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Jewish World Review
Sept. 20, 2006
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The Associated (with terrorists) Press
The Associated Press proudly calls itself the "essential global news
network" and a "bastion of the people's right to know around the world." But
when it comes to the "people's right to know" whether Associated Press
employees are cooperating with terrorists overseas, the "essential global
news network's" motto is: Bug off.
On April 12, I learned from military sources that an Associated
Press photographer in Iraq, Fallujah native Bilal Hussein, had been captured
in Ramadi in an apartment with insurgents and a cache of weapons. This was
news. I asked the AP for confirmation. Corporate spokesman Jack Stokes
informed me that company officials were "looking into reports that Mr.
Hussein was detained by the U.S. military in Iraq but have no further
details at this time." After reporting the alleged detention on my blog (
michellemalkin.com/archives/005941.htm), I followed up several more times
with AP over the past five months for status updates on Hussein. No reply.
On Sept. 17, the Associated Press finally acknowledged that Hussein
was being detained. The AP's overdue revelation was likely part of an
attempt to drum up sympathy for Hussein, who has made critical public
statements against our troops in Fallujah, and undermine Bush administration
interrogation efforts involving military detainees. The AP article not only
confirmed Hussein's capture, it also revealed (buried deep in the story)
that it knew of Hussein's capture from at least May 7 when it received an
e-mail from U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jack Gardner revealing bombshell details:
"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.
In fact, the Pentagon said on Monday, after three separate
independent reviews, the military had deemed Hussein a security threat with
"strong ties to known insurgents . . . involved in activities that were well
outside the scope of what you would expect a journalist to be doing in that
country." Hussein "tested positive for traces of explosives."
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Let me repeat that: An Associated (with terrorists) Press journalist
gets caught with an alleged al Qaeda leader and tests positive for
bomb-making materials. That. Is. News. How does a news organization explain
away its decision to sit on it for five months? Like this: "The AP has
worked quietly until now, believing that would be the best approach."
The best approach to journalism? No. The best approach to
suppressing a damning connection to terrorists.
The mainstream media enjoys mocking bloggers as journalistic
wannabes who don't do any "real" reporting and have no concern for the
"public interest." But as in the case of the Reuters photo faking debacle
this summer, it is bloggers in their little home offices not the
professionals on the ground thousands of miles away who smoked out a war
story with profound national security implications. Well before I reported
on Hussein's capture, military bloggers and media watchdog bloggers had
raised persistent questions over the past two years about Hussein's
relationship with terrorists in Iraq and whether his photos were staged in
collusion with our enemies. (For a thorough overview, see
Hussein's up-close-and-personal insurgent propaganda photos include
a Pulitzer Prize-winning image of four terrorists in Fallujah firing a
mortar and small arms at our troops in November 2004, several chilling
photos with terrorists before, during and after the Iraqi desert execution
of kidnapped Italian civilian hostage Salvatore Santoro, and repeat images
of Sunni locals in Theater of Jihad poses.
In an investigation of war photo staging and fakery earlier this
spring, National Journal's Neil Munro exposed another dubious Hussein photo
taken in October 2005 of a purported funeral image outside Ramadi. An
accompanying article claimed the U.S. had bombed the crowd including 18
children. But according to the military, video footage of the air strike
against terrorist roadside bombers in that incident showed only what
appeared to be grown men where the bomb struck. Munro reported: "AP
officials declined to make Hussein available for an interview."
The Hussein case may be the tip of the iceberg. In December 2005, AP
television footage was used to spread bogus reports (see
http://www.rantingprofs.com/rantingprofs/2005/12/who_you_gonna_b.html) of a
fake "uprising" in Ramadi. Earlier this spring independent milblogger Bill
Roggio identified another suspicious AP/Hussein-photographed scene in Ramadi
(see http://billroggio.com/archives/2006/04/a_street_corner_in_r.php). And
blogger Clarice Feldman at The American Thinker recently highlighted an
Iraqi intelligence document that bragged about "one of our sources (the
degree of trust in him is good) who works in the American Associated Press
Agency" (see http://www.americanthinker.com/comments.php?comments_id=6058).
I e-mailed the AP yesterday to find out whether any other AP
employees are currently in military detention. The people have a "right to
know," don't they?
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In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild
adj : affected with madness or insanity; [syn: brainsick, crazy, demented, distracted, disturbed, mad, sick, unbalanced]
The American Heritage Dictionary
*** Warning: Unhinged liberals are hazardous to the nation's health.
They're slashing your tires. Burning your lawns. Heaving pies at Republican pundits. Hurling racist epithets at minority conservatives. Nursing nutty conspiracy theories. And pining publicly for the murder of President Bush.
And they call us crazy?
In In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild, Michelle Malkin plays conservative Margaret Mead to the alien political creatures of the American Left. With uproarious detail and rollicking reportage, Malkin chronicles the bizarre world of leftists gone mad in their natural habitats: the mainstream media, academia, Hollywood, and Washington.
Unhinged unmasks liberals who've completely abandoned rationality and reality. They're taking chainsaws and bayonets to campaign signs. Running down political opponents with their cars. Setting fire to political opponents in effigy. Defacing war memorials. Swiping yellow ribbons off cars. And supporting the fragging of American troops.
In Unhinged, you'll meet:
- The Top 10 Unhinged Leftists, Celebrities, Media Liberals, and Politicians. - The Pennsylvania Democrat who repeatedly screamed "faggot" at his Republican opponents on the Senate floor. - The Florida Democrat who tried to run down former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris with his Cadillac. - The Democrat congressman who claimed the capture of Saddam Hussein was staged by GOP operatives to help the Bush re-election campaign. - The veteran newsman who claimed that Bush advisor Karl Rove and Osama bin Laden are working hand-in-hand to help the Republican Party. - And hundreds more unhinged liberals gone wild!
With wit, wisdom, and a bullet-proof vest, Michelle Malkin ruthlessly and raucously skewers the myths of liberal tolerance, peace, and civility. Unhinged shows how conservatives are driving their opponents mad. The good news for liberals? Self-help starts here.
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