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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Press Passes for Al-Qaeda

DUers are buzzing about this story in the "middle of the road" British paper, The Guardian.

US forces 'out of control', says Reuters chief
Julia Day
Wednesday September 28, 2005

Reuters has told the US government that American forces' conduct towards journalists in Iraq is "spiralling out of control" and preventing full coverage of the war reaching the public.

The detention and accidental shootings of journalists is limiting how journalists can operate, wrote David Schlesinger, the Reuters global managing editor, in a letter to Senator John Warner, head of the armed services committee.

The Reuters news service chief referred to "a long parade of disturbing incidents whereby professional journalists have been killed, wrongfully detained, and/or illegally abused by US forces in Iraq".

Mr Schlesinger urged the senator to raise the concerns with Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who is due to testify to the committee this Thursday.

He asked Mr Warner to demand that Mr Rumsfeld resolve these issues "in a way that best balances the legitimate security interests of the US forces in Iraq and the equally legitimate rights of journalists in conflict zones under international law".

At least 66 journalists and media workers, most of them Iraqis, have been killed in the country since March 2003.

Now, I remember the story about the "Iraqi journalist" who was arrested (or perhaps killed?) b/c he was shooting video of Iraqi insurgent activities. I'll see if I can dig up that story.

But, if you read further down in the Guardian story, you'll find that similar instances are the primary cause for the shootings and/or arrests. My question back to David Schlesigner would be to ask "Why are you employing fighters in the insurgency and handing out video cameras?"

It seems that all Bin Ladin and Abu Musab al Zarqawi need is press passes and the Left will uncritically defend them.

Some of the "insightful commentary" from the DUers:
Mr_Jefferson_24 (330 posts) - Wed Sep-28-05 11:15 PM
Response to Original message
21. No accidents, this is the Pentagon's directive. They know it would only take a few honest journalists doing their job on the ground in Iraq to make the American public see this brutal and illegal occupation for what it is. Honest in-your-face journalism is what media did at the scene on the ground in New Orleans in the wake of Katrina. The boys in the Pentagon aren't gonna let that happen in Iraq. To stop it they invoke their favorite solution for dealing with any perceived threat---eliminate it.

The world in the mind of a conspirazoid Lefty (or Jon Stewart, or the head of Reuters):

Bush: Hey, Rummy... think we can take out a few of those journalists in Iraq? Don't like the cut of their jib... hehe

Rummy: Jawol, Herr Fuehrer!

mrfrapp (624 posts) - Thu Sep-29-05 10:10 AM
Response to Original message
35. Kate Adie Revelation

Just prior to the invastion of Iraq, Kate Adie (a veteran BBC war correspondant) revealed the Pentagon's strategy with regard to non-embedded journalists. From the interview:
" I was told by a senior officer in the Pentagon, that if uplinks --that is the television signals out of... Bhagdad, for example-- were detected by any planes ...electronic media... mediums, of the military above Bhagdad... they'd be fired down on. Even if they were journalists."

Kate Adie is a very well respected journlist and I was astonished her comments didn't get more exposure at the time.

Complete transcript and link to audio.

Yes, Yes... it's a real scandal that the military would try to attack Saddam's abilities to communicate during the war... It's a good thing this person doesn't hold a position of power. (John Kerry - is that you?!?)

NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) - Thu Sep-29-05 01:28 AM
Response to Reply #28
29. I agree, they were whores for Bush at the beginning but we have no way of knowing that these journalists who have been "killed" were the ones doing the whoring for bush at the beginning. Did they deserve to die? At these rates? Remember the story about all the excess rounds being used by our troops? Wild target practice???

It is a shameful thing to be an American these days. Too bad most people are still drinking bush-coolaid...

So, which is it... did these journalists deserve to die or not? I suppose that if they were working for the insurgency, this guy would defend them. If they supported the war in the beginning, he'd be all for shooting them. Hmmmmm.... Do I dare question this guy's patriotism? Interesting that he's a 1000+ poster AND a donating member to DU. George Soros - Is that you?

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

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