said Monday it will release Associated Press photographer Bilal
Hussein, more than two years after he was detained by U.S. Marines on
suspicions of links to insurgents. The military said it has determined
Hussein is not a threat and plans to free him Wednesday.
the past week, Iraqi judicial committees dismissed all allegations
against Hussein and ordered his release. The last allegations were
dropped Sunday — a day after Hussein marked his second full year in
The AP and Hussein, 36, have denied any improper contacts and said
he was only doing his job as a journalist working in a war zone.
AP President Tom Curley expressed relief.
“In time we will celebrate Bilal’s release. For now, we want him
safe and united with his family. While we may never see eye to eye with
the U.S. military over this case, it is time for all of us to move on,”
A statement by Multinational Forces-Iraq said Maj. Gen. Douglas M. Stone, commander of coalition detention facilities in,
signed the release order after confirming the Iraqi committee’s
decision to grant Hussein amnesty — a ruling that drops legal
proceedings but does not assume or determine guilt or innocence.
Hussein — who had been held since April, 12, 2006 — was never brought to trial.
I don’t hold out any hope, any at all, thatMichelle will issue an apology. She and her band of hsyterical assclown admirers have secret e-mail, after all, proving them right, and so will go right on making their little“Rope, Tree, Journalist”cracks without fear of looking idiotic, because really, it’s not like accuracy or fairness or human decency are important to anyone who signs her paychecks. It’s not like she has a reputation to uphold. It’s not like she has a soul to worry about losing. After two years, it’s not her, being sent out into the sunlight with a pat on the shoulder and a “Hey, our bad.”
Still, I find it curious. These are some of most advanced paranoids on the planet, who wake and sleep beneath their Star Wars sheets with visions of Islamofascist invasion dancing in their heads like sugarplums. These are people who see boogeymen around every corner, who think about nothing except how to be well-armed for the 28 Days Later sitch that only THEY can see coming. Why the hell don’t things like this make them wonder about the karmic blowback, the roar of which I can hear from my house, surely coming our way?
Think of all the people we’ve imprisoned (sorry, I’m not saying “detained,” it makes it sound like the waiter was slow with your fucking lunch) and all the people we’ve tortured and all the people we’ve blown into itty bitty little pieces. Think of all the people who knew those people, every single one of them, think of all their friends and family. And then think, if it was you? What would your parents want, for the people who’d done that to you? What would your friends want, your sister and brother, your spouse, your lover, your neighbor, your fucking garbage collector? What would all those people think, about the people who’d done things to you?
If you can’t hate what has happened to this country because you love this country, if you can’t hate it because you love the rule of law or because you love your freedoms or because you believe yourself bound to it by history and blood, maybe you can hate what has happened to this country for fearful, selfish reasons. It always amazes me that Michelle and her freakboys don’t think what I think, FUCK SHIT JESUS IF THEY WEREN’T TERRORISTS WHEN WE THREW THEM IN JAIL FOR NO REASON THERE’S ONE HELL OF A FUCKING GOOD CHANCE THEY WILL BE BY THE TIME WE ADMIT WE’RE FULL OF SHIT AND LET THEM GO JESUS GOD.