All along I’ve thought the problem with the Sgrena checkpoint shooting was the he-said, she-said nature of the speed debate. The US military said the car was going too fast and refused to slow down after warning shots. The Italians said that the car was traveling slowly and tried to stop immediately.
How to determine the truth?
A US satellite reportedly recorded a checkpoint shooting in Iraq last month, enabling investigators to reconstruct how fast a car carrying a top Italian intelligence official and a freed hostage was traveling when US troops opened fire.
The report, which aired Thursday on CBS News, said US investigators concluded from the recording that the car was traveling at a speed of more than 60 miles (96 km) per hour.
Giuliana Sgrena has said the car was traveling at a normal speed of about 30 miles an hour when the soldiers opened fired, wounding her and killing Nicola Calipari, the Italian agent who had just secured her release from a month’s captivity.
US soldiers said at the time of the March 4 incident that the car approached at a high rate of speed and that they fired only after it failed to respond to hand signals, flashing bright lights and warning shots. [emphasis mine]
The only problem, as I see it, is that the report aired on CBS. Does that mean it’s fake but true?
Between this speed discrepancy and the claim of 300-400 shots fired but only six (seven) bullet holes in the car, I’m beginning to wonder if Sgrena was even in the car. Some think her kidnapping might have been faked. Maybe her release was faked as well?
Reportedly, the Italians are hesitant to sign off on the US report. If this report of 60 mph is true, I don’t know how they can dispute the US’s claim that the soldiers acted properly. (hat tip to Musing)
UPDATE:A quick glance shows the story only on CBS and ABC. FoxNews, CNN, and MSNBC all fail to cover it on their front page. And the two stories on CBS and ABC fail to mention the satellite imagery that shows the car’s speed. They merely state that the US and Italy disagree on the speed the car was traveling.
No doubt the networks are putting together a major special broadcast to cover this story in depth.