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Reports of a U.S. “death squad” in Afghanistan, complete with the publication of gory photographs, have failed to attract the intense political or media attention afforded a previous war scandal — the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib.
In 2004, CBS News broadcast an array of photographs showing American jail guards abusing Iraqi detainees. The most famous: a forced pyramid of naked, humiliated prisoners. The depictions touched off an avalanche of media coverage. In Congress, liberals called for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. Democrats launched inquiries and held a string of well-covered hearings.
In recent months, another wartime embarrassment has emerged. The Army charged five soldiers with murder in the deaths of Afghan civilians in what amounted to a “death squad.” The German magazine Der Spiegel published several digital photos of soldiers posing with the dead last month.
Yet the U.S. media have given relatively little coverage, and no one in Congress has called for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to quit, planned hearings or raised questions at budget hearings.
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How can you justify the "humanitarian" war with Libya with the bad press in Afghanistan? In addition, drones keep killing innocent civilians, women and children in Pakistan, even 2 US SOLDIERS were killed a few weeks ago by a drone. 9/11 Truth doesn't get any media attention either, except smear campaigns. Can't bury your head in the sand forever, unless you want to get us all thrown in a FEMA Camp.
We're already being prepped for tyranny through the airports and TSA. Can't happen here? It already has. The media is on the payroll; they're muckraking scum. That's why I know Wikileaks was an inside job, b/c look at all the media Agent Assange was getting. Only Der Spiegel, a German paper, covered it. Shame on you media!
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The death of San Diego sailor Benjamin D. Rast in Afghanistan last week may have been caused by “friendly fire” from an unmanned aerial drone.
The Associated Press is reporting that Rast, a hospital corpsman, and a Marine reservist were killed when they were mistaken for insurgents Apr. 6 in southern Afghanistan.
A Predator drone fired the Hellfiremissile that killed the 23-year-old sailor and the 26-year-old Marine, in what may be the first case of American troop deaths from an unmanned aerial vehicle.
The Associated Press said the two men were hit while moving toward other Marines who were under fire in Helmand province.
Reports from the field indicate that Marines who were under attack there mistook Smith and Rast for militants heading their way and called in a strike from an Air Force Predator, the news service said.
The Pentagon has said only that the incident is under investigation. The International Security Assistance Force, the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, issued a statement saying that the Apr. 6 deaths were a result of friendly fire but gave no other details.
The U.S. military has used aerial drones extensively in Iraq and, now, in Afghanistan because the vehicles can stay in the air longer and operate at lower cost than manned crafts.
Rast was part of San Diego Naval Medical Center’s Expeditionary Medical Force Detachment.
After joining the Navy in April, 2009, he left San Diego in November to be a field "doc" for Marines fighting in Afghanistan.
"He was a remarkable sailor who was respected by his peers and co-workers for his integrity and strong work ethic," said Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Pietro Martone, in a Navy news release. "He was frequently complimented by his patients for his outstanding customer service skills."
Rast is survived by his father and stepfather. The Navy hospital in San Diego is planning a memorial service for later this month.
'Friendly fire'...another example of the Orwellian state we live in. Pat Tillman anyone? Someone pushed a button, made a decision. Will they be held accountable or get a slap on the wrist like the Afghan kill team that murdered innocent children and posed with their corpses as trophies? Bad press for a Nobel Prize winner, unconstitutionally starting another war at the mandate of his UN masters.
Look at that picture. Could be from WWII, but it was last week. Sure, he's a hero. He didn't know that 9/11 was a staged event, perpetrated by rogue elements of our government usurped by the New World Order. And if people knew of the treason, there would be no war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya. We'd still have some rights, maybe our country wouldn't be going in the sh!tter so fast and this poor guy wouldn't have had a bomb dropped on his head by some coward with a PlayStation controller.The death of San Diego sailor Benjamin D. Rast in Afghanistan last week may have been... more
For months, the US Army kept the images compiled by the so-called "kill team" under lock and key out of fear it could result in a scandal even greater than Abu Ghraib. SPIEGEL TV spent weeks researching the story behind the men of 5th Stryker Brigade and how things could go so terribly wrong. Warning: The documentary contains extremely graphic content.For months, the US Army kept the images compiled by the so-called "kill... more
Six years after the Abu Ghraib torture scandal, American soldiers are once again being held accountable for alleged war crimes in court. The "kill team" is accused of killing civilians for pure fun and of degrading their victims by taking trophy photos. http://t.co/HjVAhLdSix years after the Abu Ghraib torture scandal, American soldiers are once again being... more
How U.S. soldiers in murdered innocent civilians and mutilated their corpses – how their officers failed to stop them http://j.mp/e49fryHow U.S. soldiers in murdered innocent civilians and mutilated their corpses –... more
The Rolling Stone magazine has a special report on the U.S. Army's self-proclaimed "kill team"—whose members are currently on trial in the U.S. for murdering Afghan civilians. Included in the report are new chocking photos and video from the cache that was partially leaked to Der Spiegel last week.
Warning: These are graphic photos.
They are a mix of disturbing photographs of the so-called kill team's victims and more innocuous pictures of fellow soldiers and Afghan kids.
The photos, and the sick details that emerge are horrific, particularly the possibility that some of the photographs are "evidence that the killings of civilians went beyond a few men in 3rd Platoon," and may have been undertaken by other platoons as well.
According to the Rolling Stone, the Pentagon went to extraordinary lengths to suppress the photos—possibly because of the fact that they implicated soldiers in other platoons—and, unsurprisingly, worries that they will create a scandal of Abu Ghraib-level proportions in Iraq.Click here to read and watch this Rolling Stone special investigation. The Rolling Stone magazine has a special report on the U.S. Army's... more
Shocking photographs were released this week of American soldiers murdering Afghan civilians. Three photographs, published by the German magazine “Der Spiegel” in its March 20th print edition, show members of the self-designated “Kill Team” comprised of United States Army soldiers who are accused of making a sport of killing innocent Afghans, as they show off one of their victims in a kind of trophy photo; another photograph shows two Afghan civilians who appear to be dead.
Five of the soldiers involved in the killings are now facing court martial proceedings for the deaths of three, unarmed Afghan civilians. The men are accused of faking combat situations to justify killing randomly chosen Afghans with grenades and guns. The case came to light after one of the soldiers informed military investigators about the killings; he was then beaten so severely by other members of the unit for betraying them that he had to be hospitalized.
The photographs are reminiscent of the torture and humiliation suffered by Iraqis at the hands of American troops in the Abu Ghraib prison, which came to light in the spring of 2004. However, there were dozens of those pictures and they clearly showed the victims’ faces, making their pain all the more apparent. That case reverberated across the Muslim world in ways that this case has yet to do, in part because of the absence of photographs. The release of these images threatens to change that.
This piece includes the shocking photographs, as well as a video of the “Kill Team” soldiers telling about the killings and cover-ups.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/explicit-photographs-released-of-american-soldiers-murdering-afghan-civilians/Shocking photographs were released this week of American soldiers murdering Afghan... more