Collateral Murder in Iraq

Collateral Murder

By WikiLeaks - Video

WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff.


By Cindy Sheehan

Don't get me wrong, I am not in favor of "Manned Aircraft Systems" raining down bombs on civilians, but the idea of Murder by Joystick with the "Unmanned Aircraft Systems" (UAS,) is especially sickening to me.

Pentagon 'hiding report on killed journalists'

"This is another crime added to the crimes of the U.S. forces against Iraqi journalists and civilians," the head of the journalists' union Mouyyad al-Lami said. "I call upon the government to take a firm stance against the criminals who killed the journalists."

'Ha ha I hit them' - moment that US gunship fired on Iraqi civilians

The black-and-white video images of the dusty streets of Baghdad are grainy and shaky but they are clear enough to show American helicopter gunships carrying out an unprovoked attack that killed a dozen Iraqis, including two employees of the Reuters news agency.

Ret. intel officer: US troops violated Rules of Engagement in Reuters shooting

Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, said that based on what he saw in the video, it appeared to be a violation of the military's Rules of Engagement.

Leaked video shows civilian killings in Iraq, signifies growing power of independent Web journalism

The transmission of information, in and out of regularly authorized channels, has become much more immediate - and far more viral - than at any point in history.

Killings of Iraqi journalists: US says they were not ´

The US Apache helicopters involved in a 2007 attack in Baghdad that killed two Reuters employees acted in accordance with both the laws of war and the Army's rules for engagement with the enemy, according to an internal US military investigation.

Reuters families demand US troops be tried over shooting

The families of two Reuters employees killed in a US helicopter attack in the Iraqi capital Baghdad in 2007 on Thursday demanded justice, telling AFP the Americans responsible should stand trial...

From Information Clearing House


Diffusion and confusion

Strike the Root
by tzo


So once again someone has sent an airborne explosive device into a building that supposedly housed the ‘enemy’ organization, and innocent people were killed and injured as part of the collateral damage. And then it is discovered that the attacker had a ‘manifesto’ of sorts that purports to explain the rationale for the strike. The four page ’screed’ begins ‘We the People …’ and the full text can be found here. What’s that? No, no, I’m not referring to Joe Stack piloting his airplane into the Echelon building in Austin, Texas. I’m referring to a missile that recently blew up a house, its intended target, in Afghanistan. Along with whatever ‘enemies’ that were eliminated, twelve civilians — including six children — were also killed...

Military can’t find Iraq video



The U.S. military said Tuesday it can’t find its copy of a video that shows two employees of the Reuters news agency being killed by Army helicopters in 2007, after a leaked version circulated the Internet and renewed questions about the attack. Capt. Jack Hanzlik, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said that the military has not been able to locate the video within its files after being asked to authenticate the version available online...

Just another atrocity

by Justin Raimondo


Perhaps I’m suffering from some sort of moral exhaustion: I’ve just about gone numb after living through and constantly writing about the past decade of American war crimes. Abu Ghraib, Haditha, this, or any of a number of other atrocities — this one seems little different from the others. The bloodthirstiness of our ‘boys,’ chillingly eager to start shooting; the requisite cover-up, the denials, the expressions of ‘well that’s what war is’ from defenders of US foreign policy. In the end it all boils down to a prosaic routine: another day, another atrocity. The only difference here being that it isn’t being done in the dark, but in the media spotlight for the world to see. As Glenn Greenwald points out, this kind of behavior by our glorious troops is not unusual: it’s the norm. It’s what war and occupation are all about: ‘collateral damage,’ dead children, error, malice, and tragedy all rolled into one messy package and marketed as our righteous (and endless) ‘war on terrorism’...

Covering up civilian deaths

by Stephen Soldtz


The recent news brought reports of two incidents in two countries where US troops killed civilians and then lied to cover up the evidence. These are but the latest of a steady stream of lies from military and Pentagon sources about the killing of civilians. …. Thankfully, in the two instances recently in the news, brave reporters risked personal attacks and threats to ferret out the truth. But how many such incidents can they investigate? Despite their efforts, occupation and lies will continue to exist together. While accountability for the liars should be sought, it is even more important to pull our troops out of these foreign lands they do not understand...

How our shortsighted media got us into war

Liberty For All
by Jonathan David Morris

I like how the cool thing in pro-war circles right now is to say that Iraq is going quite well, but that it’s the media’s fault for focusing on the bad stuff. Maybe if journalists spent more time checking and balancing the government than ducking claims of Red or Blue bias, we wouldn’t’ve gone to war over faulty intelligence, and there wouldn’t be any bad stuff to focus on in the first place... (written 03/06; posted 04/06/10)

Iraq slaughter not an aberration

by Glenn Greenwald


The discussions many people are having today — about the brutal reality of what the U.S. does when it engages in war, invasions and occupation — is exactly the discussion which they most want to avoid. But there’s a serious danger when incidents like this Iraq slaughter are exposed in a piecemeal and unusual fashion: namely, the tendency to talk about it as though it is an aberration. It isn’t. It’s the opposite: it’s par for the course, standard operating procedure, what we do in wars, invasions, and occupation. The only thing that’s rare about the Apache helicopter killings is that we know about it and are seeing what happened on video. And we’re seeing it on video not because it’s rare, but because it just so happened (a) to result in the deaths of two Reuters employees, and thus received more attention than the thousands of other similar incidents where nameless Iraqi civilians are killed, and (b) to end up in the hands of WikiLeaks, which then published it...

The WikiLeaks video and terrorist blowback

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger


I can’t improve on Glenn Greenwald’s analysis of the WikiLeaks video depicting the slaughter of Iraqi citizens. However, there is one part of the WikiLeaks video that I wish to address — the reaction of the helicopter pilots upon learning that there were two children who were shot and injured during the melee. Their reaction, in fact, perfectly exemplifies the mindset that has long characterized U.S. officials, including those in the Pentagon...

Military actions in Baghdad deplorable

Hawaii Reporter
by Bob Jones


I’m greatly troubled by the video all over the Internet of American helicopter pilots killing a group of unarmed men walking casually in a wide-open plaza on Baghdad’s outskirts, the flyers chuckling as they circle to re-shoot a wounded man crawling the street. Then they shoot up two youngsters trying to help the dying. Then they laugh: ‘Look at those dead bastards,’ one American pilot says. ‘Nice,’ says another...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


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Iraq War Vet: "We Were Told to Just Shoot People, and the Officers Would Take Care of Us"

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: "On Monday, April 5, posted video footage from Iraq, taken from a US military Apache helicopter in July 2007 as soldiers aboard it killed 12 people and wounded two children. The dead included two employees of the Reuters news agency: photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and driver Saeed Chmagh."

The Cover-Ups That Exploded

Alexander Cockburn, Truthout: "The Pentagon is reeling after two lethal episodes uncovered by diligent journalism show trigger-happy U.S. Army helicopter pilots and U.S. Special Forces slaughtering civilians, then seeking to cover up their crimes....The World Wide Web was transfixed Monday when Wikileaks put up on YouTube a 38-minute video, along with a 17-minute edited version, taken from a U.S. Army Apache helicopter, one of two firing on a group of Iraqis in Baghdad at a street corner in July 2007. Twelve civilians died, including a Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and a Reuters driver, Saeed Chmagh, 40."


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