Thursday, April 8, 2010
Video Released of US Military Helicopter Pilots Slaughtering 12 Iraqi Civilians
collateral murder - wikileaks from Jo Do on Vimeo.
Yesterday, WikiLeaks released a video showing U.S. military pilots, shooting from an Apache helicopter, slaughtering twelve Iraqi civilians in 2007, including a Reuters photojournalist and his driver. The dead included several Iraqis who showed up at the scene a few minutes later to carry away the dead and wounded (including two of their children). The video is truly gruesome and difficult to watch even for the most cynical person, but it should be seen by everyone with responsibility for what the U.S. has done in Iraq and Afghanistan (i.e., every American citizen). Reuters had been trying to obtain obtain this video for two years through a FOIA request, but had been met with stonewalling by the U.S. military. The video shows that military officials made categorically false statements about what happened there and were clearly engaged in a cover-up.