Well it looks like the controversy relating to pictures submitted by freelancers on the ongoing Middle East conflict isn’t going to end anytime soon.
Another questionable photo, snapped by Issam Kobeisi, has been attracting a lot of attention from conservative web sites (such as Little Green Footballs, mypetjawa, etc.), and this time the offending media source is the New York Times (see this juicy bit for more comprehensive details), which had printed a correction regarding an erroneous caption it had made earlier.
Hmm… although i remember seeing a couple of pictures of this shirtless guy (wearing a cap) before, i hadn’t realized that that they were just a tip of the iceberg. I don’t know if i’m getting a bit paranoid myself, but since that Reuters incident, i find myself scanning ME pictures (taking notice of the photo credits, too!) with a skeptical eye. Especially if they can be misconstrued one way or the other…and judging from the way people from various sectors have reacted to the incident, i’d say it’s no wonder that conspiracy theorists have been fairly busy these days (see this and this, too).Huge Terror Plot Foiled
Also, this just in:
UK authorities disrupted a huge terror plot to blow up commercial jets flying the UK-US route (specifically United, Continental, American Airlines). As a result, 21 suspects (who were mostly British-born men of Pakistani origin, according to initial reports) were arrested in the UK, with more being questioned and possibly a few still at large. Flights from British airports have been delayed due to tighter security.
The initial buzz is that these guys (who may have al-Qaeda ties) were planning to use liquid explosives in hand-carry luggage. This plot, which authorities claim could have reached or exceeded 9-11 proportions, would have involved as many as 10 aircraft.
[err, my blog is fast turning into a (second-hand) news site… heheh]
Ay-ayy-ay, things just keep getting worse. i’m crossing my fingers that this isn’t going to explode into another horrifying debacle. we have had too much of that already.
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