FOX News Used Oliver North as Its “Independent Journalist” to Help the U.S. Cover Up a Massacre in Herat

Posted: September 11, 2008 in Uncategorized
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You have got to be kidding me:

But a gruesome video has now surfaced clearly documenting the huge number of civilians that were killed. A very thorough, independent, on-the-scene investigation by the New York Times‘ Carlotta Gall — who Floyd, a former colleague of Gall at The Moscow Times, rightly hailed as a truly intrepid war reporter — resulted in the discovery of mountains of new documentary evidence and highly credible and pro-U.S. witnesses confirming not only that at least 90 civilians were killed, but also casting serious doubt on the U.S.’s claim that there were even any Taliban in the village at all.

There are numerous vital issues raised by this episode relating both to the bombing and particularly how the U.S. Government so frequently issues false claims, but in light of all the recent uproar over what is and is not “appropriate journalism,” I want to focus for the moment on Fox News’ role in this. When the U.S. military originally was denying the villagers’ claim, the Pentagon claimed it had had conducted an investigation and that an unnamed “independent journalist” who happened to be with them confirmed their account that large numbers of Taliban were among the dead and only very few unarmed civilians were. But then this was revealed:

“The US military said that its findings were corroborated by an independent journalist embedded with the US force. He was named as the Fox News correspondent Oliver North, who came to prominence in the 1980s Iran-Contra affair, when he was a[ Marine] colonel.”

Please read Greenwald’s full piece at Salon – it’s breathtaking and sickening. Again, I repeat:

[Whether you are a believer in just war tradition or, like me, a firm believer in the] nonviolence of Jesus Christ, if you are a Christian fighting in Afghanistan, you should lay down your arms and refuse to kill for the U.S. government.

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