Monday, September 18, 2006



I'm was doing a bit of trolling around various blogs and newssites in an effort to find a topic and I came across something that I thought was sort of interesting. Two blogs - one on the left and one on the right - posted about the same topic and quoted the same sources yet they view the issue on two completely different levels.
The subject in question is the Bilal Hussein, a 35 year old AP photojournalist in Iraq who has been held in U.S. military custody for the past five months without filing any charges or permitting any public hearing on the matter. Here is the Reuters article on the story.
Weighing in on the matter first is Nicole Belle over at Crooks and Liars who rightly expresses outrage that a man has been held since April without any sort of due process, writing, "So if Bush gets his way, Hussein can remain in prison indefinitely and go to trial without knowing what he’s charged with or what evidence there is against him. This White House has had a fairly testy relationship with the press from the beginning, but this is ridiculous."
Approaching the subject from a wholly different point of view is Michelle Malkin. I'll give you the short version: This guy got good photos of the insurgency and is therefore probably guilty of collusion with the Iraqi insurgency and, as such, he deserves to be imprisoned." In fact, she never actually comments on the matter at hand, namely that a noncombatant and ostensive journalist has been held by the U.S. military for nearly half a year with absolutely no charges filed. Said Tom Curley, AP president and chief executive, "Bilal Hussein has been held in violation of Iraqi law and in disregard to the Geneva Conventions. He must be charged under the Iraqi system or released immediately."
I guess in the world that people like Michelle Malkin represent, guilt or innocence doesn't matter. In this Bizarro Malkin-Bush World, if even the slightest appearance of guilt or impropriety is present, then all civil (and given this adminstration's track record, probably human) rights are forfeit. What an depressing state of affairs we as a world find ourselves in.


Nick said...

He swore to defend the Constitution of the United States, and in doing so lied under oath. In the future, people will look back on this Presidency as one of the darkest periods in World History.

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid that Malkin is convinced that everyone who's not with her is against her primarily because SHE is against everyone who's not with her. It's projection, pure and simple.

If she was a better person, she wouldn't think that everyone else was a bad person. She must have really f**ked up self image.