November 30, 2006

Kathleen Carroll, Pretend I'm From Missouri: Show Me Jamil Hussein

In response to the Iraqi Interior Ministry (MOI) confirming today that no man by the name of Jamil Hussein is employed in any capacity by the MOI or the Iraqi Police, the Associated Press has issued it own release.

Read both statements, press conference transcript where the story originated at Flopping Aces, where Curt has his own thoughts on the matter. I'll wait till you get back.

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Frankly, I'm stunned at the outright arrogance of Kathleen Carroll, Executive Editor of the Associated Press, and statements that she made in her release that—in my opinion—are willful, skillful, and purposeful subterfuge.

Carroll completely glosses over the fact that her news organization originally reported that four mosques had been burned according to their original story, an error for which she does not account for here, not one the Associated Press has ever printed a retraction for.

Carroll stands by the AP's reporting that states that six people were burned alive.

The AP is curiously unable to name five of the six alleged victims, even though they were reportedly killed in their own neighborhood. In this tightly-knit, often-interrelated communal neighborhoods, especially in what the AP itself describes as an "enclave," I find the inability of the AP's reporters to find witnesses who could name those who were reputably killed a most unlikely claim.

Carroll goes on to insist, though not by name, that Captain Jamil Hussein is too an Iraqi policeman, just not one approved to speak to the media.

That is also a deliberate deception, coming directly on the heels of MOI Brigadier General Abdul Kareem Khalaf Al-Kenani's statement that no Iraqi policemen by that name existed, in any capacity.

If Kathleen Carroll wants me to believe that the Associated Press knows better than the MOI who MOI employees are, she had better produce a (live) Iraqi Police Captain claiming to be Jamil Hussein to back her story. While she's at it, she can provide evidence that six people were burned alive, starting with their names, their graves, and any proof that these events were something other than an insurgent propaganda. No one else has evidence that these people ever existed or that they were burned alive, other than the two anonymous AP reporters.

The Associated Press is clearly attempting to duck the issue.

I want to see Jamil Hussein.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at November 30, 2006 03:26 PM | TrackBack

If the AP does produce Capt. Jamil Hussein...what will they win?

Posted by: monkyboy at November 30, 2006 04:28 PM

Nothing big, just their credibility.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at November 30, 2006 04:31 PM

I got a better chance of seeing Elvis in a 7-11 than AP does of producing this guy...

Posted by: Purple Avenger at December 1, 2006 04:38 AM

Posted by Purple Avenger at December 1, 2006 04:38 AM

HEY!!! I saw him drinking a slurpee, it was a purple one I think.

Posted by: Retired Navy at December 1, 2006 06:49 AM

1 December 2006: 12:45 pm Eastern. The Jamil Hussein watch continues. Still no proof of life provided by AP. I saw one AP article from them today regarding an attack against a Sunni mosque quoting an 'anonymous' officer fearing reprisals. I wonder if that is our guy?

Posted by: BohicaTwentyTwo at December 1, 2006 12:51 PM

cfb, out of respect for the guys at ALF, I'm deleting the copy/paste you did of their post (it violates fair use) and instead, include the link.

cfb said...

Posted at the Alabama Liberation Front...SPECTACULAR piece of writing...a great blog and the following...I only wish I had said this: Outstanding.

this is the post he wanted folks to read.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at December 1, 2006 01:51 PM

Sorry, CY...thanks. I gave Bubba full credit in my opening line, not wanting to deny him his due ..but, your way is clearly better.

I believe it's a brilliant article and think everyone should read it.

Posted by: cfbleachers at December 1, 2006 02:37 PM