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S.F. Man Says Beheading Video Is a Hoax Aug. 8th, 2004 @ 09:32 am
Source: AP

Associated Press Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A video aired Saturday that purportedly showed an American being decapitated in Iraq was a hoax.

The man shown in the video, reached by The Associated Press in San Francisco, said he videotaped the staged beheading at his friend's house using fake blood.

Benjamin Vanderford, 22, said he began distributing the video on the Internet months ago in hopes of drawing attention to his one-time campaign for city supervisor. When his political aspirations waned, he thought the video would serve as social commentary.

"It was part of a stunt, but no one noticed it up until now," Vanderford said. "I did this for a couple of reasons. One is to attract attention. But two is to just make a statement on these type of videos and how easily they can be faked."

On the tape, Vanderford sat on a chair in a dark room, his hands behind his back, trembling and rocking back and forth. The tape showed a hand with a knife cutting at the motionless man's neck, but did not show any militants.

"We need to leave this country alone. We need to stop this occupation," he said on the video, adding that he had been offered for exchange with prisoners in Iraq. "Everyone's going to be killed this way."

The videotape was posted on a militant Web site and aired on Arab television Saturday. Vanderford was clad in a T-shirt, not the orange jumpsuit that other hostages have been dressed in.

The video was titled "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Slaughters an American." Zarqawi is an al-Qaida linked militant whose group, Tawhid and Jihad, has claimed responsibility for numerous deadly attacks across Iraq, including the beheading of U.S. businessman Nicholas Berg.

Vanderford's video also showed images of disfigured and injured people in Iraq. A recording of the Quran, Islam's holy book, played in the background.

Sipping soda in his kitchen, a shirtless Vanderford said he spliced images he took from a Hamas Web site showing mutilated bodies. He later edited the 55 second video to downgrade the quality so it would look similar to beheading tapes distributed since the war in Iraq began.

"We had to make it more lower quality to make it more realistic," said Vanderford, who works at a bank. "That was another experiment that was part of this to see how quickly that system will spread news."

He said he understood if relatives of those killed in Iraq thought his stunt was misguided, but he offered no apologies for the hoax.

"I see how it could be considered disrespectful. But I think people, if they look at it, will understand two other big issues it brings up," he said. "A small group of disgruntled people in Iraq or Saudi Arabia could just get more attention just by easily releasing something like I did on the Internet."

Zarqawi Does Not Exist Jul. 26th, 2004 @ 09:12 am
Source: LibertyForum

Zarqawi Does Not Exist
by VictorP

Demythologizing the boogey man of Fallujah.

Nobody has actually seen Zarqawi since late 2001; everything we
know since then has been from prisoner confessions and statements
issued by different people claiming to be Zarqawi.

Neither the CIA, the FBI, nor the Defense Department have certified,
on the record, that any of these statements are likely from Zarqawi.

The horrible things being done in Iraq under the name of Zarqawi are
no laughing matter. The Iraq Intelligence Service is after him, the
followers of al Sadr are after him, the residents of Fallujah are after
him, the Shi’ite majority in Iraq are after him, ten million Iraqis who
could use the big US reward money are after him, and two Iraqi
resistance groups have pronounced a death sentence on him. But
nobody can find him. Why not? There are three possibilities:

1) The one-legged Jordanian thug who is semi-literate, threatens
Shi’ites, and is a squat fellow with tattoos on his arms, is the most
elusive super-villain ever -- an inspiration to the next generation of thugs.

2) The real Zarqawi is long dead, but a composite Zarqawi who is
literate, urbane, has been created by Iraqi resistance groups who
seek to terrorize the United States and the puppet government they
have set up in Iraq -- an inspiration to the next generation of Iraq

3) The real Zarqawi is long dead, but a literate, tall fellow with two
legs and no tattoos on his arms has been created by US military
intelligence as a straw man to justify everything about the Iraq war.
However, a rogue group has hijacked the US Zarqawi identity and
is responsible for the beheadings -- an inspiration to copycats and
future groups to do the same.

An analysis of the audio messages delivered by the four different
“Zarqawis” indicates the third scenario to be the most likely, given
the distinctly American and non-Arabic expressions and themes in
the various statements.

