Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Reuters Cameraman Held Indefinitely in Iraq

They're holding a Reuters cameraman in Iraq, but they won't say why:

A cameraman for Reuters in Iraq has been ordered by a secret tribunal to be held
without charge in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison until his case is reviewed within
six months, a U.S. military spokesman said on Wednesday.

...

He said Mashhadani would be entitled to a review of his case within 180 days and
would be held at Abu Ghraib.

Rudisill said he would not be allowed to see an attorney, his family or anyone else for the first 60 days of his detention, which began in Abu Ghraib last week.


What the fook? I thought we were spreading democracy -- who the hell to? I'm not saying the cameraman's innocent -- people don't usually get in trouble for no reason (although it happens way more than anyone likes to admit) -- but think if you were tossed in the prison where they notoriously stacked up naked prisoners and took pictures of it, without anyone telling you why you were there for 2 months, and maybe getting no one to even bother with your case for 6 months.

That's bullsheet.

@ romunov's blog et al, romunov says "It’s just sick, how they openly basically kidnap people (but they call them arrests) and submit them to a tribunal."

@ Imagethief, comparing the U.S. to China in this case: "Away from the inconveniences of our Constitution, are we so different? If we're going to channel our outrage, we should channel some of it at ourselves as well. Especially as Iraq, Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo fatigue begin to set in and we stop paying attention to anything other than Cindy Sheehan."

@ The Houston Conservative, Will says: "Those evil American troops! Imagine the nerve of them wanting to make sure that this photographer is not part of the terrorist network. The press have really got a distorted view of themselves. This is a press photographer so he should be immune from scrutiny. After all, they're the press, incorruptible, unbiased, altruistic, only interested in the truth (as they see it)."