Julian Assange put this video in front of the world.
In it, US army forces shoot and kill civilians, including two Reuters journalists and the people who came to help. (1)
‘For the crew of [the] Apache helicopter gunship… the whole thing sounds like a game. “Nice… good shooting,”… “Yeah, look at those dead bastards” … The truth is the gunner has just opened fire on two Reuters journalists, Saeed Chmagh and Namir Noor-Eldeen.
One of them is still alive and tries to crawl to safety, prompting the co-pilot to urge him to reach for a weapon: “Come on, buddy. All you gotta do is pick up a weapon.” But the journalist is unarmed and dies on the street.‘ (2)
‘When the crew were informed that a child had been injured by their attack, one initially responded, “Ah damn. Oh well”, and a minute later continued, “Well, it’s their fault for bringing kids into a battle”.’ (3)
In 2006, a Lancet study estimated that 654,965 civilians had been killed by Blair and Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq. After that, it looks to me like we stopped sending scholars to figure out how many men, women and children we killed, and started channeling resources into arguing the toss about methodologies. (4)
Julian Assange showed a world numbed by statistics how a government kills half a million people. And now he’s being tortured to death by the governments whose crimes he helped expose.
You can tell a lot about a culture by looking at who’s in jail and who’s yucking it up at the football game with Ellen. (5)(6)