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In a list that relies heavily on cut and pastes from major news organisations (including the Washington Post and even, God help us, the Washington Times - outlets although interesting are not well known for independence from the US policy line) its worth examining just how reliable and unbiased as sources these organisations may be. In light of the revelations in the Bulletin magazine of Australia, that an ABC photojournalist killed in Northern Iraq had also been free-lancing for Rendon Group - an important CIA subcontractor - its worth remembering just how powerful images can be in shaping the publicīs view of the morality of their governmentīs actions. The following 2 photos, sourced from the US state department website, but credited to Associated Press, emphasize these concerns. Interested in comment. Particularly as to the involvement of senior British "humanitarian" politicians in what appears to be a faked mass grave site. Link 1 http://usinfo.state.gov/regional/nea/iraq/gallery/iraq-2003/0602mon1.htm An AP photo of British politician and human rights envoy. The viewer is invited to see these white bags as representing human corpses. In my view these are far more likely to represent bags of earth. Firstly because the well-rounded and filled out nature of the bags. Secondly, the fact they are scattered in great disorder. Thirdly, they are sitting on the surface with no indication of a hole or excavation in the ground from which remains have been removed. Link 2 http://usinfo.state.gov/regional/nea/iraq/security/gallery/0516skull.htm This one is little better. While a man is running around carrying what looks like a human skull, the pit that is in the centre of the photo looks like just that, a pit. It appears to be dug at random and is now quite deep without showing any human remains. If any had been present they would have been disintegrated by the the very clumsy method of excavation. In any case by looking at the profile of the soil revealed on the side it appears the site has been previously undisturbed for many decades. Regards Tom ____________________________________________________________ Get advanced SPAM filtering on Webmail or POP Mail ... Get Lycos Mail! http://login.mail.lycos.com/r/referral?aid=27005 _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk