The Kiloblog

2010-10-13

Lies and Death

Filed under: Uncategorized — raka @ 07:55

On the 9th of October, US and NATO officials reported a failed rescue by US Navy SEALs of Linda Norgrove, a British aid worker held in Afghanistan. They claimed one of Dr. Norgrove’s captors killed himself and her by detonating suicide bomber’s vest. This report was false. In fact the US worries that its own grenades killed her.

Nothing suggests that the SEALs were reckless, incompetent, or dishonest. Indeed the new story apparently stems from the report by the commander of the rescue team. Yet according to the Times, even before that report was written, journalists were being spun a tale unrelated to any facts. Contrast this to the careful approach of the SEALs themselves, who seem, admirably to be over video footage and the reports of commandos, carefully picking up pieces of harsh truth. They – and Dr. Norgrove, have been shamefully let down by those military spinmeisters who didn’t let good story wait around for the facts.

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