Mumbai Hotel Terrorist Massacre, Loose Lips Sink Ships: British Couple Claims CNN Endangered Their Lives By Reporting Location


Loose lips sink ships … Remember when revealing too much information was considered a bad thing and could compromise individuals safety?

“The terrorists were watching CNN and they came down from where they were in a lift after hearing about us on television.”

We have all seen the terrible and horrific acts in Mumbai, India as terrorist attacks on innocent people claimed the lives of nearly 300 and wounded many more. People saw the terrible scenes of death and destruction through the media and the almost non-stop 24/7 cable coverage. The carnage, death and destruction planned was to be much worse. However, when does the media go too far and endanger people’s lives in an effort to over-report a story? Do they even know or better yet care what they are doing? Or is it just about a scoop and ratings … civilian welfare be damned. What is the medias responsibility to human safety?

Enter CNN coverage of the terrorist attacks, or were they freedom fighters CNN? Did LLSS2CNN put Mumbai terror victims in danger?

A South Wales British couple, Lynne and Kenneth Shaw who were caught up in the terrorist attacks in Mambai, India claim that CNN endangered their lives by broadcasting on TV their location. Lynne and Kenneth Shaw, of Penarth, South Wales, were in a restaurant at the Taj when the terrorists struck. The couple then hid under a marble table “cuddling each other” until help came.

Lynne stumbled as she fled, and said: “That probably saved my life. I think they only missed me for that reason.”

The couple then hid under a marble table “cuddling each other” until help came, but she was terrified the men who tried to help them were terrorists.

“I thought we were going to be executed,” she said, adding that she only felt safe when she recognised the uniforms of Gurkhas as they were led down the stairs. There was blood, guts, bullet cases. There was even the odd body,” she said. “It was awful,”

As Wales on Line is reporting, ‘We thought we were safe… then CNN stepped in!’ CNN

A SOUTH Wales couple caught in the Mumbai terror attacks claimed last night that CNN put their lives at risk by broadcasting where they were.

Lynne and Kenneth Shaw, of Penarth, warned that terrorists were listening in to the media to pinpoint Western victims.

Mrs Shaw claimed the American cable TV channel had broadcast details of where they were at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.

She has appealed to the media to be careful with the information it broadcasts because safety could be compromised and lives lost.

The couple flew back into Heathrow yesterday morning on a flight arranged by the British Consulate.

Mrs Shaw had been forced to hide under a table as terrorists stormed the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.

She and her husband were later rescued by Gurkhas and taken straight to the Australian Embassy for safety.

The couple were at the end of a month-long visit to India and were staying in Mumbai for a few days before heading back to the UK.

From her home in Penarth yesterday, Mrs Shaw said: “We have been asked by the British terror police not to talk to the press.

“But the reason I would not want to talk to anyone is because our safety was actually compromised by CNN, which broadcast where we were.

“The terrorists were watching CNN and they came down from where they were in a lift after hearing about us on television. For that reason I would appeal to the media to be very careful about what they broadcast.

CNN’s response to the situation. Pardon me CNN, but would not this be a complaint from Lynne and Kenneth Shaw?

A spokesman for CNN, said: “CNN has received no complaint from any individual regarding our coverage and their safety. We take such matters very seriously.

“We had CNN and Turner Broadcasting employees staying trapped at the Taj hotel during the attacks, and were vigilant about anything we broadcast that could compromise the safety of those inside.

Bloggers covering the story:

UPDATE I: Indian journalists in media firestorm

Indian media was itself a major news item as the Mumbai terror attacks came to a conclusion over the weekend.

The country’s broadcasters were summoned Friday by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to deal with charges that the live saturation coverage had helped the terrorists. At the same time, however, traditional media were criticized as too slow and inaccurate by legions of “citizen journalists” using Internet services such as Twitter and photo site Flickr.

The deputy commissioner of police argued that the terrorists, who were holed up in two major hotels and became involved in floor-by-floor firefights with police, were gaining tactical information from TV. Using powers under Section 19 of the country’s Cable Television Networks Act, he ordered a blackout of TV news channels.

