Monday, September 18, 2006

AP 'Journalist' Deemed Security Risk, Held by US for Five Months

Remember Bilal Hussein, the AP "journalist" who was captured by U.S. forces, along with a cache of weapons?

From Reuters:
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Monday that an Iraqi photographer working for The Associated Press and held by the U.S. military since April was considered a security threat with "strong ties to known insurgents."

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said there was sufficient evidence to justify the continued detention of Bilal Hussein, 35, who AP said was taken into U.S. military custody on April 12 in the Iraqi city of Ramadi and held since without charge.

He declined to elaborate on what that evidence was.

"All indications that I have received are that Hussein's detainment indicates that he has strong ties to known insurgents, and that he was doing things, involved in activities that were well outside the scope of what you would expect a journalist to be doing in that country," he said.
The Associated Press is worrying about Hussein's (who is an Iraqi national) due process rights. They should be worrying about how many people their local "reporter" may have helped murder.

Via Michelle Malkin by way of The Jawa Report.