Alright people, let's do this. *Cracks knuckles*
From CNN: Libyan Rebels say captured cell phone shows rape, torture
OK, so here's the deal. Somehow CNN got their hands on a video which Libyan rebels claimed to have lifted off the corpse of a Gadhafi loyalist, which shows two men dressed in civilian clothing sexually abusing and torturing a woman with what appears to be a broom stick. Now, I'm not going to argue that this footage is anything but deplorable. It serves as a twisted testament to the ugly and violent tendencies of man that not only were these vulgar actions committed, but someone felt the need to film it on a cell phone so they could relive the moment later.
OK, now here's my theory. CNN has openly stated in the article that they have no way of authenticating the video. The men shown in the clip aren't wearing any uniforms, and the best that can be said about it is that experts agree that the men are sporting accents that are apparently a close match with what is used in Tripoli. So we can hazard a guess that these men are most likely Libyan, but we have no proof that they are employed by Gadhafi.
What we can be sure of is that Obama is currently taking grenades in the trenches for his continued support of military action in Libya. Not only that, but Obama is currently making the stance that he does not need the approval of Congress to continue his actions in Libya, as this military conflict does not meet the legal definition of the word "War". Anyone else reminded of Bill Clinton's assertion that he wasn't lying when he said he did not have sexual relations with "that woman, Miss Lewinski", because blowjobs don't really count? So, we know the President is getting a lot of flack for supporting these actions, and doesn't appear to give much of a fuck what people are saying about it.
Kinda makes me think of all those times that the terror alert would escalate a color or two every time the Bush administration would get into a PR nightmare. Bush fucks up, the terrorists are gathering and we've gone from Yellow to Orange. Obama starts taking shit for what's going on in Libya, and all of a sudden we get cell-phone videos of Libyan loyalists raping women. You'd have to be a monster to say that we shouldn't be helping these people. Pretty damned convenient, right?
The fact of the matter is that two weeks from now, no one is going to remember the disclaimer on the side of the article where CNN comes right out and says that they can't factually prove any element of this video. They're not even disclosing their source of the clip. I can understand this, as anyone who leaked such a video from Libya would be in serious danger of violent repercussions from the regime should their identity be leaked, but it also makes it pretty difficult to verify what they're claiming it shows. So this time next month all we're going to remember is that Libya loyalists are running around broomstick-raping all willy-nilly, and it is our moral duty as American's to put a stop to it.
Seems like a classic CIA disinformation campaign to me. That's all I'm saying.
And as long as we're concerning ourselves with the contents of cellphone videos, how about what's going on in our own country? Check out this fascist bullshit that came out of Miami over Memorial Day weekend.
Here we have actual uniformed police officers unloading on a man after a heated police chase and then going around confiscating the evidence. At least we know that these animals are on the payroll. Pointing firearms right in the faces of citizens for the deplorable crime of filming in a public area. God bless America.