Urbin Report

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Viral anti-war video most likely a fake.

Very popular on youtube and other video servers is a clip allegedly made by member of the US Army Rangers/Special Forces detailing "war crimes" he and others supposedly committed in Iraq.

It appears that it is a very poorly made fake by a pathetic loser out to spread socialist propaganda.

Milblogs has numerous postings detailing the flaws in his story and uniform.

There was no one by that name in either the Rangers or Special Forces according to the US Army:

Today, the Army ran a check on Mr. MacBeth’s credentials. It turns out, not surprisingly to anybody with half a mind, that Mr. MacBeth has NO Army service record. Anywhere. Period. This is a direct quote given to me by Army spokesman John Boyce:

“Initial research by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg shows no Soldier with the name of Jesse Macbeth having ever been assigned to the Special Forces or the Army Rangers — which are, in fact, two separate disciplines. This appears to be some sort of hoax. No Soldier by that name at Fort Lewis to our knowledge, in the past, either. Of course, the line about “go into the Army or go to jail” is vintage TV script not heard since the 1960s. There are also numerous wear and appearance issues with the Soldier’s uniform — a mix of foreign uniforms with the sleeves rolled up like a Marine and a badly floppy tan beret worn like a pastry chef. Of course, the allegations of war crimes are vague, as are the awards the Soldier allegedly received.”

There is an extensive Wikipedia entry on Macbeth and the glaring flaws in his story.

HT to the Mudville Gazette.