Liberal blogger takes on conservatives ones regarding AP photographer in Iraq by Mitch E. Perry09/19/06
The U.S. military in Iraq has imprisoned an Associated Press photographer for five months, saying he is a security threat but never filing charges or permitting a public hearing.
The Pentagon says Bilal Hussein, an Iraqi citizen, is being held for Ã¢â‚¬Å“imperative reasons of securityÃ¢â‚¬? under United Nations resolutions.
The military said Hussein was captured with two insurgents, including Hamid Hamad Motib, an alleged leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. Ã¢â‚¬Å“
But executives with the Associated Press say their review of Hussein's work did not find anything to indicate inappropriate contact with insurgents, and any evidence against him should be brought to the Iraqi criminal justice system.
The 35 year old Hussein, began working for the AP in September 2004. He was detained on April 12th. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said military authorities have reviewed Hussein's case and recommended his continued detention. He said it would be up to Iraq's criminal court to charge Hussein. The military said that bomb making materials were found in the apartment where Hussein was captured and that he tested positive for traces of explosives.
Will Bunch writes for the Philadelphia Daily News, and also blogs at his site, Attytood.com. In his posting today, he blasts conservative bloggers, like Powerline and Michele Malkin, for their takes on Hussain, essentially labeling him a collaborator with anti Ã¢â‚¬â€œIraq insurgents.(roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?that this man has doneÃ¢â‚¬?)
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Will Bunch, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News , and a blogger at attytood.com. He spoke to us from Philadelphia today.