Monday, June 7, 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Altered To Kill 'Em All, Don't Tell

WASHINGTON – The Army has arrested a 22-year-old soldier in Baghdad in connection with the leak of a military video that shows Apache helicopters gunning down unarmed men in Iraq, including two journalists, defense officials said Monday.

The classified video was taken from the cockpit during a 2007 fire fight and posted this April on the Web site It was an unflattering portrait of the war that raised questions about the military's rules of engagement and whether more should be done to prevent civilian casualties.

Spc. Bradley Manning of Potomac, Md., was being held in Kuwait, U.S. forces in Iraq announced on Monday. Manning had been deployed with the 2nd Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division in Baghdad.

The statement released from Iraq said only that Manning had been arrested for "allegedly releasing classified information."

But Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters that Manning's involvement in the 2007 video provided to Wikileaks was "something (U.S. authorities) were looking at."

"The Department of Defense takes the management of classified information very seriously because it affects our national security, the lives of our soldiers, and our operations abroad," according to the statement from Iraq.

The video shows a group of men walking down the street before being repeatedly shot by the helicopters. The American gunners can be heard laughing and referring to the men as "dead bastards."

Among those believed to have been killed in that attack was Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and his driver Saeed Chmagh, 40. Two children also were wounded.

An internal investigation concluded that the troops had acted appropriately. According to a July 19 summary of the results of the inquiry, Reuters employees were likely "intermixed among the insurgents" and difficult to distinguish because of their equipment, the document states.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has personally criticized the unauthorized leak of the video.

"People can put out anything they want and not be held accountable. There's no before and no after, just the present," Gates said of the video.

The result is that "you're looking at a situation through a soda straw and you have no context or perspective," he added.

Manning's arrest was first reported by According to the website, Manning claimed to be the video leaker during an online exchange with Adrian Lamo. Lamo is a well-known computer hacker who pleaded guilty in 2004 to breaking into The New York Times' computer system.

"If you had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day 7 days a week for 8+ (plus) months, what would you do?" Manning asked, according to


bigfoot said...

Hey robert ya fckn scaly old genital wart, maybe the "before" part starts in basic training?

Hay soaks up oil..

Dickie, enjoyed very much your post about Teddy doing poopy in his pants, funniest thing I've read in ages.

Cheers, B. Foot.

ericswan said...

wiki is a front for the ia...

Anonymous said...

"People can put out anything they want and not be held accountable. There is no before and no after, just the present." The viewers have no contextual vision of the situation.

I saw a group of 10 to 15 men walking in the middle of the road without any concern for the heavily-armed copter. If they knew themselves to be potential enemies of the coalition it would seem as if they would be worried about a potential military engagement. They were not. I am not in Iraq so I do not have a clue about how men go about their affairs there. So they were gunned down by a snickering trigger-happy soldier.

One cannot help but notice the van that pulled up to rescue the wounded journalist. The driver risked his own life to save him. Then we see the two children in the van. The trigger-happy gunner is enraged that he does not get the order to engage the enemy again. He was set and desperate to shoot up the van. You can hear his frustration that his aim and sight were temporarily blocked by high command. He wanted to shoot up the van with the kids in it with a vengeance.

The order was given and he kills the rescuer and journalist with high-powered fury. It was miraculous as angels preventing the death of the 2 kids. The delay was just long enough to preserve their lives. Then US soldiers show up on the ground, discover the two children and allegedly rush them out of the van to be hospitalized with sustained wounds. The gunner would have killed the two kids if he could, no question. He was concerned for them as much as one would be concerned for the lives of worms on a casting fishing hook attached to nylon string.

just_another_dick said...

Sorry if I've been rude, but I've been in a mood.

BF, I'd laugh harder if I hadn't been dumb enough to give Teddy Bear some of my money.
My misspent youth had a partial soundtrack provided by Bed Wetty Teddy.
I even saw the Nuge once completely ripped on 4 sugar cubes & about an ounce of pot.
Watched as this giant ghostly Ted rose up out of Ted's body & danced over the top of the crowd pointing at people.
I thought AC/DC, with Bon Scott mind you, kicked Teddy's ass.

No, no Eric...Wiki is a front for Twiki, the weird little robot from Buck Rogers.
When the series was canceled, the now unemployed robot had way to feed the oil monkey on his back, so he became the Internet.
There are numerous tentacles to his dwarfish creation, each following a nefarious & clandestine trail so complex that only a robot of Twiki's caliber can decipher it all.

Mr. B., I really don't condemn the soldiers.
Any young impressionable kid fed the military's propaganda gruel could easily end up the same way.

What turns my stomach is the ease with which callous creampuffs like Bush & Cheney salivate over war, viewing all the slaughter as heroically wonderful just as long as they're a nice long way from the actual killing.

I just read today that they're prosecuting a couple soldiers for murder.
Can't help thinking of that line from Apocalypse Now: charging a man with murder here is like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500.

I also read a neat statistic. This year the Iraq War has racked up a whopping 14 minutes coverage amongst television media.
14 minutes?