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'Silencing Sgrena, gangland-style'

By Mike Whitney

Sgrena had the goods on them, the whole bloody litany of crimes perpetrated by the swaggering Texas psychopath and his Pentagon goons. Her interviews with Falluja's refugees put her in a position to spill the beans on Bush's murderous farce and splatter the headlines across Europe with the real picture of what is going on inside Iraq.

"I wanted to tell about the bloodbath in Falluja through the refugees tales....I had in front of me the EVIDENCE of what Iraqi society had become with the war," she announced in her confession My Truth ("La mia verita")

Of course she did...so she had to die. Others have died for much less. According to Eason Jordan, veteran news chief who was axed for telling the truth of what most suspected anyway; that Rumsfeld was intentionally targeting journalists in a maniacal effort to control the flow of information coming out of Iraq. Eason predictably recanted and threw himself on his sword, but the evidence is clear; the bombings of Al Jazeera (twice) and Al Arabiyya TV, as well as the unprovoked attack on the press facility in Baghdad (the Palestine Hotel) that killed a Spanish journalist, were all premeditated. No junior officer ordered an Abrams tank to lob shells into the media's hotel. That order came from the very top rungs of the War Dept.

The choice to fire 300 rounds into the vehicle carrying an Italian journalist to safety was not ordered by a junior-grade officer either.

When Sgrena was transported to the Baghdad airport everyone along the way was notified. In case you're wondering, no one simply travels the road to the airport without all points being alerted to their movements. It's the most hazardous stretch of ground on earth and no one passes without proper clearance. This means that the Pentagon's storyline is pure fiction, as time will certainly tell. They weren't overtaken by a speeding vehicle; it was a trap. The car was a mere 700 meters from the airport when Marines started pumping it full of lead in a gangland-style hit. Miraculously, Sgrena survived with only minor injuries.

"Nicola Calipari dove on top of me to protect me," Sgrena said, "and immediately, I felt his last breath as he died on me...I had a sudden thought: I recalled my abductors words. They said they were committed to releasing me, but that I had to be careful because' the Americans don't want you to return'."

How strange that "insurgents" would have to warn an Italian correspondent that the real danger she faced was the American army. She hadn't realized to what extent she had put herself at risk by uncovering the truth.

And what was this "truth" that Sgrena would be publishing on her return to Europe? Would it be further confirmation that the United States had used mustard gas, nerve gas and other incendiary chemicals during their assault on Falluja as Iraq's Health Ministry has already claimed? Would she verify the reports of cluster-bombs and "melted bodies found in the city, where dogs, birds, plants and all forms of life were destroyed?" Would she prove that large areas in Falluja have been excavated; (and dumped in the dessert) removing the remnants of toxic weapons that saturated the soil?

How far would Bush's polling numbers plummet if the American people discovered that the sadistic Rumsfeld was using banned weapons on civilians?

How much easier just to kill the "Leftist" reporter and let the media-apologists patch together the excuses. After all, the legions of Gannon prototypes are already pecking-away at their keyboards whipping up tomorrow's explanations. Obfuscating the truth is the only craft at which they truly excel.

More Whitewash

The cover-up is already in full swing with the media providing the standard smokescreen to conceal the inconvenient details. Bush has promised a thorough investigation, which means that he may convene another "hand-picked" panel of administration loyalists to bury the facts under reams of bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo.

But, it doesn't look like this story is going away any time soon. The furor in Italy could have broad implications and, perhaps, bring down Berlusconi. It's no longer safe to be friends with George Bush. The public rage increases with each new act of treachery and we can only wonder when the laws of critical mass will come into play and when the cumulative weight of five years crime and cruelty will tip the scales and bring the whole wretched edifice down in a heap.
Egungun, Egungun ni t'aiye ati jo! Ancestos, Ancestors come to earth and dance! "I'm sick of the war and the civilization that created it. Let's look to our dreams, and the magical; to the creations of the so-called primitive peoples for new inspirations." - Jaques Vache and Andre Breton "Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone." -John Maynard "You know that in our country there were even matriarchal societies where women were the most important element. On the Bijagos islands they had queens. They were not queens because they were the daughters of kings. They had queens succeeding queens. The religious leaders were women too..." -- Amilcar Cabral, Return to the Source, 1973
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One rather large hole in the 'I can't rule out the possibility that I was specifically targeted' theory. The fact that she's still alive. If the goal was her death, there is simply no reason why the US military would leave her alive. If there is one thing the military does well, its kill things. Especially incapacitated things, 10 feet away in a blood soaked and immobile car.

That in conjunction with her shifting story, the complete lack of evidence in support of her pet 'theory', and obvious anti US bias (She has been a diehard anti-western Communist since the 60's when she was a super-hottie) puts her interpretation of events into question.
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Originally posted by jazzdog:
Oh my goodness! her being an anti west communist certainly has nothing to do with her telling her side of the story.


