Monday, April 05, 2010

wikileaks releases video of civilians killed by US in baghdad

decrypted video from wikileaks shows collateral murder
wikileaks releases video of civilians killed by US in baghdadfrom collateral murder: 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.

Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

The military did not reveal how the Reuters staff were killed, and stated that they did not know how the children were injured.

leaked video of collateral murder - short version

After demands by Reuters, the incident was investigated and the U.S. military concluded that the actions of the soldiers were in accordance with the law of armed conflict and its own "Rules of Engagement".

Consequently, WikiLeaks has released the classified Rules of Engagement for 2006, 2007 and 2008, revealing these rules before, during, and after the killings.

WikiLeaks has released both the original 38 minutes video and a shorter version with an initial analysis. Subtitles have been added to both versions from the radio transmissions.

WikiLeaks obtained this video as well as supporting documents from a number of military whistleblowers. WikiLeaks goes to great lengths to verify the authenticity of the information it receives. We have analyzed the information about this incident from a variety of source material. We have spoken to witnesses and journalists directly involved in the incident.

WikiLeaks wants to ensure that all the leaked information it receives gets the attention it deserves. In this particular case, some of the people killed were journalists that were simply doing their jobs: putting their lives at risk in order to report on war. Iraq is a very dangerous place for journalists: from 2003- 2009, 139 journalists were killed while doing their work.

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Dave said...

This won't be on the evening news.

Anonymous said...

How long will it be before these trigger happy, blood and gut hungry numb nuts do this kind of thing while flying over L.A. or N.Y. or a town near you?

Perhaps the gunner should have had his glasses on? Or maybe the military might want to invest in a cheap wally world camera that can show clearer pictures with zoom in capability?

They say we should back our soldiers no matter if we like the war or not. BULLS***!! Acts like this from ANY soldier who blindly (pun intended) labels a target and begs for permission to shoot without bothering to confirm the target should be SHOT ON SIGHT!

I used to have respect for the military. This proves I was mistaken. No wonder so many nations hate the US(SS).

I hope their conscious one day comes like a thief in the night and makes the rest of their lives a literal hell.


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