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Iraq panel orders release of US held AP photographer (Bilal Hussein)
Reuters ^ | 09 Apr 2008 19:18:42 GMT | Michelle Nichols

Posted on 04/09/2008 12:53:39 PM PDT by james500

An Iraqi judicial committee has ordered the release of an Associated Press photographer held by the U.S. military in Iraq for two years and dismissed terrorism-related accusations against him, the news agency said on Wednesday.

The U.S. military has accused Bilal Hussein, an Iraqi, of working with insurgents in Iraq. He was seized in April 2006 in Ramadi, capital of western Anbar province, and has been imprisoned without charge ever since.

The AP reported that a four-judge panel in Baghdad ruled that Hussein's case falls under a new amnesty law and ordered Iraqi courts to "cease legal proceedings." The ruling also said Hussein should be immediately released if no other charges are pending.

In a statement, Tom Curley, the Associated Press president, hailed the decision and demanded that officials "finally do the right thing" and free Bilal Hussein.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: agitprop; alreuters; apbias; bhussein; bilalhussein; fifthcolumn; hostages; iraq; proterrorist

1 posted on 04/09/2008 12:53:39 PM PDT by james500
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To: james500

How about, “We can’t. We’ve misplaced him.”?


2 posted on 04/09/2008 12:55:53 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (It takes a father to raise a child.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

“The U.S. military has accused Bilal Hussein, an Iraqi, of working with insurgents in Iraq. He was seized in April 2006 in Ramadi, capital of western Anbar province, and has been imprisoned without charge ever since.”

Sounds like he was charged with helping out insurgents.

Why did they write that he was accused of something and then write that he was being held without charge?


3 posted on 04/09/2008 1:03:22 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: james500
Tom Curley, the Associated Press president, hailed the decision and demanded that officials "finally do the right thing" and free Bilal Hussein.

Great. Release him into a hogpen at feeding time.

4 posted on 04/09/2008 1:07:26 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: james500

***The ruling also said Hussein should be immediately released if no other charges are pending.***

First, if he had not been charged with any crimes before then there can be no “other” charges pending. Second, change him on other charges.


5 posted on 04/09/2008 1:09:38 PM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: tobyhill

http://my.att.net/s/editorial.dll?pnum=1&bfromind=7406&eeid=5805847&_sitecat=1505&dcatid=0&eetype=article&render=y&ac=2&ck=&ch=ne&rg=blsadstrgt&_lid=332&_lnm=tg+ne+topnews&ck=

It seems there are other charges.


6 posted on 04/09/2008 1:12:20 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: james500
He ain't goin nowhere.

****U.S. military authorities have said a U.N. Security Council mandate allows them to retain custody of a detainee they believe is a security risk even if an Iraqi judicial body has ordered that prisoner freed. The U.N. mandate is due to expire at the end of this year.

Also, the amnesty committee's ruling on Hussein may not cover a separate allegation that has been raised in connection with the case.****

http://www.ap.org/bilalhussein/

7 posted on 04/09/2008 1:16:05 PM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: ltc8k6
That was a short lived moment for Bilal and the AP.
8 posted on 04/09/2008 1:16:53 PM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: james500
free Bilal Hussein...

Where have I heard that name before? Hussein, mmmm.

Barack Hussein Obama, no that's not it.

Never mind.

9 posted on 04/09/2008 1:19:04 PM PDT by Hang'emAll (WE WILL NOT DISARM!!!)
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To: ltc8k6

And if there were no charges, why would the court order that legal proceedings AGAINST him be stopped?


10 posted on 04/09/2008 1:34:25 PM PDT by GulfBreeze (McCain is our nominee. Yeah... I guess.)
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To: tobyhill

The Iraqi judicial committee dismissed those particular charges based on their amnesty law. I’m sure it will be spun by the left as a repudiation of the accusations against him when it was actually just a bureaucratic action without consideration of the merits of the case.


11 posted on 04/09/2008 1:38:20 PM PDT by james500
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To: james500

The amnesty law also gives the US military the right to continue to detain anyone they feel a danger. He’s obviously an enemy propagandist and dangerous.


12 posted on 04/09/2008 1:51:01 PM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: ltc8k6
a four-judge panel in Baghdad ruled that Hussein's case falls under a new amnesty law and ordered Iraqi courts to "cease legal proceedings."

They are claiming that the charges "no longer apply".

Sounds like they know he was guilty as charged.

