Monday, January 28, 2008
WSI 2008 and Media D.U.P.E.S.
DUPES or D.U.P.E.S. It's an acronym for "Date, Unit, People, Event and Signature".
Members of the media, I implore you: when the IVAW holds its Winter Soldier Investigation media event in March 2008, think "DUPES"!
Let it guide you! When there is "testimony" about atrocities, serious crimes or repugnant behavior by our armed forces remember that you are journalists, with a responsibility and ask for:
D - Date(s) - when did this happen?
U - Unit(s) - what military unit was involved?
P - People - who were the individuals involved?
E - Event(s) - what exactly occurred?
S - Signature(s) - did the "witness" sign an affidavit, a deposition or a report to superiors, and thereby go on any kind of binding legal record about this?
If you hear about gross war crimes, atrocities and such at WSI 2008, and report that, gosh, you heard about gross war crimes and atrocities and such at WSI 2008, and you don't ask about the important and critical details that allow verification (or debunking), well, there might be a word for what that would make you, and it is not "journalists"!