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WHO KILLED NICK BERG?

by : Collective Bellaciao
Wednesday June 2, 2004 - 04:08
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A portion of this conjecture appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, May 29, and remained among the ‘five top stories viewed online’ over the weekend. Here is the original text, plus amendments. The content is largely drawn from the collaborative act of detective work unfolding on the web. To draw firm conclusions about the circumstances of the Berg beheading would be unwise at this stage, however US citizens may wish to pressure the Pentagon to release all tapes, transcripts and official documents relating to this bizarre saga:

Despite Harry Potter, print is losing its power in a culture captivated by image. All the fine words which depicted Coalition atrocities prior to the revelations at Abu Ghraib, whether against prisoners or civilians, counted for little in democracy’s heartland. A digi-cam in the rubber gloved hands of a soldier altered the fortunes the war. Iraq in flames, Washington an object of global disgust. What to do? At this pivotal moment, CNN and Fox News are tipped off to a clip of an American citizen being beheaded.

The victim is a 26 year old idealist from Pennsylvania, Nick Berg. Despite the five perpetrators being masked, the vile deed is pronounced to be the work of Al Q’aida. The clip was first “discovered” on “an Islamic website in Malaysia associated with al Q’aida”. The Arabic title of the clip reads ’’Abu Musab al-Zarqawi shown slaughtering an American”. Al Zarqawi is a 38-year old Jordanian militant who fled to Iraq in 2001 after reportedly losing a leg in a US missile strike on his Afghan base. The $US10 million price on his head has just been upped to $US25million. As Al-Zarqawi’s image is widely known and the title credit grants him authorship of the deed, why does he wear a mask?

The timing of the beheading video was brilliant for the West and bad for Arabs. Those members of US Congress gunning for Donald Rumsfeld suddenly lost their oomph. Media pundits deemed the crime to be a deeper kind of evil than the systemic torture of innocent Iraqis. In at least six US states, high school teachers showed the snuff video to their students, as a way of reminding them that America’s role in Iraq was noble. Perhaps a closer look at this video proves opposite.

For al Qaeda to have performed this act at such a time is so dumb, that some people sensed the aroma of rat. If not al Qaeda, then who? Surely not Uncle Sam. That’s too dark, even for the CIA. Too risky. What if the plot is discovered? While this video shows a human body having its head chopped off, it does not necessarily portray an act of murder.

WHY LIE ABOUT CUSTODY?

Berg’s body was found on a Baghdad roadside on Saturday, May 8, presumably headless. Three days later the “live beheading” clip was uploaded from London to a website in Malaysia - www.al-ansar.biz. The statement in the video is signed off with Zarqawi’s name, dated 11 May. After Fox news and CNN were tipped off about its contents, the video disappeared from the site. (Al Jazeera was unable to find it). As no autopsy is available, little is known about the overall condition of the body. No time of death, no forensic analysis. On April 6, a month prior to the discovery of the corpse, Nick Berg had been released from custody. But whose custody? Dan Senor, adviser to the US Presidential Envoy in Iraq, has said Berg was never held by the Americans. Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, the Coalition’s deputy head of operations, claimed he was in the custody of Iraqi police in Mosul from March 24 to April 6. However, the Iraqi police chief, Major-General Mohammed Khair al-Barhawi, told Associated Press "the Iraqi police never arrested the slain American. Take it from me... such reports are baseless.” Another Police official, Safwan Talal, said the only American arrested in recent months was a woman, later released.

Nick’s father, Michael, said the identity of his son’s jailers was not in doubt – it was the US military. This had been confirmed to him by the FBI and the US consulate. He even produced an email from a Baghdad consular official, Beth A. Payne, saying that his son was in the hands of the US. (Later, another official said the email was an error). On April 5 in the Philadelphia office of the US Supreme court, the Berg family launched an action against the military for false imprisonment. The following day Nick was released .

