Monday, May 23, 2011

Two sources on Syria for the New York Times: one in...Maryland and another in...Washington, DC

Really.  This is a typical story.  They let the two fellows tell stories and anecdotes about the situation in Syria: and their propaganda basically allows the Syrian regime propaganda to talk about a foreign conspiracy (of course, there is a foreign conspiracy in Syria but the underlying causes for the uprisings is largely domestic and indigenous).  Look at one guy:  "“They are using these tactics to cut off communication for the people,” said Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, director of the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies. He said the Facebook pages of at least two close friends had been recently hacked and now featured conspicuously pro-government messages."  Anything they say becomes news.  Then the other guy:  "said Ammar Abudlhamid, a Syrian activist based in Maryland who was one of several Syrian exiles to help organize delivery of satellite phones, cameras and laptops into the country earlier this year."  I have one question: what would happen to an American living in Maryland if he admits to the New York Times that he helped in the "delivery" of satellite phones, cameras, and laptops" into, say, the opposition in Bahrain?  Would he not be put on trial on terrorism charges?