Sunday, February 23, 2014

Editorial: If Abeer's killer and rapist was a movie star, the press might pay some attention

The laughable and sad Natalie Russell (The Pitt News) will get served next week.

Russell pretends to care about violence.

She doesn't.

She's just another whore for celebrity.

She twists and turns facts and 'facts' to decry Woody Allen as a criminal when he's never been convicted of anything.

And she did so last week, last Thursday.

But if she really cared about issues like rape and molestation, why was she writing about Woody to begin with?

If she really cared about these issues, why wasn't she writing about this man?

Steven D. Green

He's passed away, the news emerged on Tuesday.

Our long term readers know who he is -- even if Natalie Russell doesn't.

That's Steven D. Green, convicted War Criminal.

He apparently took his own life in prison.

He was convicted May 7, 2009   for his crimes in the  March 12, 2006 gang-rape and murder of Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi, the murder of her parents and the murder of her five-year-old sister while Green was serving in Iraq. Green was found to have killed all four, to have participated in the gang-rape of Abeer and to have been the ringleader of the conspiracy to commit the crimes and the conspiracy to cover them up. May 21, 2009, the federal jury deadlocked on the death penalty.

Abeer was a 14-year-old girl.

Green found her attractive.

There was a checkpoint by her home.

He touched her as she passed through after leering at her for weeks.

She complained to her parents who shared her concern.  They contacted a relative.

The most in depth report on Abeer in US media was done in 2006 by  Ellen Knickmeyer (Washington Post):

As pretty as she was young, the girl had attracted the unwelcome attention of U.S. soldiers manning a checkpoint that the girl had to pass through almost daily in their village in the south-central city of Mahmudiyah, her mother told the neighbor.
Abeer told her mother again and again in her last days that the soldiers had made advances toward her, a neighbor, Omar Janabi, said this weekend, recounting a conversation he said he had with the girl's mother, Fakhriyah, on March 10.

Good news, Abeer was going to be able to leave and stay with a relative.

She'd leave the next morning.

But she didn't make it to the next morning.

Green's conspiracy was already in effect as he and other soldiers snuck off the base

CNN reported Captain Alex Pickands' closing remarks in an Article 32 hearing held for Green's co-conspirators: "They gathered over cards and booze to come up with a plan to rape and murder that little girl. She was young and attractive. They knew where she was because they had seen her on a previous patrol. She was close. She was vulnerable."

And she was ignored in death.

It took years and years of complaining before The New York Times would finally even print her name.  Prior to that, in one report after another she was just a "14-year-old girl."

Faceless and without a name because then she's not real and we don't have to face what was done to her.

What was done to her by US soldiers.

What was done to her with US tax dollars.

What was done to her in the name of the United States.

Green killed Abeer, he killed her sister, he killed her mother and he killed her father.

And when he got convicted in the civilian court in Kentucky, all he wanted to do was whine about how unfair it was that he was getting a life sentence when the others weren't.

These were War Crimes.

All involved committed War Crimes.

However, Steven D. Green murdered four people in cold blood which was four more than his co-conspirators murdered.

He murdered four people in cold blood -- two of them children.

Of course he was going to be locked away for life.

But Natalie Russell's too busy trying to play In Style magazine to write about Abeer.

We covered Abeer here.

We tried everything we could to amplify her story.

When a wire agency demanded that an Iraqi government photo of her was their copyrighted photo (what a load of crap*), we did our paintings.

We did everything we could think of.

Natalie Russell doesn't appear to think very much at all.

Which should mean she'll have a great career in journalism.

She won't help anyone, she won't inform anyone of anything that matters, but gossip?  That she'll deliver.


*The photo of Steven D. Green?

AP darkened the above photo and slapped copyright on it.  Their darkened photo may be copyrighted -- may not be -- but the photo above is public domain.  It's his mug shot.  C.I. got it from the Mecklenburg Sherriff's Dept and made her copy of the government photo public domain May 6, 2009 hoping that having a photo they could use might mean other websites and blogs would cover the verdit (which came down the next day).

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