Monday, September 26, 2005

Independent media = Al Qaeda

The Guardian: Guantanamo inmate says US told him to spy on al-Jazeera

The US military told an al-Jazeera cameraman being held at Guantánamo Bay that he would be released as long as he agreed to spy on journalists at the Arabic news channel, according to documents seen by the Guardian.
The journalist has been in the prison without charge for three-and-a-half years after being accused by the US of being a terrorist, allegations he denies. He claims that he has been interrogated more than 100 times but not asked about alleged terrorist offences. Instead, Sami Muhyideen al-Hajj says US military personnel have alleged during interrogation that al-Jazeera has been infiltrated by al-Qaida and that one of its presenters is linked to Islamists.

This reminds me of the joke (I think it came from the Daily Show) about how Bush doesn't have gray matter between the ears, he has black and white matter. There are only two kinds of media as far as the Bush mafia is concerned. There is the corporate whoreocracy, which they effectively carry in their back pockets, and there is everybody else. By daring to cast this train wreck of an administration as, well, a train wreck, Al Jazeera makes itself the Enemy, interchangeable with all other elements of said Enemy. Al Jazeera, Al Qaeda, Al DiMeola, whatever.


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