The Haditha Doctor and The Media Dissemblers
This article updated 24/12/2006
* Read also: Haditha: The Mai Lai of Iraq
(26 Dec 2006) by Sarah Meyer.
* Read also:
Haditha: Crime and Punishment ... and Disinformation
(21 Oct 2007) by Sarah Meyer.
* And please
read also the eye-witness stories of Haditha on the BRussells Tribunal website:
One hour in Haditha: American Troops and
Destroying Hospitals Strategy
Haditha: A City Crushed under the
Occupation (June 16
Iraqi Doctors Beaten and Arrested in
Haditha Hospital (30 Oct.2005)
Haditha: River Gate… to Hell
(06 Nov. 2005)
PIPELINE NEWS SHOULD APOLOGIZE TO THE BRUSSELS
TRIBUNAL, THE DOCTOR IN HADITHA AND TO THEIR READERS FOR THEIR BLATANTLY UGLY /
Try weaning Bush supporters from the obvious lies that are the basis of this administration, and they will
call you every name in the book.
Paul Craig Roberts
The Haditha Doctor - Walid al-Obeidi
On 2 June 2006,
PipeLineNews.org published an unsigned, scurrilous article entitled Questions Arise About Haditha
Doctor - Wahid al-Obeidi - Central Figure In "Massacre" Case.
This article questioned the
account "Dr. Wahid al-Obeidi"
had given to the BRussells
Tribunal about being arrested and beaten in Haditha in October 2005. The
article then said, “Wahid is associated with the pro-terrorist Brussels Tribunal, a European-based
anti-American group which counts among its members Saddam's favorite film maker Scott Ritter and Saddam's
defense attorney Ramsey Clark."
Pipeline News has confused and then misused their facts. The name of the Director of the Haditha Hospital is
Dr. Walid al-Obeidi. Dr. Walid al-Obeidi is not a member of the BRussells
Tribunal. It is Dr. Abdul Wahab Al Obeidi, member of
Voice Society for Human Rights”,
who is on the advisory committee of the BRussells
Why is the (misnamed) Dr. Walid
al-Obeidi being slandered? He saw the bullets in the bodies from the Haditha massacre, thus opening up the
case against American troops.
Ridley Scott is indeed a film maker. Is PipeLineNews by any chance confusing him with
Scott Ritter, a former UN weapons inspector, who is a critic of the US foreign policy in the Middle East?
Ramsey Clark has recently written a statement saying that "the
case for impeachment is clear beyond question.” Neither Scott Ritter nor Ramsey Clark are members of the
PipeLineNews has a further story, which it calls “The Haditha Misinformation Dump,” at
The Contra Costa Times Watch, which they call their “side project.” This site has links to not only
PipeLineNews but also the Middle East Forum, Daniel Pipes and Militant Islam Monitor.
A recent New York Times article gave details of the most recent understanding of the Haditha murders. It was
reported by John M. Broder, David S. Cloud, John Kifner, Carolyn Marshall, Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker. It
was written by Mr. Broder. See:
Contradictions Cloud Inquiry Into 24 Iraqi Deaths
The Chiarelli report on Haditha is complete. We await the findings.
recent US poll shows that “ nearly one in three of the respondents (32%) said they believe such an
incident (Haditha) was a "common one" in that war. Some 57% called it an "isolated incident" and 11% said they
are "not sure." This poll shows what a good job the US corporate media blackout and Media Dissemblers are
doing in America – and also shows that, unfortunately, not enough people are reading educated, informative
stories on the web.
And the BRussells
Tribunal was one of the initiators
and the opening session of
The World Tribunal on Iraq. The final meeting of the World Tribunal on Iraq was in Turkey in 2005. “The
first task of the tribunal is to investigate the crimes committed by the US government in launching the Iraq
The papers given in Istanbul (2005) maintained a very high quality. These papers, and the final declaration of
the Jury of Conscience in Istanbul (2005), read by Arundhati Roy, Spokesperson of the Jury of Conscience, can
Who were / are some of the members of the BRussells Tribunal? In addition to many esteemed Iraqis: two former
UN Assistant Secretary Generals; two Nobel Prize winners; seven internationally known writers; human rights
and humanitarian lawyers, professors, scientists, journalists and others.
