Congressional Concern Expressed Over U.S. Cable TV Use Of Al-Qaeda Snuff Video

October 23, 2006 - San Francisco, CA - - Duncan Hunter [R-CA] the Chairman of the powerful House Armed Services Committee, along with Darryll Issa [R-CA] and Steve Bilbray [R-CA] have demanded that the Pentagon pull the press credentials of CNN reporters and not permit them to imbed in the future with Coalition forces.

Hunter's actions stem from the Wednesday airing by CNN of what has been called an "al-Qaeda snuff film" that depicts a U.S. marine being shot by an insurgent sniper.

Of the incident Hunter says, "CNN has now served as the publicist for an enemy propaganda film featuring the killing of an American soldier."

David Doss producer of the segment that broadcast the controversial footage claims that the cable network's intent was to present the "unvarnished truth" about the war.

In response to Hunter's letter, DOD spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Chito Peppler stated, "The department takes this very seriously and will look into the matter and respond accordingly to the member in due course."

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