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By Debra Sweet
Watch this footage from 2007 - interviews with residents of the Baghdad neighborhood from the day after the now-notorious massacre of civilians caught on tape by the US military and released this week by Wikileaks. At the time, their reports went basically unnoticed.
Now, with the military's own footage showing people walking down the street being gunned down by an unprovoked team of US troops circling above in an helicopter, there is widespread outrage and questioning.
What is the government's response to this outrageous footage being released?
As Craig Considine writes:
"Wikileaks.org, a publicly accessible Internet Web site, represents a potential force protection, counterintelligence, operational security (OPSEC), and information security (INFOSEC) threat to the US Army," a secret report authored by the Army Counterintelligence Center and leaked by the notorious truth-seeking website explains.
...In order to stop WikiLeaks, it is suggested in the document the person (or persons) responsible for the leaks be hunted down and prosecuted.
Right. So the response to this outrageous war crime is not panels, investigations, calls from prominent people to immediately uncover the identities of the people who ordered this massacre... but a call to find out who is blowing the whistle and prosecute them.
Cindy Sheehan - Take This Empire and Shove It!
(Note! Cindy suggests you get involved with We Are Not Your Soldiers - including by donating now).
Elaine Brower - Why all the Shock over "Shock and Awe?"
Glenn Greenwald - Confirmed: Obama Authorizes Assassination of U.S. Citizen
This "collateral murder" uncovered by Wikileaks must not be swept under the rug. It's not an aberration - it was just caught on tape. It's not acceptable - U.S. troops are gunning down civilians from the sky *in our names.* This whole war - from Iraq to Afghanistan to Pakistan is illegal and immoral. And it's up to us to stop it!
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Photos from the Wikileaks video:
This video footage, confirming the crimes that it does, is a challenge to people living in this country. It's not as if this is some historical footage of a long-ago war. It's still going on; it's evidence of the illegitimate, criminal, aggressive war where civilians suffer… and what are YOU going to do about it, American public?
Seconds from death: The video identifies the two Reuters employees just seconds before the two helicopters fire on them
Collateral damage: One of the wounded men dashes for cover as the helicopter pilot urges his colleague to continue firing. He is eventually brought down
War wounded: A van turns up at the scene and two men pick up one of the wounded Iraqis. The Apache pilots plead to be allowed to re-engage and are eventually given permission to open fire a second time