Looks like it. And the network has been busted by a bunch of badass Marines and Soldiers who have been picking apart this story since it aired. Looks like the Taliban has its Tallywood now and CBS is only too happy to accommodate them. See? The more things change the more things stay the same.
Check out the story and posts at The Voice of the Warriors blog. H/T Little Green Apples.
Story is below followed by only ONE commenter who put the lie to this quickly.
Here’s what one commenter said about the story:
Everyone who has been in the military, especially to Iraq or Afghanistan, within the last few years needs to watch the first part of this video. Look at the “military equipment” CBS is pushing as recently stolen or “looted” from US Forces. You will notice that it’s equipment we aren’t even issued. Also, they blatantly lie when attempting to show night vision equipment, which isn’t night vision equipment at all.
00:02 the video shows some a series of boots. Out of the three pair, two are black leather boots. When is the last time any of us deployed with black leather boots? Hell in the Marine Corps they aren’t even issued; you can’t wear them. The military isn’t shipping black boots to Afghanistan. Someone correct me if I’m wrong. Also, the tan boots are brand new, and are not even US issued for either the Marines or the US Army. Finally, in the frame you will see the tri-color camouflage shirt, brand new. The Marine Corps and most Army units don’t issue this camouflage print any longer. Digital print is the standard. There are a few units that still have them but most don’t’. CBS hasn’t done their homework.
00:05 the narrator states “even high power binoculars,” as footage of some man in a hadji dress picks up a pair of cheap looking binos. I can’t believe CBS fell for this, or just ignored the reality. The various assortment of military issued binoculars don’t look like this. Someone, please correct me if I’m wrong.
00:07 the narrator continues, “…and sophisticated night vision gear.” Can someone please tell me what the camera is looking at. It looks like a couple rifle magazines at the bottom, and various black and grey bags, possibly protective containers for Oakley or other issued eye wear. I don’t see any night vision equipment or anything that remotely resembles night vision equipment. I’m not saying it wasn’t there, NVGs and NODs can be found all over, but the video is supposedly, according to the narrator, showing night vision devices.
00:09 does show US Army knee pads and hydration pack. At least that is what the camouflage pattern looks like. When you look at the video angle this footage does not show a market place setting typical to what is found in Pakistan or Afghanistan.
00:11 shows knives, none of which are us issued to US forces.
00:18 shows a distance shot of some camouflage shirts, none are US military print.
00:20 Does show a case that says “Property of US government.” If someone knows what kinda case this is please let me know.
00:21 shows the old olive drab canteen and canteen cover. This is an older issued item, although to be fair it could still be issued to some units. However, the carrying case for the canteen would most likely have been changed. For example, the Marine Corps issues the old canteen but the covers are newer camo print, not the old olive drab.
00:24 the narrator says that “we are told there are US weapons for sale here to.” Of course she shows none.