YATA: US Taking Hostages!?!

YATA: Allegedly, the US takes hostages, which is a no-brainer violation of the Geneva convention, and basic decency. (Via Jim Henley.)

I should note, however, that while I think highly of Henley, I’m unfamiliar with the news organization that he linked to and which propagated this report.

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3 Responses to YATA: US Taking Hostages!?!

  1. Detlef says:

    That isn´t anything new!
    See this newspaper article from 2003!

    U.S. Adopts Aggressive Tactics on Iraqi Fighters
    Intensified Offensive Leads To Detentions, Intelligence
    By Thomas E. Ricks
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Monday, July 28, 2003; Page A01


    “Col. David Hogg, commander of the 2nd Brigade of the 4th
    Infantry Division, said tougher methods are being used to
    gather the intelligence. On Wednesday night, he said, his
    troops picked up the wife and daughter of an Iraqi lieutenant
    general. They left a note: “If you want your family released,
    turn yourself in.” Such tactics are justified, he said, because,
    “It’s an intelligence operation with detainees, and these
    people have info.” They would have been released in due
    course, he added later.
    The tactic worked. On Friday, Hogg said, the lieutenant
    general appeared at the front gate of the U.S. base and
    surrendered.”

  2. michael says:

    Alas, it’s not new. See also The Horror. But we have to keep screaming about it while it happens (and punish the guilty when it stops).

  3. Nell Lancaster says:

    Michael, re the New Standard News: They’re about a year old, and more open about their sources, methods, and biases than any news organization I can think of. Have a look! NSN’s left-ness will cause some people simply to refuse to credit or cite them, but I’m willing to bet many more of their stories stand up over time than those of some other “news” organizations you can think of.

    Compare and contrast with Murray Waas’ blog, prominently linked to by Josh Marshall recently. True, there’s actual reporting going on (on Plame stonewalling by DOJ), but Gonzales’ name is spelled wrong in every occurrence, there’s no email or feedback box for readers to respond in any way, and there’s a distinct air of anxiety throughout that Waas retain his superior position (reporter with capital R) to the ‘umble reader. Color me put off.

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