Skip to comments.US Army: AP Photographer Captured with Al Qaeda Leader
Posted on 09/17/2006 4:18:32 PM PDT by ikez78
Arrested Pulitzer Prize winning Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein, who took the infamous pictures of a terrorist execution on Haifa Street in Baghdad, and is notorious in the blogosphere for his collusion with jihadis as they tried to kill Americans, is the subject of a very lengthy attempt by the AP to whitewash his acts: U.S. holds AP photographer in Iraq 5 mos. (Hat tip: Michelle Malkin.)
The AP spins furiously and buries it in the middle, but heres some interesting information from the US Army:
The military said Hussein was captured with two insurgents, including Hamid Hamad Motib, an alleged leader of al-Qaida in Iraq. He has close relationships with persons known to be responsible for kidnappings, smuggling, improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and other attacks on coalition forces, according to a May 7 e-mail from U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jack Gardner, who oversees all coalition detainees in Iraq.
The information available establishes that he has relationships with insurgents and is afforded access to insurgent activities outside the normal scope afforded to journalists conducting legitimate activities, Gardner wrote to AP International Editor John Daniszewski.
Hussein proclaims his innocence, according to his Iraqi lawyer, Badie Arief Izzat, and believes he has been unfairly targeted because his photos from Ramadi and Fallujah were deemed unwelcome by the coalition forces.
That Hussein was captured at the same time as insurgents doesnt make him one of them, said Kathleen Carroll, APs executive editor. Journalists have always had relationships with people that others might find unsavory, she said. Were not in this to choose sides, were to report whats going on from all sides.
Notice: the Associated Press received this information from the Army four months ago in May, but did not reveal it until now.
UPDATE at 9/17/06 10:14:22 am:
Correction: Ive just received an email from the Associated Press (that was quick) saying that Bilal Hussein did not take the photos of the execution on Haifa Street. (They didnt dispute anything else in my post.)
The MSM is Soooooooooooooooo unbiased and "professional" though. It would never put US troops in harm's way to get a story or to destroy Bush, would it?
Ernie Pyle is looking down from heaven, shaking his head in disbelief.
Is it time to put AP in the same bin as al-Reuters?
Were not in this to choose sides, were to report whats going on from all sides.
Would the AP have as proudly collaborated with the Nazis?
The bland assertion that sometimes their reporters have "unsavory" associations is beyond the pale in my opinion -- this appears to be straight up collaboration with the enemy.
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One way ticket to GITMO, please. Ticket comes with a short layover enroute, courtesy of Eygptian security forces.
No, wait. On second thought, send him to a real prison for terrorists - Abu Gharib will do!
Informed observers have known this AP scumbag was dirty for a long time. Time to squeeze him to a pulp until he spills everything he knows..... oh, wait, the RINOs and 'Rats say we must treat him with kid gloves and give him comfort, 4200 calories per day, etc. etc. Why squeeze a jihadist lowlife for info that could save lots of US and Iraqi lives when we can coddle him and give him an ACLU lawyer asap?
Any Dem politician, for instance.
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