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7 Yr Old Video Shows Attack On Terrorists

Some truly reprehensible ‘reporting’ from the terrorists allies at Reuters:

Leaked U.S. video shows deaths of Reuters’ Iraqi staffers

Mon Apr 5

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Classified U.S. military video showing a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff, was released on Monday by a group that promotes leaking to fight government and corporate corruption.

The group, WikiLeaks, told a news conference in Washington that it acquired encrypted video of the July 12, 2007, attack from military whistleblowers and had been able to view and investigate it after breaking the encryption code.

A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the video and audio were authentic.

Major Shawn Turner, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said an investigation of the incident shortly after it occurred found that U.S. forces were not aware of the presence of the news staffers and thought they were engaging armed insurgents.

"We regret the loss of innocent life, but this incident was promptly investigated and there was never any attempt to cover up any aspect of this engagement," Turner said.

Notice how this artfully this is reported. It makes it sound as the US military now think that the attack was a mistake. As if all the victims were “innocent.”

The helicopter gunsight video, with an audio track of conversation between the fliers, made public for the first time a stark view of one bloody incident in the seven-year war in Iraq.

It showed an aerial view of a group of men moving about a square in a Baghdad neighborhood. The fliers identified some of the men as armed.

As, indeed, they were.

WikiLeaks said the men in the square included Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and his assistant and driver Saeed Chmagh, 40, who were killed in the incident.

"The gathering at the corner that is fired up on has about nine people in it," Julian Assange, a WikiLeaks spokesman, told reporters at the National Press Club.

Remember the difficulty the Swiftboat Vets had in getting an audience at the National Press Club?

The gunsight tracks two of the men, identified by WikiLeaks as the Reuters news staff, as the fliers identify their cameras as weapons. Military spokesman Turner said that during the engagement, the helicopter mistook a camera for a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

Again, note the wording here. It is made to sound like mistaking a camera for a RPG is why the helicopter gunship attacked. It is not.

The helicopter opened fire on the small group, killing several people and wounding others. Minutes later, when a van approached and began trying to assist the wounded, the fliers became concerned the vehicle was occupied by militants trying to collect weapons and help wounded comrades escape.

The Apache helicopters requested permission to attack the van and waited impatiently.

"Come on, let us shoot," said one voice.

The fliers were granted permission to engage the van and opened fire, apparently killing several people in and around the vehicle.

Two children wounded in the van were evacuated by U.S. ground forces arriving at the scene as the Apache helicopters continued to circle overhead.

"Well it’s their fault for bringing their kids into a battle," one of the U.S. fliers said.

Again, look at how despicably this is being ‘reported.’

David Schlesinger, Reuters’ editor-in-chief, said the video released by WikiLeaks showed the deaths of Noor-Eldeen and Chmagh were "tragic and emblematic of the extreme dangers that exist in covering war zones."

"The video released today via WikiLeaks is graphic evidence of the dangers involved in war journalism and the tragedies that can result," he said.

Notice that even Reuters’ editor in chief does not claim that the attack was unjustified or wrong.

Reuters has pressed the U.S. military to conduct a full and objective investigation into the killing of the two staff.

Again, this is written so as to suggest that such “a full and objective investigation” has not be carried out.

Video of the incident from two U.S. Apache helicopters and photographs taken of the scene were shown to Reuters editors in an off-the-record briefing in Baghdad on July 25, 2007.

Why is this information not placed earlier in the article? Why are we told instead in the third paragraph: “A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the video and audio were authentic.”

Why did Reuters want to hide that this is old news?

U.S. military officers who presented the materials said Reuters had to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to get copies. This request was made the same day.

Turner said the military had released documents to Reuters last year in response to the FOIA request showing the presence of weapons on the scene, including AK-47 rifles and an RPG 7 grenade launcher.

Notice where Reuters put this information. Note too, that Reuters is the obvious source for Wikileaks tape.

Assange said he disagreed with a U.S. military assessment that the attack was justified.

Really? Mr Julian Assange, a WikiLeaks spokesman, disagrees that the attack was justified? Who the hell is he?

"I believe that if those killings were lawful under the rules of engagement, then the rules of engagement are wrong, deeply wrong," he said. The fliers in the video act "like they are playing a computer game and their desire is they want to get high scores" by killing opponents, he said.

WikiLeaks posted the video at http://www.collateralmurder.com.

Here is all one can find about the military expert, Julian Assange. It is from his undoubtedly self-scribed Wikipedia entry:

Julian Assange

Julian Assange is an Australian journalist, programmer, and Internet activist currently living in East Africa. He sits on the nine-member advisory board of Wikileaks [sic], an online whistleblower wiki, and is a prominent media spokesman for the site…

Assange refuses to reveal his date of birth; he states only that he was born in the 1970s. Because his parents ran a touring theatre company, Assange was enrolled in 37 schools and six universities over the course of his early life.

By the way, notice the name of WikiLeak’s link: “collateral murder.” In case there was ever any doubt about what they are about.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 6th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “7 Yr Old Video Shows Attack On Terrorists”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I thought journalists in general were enemy combatants identical to Muslim islamofascists. It’s wrong to kill them? When did this change?

  2. AcornsRNutz says:

    “miltary whistleblowers” like the ones who ran the fraudulent and discredited vets against the war thing? Used to call those folks traitors back when sanity reigned. And I genuinely thought that was a picture of an ugly woman, not an ugly effeminate man. And talk about misconstruing Orwell’s quote, just like the libs do with the “big brother” comments they always make. Screw ’em, I won’t lose a wink of sleep over this.

  3. BillK says:

    Am I the only one concerned that Reuters was so easily able to break military level encryption?

    Oh,, and obviously there are no longer any penalties for releasing classified information of any type to anyone at any level.

  4. bousquem says:

    If the idea of the “journalists” is to get stories by shacking up with terrorists cells who then fire upon armed helicopters, of course getting shot at by the chopper is appropriate. Were the journalists going go running out with blue vests to try and shield the people with the RPG and weapons, was that their plan to protect their story sources? I’d also if Reuters is the source when why would they need to break encryption if the military was handing it over as part of a FOIA request? Also don’t FOIA request take a long time to process, I don’t see a same day turn around for this is happening.

  5. Mithrandir says:

    I have seen the whole 40 minute video on YouTube.

    ~I don’t see ANYONE with AK-47s.

    ~I don’t see ANYONE with RPGs.

    ~I don’t see ANYONE attempting to fire anything.

    I see people running for their lives, and the pilot or gunner repeatedly claiming terrorist activity. I see a guy crawling away injured, and the gunner says, “Come on buddy, just pick up a weapon.” –he doesn’t have a weapon, nor is he looking for one.

    I see people running into a building and then getting 3 hellfire missles launched at them.

    I see an idiot in a van with children in it trying to assist the wounded and dead. Supposedly the van was filled with guns and terrorists, I didn’t see that either.

    THIS WAS BAD, but that is what happens when you are the policemen of the world, and have to babysit and nation-build. We should not be doing anything with these sand-farmers, or wasting our time and money. Get out of that nightmare as soon as possible. We need a full BUG-OUT, not a controlled reduction in troops. Letting the welfare country take care of itself is not an embarassment to our country.

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