December 27, 2006

Jamil Hussein Joins Cast of "Lost"

Iraqi Police Captain Jamil Hussein, used regularly as a named source by the Associated Press including a flurry of eight reports about four burning mosques and 24 burning Sunnis (including six immolated) between November 24-26, has been noticeably missing from AP reporting for 31 days, and hasn't provided fresh information to the AP in 33 days.

To give you an idea of how odd this is, Jamil Hussein was used as a named source for the Associated Press (and only the Associated Press) on average every 5.2 days between April 24 and November 26 of this year. His longest previous period of silence was a 34-day gap between mid-September and Mid-October.

All of us are deeply concerned about the fate of Captain Hussein, and I think it would be a nice gesture if the AP, which has visited him so many times at his office at the police station, would give him a call, just to see if he's okay.

As it stands right now, he seems to have disappeared as if he never existed.

CPT, phone home...

Posted by Confederate Yankee at December 27, 2006 10:10 AM | TrackBack

Just bumping my comment from the last Captain and Jamil post.

I think the next step is to start inquiring about the other 61 stories where AP cited Capt. Hussein as a source. It seems to be conclusive that the Burning Six story was fabricated. I'm sure AP and their allies are using their faith based reporting skills to HOPE that the rest of the stories are true and that this one story was an anomoly. It should be the job of the blogosphere to go out and PROVE those stories are either true or false.

Posted by: BohicaTwentyTwo at December 27, 2006 10:33 AM

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Jamil, Jamazel, hiddenproffer incorporated.

We’re gonna do it!
Give us burning mosques, we’ll fake it.
Ethics or journalistic rule, we’ll break it.
We’re gonna make our source come true.
Fakin' it our way.

Nothin’s gonna turn us back now,
Eyes are closed and off the track now.
We’re gonna make our source come true,
Doin’ it our way.

There is nothing we won’t try,
Never heard the word responsible.
This time there’s no stopping us.
We’re gonna do it.

Get the word, offset, and go now,
Phony story and we just know now,
We’re gonna make our source come true.
And we’ll do it our way, yes our way.
Make all our leftist screeds come true,
And do it our way, yes our way,
Make all our screeds come true
For the AP and you.

Theme Song from "They're Burnin' Surely" sitcom.... about mosques in the You Can't Hurriya Love section of Baghdad.

Posted by: cfbleachers at December 27, 2006 07:16 PM

last stanza, second line should read

Phony story and we just know HOW

damn typos

Posted by: cfbleachers at December 27, 2006 07:24 PM

Excerpted and linked at CENTCOM says AP’s "Iraqi police source" isn’t Iraqi police -- Part 25

Posted by: Bill Faith at December 28, 2006 03:53 AM

I'm happy you were able to save Jamil's life

Posted by: Jay at December 29, 2006 12:31 AM