Those four Times journalists who just got out of Libya couldn’t have timed things better — apparently the Libyan government is now using reporters from CNN, Reuters, and other news organizations to prevent allied bombers from attacking key sites. Seven “Storm Shadow” missiles were set to be shot from a British aircraft yesterday at Muammar Qaddafi’s compound, which contains a military command center and extensive air-defense systems. But Qaddafi’s regime preemptively invited the journalists to “show them the damage” from a previous air assault, a tactic they admitted later was an effort to use them as human shields to prevent further attacks. The move caused “a great deal of consternation” to coalition commanders, according to Fox News, which originally reported the move.
Libyans Use Journalists as Human Shields [Fox News]