Ethan McCord, one of the soldiers seen in the “Collateral Murder” video released by Wikileaks, has come forward to talk about the incident, calling the rules of engagement in Iraq a “joke”.
For those who are unfamiliar with the footage, it should be noted that there are some disturbing images, however as Collective-Evolution points out, “it’s a powerful tool to let people know about something that is commonly covered up, leaving the Western world oblivious to the reality of the situation.”
By now, most are aware of the controversy behind certain terrorist groups and possible ties to United States intelligence agencies, a good example being Al Qaeda. It seems this belief had originated from a 2004 BBC article entitled “Al-Qaeda’s Origins and Links” in which it was stated:
“During the anti-Soviet jihad Bin Laden and his fighters received American and Saudi funding. Some analysts believe Bin Laden himself had security training from the CIA.”
Four years later, in June of 2009, former FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, stated in an interview on The Mike Malloy Show:
“I have information about things that our government has lied to us about. I know. For example, to say that since the fall of the Soviet Union we ceased all of our intimate relationship with Bin Laden and the Taliban—those things can be proven as lies, very easily, based on the information they classified in my case, because we did carry very intimate relationship with these people, and it involves Central Asia, all the way up to September 11.”
Government officials deny these allegations; however, if it is true that these terrorist groups are a Western creation, it brings to mind a few questions.
As Collective-Evolution has pointed out: Why? Where exactly are these terrorist groups coming from, and to what purpose?
Here are some quotes by McCord taken from the video:
“If you feel threatened in any way, you’re able to engage that person. Many soldiers felt threatened just by the fact that you were looking at them, so they fired their weapons on anybody that was looking at them because they (I) felt threatened. We were told if we were to fire on anybody, and if it were to be investigated, that ‘officers will take care of you.’”
“We were told by our battalion commander to kill every m***** f****** on the street. Many soldiers would not do that, we decided we were going to shoot into the rooftops of buildings because, if you didn’t fire, the NCOs in your platoon would make your life hell.”
“This happens on a daily basis, destroying vans full of children, the destruction of the Iraqi people happens on a daily basis.”
RT. Apr 5, 2013. (http://rt.com/usa/collateral-video-murder-mccord-414/)
Walia, Arjun. Collective-Evolution. Apr 11, 2015. (http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/04/11/u-s-soldier-uses-heart-breaking-wikileaks-video-to-make-his-point/)
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And we wonder why hundreds of severed heads are rolling around the roads! ISIS were made by those purporting to represent the USA. No matter the ridiculous religions, would not YOUR anger be the same?
ISIS was made by the USA as a new “unseen” enemy to fight after Bin Landen’s fall
I cried pretty much during that whole thing (and I tell you, its takes a lot for me to have that response), if allied soldiers are suffering this and if allied forces are doing this, omg it needs to stop!! I too have kids at this age, how can this happen? how can the responses you hear be from decent people?
Roger, damn oh well. Dont bring your kid to a gun fight…. fuck those guys i hope they rot in hell and take an rpg to the dick,
Oh brother ANOTHER wikileaks interview by someone disgruntled by the US Army. Trash. Utter nonsense and trash.
Mr. Rubble. So, if a person FROM the military says something that makes the military look bad it’s just because he is disgruntled and should be ignored. Is that what you are saying? And if a person who is NOT from or in the United States military says something negative about what our military is doing, would you say that that person should also be ignored because only people in the military can possibly have valid opinions? Are you telling me that only people who are in the United States military AND have positive opinions about all that the United States military does should have their opinions considered?
That is correct.
This is why I hate the military. Cant we solve problems without killing each other? Didn’t our parents teach us to share and not fight? these asshols in the helies are acting like they are just playing GTA or some shit. like they want to kill people knowing that they are of no real threat. but then again, our military wants solders like this for when the riots become a civil war, these motherfuckers wont care who to shoot, just that they get to shoot. that’s all that matters to them. civilians have guns sure but not tanks and helis and bombs. civil war would fuck us all up. lets look at the police. they kill ppl all the time. protests happen. undercover cops push people into violence in the protests so that the cops have reason to mace every one. as more violent protests/riots happen, the country will go into martial law. this is what they want. we cant let that happen.
There is some very poor leadership in that organization. In 03 and 05 it was most definitely not like this.
Fuck the USA. More worse than Russia, only more sneaky.
I don’t need to be a muslim for wanting to blowup the White House.
He is beyond full of crap. The ROE in Afghanistan and Iraq (before we left) were so restrictive as to put our troops in danger.
Oh wait…HTF did this guy know anything about what went on?
Ethan McCord, a soldier who arrived on the scene after the attack
I watched this and was filled with anger, sadness and confusion…Imagine how much this happens on a daily basis.
FUCKIN MONSTERS! DIE!!!!!!!!!!! If I believed in god, I’d pray every day for soldiers like those who kill civilians and kids to be tortured for decades until death.
Who gives them the orders?
Is it just me or US soldiers have fun killing civilians?
Look at all the mess America is making, and you gays says America is the greatest place on earth? The day america gets attack from any other strong country (like russia or china), they will leave you all alone, unless your a high ranked person or a soldier. They will leave you all. all America goverment want is to milk all the money out of you guys, like they do with other countries… You know that america only cares about money when you are able to pay urself out of prison. that isnt the only exsample that america is a moneywhorecountry, look at the oile they are stealing from muslims countries. Americam get your shit together…
Their is real bad people in this world, but somethimes in a moment of clarity when I’m not too caried away by emotions from seeing that kind of ”things”, I still think that those soldiers are not that bad, they’ve just been caught in a system they don’t understand where we tell them to put their emotions aside and do as others do because it’s the only way your ever going to know. Maybe if we could bring them to think by themselves instead of following, unconciously and unaware like puppets, maybe they would understand all the pain and the atrocities they commit.
99% of Americans are disgusted with our military actions. 99% of Americans are sick of the perpetual war. 99% of Americans want this shit to end.
Unfortunately, America is no longer a democracy. We are no longer a free country. Our corporate owned two party system has a chokehold on our democracy and freedom.
The 1% control everything in our country. We’re not even allowed to choose a presidential candidate who would end the corruption. All of our voting machines are rigged. It is pointless for us to even vote. The 1% have already chosen the next president.
The 1% control our media; they have most of our country brainwashed into thinking we’re still a free country.
America is not a democracy, it is a corporate oligarchy.
The 1% control our military, and our spending. Our government keeps most of our taxes as profit for themselves.
In a few years, the only industries America will have left are military weapons manufacturing. The good businesses, run by people with a conscience, are fleeing from America.
Our country is on a steady decline. But rather than fix any of our problems, the elite have most of our country cowering in fear of terrorism.
Meanwhile our education is shit. There are so many stupid people in America. This is done on purpose, because stupid people are easy to control.
Those of us who are intelligent enough to see what is happening and trying to stop it are branded as traitors.
But we’re patriots. We’re not going to go down without a fight. A civil war is coming to America. The elite know it is coming, they’re buying land in other countries so that they can take the billions of dollars they raped from the American people and flee to safety as soon as the Revolution turns violent.
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” – Thomas Jefferson