Targeting Journalists?


American troops in Baghdad yesterday blasted their way into the home of an Iraqi journalist working for the Guardian and Channel 4, firing bullets into the bedroom where he was sleeping with his wife and children.

Ali Fadhil, who two months ago won the Foreign Press Association young journalist of the year award, was hooded and taken for questioning. He was released hours later.

The troops told Fadhil they were looking for an insurgent, but Fadhil isn’t buying it. He thinks it might have something to do with the fact that a few days ago he asked U.S. authorities for an interview regarding his findings that tens of millions of dollars in U.S. and British funds have been misused or misappropriated.

At this point, of course, there’s no telling who’s right. Still, this whole “targeting journalists” thing is starting to look more credible every day, isn’t it?

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