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This video is appalling.
These people are evidently shooting at Iraqis for fun.
What also bothers me is adding "fun" music in the background.
This tells me that there was never even remorse for acting this way even after
they had a chance to think about it.

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about Aegis...
Aegis was started by 2 mercenaries from Brittan.
They have had many very large contracts from the U.S.  Department of Defense.
http://www.aboutus.org/AegisWorld.com

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Aegis_Defence_Services

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Botched investigation? U.S. clears Iraq shooters but were key witnesses ignored?


By Ray O'Hanlon, Irish Echo, June 14 - 20, 2006

U.S. military investigators have cleared a private security company linked to the apparent shooting of Iraqi civilians.

But according to a leading Irish human rights group, the investigators ignored a central witness and a number of additional key witnesses in the case.

The Washington Post reported Monday that the U.S. military had concluded its investigation into a video that appeared to show private security contractors shooting at civilian vehicles in the Baghdad area.

The video was attributed to employees of Aegis Defense Services, a private contracting company run by former British army colonel Tim Spicer.

Spicer remains a highly controversial figure in Northern Ireland due to his command of the Scots Guards Regiment when unarmed Belfast teenager, Peter McBride, was fatally shot in the back by regiment members in 1992.

The Washington Post reported that army investigators had failed to find probable cause in what the video showed to be the machine-gunning of civilian cars.

No one would be charged with a crime as a result of the investigation, an army spokesman told the Post.

The spokesman said that agents with the army's Criminal Investigation Division had reviewed the facts available concerning the incident to determine if there was any potential criminality that fell within the division's investigative purview.

"The review determined that no further investigative effort on the part of Army CID was warranted," the spokesman said.

Details of the investigation have not been made public beyond statements released to the Post. However, the findings will be shared with the British and South African governments.

Aegis, which has a $293 million Pentagon contract for its work in Iraq, is British run while the alleged triggerman in the shooting incidents is South African.

Army investigators said they believe that British and South African officials will come to the same conclusion as the CID.

The Pentagon mounted its investigation into the contents of the video earlier this year.

In a letter to New York's Sen. Charles Schumer -- who had earlier expressed unease over the video contents in a letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld -- a top Pentagon official said at the outset that the U.S. Department of Defense was "disturbed" by the scenes in the video.

The video, which first appeared late last year on a Website run by former Aegis employees, shows four separate clips in which automatic fire is directed from the rear of an SUV at civilian cars.

In one of the clips, a Mercedes car traveling behind the SUV is hit and rams into another car stopped on the road. People are seen running from the car struck by the Mercedes -- but nobody gets out of the Mercedes itself.

The video clips are accompanied by a recording of the Elvis Presley song "Mystery Train."

While events in Iraq are a long way from Belfast, memories of Spicer and the Scots Guards are still all too fresh.

The Pentagon's deal with Spicer was recently raised with the Bush administration's special envoy to Northern Ireland, Ambassador Mitchell Reiss, by the Derry-based Pat Finucane Center.

And Jean McBride, mother of Peter McBride, met with Reiss and the U.S. Consul General in Belfast, Dean Pitman, last month.

"There is a direct link between what happened on the New Lodge Road in 1992 and what is happening in Baghdad today," Paul O'Connor of the PFC told the Echo after the meeting.

O'Connor said that during the meeting, Reiss had confirmed that Aegis was being investigated.

In recent days, Reiss has been informed in an email letter by the PFC that it was contacted by an individual "who wishes to provide vital information to the trophy video investigation" being carried out by the Pentagon.

"This man has informed us that he is a former Aegis employee, Mr. Rod Stoner. He has informed us that he was present in the vehicle when the shooting occurred and that he was responsible for posting it on the website.

"He has also informed us that Aegis showed no interest in interviewing him during their internal investigation which apparently ended earlier this year. Most disturbing of all is his allegation that Aegis have refused his repeated requests to be put in contact with those within the Pentagon responsible for the investigation into the video.

"Mr. Stoner has also informed us that it is his understanding that none of those present in the vehicle have been contacted by the Pentagon, or indeed by any official investigating the video. If true this would suggest that a cover-up has taken place of matters concerning serious criminal wrong doing, including murder," the letter to Reiss added.

The PFC said it remained concerned that the Pentagon might not take the appropriate action and was therefore copying its email to a number of legislators and other interested parties.

The center said it was not itself in a position to establish the accuracy of the allegations that had been made.

"But we wish to take this opportunity to repeat our long held belief that the U.S. government should not have awarded such a contract to an individual who has sought to justify the murder of an unarmed innocent teenager on the streets of Belfast."

Copies of the email letter to Reiss have been sent to Consul General Pitman, Irish foreign affairs minister Dermot Ahern, Lt. General Stanley Green, Inspector General of the U.S. Army and a number of U.S. legislators including Senators Schumer, Chris Dodd, Hillary Clinton, Edward Kennedy and John McCain.