Have a look at the full list of members.
What is the BRussells
Tribunal now focusing upon? 225 health officials have been murdered in Iraq. There is a “Solidarity
call with the plight of Iraqi health workers.” 190 academics have been murdered. There is a call for
action to “Save
Iraq’s Academics.” You can read more detail about the plight of the Iraqi academics in
The Jalili Report.
Following is the story of an incestuous group and the foundations which collude with them.
The Middle East Forum Family
Noble words, like “democracy”,
"liberation", “freedom”, “reform” have been emptied of their true meaning and refilled by the enemies of these
concepts. Their counterfeits dominate the news.
John Pilger, 'War by Media.'
The Middle East Forum is registered under the name
Daniel Pipes, 1500 Walnut St. 1050, Philadelphia, PA., 19102, who is its Director.
Sourcewatch has an extensive directory on Pipes. It identifies Pipes as “a neoconservative, orientalist,
extreme right-wing Zionist (who) often expresses islamophobic statements.” He holds many key positions.
Sourcewatch says that Pipes’ “columns have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Commentary, Foreign Affairs,
Harper's, National Review, New Republic, Policy Review, FrontPage, Jerusalem Post and The Weekly Standard.”2
One (of many) controversial articles which he wrote,
Why the Japanese internment still matters, was challenged by historian
Juan Cole, presently still a professor at the University of Michigan (see below).
The Middle East Forum 'Mission
Statement' says: “The Middle East Forum, a think tank, works to define and promote American interests in
the Middle East through research, publications, and educational outreach. The Forum's policy recommendations
include fighting radical Islam (rather than terrorism), convincing the Palestinians that Israel is permanent,
reducing funds going to the Middle East for energy purchases, slowing down the democratization process, and
more robustly asserting U.S. interests vis-à-vis Saudi Arabia. In addition, the Forum works to improve Middle
East studies in North America.”
In case the above rhetoric is not clear, here is a clear gvnews-quoted statement by Mr. Pipes which I found in
"West European societies are unprepared for the massive immigration of brown-skinned peoples cooking
strange foods and not exactly maintaining Germanic standards of hygiene."
The Middle East Forum / Daniel Pipes publishes
Middle East Intelligence Bulletin. The MEIB Editor is, according to its website,
Gary C. Gambill, who also writes for the
Jamestown Foundation. This Foundation is “increasingly linked to neocon-driven institutions and leading
figures, including the Center for Security Policy and Freedom House.” Two other Jamestown Foundation writers
are also editors of MEIB: Thomas Patrick Carroll, and Robert G. Rabil. Rabil is an adjunct scholar (as is
Daniel Pipes) at
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and assistant professor of Middle East studies in Florida
Atlantic University’s Department of Political Science.
Michael Rubin is also an editorial board member, whom
Karen Kwiatkowski called a “minor-league neoconservative … indeed a rookie.”
The Middle East Forum also publishes
The Middle East Quarterly. The editor of Middle East Quarterly since 2004 is (again)
Michael Rubin. Rubin was a member of the Coalition Provisional Authority (2003-4) in Iraq and a resident
scholar at the PNAC-heavy
American Enterprise Institute. He denies allegations that he was a member of the Lincoln Group’s
Pentagon-sponsored propaganda inside Iraq. Rubin was recently an
active opponent to Juan Cole’s appointment at Yale University. Further information on Mr. Rubin can be
Mr. Rubin is ALSO the editor of
Campus Watch. (Daniel Pipes is also the Director and co-founder of Campus Watch.) The box at the top of
the Campus Watch website says (in bold type):
"Campus Watch is the Trojan horse whose warriors are already changing the rules of the game not only in Middle
East Studies but also in the US University as a whole. They threaten to undermine the very foundations of
Miriam Cooke, of Duke University.
