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U.S. Illegally Shot Journalist

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Posted on Oct 15, 2006

A coroner has ruled the fatal shooting of an already wounded British journalist by U.S. troops to be an “unlawful act.”  Though it refused to take part in the inquest, the Pentagon defended the shooting: “We have always gone to extreme measures to avoid civilian casualties and collateral damage.”

Los Angeles Times:

LONDON—U.S. forces unlawfully fired the heavy-caliber machine-gun bullet that killed British newsman Terry Lloyd after an Iraqi civilian put him in his car and attempted to take him to the hospital when he was wounded shortly after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, a coroner ruled Friday.

After an eight-day inquest that included testimony from Lloyd’s cameraman at ITN News, Oxfordshire Deputy Coroner Andrew Walker said he had “no doubt” the shooting was “an unlawful act,” and concluded that Lloyd could have survived an earlier attack by Iraqi forces had U.S. soldiers not opened fire on his rescue vehicle.

Walker said he would ask senior British legal officials to hold those responsible criminally liable, but U.S. authorities denied wrongdoing and said the Marines deployed in southern Iraq during the early days of the war were following the rules of engagement.


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By R. A. Earl, October 16, 2006 at 12:45 pm Link to this comment
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Isn’t it interesting that we have the name of the victim, names of the witnesses, name of the coroner, etc. but only the ANONYMOUS “The Pentagon” replying and, of course, denying the charges.

It’s not often we have anyone specific RESPONSIBLE for anything on “our side.” It’s always “a spokeperson” or an unsigned “press release” - never a SPECIFIC PERSON in a SPECIFIC POSITION OF AUTHORITY/RESPONSIBILITY willing to be accountable with an address/phone number. That, of course, makes it virtually impossible to complain or challenge or find out any facts with which to launch legal action. Neat, eh?

I’m sure the Marines deployed in Iraq WERE following the “Rules of Engagement” - GUESS WHO WROTE THE RULES (and changed them to suit the situation/themselves)?

““We have always gone to extreme measures to avoid civilian casualties and collateral damage.” ” The latest reports of human carnage seem to indicate 600,000+ DEAD. Can you IMAGINE the destruction if they hadn’t tried to avoid hurting innocent people?

If you write a letter to your representative to complain, in my opinion, you might just as well shred it at YOUR END and save the post office the trouble. It’s my guess that’s where your letter goes at THEIR END.

And just what are you going to do about the lack of accountability/response? Right. Nothing. Because there’s nothing you can do. The bully has you cornered and conquered. No bully willingly gives up power - it’s just too much of a trip. But a bigger bully always comes along eventually.

I wonder who the BIGGER BULLY is going to be to knock ‘em off? I guess I’d better brush up on my Mandarin.

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