And I guess the fact that it is an illegal imperialist war for oil never causes bias in U.S. media coverage or governement military actoins ... in this event either.

Bias does not equal BS... but they should be taken into account.

And what is wrong with being an west communist?
Sounds kinda like me...
Journalist are the cheapest resource for any nation that wants to come against us/U.S. I think that most famous journalist don't pledge a legance to anything except ratings. I don't accept everything we do during war. I just realize that we are a team. And when the punter/(the media) is arguing with the quarterback, it just sends up a few flags for me.
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Originally posted by HeruStar:
Journalist are the cheapest resource for any nation that wants to come against us/U.S. I think that most famous journalist don't pledge a legance to anything except ratings. I don't accept everything we do during war. I just realize that we are a team. And when the punter/(the media) is arguing with the quarterback, it just sends up a few flags for me.


"We"...whoever that is...are not on a team. Bush is one of the enemies of human decency, that makes him the enemy..no matter where a decent human being is born.

And anyone who sides with him is my enemy.
He's an elite oppressor...not part of my team whatsoever...just because we were born on the same stolen land.
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Originally posted by Oshun Auset:
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Originally posted by jazzdog:
Oh my goodness! her being an anti west communist certainly has nothing to do with her telling her side of the story.


And I guess the fact that it is an illegal imperialist war for oil never causes bias in U.S. media coverage or governement military actoins ... in this event either.

Bias does not equal BS... but they should be taken into account.

And what is wrong with being an west communist?
Sounds kinda like me...


Just making the observation that everybody tends to make about FOX news that before accepting the message just be aware of who is giving the message.
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Originally posted by jazzdog:
Just making the observation that everybody tends to make about FOX news that before accepting the message just be aware of who is giving the message.


Understandable...although your choice on "what" thread to point this out on is conspicuous IMO...since I knwo your political leaning. I would also extend that precaution to CNN, BBC, ect, and all forms of corporate run media.
Oshun, think of in terms of reality of being right there and then. These Marines are just blasting this car to shit. Suddenly, a bleeding woman gets out. And what do they do? Well instead of finishing their supposed assasination of this reporter that has all the dirt on us, they get her medical attention.

Does it not seem a lot more logical that it was simply a tragic mistake?

There are a whole slew of much more plausible reasons why they would be shooting it despite the supposed prior clearance.
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Originally posted by Goshtoire:
Oshun, think of in terms of reality of being right there and then. These Marines are just blasting this car to shit. Suddenly, a bleeding woman gets out. And what do they do? Well instead of finishing their supposed assasination of this reporter that has all the dirt on us, they get her medical attention.

Does it not seem a lot more logical that it was simply a tragic mistake?

There are a whole slew of much more plausible reasons why they would be shooting it despite the supposed prior clearance.


How about this...The U.S. government carries out illegal(sound familiar) and covert oppreations all the time to protect the Amerikkkan imperialist economic interests... So even if this chick is full of it...there are a hundred other assasinations that aren't getting reported.

Why weren't people this analytical when it came to the Bush administrations reasons for going ot war in the first place? hmmmm...
This isn't about Bush, I am not a fan of his foreign policy, so lets get off of that subject and back on topic.

If they wanted to kill her they would have finished her when she crawled out of the car. They would have cleaned up the mess and nobody would be any the wiser. Her death would have been a quieter thing pawned off on terrorists who had executed her. They're not going to just shoot this car, let her crawl out, and then say oh well, looks like the first salvo didn't kill her, lets get her medical attention now. It is just ridiculous.

If you're trying to criticize the War on Terror, these ridiculous conspiracy theories on not the way to go. Focus on the piss-poor public relations programs that are going on between the military and the Arab world. Or how there are a million Afghan child refugees living in Pakistan, whose often times only source of food and shelter is to join an extremist school which are prime recruiting centers for groups like Al Qaeda. There is so much evidence and it is such a stronger argument to make that Bush's wars are vastly multiplying the amount of terrorists we're facing both in the short and long term.
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Originally posted by Goshtoire:
If you're trying to criticize the War on Terror, these ridiculous conspiracy theories on not the way to go. Focus on the piss-poor public relations programs that are going on between the military and the Arab world. Or how there are a million Afghan child refugees living in Pakistan, whose often times only source of food and shelter is to join an extremist school which are prime recruiting centers for groups like Al Qaeda. There is so much evidence and it is such a stronger argument to make that Bush's wars are vastly multiplying the amount of terrorists we're facing both in the short and long term.


Been there done that and continue to..I'm very active in the anti war moverment. I also like conspiracy theories(not that I would catagorize this as one) and listen to both sides of every story and I also like to get other people's opinions on such matters. I found this interesting so I posted it...end of story.

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