Fake Soldier Confession Video Runs As Cover For Real Slaughter Dilutes impact of genuine war atrocities like phony rape photos distracted from Abu Ghraib
Paul Joseph Watson/Prison Planet.com
May 30, 2006
A widely circulated video in which
an army ranger confessed to the brutal indiscriminate murder of Iraqi
civilians and its vehement debunking as a hoax has acted as a smokescreen
for the very real admission and evidence of US war crimes in Iraq.
Working in this field for five years
and scanning news on a day to day basis you quickly develop and hone
a bullshit detector that can spot hoaxes, psy-ops and frauds from a
mile off. As soon as the MacBeth Marine video hit the Internet I smelt
a very large rat.
The alternative media community is
plagued by deliberate disinformation specialists and gullible individuals
who will act as unwitting conduits for bogus information. This minefield
of deception breeds confusion, distraction and lowers the credibility
of the truth community.
In the video, MacBeth claims that
he was part of a unit that regularly killed innocent Iraqis, their wives
and children if they didn't explicitly follow orders.
Proof that the video is a hoax is
legion. MacBeth's uniform is totally inconsistent with that of a US
army ranger and his claimed medals are not verified by any official
record. Army spokesman John Boyce said there was no record of MacBeth
"Initial research by the U.S. Army Special
Operations Command at Fort Bragg shows no Soldier with the name of Jesse
Macbeth having ever been assigned to the Special Forces or the Army
Rangers -- which are, in fact, two separate disciplines."
At its height, the fake video confession
was the number 2 clicked news item across the entire Internet.
The video has eclipsed the real evidence
of US war crimes in Iraq. The BBC video above carries bona fide testimony
from US soldiers who served in Iraq and were party to killing civilians.
To emphasize, this video carries accurate, unimpeachable, and legitimate
testimony regarding US war crimes in Iraq.
In addition, charges are expected
to be brought against Marines after an investigation into the killing
of 24 unarmed civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha in November. Congressman
John Murtha said that the slaughter and its subsequent
cover-up could do more to harm the US reputation in Iraq than the Abu
Ghraib scandal. To emphasize, this event carries accurate, unimpeachable,
and legitimate evidence of US war crimes in Iraq.
The hoax video has allowed Neo-Con
media government boot-lickers to discredit all claims of US atrocities
in Iraq, despite the fact that the army has admitted to them and charges
are pending. This is an exercise in bait and switch and it softens the
backlash of opinion against the coalition of the killing when true and
verified examples of war crimes are brought to the fore. It dilutes
the reaction to a growing body of hardcore evidence of ceaseless atrocities
committed against innocent Iraqis.
Fox News wasted no time in exploiting
the hoax to whitewash the real issue of war crimes and civilian murders
in Iraq. Michelle Malkin (who advocates bringing back internment camps
for Muslims) also
cited the video as an example of anti-war propaganda and
used it to dismiss genuine US-led slaughter in Iraq.
Watch below as fawning Neo-Con Malkin
revels in debunking "peace propaganda" by comparing MacBeth's
words to John Kerry's Vietnam testimony. This is also the only remaining
record of the MacBeth video as all other postings of it have been removed.
Hounds hit the nail on the head in assessing the consequences
of this hoax.
"This segment serves a two-fold
purpose. It plants in viewers heads the seed of doubt about stories
of atrocities and murder of civilians, just as the Haditha story seems
poised to break and expose exactly the kind of behavior dismissed here.
For many of FOX's true believers, the Haditha story will be a conspiracy
of the liberal media to hurt Bush because they hate him, and this discredited
story will bolster their position of denial."
Fox were able to spin the hoax video
and offer it as evidence of their ridiculous claim that the turmoil
in Iraq is a US media creation and that we really are there to liberate
In considering the timing of the hoax
confession tape it is pertinent to recall a similar instance of bait
and switch which occurred at the beginning of the Abu Ghraib scandal.
Two days after the Abu Ghraib torture
photos were released, the Internet was flooded with fake
rape photos taken from porn websites. So when the actual
stated that rape did take place at Abu Ghraib, the Neo-Con media junta
could discredit and deny it. The Boston Globe inexplicably published
these photos days after they were known to be a hoax and then staged-managed
an apology, which garnered great attention. Printing the photos and
then apologizing was a theatrical set-up to plant seeds of doubt in
the minds of the body politic for future release of new photos and allegations.
In addition, staged photos of British
soldiers urinating on and beating Iraqis were leaked
to the Mirror newspaper in Britain. Despite numerous military
eyewitnesses coming forward to say that beatings had taken place, the
circus revolved around these few photos which were admitted hoaxes.
The public was left with the impression that stories about British troops
mistreating Iraqis were fraudulent, even though other cases of abuse
had been admitted.
Though the news cycle moves far too
quickly to immediately identify a story as a hoax, we should remain
guarded in precisely what items we choose to inflate and circulate to
a wider audience. Otherwise we're nearly as bad as the White House itself,
which produces fake
government PR and packages it as 'news' for the indoctrination
of a bewildered US television audience.
But you won't see Fox News or Michelle
Malkin kick up any fuss about that.
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