In 2007, two Reuters employees — photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and driver Saeed Chmagh — were killed by a U.S. helicopter strike in Baghdad. The U.S. military’s official response to the killings argued that the attack occurred after security forces came under fire from men accompanying the reporters, and that the rules of engagement were followed in returning fire.
That’s from ThinkProgress. Read the rest of their report here. Then watch the video below, which shows the men who were attacked had not fired at US forces. Namir’s “weapon” turned out to be his camera.
Wikileaks obtained the Apache helicopter video from an anonymous source. They write:
5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters news staff.
Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers.
The video below directly refutes the military’s claim that the helicopter’s crew only engaged after they were fired upon. The incident happens in the first 5 minutes of the video, and the images are graphic.
For more examples of the Pentagon covering up its mistakes by lying to the press — and the press largely reprinting it uncritically — see Greenwald’s article today.