Sunday, August 5, 2012

The case you won't hear about from Greenwald

Anyone who has watched Glenn Greenwald over the last few years knows that, when it comes to the Obama administration's handling of terrorists, he is intent on covering every detail...except in the case of Ali Mussa Daqduq.

Daqduq is accused of being the mastermind behind the kidnapping, torture and killing of 5 American soldiers in Iraq in 2007.
Daqduq was detained for more than four years by the U.S. military before it left Iraq last December. He was handed over to Iraqi authorities as required when the troops left, amid a debate between the Democratic White House and Republicans in Congress over whether high-risk terror suspects should be brought to the U.S. for trial.

Republican lawmakers said Daqduq was too much of a public threat to be incarcerated on American soil, and wanted him to be held at the contentious military detention center at the Navy base on Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. President Barack Obama refused. He has promised to close the detention center at Guantanamo, which became a worldwide symbol of detainee abuses during the Republican administration of President George W. Bush.
This story is in the news this week because the Iraqi courts have cleared Daqduq of charges and are set to release him.

As happens so often, most people on the left have totally ignored the story (including Greenwald of course) and I read about it because the Breitbart crew is doing their normal hair-on-fire about the Obama administration being responsible for the release of a terrorist.

But notice the line in the AP story above that I bolded...President Obama refused to move Daqduq to Gitmo when the Republicans blocked his attempt to have him brought to the U.S. for trial.

Why isn't someone like Greenwald covering this story? That's an easy question to answer...it doesn't fit his "Obama is worse than Bush" narrative. As a matter of fact - it blows it all up.

3 comments:

  1. "Why isn't someone like Greenwald covering this story? That's an easy question to answer...it doesn't fit his "Obama is worse than Bush" narrative."

    Of course it does. It would also force Greenwald (and others like him) to admit that they were wrong....and they can never (or rather, they will never) do that.

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    1. I meant to say "it doesn't". My mistake!

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  2. “This confirms my fears that transferring Daqduq to Iraqi custody would result in his release,” Senator Kelly Ayotte, Republican of New Hampshire, said in a statement, adding, “If Daqduq is released, there is little doubt that he’ll resume terrorist activities.”

    But an agreement signed by the administration of President George W. Bush gave the Iraqi government final say over the fate of all detainees in Iraq.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/08/world/middleeast/in-case-that-has-vexed-americans-defendant-in-iraq-could-go-free.html#

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