Haditha Videotape Under Scrutiny

You’ll forgive me if the Haditha “massacre” story it is starting to sound a little like the CBS Bush memo story to me.

Haditha defense questions key videotape

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Attorneys for the U.S. Marines accused of killing unarmed Iraqi civilians in Haditha will question the authenticity of a videotape at the heart of the case and the credibility of the group that provided it, sources close to the Marines say.

The videotape, given to Time Magazine in January by the Hammurabi Human Rights Group, purports to show the aftermath of a massacre in Haditha and has prompted a U.S. military probe into the November 19 incident. …

The defense sources agree the tape depicts grim war images but does not prove that a massacre took place in Haditha, especially when so much is still unknown about the source of the tape and how it was made. …

Time initially reported that the tape was shot by a “journalism student” the day after the incident and described Hammurabi as working with “the internationally respected Human Rights Watch.”

The magazine subsequently issued a correction on its Web site, writing that Human Rights Watch “has no ties or association with Hammurabi.”

Defense lawyers say the man described by Time as a journalism student, 43-year-old Thaer Thabit al-Hadithi, was in fact the founder of Hammurabi and one of only two employees. …

“And it turns out these two employees have family members spending time in local prisons for insurgent activity,” the attorney said.

We don’t yet know everything that happened in Haditha but it is becoming more and more apparent everyday that the first story we heard has some very critical flaws in it. To put it mildly.

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