It's Official: AP Source an Impostor

The "police captain" that the Associated Press used as the source for their story about six Sunni men dragged from prayers and burned alive by Shiite militants is not a policeman and does not work for the Iraqi government in any capacity, according to the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior.

CENTCOM had warned the AP about Hussein and other questionable sources they were using, but was rebuffed by the wire service organization. The AP's sensational story of the burning Sunnis was cited by NBC as a reason they decided to start calling violence in Iraq a "civil war." The source "police captain Jamil Hussein" has been quoted in wire service stories since April of this year.

Michelle Malkin has the details of a press conference held today by Iraqi Brigadier General Abdul-Kareem, speaking for the Iraqi Minstry of the Interior:

BG Abdul-Kareem, the Ministry of Interior Spokesman, went on the record today stating that Capt. Jamil Hussein is not a police officer. He explained the coordinations among MOI, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Defense in attempting to track down these bodies and their joint conclusion was that this was unsubstantiated rumor.

He went on to name several other false sources that have been used recently and appealed to the media to document their news before reporting. He went into some detail about the impact of the press carrying propaganda for the enemies of Iraq and thanked "the friends" who have brought this to their attention.

AP did attend the press conference.

Michelle has also posted a partial transcript of the press conference. In it, Abdul-Kareem accuses the wire services of printing unsubstantiated rumors using anonymous sources and bogus named sources.

So far, the Associated Press is standing by their story, claiming that their reporters visited Jamil Hussein at his police station. This brings the AP's reporters themselves into question. Are they simply trying to cover up a costly and humiliating mistake, or are they unvetted local hires whose allegiance is really to al Qaeda?

Read Michelle's entire post here.

Posted by: Bluto at 10:24 AM


1 It's official, the lies the US military told to Pat Tillamn's family as to the circumstances of his death were known to be false and the AP reported those lies as the god's honest truth.

Burn them at the stake.

OH, oops, that's right, the AP got the news from the military.

So tell me, which is worse... the fabrications used by the military to polish a tattered image by making Pat Tilman's death into a hero's demise and having the family be put through that kind of image busting OR the fabrications used by the AP from a man who may not be a captain (but then who in Iraq would at this pointwould give their real name) to exxagerate a point that Iraq is on the brink of the abyss and wants the world to recognize the damage that is being done. Not that the truth which is much more real than the fiction needs to be embellished upon.

Whose manipulation of the reasons for death by the words of those who report on it are more destructive than the actual carnage that is being wrought in our name?

If you want to blame anyone blame yourselves. This blood was unnecessary and has proven to be unfruitful. Each of us shoulders the responsibility for allowing GW Bush to tear this world to shreds.

Posted by: civilbehavior at November 30, 2006 02:11 PM

2 And the red herring award goes to...civilbehavior - too stupid to post on topic, too dishonest to admit the gravity of Western wire services being in bed with jihadis.

Posted by: The Dread Pundit Bluto at November 30, 2006 02:20 PM

3 "tear this world to shreds"

good one douchebag.

Posted by: Fargo Levy at November 30, 2006 02:31 PM

4 Comment # 1. Now just what in the hell makes the difference. Perhaps some military Jr. Officer felt so bad concerning Pat's death that he wanted to make Pat's family feel like he died the hero he was. Friggin asshole.

Posted by: Greyrooster at November 30, 2006 05:35 PM

5 It's official: Civil Behaviour does not qualify as a human being.

Posted by: Jeff Bargholz at November 30, 2006 05:42 PM

6 Bluto,

Obviously you think that the military lying about Pat Tillman's death to the world and to his family pales in comparison to the AP lying about a report they were given by someone who may or may not be Capt Jamil Huessein (for who may possibly use an alias for protection) Obviously you think its all right for the military to lie about death and destruction but not the AP.


On the streets of Baghdad to the plains of Darfur to the slave trade in Brazil Bush's foreign policy decisions and coziness with corporations ARE in fact tearing the world to shreds. Do you not see the bloodshed and destruction in his wake or do you simply see flowers and candy being handed around?


And I suppose you CONDONE the actions surrounding the military behavior at Abu Ghraib as well? And Haditha was justa mere comma, a simple bump in the road on theway to showing other countries how human rights can be overlooked?