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    23 Responses to “Mumbai Hotel Terrorist Massacre, Loose Lips Sink Ships: British Couple Claims CNN Endangered Their Lives By Reporting Location”

    1. on December 1st, 2008 8:46 am

      Unfortunately this isn’t new for the media in their all out attempt to get the ratings. They simply don’t seem to care whose life is in the way.

    2. Rusty Bridges on December 1st, 2008 10:19 am

      “The attacks in Mumbai prove that the circles of violence and terror are only expanding worldwide, and that what is known as the ‘war on terrorism’ launched by the American Administration…has made the world more dangerous.”

      Excerpt from an editorial published by al-Quds al-Arabi addressed the link between Indian democracy and attacks on Muslim.

      Didn’t they start this with 9-11? The first attack against the WTC, the bombings of our embassies, Danny pearl? How about about the Munich games? This hatred towards the west goes back at least to the establishment of Israel maybe longer.

      Funny how we are at war with terrorism and not Islam, but the Muslims equate it as all the same. Guilty consience maybe. There has not been one attack against any Mosque in America, the land of the free. Everyone is welcome to their beleifs in this country yet we are the target of Muslim extremists. Why is that? It’s because they are the aggressors in an all out offensive to rid the world of infidels.

      Now they are challenging our President elect to find it in his heart to heal the wounds of hatered towards the Muslims by attacking innocent people in Mumbai. WTF? It is becomming clear that they only know one way of communicating their cause and need to be dealt with the only way they that can defeat this attitude towards a free world.

      I for one am sick of these extremeists and their enablers. I hope Obama feels the same way.

    3. Rusty Bridges on December 1st, 2008 10:45 am

      “You have reached the position of president, and a heavy legacy of failure and crimes awaits you. A failure in Iraq to which you have admitted and a failure in Afghanistan to which the commanders of your army have admitted,”

      Ayman al-Zawahiri,Al Qaeda’s No. 2 Wed. 11-26-08

      “A failure in Iraq to which you have admitted,”

      Seems that Al Qaeda was watching the presidential race intensively and heard what Obama said. They see a weakness.

      “Just words?”

    4. Kay Zee Es on December 1st, 2008 10:51 am

      Rusty Bridges wonders…

      “There has not been one attack against any Mosque in America, the land of the free.”

      ..neither on Christian churches of all denominations and Buddhist temples, as well as the numerous storefront facades of varied relious beliefs.

      The synagogues that are defaced here generally come from the neo-nazi sociopaths that breed within these borders.

      We have to distinguish between terrorists and those of Moslem faith(and ALL faiths really) who obey the laws of God and man.

      Rusty Bridges also explains…
      “I for one am sick of these extremeists and their enablers. I hope Obama feels the same way.”

      I hope so as well, which is why Pres-elect Obama needs to hunt down kill, capture or otherwise neutralize bin Laden, something that President Bush ran away from and proudly proclaimed his refusal to capture or kill the leader of 9/11 terrorist attacks not six months after it happened, instead making a long u-turn into Iraq and giving Osama a free pass, for reason or reasons still unknown or not revealed.

      March 13, 2002

      “I truly am not that concerned about him(Osama bin Laden)” – Pres Bush statement

      Yeah, right, but maybe the American people, especially those who lost their loved one in this terrorist attack may have wanted justice in binladen’s capture or demise.

      I truly wonder why the lapse in hunting him down, but that is just a page in history that Pres Obama MUST take care of appropriately.

      As for CNN, I feel that in times of National Security, a blanket censorship is in order for all news media outlets, here and abroad until safety in reporting is determined by the proper authorities. This will save lives.

    5. Richard on December 1st, 2008 10:58 am

      Apropos of which, I suppose a priority of the new administration will be to ‘restart’ a U.S. ‘peace initiative’ in the Middle East.

      Even I can figure out that the Palestinians are aware that Israel KNOWS that they are worthless as a ‘negotiating partner’ … so, of course, we try to intervene. My belief is that, since no administration has ever managed to ‘negotiate’ a lasting peace in the U.S. … not even when Yasser Arafat was invited to Camp David … we ought to step aside.

      Concerning the theme of this thread: I believe that in Britain, it is (at least, it used to be) the custom that, for example, in a case where sexual assault was charged, it was permissible to report that charge.

      And from then on, until it went to trial and a verdict was released … NO news. NONE.

