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March 27, 2010

When the US and NATO Get Caught Committing Atrocities in Afghanistan, the Default Tactic is Lie and Blame the Messenger

By Dave Lindorff

Caught committing atrocities, the US command in Afghanistan is resorting to lies and trying to libel the reporter exposing the crimes. Where's Congress on this scandal?


By Dave Lindorff

London Timesreporter Jerome Starkey has broken two stories of US/NATO atrocities in Afghanistan over the past month or so, the first the execution-style slaying of eight innocent Afghan students and a visiting 12-year-old shepherd boy, and the second the killing of a popular government police commander, a local government prosecutor, two pregnant women and a teenage girl.

The US/NATO response was first to lie about what happened (military spokesmen first claimed that the students had been a bomb squad and that they'd died in a firefight, and they claimed that the pregnant women had been "discovered" bound and gagged). Then, when Starkey interviewed locals and blew the lies apart, the military command under Gen. Stanley McChrystal took a more insidious step, trying to malign Starkey and his reporting.

For an expose of how the American military has been lying about its crimes,check out this video.

DAVE LINDORFF is a Philadelphia-area reporter. His latest book is "The Case for Impeachment" (St. Martin's Press, 2006). His work is available

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Dave Lindorff, winner of a 2019 "Izzy" Award for Outstanding Independent Journalism from the Park Center for Independent Media in Ithaca, is a founding member of the collectively-owned, journalist-run online newspaper He is a columnist for Counterpunch, is author of several recent books ("This Can't Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy" and "Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Penalty Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal"). His latest book, coauthored with Barbara Olshanshky, is "The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office (St. Martin's Press, May 2006).