Anatomy of Pentagon lies

I’d like to believe that what we read in The New York Times or The Washington Post is credible, accurate, honest, factual and well-sourced. But newly released video evidence of the July 12, 2007 massacre is totally at odds with the reported “facts.”

How did The Washington Post cover these cold-blooded murders? By repeating U.S. military lies, lies the military shamelessly told even though it knew Reuters — which lost two employees in the attack — would press for the truth:

“U.S. soldiers in eastern Baghdad clashed with Shiite militiamen on Thursday, leaving at least 11 Iraqis dead and an unknown number injured, including two children hit by shrapnel from a U.S. helicopter attack, according to American soldiers who took part in the mission.”

…During the fighting, an Apache helicopter fired bursts of 30mm rounds toward several people who had been directing machine-gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades at U.S. soldiers. The helicopter also fired on a silver Toyota minivan in the area as several people approached the vehicle, soldiers said….

An officer who saw a medical report about the children said they were injured by shrapnel from the Apache strafing….

It was unclear whether the journalists had been killed by U.S. fire or by shooting from the Iraqis targeted by the Apache….

The Apache crew fired because militants “were endangering the stability of Iraq” and because they had positive identification that the militants “had weapons and were using them against coalition and Iraqi security forces,” said Maj. Brent Cummings, the battalion’s executive officer. “No innocent civilians were killed on our part deliberately. We took great pains to prevent that. I know that two children were hurt, and we did everything we could to help them. I don’t know how the children were hurt.”

Virtually the entire report unquestioningly repeats the military’s fabricated story. About the only truth is a mention that “[Reuters] Photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and driver Saeed Chmagh, 40, were killed in what a preliminary Iraqi police report described as a ‘random American bombardment,’ Reuters reported.”

This isn’t journalism. It’s a U.S. military transcription service.

Posted by James on Tuesday, April 06, 2010