Social Media in all its forms has the power to reveal the truth, to scam individuals and uncover myths and deception often that is hidden from buyers and citizens. Many view Social Media as being all about making friends online, posting family photos, loading up your weddding video, maybe some crazy humourous stunts and creating a chat topic on Linkedin about your favourite buzz topic.
One example of how Social Media tools can affect global opinion, uncover secrets is from a web site that is becoming increasingly well known. WikiLeaks works in the clandestine world of shadows and spooks as they reveal secrets that Governments want to keep hidden. So what is the globally focused WikiLeaks all about. This video clearly shows how Social Media has changed who controls the conversation and that no longer are the traditional outlets and powers that be are the ones who dictate the the information flow.
Tweet Twins has regularly stated that video is the most powerful tool you have at your disposable to gain attention and influence. Tweet Twin Kevin Andreassend, was an early adopter of video production at a time when purchasers needed a Government approved import license and video libraries might have 50 – 100 video tapes in their rental stock. This video will show that grainy black and white video of an event that is foreign to most in the West, is still compelling as ever, proving that it is all about content not technical quality that will ultimately win viewers over.
In this social media video I want to bring the harsh realities of military occupation and gunship machine gun operators where Reuter’s photography staff are gunned down in cold blood, neighbourhood rescuers are gunned down in cold blood and children are machine gunned down. Hollywood glamourises war with adventure, romance and a storyline. In real life there is no emotive tracking music, wide sweeping camera movements or second takes.
The power of video is one of the most powerful tools on the globe today. In this video we show the deadly power of video. Leaked from within the bowels of the military machine and mounted onto Youtube. This video shows why millions world-wide hate the American nation, American soldiers and why the USA military machine did its best to hide this video from the international public and its own citizens. This video is synonymous with the ugly side of what video can show about life and worlds far away.
The video reveals a coverup that the US military finally admitted to, when in July 2007 an American helicopter gunshop gunned down two Reuters photographers and Iraqi citizens including children. After demands by Reuters, the incident was investigated and the U.S. military concluded that the actions of the soldiers were in accordance with the law of armed conflict and its own “Rules of Engagement”. This link is for the document that details how the military is allowed to engage with others. Makes interesting reading.
The video has been thoroughly authenticated by WikiLeaks an clandestine loose organisation that is using Social Media to reveal some of the ugly truths about Governments, their agencies and activities they would prefer the public are not aware of. The video contains live gun camera video compete with radio traffic and sub titles. We suggest that parents discuss this video with their children prior them being allowed to view it…this is real warfare and if had happened in your street would be classified as mass murder.
The military did not reveal how the Reuters staff were killed when Reuters announced they had lost two employees, and stated that they did not know how the children were injured. At the time when the event occurred it was announced that the Apache gunship was under attack and that those who were gunned down were armed insurgents. The video have gone on to have a significant impact on the US servicemen in Iraq as the truth was revealed when this video was leaked and placed online.
International comments made about this video
US Defence Secretary – Robert Gates
“It’s obviously a hard thing to see. Its painful to see, especially when you hear, after the fact, what was going on. The US forces involved were in combat, he said, and were operating in “split second situations.” Ed comment – Did not see any split second decisions being made here, rather it seemed one was hovering around to shoot anything that came into sight, including a Reuters photographer and his assistance.
Reuters editor-in-chief – David Schlesinger
“I urge the secretary of Defence to meet with me to help ensure a tragedy like this never happens again.”
WikiLeaks Founder – Juilian Assange
“There was certainly spinning of the message and it does seem like there has been a coverup.”
Professor of Digital Media, Columbia University Journalism School – Professor Scree Screenivasan
“This is a whole new world of how stories get out.”
Reuter Photographer – Namir Noor-Eldeen
“Help, We have been gunned down”
Reuter Photographer Assistant – Saeed Chamagh
“Help, I have been gunned down”
And what now of the children and their mother who suffered in this atrocious event? The father / husband was simply going to help others who were gunned down and he and his van were attacked whilst he carried out his deed of goodwill.
During the last 12 months WikiLeaks representatives have been talking at numerous conferences, from technology via human rights to media focused, in an effort to introduce WikiLeaks to the world. WikiLeaks has had major document releases that have spawned attention in all major newspapers by now, it has triggered important reform and has established itself as part of the accepted media reality.