As the liberal party has plunged Canadian forces deeper into the Afghan quagmire, this report in the Feb. 27 online edition of the Toronto Star outlines the seizure of an Afghan journalist, Jawed Ahmad who was working for the CTV Network.
“The journalist, Jawed Ahmad, has been held without charge for the last four months at the U.S. military compound in Bagram, 50 kilometres north of Kabul.”
It seems that if journalists have contacts with the Taliban – a common thing for a journalist – then that journalist becomes a target of state terrorism. Many believe the only way to solve the Afghan mess is to announce peace talks which would include the Taliban. However with the seizure, by American soldiers, of journalists – the very people who would make such ideas available to the public – one is left to investigate the possibility that no such news will ever get out.
According to Alisa Tang, of the Associated Press, “[i]t is common for journalists in Afghanistan to have contact information with Taliban spokesmen so they can seek comment on news stories.” As well, Ahmad’s brother was reported to have said that “…Ahmad was arrested when he went to Kandahar airport for what he thought was a meeting with his CTV colleagues. It’s unclear who called him…CTV officials have said their correspondent, Paul Workman, was in Kandahar at the time but was not planning to meet with Ahmad that day.”
There is reason to worry because American forces have kidnapped journalists before. “Iraqi journalist Bilal Hussein, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photographer, has been held by the U.S. military without charge for 22 months.” Why? Because “Pentagon spokesmen have alleged that Hussein had close contact with terrorists.[emphasis mine] Also, as highlighted in this blog, “Sami al-Haj, a Sudanese cameraman for the Al-Jazeera TV network, has been held at the military prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, without charge or trial for over five years.”
The American army is as much a terrorist as Osama Bin Laden.