US Military Personal Shoots Civilian Driver: Military says Release Unauthorzed

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US Military Firing on Civilian
Scribe: N. Tru Bass
 
 
We all remember the 2008, Collateral Murder, a video distributed by WikiLeaks in Iraq showing an American helicopter demanding permission to shoot unarmed journalist on the ground below. The first frame of the video has a quote from George Orwell that says, “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind.” In time of war most Americans understand that laws and norms are rescinded. But, most expect for soldiers to do the right thing, the moral thing. 
 
Recently, another video surfaced with a soldier shooting what appears to be a shotgun off the back of a military vehicle, directly into the window of a civilian vehicle for no apparent reason. This time the shooting was in Afghanistan and has again caused dismay at the top of military ranks. The footage was pulled from a montage of combat footage from last year called “Happy Few Ordnance Symphony.” Politico initially reported the video and military personell said the video was not authorized to be released by the US Central command and was removed from the video sharing site. 
 
The gleaned video appears to be recorded on a helmet or a body camera and in stride the response from authorities was, “its difficult to judge what was shown in the video without knowing the context.” Does that sound fimiliar? When Rodney King was beaten senseless on the streets of Los Angeles the police department responded with the context argument. Most Americans polled at the time was offended by the context comment and the divide deepened. 
 
The rest of the world is taking the same stance against Americans each and everytime an immoral act is publicised and governmental retaliation occurs. 
 
While speaking to a group of military men John Adams said in 1798, "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
 
The United States of America is not the White House or the land in which it sits upon, but it is the people, the citizenry. It is us who must stand up to tyrants –it is us who must refresh the tree of liberty, and it is the people who must remember the limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.  We must refuse to be divided and stand strong as one America, despite the efforts of the powers that be to divide and conquer the people of this great nation. 
 

I would like to commend Head of Central Command Gen. Joseph Votel who expressed frustration about the video.

“I have reviewed the video and I am disappointed and also concerned that the American people, our coalition partners, the Afghan government, and the Afghan people will believe that American service members are callous and indifferent to the horrors of war or the suffering of innocent people trapped in conflict,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

“I can assure you that this video does not represent the professionalism or humanity of the men and women of US Central Command. We reject the unprofessional and callous message this video conveys.”

 
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I saw this video this morning it is clear some of the people serving in the service need a mental evaluation periodically, but at least the government is not trying to make up a half baked excuse to why this happen in the first place.

if you watch closely the bolt on the semi automatic shotgun that the soldier was using you will see the bolt never moves and there was no round extracted

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