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  •  Well let me share a NATO collateral damage tale (0+ / 0-)

    During the 1999 bombing of Serbia, a passenger train crossing a bridge was hit.  You can read about the controversy at length at this Wiki link which is a pretty blah blah rundown except...

    the disagreement about the speed of video that was shown to journalists.  The story is that they "accidentally showed the film at a high speed".  Now here are some excepts from the NATO briefing the very next day.  The entire transcript can be found here.  

    In the briefing Wesley Clark first states this:

    I wanted to show you the tape of the cockpit view of the missile that hit the railroad bridge and the train yesterday. It is hung up in a computer problem in my computer at Shape, we are trying to get it up here and if I can get it up here during the time we have the press briefing, if I can get it up here we will show it to you.

    Then when the video finally turns up he shows the video at what is later admitted to be very high speed and makes the following statement:

    Look very intently at the aim point, concentrate right there and you can see how, if you were focused right on your job as a pilot, suddenly that train appeared. It was really unfortunate.

    The train appeared suddenly on the video because the video had been sped up and it all looked fast. Then the pilot circled back and did some more bombing for humanity.

    When a mistake is made, NATO almost always attempts to cover it.  I was on the ground during the NATO bombing and each day listened to lie after lie in the NATO briefings.  

    It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

    by ciganka on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 12:26:47 AM PDT

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