‘We’re in Jail, Dude’

Via BBC via Murdoch’s Sun a British tabloid. Surprising how long it took for this to break, but ol’ Rupes is just that kind of player.

The Sun newspaper says it has obtained the cockpit video at the centre of a row over the “friendly-fire” death of a British soldier in Iraq.

An inquest into the death of Lance Corporal of Horse Matty Hull, 25, from Berks, was adjourned after the coroner said the tape was central to the case.

The MoD said it was classified “secret” by the US, so could not be released.

The Sun says the video shows US aircraft attacking a British convoy in Basra, southern Iraq, in March 2003.

The video is … weird.

Reuters’ take is here.

YouTube’d video after jump.
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Olbermann Breaks Down SOTU

I’ve been waiting for this since last week‘s godawful State of the Union address. Below, Keith Olbermann, whose masterfully produced “Nexus of Politics and Terror” report in 2005 debunked every single terror warning the U.S. has ever issued, last night deconstructed the SOTU (read text).

See also: The Onion: “White House Quietly Retracts Entire State of the Union Address,” What Bush Really Meant to Say, State of the Union TagCloud,

Even Andy Rooney hated it.

h/t JBrown.

Lara Logan’s Plea From Baghdad

laralogan.jpgCBS News’ Baghdad Correspondent Lara Logan recently sent out an e-mail pleading for friends and colleagues to push CBS to air her “Battle of Haifa Street” report on any of their news programs. They have thus far agreed only to post the video on their Web site. Watch it here and you’ll see why they’re hesitant to broadcast it. The 2-minute clip closes with a soundbyte of an Iraqi citizens’ experience with American troops that may be just too balanced and accurate for today’s U.S. media: “They told us they would bring democracy, they promised life would be better than it was under Saddam. But they brought us nothing but death and killing. They brought mass destruction to Baghdad.” The text of Logan’s e-mail is below:

From: lara logan
Subject: help

The story below only appeared on our CBS website and was not aired on CBS. It is a story that is largely being ignored, even though this istakingplace verysingle day in central Baghdad, two blocks from where our office is located.

Our crew had to be pulled out because we got a call saying they were about to be killed, and on their way out, a civilian man was shot dead in front of them as they ran.

I would be very grateful if any of you have a chance to watch this story and pass the link on to as many people you know as possible. It should be seen. And people should know about this.

If anyone has time to send a comment to CBS – about the story – not about my request, then that would help highlight that people are interested and this is not too gruesome to air, but rather too important to ignore.

Many, many thanks.

Hussein-o-vision: Citizen Video Undermines State Rhetoric

saddam hussein is hangedIn a backhanded testament to the usefulness of citizen journalism as a voice of dissent, the Iraqi government announced the arrest of (up to three?) two guards and an official who supervised the hanging in connection with the unauthorized videorecording of Saddam Hussein’s execution. The video, apparently made by cellphone, was posted to the Internet on Saturday.

While it appears that a low level guard stands to be charged (name[s] of the arrested have yet to be released), Will Bunch and others find reason to believe the guilty party to be none other than Iraq Nat’l Security advisor Mowaffak Al-Rubaie, the virtual equivalent of the White House’s Stephen Hadley. Oh, the irony of an investigation of a sensitive and untimely leak — this time, not Bush needing to point his finger away from Hadley, but al-Maliki needing to find a scapegoat for his rebel with or without a cause.

While al-Rubaie was installed mostly at the discretion of the U.S. — al-Maliki’s insistence on interrogating and bringing justice to whomever posted the video is yet another example of his unwillingness to cooperate with U.S. interests and to foster his own independence from being the partner that the Bush Administration has so fervently tried to create. It’s now crystal clear that Maliki has little interest in appeasing the U.S. — after all, he has his own life and family to protect while posing as a crucial figure in a civil war and, as the BBC reports, he just wants his nightmare term as PM to end.

Josh Marshall is tracking all developments on this story at Talking Points Memo.

Beck @ the Echo, Los Angeles, December 9

beck at the echo, los angelesWhat a treat for anyone on the Echo/Spaceland mailing list who happened to still be checking e-mails at ten to 5pm on Friday: Tickets for an early show w/ Beck at the intimate & rocking Echo went on sale at 5 for a mere $15. While an ticketweb‘s allotment sold out in 5 or so minutes, tickets remained available at the door until at least halfway through the hourlong set. Big ups to Liz and the Echo/Spaceland team for the top notch arrangements and last minute organization. I captured the below 3-song medley on my not-so-hot sounding Olympus FE-180. Best time at the Echo since Sharon Jones a year ago, if not ever, and yes, that’s Justin Meldal-Johnson (Ima Robot) back on bass!

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