For those of you who read this blog, I feel it necessary to communicate or pass along stories that I come across through my internet reading. I'm fairly certain that the majority of you are not aware of this story, as it has only been percolating in the blogosphere and nowhere else. For the last few years, there's been an Associated Press source by the name of Jamil Hussein, who allegedly is a member of the Iraqi Police Force. Mr. Hussein has consistently handed over stories to AP regarding acts of terrorism, sectarian violence, and things of this nature. Recently, Mr. Hussein told AP (which AP communicated through its media tentacles) of six Sunnis were burned to death in a mosque by Shia terrorists. There's one problem with this story: the Iraqi police and U.S. forces in Iraq say it never happened. Worse than that, the Iraqi police claim that Mr. Hussein is not on the Iraqi Police Force (as AP claimed), and frankly, don't even know if this person exists. AP, of course, stands by their story. This comes on the heels of another AP scandal involving a source, named Bilal Hussein. This particular Mr. Hussein, a photographer and reporter, seemed to have a strange way of being in or around al Qaeda types. He was inevitably arrested in Fallujah in a bomb factory, with a known al Qaeda bomb-maker, and had traces of explosive material on his clothes and hands. Nice. You can read all about it here.
The conclusion? It is becoming readily apparent that the Islamo-terrorists in Iraq and elsewhere had a willing propaganda arm in the Associated Press. This is extraordinarily disturbing, as a major international news organization, perhaps the largest, is knowingly printing unverified stories of atrocities from shady (if not non-existent) sources, and also printing pictures taken by known terrorist sympathizers (as is the case of Bilal Hussein). What is really happening on the ground in Iraq? Hard to say, but the best I can advise to anyone reading this blog on a regular basis is to not trust anything printed by the Associated Press, the New York Times, Reuters, or the BBC. All of the aforementioned have been found guilty of trafficking in leaked stories compromising U.S. war efforts, communicating terrorist propaganda, and knowingly printing fake and/or staged photos (as was the case during the brief Israeli/Hezbollah conflagration).
There was a time when I was in college (and green as a blade of grass) when I aspired to be a journalist, specifically one that would go to dangerous, far-away locations and dodge bullets in pursuit of a story. It sounded dashing and romantic at the time, and on some level, it still does. But given the real state of western journalism, I thank my lucky stars that I didn't. Western journalists aren't truth seekers. It is apparent now that they are haters of the West, specifically America and Israel, and feel a duty to communicate propaganda, publish photoshopped pics, print stories of dubious veracity, and splatter leaked government anti-terrorist actions onto their front pages....and compromise the safety of Americans in the process. Western journalists appear to want to save the world from American and Israeli hegemony, and will bed down with the worst bloodthirty gutterspines in the world to do it. (Kind of like Jimmy Carter...)