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Revisiting the Apache video yet again

Apache video – 30mm cannon – and a tractor

Happened to notice this link in my referrer logs, so like a typical blogger I followed it to see who was linking to me. I found a discussion forum on a Traver Law Offices site with a post by the Site Admin David F. Traver which began like this:

Apache video (very graphic scenes of people being machine gunned to pieces – you may find this very disturbing long after you watch it, be warned).

This video showing American helicopter shooting three farmers by their tractor. This video has caused a great deal of controversy. Originally shown on ABC TV, it was first shown as an object lesson as to what happens to Iraqi Insurgents who dare show weapons before US forces. However, as time goes on, doubt has begun to surface as to whether the people shown blown to pieces with the 30mm cannon on the Apache were really insurgents, or just harmless farmers.

Note the uniform rows of tended field to the right of the tractor, ending behind the stopped tractor. Also, note the tractor tires.

He also included a helpful graphic to point out what we all can easily identify as a typical Iraqi Night-Time Farming Implement (INTFI).

An anonymous poster had pointed out that the video was nearly a year old and linked to my post which included a link to the extended version which seems to show the subjects attempting to hide a tube-shaped item off the road.

I responded:

What new info has brought doubt to the surface?

What about the extended version that shows the “farmers” running back and forth, hiding a tube-shaped object, etc.?

What about the word of soldiers who visited the site the next day and recovered weapons?

Then, since the link to the video I posted is now dead, I went searching for another. And guess what I found on UK Indymedia?

This video has caused a great deal of controversy. Originally shown on ABC TV, it was first shown as an object lesson as to what happens to Iraqi Insurgents who dare show weapons before US forces. However, as time goes on, doubt has begun to surface as to whether the people shown blown to pieces with the 30mm cannon on the Apache were really insurgents, or just harmless farmers.

Hmmm. Seems familiar.

So I posted another reply on the Traver Law board:

While checking for other sources of the extended-length video, I happened to notice that a large part of your post is copied directly from UK Indymedia’s story on the subject which was posted back in January.

At least give attribution and a link if you’re going to copy and paste. And maybe get a little fresher meat.

Here’s the Indymedia link: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2004/01/284086.html

I’m at least glad that Traver Law seems to specialize in Social Security advice and not copyright or literary issues.

I’ll post the video later.

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Comments

  • Flanker says:

    Good lookin out Bro! Thanks for setting the record straight. This slanderous crap is like manyurban legends, doesn’t make any difference how many time you refute the dumb stuff–it just keeps coming back due the propagnadists, apologists, and credulous!

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