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Padilla Convicted, but the AP Still Can't Believe he's Guilty!
http://newsbusters.org/ ^ | August 18, 2007 | Warner Todd Huston

Posted on 08/18/2007 4:51:32 AM PDT by lowbridge

Padilla Convicted, but the AP Still Can't Believe he's Guilty!

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By Warner Todd Huston | August 18, 2007 - 05:24 ET

So, as you all know, the news comes out that Jose Padilla has been convicted of being a terrorist by a US Court, yet the AP wants to focus more on what it feels the government did wrong than what Padilla did. I guess the AP thinks the US government is more guilty than is a convicted terrorist.

Even after his conviction, the AP fills their report with "supposedly," "possible," and other mitigating verbiage to describe Padilla and the other terror suspects in the news. But even as they want to give Padilla a pass they cast the Bush Administration's efforts as their "zeal to stop homegrown terror." The story makes Padilla seem put upon and mistreated while the Bush Administration is cast as the overwrought party. This AP story gives a lot of space to Padilla's defense and little to the government's proven case. Apparently they just cannot make themselves believe that Padilla is really guilty of any thing.

Starting off with a slam on the Bush Administration, you can just feel the AP's desire to say "allegedly" after every sentence.
Padilla Is Convicted in Terrorism Case

MIAMI (AP) - Jose Padilla was convicted of federal terrorism support charges Thursday after being held for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant in a case that came to symbolize the Bush administration's zeal to stop homegrown terror.

"Zeal to stop homegrown terror," AP? With this the AP acts as if the Bush Administration is out on a lark or maybe indulging an unhealthy obsession to stop terrorism. Zeal is a note of passion, not one to describe a lawful and necessary, even grim, duty. And the Padilla indictment was no effort to stop only "homegrown terror" it was an attempt to stop ALL terror. Further, isn't that the government's job? Is a flippant "zeal" the proper way to describe the effort?

The AP also used a lot of mitigating verbiage when describing the proof used against Padilla to convict him. They wanted to make sure that the reader doubted the mounting and proven evidence, apparently. Language like the following prefaces each claim made by the government:

That's a lot of purportedlys and supposedlys, there AP. Especially when you take into account that Padilla has been convicted and the supposedlys are now accepted as proven facts.

But, not for the AP. In the AP's minds Padilla still deserves the benefit of the doubt.

They also take a lot of time to detail all the charges that were not ultimately pursued against Padilla and never once mention that these charges might have been dropped to keep secret any information gained from Padilla concerning them to assist in further terror investigations.

But, worse than all this, the AP gives the Padilla defense people several times to speak to Padilla's innocence and lists all his possible defenses but the prosecutor's words are only given one line of space.

Here are all the mentions of how innocent Padilla and the other three are:

The defense contended they were trying to help persecuted Muslims in war zones with relief and humanitarian aid.

The charges brought in civilian court in Miami, however, were a pale shadow of those initial claims in part because Padilla, 36, was interrogated about the plot when he was held as an enemy combatant for 3 1/2 years in military custody with no lawyer present and was not read his Miranda rights.

Padilla's lawyers insisted the form was far from conclusive and denied that he was a "star recruit," as prosecutors claimed, of the North American support cell intending to become a terrorist. Padilla's attorneys said he traveled to Egypt in September 1998 to learn Islam more deeply and become fluent in Arabic.

"His intent was to study, not to murder," said Padilla attorney Michael Caruso.

"It wasn't a terrorist operation. It was a relief operation," said Jayyousi attorney William Swor.

Here are the paragraphs that call him guilty with the one quote from a prosecutor.

The form, recovered by the CIA in 2001 in Afghanistan, contains seven of Padilla's fingerprints and several other personal identifiers, such as his birthdate and his ability to speak Spanish, English and Arabic.

"He provided himself to al-Qaida for training to learn to murder, kidnap and maim," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Frazier in closing arguments.

In fact, most of the story is laying out Padilla's defense, how badly he was supposedly treated and how so many of the government's charges were dropped. Consequently, one gets far more a feeling that Padilla was mistreated than that he was found guilty by reading this AP story.

But, to the AP, it seems that Padilla and those like him are the Davy to the evil US government's Goliath.

It all makes you wonder: does the AP remember 9/11?

It doesn't seem so.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ap; assininepress; bias; mediabias; msm; padilla

1 posted on 08/18/2007 4:51:37 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge
related: Padilla case seen as a tainted victory for Bush
2 posted on 08/18/2007 4:54:05 AM PDT by lowbridge ("We control this House, not the parliamentarians! -Congressman Steny Hoyer (D))
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To: lowbridge

Warner Todd Huston wrote a well supported and damning case to prosecute and convict the AP.

Guilty as charged!


3 posted on 08/18/2007 4:58:14 AM PDT by HighWheeler (The higher the concentration of libs, the bigger the tragedy that follows.)
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To: lowbridge
The mass media’s campaign to make Abdullah al-Muhajir look like an angel is disgusting. My only regret is that we bothered with a trial in the first place. This traitor should have been tortured and killed.
4 posted on 08/18/2007 5:04:59 AM PDT by pnh102
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To: lowbridge

the lib/dems & msm still believes that Bush and the US caused 9-11 not the f’n muzzie terrorists!!!!!


5 posted on 08/18/2007 5:17:59 AM PDT by nyyankeefan
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To: lowbridge
More related:

Baltimore Sun Editorial

6 posted on 08/18/2007 5:25:21 AM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: lowbridge
Only mystery this case has ever posed for me is why, in this one instance, all the newscasters seem to insist on pronouncing the name "Padilla" as if it rhymes with "Manila" instead of what it really rhymes with which is "tortilla".