The strange case of Marine Corporal Hassoun, who went missing
June 21 between Baghdad and Fallujah, then appeared in a hostage
video with a sword at his head, adds to the mystery of the Zarqawis.
The Marines intensified their efforts to bomb the hell out of Zarqawi
“safe houses” in Fallujah, not caring if the missing marine was held in
one of the houses. That bizarre behavior on the part of the USMC
makes it seem as though they wanted Hassoun dead. When Hassoun
disappeared, so did the voice of one of the Zarqawis – Zarqawi of
the Nick Berg and Kim Sun-il videos (same voice, same person in
both videos). A different Zarqawi released a 16-minute statement on
the same day the Kim Sun video was released (June 22). Different
voice, no mention of Kim Sun or of a marine hostage.

If the Berg & Kim Sun Zarqawi makes another statement (same voice)
in a way that can be proven to be from Iraq (rather than, say, North
Carolina), that would really clear suspicion from Hassoun. Or, here’s
an idea with no chance of happening: if the real Zarqawi were found
(or made a video statement of himself, unmasked) we could determine
which, if any, of the 4 Iraq Zarqawis is the real Zark without the CIA’s
white smoke/black smoke method of authenticating statements.
Just a thought.

The Dueling Zarqawi Voices of June 22 Jul. 3rd, 2004 @ 04:45 pm

June 21, 2004 was a momentous day in the al Zarqawi saga. Five hearings
were scheduled in the prosecution of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal:
four in Iraq, one in North Carolina. Three busloads of prisoners were released
from Abu Ghraib. On that day, Korean civilian Kim Sun-il was murdered and
beheaded. Also, a 16-minute audio tape was made by a man claiming to be
al-Zarqawi and the CIA gave an unofficial “thumbs up” as to the authenticity of
the audio tape. Finally, a US Marine translator was listed as missing for failing
to report for daily duty in the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at his base near

The next day, the Kim Sun video and the Zarqawi audio were released to the
media. The missing Marine, Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun, was marked as
AWOL. The disinformation by the US military concerning Hassoun is almost
as baffling as the use of a Marine for a hostage. It’s assured self destruction
for everyone associated with the captors if he’s killed. Everyone in Fallujah
(where the US military keeps bombing Zarqawi safe houses regardless
of whether the Marine is being held in these safe houses)
will pay with
blood. Grasping this reality, one might expect a sane resident of Fallujah to betray Zarqawi, thus sparing the city and reaping a $25 million reward.

But which Zarqawi do we pay the reward on? The Zarqawi of the Nick Berg
video (released May 11) is the same person, same voice, of the speaker on
the Kim Sun video of June 22.
Even to an American ear, by playing the
voices at the same time, the match is apparent. The metallic, muffled voice
on the Berg audio track can be clarified and equalized. The voice on the
Kim Sun audio track has more intensity and emotion, but it’s the same voice
as the Berg Zarqawi.

The voice on the June 22 Zarqawi audio does not match the voice on the
June 22 Kim Sun video.
The 16-minute audio statement fails to mention
Kim Sun-il or the captured Marine. It also says “I am not in Fallujah” in
an attempt to stop the bombing of Zarqawi safe houses. It is spoken in the
style of a clever news commentary after a New Testament greeting and
blessing is offered. It contains an odd reference to “one-eyed Moshe Dayan”,
a hero of Israel who died when Zarqawi was about 14. Even more bizarre,
and this should be noted with extreme care, he mentions how angry he
gets when he sees the photos of Iraqi women at Abu Ghraib forced to
drink semen from a glass. These photos have not been released. Only
the US military and the US Congress have seen them.

The voice on the Berg and Kim Sun videos is the same vague dialect of
colloquial Arabic not native to Jordan or Iraq. It mangles every reference to
Allah or to the Prophet and has no genuine Quranic citation. The June 22
Zarqawi, at least, was not afraid to throw in New Testament, Talmud and
Quran references, although Muslims are loathe to quote the Quran in common
dialect; to do so repeatedly (as the speaker does) shows disrespect for the
sacred text.