The issue of custody is significant, considering the clothes Nick was wearing in his final moments on screen – an orange jumpsuit of the kind familiar to viewers of footage from Guantanamo Bay.

Brigadier General Kimmit said that U.S. forces kept tabs on Berg during his confinement to make sure he was being fed and properly treated as ’’he was an American citizen.’’ Reasons for Nick’s arrest have been given as “lack of documentation” and “suspicious activities”. Berg also carried sensitive electronic equipment. While in custody, he was visited three times by agents of the FBI. Such interviews would have been recorded, though no transcripts are available. After his release, Nick Berg travelled to Baghdad and checked into the $30-a-night Al-Fanar Hotel, buzzing with NGO types and “peace protestors”. Next door is the Baghdad Hotel, a CIA hot spot.

AT THE HEIGHT OF THE TURMOIL

Al-Fanar staff remember Berg as a ’’nice guy who always smiled” . He was muscular and “liked the Internet.’’ Nick’s routine was to leave the hotel early in the morning and return around 10 pm, “carrying a sack of beer and mineral water.” Later, his father described Nick as “the kindest, gentlest human being I know or have ever known”.

Fellow hotel guest Hugo Infante, a Chilean reporter, told Newsday that Berg recounted how Iraqi police had quickly handed him to U.S authorities and that he had been held the entire time in a jail where his guards were U.S. soldiers. Nick had come to Baghdad to win contracts for his family firm, Prometheus Methods Tower Service, a provider of communications facilities.

The family last heard from Nick on April 9, when he said he was planning to leave Iraq via Kuwait as soon as it was safe. The following day an American diplomat offered to arrange a flight for him to Jordan, which Nick declined (CBS). Berg was last seen the same morning, walking down the road with his bags, apparently hoping to wend his way through the terrible turmoil engulfing the city and make it to the border.

NIGHT WORK AT ABU GHRAIB

On March 7, 2004, two weeks before his arrest in Mosul, an "enemies list" was posted on a conservative website, FreeRepublic.com. The list was compiled from signatories to an anti-war petition. The purpose of the posting was to encourage readers to harass those it named.

Nick Berg’s father was on that list, as was Prometheus, the family firm with a remarkably thin paper trail. Could this list have prompted Nick’s arrest in Iraq? There is the odd affair of Nick’s email address being purloined by the "20th hijacker", Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person to be charged in connection with the September 11 attacks on America. Moussaoui and Nick attended the same Oklahoma college, though it is not known if they met.

Berg who has been reported as arriving in Baghdad with anti zionist leaflets, and a copy Koran. During his time in Iraq, according to Associated Press, he “struggled with the Arabic language and worked at night on a tower in Abu Ghraib”. This has led to speculation that he may have been aware of activities inside the jail. A phrase in an email home mentioned he had taken “nice pictures”. On a previous visit in January, Nick had reportedly sought contract work at Abu Ghraib. One web sleuth makes a connection between Nick Berg’s firm and the similar sounding Prometheus Radio Project, both in Philadelphia an underground radio station partly funded by anti Bush millionaire, George Soros: “I cannot help wondering”, notes a newsgroup post, “if Nick was in Iraq to set up a way to intercept communications and therefore get evidence to get Bush out of office…” One more oddity, at the risk of teetering on the edge of the matrix, are the confirmed reports during this period that the US Department banned all emails between soldiers in Iraq and their families at home.

The true nature of Nick’s politics is not clear. Michael Berg has described his son as a “staunch supporter” of US President W Bush. Friends said Nick believed he could help rebuild that war-shattered country one radio tower at a time. According to the New York Times, he was attracted to the Hebrew concept of tikkun olam — healing the world through social action. After Nick’s death, his father told reporters “the al-Qaeda that killed my son didn’t know what they were doing …. "They killed their best friend”.