13 posted on 04/09/2008 2:00:38 PM PDT by weegee (March 18th, 2008 Obama~"I did NOT listen to the sermons of that man, Jeremiah Wright...")
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To: james500

But of course AP would rally behind the guy. They’ve rallied behind Al Qaeda for five years.


14 posted on 04/09/2008 2:21:26 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is rock solid on SCOTUS judicial appointments. He voted for Ginsberg, Kennedy and Souter.)
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To: james500

We will release him immediately. Will his next of kin please be sure to bring proper photo identification so we can ensure we release the body to the correct family members.


15 posted on 04/09/2008 2:24:36 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Leftists stop arguing when they see your patriotism, your logic, your CAR-15 and your block of C4.)
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To: MindBender26

I hope we didnt put panties on his head.


16 posted on 04/09/2008 3:05:36 PM PDT by omega4179 (HUSSEIN)
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To: DoughtyOne
But of course AP would rally behind the guy. They’ve rallied behind Al Qaeda for five years.

They're supportive most of the terrorists organizations.

There's a reason I call them the enemedia.
17 posted on 04/09/2008 3:10:33 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Satisfaction was my sin)
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To: RandallFlagg

And it’s a good reason. Thanks for your note of agreement.


18 posted on 04/09/2008 3:44:28 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is rock solid on SCOTUS judicial appointments. He voted for Ginsberg, Kennedy and Souter.)
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To: RandallFlagg

I remember that picture. That was the one where they ADDED a lot more smoke wasn’t it?


19 posted on 04/09/2008 3:55:52 PM PDT by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences)
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To: Spunky
Yep. A hell of a lot. Making it look like the IDF was just bombing indiscriminately. Unnecessarily causing too much destruction.
20 posted on 04/09/2008 4:05:12 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Satisfaction was my sin)
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To: james500

His name is B.Hussein??


21 posted on 04/09/2008 6:06:38 PM PDT by omega4179 (HUSSEIN)
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To: tobyhill
That was a short lived moment for Bilal and the AP.

Could they walk him out of the prison gates and then gun him in down in the entry courtyard, as was done to General Ivan Raddek in the movie "Air Force One"? That would be dramatic, entertaining, and useful.

22 posted on 04/09/2008 6:11:00 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: RandallFlagg

"I gotta have more SMOKE!"

23 posted on 04/09/2008 6:14:46 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: DoughtyOne

Bump


24 posted on 04/09/2008 6:32:19 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Cousin, Mom and FRiend)
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To: freema

Thanks.


25 posted on 04/09/2008 7:03:20 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is rock solid on SCOTUS judicial appointments. He voted for Ginsberg, Kennedy and Souter.)
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To: Jeff Chandler
How about, “We can’t. We’ve misplaced him.”?

That would be awesome!

It would show those Iraqis that you can change the regime, but the game's the same...Saddam or US, the guns rule over the courts!

U.S. military authorities have said a U.N. Security Council mandate allows them to retain custody of a detainee they believe is a security risk even if an Iraqi judicial body has ordered that prisoner freed. The U.N. mandate is due to expire at the end of this year.

Yeah, it will be SO awesome when a U.N. mandate is passed that says U.S. courts have no jurisdiction in the US and that other countries can come in and hold us prisoner if they think we're a threat, regardless of national sovereignty! Can you believe there are some evil folks out there (called "conservatives") who don't think that the U.N. should trump a nation's own courts? What knuckle-draggers!


</sarc>

Or we could try to demonstrate that we, ourselves, are not afraid of a free civilian judicial system, not afraid of democracy.

Maybe?

26 posted on 04/09/2008 8:10:44 PM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: james500

Confirms my theory—we should’ve just shot his ass and called it good.


27 posted on 04/09/2008 8:28:37 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberals: can't live with them, can't ship them to Syria.)
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To: Jeff Chandler
How about, “We can’t. We’ve misplaced him.”?

Bilal should die so perhaps that's why they want him released...so they can make him dead. That would be a fine solution and an excellent message to the Democrat media.

28 posted on 04/09/2008 8:31:04 PM PDT by Perchant
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To: james500

His name is Hussein, and he works for AP.

‘Nuff said.


29 posted on 04/10/2008 1:40:08 AM PDT by Free Bee
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To: james500

Must be tough for AP - good insurgent stringers are getting harder to find.


30 posted on 04/10/2008 3:45:15 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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