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Local Activist Witnesses U.S. Murder In Iraq

U.S. U.N. Out Of Iraq!
Today I viewed footage supplied by soldiers fed up with the U.S. imperialist war in Iraq. The footage shows three unarmed Iraqis being murdered in cold blood by U.S. soldiers. I'd make this video available to the public, but it was shared in confidence by soldiers who fear for their lives.

In the video, two people died immediately from rounds and a third was on the ground moving. The third person was murdered by the soldiers after an officer commanded, "He's still moving, finish him off." Numerous rounds then killed the third man.

John Kerry, a warmonger who voted for this war, once said as a Vietnam War veteran that the Mai Lai Massacre was not the exception, it was the rule in Vietnam. Today, in Iraq, tens of thousands of the Iraqi people are being murdered by the U.S. and British occupation forces in the same way that millions of Vietnamese were killed.

And just as The Gulf Tonkin Incident was Johnson's false pretext for escalating the war in Vietnam, today a war is being fought on the false pretext of "weapons of mass destruction".

--Steve Argue


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WHITE HOUSE WORDS OF WAR
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[Col. Writ. 2/6/04] Copyright 2004 Mumia Abu-Jamal

"The President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense would not assert as plainly and bluntly as they have that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction if it were not true, and if they did not have a solid basis for saying it." -- Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer (12/5/02)

In light of the revelation of former weapons inspector, David Kay, that there were no weapons of mass destruction, the words of the White House have an eerie, almost spectral quality: One wonders, "Did they say that?" For those millions of Americans with a short memory, let us reacquaint them:

On WMDs, Vice-President Dick Cheney said, on Aug. 26, 2002:

"Simply stated, there's no doubt that Saddam Hussein
has weapons of mass destruction."

Almost two weeks later, National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleeza Rice announced (Sept. 8, 2002):

"Saddam Hussein is actively pursuing a nuclear weapon.
We do know that there have been shipments into Iraq
of aluminum tubes that really are only suited to nuclear
weapons programs."

Days later, the irascible Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld announced (Sept. 19, 2002):

"Iraq has 'amassed large, clandestine stockpiles of
chemical weapons, including VX, sarin, and mustard gas.'"

And let us not forget the Commander in Chief, His Highness, George Bush (Sept. 28, 2002):

"The danger to our country is grave and growing. The
Iraqi regime possesses biological and chemical weapons,
is rebuilding the facilities to make more and, according to
the British government, could launch a biological or
chemical attack in as little as 45 minutes."

The very next day, the President took to the airwaves on his Saturday broadcast:

"We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein
recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical
weapons-- the very weapons the dictator tells us he does
not have."

On the next Monday in Cincinnati, the President announced strong evidence of the Iraqi weapons programs:

"We've also discovered through intelligence that Iraq
has a growing fleet of manned and unmanned aerial
vehicles that could be used to disperse chemical or
biological weapons across broad areas. We're
concerned that Iraq is exploring ways of using these
UAVs for missions targeting the United States. The
evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting its
nuclear weapons program. Satellite photographs
reveal that Iraq is rebuilding facilities at sites that
have been part of its nuclear program in the past.
Facing clear evidence of peril, *we cannot wait for
the final proof* -- the smoking gun -- that could
*come in the form of a mushroom cloud.*"

America's respected Secretary of State Colin Powell made a dramatic presentation before the UN Security Council (Feb. 5, '03):

"There can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein
has biological weapons and the capability to produce
many, many more. We have firsthand descriptions
of biological weapons factories on wheels and on
rails."
"Numerous intelligence reports over the past
decade, from sources in Iraq, indicate that Saddam
Hussein retains a covert force of up to a few dozen
Scud variant ballistic missiles."
"Our conservative estimate is that Iraq today has
*a stockpile of between 100 and 500 tons of
chemical weapons agents...* My colleagues, every
statement I make today is backed up by sources,
solid sources. These are not assertions. *What
we're giving you are facts and conclusions based
on solid intelligence.*"

Then there was a war, and -- voila! -- everything changed. It became, "Weapons? Who said anything about weapons?"

At his State of the Union address, George the Lesser began to threaten any nations that might have engaged in "weapons- related program activity." Uh-huh....

The war has cost the lives of over 10,000 people, most of them Iraqi non-combatants. Over 500 Americans are dead.

Is the nation really safer? Look at the recent spate of airplane groundings, and it seems like it's just days after 9/11.

The Administration used the powerful poison of fear to 'let slip the dogs of war,' and has wreaked havoc across the earth.

The nation is not safer; neither is the world.

There is indeed a 'weapon of mass destruction'; it's called the White House.

Copyright 2004 Mumia Abu-Jamal
 
 


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Re: Local Activist Witnesses U.S. Murder In Iraq

The source of the video I saw seems to have been misrepresented to me. The video itself is authentic. The video is available on the Internet at:

cop-players.com/cop-media/apache.mpeg

The gruesome video is also available at, a site that also contains extremely low western estimates of civilian deaths in Iraq.

www.uruknet.it/
 

More on killings:

More on killings

www.journalism.co.uk/news/story795.shtml

Posted: 14 January 2004 By: Jemima Kiss
Email: jemima (at) journalism.co.uk

A graphic US military video showing the killing of three Iraqi people is being circulated via the web after appearing on US TV news channel ABC News.

The one-minute file, filmed from a US Apache helicopter, shows three suspected Iraqi insurgents being shot with 30mm cannon fire. The clip was cut from a longer video obtained by ABC News last week and verified by a senior US army official.

The MPEG format file has been posted to several right-wing US forums, where the effectiveness of the Apache's firepower has been celebrated.

So far though, in spite of its graphic nature, the film does not seem to have attracted much attention from the anti-war movement.

Tony Sleep, a freelance photographer in the UK, was one recipient of the file. He was emailed a link to a US academic site that temporarily hosted the MPEG file.

"It's very uncomfortable to watch because it's so calculated," he told dotJournalism. "It's quite pornographic actually."

Story update:
www.journalism.co.uk/news/story823.shtml
 

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