Civilian Irregular Cyber Scout Helps ID Bilal Hussein

I love it when a plan comes together.  Distributed, non-hierachical, unconventional pajamahadeen strike again.

UPDATE: Holy crap, The Jawa Report credited with Bilal Hussein prosecution?!?!

A reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, informs me that The Jawa Report had something to do with Bilal Hussein’s prosecution. Apparently Bilal Hussein had been picked up in a raid in which he wasn’t the target. That target was a known al Qaeda operative, Hamid Hamad Motib, and bomb making materials were found in the house.

Hussein was arrested and taken to Abu Ghraib, but no one knew who he was. Just another low-level insurgent, I’m guessing.

He had been sitting in Abu Ghraib for a month, and nobody realized that he was the AP photog who had snapped dozens of staged photos with al Qaeda fighters. The reader was in Abu Ghraib as an investigator working on an unrelated case when he saw Bilal Hussein and recognized him from the extensive coverage we had on The Jawa Report.

He reported it up the chain of command and within days Bilal Hussein was transferred to a different facility, NCIS got involved, and eventually a criminal investigation opened on him.

He ends the e-mail with:

THANKS to you guys…you REALLY ARE making an impact on the [the war on terror] … you can claim credit

Hell, I hope so! I’ve communicated with the source before, and he seems legit to me.

The Jawa Report, sticking it to al Qaeda propagandists from the comfort of our living rooms. Any one wish to complain about the “chickenhawk” bloggers now?

It’s stories like these that make it all worth it!




Filed under Morale Operations, Old Media, PSYOP Auxiliaries

7 responses to “Civilian Irregular Cyber Scout Helps ID Bilal Hussein

  1. YES!!!! Go Jama Jawa, Go!!! 🙂

  2. Doug

    Thursday, April 13, 2006

    Corrupting our sight 2
    Michelle Malkin has a long report which is an extended indictment of the stringer system in Iraq. She begins by reporting that an AP photographer who was part of the photographic team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for taking, among others, the photo of an election worker being murdered on Baghdad’s Haifa Street was arrested in Ramadi.
    Belmont Club

  3. Thanks, Doug. Good to see you over here.

  4. M1

    Hey there!
    That’s my angle you’re encroaching on!

  5. Eh – don’t blame the guy. He just took notes from Mike Wallace:

    On an edition of the PBS panel series Ethics in America, devoted to war coverage, which was taped at Harvard in late 1987, Wallace proclaimed that if he were traveling with enemy soldiers he would not warn U.S. soldiers of an impending ambush.

    “Don’t you have a higher duty as an American citizen to do all you can to save the lives of soldiers rather than this journalistic ethic of reporting fact?”, moderator Charles Ogletree Jr. suggested.

    Without hesitating, Wallace responded: “No, you don’t have higher duty…you’re a reporter.”

    Blech. Enemedia.

  6. No good idea remains unstolen, M1.

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