… Fake Videos of Beheadings?
by William Engdahl
New Eastern Outlook (October 06 2014)
Forensic medicine is not my specialty but certain things are so obvious they beg common sense questions from journalists. The infamous YouTube “beheading” videos of two US journalists by the ISIS in Syria/Iraq, aka IS or Daash or Al Qaeda in Iraq depending on your preference in particular bear more serious attention. The details are emerging that show both videos are entirely fake events, staged apparently by professional actors to create the popular support for a US bombing of Syria to finally depose the democratically-elected Bashar al Assad.
Both videos when viewed are strangely similar. In both, a black-hooded executioner, nicknamed in the British press as “Jihadi John” for his strong London accent (!), supposedly takes a sharp knife to the throat of a kneeling, orange-clad James Foley and Steve Sotloff. Then, curiously, Jihadi John begins ostensibly slashing the throats of each, not once, but six times … not a drop of blood. Both Foley and Sotloff bravely kneel, head upright, no knee-jerk avoidance reaction one would expect. Then, just when the heads should be severed, in each, there is a blackout. Next scene: body on ground, head sitting atop. Professionally staged. Look for yourself.
Then a further examination reveals that both beheading videos were actually released by a Washington DC “anti-terrorist” think-tank with ties to the US Government’s Homeland Security. It is named the SITE or Search for International Terrorist Entities. Its head is an Israeli citizen who served in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and whose father was killed in Iraq in 1968 as an Israeli spy. Her name is Rita Katz.
On September 2, it was Katz’s SITE that released the video of Sotloff’s murder to the world. A fake video. Hmmmmm. They claim that they discovered the video of Sotloff’s execution on what they called “a file-sharing site” and released it. Interesting, the same SITE Washington group of Rita Katz released a fake video of Osama bin Laden.
Jeff Smith, Associate Director of the CU Denver National Center for Media Forensics said “What’s most interesting is that the actual beheading that takes place in the videos, both of them are staged”, Smith in a CBS TV interview. Smith said the production value is of high quality. There was likely a director and the use of several cameras and editing equipment. “I’ve not seen a video made by terrorists of this quality … this isn’t the typical handicam video in a cave”, said Smith.
James Foley’s Sister?
To add more to the boiling pot, CNN holds an interview with a young woman who claims she is James Foley’s sister, to apparently create human interest in how horrible the Foley video is. It turns out the “sister” is a crisis actress who is named Alex Israel in an earlier TV interview, the “elementary school classmate” of the so-called US Sandy Hook mad killer rampage of the alleged killer, Adam Lanza. Alex Israel who talked about how her “classmate” was a loner (in elemenraty school!) in reality is the same woman as the “sister” of James Foley the ISIS video subject. By the way the Government has yet to release one single death certificate from Sandy Hook. Another fake to terrorize Americans to a new unwanted war?
What is becoming increasingly clear is that a dirty nest of neo-conservatives and warhawks in Washington and Tel Aviv, people embedded in the Obama Administration in high places during the Dick Cheney neo-con heyday, are desperately trying to entice Barack Obama as US Commander in Chief, to again order a war of destruction against Syria’s Assad. It is part of a larger war agenda which includes Ukraine and also provocations against China in Asia. Their major ally in using videos staged with actors to rally a war fever in the American public is the utterly corrupt mainstream media in the USA as well as in Germany. Take a few minutes to actually study the short videos I have linked in this piece and decide for yourselves of something is genuinely rotten, not in Denmark but in Washington and Tel Aviv and London.
F William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook.