TwitterFacebook

Incident on Haifa Street

• Views: 6,702

At Belmont Club, Wretchard is asking hard questions of the Associated Press, about this appalling photograph (one of a series):

A gunman, left, shoots and kills a man lying in Baghdad’s Haifa Street after being pulled from a car Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004. The man at right on his knees was executed moments later, along with another man not shown in picture. About 30 militants hurling hand grenades and firing machine guns attacked a car carrying five people employed by the commission’s Baghdad office and tried ‘to drag them out,’ said Adel al-Lami, a member of the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq. (AP Photo/Str)

Here’s what Wretchard wrote about this scene, several days ago:

Even with today’s proliferation of compact photographic equipment, a legitimate photojournalist rarely gets the opportunity to capture an execution. Apart from the beheadings which are purposely recorded on video by the jihadis and from gun camera film, most footage of people actually being shot are taken by photographers in company with combatants who are ready to film an ambush. Those individuals are combat cameramen for their armies or embedded reporters. The most famous analogue to the Associated Press sequence of photographs is probably the Eddie Adams photo of the execution of Vietcong Captain Bay Lop by South Vietnamese General Nguyen Ngoc Loan. Adams owed that opportunity to General Loan himself, who brought Adams along to cover what he believed to be a justifiable summary execution. Adams depressed the shutter at exactly the moment Loan fired and photo analysis actually shows the impact of the bullet on Bay Lop’s skull.

It may have been pure luck, but it was surely the longest of odds that would have brought an Associated Press cameraman to the site of a surprise attack on two Iraqi electoral workers. As it was, the AP photograph was unable to capture the actual execution, only the moments shortly before and after the Iraqis were killed. Although the Eddie Adams photograph was widely used to illustrate the ‘brutality’ of the Saigon government, the photos taken by the Associated Press are unlikely to reflect badly on the electoral worker’s killers. Press reports highlight the confidence and boldness of the insurgents. “Both of the victims shown in the sequence wore traditional Arab headscarfs. In contrast, the attackers were bareheaded and apparently unafraid to show their faces”, suggesting that ‘collaborators’ must conceal their faces while the Ba’athists stride with impunity through the light of day. It was fortunate for the AP that their photographer was accidentally there.

At LGF, we have linked to (and shown) numerous pictures of mujahideen attacking coalition forces with all sorts of weapons. Every one of these photographs, from AP, Reuters, and Agence France Presse, has carried a byline for the photographer who shot it. AP stringers have never been shy about identifying themselves, even when standing a few feet away from terrorists.

Yet, the caption for the photo above conceals the identity of the photographer. Why?

Is it possible that this photo was not merely the work of an AP photographer who knew in advance of the attack—but was in fact, shot by an accomplice of the murderers who supplied the photo to the Associated Press? The propaganda value of the photo to the mujahideen is undeniable; it sends a terrifying message to any Iraqi who supports the upcoming elections.

Whatever the reason, the Associated Press needs to explain how this series of disgusting photographs came to be.

And another curious fact: earlier this month, I noted a report that a holy warrior snuff film had been provided to Al Jazeera by … none other than the Associated Press.

Other bloggers who think AP has some serious ’splaining to do: Roger L. Simon and Power Line.

^ back to top ^

TwitterFacebook

Turn off all ads for a full year by subscribing!
Take advantage of our yearly subscription, and save 50% off the normal subscription price! One-year ad-free subscriptions are just $59.95. Turn off all ads for a full year by subscribing now and save!
Read more...

► LGF Headlines

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Articles

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Pages

  • Loading...

► Top 10 Comments

  • Loading...

► Bottom Comments

  • Loading...

► Recent Comments

  • Loading...

► Tools/Info

► Tag Cloud

► Contact

You must have Javascript enabled to use the contact form.
Your email:

Subject:

Message:


Messages may be published unless you request otherwise.
Tech Note:
Using the Contact Form
LGF Pages

This button leads to the main index of LGF Pages, our user-submitted articles. You can post your own LGF Pages simply by registering a free account with us.

Create a Page

This is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.

Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.

Last updated: 2015-04-18 5:26 pm PDT

LGF User's Guide
Recent Pages
Thanos
In New Hampshire, Signs of Strain Emerge Between Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio
That Jeb Bush's surprise decision in December to explore a 2016 Republican presidential run would complicate the ambitions of his erstwhile Florida protégé Marco Rubio seemed a given. That Rubio's now-declared candidacy might also make things a little problematic ...

3 hours, 50 minutes ago
Views: 74 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
lostlakehiker
Solar will soon be as cheap as coal
Better wafer fabrication techniques Inside a sprawling single-story office building in Bedford, Massachusetts, in a secret room known as the Growth Hall, the future of solar power is cooking at more than 2,500 °F. Behind closed doors and downturned blinds, ...

1 day, 9 hours ago
Views: 254 • Comments: 4
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 5
FemNaziBitch
IRS Should Crack Down on Private Equity’s Abusive Tax Alchemy
As Warren Buffett famously observed, "...while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks." He was referring to the fact that capital gains earned by wealthy investors are taxed at a ...

1 day, 17 hours ago
Views: 192 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
philosophus invidius
Bioethicist Live-Tweets Her Son’s Sex-Ed Class
The tweets were simultaneously disturbing and hilarious. "We are going to roll this dice 8 times. Every time your number comes up, in pretend your condom failed and you get a paper baby." JESUS!!! — Alice Dreger (@AliceDreger) April ...

3 days, 1 hour ago
Views: 346 • Comments: 7
Tweets: 2 • Rating: 9
CriticalDragon1177
Upworthy - Modern-day human slavery takes many forms. Here are 3 of them.
I really hope we can do more to fight this. Its a horrible crime, and it happens just about everywhere. Laura Willard writes about the tragedy of modern day slavery, often refered to as human trafficking. Modern-day human slavery ...

3 days, 5 hours ago
Views: 344 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 3
Great White Snark
Pope Francis Uses ‘Genocide’ for Killings of Armenians
Grateful Armenia This consternation over the use of the word 'genocide' occurs regularly. And Armenians are equally upset, when Turkey protests it. Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian rebuked Turkey. "We are in a situation in which Turkey speaks a ...

6 days, 4 hours ago
Views: 395 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 3
Cheechako
One Hot Mess: 10 Ways to Tell if Your Pizza Is Really Good Christian Pizza
More: One Hot Mess: 10 Ways to Tell if Your Pizza Is Really Good Christian Pizza

2 weeks, 2 days ago
Views: 1,258 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 4
No Country For Old Haters
BBC - Future - the Dystopian Lake Filled by the World’s Tech Lust
From where I'm standing, the city-sized Baogang Steel and Rare Earth complex dominates the horizon, its endless cooling towers and chimneys reaching up into grey, washed-out sky. Between it and me, stretching into the distance, lies an artificial lake ...

2 weeks, 2 days ago
Views: 929 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 5
Lumberhead
This Video of Homeless People Reading Mean Tweets Is Devastating
Raising the Roof of Canada, an organization that aims to eliminate homelessness, filmed people without homes reading some of the most terrible comments written about them on social media, ranging from remarks about how they smell to dehumanizing insults. ...

2 weeks, 2 days ago
Views: 985 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 4 • Rating: 6
 Frank says:

It's not ordinary and it's not mundane, but it does not involve golden showers and appliances -- talking about his sex life with Gail in 1980.