Sgrena-Calipari: More tampering
1. I thought the car might kill me so I did it for my kids.
2. My buddy was killed last week by someone else.
3. The people in the car didn't look American.
4. I thought they were going over the speed limit.
5. They were driving while talking on the cellphone.
6. They drove past the warning line that I made with my pocket laser pointer.
7. I meant to shoot at the engine block just to scare 'em.
8. They scared me while I happened to be holding a machine gun.
The Italian version of events has just come out with even more censorship than the US version. But this really stinks.
The US "duty logs" relating to the patrols on the airport road were destroyed. The Pentagon claims that destroying duty logs is standard operating procedure.Other outrages.
- The Italian version was held back from reporters for 5 hours as Italian officials negotiated with the Pentagon for a few tweaks.
- The Italian report says is was absolutely certain and undeniable that the US chain of command was informed that the car was heading to the airport.
- The scene of the crime was washed of evidence and the blocking and overlook vehicles removed before Italian officials from Baghdad could investigate. A request for permission to view the scene by General Mario Marioli, Vice-Commander of the Multinational Force, was given then immediately revoked.
- No signage indicating the presence of a checkpoint.
- The famous 90-degree curve was taken at 24 MPH, not the 60 MPH alleged by the Pentagon.
- No satellite imagery was ever mentioned or shown to Italian investigators
- The patrol was "green", unsupervised and without formal orders.
- No one in the internationational community in Baghdad--NGOs, diplomats, military, contractors--all of whom use "Route Irish" and "Route Vernon" regularly--were aware of any rules in force stating that an escort, prior permission, or notification was required.
And of course the Catch 22: There are no rules of engagement for a Blocking Checkpoint.