posted on Feb, 3 2014 @ 06:49 PM
I also want to comment on how this story has been spun in the US and why flyersfan and and others can't help but defend Knox.
I hate it because they're reporting on this 'beautiful' all-american girl next door, in this evil, strange foreign land where law isnt practiced
properly and she's basically been framed, this pretty girl, she doesn't look like a snarling psycho killer, she's young and pretty.
That is complete nonsense, the evidence quite clearly points to AK and RS.
There's very little room to argue, Knox was involved, a court has decided that twice now.
But no, poor Knox, how sad, with barely ever a word, just in passing, about the young lady who was actually murdered.
You raise a very important point and deserve a great deal of credit for opening this aspect of the overall discussion. I find myself in complete
agreement with you about the dangers of gaining an understanding a news story solely through the lens of the US media; this is especially true
regarding US coverage of international matters.
There have been countless examples of the US media altering translations to use words that, while not accurate, would mesh better with the storyline
of their coverage. Far too often does this narcissistic attitude we Americans are taught to have about the rest of the world (referred to as American
exceptionalism) and with this in mind our media belittles the justice systems of other nations (valid, proven systems in most cases) and mocks them as
corrupt or inefficient. However if another nation uses factual documentation to demonstrate that the US justice system is corrupt and efficient,
American media becomes outraged. Additionally the US government's actions demonstrate that it has no respect for the laws of other nations, the
independence of other nations and basic human rights both at home and abroad (when the US kills innocent civilians with robot drones, our government
shows no compassion and calls them collateral damage... imagine if a government spokesperson called your loved one collateral damage; it is truly
disgusting and reprehensible).
Most importantly if Amanda Knox was not both Caucasian and camera-ready, none of us would know her name because the American media would have not
uttered a word about her or the charges against her. I'd also imagine that if she was not Caucasian and camera-ready then if Italy were to request
extradition the US would take immediate action and put her on the first flight to Italy.
My recommendation to anyone following a news item that interests you: Gain a deep understanding of the source material (legislation, the actual text
of laws, Court decisions, Court transcripts, speech transcripts etc); anything that you can acquire that is official. The enlightenment you will
gain from the source material will be something you will remember forever because your intimate knowledge of the extent that US government and media
messaging is manipulated and propagandized.
Also, if you cannot acquire the source material or, like in this case, the translation of the Court transcripts would be too big of an undertaking to
complete; I'd suggest doing anything you can to find a legal expert who does not have a horse in the race; someone who avoids taking a side but
rather uses a deep understanding of the law and that system of justice to offer honest fact-based opinion.