DECONSTRUCTING THE VIDEO

The first few seconds of the tape shows Nick sitting on a white plastic chair in an orange jumpsuit jumpsuit. He speaks directly to camera in a relaxed way: "My name is Nick Berg, my father’s name is Michael... I have a brother and sister, David and Sara. I live in Philadelphia." The chair on which Nick is sitting is identical to the one seen in the pics of the Abu Ghraib porno tortures. These chairs are probably common in Iraq. Considering what follows, it is highly likely that this opening segment is edited from the statements made by Nick Berg during his 13 days of custody in Iraq, perhaps to the FBI.

In the next scene, Nick is sitting on the floor with five masked figures standing behind him. We do not see the figures enter. Nick looks lifeless, though his body appears to make slight movements.

The man reads a lengthy statement in a passionless monotone. He is identified as ’Abu Musab al-Zarqawi , the Jordanian associate of Osama bin Laden who is tied to dozens of terrorist acts including the al Qaeda-linked suicide attacks in Istanbul and last year’s bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad.

Yet a leaflet recently circulated in Falluja, by no means a reliable source, claims that al-Zarqawi was killed in the Sulaimaniya mountains of northern Iraq during a US bombing. A US military report in April 03, has been cited as claiming Zarqawi was killed in the bombing of Falluja. Colin Powell and others have said that Zarqawi was fitted with a prosthetic leg in a Baghdad hospital. The tape displays no evidence of a limp. CNN staff members familiar with al-Zarqawi’s voice have been quoted as saying the voice on the tape did not sound like him.

HEAVY METAL ROADIES TRAPPED IN A CHAPEL

 Among the many curiosities raised on the web about the fanatical five are:

 They are well fed, fidgety, and reveal glimpses of white skin.

 Their Arabic is heavily accented,(Russian,Jordanian, Egyptian)

 An aside in Russian has been translated as “do it quickly”.

 One character wears a gold ring, unusual for a devout follower of the Koran (“men who wear gold and silk will not enter Paradise”), though not all that uncommon.

 Another wears bulky white tennis shoes.

 The man on the far left in the video is standing in the familiar “at ease” military posture, the habit of a trained soldier.

 Some insist that the scarves worn in the video were donned and tied by people who “haven’t a clue … like actors in Hollywood movies”.

 Three green dots are tattooed on the back of Zarqawi’s’left hand, according to the International Herald tribune (February 10, 2003) . These are not apparent in the video.

 Firearms experts sate that the weapon brandished by one ‘executioner’ is a Galil, an Israeli-made upgrade of an AK 47, not used by insurgents.

 The report that al Qaeda was invoked by the perpetrators is based on the official U.S. translation: "Does al Qaeda need any further excuses?" The word on tape is ‘al qaed’, which carries a different meaning. It was part of a pep talk to all insurgents.

 The wall and skirting board at the killing site is similar to interior of Abu Ghraid prison

 On the whole, the fidgety five look like heavy metal roadies trapped in a chapel.

 There is even a voice at the end of the tape that seems ask in English, “How will it be done?” Check the soundbyte yourself:

 None of this proves a grand conspiracy, but it does raise questions.

The final segment of the tape is hideous and revealing. When Berg is thrown to the ground, he doesn’t move. During the decapitation, starting at the front of the throat, there is hardly any sign of blood. The scream is wildly out of sync, sounds female, and is obviously dubbed. [This could be due to the compressing of its original format for uploading on the web]. Neither Berg’s severed head, the floor, Berg’s clothes, and even the hand of the "Arab" who decapitated Berg shows much sign of blood.

Dr John Simpson, executive director for surgical affairs at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, told Ritt Goldstein of the Asia Times, "I would have thought that all the people in the vicinity would have been covered in blood, in a matter of seconds ... if it [the video] was genuine,". This echoed the conclusion of Dr Raul Castro Guevara, a surgeon and forensic expert in Mexico City consulted by other researchers, who said "there is no way that the individual in the video was alive and his heart pumping while his neck was being cut". He judged the video a fraud.