 

 
Echo Editorial: Serious questions remain

Irish Echo, June 14 - 20, 2006

U.S. investigators have apparently concluded that no criminal charges need arise from the video purporting to show U.S.-funded private contractors shooting up Iraqi civilians as they drove through the streets of their own capital city.

The fog of war is one thing. Being deliberately blind to the obvious is another. The video clips clearly show acts that, while they might be tragically commonplace on the streets of Baghdad, do not conform to either U.S. civilian law or military code.

Seeing no evil in this matter, while serious in its consequences, would pale if it turns out that investigators did not interview the individuals in the SUV from which the bullets flew.

That is the contention of a man named Rod Stoner who has presented himself to the Pat Finucane Center. Stoner has told the center that he was the "team leader" in the Aegis SUV when the shots were fired at civilian vehicles.

Stoner alleges that his efforts to tell his story have been ignored. Somebody in authority should clearly talk to this man, and soon.

At this juncture the PFC is clearly less than convinced that a full and proper inquiry was carried out by the army's Criminal Investigation Division.

We are also less than convinced and it is likely that such concerns will be shared by more than one member of Congress in the coming days.

Aegis, headed by ex-Scots Guards commander Tim Spicer, is spending U.S. taxpayer dollars in Iraq by the tens of millions. Those who pay the taxes that fund the company's operations deserve the truth, no matter how disturbing or inconvenient it might turn out to be.

The army speaks of an "investigative effort." Others are now talking of a cover-up. There is one heck of a gap between the two.
http://www.serve.com/pfc/pmcbride/060614ie.html

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London plot thickens, as does propaganda


Global Research, July 18, 2005

soldier DOD military contractors Aegis video Iraq war mercenaries

As was the case following 9/11 and all post-9/11 "terror" events, an official new propaganda legend is being constructed to justify whatever Anglo-American-Israeli aggression that is sure to follow.

Meanwhile, the list of unanswered questions, irregularities, and inconsistencies continues to grow, along with dramatically zigzagging cover stories and anti-Muslim agitation. Another large-scale government and media deception is well underway.

Two recent observations by the astute (but anonymous) Xymphora at "Birth of the London Bomb Official Story" (July 13) and "Yet more on the London Bombings" (July 15) provide analysis on the mounting anomalies. William Bowles and Edward Teague ask, "Were the London Bombings a set up?" "The 7/7 London Papers" is another site that provides a timeline exposing problems with the official version. Independent researchers like these, not the mainstream media, are the only ones undertaking this important investigation.

It is already known that the UK authorities received advance warning of a terrorist attack—from Israel. So did Benjamin Netanyahu. Stratfor confirms evidence of foreknowledge in this report: "Israel warned UK about possible attacks" (July 7). The analysis of Bowles/Teague casts doubt on many aspects of the emerging legend of the four bombers—today's version of 9/11's "19 hijackers."

London is already playing out in a way all too similar to the byzantine 9/11 terror propaganda construct described by Chaim Kupferberg. As Bowles and Teague wrote, "without the four men to tell their side of the story, it's all too easy to make the facts fits the theory as it serves the larger ideological objective of the state to present them as 'fanatics.'"

Other parallels with 9/11 (and Bali, Madrid, etc.) are too obvious to ignore. Researcher and activist Jeff Strahl notes:

"The media obediently follow the cues provided by the US and British governments, and read the handed-down script regarding the London bombings, even as crucial details are being changed daily; not even a pause in the face of mounting inconsistencies. And this includes the "progressive" media, be it The Nation or Pacifica Radio, eager to prove they are, of course, not supportive of 'terrorists.' Read or listen all you want, you will find virtually no reference to many questions being raised about the official accounts. This is quite similar to how the 9/11 events have been treated. If people don't seriously press the media, the latest propaganda will become 'fact,' as has happened with 9/11, whose crucial details remain unexamined, whose official story remains accepted across the political spectrum.

"Why and how did former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu get a warning to stay away from a place where he was to speak, located above one of the blast sites? How does 'suicide bombers' square with earlier police claims of timing devices? Why did the 'suspects' leave a car full of explosives in a parking lot in Luton, 30 miles from London? (Did they expect someone to find the car and put the explosives to good use?) What about the anti-terrorism exercises scheduled for the same hour in which the bombings took place? How did former head of the Mossad, Efraim Halevi, writing in the Jerusalem Post on July 7, the day of the attacks, know that the bombs went off simultaneously, (when the London police did not say so for days)? And how could he claim they were 'nearly perfect'? Why did the 'suspects' take credit cards along on a suicide mission?

"Authorities now say the explosives used were not military grade after all, but home brews. Seems like they had a tough time explaining how the supposed culprits could get military grade stuff. The Boston Herald reported yesterday that one of the supposed culprits carried not only his own ID, but also documents of one of the others. How did such documents survive the blasts, which should have torn their bodies into small pieces? This is the same as the magic 9/11 passport that appeared in the rubble.

