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AP: Journalist Decapitated By ISIS Was Aware Of Risks

From the Associated Press:

American journalist killed in Syria aware of risks

By RIK STEVENS | August 19, 2014

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Journalist James Foley had worked in a number of conflict zones in the Middle East, but the danger didn’t stop him from doing the job he loved.

Captured and held for six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, he knew the risks when he went to Syria two years ago to cover the escalating violence there…

Diane Foley, asked in January 2013 if her son had reservations about going to Syria, said softly: "Not enough." …

So, apparently, at least according to the AP, Mr. Foley knew what he was getting into. So it’s no big deal that he has been decapitated by the ISIS maniacs. The AP isn’t going to get too worked up about it. Even though he was a fellow journalist.

But wait, there’s more — from Reuters:

Islamic State says another U.S. journalist’s fate depends on Obama

August 19, 2014

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Islamic State militants claimed in a video on Tuesday to be holding U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff and said his life depended on U.S. President Barack Obama’s next move.

"The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision," said a masked man in the video posted on social media sites, speaking English with a British accent as he held a prisoner the video named as Steven Sotloff…

And here we thought Mr. Obama had the terrorists on the run and the Tea Party was the hostage takers.

Meanwhile, we have this contrasting news via VICE magazine:

Gitmo Spent $300,000 On Liquid Supplements While Denying A ‘Mass Hunger Strike’

By Jason Leopold, VICE News  | August 19, 2014

Hunger-striking Guantanamo detainees apparently prefer to be force-fed vanilla Ensure. At least that’s what documents obtained exclusively by VICE News from the US military suggest. Guantanamo officials spent nearly $300,000 on 161,352 cans of liquid nutritional supplements, which detainees at the detention facility are forced to drink if they engage in hunger strikes.

Nearly half the money — $142,345 — was spent on 3,875 cases of vanilla Ensure.

Hold on a second. Hasn’t the US been accused of torturing Gitmo detainees by making them drink Ensure? (Hint: they sure have.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “AP: Journalist Decapitated By ISIS Was Aware Of Risks”

  1. BillK

    Stupid question, but it’s pretty clear you’re about to be beheaded, so why bother reading the clearly coerced statement?

  2. Thousands of Christians have been kidnapped, raped, crucified, and beheaded by these demonic followers of the “religion of peace” and we barely get a mention on page 23-A of any newspaper in the world and TV coverage is “ho-hum”, but let one journalist, who knew what he was getting in to, get his head lopped off and suddenly it’s “wall to wall” coverage around the world. Seems a little out of proportion to me.

  3. electraglide

    I have always wondered why journalists were not considered legitimate targets on the battlefield.
    They have the potential to demoralize your adversaries and provide tremendous propaganda victories even when losing tactically.
    This is even more effective when your opponent does not provide the same protections and tightly controlls the flow of information in the theatre of war.
    Just look at the recent conflict in Gaza. The West just does not understand this.
    I have serious doubts as to whether the civilized world has what it takes to wage all out war and prevail anymore.

  4. Reality Bytes

    “Nuke the Bastards”.

    – President John Whitmore in “Independence Day” / played by Bill Pullman

  5. Portlandia

    @ Reality Bites — The “situation’ in the middle east won’t be resolved until it is turned into a parking lot. I’m sick and tired of these 7th century barbarians…..




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