Asia Online asked another forensic “death expert” Jon Nordby, PhD and fellow of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators, whether he believed the Berg decapitation video had been "staged", Nordby replied: "Yes, I think that’s the best explanation of it."

A PSY-OPS BLACK OPERATION? According to Goldstein, both doctors perceived it as highly probable that Berg had died some time prior to his decapitation. Nordby noted that Berg failed to “ register any sort of surprise or any change in his facial expression when he’s grabbed and twisted over, and they start to bring this weapon into use".

All three doctors concurred with the verdicts of numerous web detectives, that the decapitation sequence was performed on a corpse.

But there is still the problem of the slight body movements exhibitied by Berg while sitting on the floor, prior to the beheading. According to blogger Nick Possum, “This footage was subsequently modified frame by frame to make Berg’s body move very occasionally”. Apparently, this can be achieved through “commonly available software”. Like many others, Possum believes “most of the available evidence surrounding the case suggests that it was a “black operation” by US psychological warfare specialists, the purpose of which was to provide the media with a “moral relativity” argument to counter the adverse publicity over torture at Abu Ghraib”.

The use of FBI footage in the opening sequence, if confirmed, suggests the involvement of high-level US Government operatives.

I do not know who killed Nick Berg, or how he died. Some maintain the video was produced in Abu Ghraib jail; others detect a “military cap” in the side of a frame, and draw sinister conclusions. All I can say for sure is that there’s something fishy about this video.

NICK WAS THERE TO WIN THE PEACE

In any tale of dark deeds, there are heroes. Maybe one of these is Nick Berg himself, whos final days must have been horrific. Certainly Nick is a hero to his father, and his father is becoming a hero to many. On May 16, Michael Berg sent this message to the organisers of the stop the war coalition:

“Nick Berg was a soldier of peace in Iraq to help the people without any expectation of personal gain. The trouble was he was only one man, but through his death he has become many. For all of the soldiers and family of soldiers in Iraq on either side who believe they were in Iraq working for peace, I say: Nick is your brother. Nick was there to help win the peace not only by helping to rebuild what was torn down, but by spreading his message of peace and love”.

Berg’s body has been flown back to the Dover Airforce Base, the place where the young boy trained as a Boy Scout of America, although his family were not permitted to witness the arrival of the coffin. When the Scouts had wanted to teach Nick how to fire a handgun, he quit.

A workmate recalls that “ Nick was real good at recognizing physical danger; it’s part of the job. But he didn’t do too well at recognizing human danger because he never thought anybody was going to hurt him." In the end the question is this. Who really killed Nick Berg, and why?

POST SCRIPT:

The cast of characters now swells to include Michael Moore, who interviewed Nick Berg prior to his departure for Iraq. Why? As a “staunch” Bushist, a peace agent, an Iraq-ophile? Moore’s lips are tight. No portion of the tape is included in the final cut of "Fahrenheit 9/11" . Also breaking as I write, are reports sourced to un-named Washington insiders claiming Berg was a spy. This could be disinformation to link the deceased with Daniel Perle, another alleged spy, in order to up the voltage of terrorist motives. Who knows? In this dirtiest of wars, anything is possible.

http://www.richardneville.com.au/

02.06.2004
Collective Bellaciao



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> WHO KILLED NICK BERG?
Thursday June 3 - 17:38 - Posted by 1600210065ccd8ef...

2004-06-03 00:17:52
Another nutty conspiracy theory from the nutty left.




> WHO KILLED NICK BERG?
Thursday June 3 - 17:39 - Posted by 1600210065ccd8ef...