"The supposed mastermind has been arrested in Egypt today, but he denies any connection. Not content with a car full of explosives, he left behind a house full of explosives, for someone to find and put to good use. Shades of 9/11 again, i.e., the car left at an airport parking lot with a Koran and a flight manual for a 767 in Arabic."

The London event also fits the post-9/11 pattern in other ways. There continues to be no mention of the fact that 1) "Islamic terror," including Al-Qaeda, is a creation of Anglo-American military intelligence; 2) these groups remain key instruments of Anglo-American policy—directly and indirectly guided, and controlled, by CIA, MI6 and affiliated intelligence agencies, such as Pakistan's ISI.

According to new reports, some of London's four bombers were trained in Pakistan—but there has been nothing in the media reports about the nature of this training. Pakistan, and its ISI, remains one of biggest elephants in a stinking post-9/11 living room.

As Bush and Blair bluster for the cameras, as the only beneficiaries of the horror, backlash against Muslims has reignited. Time Magazine's coverage (July 18) was typical. Across a number of articles on London, Time immediately attributed responsibility to "jihadists," "jihadism," "bin Ladenism," "lumpen jihadists" and Al-Qaeda "terrorists," quoting conspiracy theories from officials and "security experts" desperate to tie the bombings to "Al-Qaeda fanatics." All before any factual evidence was available to support these conclusions.

Somewhat more revealing, but not in the way intended, is where Michael Elliot's Time headline article offered this:

"According to a confidential report produced the day after the bombing by a private London security firm, Aegis Defense Services, Ltd., which was seen and read by Pentagon officials, the team was probably four to six strong . . . The Aegis report says it is possible that the explosives were 'constructed by an experienced bomb maker, possibly coming to the U.K. for that very purpose.'"

Aegis and its chief Tim Spicer are intimately involved with the Pentagon's Iraq operations. Spicer is also implicated for murders in Northern Ireland in the 1990s. Aegis is also tied to the sponsoring of an aborted coup in the West African nation of Equatorial Guinea, which resulted in the arrest of Sir Mark Thatcher, son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

How did Aegis conclude that the foreign origin for the bomb maker, when no such evidence was available? What role does this British security firm serve in helping drive Washington-London "war on terrorism" planning, and what was this confidential report "seen and read by Pentagon officials"?

Britain and "Terrorism"

British terrorism goes back to the days of the old British Empire, and since the 1970s, includes the creation and running of "Islamic terror" groups all over the world, right alongside US and US-backed intelligence counterparts playing the same game. These connections persist to this day.

It is a matter of documented fact, exposed by Michel Chossudovsky (War and Globalisation) and others, that mujahadeen mercenaries and "Islamic jihad" from the Middle East and Central Asia were recruited and trained by Britain's MI6 and British SAS Special Forces, to fight in the ranks of the KLA, supporting NATO's war effort.

In Crossing The Rubicon, Mike Ruppert noted:

"Great Britain—one of the major players supporting the KLA in Kosovo—also maintained secret relationships with bin Laden and al Qaeda that served its interests. In 1996, Britain's exterior intelligence, MI6, actually funded and worked with al Qaeda in a plot to assassinate and overthrow Libya's Muammar Qaddafy. Details of the relationship emerged after a British domestic intelligence (MI5) officer, David Shayler, went public with documents detailing the relationship between Britain and bin Laden.

"In November 2002—in the wake of 9/11—as Shayler's trial brought the case to public attention, the British government invoked measures of the State Security Act to hide embarrassing information. The government's efforts went so far as to the issuance of a "D" notice by Prime Minister Tony Blair requiring that previously published news stories on the case be withdrawn and removed from public websites . . .

"Britain's dealings with Osama bin Laden have extended to allowing him to visit their country while he was a wanted man. As noted in 1998, 'the French Internet publication Indigo reported that bin Laden had been a London guest of British Intelligence as recently as 1996, and his treasurer recently defected to the Saudis as different factions shifted alliances for new campaigns in the Middle East.'"

The Real Enemy

Nothing has changed since 9/11. As long as Bush-Blair-Sharon dictate the course of events, nothing will.

Where no connection to "Al-Qaeda" or "Islamic fanaticism" actually exists, in a way that justifies endless "war on terrorism," it will be created. Factual truth in this post-9/11 milieu is, to borrow the corrupt Alberto Gonzales' words, a "quaint notion," in a time of open government criminality and rampant deception.

There is debate about the possibility that London had elements of "real" terrorism, "blowback" or "payback" (see "The Global Battlefield: We Are Standing On It"), or perhaps that it was some combination of "made to happen" and "allowed to happen."

Five continuous years of a "war on terrorism" past the point of no return, have left the line between fabricated (intelligence agency-orchestrated) terrorism and "real" terrorism (a response to the provocations and policies) irrevocably blurred. In any case, this discussion is academic.

The "root cause" of modern terrorism is the criminal geostrategy of Washington, London and Tel Aviv. The New World Order welcomes chaos and disorder—regardless of the particulars of any particular event. That fact is all that matters, as this war continues to devastate humankind.




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