      I don’t know if that would be best, but certainly it’s worth considering. Reporting on a terrorist tragedy while it is still occurring might indeed seem to be insane.

    6. nurturer on December 1st, 2008 1:27 pm

      #1 – Until it’s theirs.

    7. Rusty Bridges on December 1st, 2008 1:57 pm

      #4 I was not wondering anything.

      We already distinquish Islamic extremists from other muslims. that was part of my point.

      Obama was telling the world how the US was going to do a better job in foreign relations. The Islamic extremists took that to mean that we would side with them and denounce Israel. Well now, guess what? They feel let down by the “one” and they are upset. Mumbai was a massege to the president elect. Dare I say that his “chickens have come home to roost”?

      Bush did not “run away” from capturing Osama. That was one man that did not warrant the time, effort, or damaged relations with Pakistan. If bush had wasted all that on him there still would be other terrorists leaders to deal with. Osama has been “neutralized” since he disappeared into Pakistan days after 9-11. Let him keep spending his time running instead of leading.

      You really think the Iraq war is in vein? What about the world union that was trembling at Saddams growing nuclear program and ejection of UN nuclear inspectors? Wasn’t the world crying about the fate of the Kurds who where constantly terrorized and attacked with chemical weapons? What about the rest of the Arab community that was worried about Saddams growing military threat despite UN sanctions? This was another Hitler in the making but you can rest easily at night because the threat was neutralized. I guess people forget easily or just don’t get it.

      What I really don’t get about this story is, weren’t they rescued? How did CNN manage to be the bad guy in all this? Maybe they led the Gurkas to their rescue? Lets remember who the bad guys are in all of this.

    8. Kay Zee Es on December 1st, 2008 2:58 pm

      Yeah, “Rusty”, let’s “truly” forget about Osama. Forget those that lost their loved ones and the justice that belongs to them. Wouldn’t want to offend pakistan, after all.

      Another comedian, “Rusty Bridges” enters Scared Monkeys.

      By the way, if President Bush didn’t walk away, he flew! And LEADERS of terrorism are not neutralized as long as they can “brag” about their foul deed and pour salt on the wounds of the victims families and loved ones. Get a clue, “Rusty”.

    9. ANewGirl on December 2nd, 2008 5:45 am

      #8—-Hey, kay Zee====don’t really want to argue with you again, however there is a lot of truth to what Rusty Bridges is posting.

      He’s not a comedian, either—his posts are genuine & heartfelt it seems. Why are you so critical when another poster has an opposite opinion or their beliefs differ from yours, Kay?

      You’re the one who should get a clue and cease with all the name calling…Go ahead, fire away but I am calling you out on it.

      Other Monkeys have a right to post what they believe here without you ridiculing them.

      BTW, back on topic- I also agree with some of what you post regarding Terrorists. Let us hope and pray that “THE CHOSEN ONE” our soon-to-be President Barack Obama does not go “soft” on them. Something tells me he will, however.

    10. gturner on December 2nd, 2008 7:43 am

      Why would ANYBODY Go outside of the USA? Stay home where it is safe!

    11. Kay Zee Es on December 2nd, 2008 10:05 am

      OK, point made, ANewGirl.

      I will still stay on the side of the victims and their need for justice, however.

      Rusty just seemed to minimize the events of 9/11 by his “heartfelt” words(“That was one man that did not warrant the time, effort, or damaged relations with Pakistan.”)bin laden was responsible for destroying the lifes of Americans ON OUR HOMELAND!

      Actually, he orchestrated 9/11 and is a shining beacon and guiding light to terrorists to proceed with their madness.

      Somehow, I can’t equate Rusty with “heartfelt”.

      Of course, I may be mistaken but it seems that 9/11 did not impact him the way it did me or countless others and he seems quite content to make sure that OBL stays alive.(“Let him keep spending his time running instead of leading.”) His still being alive and our utter failure or lack of desire or interest to take him out one way or another is testament to his leading.

      I will, however, take away the comedian tag, as it does not accurately describe “Rusty Bridges” properly.It was just the cold and dismissive nature of his post that upset me. But I ain’t gonna call him “heartfelt”, either.

      And yes, the one major failure of President Bush was the failure to bring down Osama Bin Laden. I am sorry that he did not see the importance of it.

