Tuesday, April 6, 2004  [!]
Just sent an email (via teleflip) to a friend's cel fone. Got a follow-up request for more information (I didn't know I could get messages!), and a bit of brief googling found the following:

4/6/04; 2:47:18 PM | GeekTech | Discuss | # | |

Back on January 8 I linked to a story that Zayed told -- An Iraqi Family's Tragedy. Lots of weblog-related discussion at the time (is it a lie? is it for real? One post here offers the opinion that the story was BS).

Yesterday, The Washington Post reports on the ongoing investigation about the incident. [via Glenn Reynolds]

The Army is investigating an allegation that U.S. troops killed an Iraqi detainee when they forced him and another man to jump from a bridge into the Tigris River, and a battalion commander has been disciplined for impeding the probe, officers familiar with the investigation said.

[...] [Lt. Col. Nate] Sassaman, well-known in the Army since he was a star West Point quarterback two decades ago, received a reprimand for helping subordinates mislead Army investigators as they began their inquiry, an officer familiar with the situation said. Several other soldiers received similar punishment.

Army officers said they are working to understand what happened on the bridge Jan. 4 near the Sunni Triangle town of Samarra, including such basic facts as whether anyone died in the river that night. The soldiers have admitted they forced the two men into the river but say they saw both men swim to shore and emerge, officials said. [Read More]

They're still unsure about the death in question, but Zayed's post did get the investigation ball rolling.

Speaking of Iraqi bloggers, after my recent Fallujah-related atomic blathers I never got around to posting about all the Iraqi blogs I read for their responses to Fallujah, but Doc Searls did link and excerpt them. Like he says, "I don't know what to think, but I do know what to read."

4/6/04; 1:34:16 PM | Iraq | Discuss (1 response) | # | |

Over the weekend, I spent moonlit night and dawn's early light inside Joshua Tree National Park. (I was at Joshua Tree two weeks ago, too. More wildflowers this time around.)

daisy dew:

See the pictures! Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4

4/6/04; 10:23:30 AM | Travelogue | Discuss | # | |