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Media Covered Up Full Haditha Battle

Monday, 18 June 2007 12:00 AM

The media's massacre of the truth

The media reported on the Nov. 19, 2005 insurgent ambush at Haditha, but they concentrated solely on the early events, namely the deaths of the passengers in a white car and the civilians who died during the initial house clearing. The media reported if these were the sole activities when in fact, they were a part of a day-long, full-scale battle between Marines and insurgents in which 11 Marines were wounded and a number of insurgents killed or captured.

Here, according to Marines who were on the scene, are the events of Nov. 19 that the media refuses to cover:

The engagement that began at 7:30 a.m. ended around at about 5:00 p.m. The media concentrated on the 24 civilians killed in the early morning, cruelly ignoring the fact that during the entire battle, 11 United States Marines were wounded; five of the cornered insurgents were killed; and two were captured along with a huge stockpile of weapons. All of this action was captured by the remotely controlled UAV.

The media's complicity in covering up the entire day's events was aided by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) which wanted to use the UAV video to prove that the portion of the video dealing with the initial events was being viewed by the battalion officers in the command center, and they were fully aware of the situation on the scene, and attempted to cover it up.

According to one intelligence officer who had viewed the entire video and who was talking to some on the defense counsel who had been shown part of it, the tape cuts off just as they see the insurgents fleeing the neighborhood — they were denied any further views of the video.

"To me, there was an obvious agenda to cover up the true nature of the day, and only focus on that piece which could be used to implicate battalion officers," he told NewsMax.com.

He added that of the hours of video shot by the UAV, the NCIS showed only a few minutes of what was filmed and acted as if that was all there was. The media eagerly picked up that fiction and ran with it, and the public was prevented from knowing the full story.

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