The Berg and Kim Sun Zarqawis are the same person. The June 22
Zarqawi is a different person. The April 5 and April 29 Zarqawis are
different from the Berg/Kim Sun Zarqawi and the June 22 Zarqawi. We have
three or four Zarqawis. In a few weeks both the FBI and the CIA will clamor
for more funds and more power, using the phantom Zarqawi as justification.
The US Marine Corps should hold them accountable for their piss-poor voice
analysis and so-called intelligence. The captured Marine, I fear, will not be
found alive.

by VictorP

Zarqawi Voice Analysis Jun. 30th, 2004 @ 12:46 pm
( Zarqawi Voice Analysis - Part One )

Source: LibertyForum.org

Zarqawi Voice Analysis (June 27)
by VictorP

I’m investigating the murder of Nicholas Evan Berg. I have begun a forensic voice analysis of the available audio messages allegedly made by Abu Musab al Zarqawi with a primary objective of finding a match to the Berg Zarqawi.

The first voice sample of al-Zarqawi appeared April 5/6, 2004. The second on April 29; the third was the Nick Berg video, the fourth was on June 22.
I did not have good audio from the Kim Sun-il video in time to be included in this analysis.

Neither the CIA nor the FBI have made an official (on the record)
evaluation of any Zarqawi voice sample. [ www.cia.gov, www.fbi.gov]
The media, however, is under the impression that the CIA has certified
all tapes as authentic. I have written to the director of the FBI urging
him to make a public statement about the authenticity of the Zarqawi
voice samples. As of this writing, the FBI has not even included Zarqawi
on its list of most wanted terrorists.

This indicates that the FBI does not think Zarqawi exists, does not
consider him a terrorist, has not begun investigating the Berg murder,
or does not need any help catching Zarqawi.
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The full document (and a shorter one) can be downloaded by
signing on to YAHOO as user: zarqawi_voice_analysis
password: public

Kim Sun Il beheading video Jun. 30th, 2004 @ 12:44 pm
Source: LibertyForum.org
By VictorP

The same group that made the Nick Berg video (whether or not they killed
him as well or just staged the beheading post mortem after recovering the
body is still open to debate) killed and beheaded the Korean civilian Kim
Sun Il. They claim to be the same group and internal evidence from the
video supports their claim.

What stands out immediately is the conscious attempt to correct or explain
flaws that were discovered in the Berg video. The group obviously reads
www.rense.com and other blogs but missed LibertyForum. For example,
the costumes are much better, nobody is wearing gold rings, two of the
men are wearing white sneakers, the speaker doesn’t fumble his page,
skin tones are adjusted to appear darker, everybody is on cue when the
execution begins (rather than standing at parade rest or looking over the
script as they were in the Berg video), the chants Allah Akbar are done with
more enthusiasm, a lighter blanket/carpet is used under the victim to show
a pool of blood, and, best of all, the mystery of the black hood/white hood
is recreated in the Kim Sun video: man in black hood does beheading but
man in rusty orange head gear comes in to lift head and camera pans out
to show that man in black hood is still in the scene. Mystery explained.

Plus most obviously: the victim is wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and
the video is filmed in an institutional building like the Abu Ghraib prison.
It may or may not be the same room that the Berg video was filmed in, but
the similarities (masonry wall painted yellow, masonry floor, fluorescent
lighting, institutional ceiling height) are enough to suggest the same building.
The killers do not seemed worried about a forensic team searching Abu
Ghraib for bloodstains, so I would suspect the Camp Cropper secret detention
facility near the airport and just a couple of miles from Abu Ghraib.
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Do-It-Yourself Test of Berg Video Authenticity in Twenty Steps Jun. 6th, 2004 @ 04:05 pm
1. Look at the victim. Pleasant, unconcerned, fixed gaze at camera.
For most of the video he has 5 armed & hooded terrorists behind him yet
he shows no anxiety. The orange prison jumpsuit defies explanation.
If Berg is killed to avenge prison abuse, why isn’t he abused before being
executed? Why isn’t he naked? Iraqi prisoners were not made to wear
this clothing, only foreigners bound for Guantanamo were. (Some suggest
he’s wearing an expensive Iraqi silk garment rather than US-issued prison
clothes, as if that makes more sense.)

