U.S. Navy station in Cuba last month.

If it does turn out to be true, these acts are reprehensible, of course. At the same time, if one were to borrow a page from the logic presented recently by the first Muslim Miss England Hammasa Kohistani — who said that stereotyping is turning even moderate Muslims into terrorists — then it would be fair to say that our moderate but unfairly stereotyped troops are falling prey to the same power of suggestion.