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In 2007, two Reuters employees — photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and driver Saeed Chmagh — were killed by a U.S. helicopter strike in Baghdad. The U.S. military issued an official statement claiming that the attack occurred after security forces came under fire from men accompanying the reporters, and that the rules of engagement were followed in returning fire. Reuters was skeptical of these claims and sought footage of the incident from the camera mounted in the Apache helicopter involved in the attack. The Pentagon refused the request. Now WikiLeaks claims to have secured it from whistleblowers and posted it here. If the footage is genuine, the Pentagon should reconcile its claims with the action captured on tape:
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"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."