The Sunday Telegraph reports that “a ‘trophy’ video appearing to show security guards in Baghdad randomly shooting Iraqi civilians has sparked two investigations after it was posted on the internet.” The video, which was originally posted on an adjunct employee website of UK private security contractor Aegis Defence Ltd, is set to the music of Elvis:
In one of the videoed attacks, a Mercedes is fired on at a distance of several hundred yards before it crashes in to a civilian taxi. In the last clip, a white civilian car is raked with machine gun fire as it approaches an unidentified security company vehicle. Bullets can be seen hitting the vehicle before it comes to a slow stop.
There are no clues as to the shooter but either a Scottish or Irish accent can be heard in at least one of the clips above Elvis Presley’s Mystery Train, the music which accompanies the video.
The wanton disregard for human life displayed in the video has led some to question the role and accountability of private security contractors in Iraq (at one point a Humvee is seen driving on a parallel road with no intervention).
Update by Stephen Gordon: I just FTPed the video in and Quicktime to save bandwidth for the sites linked above.