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The "Collateral Murder" Video - American Soldiers Gunning Down Unarmed Civilians, Journalists and Children
On April 4, 2010, whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks published a classified video of a United States Apache helicopter firing on civilians in New Baghdad in 2007. The video, available at www.collateralmurder.com, shows Americans shooting and killing 11 individuals who do not return fire. Two of those killed were Reuters? employees, including 22 year old Reuters? photojournalist Namir Noor-Eldeen and his driver, 40 year old Saeed Chmagh.
The video includes an audio recording of the internal commentary by the American soldiers before, during and after the shooting. The soldiers repeatedly request and are granted permission to open fire, encourage one another and joke about the dead and dying civilians. (Full transcript available here - www.collateralmurder.com/en/transcript.html)
A total of 11 adults were killed. Two children, passengers in a van that arrived on the scene after the first bout of gunfire had ceased, were seriously injured when the Apache helicopter opened fire on their van.
In 2007, Reuters called for an investigation into the attack. In response, a spokesman for the multinational forces in Baghdad stated: ?There is no question that coalition forces were clearly engaged in combat operations against a hostile force.?
No charges have been filed against the American soldiers in the Apache helicopter who shot and killed the civilians in the video.
In late May 2010, Private First Class Bradley Manning, an intelligence analyst with the US Army in Baghdad, was arrested. On June 6, 2010, he was charged with 2 counts of violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including eight criminal offenses and four noncriminal violations of Army regulations. The full charge sheet is available at www.bradleymanning.org/3163/charge-sheet-html.
His arrest was precipitated by an alleged online chat confession to well-known hacker and journalist Adrian Lamo.
Manning is currently imprisoned in the brig at US Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico, Virginia, awaiting trial. If convicted, Manning faces up to 52 years in prison, dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and benefits and unspecified fines.
Since his arrest, Bradley Manning has issued no formal public statements. Daniel Ellsberg, the famed whistleblower behind the Pentagon Papers, has heralded Pfc. Bradley Manning as a hero.
The History of the Bradley Manning Support Network
Our organization and website, bradleymanning.org, was begun by cyber-activist Mike Gogulski on June 12, 2010. The website and Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/savebradley) have seen an international outpouring of support for Bradley Manning. Please see our supporters.
On July 12, 2010, our organization passed a resolution to begin fundraising for Manning?s legal defense in addition to our awareness, outreach and prisoner support campaign. We have since been in contact with his military legal defense team as well as organizations working to provide funds for his legal defense.
Donations for Bradley Manning defense are being accepted.
Please donate now. If you have questions, see our FAQ on the Defense Fund.
We strongly urge activists interested in working on this campaign to email support at bradleymanning dot org. Please state how you would like to contribute.
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Last updates: August 3, 2010
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