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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

It wasn't a checkpoint, and the shots came from behind

Naomi Klein talks to Danny Schechter about the checkpoint shooting of Giuliana Serena, the freed Italian hostage. "One of the things that we keep hearing is that she was fired on on the road to the airport, a notoriously dangerous road. I was on that road myself, and it is a really treacherous place with explosions going off all the time and a lot of checkpoints. What Giuliana told me was that they were on a completely different road that I didn't know existed. It's a secured road that you can only enter through the Green Zone and is reserved exclusively for ambassadors and top military officials. The other thing Giuliana told me that she's quite frustrated about is the description of the vehicle that fired on her as being part of a checkpoint. She says it wasn't a checkpoint at all. It was simply a tank that was parked on the side of the road. There was no process of trying to stop the car, she said, or any signals. The other thing she told me was that they were fired on from behind. Because I think part of what we're hearing is that the U.S. soldiers opened fire on their car, because they didn't know who they were, and they were afraid. It was self-defense. And what Giuliana Sgrena really stressed with me was that the bullet that injured her so badly and that killed Calipari came from behind, entered the back seat of the car. The only person who was not severely injured was the driver. This is because the shots weren't coming from the front or even from the side. They were coming from behind, i.e. they were driving away."


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