Why Is It Hard to Believe President Obama Would Want a Journalist in Prison?

PrisonIt isn’t for me. Peter Hart writes on the FAIR Blog:

Jeremy Scahill’s piece at the Nation website (“Why Is President Obama Keeping a Journalist in Prison in Yemen?”, 3/13/12) about imprisoned Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye is riveting and deeply reported. But to Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum, the story doesn’t quite add up … because Barack Obama seems like a decent guy.

As Scahill reports, Shaye has “risked his life to travel to areas controlled by Al-Qaeda and to interview its leaders.” He argues that this reporting has not exactly won him friends in the U.S. or Yemeni governments:

His collision course with the U.S. government appears to have been set in December 2009. On December 17, the Yemeni government announced that it had conducted a series of strikes against an Al-Qaeda training camp in the village of al Majala in Yemen’s southern Abyan province, killing a number of Al-Qaeda militants. As the story spread across the world, Shaye traveled to al Majala. What he discovered were the remnants of Tomahawk cruise missiles and cluster bombs, neither of which are in the Yemeni military’s arsenal. He photographed the missile parts, some of them bearing the label “Made in the USA,” and distributed the photos to international media outlets. He revealed that among the victims of the strike were women, children and the elderly. To be exact, 14 women and 21 children were killed

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=825207541 Mark Kraft

    Kevin Drum’s basic point is sound… the fact that the US launched these cruise missiles was common knowledge worldwide and had made the media circuit two years ago. 

    It is entirely likely that Shaye was indeed aiding and facilitating Al Qaeda, as claimed. It wouldn’t be the first time that a journalist had done so.

    If a journalist is partisan and has close ties with a given ideology in the US, nobody is the least bit surprised. So, why should we be surprised that some journalists in Yemen support AQ? Support for AQ in Yemen is pretty widespread, because support for jihad is widespread.

  • Jin The Ninja

    certainly not for me either. every progressive news or blog site has been reporting the obama admin is the most anti-whistleblower/transparency gov’t ever (for years now). it’s fascism 2.0.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JR6QMHI5D3L6Z4JJBSAKO4KJBE brock

    It seems that a fear of being branded ‘soft on national defense’ is used as a sort of justification for the apparent zeal Democrats have for waging war. I think a lot of Obama’s supporters think he just has to do these things to counter his image as an anti-war community organizer. Then there’s the other side of it: a fear of any sort of failure in currently running wars that could be attributed to any non-pro-military policy. The “Obama is wasting 10 years of hard work and the lives or thousands of soldiers by pulling out of Iraq too early” sort of thing. The question is whether there’s any truth to this perception that it’s all just overcompensating. Is it just a matter of political self preservation or is Obama really in the same league as Dick Cheney?

    Either way, the reality is whoever takes the reins in 2013 gets an expanded toolkit for waging war.

  • Hadrian999

    is it hard to believe?

  • Guest

    Yeah, this guy was a great source of intelligence for all of us. By all means, let’s lock him up!

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