      I fully expect Pres-elect Obama to finish the job that President Bush couldn’t or wouldn’t.

      Thanks for you criticism of my post, ANewGirl, and have a great day.

    12. Kay Zee Es on December 2nd, 2008 10:10 am

      By the way, ANewGirl…

      “Let us hope and pray that…President(-elect) Barack Obama does not go “soft” on them. Something tells me he will, however.”

      …and something else tells me that he WON’T. Just a hunch.

    13. Rusty Bridges on December 2nd, 2008 1:47 pm

      Kay Zee Es wonders;”instead making a long u-turn into Iraq and giving Osama a free pass, for reason or reasons still unknown or not revealed.”

      Okay, I’ll give you my opinion of the reason why. Pakistan, as highlighted recently, is a very unstable country and is leaning away from the west and towards Al-Quada. They have nuclear weapons. Does that give you enough reason to not “offend Pakistan”? as you say.

      Bin Laden left Afganistan and is hiding in Pakistan. We cannot cross the border after him so, how are you going to look for him there? We tried once and the Pakis got very upset. Sorry if that doesn’t sit well with you, but that is the real world. Maybe President Bush had to diminish Bin Ladens importance to save face and look strong in the eyes of the radicals. The US has been trying to build a relationship with Pakistan in order to defeat Al-Qaeda in that country and maybe even capture Bin Laden using diplomacy.

      I never said forget about capturing him.
      Rest assured that I would like nothing more than seeing this creep brought to justice. But why waste time and effort looking somewhere he is not? There are other terrorist leaders out there that we can reach so we concentrate on them.

      Sorry if my views aren’t heartfelt enough for you. I might be a little more callous than most, maybe because I got a clue a long time ago. But thanks for the advice.

      And please, Obama catch Osama? He has already managed to piss off the extremists and he hasn’t even sat in the big chair yet.

    14. txchic on December 2nd, 2008 2:51 pm

      cnn, meet geraldo.

    15. Kay Zee Es on December 2nd, 2008 3:21 pm

      Yep, I wonder, I guess, I suppose, I even think.

      And personally, ANewGirl thinks that your “heartfelt” opinions are good enuf. I could care less. I was chastised and criticized for reacting to your post, and I am comfortable with that.

      Your diplomacy about a country(Packistan(sic)) that hates us now as it hated us then sounds like a man with a paper…never mind. You still do not see the justice needed for the victims of 9/11 and seem to ignore that the event even happened. It happened, “Rusty”, and there are many here who will not forget that.

      No, Rusty, you do not have a clue.

      You are real quick to criticize a man who will lead this nation in little more than a month. You must be wise beyond your years, “Rusty”.

    16. Kay Zee Es on December 2nd, 2008 3:32 pm

      Last post on this thread,

      we can not and will not forget the reason we went into Afghanistan, to HUNT DOWN obl. If Pres-elect Obama is true to his word, and pakis will not help us, we will help ourselves, hopefully, as Pres-elect Obama promised. We need the man DEAD, regardless of what anybody else thinks or wants.

    17. Rusty Bridges on December 3rd, 2008 8:52 am

      KZ, yu kwazy! Or at least over sensitive, ANewGirl seemed quite polite I thought.

      I agree we should level half of the mid east just for what they have done for over half a century, Let alone 9-11 but get real. Thats just an emotional response and not practical in the real world. I don’t expect everybody to understand that and more power to you for feeling the way you do.

      I don’t get your opinion that I am in denial that 9-11 ever happend? WTF, just because I don’t take a radical outlook on our forgein policy? Once again, sorry that you feel that way, you are severely mistaken. I am truly disgusted with those dispicable acts. I felt the anger and despair like most Americans that day. I was flying that morning and had to listen to my Mother break down in tears when she was finally able to reach me as well as my frantic wife. I had to wait in a strange city for word that my brother did not go into the city that day because when he did he always went to the top of the WTC to watch the sunrise. I had to wait until that evening to finally discover that my cousin did not fly in to meet with her main office in the WTC. Both of them lost friends and colleagues
      So don’t even begin think you know how I feel about it.

      What I can’t feel is suprised that it happened. While Slick Willy was getting his rocks off with Monica, there was some very mean people planning this horrific act. I just love the libs battle cry “when Clinton lied nobody died”? But somehow it was Bushs fault.

