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Monday, January 09, 2006 | The Mysterious Alleged Abduction of Jill Carroll
Shortly after the first news stories "Western Female Journalist Abducted in Iraq" appeared, and were duly echoed on the blogs, mysterious and anonymous "security experts" followed close on the story's heels.
Please do not reveal her identity, they whispered ominously. Or the name of her organization (The Christian Science Monitor) There was some mumbo jumbo about the first 48 hours, and how vital this was to protecting her, a matter of national security, nodded others.
The blogs, ever impressed as heck with anonymous security experts, all hastened to follow suit, despite the fact that the lady's name and newspaper had already appeared in fifty squillion papers, as well as television reports around the world.
But these security experts knew their stuff, and by nightfall, any paper operating out of the US or client state thereof had dutifully redacted their stories.
The story itself varied. Some say Ms. Carroll was abducted from a poor neighborhood in Baghdad. Others from a nearby village. In some, she was waiting to interview a Sunni politician, in others, a Chinese official.
All agreed that her translator had been killed. Some say it was he who with his dying breath told of Carroll's abduction. (These tend to go out of their way to note that he was a Christian).
Now, well after those 48 hours so crucial to the lady's safety, the story has disappeared. Oh, you can still google, and find the various redacted versions, and even a handful of unredacted ones, mostly with misspellings of Carroll's name.
But there is no word of her, of her alleged captors, or anything but suggestions from blog commentors that it is probably better to let allegedly abducted western female journalist stories lie.
And a few obstructionists who suggest that lie is exactly what somebody is doing.
If the US wished to create the impression that they have launced a "covert operation" to get rid of a journalist who was even mildly critical of Washington's policies of slash and burn imperialism, then they have certainly succeeded.
And if in fact, that is what has happened, it would appear that they have succeeded in getting rid of her.
Ms. Carroll is not the first westerner, nor the first journalist to be "abducted" in Iraq, however she is the first to become the subject of such cloak and dagger bloggery, and her case is certainly the first where even anonymous security experts have made the absurd suggestion that either the thrice-killed composite character Zarqawi or any actual existing entity in Iraq, Resistance or common criminal, depends on entries in American blogs to learn the identity of its abductees.
Though come to think of it, we haven't heard much from Giuliana Sgrena lately, either... posted at
Actions like Sep 11 do not happen in a vaccuum.
Long before those hijackers ever stepped foot on the planes the damage
had been done. They were brainwashed with the same type of garbage
propaganda that is spewed from Fatwa's weblog.
Middle Eastern countries are so much more barbaric today and preAmercia than America can ever hope to be...America has only been around 230 years...who did you blame for everything before that Ductape? I am calling a Fatwa on your bullshit!
IMO - terrorist plain and simple. He is an Al queda operative who
should be put in a cage on gitmo Skinner
My favorite..."In Defense of Holocaust Deniers"
I always thought that "The Enemy Within" was just a metaphore for liberalism, that is, until I encountered Ductape Fatwa. He should be in an orange jumpsuit for sure.
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Tells you something about this asshole doesn't it. He's really serious.
I believe that DF is nothing but a Republican plant...
Ductape is a commie, a terrorist, and he drinks blood too. He drinks
Capitalist blood. He eats unborn babies too
Give me your address and I'll send you $20 and a thank-you note for taking your hatred elsewhere.
A terrorist with a sense of humor!
He ain't nuthin' but shit
inadequate, halfway house bullshit
You are a dumbass. Fuck you and your condescension about us "benighted sheeple." hamletta
Untruthful, damaging bullshit
no better than the neocons and no different than Timothy McVeigh
dailykos.coma turd in the punchbowl...if DF were Joe Hill he probably would have killed himself rather than get put to death.
A compost pile of fecundity
dailykos.comdespicable and literally mentally ill