Curt at Flopping Aces has a post that he says is The Latest on Jamil Hussein. Curt says he has been in touch with Bill Costlow, the CPATT (Civilian Police Assistance Training Team) representative. According to Curt:
But guess what Bill just confirmed? Brig. Abdul-Karim Khalaf never acknowledged that there was a Capt. Jamil Hussein assigned to the Khadra station, he confirmed to the AP that there was a Capt. Jamil Ghdaab Gulaim assigned there. Apparently he is the source for the AP even though he still, to this day (according to Bill Costlow), denies being the source.
From this, Curt concludes:
So what do we have so far?
That the AP has lied again in their response. The AP specifically stated that Brig. Abdul-Karim Khalaf acknowledged Jamil Hussein exists when he did no such thing. He acknowledged a completely different name the AP gave him but not a Jamil Hussein.
Then, the AP’s source denies he is the source.
Color me dubious. Curt seems to be leaping straight to the conclusion that, if Costlow is right, the AP has misreported what it was told by Brig. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, the MOI spokesman. But there’s another possibility, that Curt would do well to keep in mind: that Khalaf said one thing to the AP, and another to Costlow.
I’m reading between the lines here, but it sounds like Costlow is getting his information from Khalaf. If that’s true, it would be a good idea to keep in mind that we don’t know whether to trust Khalaf. Sure, the AP could have gravely misrepresented, in an easily refutable manner, what Brig. Abdul-Karim Khalaf told them. But it seems to me to be more likely that Khalaf is just another Iraqi telling everybody what they want to hear.
P.S. For what it’s worth, I e-mailed Curt to ask whether Costlow said Hussein had been arrested. He replied: “No, he was questioned and denied everything.” At this point, I think it’s valid to question whether Hussein will ever be arrested. I wouldn’t trust anything I heard coming out of the MOI on this.
P.P.S. I find it ironic that lefties — who pointed and cackled like a pack of monkeys at conservatives who believed the MOI about Hussein before — are perfectly willing to believe the MOI statements they like, such as the ones quoted by the AP. This is especially ironic given all the evidence indicating that the MOI’s information is unreliable. It goes to show you that we all have a natural inclination to believe things we read, even when that information is reported in or by sources we know are unreliable. I sometimes even believe things I read in the L.A. Times!
It’s something we have to fight constantly.
But for the lefties, lack of skepticism is a relative sin; it depends on whose political ox is being gored.
Hypocrites. But we knew that.