Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Fabricating video? Nah, not what we Americans do best.

Well, the Iranians have asserted that the U.S. Government fabricated the video of Iranian naval vessels harassing U.S. warships in the Strait of Hormuz. From Nazila Fathi at the New York Times, Iran Accuses U.S. of Faking Persian Gulf Video:
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard accused the United States on Wednesday of fabricating video showing armed Iranian speedboats confronting United States Navy warships in the Persian Gulf over the weekend, according to a report carried by the semi-official Fars news agency as well as state-run television.

“Images released by the U.S. Department of Defense about the navy vessels, the archive, and sounds on it are fabricated,” an unnamed Revolutionary Guard official said, according to Fars.
First off, the Iranians need to learn something: our government doesn't fabricate video; our government destroys video.
The (Iranian) official said the sounds and the images on the video did not go together. “It is very clear that they are fake,” the official said.

The video and audio were recorded separately and then matched, Naval and Pentagon officials said Tuesday.
Sometimes we just don't use our heads. Why did the Navy condense a 20 minute incident to 4 minutes and overdub the sound? Release the full, uncut and unedited video (removing anything that is classified). Don't make sound bites. Be transparent.

Fabricated? I don't think so. We do better destroying video.

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