…of Mr. Berg?
For forensic reasons only (trust me, I’ve seen enough gore) I downloaded it last night. And while the video is brutal…I’m not convinced it is what it appears to be. And I’m not OK with that.
That the kid was alive at the beginning and was who he says he was, I can’t refute that, only his family can. Maybe the original video quality is poor or maybe the copy I loaded had been compressed one too many times, but, there were some things about it that didn’t wash.
-While they were working on him, Mr. Berg can be heard screaming. OK. I can’t say I’d do any different. But the only vocalization is an amorphous “AAAAAAAAHHHHH AAAAAHH AAAAAAH.” No words at all. No plea, not a simple “no,” nothing. An eternity of 20 seconds of vocalization, and not one word.
-Also, he was bound only at the wrists and the ankles, and yet he tipped right over and held more or less still. Yes, his body can be seen to squirm, but c’mon! Who here has had someone hold them down for a tickle torture? How many people would it take to make you hold still? This guy appears only to have been restrained by the hair and his elbows (from behind). No Kicking? No thashing about the abdomen–doubling up into a sitting or kneeling position? Nothing even resembling this. The only motion seen in him is the afore mentioned squirming which could just as easily have been his captor moving his body by the elbows/shoulders.
-When his head is held up, the eyes are closed. I’d expect them to be open as he did not pass peacefully in his sleep. And his headless body is as still as a log–no twitching despite the copious amounts of adrenaline which must surely have been present. Ever knocked the head off a chicken? The headless bodies positively flop if they don’t take off and run away! I expected some motion.
-Lastly, immediately before the “execution” begins, the camera cuts and changes angles and zooms in too close so that the picture blurs. Plenty of opportunity to switch the “alive” Berg with a dead one.
And that’s my point. Not that he ain’t dead now, but that he WAS dead before the beheading. And so :tin foil hat time: who dunnit? Did Al Qaida do it exactly as shown? Did they shoot him immediately prior to the beheading (for mercy? or to make sure there were no “complications?”) Or did WE find him (dead I pray, but what was up with our guys detaining him just before he disappeared?) and make a propaganda film out of his corpse? The latter sounds like a bad film, but we *are *the ones who have set the standard for staging photos for the benefit of psy-ops. And now the merican Public’s attention is safely away from our troops’ misbehavior in the dungeon.
As a rule, I’m not a flake, nor do I really wear a foil hat, with or without condiments. And while I am shocked by the whole deal, and recognize the possibility that I could just be in denial about the veracity of what is shown, my question is, “Has anyone seen a good quality version of the video that accounts for my misgivings as posted above?”