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Iraq Sniper Video

From CNN.com (via Lucianne):

Chilling scenes from a videotape made by insurgents show the work of snipers in Iraq, targeting and killing American troops, taking them down with a single bullet from a high-powered rifle.

The graphic video of 10 sniper attacks was obtained by CNN -- through intermediaries -- from the Islamic Army of Iraq, one of the most active insurgent organizations in Iraq.

I thought the "intermediaries" were those like CNN and Reuters that so gladly deliver the terrorists' message to the world. I can't help but wonder how many terrorists could be caught by following the trails backward from al Jazeera and CNN and Reuters and others. I hope that we are already doing that, but would not be surprised to find we are not.

Update: I agree with Mary Katharine about the context in which CNN offers videos like this and how it differs from the way many bloggers present them.

Allah notes that there's a news angle to airing stuff like this, which is true. He and the Jawa boys and other bloggers do it all the time, but they do it without taking a inquisitive, "closer look" at the Islamic Army of Iraq. They do it while calling these guys thugs and monsters and terrorists, and illustrating the lengths they're willing to go to kill infidels. CNN's coverage does not take that tack.

And, CNN has, in the past declined to show the beheadings of kidnapping victims and the Mohammed cartoons due to their "sensitivity." But American soldiers killed by snipers, a couple weeks before midterm elections in which Iraq is a central question? Bring. It. On.

Here is the deal -- the terrorists we face may be living in caves and using the bushes for bathrooms, but they have satellite phones and video equipment and they not only understand enough technology to be able to use them, but they understand enough about our media to know how to manipulate them to their advantage. You would think that some of the executives and journalists at places like CNN, would understand that at least as well as a bunch of guys living (almost literally) in the stone ages. I happen to believe they do understand it and yet allow themselves to be used, in many instances willingly, to assist the terrorists in spreading their anti-American message. The only thing I have some confusion over is whether they do so because they share a similar hatred for America, or if they just can't resist the big story. I really hope it is the latter.


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You could fill several pris... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

You could fill several prisons to capacity by arresting those terrorists phycially at CNN, Reuters, the ASSociated (with terrorists) Press, NYT and half a dozen other anti-american media outlets.

Does old Krazy Keith Olberm... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Does old Krazy Keith Olberman know about this?

He is the Keeper of the Edward R. Murrow Conscience of Journalism.

Iraelly believe the militar... (Below threshold)
914:

Iraelly believe the military should start targeting the terrorists news organization called Al Jazeera.

Are you nuts, Scrapiron?</p... (Below threshold)

Are you nuts, Scrapiron?

Do you really think it would be a good idea to have the military go after the media?

My god...in less than three years that we've been in Iraq, we've gone from being the leading promoter of democracy to having freaks online saying that the press should be regulated by the Government.

That's un-American and I don't want it from my country.

There's no doubt that CNN i... (Below threshold)

There's no doubt that CNN is participating in a media blizzard of negativity toward the Repubs just before the elections, and this video is just a snippet of what Tony Snow calls "suppression" by the MSM.

Back in the day, I worked for all three major broadcast networks on projects, as well as Dem-run PBS News. The "guiding hand" that Communism used to talk about steers their leftward bias farther toward the internal dissolution longed for by radical extremists.

A war of all against all, with outsiders like Islamists to pick up the pelf, eventually may result from tendentious factitious twaddle that CNN and its drive-by media colleagues in crime commit 24/7/365.

Niall Ferguson's new book describes the slo-mo meltdown Western Civ is beginning to experience.

I have in my possesion a vi... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

I have in my possesion a video of American snipers 'at work' in Afganistan demonstrating to Jihad Johhny how to best effectivly be a target of opportunity. I offered to have it delivered to CNN by intermediaries but as of yet they haven't replied, I'm not holding my breath.
When a news organization becomes a propaganda arm of the enemy they loose all credibility and are no longer able to claim that they are 'fair and balanced'.
You don't see them showing video of the jumpers from the WTC on 911 do you?
Some death porn is better than others in their view obviously, especially if its from the Islamofacist veiw.

Chris misunderstood the ori... (Below threshold)
Sabba Hillel:

Chris misunderstood the original comment. Rather than the government attempting to censor the enemy propaganda machines, the intelligence agencies should trace back the propaganda efforts to their original sources in the enemy infrastructure. This would allow them to find and target the actual terrorists being assisted by the media dupes.

I didn't read anything abou... (Below threshold)
moon6:

I didn't read anything about the military in Scrapiron's comment.

Arrests are usually made by the police, either via warrant or after they find probable cause.

I didn't read anything about Government regulation of the press either.

This is further explanation... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

This is further explanation for Chris: we don't need the gov to control CNN and Reuter for example. Decent Americans should exercise our first amendment right in condemning the actions of CNN and Reuter for example. They have the first amendment right to act as propaganda services for the terrorists (to a certain extent). We should have and exercise our first-amendment right in strongly condemning them. The lack of such condemnation from the left is revealing.

HeadlineNY Times Co.... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Headline
NY Times Co. 3Q Profit Plunges 39%, Belo Also Down
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We should exercise our freedom to help drive down the profit at the NYT further.

"There's no doubt that C... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"There's no doubt that CNN is participating in a media blizzard of negativity toward the Repubs just before the elections, and this video is just a snippet of what Tony Snow calls "suppression" by the MSM."

