YouTube has removed this video once for "graphic or gratuitous violence", which is entirely uncalled for and biased, considering more graphic versions have been uploaded and not removed. Was it because my video was in defence of the U.S. Forces?
The 17-minute version uploaded by Wikileaks goes well beyond responsible journalism and the stated mission of Wikileaks to the point where it is propagandistic and misleading. This video, Wikileaks Deception, includes footage not seen in the Wikileaks version and provides the context and necessary annotations to get the full context of the incident, including discussions of hostile gunfire, the presence of an AK-47 and RPG, and other framing factors. To their credit, Wikileaks did include an unedited 39 minute version, but chose to propagate the 17 minute version with deceptive analysis.
What isn't included in 17 minute version:
0:26 The Black van dropping off possible insurgents.
0:46 We got a target fifteen coming at you, its a guy with a weapon.
1:05 One of them has a weapon.
1:27 Guy carrying AK-47, and other with RPG (no way it a tripod) that had previously fired on U.S. Troops. WikiLeak video distracts you with letter box about a camera Bag).
3:53 Roger, be advised, there were some guys popping out with the AKs behind that dirt pile. Break.
4:25 Uh, location, I have about 12 to 15 dead bodies. Where else were you taking fire from?
4:34 They had AK-47s and were to our East. So, where we were taking small arms fire, over.
4:59 I also wanted to make sure you knew that we had a guy with an RPG crouching around the corner, Getting ready to fire on your location. Thats why we requested permission to engage.
5:17 (IMPORTANT) Six this is four, I got one individual looks like hes got an RPG round laying underneath him. Break. (Note: Four was at the scene of the shooting and found an RPG, of course wikileaks left that out).
5:43 I can hear small arms fire from your engagement area
6:10 Right about where we engaged? Yeah, one of them with that RPG or whatever.
6:19 Hes got a weapon. Got an RP, uh AK-47.
6:34 Roger, we have another individual with a weapon.
The WikiLeaks transcription is poor in areas, as well. For instance, one part in their version they claim one guy said F—-ing Prick. It was not prick, it was break. Not sure the word before it, sounded cut off.
USE OF CAMERAS: Should also note that a tactic used in battle is to take pictures using high powered lenses to gather intel on troop location, size, and armament. Photos would then be shared with the RPG carrier for more precise target acquisition. Not saying this was the case here, but that does happen. Tragic as it is, one should know better than to aim what looks like a weapon at ground troops with surveilling Apache Copters overhead, especially when standing next to insurgents carrying an RPG and AK-47s.
For those who are curious about the van and its prior activities, read the following from the investigation:
THE BLACK VAN
Link to original document:
Excerpt from written transcript of 1st Air Cavalry Brigade investigation dated 20/07/2007
LTC At what time did you get tally on any weapons?
CW3 We saw the RPG at the corner, and then we came around the building and saw the guys huddled with weapons just before we engaged.
LTC When did you first identify the van?
CW3 The initial indication, sir when we rolled up and checked in, they said we had a black car, blue car, cant remember probably black, 4-door passenger vehicle that keeps dropping off enemy personnel and picking them up from that area. So out initial indication of that was when we first arrived at the scene. After the engagement, it had to have been two to three minutes maybe a little more, but we noticed another vehicle pull up. Initially (NAME REDACTED) was looking at the corner for more weapons and possibly bad guys up there. The van pulled up, guys jumped out, before we had the chance to get the line of site down there, I noticed individuals moving to where the bodies were and where the weapons were. Thats why I immediately called the ground guy and said we have guys extracting personnel and weapons.
LTC Thats good information. I didnt read anything about the vehicle in your statement. Did the ground guys indicate that the black or blue sedan was there?
CW3 They said a black 4-door sedan. It was dropping off folks, and it was doing it all day they said. I forgot to put that in my debrief, but
LTC The van comes up, you engage it. Did you acquire or see at anytime the size of shape of people in the van?
CW3 I saw, when they opened the doors, three to four individuals. I saw them go in and out, extract the personnel and weapons, and carry the guy back to the van. I did clear the individuals in the van.