Tinfoil & Bullshit
This morning begins over here with a meta-meta post. Starting at Suburban Guerrilla, and heeding her advice to check out All Spin Zone, I came across this from Watching the Watchers.org.
All Spin Zone certainly gets credit for inspiring the title of this post. Richard Cranium nails it--his term for the "official explanation" is "the old bullshit shuffle," and while he can't bring himself to do more than mention "the 't' word," I think I know where he's coming from.
Farfetched or right up Bushit Alley? You decide:
Could it be that, Giuliana Sgrena, was a “friendly” hostage in Iraq? In other words, was her “kidnapping” by Iraqi resistance fighters a cover to allow her to investigate US war crimes in Iraq, and Fallujah specifically? I raise this question only as a possibility because it is apparent that the Bush minion and front man in Iraq, John Negroponte, either believed this, or at least suspected it, and took drastic steps to prevent journalist Giuliana Sgrena from leaving Iraq without first searching her person, and those traveling with her.
Putting my own cards on the table--I doubt seriously that Sgrena would "allow" herself to be kidnapped for ANY reason. It's simply too goddamned dangerous in Iraq, particularly for journalists. On the other hand, it's certainly possible that the insurgents captured her with the intent to both collect a ransom AND deliver a message.
One thing's certain: The Italian government is none too pleased and the Italian public is furious about the death of Nicola Calipari and the wounding of Ms. Sgrena. On the other hand, at least one war blogger continues to show all the grace of a pig in a mudhole (apologies to genuine pigs, who are actually somewhat intelligent mammals):
"Please let her wound fester and please let her die in agony."
Now, that doesn't surprise me at all. Talk about shitting in your own nest.
(note: the insurgents who kidnapped Ms. Sgrena are now claiming that no ransom was paid, but their credibility is more than a little suspect--sort of like the war bloggers, if you ask me).