And I read just this morning about how CNN was being much more brutal towards Reid than Hastert.

Why has CNN devoted 50 times as much coverage to Harry Reid's land deal as Dennis Hastert's?

From October 12-17, CNN aired 3,361 words about allegations that Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) improperly reported a land deal in which he made $700,000.

Seventeen different CNN transcripts in the Nexis database include mention of the Reid land deal -- and that doesn't even count October 18, when CNN has aired at least one more lengthy segment on the deal.

So both sides are pointing at unfair treatment from the media. I guess we need a big scorecard to keep track.

Geez - you'd think there was an election approaching or something...

"When a news organizatio... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"When a news organization becomes a propaganda arm of the enemy they loose all credibility and are no longer able to claim that they are 'fair and balanced'."

That exact criticism is often leveled at the Fox News organization - and yet I have never heard one peep out of a conservative suggesting that Fox isn't Fair and Balanced. Quite the oppposite - they are defended loudly by those on the right.

I agree with LoveAmerica (as much as it pains me) -- just let the marketplace decide - but bottom line, America needs a free press - even with whatever biases they bring to the table.

This kind of thing has been... (Below threshold)
Sidious1:

This kind of thing has been on uTube and Break.com for a couple of years now and CNN just "happens" to get it before the election?
NIce!

That exact criticism is oft... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

That exact criticism is often leveled at the Fox News organization - and yet I have never heard one peep out of a conservative suggesting that Fox isn't Fair and Balanced. Quite the oppposite - they are defended loudly by those on the right.
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Lee, don't know whether you are doing it intentionally or not. Fox wasn't accused of aiding the terrorists and the enemies of America. It is being accused of pro-American bias by the left.

We should be honest enough that CNN has openly admitted that they are trying to influence public opinion with this video (on behalf of the terrorists and for AMerican defeat in Iraq). I am waiting in vain for the left 's condemnation. Maybe CNN just echoes the left 's desire.

To "pucker puss" (lee lee)-... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

To "pucker puss" (lee lee)--"marketplace" (see below)
#1--FOX
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#2cnn
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-#3 msnbc (off the charts)
need I say more.

Yeeah that makes a lot of s... (Below threshold)
seamus:

Yeeah that makes a lot of sense. Obviously CNN wants the terrorists to win and America to lose. Cause then they'd get...ummmm, they'd get....uh, exactly how does the terrorists winning benefit CNN?

from the CNN piece:<... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

from the CNN piece:

From a distance, possibly hundreds of yards away, a sniper watches for his opportunity to strike as a fellow insurgent operates a camera to capture the video for propaganda purposes.

And published by CNN..

It's splendid that CNN is t... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

It's splendid that CNN is trying to make sure that Al Jazeera really is "The 'CNN' of the Middle East"
-=Mike

Please explain if you all w... (Below threshold)
TD Larkin:

Please explain if you all will what the difference is between CNN airing Al Qaeda propaganda videos of attacks on our troops and the Republican National Committee airing political ads containing Al Qaeda videos of attacks on our troops?

And why does President Bush frequently recite Osama bin Laden's poisonous message of hatred on the campaign trail? Did FDR go around quoting Hitler?

The outrage should not be d... (Below threshold)
Mary:

The outrage should not be directed at CNN for airing some reality on the war. American outrage should be directed at the moron Bush for getting us into another no-win war like Vietnam. Americans were suckered into this war by the Bush gang with the WMD hoax. Now we all must bear the consquences, with hundreds of dead servicemen and half a trillion dollars of taxpayer money down the drain. The fool and lier Bush should be impeached and imprisoned.

i love hearing American ... (Below threshold)
gadjodilo:

i love hearing American people speaking about terrorist. a head shoot in a foreign military invasor in the street of NY or Washington would be for you an heroic act.
lets try to see the other side of the mirror and if you have to be angry against somebody for the death of poor downtown US guy who had no other choice for escaping poverty than to enlist. then be angry against bush rumsfeld and cheney who are making millions over their dead body ( petrol, private army contratations and big weapons corporations ....etc).
iraki people are suffering each day of this war that you decide with propaganda and lie. since WW2
it is a pity to say that USA aren't working for democracy but only for their own interest vietnam salvador nicaraga panama irak.

STOP MESSING WITH THE WORLD IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE MORE USA HEADSHOOTED IN FOREIGN COUNTRY

It's refreshing to look at ... (Below threshold)
yomama:

It's refreshing to look at what folks on the other side are saying, and clearly see that it consists of rhetoric that they are clearly too stupid to recognize. So I ask, you paramilitary pussies, with only the intelligence to pull the trigger, or maybe to wave your red, white and blue pom-poms while some other imbecile does, how did a group of unequiped, technologically inferior, in some cases still alive, highjackers manage to get through our air defenses? Do you really believe that they couldn't have at least prevented the second plane from hitting the towers? Stop repeating the lies from previous generations, grow some balls and see the big picture. I don't mean to confuse any of you who are genetically ill equipt for anything but dying in some war, but we are the terrorists. Those insurgents we're killing are really just people who had a country that we took over that they are trying to take back. Dehumanize them by calling them whatever you like, if that's what you need to do, but please, don't kill those innocent people in the name of my freedom. My freedom is being taken away by a government that has been infiltrated by International business intrests, same as you. If you really want to fight for freedom, you might want to consider who is responsible for taking it away.




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