Nicola Calipari, shot dead by US troops
ROME – The companion of freed Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena on Saturday leveled serious accusations at US troops who fired at her convoy as it was nearing Baghdad airport, saying the shooting had been deliberate.
“The Americans and Italians knew about (her) car coming,” Pier Scolari said on leaving Rome’s Celio military hospital where Sgrena is to undergo surgery following her return home.
“They were 700 meters (yards) from the airport, which means that they had passed all checkpoints.”
The shooting late Friday was witnessed by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s office which was on the phone with one of the secret service agents, said Scolari. “Then the US military silenced the cellphones,” he charged.
“Giuliana had information, and the US military did not want her to survive,” he added.
(Source: Common Dreams)
Sgrena survived this vicious, premeditated attack but Nicola Calipari didn’t. The US has one version of events. They say that the car was going too fast and ignored orders to stop. The same bullshit they used in this slaughter and countless other murders.
Here’s what Sgrena says happened:
Italian reconstruction of the incident is significantly different. Sgrena told colleagues the vehicle was not travelling fast and had already passed several checkpoints on its way to the airport. The Americans shone a flashlight at the car and then fired between 300 and 400 bullets at if from an armoured vehicle. Rather than calling immediately for assistance for the wounded Italians, the soldiers’ first move was to confiscate their weapons and mobile phones and they were prevented from resuming contact with Rome for more than an hour.
(Source: The Guardian)
Note that last sentence: the priority for the US attackers was not the preservation of life, it was to block any communication. If the attack was just a random mistake, as the US is claiming, why was this the first thing done? If you’d attacked a car, presuming it to be hostile, and then discovered your error and that you’d injured and killed innocent civilians, what would you do first: order an ambulance or seize their mobile phones?
I don’t think so.