10/07/2004: In a way, a microcosm of the whole war? Shoot first, justify later, if at all?
WARNING Highly disturbing video clip here. Take them out, dude: pilots toast hit on Iraqi 'civilians' (Information Clearing House)
The Pentagon said yesterday it was investigating cockpit video footage that shows American pilots attacking and killing a group of apparently unarmed Iraqi civilians.The text is basically a reprint of an article from The Independent (UK). The Information Clearing House page, however, includes a video file purporting to be the cockpit video. The video shows crosshairs tracking a group of people (looks to be between 75-100 to me) running down a street. The soundtrack is as follows:
The 30-second clip shows the pilot targeting the group of people in a street in the city of Fallujah and asking his mission controllers whether he should "take them out". He is told to do so and, shortly afterwards, the footage shows a huge explosion where the people were. A second voice can be heard on the clip saying: "Oh, dude."
The existence of the video, taken last April inside the cockpit of a US F-16 fighter has been known for some time, though last night's broadcast by Channel 4 News is believed to be the first time a mainstream broadcaster has shown the footage.
At no point during the exchange between the pilot and controllers does anyone ask whether the Iraqis are armed or posing a threat. Critics say it proves war crimes are being committed.
Voice A: I've got numerous individuals on the road. Do you want me to take those out?Georgie, Dick and Rummy, you got some 'splainin' to do!
Voice B: Take 'em out.
[pause; some apparently garbled radio chatter]
Voice A: Ten seconds
Voice B: Roger.
[Pause. Approximately ten seconds later a large explosion occurs within the group of people running in the street.]
Voice A: Impact.
Voice B: Oh, dude...
[Thanks to Jo Fish at Democratic Veteran for the head's up]
Len on 10.07.04 @ 07:04 AM CST