Telegraph’s report of indiscriminate killing of Iraqis – seeing is believing

This is sickening, and even more disturbing is the creedence one must give this report, considering it was front page material in the UK’s Telegraph:

“A “trophy” video appearing to show security guards in Baghdad randomly shooting Iraqi civilians has sparked two investigations after it was posted on the internet, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

The video has sparked concern that private security companies, which are not subject to any form of regulation either in Britain or in Iraq, could be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent Iraqis.”

And we wonder how they can “hate us for our freedom…”

Watch the video at Crooks and Liars. (link)

White House: “Setting the Record Straight”

In yet another truth-shattering address to reporters, Scott McClellan said that Sen. Joseph Biden’s (D-DE) plan to withdraw troops, published in Saturday’s Washington Post, mirrors a plan that the White House has established.

Today’s White House press is defensively headlined “Setting the Record Straight”.

Neither our troops nor Congress, are crying for accountability now; you insist on “passing the buck,” but dare you LISTEN?

Saddam Hussein will be on trial this week, and HIS men have plenty of cash, weapons, and a strong will to kill. That’s what Iraqi national security advisor Mowaffaq al-Rubaie told Reuters today.

Eight Sunnis were arrested Sunday – by IRAQI police, according to AP, before they were able to assassinate the presiding judge in the Hussein case. Best take all that surveillance of your al-Qaeda has beens now, lets “set the record straight” – this war is against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

“Don’t Bomb Us!” – Al Jazeera Blog

While browsing the impressive, award-winning Global Voices blog, I came across this brand new blog launched this week by three Al-Jazeera staffers. Don’t Bomb Us is definitely worth following.

Tariq Ayoub, al Jazeera’s Baghdad correspondent, was killed by a U.S. airstrike in April 2003. On Thursday, staffers and supporters of Al Jazeera held photos of Ayoub outside the network’s Doha, Qatar headquarters in protest of the memo in which President Bush reportedly suggested bombing Al Jazeera during a meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, according to the London Times. Ayoub’s widow is considering suing the U.S.

The Guardian has a background article on the Bush/Blair meetings that are the source of the memo in question.

UPDATE: British MP and editor of the UK Spectator Boris Johnson is prepared to go to jail for the opportunity to print the four page Bush-Blair memo. Other journalists are set to follow his lead. The world was prepared to slough aside the Mirror’s claims in regards to the memo’s contents until it became clear that the UK has taken extreme measures to protect against the publishing of its contents, threatening jail…. is it only a matter of time?