AP Not Reading Their Own Files
10:49 AM, Jun 13, 2009 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
The Associated Press won a landmark Freedom of Information Act request that led to the release of thousands of pages of documents created at Guantanamo. The files were released in early 2006. Therefore, the press organization has had some time -- more than three years -- to process the documents.
There is no mention of William Jefferson's murder, the car bombing in Mostar that Zuhair was convicted of masterminding, or Zuhair's extreme Takfiri beliefs. Instead, all the AP can muster is that Zuhair allegedly trained with terrorists and belonged to a "fighting group" in Bosnia.
That "fighting group" is called al Qaeda and its affiliates.
You want to know what is wrong with the media's reporting on Gitmo? It is accounts like this. It takes only minimal effort to learn that there is more to Zuhair's story. The AP has no problem finding Zuhair's lawyer, but apparently can't take a few minutes to review the files produced by the U.S. government and released as a result of the AP's own FOIA request.
Kudos to the LA Times for actually doing some reporting on Zuhair and his troubling, to say the least, past.