Italian Idiots – Update XIII


I didn’t watch the Sgrena lies last night but I heard it was a hoot. CBS still digging itself an even larger grave.

Claudia over at Freedom of Thought has a bit of the transcript:

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.
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?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.

“Let’s take this piece by piece,” says Pelley. “Vehicle was speeding.”

“No,” says Sgrena.

“Attempted to warn the driver by hand signals,” says Pelley.

“No,” says Sgrena.

“Arm signals. Flashing white lights,” says Pelley. “Firing warning shots.”

“Nothing at all,” says Sgrena.

“What you?re saying in this interview is that none of those things happened?” asks Pelley.

“Nothing. No,” says Sgrena. “I’m sure.”

God, what an idiot she is. It’s her assassination story all over again.

At least there is some good news today. News today from NBC that the soldiers in the shooting have been exonerated:

U.S. soldiers reportedly have been cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting of an Italian journalist and an intelligence agent last month in Baghdad.

U.S. military officials told NBC News that a joint American-Italian investigation found the soldiers acted properly in firing on a car bearing a just-freed hostage, journalist Giuliana Sgrena, and an intelligence officer, Nicola Calipari.

The car was about 130 yards from a checkpoint when the soldiers flashed their lights to get it to stop. They fired warning shots when the car was within 90 yards of the checkpoint, but at 65 yards, they used deadly force. Calipari was killed and Sgrena wounded.

You will remember that Sgrena said the following recently:

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 Captain responds with an excellent analysis:

She claimed that the car slowed down for the checkpoint to somewhere around 30 MPH or so, which would equal around 44 feet per second. If the Americans flashed their warning lights at 390 feet, the driver had almost three seconds to recognize and heed the signal before the soldiers fired their warning shots. After the warning shots, the driver had another two seconds to stop the car before the soldiers applied lethal force. Overall, the driver had almost six full seconds to stop the car from the time of the first warning signal to when they fired directly into the vehicle. That sounds like plenty of time, especially for a driver who knew that he was using a highway that American troops regularly patrolled and one which led directly to the strategic Baghdad International Airport.

Im glad he did the math because I suck at it.

I find it very humorous that CBS does this sympathetic interview with the communist idiot and then news comes out that the investigation clears our soldiers. Guess it’s another failed attempt at fact checking by Dan Rather.

Of course most of the MSM isn’t reporting this news:

Update: Okay, this is weird. Doing a Google search, I can’t find a reference to this decision on the WaPo, the NY Times, the LA Times or the Globe. The NY Post, the Scotsman and NBC/MSNBC are the only major publications carrying it. You may remember the entire world was up in a roar over US troops killing her bodyguard, but when an investigation finds them innocent, we get nothing?

I’m sure these rags will pick the story up soon but will spin it towards some typical left wing conspiracy charge. I give it a few days until we hear that Rove was in on the investigation and its a big cover up.

Check out Protein Wisdom, LGF, The Jawa Report, Alpha Patriot, Wizbang, No Oil For Pacifists, Uncorrelated, In The Bullpen, and Outside The Beltway for more info.

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