The Mission Statement of Campus Watch says, “Campus Watch, a project of the
Middle East Forum, reviews and critiques Middle East studies in North America, with an aim to improving
them. The project mainly addresses five problems: analytical failures, the mixing of politics with
scholarship, intolerance of alternative views, apologetics, and the abuse of power over students. Campus Watch
fully respects the freedom of speech of those it debates while insisting on its own freedom to comment on
their words and deeds.” There is a survey of 44 ‘institutions’ (colleges / universities) and their scholars.
Campus Watch is supported by unspecified ‘donations.’
There have been critics of Campus Watch, and these are answered in “Replies to our Critics,” specifically on
the charge of ‘McCarthyism.’
Campus Watch publishes articles that have appeared in
PipeLineNews. The unsigned attack on "Dr. Wahid" and the BRussells Tribunal appeared in PipeLineNews.
registered as pipebombnews.com. The registrant of this site is named as William Mayer, 2395 Lake Meadow
Circle, Martinez, CA 94553, whilst the administrative address given is PIpeLineMedia, Inc.; William Mayer,
CEO, 3217 Whipple Road, Union City, CA 94587. If one then looks up PipeLineMedia, a new address appears – 123
K Street, Washington, D.C., alongside the same administrative office address as pipebombnews.
Mr. Mayer published an article, McCarthyism — The Right's Badge of Honor (05.03), in
Tysknews talks about the owner, or “His Majesty,” as being responsible for the site. “We guarantee no accuracy
for our allegations and assume no responsibility.” We are not told who the owner, or ‘His Majesty,’ is. There
are three links to R. Reagan sites and one to The Federalist.
Mr. Mayer has also published Some Final Thoughts on the Dubai Ports Deal in the
Militant Islam Monitor.
“BR,” or Beila Rabinowitz is the registrant name for
Militant Islam Monitor. The address given is a P.O. Box number in Peoria, Illinois 60612.4
Daniel Pipes describes what the site is about: "Militant Islam is a Utopian ideology … that attracts only a
portion of Muslims, … (and) seeks to gain control of governments, and is nakedly aggressive toward all those
who stand in it' (sic) way…”
Beila Rabinowitz collaborated with Mr. Mayer in two PipeLine articles which were republished in
Beila Rabinowitz also collaborated with Mr. Mayer in a PipeLineNews story, "Moderate" American Islamism And
Terror, Zero Degrees Of Separation (12.12.05. This story was republished on
free republic.com. This “Hoo-Yah” site, which describes itself as the “Premier Conservative news Forum”,
is privately owned and run by
Jim Robinson from Fresno, California. The administrative, technical and billing contact is Robinson-DeFehr
Consulting, also in Fresno. Their ‘Mission’ is: “pro-God, pro-life, pro-family, pro-Constitution, pro-Bill of
Rights, pro-gun, pro-limited government, pro-private property rights, pro-limited taxes, pro-capitalism,
pro-national defense, pro-freedom, and pro-America.” Subscribers are called ‘Freepers.’ A lively essay on Mr.
Robinson’s site can be read at
University Of Central Florida Funding Islamist Da'wa Event (08.03.06) was also published in PipeLine
News. Rabinowitz’s articles also appear on Discover the Networks (see below). Rabinowitz’s article
False Front, co-authored with Joe Kaufman, appeared in
FrontPage.org. “Essentially,” they said of Islamic radicals, “they needed to
disguise their reality” (my italics). Mr. Kaufman is Chairman
Americans Against Hate. ‘Americans Against Hate’ is “a civil rights organization and terrorism watchdog
group.” Their goal is “to be an active voice against those that spread bigotry and violence.” Many articles by
Mr. Kaufman can be seen at this site. Mr. Kaufman also contributes to FrontPage Magazine, the Middle East
Quarterly, the Des Moines Register, and The Miami Herald. He appears on Fox News.
