Tuesday, July 26, 2005

U.S. Military in Iraq Caught Posing Propaganda As News

The U.S. military is calling it an "administrative error," but others are suggesting it was caught posing propaganda as news.

The military issued a news release on July 24, following a car bomb, that included a quote from an unidentified Iraqi man. But the quote was almost identical to one used in a July 13 release, following a separate car bomb.

Here's the kicker: After questioning from the U.S. news media, the military re-issued the July 24 release, minus the quote. Problem solved! Lt. Col. Clifford Kent, spokesman for the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division, told CNN that the quote was an "administrative error," and said the military was investigating.

And if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.

Even if the quotes were absolutely identical, the "administrative error" theory might not hold water. We'd have to assume that our military accidentally pulled a quote from July 13 and stuck it into a July 24 release. Doesn't make a lot of sense.

But the quotes aren't identical. They're almost identical. So the "administrative error" would be that our military accidentally pulled a quote from July 13, altered it slightly, then stuck it into a July 24 release.

An alternate theory, of course, is that the military interviewed the same unidentified Iraqi, who read his July 13 quote for use in the July 24 news release ...


How similar are the quotes? You be the judge.

The July 24 news release, on a car bomb that killed 25 near the al-Rashad police station, read: "'The terrorists are attacking the infrastructure, the ISF (Iraqi Security Forces) and all of Iraq. They are enemies of humanity without religion or any sort of ethics. They have attacked my community today and I will now take the fight to the terrorists,' said one Iraqi man who preferred not to be identified."

The July 13 news release, on a car bomb that killed several children, read: "'The terrorists are attacking the infrastructure, the children and all of Iraq,' said one Iraqi man who preferred not to be identified. 'They are enemies of humanity without religion or any sort of ethics. They have attacked my community today and I will now take the fight to the terrorists.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The U.S. military "news releases" have been exposed as cut and paste propaganda items.
The "take the fight to the terrorist" line is a dead-on Bush Iraq talking point conveniently stuffed into the mouth of a fictional Iraqi citizen(s).
What a neat way to hide from the world the realities of the war.
Betcha won't find a release about the new Dept. of Defense and State Department report about insurgents infiltrating the U.S.-trained Iraq police force and the training of the police badly behind schedule.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Eric A Hopp said...

I've gotta wonder if that quote is really attributed to an unidentified Iraqi man, or was it written by some Republican hack in the Propoganda Division of the military? The terrorists are attacking the infrastructure of all of Iraq? They are enemies of humanity without religion or any sort of ethics? I will now take the fight to the terrorists?

Those remarks vaguely sound like something President Bush would say....

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fabrication of sources and their quotes offers more proof that nothing the Bush Administration says or has said in the past about the Iraq war should be taken seriously.
This war has been a lie from the very beginning that has grown into even bigger lies to obscure the initial lies.

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if this is corrupt or just plain stupid -- or both.

JABBS' explanation for the scenarios that would lead to the redundant quote are great. ROFL!!!

10:19 PM  
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12:32 AM  
Anonymous john mccarthy said...

The reality of the War in Iraq which is not reported the the mainstream media.



The above link includes multiple pictures, most of which have obviously been taken by Americans because of the proximaty of the camera to the subject. I do not believe the photographers would put this material on the net. And yet, somehow, this information supposedly made it into the hands of the resistance. Some pictures have been posted on other sites. Some are unique in this presentation. Some are of a graphic nature.

Question arises, how did this material get into the hands of the folks that supposedly made the slide presentation?

The possibilities include: This is a 'black' psychological effort, to enflame Americans, placing the blame for this production on the 'resistance'.

Or, the 'resistance' is so sophisticated they can acquire, edit and produce such a presentation, with music, in the midst of a shooting war and distribute the finished product to those who have spread it around the globe. If this is the case, as it appears to be, especially if you are prone not to consider the black psy ops potential, then we really are in deep trouble and don't recognize that yet!

In either event, it shows what the US media is NOT showing the families and friends of the boyz and girlz they are sending off to war.

Some would call it propaganda. I'd say it was probably a fat slap in the face of the idiot who said, "Bring it on!" Boy, did they ever.

I truly believe those eligible for military service deserve to know what they are getting into BEFORE signing the bottom line, BEFORE that fatefull day. Only a combat veteran can be this emphatic.

Tell the kids! They will know what to do. They will pass it on to fellow students and others. You may wish to assist.

Thank God for the Internet.


4:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kudos to John McCarthy's website above. In addition to the telling photographs, I have yet to see a more comprehensive collection of news reports and other documented evidences demonstrating Bush Administration's lies to drag the country into Iraq and how Bush's War is creating terrorism, not fighting it. There's even advice on what the average citizen can do about it.
JABBS please provide a link to this site in the appropriate column, if there isn't one already.

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