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April 16, 2008

AP Shills For Suspected Terrorist Employee, Again

Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Bilal Hussein was released today after two years in custody in Iraq on charges stemming from his suspected ties to terrorist groups.

The AP, for whom Hussein works, makes it sound as if he were found innocent or something. The reality is an Iraqi tribunal found that the crimes he was charged with fell under an amnesty law passed earlier this year so there was no point in moving forward.

But as always, the AP gives the benefit of the doubt to potential terrorist sympathizers.

The U.S. military had accused Hussein of links to insurgents, but did not file specific charges. In December, military authorities brought Hussein's case into the Iraqi court system for possible trial.

But an Iraqi judicial panel this month dismissed all proceedings against Hussein and ordered his release. A U.S. military statement on Monday said Hussein is no longer considered a threat.

"I want to thank all the people working in AP. ... I have spent two years in prison even though I was innocent. I thank everybody," Hussein said after being freed.

AP President Tom Curley said Hussein "is safely back with AP and his family, and it is a great relief to us."

"Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who supported us during this difficult and challenging period," Curley said. "Bilal will now be spending some quiet time with his family and resting up."

You can see some of the ‘work’ that led authorities to think Hussein may have been in league with killers here.

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