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Berg video exposed as a fraud

From: Eric Smith
Subject: Berg video exposed as a fraud
Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 04:47:32 +0900

Terrorist mastermind Zarqawi has announced his name but hidden his face. The 
CIA has said it is indeed Zarqawi, but he appears to be reading his own speech 
from a paper.

The person holding the knife -- allegedly Zarqawi -- has a Black hood at the 
video's beginning, but there is an edit (the camera time signatures change) and 
the knifeholder is then wearing a WHITE hood (and no bulletproof vest).

You'll also find the following oddities in the heavily edited video, which was 
heavily edited, presumably in a lab or on a pc:

WM-----|-----Video Clock-----|-----Screen Shot
0:00 ---|--- nothing ---|-------Arabic letters
0:05 ---|--- 13:26:24 ---|--- Nick Berg speaking
0:09 ---|---- 2:18:33 ---|--- Nick Berg sitting
0:20 ---|---- 2:40:33 ---|--- Speech in Arabic
4:36 ---|---- 2:44:56 ---|--- Speaker pushes Berg over
4:38 ---|--- 13:45:48 ---|--- Decapitation begins
4:43 ---|--- 13:45:52 ---|--- Picture lost
4:44 ---|--- 13:45:59 ---|--- Picture returns, decapitation continues

So, if we are to assume the timestamps of the two (?) cameras are accurate, 
this means Berg was beheaded at 13:47:49 (1:47) but at 2:44, nearly an hour 
later, he is sitting with his head intact.

Zarqawi has also been reported to have an artificial leg; this is definitely 
not apparent in the video. Nor is his Jordanian accent, according to experts. 
Also note the gold ring on the "sinister" (toilet-using) hand -- a definite 
no-no for muslims.

Then there's US consulate Beth A. Payne's emails to Berg's family saying their 
son was in "US military custody" for 13 days:

April 1, 1:26 a.m. (To Michael Berg, Berg's father) 
I have confirmed that your son, Nick, is being detained by the U.S. military in 
Mosul. He is safe. He was picked up approximately one week ago. We will try to 
obtain additional information regarding his detention and a contact person you 
can communicate with directly. 

April 1, 5:23 a.m. (To Suzanne Berg, Berg's mother) 
I have been able to confirm that your son is being detained by the U.S. 
military. I am attempting to identify a person with the U.S. military or FBI 
here in Iraq who you can contact directly with your questions. 

And, according to CNN, Berg himself had contacted a friend -- Chilean reporter 
Hugo Infante -- saying he was in US custody:

The US Administration denies this, saying he was in Mosul Iraqi police custody, 
BUT "...police chief Maj. Gen. Mohammed Khair al-Barhawi in Mosul insisted his 
department had never arrested Berg and said he had no knowledge of the case.  
''The Iraqi police never arrested the slain American,'' al-Barhawi told 
reporters. ''Take it from me ... that such reports are baseless.'' 

And of course there are the American orange prisoner jumpsuit and white plastic 
chair and yellow walls which appear in the video -- exactly as they do at Abu 
Ghraib, the now-notorious site of the American torture of Iraqi POWs:

Next, the hosting website was reported to be in Malaysia, but was discovered to 
actually located in London:

Says Jackblood.com, which ran a trace:
"...www.al-asnar.net and www.al-asnar.biz have apparently been disabled by 
'authorities.' ...the publishers for these sites are located in London, England 
and Nurnberg, Denmark. 

"The addresses began to disappear from the internet listings as we reported 
this development on The Power Hour Radio Show. Apparently, "Big Brother"; had 
been listening to the show and didn't like the news at all. The location of the 
publishers for al-ansar.net appears to be at an Arab Press Building, which 
appears to be shared by different Arab newspublications. The name of the 
organization is the Arab Press House. Thebuilding is apparently the 
headquarters for news magazines such as, AlJamilla, Sayidaty, and Al Majallah 
among others. 

The London address is the following: 
Arab Press House 
Abdel Rahman al-Rashed 
184 High Holborn, WCIV78P, London 
tel. 020 78318181 

The other address is located in Nurnberg, Denmark. It apparently belongs to a 
man named Omar AbuOmar. His email address is:address@hidden . 

The complete mailing address is the following: 
Omar AbuOmar 
New Dream St. 33 
Nurnberg, Denmark, 42114 
Phone: +965.15441211 
Email: address@hidden 

....these same websites (www.al-asnar.net and www.al-asnar.biz) were the ones 
that posted the latest Bin Laden audio recording, weeks ago. Despite knowing 
the website addresses, and potentially the addresses of their respective 
publishers, the CIA, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security did not 
make any apparent efforts to monitor the websites for uploaded files or 
internet traffic. Therefore, no arrests were made." 

Next, the AK-47 carried by one of the men is a "Gilal" -- an Israeli weapon 
that improves on the AK- 47. Feyadeen and other insurgents almost universally 
use AK-47s. The man in the left of the video is standing in the American 
military stance known as "parade rest", and several of the apparent terrorists 
are wearing white tennis shoes ad bulletproof vests.

At frame 13:46:27, there is an edit and a person with a white ear and a green 
cap is seen entering from the right. Then the video is re-edited.

Matt Drudge reports that "The statement in the video was signed off with 
Zarqawi's name and dated 11 May" , but Berg's body was reported found on May 
10th -- the day before the video was apparently made!

Pay attention. This one is definitely a setup. 

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