American Soldiers Gunning Down Two Reuters Reporters and Numerous Unarmed Iraqis: The Bradley Manning Video

I frankly thought more than twice about posting the following video. It includes American soldiers gunning down two Reuters reporters, a number of unarmed Iraqis, and shooting into a vehicle containing children. The actions are barbaric, obviously war crimes, and are worthy of Nazism, not the American military. But it seems irresponsible, having a blog, and not directing others to it (who may have missed the story). The original video surfaced in April of 2010. The lead-in to the footage is by a commentator that I know nothing about, but I share his passion and outrage (if not his right-wing politics). Anyway, here it is. I suspect YouTube will take it down before too long:

And here’s more on the incident:

According to Reuters, the heroic soldier who leaked the video has recently been discovered and arrested:

Army Specialist Bradley Manning, 22, of Potomac, Maryland, who was deployed to Baghdad, is being held in pretrial confinement in Kuwait, “for allegedly releasing classified information,” according to a U.S. military statement.

The statement did not provide details of the information in question but in an emailed response to a query, a U.S. official confirmed that the case involved a U.S. military videotape made public in April by WikiLeaks, a group that promotes the leaking of information to fight government and corporate corruption.

The gunsight video shows an attack by a U.S. Apache helicopter on a group of men in a square in a Baghdad neighborhood. The group included Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and his assistant and driver, Saeed Chmagh, 40.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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