"Another nutty conspiracy theory from the nutty left"?? Have you seen the video? I have. And I’ve seen arteries opened. If Nick Berg was alive when this beheading took place, then his carotid artery would have sprayed blood for several feet in all directions. Not to mention all the other points in this article. If it had been a live beheading I would have been sick. But it’s so patently unreal that it had hardly any effect on me, as I was convinced that the poor man had died much earlier. Plus there is the added factor which I don’t think is mentioned, that the white-hooded man bends down to do the "beheading" while a couple of frames later, it’s a black-hooded man who is holding the knife and holding the head up in the air. Why switch??

Think about it. Who benefited most from this video appearing when it did? And why did it disappear from the mainstream media so fast? Because people could see it was a fake and were saying so on the Internet. A psyops gone wrong, if you ask me.



> WHO KILLED NICK BERG?
Thursday June 3 - 17:39 - Posted by 1600210065ccd8ef...

A "nutty conspiracy theory?" The same chair that Berg is sitting in is seen on numerous photos within Abu Ghraib, the same wall colors, the same prison outfit. That, in itself, should give the FBI/CIA enough reason to check DNA in that prison for traces of Berg’s blood. But all of the other facts mentioned in the article begs for investigation. This would be enough evidence in any other criminal scenario to qualify for a full fledged investigation, how can you possibly consider this a nutty conspiracy theory? Grow up, it’s people with your attitude that has made the continuous lies that have been spewed out of the White House by the Bush regime so dangerous. We have a government that don’t give a damn about anyone or anything but themselves. They are the most corrupt administration in American history. Wise up.



> WHO KILLED NICK BERG?
Wednesday February 23 - 15:49 - Posted by cc836e59c335f088...

i think it was my dad dean doherty



> WHO KILLED NICK BERG?
Thursday June 3 - 18:41 - Posted by 7002ae4d4bc4ce82...

"Their Arabic is heavily accented,(Russian,Jordanian, Egyptian)
An aside in Russian has been translated as “do it quickly”."

I study Arabic, but I don’t know it quite well enough to say if the voices on the tape are ’heavily accented’ or not. I’d have to let a native Arabic speaker check this. But then, many native Arabic speakers have seen this tape and heard the voices, and I haven’t noticed anyone being suspicious and pointed out the ’heavy accent’ of the speakers/shouters on this tape. When you look at the Arab press’s comments, they all seem quite convinced that these are not US-Americans dressing up.
Please correct me if I’m wrong, and do post a link if you have a link to a real Arab saying this.

If the speaker(s) would have an ’Egyptian’ or ’Jordanian’ accent, that wouldn’t be strange at all, as Iraq is full of foreigners taking the opportunity to fight against the USA and the rest of the coalition, and for their ’Arab/Muslim brothers and sisters’.

I do speak Russian well enough to know that they do not have any Russian accent. (I have studied it for three years, partly in Moscow.) Also, I can’t hear the "aside in Russian" having been translated as "do it quickly". (Interestingly enough, no one says what this is in Russian. It could be something like ’davay, bystro’. But I can’t hear any Russian on the tape at all.)

But what I do hear is the US-American voice that says something like ’How’re you gonna do it’ twice, at the very end. It doesn’t sound like anything that could be Arabic at all, at least to me, who has only been studying the language for a year. And this voice is what scares me ...




> WHO KILLED NICK BERG?
Friday June 4 - 04:39 - Posted by 40649b97fea5f5b4...

I did some EQing and found the very last lines to sound like : "How would you that?....How would you do tha.." and it gets cut off. It sounds like a Brooklyn or Eastern European accent to me, but it does sound like English.

Also, where in the tape does the gold ring appear? And who are the arms experts that claim the guns are Israeli?

I definitely think this tape is a hoax, so any misinformation or bogus "expert claims" would only hurt the cause, as this type of discussion is considered "internet conspiracy", tin-foil-hat stuff to even the most progressive media.



> WHO KILLED NICK BERG?
Friday June 18 - 22:35 - Posted by 6f4e083b55c31490...

If they think that the film is a fake, and it sounds like a stage, didn’t they perform an autopsy when his body was brought back to the US, and if so, what were the results?







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PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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