Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April 06 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: No More All Out Thermonuclear Heck - The Old & New Of US Policy On The Use Of Nuclear Weapons

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Cabale News ServiceApril 06 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: No More 'All Out Thermonuclear Heck' - The Old And New Of U.S. Policy On The Use Of Nuclear Weapons

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Due to time constraints there will be no text news synopsis this morning...

However, there is ONE item worth noting:

WikiLeaks releases a "Gunsight Video" showing a US helicopter aircrew lie to Fire-Control and kill a number of absolutely unarmed Iraqi citizens including two Reuters reporters (The Pentagon claimed the aircrew 'mistook' the camera bags for RPGs)

From Foreign Policy Magazine:
A video released yesterday by the anti-censorship website Wikileaks show a 2007 helicopter attack in Baghdad which killed 12 people, including a Reuters photographer and his driver.

The gunsight video shows the helicopters opening fire on a group of people standing on a Baghdad street corner after mistaking photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen's camera for a weapon. When a van arrives to pick up the wounded, the pilots open fire on it, wounding two children. "Well, it’s their fault for bringing their kids into a battle,” one of the pilots can be heard saying.

The video was reportedly shown to Reuters editors at an off-the-record briefing in 2007. The news agency has been trying to obtain copies since then through a Freedom of Information Act request. Wikileaks claims to have decrypted the video after obtaining it from whistleblowers within the U.S. military. Julian Assange, as spokesman for the group, says the attack was clearly not justified and described the pilots as acting "like they are playing a computer game."

A U.S. military official has confirmed the authenticity of the video. The Defense Department says the pilots were unaware of the presence of journalists and thought they were under threat from insurgents. In Full
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Juan Cole has more, including a link to Glenn Greenwald at Salon on why the USG attempt to suppress wikileaks matters (For a laugh, Wikileaks recently released on Pentagon report on Wikileaks as a 'National Security Threat'):
"...the bulk of the Pentagon report focuses on documents which embarrass the U.S. Government: information which, as they put it, "could be manipulated to provide biased news reports or be used for conducting propaganda, disinformation, misinformation, perception management, or influence operations against the U.S. Army by a variety of domestic and foreign actors."

In other words, the Pentagon is furious that this exposing of its secrets might enable others to engage in exactly the type of "perception management" which the aforementioned CIA Report proposes the U.S. do with regard to the citizenry of our allied countries." In Full

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