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    Default Bipartisan audit finds Iraq violence underreported tenfold by Bush administration

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_iraq_violence_figures

    WASHINGTON - U.S. military and intelligence officials have systematically underreported the violence in
    Iraq in order to suit the Bush administration's policy goals, the bipartisan Iraq Study Group said.
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    In its report on ways to improve the U.S. approach to stabilizing Iraq, the group recommended Wednesday that the director of national intelligence and the secretary of defense make changes in the collection of data about violence to provide a more accurate picture.

    The panel pointed to one day last July when U.S. officials reported 93 attacks or significant acts of violence. "Yet a careful review of the reports for that single day brought to light 1,100 acts of violence," it said.

    "The standard for recording attacks acts as a filter to keep events out of reports and databases." It said, for example, that a murder of an Iraqi is not necessarily counted as an attack, and a roadside bomb or a rocket or mortar attack that doesn't hurt U.S. personnel doesn't count, either. Also, if the source of a sectarian attack is not determined, that assault is not added to the database of violence incidents.

    "Good policy is difficult to make when information is systematically collected in a way that minimizes its discrepancy with policy goals," the report said.

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    Pentagon comment on the report's assertions was not immediately answered.

    Some U.S. analysts have complained for months that the Pentagon's reports to Congress on conditions in Iraq have undercounted the violent episodes. Anthony Cordesman, an Iraq watcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said in a November report that the Pentagon omits many low-level incidents and types of civil violence.
    The Death Squads, pretty disturbing documentary about who the US is putting in power (and hiding the actions of):



    Man, if watching even part of that doesnt make you sick, you probably arent human...

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    Not a big surprise there , is it ? ALL media in the area who are reporting have to go threw the US military first before reporting to allow for censuring of potentially damaging material . They have complete control , 100% , of the media . I'm sure even the Nazi's would of been jealous with how this ' war ' has been sanitized for the US television living room .
    As for the media being unbiased , that went out with shareholders and profits .

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    very disturbing

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