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  •  Investigation into Italian journalist attack (none)
    I saw an item on the NBC News last night that indicated that the joint U.S.-Italian investigation had been completed, and that it had exonerated the soldiers involved.  I haven't seen anything else on it today.
    •  Is it true... (none)
      ...that they never allowed the Italians to examine the automobile itself? I've got to start remembering where I read things.

      "So much thinking in our society has been replaced by following. I know God didn't make us for that." --Keith Olbermann

      by Irony on Thu Apr 14, 2005 at 11:45:18 AM PDT

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      •  The latest on Italian journalist Sgrena (3.50)
        Yesterday's account

        Sgrena says she was less than a half-mile from the airport, when the shooting began: "Seven hundred meters more, and we are in the airport, and we will be safe and we will be in the airport. And in the same moment, started the shooting."

        Sgrena says that as the car rounded a turn, driving no faster than 30 miles an hour, it was hit by gunfire and at the same time, a bright light. She and Calipari were in the back seat. "He [Calipari] pushed me down and with this, the body, covered me," says Sgrena. "He pushed me down in the car. And I was asking, 'Why?' Nicola doesn't say, he doesn't speak it, doesn't say nothing."
        The Army has finished an investigation, but the report isn't expected until the end of the week.

        The Pentagon declined to talk with 60 Minutes Wednesday, but the Army issued this statement on the night of the shooting: "Vehicle traveling at high speed refused to stop at a check point." [The soldiers] "attempted to warn the driver to stop by hand and arm signals, flashing white lights, and firing warning shots...when the driver didn't stop the soldiers shot into the engine block which stopped the vehicle."

        "I think that is a lie," says Sgrena.

        From - A Global Network for Democratic Media

        Other reports based on earlier interviews and another eyewitness account insisted: They lied about the checkpoint, speeding, hand and arm signals, warning shots, etc. There was no "checkpoint" where the shooting incident took place. The car was not "speeding", there were no "hand and arm signals", there were no "warning shots", and there were no "engine block" shots. The shooters ambushed the car from behind. There were earlier reports that an "elite combat unit," a CIA contingency of personal body guards for new national intelligence chief John Negroponte, may have been involved.

        To thine own self be true - W.S.

        by Agathena on Thu Apr 14, 2005 at 05:49:07 PM PDT

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      •  Here's an answer to your question about (none)
        the car from al Jazeera:

        Calipari's car

        According to the Italian papers, a point of contention is US authorities' refusal to allow Italian investigators to examine the car in which Calipari was travelling when he was shot.

        Calipari was killed on 4 March by a US patrol as he escorted Sgrena to the Baghdad airport.

        Another intelligence agent and Sgrena were wounded in the shooting, which outraged Italy.

        Italy has denied a US claim that the car was speeding and refused to stop following warnings from the US patrol.

        NBC said that the joint inquiry failed to resolve the dispute over the speed of the car, with the Americans claiming it approached the patrol at about 80kph and the Italians saying it was travelling much slower.

        What is the US military afraid of?

        To thine own self be true - W.S.

        by Agathena on Fri Apr 15, 2005 at 09:46:25 AM PDT

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    •  got a link please ? n/t (none)

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