Al Jazeera showed what it said was a Christmas message made by a US soldier for his family before he was killed. In the video, we see images of him with, purportedly, the soldier’s voice narrating, sometimes making anti-American and anti-war statements. There’s just one problem. The soldier is alive and well and back home with his parents. Also, he never made those anti-war and anti-American statements, and that’s not his voice on the video. The terrorist insurgents made the fake propaganda video themselves by stealing the soldier’s home video and his identity. From The Blotter:
“There are a whole bunch of lies on that tape,” said Lt. Col. Ed Loomis at Fort Campbell. “It is nothing but a total fabrication.”
Lt. Col. Loomis told ABC News that while the pictures appear to be authentic, it was a case of Tucker’s identity being stolen in Iraq.
The voice identified as Tucker says he and his fellow soldiers became violent and reckless searching for insurgents.
“The crimes by our soldiers during break-ins started to merge, such as burglary, harassment, raping and random manslaughter,” says the voice. “Why are we even here? The people hate us.”
Laura Mansfield, an Arabic language analyst and publisher of a newsletter “Strategic Translations” that tracks jihadi websites, said this is a new trick in the jihadists’ propaganda campaign.
“This is part of a very shrewd campaign to reach a U.S. audience, soldiers and voters,” she said. “It is in English and forgives most soldiers and Americans, calling on them to help end the war.”
And it ends with a final denunciation of U.S. leaders and policy.
“What we are doing here is so disgraceful; our acts are shameful,” says the voice. He then signs off, “Specialist Lee Kimball Tucker.”
All very powerful from a dead soldier, except for the fact that Lee Kimball Tucker is not dead.
His family says he returned from Iraq in May and was with them over the holidays so he would not have been sending any messages home.
There will be an internal investigation at Fort Campbell to determine how the insurgents got a hold of the home video of the soldiers, and Fort Campbell officials are urging all soldiers to take further precautions against identity theft.
With the propaganda out there, it’s getting to the point that news showing the Iraq war and our soldiers in a bad light needs to be met with skepticism because we can’t be sure that it’s not propaganda peddled by terrorist insurgents. Watch the video and see for yourself how far these terrorist insurgents are willing to go to create anti-war and anti-American propaganda for the purpose of manipulating the media and the American people into turning against our troops and the war effort.
Hats off to The Blotter and ABC News for digging deeper and finding the truth about this story.
Is anyone else, like me, wondering who is narrating this propaganda film?
Rusty Shackleford at The Jawa Report, who was on this story a couple of days ago, wonders the same thing and writes this:
What I want to know is what American dupe or traitor narrated Tucker’s voice and who is the “peace activist” named “John Smith from New York” that the terror organization interviews near the end of the tape?
Rusty also found this site, dedicated to the propaganda film, and noted this:
Prominent among the links found at the terrorist website?
Golden Star Families for Peace
Bring Them Home Now!
Casey’s Peace Page (Yes, Cindy Sheehan)
United for Peace and Justice
The Guerrero Azteca Project
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)
Military Families Speak Out
Mothers Against the Draft
Progressive Democrats of America
Veterans for Peace
Interestingly enough, I was looking at the source code for the page and Code Pink is so important to whoever designed the webpage for the Islamic Army in Iraq, that they insisted on putting the word “codepink” in the metadescription.
What does it tell you about these “peace” activists when their links show up on a terrorist propaganda website? They both have the same end in mind: to undermine the war effort.