The FrontPageMagazine is published by
David Horowitz. He is the founder of
The Center for the Study of Popular Culture. The mission of this organization, according to
media transparency, is to "change the leftist, anti-American, elitist culture that is dominant in the
entertainment industry [and to expose] the idiocies and the viciousness of the radical leftism in
universities, the media, mainstream churches, and everywhere else this modern plague is found."
Horowitz and Peter Collier (see below) "also
created a project of the CSPC called the Committee on Media Integrity (COMINT), designed
specifically to attack Public Television.”
Recently, according to
Media Matters, David Horowitz called
Ann Coulter "a national treasure" and stated that the "point" of Coulter's controversial remarks on the
widows of the victims of the 9-11 terrorist attacks was "right on the mark." Coulter worked at the Scaife-funded
Centre for Individual Rights. Scaife is also a funder for the Center for the Study of Popular
Culture (see below).
The senior editor of Front Page is Jacob Laksin, who is also a writer for the Centre for the Study of
Max Blumenthal wrote in The Demons of David Horowitz that “Since David Horowitz switched his
political allegiance from the radical left to the authoritarian right, he has engaged in one embarrassingly
paranoid crusade after another. Each one is designed to stifle a liberal conspiracy which exists only in the
hollow canyons of his own mind.”
Horowitz also writes for NewsMax, is associated with Campus Watch, and appears on Fox News as an ‘analyst.’
Discover the Networks, which has similar witch-hunts to Campus Watch, was co-founded in 2004 by David
Peter Collier. Collier was the founding publisher of Encounter Books. He and
Horowitz co-authored, amongst other books, The Anti-Chomsky Reader. Collier, according to
Media Transparency, “now (2005) runs the Bradley-funded Encounter for Culture and Education, which
publishes right wing books by people such as
A ferris wheel of the ‘Networks’ topics is shown, highlighting
anti-americanism, anti-semitism, globalization, Guantanamo, immigration, Iraq war, Islam and Socialist Left,
Patriot Act, treason, etc. This section is essential reading in order to understand the skewed mind-set of Mr.
Horowitz and his colleagues.
photographs of, amongst others, show: Ramsey Clark, Ted Kennedy, Fidel Castro, N. Chomsky, George Soros, Jesse
Jackson, Dan Rather, Jimmy Carter, Erica Jong, etc.7
Have a look.
anti-semitism and left-wing bias in academia, etc.
4) Media: “Conservatives believe the mass media, predominantly television news programs, slant reports
in favor of the liberal position on issues. Most Americans agree.”8
David Limbaugh wrote an article entitled: MSM Never Tires of Antiwar Propaganda. Glazov penned The
Media's Lies About Israel.
5) Funders: “examines the immensely wealthy charitable foundations that provide financial backing for
leftist groups and causes.”
Horowitz is the author of Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left, and also of
The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America. “His critics have said the book is
akin to a McCarthy-like smear campaign” wrote
The above is an abbreviated summary of the large Middle East Forum network. See the full extent of the
Daniel Pipes network
FUNDING THE DISSEMBLERS
Who is funding these people who
talk about “freedom of speech,” the “abuse of power over students” and the “intolerance of alternative views”
whilst simultaneously slandering and falsely accusing reputable individuals and organizations? The hierarchy
resembles the Sicilian Mafia, who ‘protect their own.’
Media Transparency, the following have received money. Details are given below.
The American Enterprise Institute, between 1985 - 2004 received 320 grants totaling $41,547,101. Funders
included the following foundations: Lynde and Harry Bradley; Carthage; Castle Rock; Richard and Helen deVos;
William Donner; Earhart; F.M. Kirby; Charles G. Koch Charitable; Phillip M. McKenna; John M. Olin; Ruth and
Lovett Peters; Randolph; Smith Richardson; Sarah Scaife; William E. Simon and The Walton Family Foundation.
Middle East Forum received seven grants totaling $190,000 between 1996 – 2003 from The Lynde and Harry
Bradley Foundation and The William H. Donner Foundation.
