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- Arab linguists have said the man posing as the Jordanian
Zaraqawi did not speak with a Jordanian dialect. Others have suggested
the man reading the written statement may not have been a native speaker
- Zaraqawi was missing one leg and had been outfitted with
an artificial leg that did not fit or function properly. He was unable
to walk or stand normally with his ill-fitting limb. No man in the group
showed evidence of such an infirmity.
- Numerous indigenous sources have said Zaraqawi was killed
by a US helicopter attack months ago when he was unable to move quickly
enough to escape the targeted house. While others managed to exit the house
in time to survive, he died in the collapsed building.
- As any surgeon will testify, the alleged beheading was
a fake. A beheading would result in a tremendous amount of spurting blood.
There would have been blood everywhere had an actual beheading taken place.
When the executioner holds up Berg's head immediately following what is
represented as an actual decapitation of a living person, there is no significant
blood flow from the neck or blood splatters showing anywhere on the executioner.
Furthermore, the cut was simply too neat to have been done crudely and
with such amazing speed by a man wielding a knife. Anybody who has ever
carved a turkey knows there is something wrong with the supposed beheading.
The suspended head looks more like Berg had been neatly beheaded by a guillotine.
- The orange jumpsuit was standard US military issue to
men in custody. It is unlikely Berg would have continuing wearing a US
custodial uniform if he had been released by the military as they claim.
The fact he was still wearing the suit is both anomalous and suggestive.
One is forced to speculate as to whether there was an immediate transfer
of Berg from the US military to unknown persons, thusly preventing Berg
from discarding his US prison garb.
- Several of the men in the film were fat by Iraqi standards.
If they were Feyadeen or mujahadeen, they probably have been living underground
since the first days of the occupation. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have
been shown on news stories as they have marched and demonstrated. One would
be hard pressed to point out a single fat man among these thousands.
- Some men had what can only be described as pasty-white
hands. Once again, one would be hard pressed to find Arab men with pasty-white
- The lack of spurting blood suggests Berg was already
dead at the time of the alleged decapitation. It is possible Berg's dead
body was displayed with his head already partially or totally severed.
In any case, he almost certainly was killed before the staged beheading.
If so, it suggests the captors had no stomach for an actual beheading of
a living person, and they opted to fulfill their assignment quietly and
with the least amount of gore.
- The scream that is heard has been interpreted as a woman's
scream by many viewers. Videotape cognoscenti have further said the scream
was amateurishly added to the tape.
- The U.S. government translation of one statement made
on the film is: "Does al Qaeda need any further excuses?" This
is a falsification. The actual statement urged fellow insurgents to get
off their hind ends and do something. One assumes the translator being
used by the US military is a native speaker of Arabic, so this cannot be
explained as an innocent flub. This suggests the US government wanted to
inject an alleged al- Qaeda group into the murder of Nick Berg.
- Iraqis who have seen the videotape on Arabic news broadcasts
are universally saying the men in the film are not Iraqis. Are they saying
this partly because the speaker does not employ an Iraqi dialect? Where
does their certainty come from?
- Firearms experts have stated the AK-47 carried by one
man was a "Gilal." This actually is an Israeli-made weapon that
improves on the famous AK- 47. Feyadeen and other insurgents almost universally
- The man in the videotape who is purported to be Zarqawi
is wearing a gold ring. This is absolutely proscribed by Islamic law.
- The US military has stated that Berg was never in US
custody and that he had been in custody of the Iraqi police. The Iraqi
police adamantly deny he was ever in their custody. On April 1, an e-mail
from Beth A. Payne, the U.S. consular officer in Iraq, was sent to the
family of Nick Berg. It stated that Ms. Payne had located Nick, and he
was currently in custody of the US military. We have to conclude that either
the email was bogus or the US military has been lying.
- The chair that Berg was seated in during the filming
was a standard issue military chair of the exact same kind as seen in a
color photo taken at the Abu Ghraib Prison. The chances a terrorist cell
would be using this same chair are minimal at best.