Thursday, November 12, 2009

On November 12

On this day in ...
... 1969 (40 years ago today), a news cable published in more than 30 U.S. newspapers wrote of an Army lieutenant named William L. Calley:
The Army says he deliberately murdered at least 109 Vietnamese civilians during a search-and-destroy mission in March 1968, in a Viet Cong stronghold known as 'Pinkville.'
With this dispatch the author, independent journalist Seymour Hersh, broke the story of the My Lai Massacre that had taken place in the previous year. Decades later Hersh was among the reporters who broke the Abu Ghraib abuse story. And Calley spoke on the earlier incident quite recently, as we've posted.

(Prior November 12 posts are here and here.)

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