Wikileaks, the controversial organization known for leaking mountains of classified and private information, has released 2007 gun camera footage of the killing of a group of civilians, including two Reuters reporters.
The video appears to depict a case of confirmation bias by the American helicopter pilots. Confirmation bias is the tendency of the human mind to unconsciously prefer information reinforcing existing beliefs. In this case, the fact the pilots were looking for armed insurgents made them predisposed to believe that any item carried by the persons were weapons.
Christopher R. Albon is a political science Ph.D. specializing in armed conflict, public health, human security, and health diplomacy.