Saturday, April 01, 2006
Jill Carroll Disavows Statements Made Before Leaving Iraq
The AP reports,
Protected by the U.S. military and far from the country where she had been held hostage, Jill Carroll strongly disavowed statements she had made during captivity in Iraq and shortly after her release, saying Saturday she had been repeatedly threatened. In a video, recorded before she was freed and posted by her captors on an Islamist Web site, Carroll spoke out against the U.S. military presence. But in a statement Saturday, she said the recording was made under threat. Her editor has said three men were pointing guns at her at the time. "During my last night in captivity, my captors forced me to participate in a propaganda video. They told me I would be released if I cooperated. I was living in a threatening environment, under their control, and wanted to go home alive. So I agreed," she said in a statement read by her editor in Boston. "Things that I was forced to say while captive are now being taken by some as an accurate reflection of my personal views. They are not." [...] In the statement, Carroll also disavowed an interview she gave to the party shortly after her release. She said the party had promised her the interview would not be aired "and broke their word." "At any rate, fearing retribution from my captors, I did not speak freely. Out of fear, I said I wasn't threatened. In fact, I was threatened many times," she said. "Also, at least two false statements about me have been widely aired: One — that I refused to travel and cooperate with the U.S. military, and two — that I refused to discuss my captivity with U.S. officials. Again, neither statement is true."Well, duh. It should have been obvious that Jill Caroll wasn't able to speak freely until she was out of Iraq. This realization, however, is obviously beyond the intellectual capacity of rightwingers. Now that it's been spelled out for them, will any of them apologize for the nasty things they said about Ms. Carroll? Or will they claim that she was expressing her real opinions while held captive, and after being released but not completely out of danger, and that she's lying now?
None of them has the guts to be in Iraq in any capacity, and they criticize her? Let me tell you, these WATBs would have been dancing in A Chorus Line if they had guns at their heads.
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