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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Journalist's Widow Files Suit Against President Bush

Dima Tahboub, the widow of reporter Tareq Ayyoub, is suing the U. S. government for wrongful death in Ayyoub's 2003 death. The suit was filed in U. S. District Court and is based in a Geneva Convention claim. Read the press release from Tahboub's lawyer below. Read more from Findlaw here.

On July 11, New Jersey attorney Hamdi Rifai will proceed with the start of a lawsuit for the killing of journalist Tareq Ayyoub. At the start of the war in Iraq George Bush as Commander in Chief of the military of the United States ordered particular targets to be bombed. On April 8, 2003, the headquarters of the Al-Jazeera Television Station in Baghdad, Iraq was bombed, resulting in the death of journalist Tariq Ayyoub.

Although previously believed to be an unfortunate consequence of the war, on Nov. 22, 2005 it was reported by the British newspaper the Mirror that, in fact, Commander in Chief George Bush had desired such a result and had suggested such a cooperative effort with British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The truth as we now know it is that the Bush White House has falsely initiated the war in Iraq and falsely claimed the bombing of Al- Jazeera to be an accident. The Bush administration has used the Administration's false claims as both a "sword and a shield" to justify conduct in violation of both the Federal Tort Claims Act and International protocols for the protection of victims of International Armed Disputes. Specifically, by falsely claiming National Security concerns and creating Orwellian designations that contradict existing law the administration has prevented the truth from being disclosed to the American public. In this case the administration has decided that since admissions of guilt had been made in the meeting between Bush and Blair that any record of such discussion had to be sealed because of national security concerns. The No. 10 memo as it has now come to be known clearly discloses the truth of Bush's vindictive personal agenda to act contrary to accepted standards and law.

Hamdi Rifai, as attorney for the estate of Tareq Ayyoub, shall seek to remedy the injustice done on behalf of the deceased's widow Dima and daughter Fatima.

For background and full text of the notice of claim visit:

WHAT: News Conference

WHEN: Tuesday, July 11, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20045

CONTACT: Hamdi Rifai, 973-773-7377,


Hamdi Rifai is a trial attorney and expert on issues touching upon the American Muslim and Arab American communities in the areas of law and politics.

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