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Veteran in Oscar-Nominated Short Documentary on ‘Collateral Murder’ Incident Receives Death Threats

Screen shot from "Collateral Murder" video

An Iraq war veteran, who is the focus of one of the short documentaries nominated for an Academy Award, is receiving death threats for providing his individual account of what happened during an incident that has come to be known as the “Collateral Murder” incident.

The incident received wide attention when WikiLeaks released a classified video of the incident in April 2010. It involves an Apache helicopter attack that happened on July 12, 2007 in Baghdad.

The attack is a major focus of,“Incident in New Baghdad.” The short film tells the story of a soldier who helped rescue two children injured in the 2007 Apache helicopter attack. The soldier, Ethan McCord, has since been discharged from the military and has been an outspoken voice against the Iraq War.

The film received an Oscar nomination in January. Since then, McCord has been receiving threats to him and his family on a regular basis.

The majority of the threats are coming from soldiers McCord served with in the 2-16 Infantry when he was deployed in Iraq. One soldier threatened to exterminate his “entire bloodline,” which McCord considers a threat to kill his children.

Many of the threats are being made on the Internet, especially on Facebook. Individuals in the group, 2-16 (and 4th IBCT) Vets for Truth, have been posting messages. Some of them are active duty military personnel. Making such threats against McCord is illegal.

Here are a couple examples of the threats: [cont’d.]

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Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."