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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 01:50 AM
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Guntanamo inmate says US told him to spy on Al-Jazeera
Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0%2c3604%...

Snip: <By Vikram Dodd

The US military told an al-Jazeera cameraman being held at Guantnamo 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.

Some of the interviews have been carried out by British interrogators, who also wanted the cameraman to spy for them. Mr Hajj was arrested in December 2001 on the Afghan-Pakistani border while on assignment. His allegations are contained in notes of visits he received in Guantnamo in June this year from his lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith. The notes have been declassified by the US military.
The documents appear to show that the American military views the broadcaster, which is popular in the Arab world and is about to launch an English language channel, as an al-Qaida front.>

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Behind the Aegis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 01:50 AM
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1. And the purpose would be?
What an odd thing to request!
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 01:54 AM
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ladylibertee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 01:55 AM
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3. Not surprised
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:00 AM
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4. If you haven't watch the documentary "Control Room"
It will show why Rumsfeld put out this whole hate campaign with the network. I betcha Al-Jazeera has something they are telling people. They're really worried about the truth getting out there aren't they?
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ladylibertee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:06 AM
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5. Yup.We can't put anything pass them.The party is worse now than
during NIXON.Ten times worse.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:20 AM
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6. They're not even the party of Nixon
These people are neocons pure and simple only cloaking themselves behind the (r) to get elected.
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ladylibertee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:22 AM
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7. Well, you have a point there.
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cire4 Donating Member (580 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:59 AM
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8. A truly fair and balanced channel in the Arab world must scare Bush
That must be why his administration also killed that cameraman who worked for them in Iraq.

Al Jazeera is probably one of the most objective networks in the world. They piss off the Islamic fundies by broadcasting American and Israeli viewpoints and they piss off the American neo-cons by broadcasting terrorist and Anti-American viewpoints. The right-wing's little jihad against the channel is completely baseless and without merit.
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high_and_mighty Donating Member (62 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:32 AM
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9. what?...after he signed his confession
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Callalily Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:38 AM
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10. If this isn't a crime, it should be
Journalists are just that, journalists. To ask someone to spy, to put that persons life in danger, who is not even a US (or British in that case) citizen, is unconscionable.

In my humble opinion, Aljazeera (web) does a good job at reporting, I don't know about their broadcast, haven't seen it.

http://english.aljazeera.net/HomePage
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