Filmmakers Notebook #115
ELECTROMAGNETIC WEAPONS USED TO
SLAUGHTER IRAQIS Guerre Stellari in Iraq documents the use of
electromagnetic weapons on Iraqi civilians in the early days of the
American invasion. A few weeks after the April 2003 battle for the
Baghdad Airport, American filmmaker Patrick Dillon learns of a
mysterious horrible weapon that has obliterated civilians, eviscerated
them, shrunk them. Majid al Ghezali, first violinist in the city
orchestra, takes Dillon to the scene of the crime (and cover-up!).
Other incidents are shown: a Belgian doctor reveals the carnage of
dozens of people on a public bus; Iraqi doctors had never seen
anything like it: no entry wounds, eyes fried, skin burnt off where
exposed; or decapitations. The film by Maurizio Torrealta and Sigfrido
Ranucci in a video clip shows flippant justifications by Rumsfeld and
Gen. Myers for using directed energy/ high-powered microwave weapons
that exterminate Iraqis (et al.) as if they were vermin.(read
the article here) watch winmedia
english video here via
From the film, Guerre Stellari in Iraq:
UNANSWERABLE QUESTIONS IN THE ‘WAR ON TERRROR’
(Pre-Iraq invasion press conference, the Pentagon)
Reporter: Can I ask you a question about some of the technology that
you’ve been developing to fight the war on terror? Specifically
directed energy and high-powered microwave technology. Do you…. When
do you envision that you can weaponize that type of technology?
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: Goodness. It is, it is in, for the
most part the kinds of things you’re talking about are in varying
early stages. Do you wanna…. do you have anything you want to add?
Gen. Richard Myers, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff: I don’t think I
would add much. I…. I…. I think they are in early stages and and and
probably not ready for employment at this point.
Rumsfeld: The, the…. In the normal order of things, when you invest in
research and development and begin a developmental project, you don’t
have any intention or expectations that one would use it. Uh, on the
other hand the real world intervenes from time to time and you reach
in there and take something out that’s still in a developmental stage,
and you might use it.
So, it’s, the answer, your, the question is not answerable. It is, it
is uh, it depends on what happens in the future and how well things
move along the track and whether or not someone feels it’s appropriate
to reach into a development stage and see if something might be
useful, as was the case with the unmanned aerial vehicles.
Reporter: But you’re willing to experiment with them….
Gen. Myers: I…. I think that’s the point. And I think, and it’s…. We
have, from the beginning of this conflict – and General Franks has
been very open to looking at new things if there are new things
available and has been willing to put ‘em into the fight, even before
they’ve been fully wrung out. And I think that’s uh, not referring to
these two particular cases of directed energy or high-powered
microwave, but, but sure. And we will continue to do that.
Transcribed by snowshoefilms.