2. Time the victim. He shows movement at 2:40:11, 2:41:11, 2:42:11
2:43:11, 2:44:10 (camera display time). Why does he move at 60-second
intervals? Why is his mouth airbrushed out but at times can be seen
moving when the statement is being read (yet no sound comes out)?
Why is his neck never visible after the “prison interview” scenes?

3. Mark the victim. Place a cursor on his nose or left eye for 2, 3, 4
minutes. Notice how steady he holds and even after his 60-second
interval shrug, he returns to the same spot. Three of the men standing
behind him try to remain still. Try the cursor spot test on them: they
show natural shifting, turning, moving.
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Bloodstain Analysis from Nick Berg Beheading Video ? Forensic Irregularities Cast Doubt on Events Jun. 6th, 2004 @ 03:56 pm

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Divergent Audio on the Nicholas Berg Video ? an Interpretation May. 31st, 2004 @ 11:51 am
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Preliminary Finding: The video-audio divergence grows in relation to the occurrence of simulated movements of the victim. The 8-9 seconds estimated total movement corresponds well to the video-audio gap as well as to the gap between elapsed time and camera time. A careful frame-by-frame analysis should prove
or disprove this.

VictorP berg_analysis@yahoo.com


However, I would like to state I suspect that Berg's image may have been cut, pasted and animated during that entire "speech" scene (where Berg is shown to be sitting before the gang of five). His image appears to be two dimensional while the others are proper.

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Fahrenheit 9/11 and Nick Berg May. 30th, 2004 @ 01:05 am
PHILADELPHIA (May 29) - In an unused interview shot for Michael Moore's latest film, the American who was beheaded in Iraq said he was concerned about security there as he prepared to seek work as an independent businessman, his family said Saturday.

Moore's crew shot the 16-minute interview with Nicholas Berg during an Iraqi business conference in Arlington, Va., on Dec. 4, said his brother, David Berg.

Nicholas Berg's decapitated body was found in Baghdad on May 8, and a video of his killing was posted on an Islamic militant Web site several days later.

Moore confirmed Thursday that he had footage of Berg - shot for his film "Fahrenheit 9/11," which is critical of President Bush - but said he would share it only with the family.

Moore sent copies of the footage to David Berg in New Jersey and sister Sara Berg in Virginia. Their parents will see the video after returning to their suburban home from vacation, David Berg said.

Sara Berg said her brother told Moore's crew he was nervous about his safety in Iraq.

"He recognized it was a concern, and he kind of pointed out that he'd worked in difficult situations before," Sara Berg said from her home in Virginia. "It's definitely something that he didn't shrug off."

She said her brother seemed enthusiastic in the footage.

David Berg, speaking from his home outside Newark, N.J., said it was "weird seeing Nick talk," but described the interview footage as dry.

The interview, which was not conducted by Moore, centered on the technical work Berg hoped to find repairing radio transmission towers for his company, Prometheus Methods Tower Service. Berg, 26 when he died, also talks about humanitarian work he did in Uganda and Kenya.

"Nick seemed to be fairly conscious of using this thing to promote his business," David Berg said. "(The interviewer) does ask him at one point about the money and he said no one's denying there's money to be made. But it's very clear when you watch it, Nick knew he wasn't going to make a lot of money."

Moore said he had considered using some of the footage in his film but it got edited out, David Berg said. Some of Moore's staffers cried when they heard about Berg's death, the filmmaker told David Berg.

"Fahrenheit 9/11," which recently won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, accuses the Bush administration of stealing the 2000 election, overlooking terrorism warnings before Sept. 11, 2001, and fanning fears of more attacks to secure American support for the Iraq war.

Given Moore's political leanings, David Berg said he was "really nervous" about what the footage of his brother might show. His brother wasn't overtly political, he said.

"He went to Iraq because he had certain beliefs about helping people in messed up situations, but it's not like he was trying to help the Bush administration," David Berg said.

David Berg said Moore handled the situation with "dignity, respect and discipline."

"Michael Moore has really been a total class act with this whole thing," David Berg said. "He could have sold this to the media or stuck it in his movie."

Sara Berg said she saw the video footage as a "gift."

I know Nick Berg is not in this movie, but Fahrenheit 9/11 is going to be one hell of a movie. Thoughts? I think it is gonna change divide the United States. It's gonna start Alot of shit. Would say more, but I have a headache. Contact me later.
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