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MN ChimpH8R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:17 PM
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Soldiers burn bodies while cameras roll
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:19 PM
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1. I read this story about an hour ago and just cried.
I can't believe that those are our soldiers. I just can't believe it. "The President you get is the country you get."

:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

peace.
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Qanisqineq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:33 PM
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2. nothing surprises me anymore
Nothing. There are some sick motherfuckers out there. And I don't think it is just the enlisted. How many of them really know what is offensive to the Muslim religion? I think it starts further up.
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bixente Donating Member (464 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:19 PM
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3. transcript of interview
"How many of them really know what is offensive to the Muslim religion? I think it starts further up."

From the transcript of an interview with cameraman Dupont after the story aired:

GEORGE NEGUS (Host of the show): Do you think they understood the ramifications of what they're doing? The burning of the bodies, pointing towards Mecca and going to the trouble of reading to you in English the deliberately provocative stuff that they were shouting across the valley to the Taliban?

STEPHEN DUPONT: Look, I think the airborne unit that were responsible with the burning of the two Taliban soldiers weren't really thinking in that way. I think the psychological operations unit, who were responsible for the broadcast along with some other broadcasts to the Taliban, they're quite well aware of it. They're older guys. That's their job. They're PsyOps. They use it as a weapon.

GEORGE NEGUS: The guys burning the bodies probably did they think were doing it for reasons of hygiene that were mentioned in the story?

STEPHEN DUPONT: I believe that. That was the feeling I got as I climbed up the hill. As I got to the crest of the hill, they started burning the bodies. My initial reaction was, "My God, I've got to film this. This is really important stuff. It's my responsibility as a journalist to -

GEORGE NEGUS: The PsyOps had a different purpose?

STEPHEN DUPONT: I believe so. Niece guys - they said to me, "We've been told to burn the bodies, the bodies are have been here for 24 hours and they're starting to stink so, for hygiene purposes, this is what we've got to do."
Later on, when I was down with the PsyOps operations people, they used that as a psychological warfare I guess you'd call it. They used the fact that the Taliban were burned facing west -

GEORGE NEGUS: They were deliberately setting out to humiliate the Taliban?

STEPHEN DUPONT: They deliberately wanted to incite that much anger from the Taliban so the Taliban could attack them.

Censored photos at http://dave128.blogspot.com

Full transcript of interview http://news.sbs.com.au/dateline/index.php?page=transcri...
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:22 PM
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4. I have been asking what they were doing with the bodies for months
No one would answer. Thats when I got real worried.

:scared:
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