AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 2/09/2005 01:15:00 PM ----- BODY: The Full Quote - Remember this story? Well, here's the full Eason Jordan quote:
Brian and I have had some good discussions and I believe that there are people at the Pentagon trying to do the right thing but candidly and we hear this all the time from officials in Washington, actions speak louder than words. And you talk about dignity and respect for un-embedded journalists and journalists in general but the reality is that at least 8, maybe 10, maybe more journalists in Iraq have been killed by the US military. There are reports that I believe to be true that journalists have been arrested and tortured by US forces. One case that was not talked about here: an Al-Jazeera journalist put in Abu Ghraib and physically and emotionally abused, called a Jazeera boy and forced to eat his shoe and other things. Even now there's an Al-Arabiya journalist in Fallujah who's been in captivity now for a week. The US military has said that he is not guilty of anything and he'll be freed, but we're now 6 or 7 days into his captivity. It's just these actions and the fact that no-one in the US military has been punished or reprimanded for any of these things would indicate that the US military really does not have respect for the journalistic corps in Iraq.
I love the last sentence. How many of these accusations can be substantiated? If you have the time, I recommend reading the entire transcript. You'll learn a lot more about Nik Gowing, the BBC journalist whose writing is recommended by Chris Cramer. Here is a sampling of one of his "questions:"
One question about the political imperative of the Defence Secretary and those serving him both in the civilian field and also in uniform. You're upfront speaking to us today but there is a very strong impression that has been confirmed by other coalition militaries, that the media are a damn nuisance, ignore them, ignore the laws of armed conflict, ignore the Geneva Convention, ignore the International Criminal Court and any fear of war crimes.
The entire discussion shows the problem, the paranoia, is much larger than Eason Jordan or Chris Cramer. --------