Iraq: Freed Italian Reporter Says US Forces Tried to Kill Her
A collection of links to this developing story. Bush and his corp. media roll out the damage control.
Freed Italian Reporter Says US Forces Tried to Kill Her
"Everyone knows that the Americans don't want hostages to be freed by negotiations, and for that reason, I don't see why I should rule out that I was their target," ...
Napalm Raid on Falluja?
73 charred bodies -- women and children -- were found
23 November 2004
Life and Death
Italian Journalist Wounded in Hostage Drama Recalls Her Ordeal
UN asked to investigate US shooting of Italian journalist and military intelligence officer
Reporters Without Borders pays tribute to women journalists under threat worldwide
Was Giuliana Sgrena deliberately targeted?
"A few facts to consider:
1. The agent who was killed died while shielding Sgrena with his own body, according to Reuters. "He leaned over me, probably to protect me, and then he slumped down, and I saw he was dead," she said. This could mean one of two things: Either the agent was reacting as trained to the gunfire and was protecting his principle, or he saw that she was the target of the fire.
2. Pier Scolari, companion to Sgrena, has stated the attack was deliberate, according to Agence France Presse. "The Americans and Italians knew about (her) car coming," Scolari said. "They were 700 meters (yards) from the airport, which means that they had passed all checkpoints. Giuliana had information, and the US military did not want her to survive."
3. The chief editor of Sgrena's newspaper Il Manifesto, Gabriele Polo, branded Calipari's death a "murder". "He was hit in the head," he said.
4. For a journalist like Sgrena to be deliberately targeted, a motive would have to exist. An examination of the work she was doing in Iraq, particularly about the annihilation of Fallujah, makes it clear that she was disbursing information the U.S. military and civilian command structure do not want widely known.
A few examples of her reports:
Ten thousand Iraqis in US and British prisons
Napalm Raid on Falluja?
The death throes of Fallujah
Interview with an Iraki woman tortured at Abu Graib
A longer and more detailed examination of these allegations has been written by Luciana Bohne at Online Journal. Give that article a careful read."
Another Journalist Deliberately Targeted? William Pitt, March 6, 2005
Naomi Klein succinctly explains below the intent of the US occupier's policy: "In Iraq, US forces and their Iraqi surrogates are no longer bothering to conceal attacks on civilian targets and are openly eliminating anyone - doctors, clerics, journalists - who dares to count the bodies."
My Name Is Giuliana Sgrena:
I Write for a Newspaper Which Opposed the Sanctions and the War Against Iraq'
My truth By Giuliana Sgrena
AP Linked to Disinfo on Sgrena's Story of Shooting
Right-Wing Bloggers' Fake Sgrena Car Photo -With Help from AP
March 6th, 2005
Right-wing bloggers are circulating a photo purportedly showing the car in which Sgrena Guiliani was wounded and her rescuer Nicola Calipari was fatally shot. The photo is being used to discredit Sgrena's account of the shooting.
It shows a four-door sedan which has only the driver's side window broken and no overt bullet damage to the bodywork. That contradicts the "hail of bullets" described by Sgrena and others. And it boosts the US military's case that the incident was just a "mishap."
At first glance the picture seems legitimate. Captions < http://www.thepoliticalteen.net/archives/2005/03/sgrenaas_ca
r.php > which accompany the photo on blogs say it's a still frame taken from an Associated Press video about the shooting at Baghdad Airport.
These captions also give a source link to versions of the video on Yahoo < http://dailynews.yahoo.com//p/v?u=/ap_av/20050304/av_ap_wl/3
969bd1456cb711006f784911e5d8c0d&cid=452&f=53746348 ... >
and on AP Feedroom < http://national.feedroom.com/x/tiles.jsp?rd=1 >
They make comments like:
"Unless this car is made out of thick metal and bullets bounce off of it, I don't think this car was shot at more than 10 times." [ http://www.thepoliticalteen.net/archives/2005/03/sgrenaas_ca
"I ask you, does the car above look like it was ?riddled with bullets? Either our soldiers are terrible shots or some people are being pretty loose with the facts in this story." [ http://sayanythingblog.com/2005/03/06/sgrenas-car/ ]
But if you are suspicious that the car seems far too little damaged, you might -as I did- check major search engines for such a high-profile photo. On the second page < http://news.search.yahoo.com/news/search?ei=UTF-8&p=Sgrena+v
ehicle&c=images&b=11 > of a Yahoo News Photo search -I quickly found the same vehicle photographed from another angle.
This time with an Iraqi man standing beside the vehicle.< http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/050205/photos
The Yahoo photo caption says:
An Iraqi driver stands near his damaged vehicle at the site of the kidnapping of an Italian journalist outside al-Nahrain University in central Baghdad, February 4, 2005.... Gunmen pulled up alongside her vehicle, forced her driver and an Iraqi journalist with her out of the vehicle at gunpoint and then drove off with Sgrena, the sources said.
The driver said that the gunmen hit his car as they were rushing away from the scene following the kidnapping. (Akram Saleh/Reuters)
Tracking back the "car photo" story through blogs --which credited each other as the tale passed around, the feeding chain included www.thepoliticalteen.net/, sayanythingblog.com,
and the source of it all littlegreenfootballs.com < http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=14962_Maybe_Al
You will gain some insight into the political flavor of littlegreenfootballs.com -the blog which started the fake story- from this comment in a related thread on the blog
"Journalists writing for commie rags are not impervious to bullets if they disregard the American military in a war zone. One would think Sgrena would be more cautious having just been released as a hostage."
Here, even as the story continued to ooze across the blogsphere, the source of it all had already retracted their claim it was Sgrena's car.
And they were blaming Associated Press for it all, because in the AP video, the car clip from the February 5th, kidnapping was misleading synchronized with the voice-over describing the Baghdad airport shooting of Sgrena:
"[The video has] a medium shot of this car, changing to a closeup, as the voice-over says, ?Coalition forces fired on a vehicle that was approaching a checkpoint at a high rate of speed.? ...So we apparently have a false alarm here, triggered by a highly misleading AP video. This is not a photo of the car that ran the checkpoint. [ http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=14962_Maybe_Al
But even as one piece of disinfo is retracted that last sentence sows another:
"This is not a photo of the car that ran the checkpoint."
There was no checkpoint < http://wagnews.blogspot.com/2005/03/giuliana-sgrena-means-mo
tive-and.html >. Sgrena recounts that a patrol fired on their car within sight of the terminal building at the airport - not on the road to airport. This is just a continuation of earlier disinformation by the US command in Iraq.
The AP video is disturbingly edited. The little green footballs have been suspiciously inept.
But that isn't stopping the popularity of disinformation which serves only to cover-up the likely assassination bid on a journalist --who was at the time of her imminent departure from Iraq, set to beecome a heroine of the anti-war movement in Italy and a considerable obstacle to the US/UK and Italian political mafia and their proto-imperial objectives in Iraq.
See our further coverage:
* Giuliana Sgrena : Means, Motive and Murder
* US attack on Sgrena was deliberate says companion
* Reporter survives likely assassination bid by US Special Forces
...more to come on www.breakfornews.com/
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