September 18, 2006

AP Reporter Bilal Hussein Detained for 5 Months

Ah the glory of Allah and his mujahidin in the Associated Press! Bilal Hussein, an AP reporter who help get his organization the Pulitzer, has been detained by the U.S.--for five months. This is the guy who has a close working relationship with al Qaeda in Iraq.

That's right, al Qaeda. If the AP employs a guy who has access to al Qaeda, isn't there some sort of affirmative duty to report those contacts to the Iraqi government? And by not sharing that information does that not make the AP culpable in the deaths of thousands of Iraqis murdered by al Qaeda in Iraq?

And since al Qaeda in Iraq has also murdered foreigners, including Americans, it seems like the families of victims here might have legal recourse in U.S. courts.

We've been covering this for a long time now. Please see our Bilal Hussein archives for a complete history.

Michelle Malkin e-mails about the latest Bilal Hussein news. AP:

The U.S. military in Iraq has imprisoned an Associated Press photographer for five months, accusing him of being a security threat but never filing charges or permitting a public hearing...

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.

Michelle has the rest of the details.

And thanks to Michelle for e-mailing...it does wonders for the ego.

UPDATE: And to Jim who also has more.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:14 AM | Comments |