One of those who allegedly participated, Adam Winfield, 21, described the incident to his father in a chat on the social networking site Facebook.
I’m not happy with the fact that Americans are filming the murders of innocent Afghanis, but that sort of thing happens everywhere and all the time. I’m not surprised by it at all. even despite my disgust.
The thing that most terrifies me is that no one seems to be up in arms about how ridiculously fishy this entire situation is. According to Der Spiegel, we’ve known about this for months and have been purposely hiding it until our hand was absolutely forced. We were going to keep it quite until we were made to address it by a leak to an outside source, or independent discovery of the information.
Does it alarm no one that the article references messages sent within Facebook’s Chat? Honestly, who has the power to monitor those logs: The simple answer is that, in an ideal world, only Facebook does. The clear fact is that someone else does, too.
While I firmly believe the NSA and other portions of our civilian government are monitoring our civilian communications, it’s worrisome that we’re to the point that we would admit it to Der Spiegel. Additionally, why did we immediately jump to monitoring these soldiers’ off duty activities when they literally work for the government and were committing these crimes On The Clock, so to speak? Was there no way for the American military to notice these soldiers were killing noncombatants the same age as themselves - as ourselves - without reading their personal communications with their fathers?
The choices are a simple pair. Either our civilian agencies are inextricably involved in perpetuating warfare in other nations, or we ave ignored a truly an embarrassing state of affairs in which the middle managament of the military is entirely derelict in its duties to protect civilians in a warzone.
To put things in perspective: we successfully hid nearly 4000 photos and videos from the world for three months. A foreign publication widely known to break stories such as this breaks the story, and then we casually mention that “We knew it was happening and had even bugged their social networking accounts, but we weren’t going to talk about it. It seems like now is a good time to mention we watch your Facebook, though.”
I realize it was mentioned in passing and so was nothing near a confession of large scale, McCarthyist monitoring of our private messages; however, what reason would a respectable news agency have for even mentioning the messages unless they thought them worth at least as much as the nearly 4,000,000 words they allegedly have discovered?
In short, the whole situation is fishy to me. If everything is as it appears, I look forward to watching these men face their day in court-martial and dishonorable discharges for all involved. Until then, I watch with suspicion.