Especially given that, in any other instance, newscasters are hyper-eager to pronounce Spanish words (and foreign words in general) in as Spanish a way as possible; "Se-VEE-ya" instead of Seville, etc.

7 posted on 08/18/2007 5:33:41 AM PDT by Dr. Frank fan
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To: lowbridge

The news article I read had the reporter SURE that Padilla would win on appeal.

IOW, I noticed the same skewed reporting on Padilla’s conviction.


8 posted on 08/18/2007 5:37:12 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (Buy a Mac ...)
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To: lowbridge

Padilla will be the new Alger Hiss.................


9 posted on 08/18/2007 5:41:08 AM PDT by Red Badger (ALL that CARBON in ALL that oil & coal was once in the atmospere. We're just putting it back!)
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To: johnny7

Hopefully the Sun will be losing a lot of money in the not to distant future like most of the liberal rags in this country.


10 posted on 08/18/2007 5:49:24 AM PDT by mimaw
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To: lowbridge

hypothetical question: if padilla was found innocent, would there have been louder clapping and yahooing in america’s newsrooms than when karl rove annouced he’s leaving?


11 posted on 08/18/2007 6:03:54 AM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: Dr. Frank fan
"Padilla" as if it rhymes with "Manila"

It could be that the scumbag actually pronounces it that way...

12 posted on 08/18/2007 6:05:06 AM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: lowbridge

AP - Amazing Propaganda?


13 posted on 08/18/2007 6:08:22 AM PDT by tioga
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To: johnny7

Incredible...BTTT.


14 posted on 08/18/2007 6:08:41 AM PDT by I got the rope
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To: tioga

Al qaeda Propaganda.


15 posted on 08/18/2007 6:09:27 AM PDT by lowbridge ("We control this House, not the parliamentarians! -Congressman Steny Hoyer (D))
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To: lowbridge

Much better than mine! LOL


16 posted on 08/18/2007 6:14:16 AM PDT by tioga
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To: lowbridge

So when do we get to watch this scum twitch on the table with a needle in his arm?


17 posted on 08/18/2007 6:30:43 AM PDT by BuffaloJack
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To: lowbridge; All
Hmmmmmm. Must be the AP posts on the DUmp.

DUmmie FUnnies 08-17-07 (Leftwing Loons Mourn Jose Padilla Conviction)

18 posted on 08/18/2007 6:34:18 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The measure of a country is not how many people are wanting to come in, but how many want to leave.)
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To: lowbridge

I think he looks like John Doe #2.

Just my opinion of course.


19 posted on 08/18/2007 6:34:25 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Dr. Frank fan

If I recall, Padilla said his last name was pronounced like Manila, not tortilla.


20 posted on 08/18/2007 6:47:50 AM PDT by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: pnh102

When viewed as a whole, The Padilla conviction, the AP and NYT reactions to it, the recent confession at MSNBC that most young journalists are ‘activists’ and liberals, the newsroom booing at the President and the blatant anti-Bush vitriol of the Daily Kos and MoveOn.org, is anyone surprised that a majority of Americans no longer trust the press as a source of unbiased news and wish they were more pro-American? Add to that the growing liberal-left chorus demanding a return to the so-called Fairness Doctrine [read that as gagging conservative talk-show hosts], and you come to the conclusion that the 1st Amendment is under attack from a liberal-facist machine hitherto unseen in the American democratic process. Their mantra is chillingly simple: “We have seen the enemy and the enemy us us!”


21 posted on 08/18/2007 7:18:39 AM PDT by pparets
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To: lowbridge

MSM: Padilla innocent of being a terorist, Libby guilty of outting a covert CIA agent.


22 posted on 08/18/2007 7:22:12 AM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: toddlintown
If I recall, Padilla said his last name was pronounced like Manila, not tortilla.

Well, he's wrong :)

23 posted on 08/18/2007 7:22:21 AM PDT by Dr. Frank fan
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To: lowbridge
Since the War on Terror began the Associated Press has proved to be the most potent weapon in Al Qaeda’s arsenal. Though the AP employs some professional journalists it is top heavy with political activists posing as journalists.

In Iraq AP uses native Iraqi reporters and cameramen—often insurgent agents or sympathizers—to cover breaking news which is considered too dangerous for their own staffers to cover. Readers and viewers get a totally distorted, biased view of events.

24 posted on 08/18/2007 8:27:46 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: lowbridge

It seems our media is more concerned with convicting and jailing Scooter Libby than with a terrorist as Padilla.

Is it any wonder they are referred to as the ‘Dinosaur’ media?


25 posted on 08/18/2007 8:42:12 AM PDT by DakotaRed (Liberals don't rattle sabers, they wave white flags)
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To: All
How many Muslims travel to the Middle East annually and retrun to America and don't get arrested? I'm not going to look for an accurate count but I bet it's in the thousands.

All safely home, no problem -- unless U.S. forces in Afghanistan discover Al Qaeda records with their names and addresses on applications to join the jihad against us.

"It wasn't a terrorist operation. It was a relief operation," said Jayyousi attorney William Swor.

To be fair, during the Russian invasion there were Muslims from many countries including the U.S. going there for relief operations as well as to be a martyr. So the attorney's statement was plausible but was it true in this case? Apparently the evidence convinced the jury, no it wasn't.

26 posted on 08/18/2007 10:16:54 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: lowbridge
after being held for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant

Had Padilla's lawyers not tried every legal trick in the book to get this guy off, the trial would not have taken 3.5 years.

If one thinks Padilla didn't get a speedy trial -- blame his lawyers.
27 posted on 08/18/2007 10:28:31 AM PDT by Beckwith (dhimmicrats and the liberal media have .chosen sides -- Islamofascism)
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