The Centre for Study of Popular Culture received 140 foundation grants, totaling $14,534,000 from the
following foundations between 1989 and 2004: W.H. Brady; Lynde and Harry Bradley, Inc.; Gordon and Mary Cain;
Castle Rock; William H. Donner; Hickory Foundation; Jacqueline Hume Foundation; John M. Olin, Inc; Randolph,
Sarah Scaife (& Allegheny and Carthage); Shelby Collom Foundation.
Encounter for Culture and Education received 85 foundation grants totalling $5,640,000 from 1991 – 2003.
Most of these grants were from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. The Philip M. McKenna Foundation,
Inc., the JM Foundation and the Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation gave $18,000 for Encounter
Books. The W.H. Brady Foundation gave $2000 for “Project support.” The John M. Olin Foundation, Inc.
gave $10,000 for “a research project on the Congress for Cultural Freedom” in 1995 and $50,000 to “support a
Berlin conference on the Cold War” in 1992.
The Jamestown Foundation received grants totalling $4,431,613 between 1985 – 2004. These were from The
Carthage Foundation; The Smith-Richardson Foundation; The F.M. Kirby Foundation; the Shelby Cullom Davis
Foundation; The Earhart Foundation; The Armstrong Foundation; The Sarah Scaife Foundation; The William Donner
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy received 8 grants totalling $574,509 between 1991 –2000 from
the Sarah Smith Foundation and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
= A total of $66,917.223.
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc. Lynde and Harry Bradley founded the Allen-Bradley Company,
which manufactured radio and electronic components. They are the USA’s largest ‘right-wing’ donors with an
extensive network. Allen-Bradley sold the company for $1.651billion to Rockwell Int., a defence and aerospace
industry, and named the new company Lynne and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc, which was run by the John M.
Olin Foundation (see below). The new president worked for the
Institute for Education Affairs9,
which was started by PNAC and Philanthropy Roundtable member
Irving Kristol and William Simon. Simon now heads the Olin Foundation.
Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation. Established 1988, Houston, Texas. “Cain served as a director of Texas
Petrochemicals Corporation … chairman of the board of Sterling Chemicals, Inc., Vista Chemical Company, Cain
Chemical, Inc., and The Sterling Group; … director for the Cato Institute.”
Not much info.
The Castle Rock Foundation. Created in 1993 from funds originating from the Coors Brewery Company. The
Coors family backed ‘the Moral Majority,’ which became The Heritage Foundation.10
Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation. Started in 1970 by family who founded
Amway (cleaning products). H. deVos said, "our biggest priority is to give back to Christian causes.” Bush
The Earhart Foundation. Fortune from White Star Oil Company. Michigan.
Jaquelin Hume Foundation. Fortune from onions and garlic business started in 1933. Founded Citizens for
America. “He helped create the highly-developed conservative infrastructure of think tanks, policy institutes,
and foundations which perpetuate the right-wing revolution of the 1990s. Member of Reagan’s ‘Kitchen Cabinet.’
Today Hume’s son, William, carries on the family’s political legacy.”
F.M. Kirby Foundation. Fortune made from F.W. Woolworth, Allegheny Corporation, Investors Diversified
Services & the Pittston Company. Family still involved.
Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation.11
Founded Koch industries (oil & gas); Charles Koch founded the
Cato Institute. David Koch co-founded Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE).
Philip M. McKenna Foundation
No known website. Founded by Pennsylvania steel industry; made fortune in WW II.
Financed by chemical and munitions fortune. Also funded Heritage Foundation, Manhattan Institute for Public
Policy Research and other ‘conservative advocacy’ groups. Now closed.
Randolph Foundation New York. Complicated trust manoevering. President: Heather Richardson Higgins. She is
also a member of the board of overseers of the Hoover Institution and the Independent Women’s Forum. Next to
Ruth and Lovett Peters Foundation
Lovett Peters founded the
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research (Boston) in 1988. Daniel Peters is Chairman of
The Philanthropy Roundtable and was formerly an executive with Proctor and Gamble. Unclear where fortune
was made. Little info.
Sarah Scaife Foundation includes the Allegheny & Carthage Foundations. Financed from the Mellon oil,
banking and industrial fortune.
Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation, New York. Established 1962. He was chairman of the oldest and largest
investment firm specializing in insurance securities. 1969 – 1975 US Ambassador to Switzerland. Was on board
of Heritage Foundation. No known website.
Smith Richardson Foundation. Fortune from Vicks Vapour Rub. Westport, Connecticut.
William E. Simon, Nixon’s Treasury Secretary; was President of Olin Foundation (1992); founded, with
Irving Kristol, the Institute for Educational Affairs. Director Kissinger Associates; Director Xerox. Not much
info on where the original money actually came from. D. 2000. Son is now co-chairman with investments in
oil and offshore drilling.
Walton Family Foundation. Fortune from Walmart, founded by Sam Walton. His wife, Helen, and daughter Alice
are reportedly the two richest women in the world.
William H. Donner Foundation. First established in 1932. Donner “invested in real estate, founded the
National Tin Plate Company, co-founded (with Mellon) Union Steel, and established the International Cancer
Research Foundation.” The Donner family is still active.
There you have it. One brave,
beleaguered Iraqi doctor in an illegally occupied war-torn country vs. the ‘perception management’ of media
dissemblers, or ‘worker bees,’ who are backed by the $66+million taken from the corporate empire profits of
banking, oil, gas, steel, beer, onions and garlic, electronics, chemicals, munitions, real estate, insurance,
Walmart, and a drizzle of 21st century “Christianity.” The Directors and Chairpeople of these Foundations,
Corporations and Institutes could well benefit from an ‘ethics training’ course alongside the soldiers and
mercenaries who murder civilians.
 There have been many articles on the illegality of the US/UK’s war on terror in Iraq. Here is a recent
Haditha, Bush and Nuremburg’s law.
 The Weekly Standard is edited by the Chairman of PNAC, William Kristol.
 No information on owner of Tysknews. The administrative, technical and registrant contact is David
Holtzinger, 913 S. Dogwood Rd.,Walnutport, PA 18088:
registry data; also: Arin and Ripe IP 220.127.116.11, Pennsylvania – Pittsburg.”
The Catholic Theological Union And The Limits Of Understanding; (28.06.04) and
University of Central Florida Slated To Become Cultural Jihad Hub (10.03.06).
 Hilary Clinton is included in this group, which is commensurate with calling Prime Minister Blair a
Labour Party spokesperson. Mr. Blair’s politics are to the‘right’ of the UK conservative party.
 See the
American Library Association: Authors whose works have been challenged or even banned in the USA include
the authors J.D. Salinger, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Toni Morrison. Maya Angelou, Roald Dahl, Stephen King,
J.K. Rowling, Maurice Sendak, “People continue to attempt—to suppress anything that conflicts with or anyone
who disagrees with their own beliefs." See the
1st Amendment of the American Constitution. See also:
But Which Books Are Suspicious?
Propaganda and Haditha by Dahr Jamail.
 31 grants from 1985 – 2002 totalling $1,677,293.
 The Heritage Foundation has received
$555,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.
 “In writing … papers and making … appearances, individuals associated with these organizations often
conveniently decline to acknowledge the substantial funding they receive from Koch and other corporations ...
By withholding such information, they are able to front as unbiased the public-minded associations promoting
rigorous scientific research and economic autonomy, when, in fact, the individuals are mere mouthpieces for
industries like that of the Koch brothers.” From
Axis of Ideology, NCRP, 2004
Michael Massing on Iraq coverage and the election.
22.06.06. Yahoo news.
ACLU seeks disclosure of Pentagon files on Haditha.
13.07.06. New York Review of Books. Letter by Daniel Pipes; reply by Michael
07.07.06. CBS. An investigation into the cover-up of the alleged murder of 24
Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha last November concludes Marine officers
at every level up to and including the colonel who commanded the regiment failed
to investigate inaccurate and conflicting reports of how the civilians were
Haditha Probe Reveals 'Red Flags.'
08.07.06. Schmitt / Cloud, NY Times.
General Faults Marine Response to Iraq Killings.