What the heck is wrong with you people. You have become as bad as the enemy you say you hate by excusing behavior that is reprehensibleby a country that is SUPPOSED to be some beacon of light. It's less right for us to do it and then try and pretend we are some shining example of righteousness. Why in heaven's name don't you see that?

Posted by: civilbehavior at November 30, 2006 09:16 PM

7 It's official:Civil Behaviour works for the terrorists as an Anti-American propagandist.

Posted by: Jeff Bargholz at November 30, 2006 09:28 PM

8 Jeff

What's official is that you weren't able to refute even one point I made as far as the likes of the right wing constantly calling the "kettle black" while doing the same thing.

I challenge you to refute the position the military took on Pat Tillmans' death and their specious reasons for lying about it.

Just once, let's hear your"reasoning" on WHY they did it. I want to see how you can excuse this kind of behavior.

Posted by: civilbehavior at December 01, 2006 09:36 AM

9 Civilbehavior: Yes I condone what happened at Abu Gharib. Just what happened at that prison for murders that was worse than what I went thru Jan 1 to March 8, 1962 as a Marine Corps recruit? Merely overplayed bullshit by lefturds designed to make the President of the United States of America look bad. Nothing terrible happened at Abu Gharib. If you think Abu Gharib was tough, then you ain't tough enough. Why in Heavens name don't you see that?

I told you one reason the lie concerning Pat Tillmans death. You are not listening. My father was killed during ww2. If friendly fire shot his plane down I would not wish to know it. The Japs started the war and is their fault. Doesn't matter if he was shot down or died in a plane crash. I don't know. My oldest son is now doing the last two weeks of his last tour in Iraq as a Captain in the Marine Corps. If he is killed by friendly fire please don't tell me. Not that it would make any difference. I know why he's there.

As far as the right wing doing the same as the enemy that is a bare faced lie. We are not bombing buildings, flying planes into building, blowing up shopping malls full of people. We are not beheading constuction workers and reporters. Americans don't stone women to death. We don't slaughter families for their religious beliefs. You are way out of line. What you call your points are pure one sided leftist bullshit. You should be ashamed of equating what Americans to what the terrorists do.

Now go sit in the corner and think about how much damage your claims do to our boys in Iraq and how much support and hope you give the enemy who reads this blog.

Oh yea! All you enemy reading this blog. Kiss my ass and mohammed is a punk.

Posted by: Greyrooster at December 01, 2006 03:48 PM

10 Civil Behaviour:The U.S. military didn't lie about Tillman's death, and when the facts were discovered, the military broke the story to the news media.Our side doesn't lie, yours does. Everybody knows it.

Posted by: Jeff Bargholz at December 02, 2006 12:51 AM

11 Tillmans death came a week before the Abu Ghraib scandal became public. The Pentagon at the time announced he died "heroically" in combat.

FIVE WEEKS later when his battallion was returning home did officials inform the public AND the Tillman family that he had been killed by his fellow soldiers.

All one has to have is a computer to look up the facts. His own FATHER said the Army's lies about his son's death were deliberate, calculated, ordered and disgraceful.

And you are trying to tell me otherwise. I'm lying?? HA

And as for CONDONE what happened at Abu Ghraib?And you wonder why we are a target of the Islaam fanatics?

And yes, we do bomb buildings and shoot people in cold blood (that's what Haditha was) and torture people and sweep people off the street in any country in the world and take them and throw them in prison and beat them to the fringe of death and never charge them with anything. This is how we "fight" to give others FREEDOM?We plan to give freedom to Iraq if we have to kill everyone one of them to do it?

Foolish Americans........

Posted by: civilbehavior at December 02, 2006 10:27 AM

12 "you CONDONE what happened at Abu Ghraib?"


Me and Andy McNabb both love what happened there!

Posted by: Max Power at December 02, 2006 10:46 PM

13 Civil Behaviour:Tillman was killed in combat by friendly fire. That makes him a hero, and you a miserable wretch for denigrating his service.His death was reported pending an investigation into the cause, and when the cause was determined it was reported to the jackals in the news media.Tillman's father is rabisly opposed to the mission in Iraq.You are a liar, a misanthrope, a traitor,and an idiot--but it's simpler to just say you're a leftist. Try not to fall off the short bus.

Posted by: Jeff Bargholz at December 03, 2006 12:20 AM

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