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The United States Doesn't Negotiate With Terrorists?

Reported by Janie - January 19, 2006

Steve Doocy, guest co-host of Dayside, forcefully backed the Bush Administration's claim that the United States does not negotiate with terrorists, despite recent evidence to the contrary.

Yesterday, during an interview with author Peter Brookes concerning the kidnapping of Jill Carroll in Iraq, Doocy said in a fierce tone, "We all know that the United States simply does not negotiate with terrorists", which is the supposed current stance of the Bush Administration.

Jill Carroll, an American journalist with the Christian Science Monitor, was kidnapped in Baghdad on Saturday, January 7th by a terrorist organization calling themselves "Revenge Brigades". A video of Carroll and her captors was recently aired on Al Jazeera, in which the terrorist organization demanded that all Iraqi women in U.S. custody be released or Carroll would be executed.

The BBC reported yesterday that 6 of the 8 Iraqi women being held by Coalition forces were being released. The United States has claimed that there is insufficient evidence to hold these women and their release is in no way related to the Carroll case, but the timing is highly suspect.

According to the BBC "The status of prisoners held by coalition forces is reviewed twice a week by a committee made up of the justice, human rights and interior ministries, and a representative of the US-led coalition." Which means the status of these women prisoners was reviewed quite recently, prior to the terrorists issuing their demands, and at that time there was found to be sufficient evidence to hold them. But just days after the demands were made, there is suddenly a lack of evidence to continue detaining these 6 female prisoners.

While the Bush Administration, with Fox as their loudspeaker, continue to shout loudly to the American people that we do not negotiate with terrorists, they are at the same time sending a mixed signal to terrorist organizations by releasing the female prisoners immediately after the demands were made. This action, although rigorously denied, can certainly be construed as negotiation by the terrorists, and could lead to an escalation in kidnappings once they see some demands are being met, putting further American lives at risk.

Doocy made no mention of the release of these prisoners, and merely trumpeted the vocal stance of the Bush Administration, once again not allowing the viewers of Dayside to have a clear representation of the facts.

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