Robert Fisk, "Saddam Statue Scene Staged," April 11, 2003
["Her Iraqi guards had long fled, she was being well cared for - and
doctors had already tried to free her. John Kampfner discovers the
real story behind a modern American war myth . . .
Two days before the snatch squad arrived, Al-Houssona had
arranged to deliver Jessica to the Americans in an ambulance. . . .
He put her in an ambulance and instructed the driver to go to the
American checkpoint. When he was approaching it, the Americans
opened fire. They fled just in time back to the hospital. "--"The truth about Jessica," Guardian, May 15, 2003]
["The gripping narrative provided six weeks ago by the Pentagon is
suddenly looking about as solid as Saddam's Republican Guard. And a
deeper issue now has to be raised: Was this another manufactured
moment in America's first made-for-TV war?"--Ellis Henican, "Next Rescue: Uncovering the Truth," New York
Newsday, May 18, 2003]
["This fabrication has already been celebrated by an A&E special and
will soon be an NBC movie. The Lynch rescue story - a made-for-TV
bit of official propaganda - will probably survive as the war's most
heroic moment, despite proving as fictitious as the stated
rationales for the invasion itself."--Robert Scheer, "Saving Private Lynch: Take 2," Los Angeles
Times, May 20, 2003]
[". . . tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars are being spent on
covering up what happened to Jessica Lynch and her mates during and
after their unit was ambushed and they were captured.
"Soldiers from Jessica's El Paso, Texas-based 507th Maintenance
Company have been warned not to talk. . . .
"Jessica has been locked up in a private Walter Reed hospital room
with an around-the-clock security detail normally reserved for high
brass to ensure that what happened to her as a prisoner of war
remains inside her room. Medical personnel who look after her have
been given the same keep-your-trap-shut treatment as the 507th
troopers."--David H. Hackworth, "Secrets galore," World News Daily, May 20, 2003]
["Lynch apparently was not shot. Lynch was not stabbed. Lynch may
not have put up much of a fight, maybe none at all. The lights may
have gone out for her the moment her unit was attacked and her
vehicle went off the road. It was then, probably, that she suffered
several broken bones. This information, too, was in The Post -- sort
"The original story about Lynch was played on the front page. Later,
when it turned out that some of the gripping details in the story
were questionable, the "corrections" -- although they were never
labeled that -- were played inside the paper."--Richard Cohen, "On Not Admitting Our Mistakes,"
Washington Post, May 23, 2003]
Lawrence Jackson, "Kucinich seeks videotape of Lynch rescue," AP, June
Dana Priest, William Booth and Susan Schmidt, "A Broken Body, a Broken Story, Pieced Together,"
Washington Post, June 17, 2003
[The dramatic rescue of Jessica Lynch from an Iraqi hospital
was, it turns out, a little too good to be true. But while the US
media hastily rewrites history, Andrew Buncombe finds a West
Virginian community reluctant to let go of 'their' heroine--"Holding out for a hero,"
Independent, June 24, 2003]
[The Army will release a report tomorrow on the ambush of the 507th
Maintenance Company in Iraq that will show Pfc. Jessica Lynch and
another female soldier suffered extensive injuries in a vehicle
accident, but not from Iraqi fighters.--Rowan Scarborough, "Crash caused Lynch's 'horrific injuries'," Washington Times,
July 9, 2003]
Scherezade Faramarzi"Doctors who
treated former prisoner of war dismiss claims that she was raped in
Iraq," Associated Press, November 7, 2003
Lynch condemns Pentagon," BBC News, November 7, 2003
Edward Helmore, "Private Jessica says President is misusing her
'heroism'," The Observer, November 9, 2003
Gary Younge, "
Private Lynch's media war continues as Iraqi doctors deny rape
claim," Guardian, November 12, 2003
Lynda Hurst, " Jessica Lynch's Story is Turning 'Into a Monster'
for the Bush Administration," Toronto Star, November 16, 2003