    18. scott on December 3rd, 2008 1:01 pm

      CNN is a joke. Any company that would hire Nancy Grace is a disgrace! Plus, I didn’t like how they treated Joe the Plumber. I can’t remember the pricks name that basically tried to trash him, but Joe let him have it in the end…PRINCIPLES…LOOK IT UP is what he told him!

      If I saw that CNN anchor on the street I’d smack the living day lights out of him….as a matter of fact, I’m going to Atlanta in the spring. I’m going to make a visit to CNN when down there. I hope to see this guy….

    19. scott on December 3rd, 2008 1:10 pm

      Kay – you are a certified idiot. Do you really think if we kill Bin Laden that Al Qaeda will die? Are you that ignorant? Seriously? If he’s killed, he will be martyed and it will give new reason for Al Qaeda to resurge. He’s not even calling the shots now.

      Answer this: when was the last Bin Laden video? One where it was pretty much updated with current events? NONE ZIPPY NADA!! Geez, I wonder why that is?

      You are doofus!

      Rusty – I lost a friend, a kid a coached, in the Pentagon and it boils my blood when liberal nut bags like Kay, caesu or whoever pretend to care about what happened OR to question our feelings on it? They really don’t care what happened.

      They want to spew conspiracy theories that our own government created 9/11 or that somehow during all the chaos of 9/11, the government mysteriously got a demolition crew together to plant explosives to bring down Building No. 7? Seriously? WTF are they thinking…. It’s already been PROVEN that the fuel and the EXCESSIVE heat brought them all down. Liberals want to pretend that they know an airplane FULL OF FUEL can not bring down a buidling. HUH? How would they know this? They don’t….because nothing like that has EVER happend of that magnitude!

    20. Michelle on December 3rd, 2008 2:08 pm

      I didn’t personally lose anyone during the 9/11 terrorist attack but I do know people who were there and I have listened to their stories and it is all very real and very tragic. I will never forget the victims and I find it very disturbing that these liberals keep spouting off about conspiracies and disrespecting the family of the victims. The families of those on Flight 93 that went down in PA. The phone calls from those on that hijacked flight in the final minutes before the passengers overtook the terrorist and prevented even more deaths. It is absurd to state that “No Plane” hit the Pentagon when in fact it did. I have spoken to someone who actually works at the Pentagon who told me he picked up pieces of the planes wreckage from the site.

      All the liberals want to do is cause controversy. No one in their right mind believes that 9/11 was an inside job. All those conspiracy theories have been debunked by a reputable source and not some bogus internet websites.

      What pisses me is how they come on here taking their stupid crap and expecting me to believe it was Bush’s fault and that we shouldn’t forget the victims. I haven’t forgotten the victims and I sure as hell ain’t disrespecting their loved ones and families like the liberals do every time they open their mouths.

    21. Kay Zee Es on December 3rd, 2008 4:28 pm

      Scottie bellows…
      “…it boils my blood when liberal nut bags like Kay…”

      a liberal?, Moi?

      With all due respect to ANewGirl(please), I proclaim you a bonafide and certified nutjob or wackjob, take your pick!!!(3 exclamation points.)

      Oh yeah, and a top rank COMEDIAN OF Scared Monkeys.

      I am not among the stand-up comics who think that 9/11 was an inside job but I know that friends of the “family” got a pass on/after 9/11.

      Scottie, you do not seem to get it either. Are you another who wants OBL spared? Least you can do is be honest with yourself, if not anyone else.

      I want OBL taken care of, you do not. I get your point.

      Congrats, and keep up the good work.

      Michelle, fact is President Bush “truly” was not concerned about capturing OBL(his words, not mine).

      But thanks for your concern.

    22. Kay Zee Es on December 3rd, 2008 4:31 pm

      Scott thinks…
      “If he’s killed, he will be martyed and it will give new reason for Al Qaeda to resurge.”

      So let him live and be an example of success. Your thinking, sir is rather convoluted, to say the least.

    23. Kay Zee Es on December 3rd, 2008 4:32 pm

      scott begins…

      “Kay – you are a certified idiot. ”

      OK. I’ll live with that. Thanks.

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