If you haven't seen this video already then here it is. Wikileaks obtained and decrypted this previously unreleased video footage from a US Apache helicopter in 2007. It shows people who were assumed to be insurgents but turned out to be Reuters journalist Namir Noor-Eldeen 22 (whose camera was mistaken for a weapon), driver Saeed Chmagh 40, and several others, shot and killed in a public square in Eastern Baghdad. After the initial shooting, an unarmed group of adults and children in a minivan arrives on the scene in an attempt to transport the wounded. They are fired upon as well, over and over until no one is moving. The official statement of the military did not reveal how the Reuters staff were killed, and stated that they did not know how the children were injured. Near the end of the video, they spot a guy with an AK-47 that goes into a building, then asked permission to put a missile in that building. Two seconds before they shoot the first missile, you'll see an innocent pedestrian walking on the sidewalk in front of the building clearly in view. They still decided to shoot without making another pass, killing the pedestrian as you hear the solider say "Nice shot".
Wikileaks released this video with transcripts and a package of supporting documents on April 5th 2010 at http://collateralmurder.com
Most importantly, listen to the soldiers comment as if they were playing a video game, hooting and hollering with every kill. It's as if they have no respect for human life. I understand that soldiers got to have a different mindset when engaging in battle in order to get the job done. But the comments you'll hear in this video go beyond what you could imagine. Unreal!
Now you know who videoed missions in Iraq are classified.
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". Local Iraqi police reported the deaths as a result of a "random American bombardment" while the US Army said they had died during a gunfight with insurgents. There was confusion among local witnesses because nobody had seen any insurgents in the area on that day and few people had any idea to what was going on.
"Both Namir and Saeed were among three journalists killed that week, a third, unnamed man working as a translator had been killed in the same week bringing the total deaths of Reuters employees to five since the invasion in 2003. Two other Reuters men, a Palestinian and a Ukrainian had also been killed by US Troops. In every case, US military spokesmen had insisted that they had acted lawfully." source
About 15 people were murdered by the US military, among them were two children and two journalists who all were considered collateral damage. What really should be making you think is the fact that this is only one morning in Iraq and just one of thousands of classified videos. Is this really the everyday experience over there?
"The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons." thefreedictionary.com
So I ask who the terrorists really are? The Iraqi people are getting their neighborhoods blown to pieces and innocent people are being killed daily, including children, all in the name of "Democracy and the Fight Against Terrorism".
Isn't it acts like this that's destroying humanity? Can you now understand the hatred towards America?
This next video is Soldier Ethan McCord and his eyewitness story about the video above and his experiences as a solider in Iraq. "This type of thing happens every day". Listen and learn to what's really going on over there.
I leave you with a few snapshots from the leaked video.