10.07.06. Media transparency.
Center for the Study of Popular Culture becomes David Horowitz Freedom Center
25.07.06. J. Cook, Dissident Voice. "This week I had the pleasure to appear on
American radio, on the Laura Ingraham show, pitted against David Horowitz, a
“Semite supremacist” who most recently made his name under the banner of Campus
Watch, leading McCarthyite witch hunts against American professors who have the
impertinence to suggest that maybe, just maybe, Arabs have minds and feelings
like the rest of us."
Five Myths that Sanction Israel’s War Crimes.
Source: Haditha evidence implicates marines.
Inquiry Suggests Marines Excised Files on Killings.
18.08.06. D.Cloud, NY Times / uruknet.
"Fascism" Frame Set Up by Right-Wing Press
09.01.06. IPS / ICH. “The aggressive new campaign by the administration of
President George W. Bush to depict U.S. foes in the Middle East as "fascists"
and its domestic critics as "appeasers" owes a great deal to steadily
intensifying efforts by the right-wing press over the past several months to
draw the same comparison.”
Rules of engagement: What were they at Haditha?
10.10.06. R. Whittle, CS Monitor. If marines are charged with killing as many as
24 Iraqi civilians, defense lawyers will argue the soldiers followed the rules.
How the Israeli lobby uses intimidation to prevent academic freedom in the U.S.
11.11.06. Video. At Columbia, the professors in the Middle East
department believe there's a civil war under way for the hearts and minds of
Americans. Discussion on the watchdog, Campus Watch.
Haditha 'massacre' - one year on
19.11.06. D. Loyn, BBC. Women and children died in the attack in Haditha. The
anniversary of the killings in Haditha - the worst single massacre of Iraqis
attributed to US troops - could not have come at a worse time for the US forces,
with other cases now reaching conclusions in the courts, including one that
ended in a life sentence.
Marines likely to face charges in Haditha killings, congressman says
06.12.06. Financial Times. A congressman said Wednesday that about six Marines
would be charged in the killing of 24 civilians, many of them women and
children, last year in the Iraqi town of Haditha.
U.S., Iraqi troops seal off Haditha - residents
08.12.06. Reuters. ‘The U.S. military said troops were manning checkpoints and
building a sand berm to crack down on insurgents in Haditha and in neighbouring
Barwana. It said U.S. troops were protecting "the population and good citizens
But residents in Haditha, which is at the centre of a U.S. military
investigation into the deaths of two dozen civilians in November 2005 by U.S.
Marines, said electricity has been cut off and that no food is being allowed
into the city, they said.’
Marine To Be Charged in Haditha Case
18.12.06. AP / Yahoo news.
U.S. military to announce Haditha charges Thursday
18.12.06. Reuters. The U.S. military plans to charge Marines in the killing of
24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq, on Thursday, according to sources familiar with
the case. The November 2005 killings, which enraged Iraqis, are one of a series
of cases in which U.S. service members have been accused, and some convicted, of
being involved in killing Iraqi civilians. The charges in the Haditha case could
include murder and are expected against at least five Marines, defense officials
Iraqi Girl tells of US Attack in Haditha.
Iraqis: Marines in Haditha case should be tried in Iraq
21.12.06. USA Today.
Haditha Residents on Charged Marines: Let Us Have Them
22.12.06. NY Times. Dr. Waleed Al-Obeidi, 41, the director-general of Haditha
hospital said: “If they plan to implement justice, then we welcome this step to
refer the eight marines to the court, but we have our doubts in American
justice. The verdict will be life sentences for four of them and the other four
will be released, according to what we heard in the media. They blamed one
soldier in the killing of a whole family, while it was carnage. The Iraqi
government should have summoned those soldiers and executed them.” (cont …)
Human Rights Advocates Not Satisfied with Haditha Charges
22.12.06. A. Glantz. “"Not one of the victims' families is represented," he
added. "No lawyer from the victims' families is represented. So you can see the
basic idea of justice and fairness is actually not available."
