No chicken hawks
The Associated Press is up in arms over the Iraqi government’s impending trial on terrorism charges of AP stringer-photographer Bilal Hussein.
The pseudonymous blogger at the Jawa Report (http://mypetjawa.mu.nu), who goes by the name “Rusty Shackleford,” notes why the Iraqis might suspect him of aiding al Qaeda in Iraq, dryly observing, with a posted example and a link to more at Michelle Mallkin’s Web site, that “Bilal Hussein, however, was able to get dozens of photos of al Qaeda fighters — many of them posed.”
But then came the punch line: Previous Jawa Report coverage blew Mr. Hussein’s cover when he was arrested.
“Apparently, Bilal Hussein had been picked up in a raid in which he wasn’t the target. That target was a known al Qaeda operative, Hamid Hamad Motib, and bomb-making materials were found in the house. Hussein was arrested and taken to Abu Ghraib, but no one knew who he was. [. . .] He had been sitting in Abu Ghraib for a month, and nobody realized that he was the AP photog who had snapped dozens of staged photos with al Qaeda fighters. [A Jawa Report reader] was in Abu Ghraib as an investigator working on an unrelated case when he saw Bilal Hussein and recognized him from the extensive coverage we had on The Jawa Report.
“He reported it up the chain of command and within days Bilal Hussein was transferred to a different facility, [the Naval Criminal Investigative Service] got involved, and eventually a criminal investigation opened on him. He ends the e-mail with: ‘thanks to you guys [. . .] you really are making an impact on the [the war on terror] [. . .] you can claim credit.’ ”
“Anyone wish to complain about the ‘chicken-hawk’ bloggers now?”