Thousands petitioning Spec Ops veteran to remove video of fellow soldiers dying

Screenshot from helmet cam footage of the attack in Niger. (Released by SOFREP)

A petition is currently circulating on the internet, demanding that the Special Operation Forces Report media outlet take down the controversial video of Ambushed US Special Forces troopers being killed in Niger last year.

Titled, “Remove SOFREPS’s Ambush Video from YouTube,” over 12,173 have signed so far, bringing it ever closer to it’s 15,000-signature goal.

Petition author Maagan K. wrote that the video depicts “the savage murder of two U.S. Special Forces soldiers, ambushed by terrorists in Niger. It shows these brave men fighting until the end, taking their last breaths before they are viciously executed by the enemy.”

In the petition, she calls SOFREP out, criticizing their judgement for posting the video.

“SOFREP (Special Operation Forces Report run by former American military, intelligence and Special Operation Forces vets) has apparently lost their mind and taken this video from ISIS, watermarked their OWN logo onto this footage, and posted it onto YouTube for the world to see,” Maegan wrote. Not only are they aiding the enemy by spreading their ideology, they have turned their backs on their BROTHERS.”

The video has generated some controversy as to whether or not showing it is necessary or ethical, particularly since it shows a first-person glimpse into the tragic deaths of brave American soldiers.

She points out that SOFREP editor Jack Murphy attempted to justify the matter on a public level several days ago, likening the video to a 1943 Life Magazine photo of three US Marines slain on the beaches of a Pacific island.

“This letter from the editor is not an apology, nor is it a retraction,” Murphy said. “We have published video footage of Americans dying in combat. We have done so in the past and we will do so in the future. We are a news website and will likely publish work that offends and upsets people every day. We are not simply a cheerleader for the armed services as we also believe in providing Americans with the facts and holding people accountable when needed.”

Maegan K. was presumably unsatisfied with this response, deriding it in her petition.

“SOFREP justified this video by likening it to the 1943 Life Magazine picture of three Americans killed in war, lying lifeless on a beach,” she wrote. “I am sure this was a hard picture to look at back in the 40’s. It still is a hard picture to look at today. War is terrible. It is ugly. It is sad and painful. But there can be ABSOLUTELY no journalistic comparison between a grainy image from the 1940s and a GoPro helmet cam video showing the vicious deaths of American soldiers. The bodies on the beach had no identifiable markings and their faces cannot be seen. The same cannot be said for the video in question. These men have identifiable markings. Tattoos, watches, clothing, the way they walked, the way they ran, the way they bravely took position to fight the enemy. Slightly blurring out their faces, in which SOFREP did, does not remove the fact of who they are. People who knew them, who watch the video, will know who they are. Their loved ones who accidentally stumble onto this video will know who they are.”

Less than eight hours after the petition was created, over 8,000 signatures were added.

Despite having access to the video at the time it became available on the internet Popular Military has refrained from showing the video in related articles and publications.

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