The second video (unofficial footage) hit the net a few days ago.
All the media covered one side of the story â€“ probably a soldier was the author, and the movie was probably made with a mobile phone.
Technical facts about the footage:
– the camera had a motion sensor
– the camera had a very good zoom (I estimate at least 5 meters â€“ in the first screen)
– the poor lightening seemed not to be a problem for the phone camera
– the resolution seems to be quite high
– the microphone (supposed to be on a phone) was again very good so the sound is quite clear
Are cell phones common in Iraq?
The media provided us the movie filmed with the phone camera as a natural a probable fact. The penetration of GSM/mobile telephony in the western world is very high. Large percent of the population has a mobile phone.
In Iraq, the situation is quite different. Imagine a population of 26,783,383 (July 2006 est.) with only 574,000 (2004) having mobile cellular devices.
Via CIA factbook: the 2003 war severely disrupted telecommunications throughout Iraq including international connections; USAID is overseeing the repair of switching capability and the construction of mobile and satellite communication facilities.
Repairs to switches and lines destroyed during the 2003 war continue, but sabotage remains a problem; additional switching capacity is improving access; cellular service is available and centered on three regional GSM networks, improving country-wide connectivity.
– In Iraq, the mobile phones are quite rare;
– After the war begun, the gsm networks were severely affected (still are) â€“ impossible to communicate;
– The military use only satellite/radio telecommunications;
– During the war the mobile shops were closed and there is no market for mobile phones (itâ€™s quite hard to buy a modern cell in Iraq).
Who is the author?
– For sure itâ€™s not a soldier as the Iraqi guards are not allowed to carry GSM/mobile devices other than the standard equipment;
– Itâ€™s not easy to own such a device and not being noticed (a cell is rare in Iraq, a modern cell is an eye catcher);
The authorâ€™s profile (as presented to the press):
– hi-tech user
– Internet user
– Youtuber (one of the few Iraqi to use the tube)
Another fact to know, Is that there are only 5 internet hosts in Iraq and only 36,000 users (far less than mobile users). In order to use youtube, a broadband connection is necessary in order to see the video streaming. You can imagine how many broadband users are in Iraq.
What happened after the movies were released:
– the violent protests and the attacks were more intense – after the official video (this was not what the US/Iraqi wants)
– everybody saw that Saddam is dead (the US wanted the iraqi insurgents to see this and to acknowledge their leader is dead â€“ this is why the first footage was released)
– everybody saw how Saddam was killed â€“ internet users and western media coverage â€“ this means that the second footage is not popular in Iraq where the government controlls the mass-media and few people have internet acces (the movie was released for the non-iraqi citizens â€“ again, both Iraqi/US had to loose PR points because of this)
Soâ€¦ the million dollar question: who did it?
â€¦I have no idea but itâ€™s interesting to watch that in the United States, some governmental/secret service/army officials are already changed because of this.
Meanwhile, Bush welcomes Chancellor Merkel of Germany to the White House and they make jokes â€“ of course the laughters (â€žNo back rubsâ€) circle the world while their hidden enemies are still there.
A new plan for Iraq will soon begin.