Friday, August 26, 2005

Not the best way for a journalist to see Iraq's infamous prison

Reuters news agency called on the U.S. military on Wednesday to explain the detention of an Iraqi journalist working for the agency, who has been held incommunicado for two weeks, or release him immediately.

U.S. military spokesmen have refused to say why they are holding Ali Omar Abrahem al-Mashhadani, a 36-year-old freelance cameraman and photographer who has worked for the international news organization for a year in Ramadi, capital of Anbar region.
Lieutenant Colonel Guy Rudisill, spokesman for U.S. detainee operations in Iraq, said the journalist was now in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison: "He will not be able to have visitors for the next 60 days," he added.

Reuters Global Managing Editor David Schlesinger said: "We are very concerned and dismayed by this unexplained and prolonged detention of a journalist working for us and urge the U.S. military either to release him or provide a full account of the accusations against him

8 Comments:

Blogger G_in_AL said...

My guess is Ali Omar Abrahem al-Mashhadani wasnt just taking pictures for the paper...

August 26, 2005 1:40 pm  
Anonymous somethingsphishy said...

My guess is he took some pictures or maybe saw something that uncle sam did not care for him to see. If he was up to no good why wouldn't officials just say what he is being charged with or held for.

August 26, 2005 3:36 pm  
Blogger G_in_AL said...

haha, H, Just did a post about Iran... seems they just are not scared of the UN security council... now why would that be?

August 26, 2005 6:15 pm  
Blogger G_in_AL said...

phishy, maybe he wasnt taking pictures or seeing anything... maybe he was using his status as a "journalist" to get open access to US/Coalition operations, and then reporting that data to insurgents?

August 26, 2005 6:16 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

G

on the jounalist , you seem to miss the point , even reuters are not (at this point) saying he has or has not commited a crime

but if he 'is' guilty of anything then the Military should tell reuters what it is ,

sorry for being skeptical , but there has been so many cases of false imprisonment by US forces that if the military fail to inform anyone of this persons 'claimed' crime then I and many many others will take it as read that this is not a lawfull arrest and is in affect good old basic Kidnap

innocent until proven guilty (remember that ?) , if there is a reason then tell us , else accept that the people of the world are not dumb , they can see a cover up when its right infront of them

and until 'evidence' is presented , accept that the cries of foul play will only get louder


on the Iranian issue .. i still feel you are missing a point G , why on earth would the iranians be even slightly bothered by what the UN or the US or anyone says , there is not a single piece of evidence that they are breaking any international law

they are allowed to build a peacefull nuclear industry and even if they decide at some point to build a weapon then they just have to do as israel , pakistan and india did and just pull out of the NPT and there isn't a single lawfull thing we can do about it

do the police scare you ?
i doubt they do as i doubt you are commiting crimes , so why would they concern you

same thing as far as iran is concerned

August 26, 2005 6:48 pm  
Blogger G_in_AL said...

H, the police dont scare me, but I dont feel the need to tell everyone that either. Also, I am not saying the Police dont scare me while they are investigating me. I am also not saying the police dont scare me, while they are investigating me, and have found incriminating evidence against me. (IAEA report about Iran's plutonium fun)

August 26, 2005 11:00 pm  
Blogger G_in_AL said...

and, Iran smells like cabbage...

August 26, 2005 11:01 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

G

why do you want the world to just 'have faith' in the american actions

if a single world of what you wrote is true then why wont they just stand up and say "we cought this guy planning an attack" or whatever

we have already seen so far that the mouthpiece of the american government is not the best place to get 'real' facts about the events , they just say whatever they want you to hear G

if someone is guilty , proove it

no people of any government should take the word of there leaders without proof , there are far far to many examples in history of governments that simply do not tell the truth , inclduing yours ,

you seem like a loyal puppy who has been given a biscuit by his master

question what people say G , dont just find the government line and go with it anyway

August 27, 2005 7:31 pm  

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