Dr. Salam Ismael says many Iraqis would like to see the American soldiers
brought to trial in Iraqi courts--a position shared by the country's elected
prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has demanded an end to the immunity U.S.
soldiers currently enjoy under Iraqi law.
"Why are you afraid of being ruled by the law of the country that you're
supposedly trying to liberate?" he asked rhetorically. "That's the
question--it's a simple question I would like to ask the American people."
International human rights groups have a different concern. They note that since
the September 11th attacks five years ago, no officer above the rank of major
has been charged in connection with torture or the abuse of detainees in U.S.
Four US marines charged with Iraq murders
22.12.06. S. Goldenerg, Guardian. · Eight face life sentence over Haditha
killings · Court hearing follows admission of cover-up.
Haditha Investigation Finds Military Press Reports Inaccurate
22.12.06. KPBS. ‘A nine month military investigation into what actually happened
in Haditha in November 2005 concludes the original military press reports on the
event were not true. ‘
When the Press Dropped the Ball on Haditha
22.12.06. G. Mitchell, Editor and Publisher.
RAPID RESPONSE MEDIA ALERT: THE LIBERATED AND THE DEAD
22.12.06. Media Lens. The BBC On The Haditha Massacre
Viewpoint: Breaking Haditha
23.12.06. T. McGirk, Time. "During the months after the Haditha story broke, I
became the target of bloggers, self-proclaimed patriots, for supposedly dragging
the fine reputation of the Marines through the mud. Nothing about this story
made me feel good save for one thing: until TIME's investigation, one of the
Marines — the squad leader, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich — was in line to receive a
medal for heroism for what he did that terrible day. According to press reports,
the recommenda tion says that Wuterich, 26, displayed "calm and confident
decisiveness that day and doubtlessly prevented further injury or death to
fellow Marines and innocent civilians." Today, Wuterich faces 13 counts of
unpremeditated murder. None of his victims were armed; most were the elderly,
women and children."
PIPELINE NEWS SHOULD APOLOGISE TO THE BRUSSELLS
TRIBUNAL, THE DOCTOR IN HADITHA AND TO THEIR READERS FOR THEIR MISLEADING
This article was originally published by the BRussells Tribunal. The url
The url of The Haditha Doctor and The Media Dissemblers is
Haditha: The Mai Lai of Iraq
by Sarah Meyer
In spite of all the evidence in
The Haditha Doctor and the Media Dissemblers
media who accept money from foundations to perpetrate their
cover-ups, the “right wing” media is still trying to twist
the Haditha facts.
The Reuters Connection to Haditha
(25.12.06. Robin Boyd,
Newsbusters) Newsbusters is connected with the Media
Research Center - the conservative media watchdog group.
is the Vice President of the Media Research
Center. According to
, The Media Research Center is funded by the
same rich foundations mentioned in The Haditha Doctor and
Media Dissemblers, ie: the Sarah Scaife Foundation, John M.
Olin Foundation, Castle Rock Foundation, The Lynne and Harry
Mr. Baker’s article refers to yet another
. (22.12.06, Heidi, Euphoric Reality)
The website biography is a bit confusing. Euphoric Reality
is made up of two women - Kit Jarrell and her co-writer,
Heidi (aka ‘Redhead Infidel’) – ex army, and host of The
Front Line, an internet radio show.
Are they hired by the Pentagon?
NB. A reply, listed as being from "Redhead Infidel - heidi"
arrived a few hours after publishing this blog. "Heidi" said,
"No, but you're close. In fact, I was recruited by the
CIA, though Halliburton cuts my paychecks."
27.12.06. An article reply from
Chicken Hawk Express
"Boy the conspiracy nutcases know no bounds. Now thanks to
my post on my blog at Newsbusters about the Reuters
connection to Haditha, some left wing kook
if I'm employed by the Pentagon. She also implies that I get
paid through some of these hoity-toity conservative
foundations since I blog at Newsbusters... (cont.)
Can of worms?
The url to Haditha: The Mai Lai of Iraq is:
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