|By Clyde Lewis
"Yet among the myriad microwaves, the infrared messages, the gigabytes of ones and zeros, we find words, byte-sized now, tinier even than science, lurking in some vague electricity. But if we but listen, we hear the solitary voice of that poet telling us: Yesterday is this day's madness did prepare, tomorrow's silent triumph of despair. Drink, for you know not whence you came, nor why. Drink, for you know not why you go, nor where." –Author unknown
In a nightmare he appeared. A friend from childhood, but today he wasn’t the same. I was no longer a child. He was no longer a saint. I was no longer invincible. He was no longer sane.
In the fog of my dreams, the door opened on a familiar set and a cheerful man wearing a suit walks in carrying a bag. The music is happy, and his smile is warm and charming.
He sings a well-known song and heads toward the closet. He puts down his bag of goodies and grabs a sweater off the wire coat hanger. The man with graying sideburns smiles and puts on his sweater.
His voice is smooth and he happily asks his television audience if they would like to be his neighbor. He zips up his sweater, picks up the bag and moves to a seat.
He changes his shoes and puts on some classic "boat" canvas shoes so that he can be comfortable. For him, it is his uniform as he proceeds to talk with his audience about how he loves them.
"Hi neighbor," he says with wide eyes.
"I am so happy to have this time with you. You have always been special to me and I like you just the way you are."
His eyes begin to tear up and his smile drops to a frown.
"Neighbor, I want to tell you that I know that sometimes life can get very confusing. Sometimes you just want to take your pillow and punch it…
The man’s face begins to change and soon his glow turns dull and ashen.
"Sometimes your brother or your sister can be mean to you. Sometimes it can be a teacher. I know that sometimes even a priest can make you feel bad. Sometimes mommy and daddy fight and they leave."
"But I never will."
He reaches into his bag and pulls out a gun.
"You see this neighbor? This is my gun. Your daddy probably has one in his cabinet. It may be in a drawer near the bible. If you find it you can play along with me."
The man reaches into the bag and pulls out a bible.
"I want to read to you something from the bible, neighbor. It is taken from the 13th book of the Psalms."
How long wilt thou forget me, Oh Lord?
How long wilt thou hide thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and hear me, Oh lord my God:
Lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him;
and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
He closes the book and stares into the camera.
"We now are going to the Neighborhood of make believe."
He raises the gun and puts it up to his head.
"Now neighbor, do as I do, we are going to have some fun!"
The moment becomes tense as the man squeezes the trigger.
"You see it was make believe!"
He laughs maniacally and puts the gun back into the bag.
"You see I had no bullets in the gun, it was all pretend, I told you that I would never leave. I hope you trusted me. I hope that we are still special friends."
The television immediately goes dark.
I had always thought that a nightmare like what I just demonstrated could never transpire in real life. I could only figure that this nightmare to me was a lesson in trusting the television to not contribute to madness and mayhem.
I figured that true hell would be achieved if someone as trusted as Mister Rogers would one day lose his mind and play a gruesome joke on his audience of children and play it off for laughs.
To have a trusted figure give you an order to commit something horrific is the most evil act anyone could commit.
On May 11th, 2004 every major U.S. TV news organization aired the video depicting the murder of Jewish American Nicholas Berg, but stopped short of showing the entire video because the finale showed Berg being decapitated. Most Americans had to take the mainstream media’s word on what they were seeing because most of the networks chose to verbally describe the incident.
On May 12th, 2004 every television and radio morning show was all a buzz about the horrific video that was released on a website that showed a Jewish American named Nicholas Berg being beheaded by what appeared to be masked terrorists.
Morning radios switched on in Portland Oregon. It was another typically gray day. A few sprinkles reminded everyone that the weatherman was wrong again. It has always been the running joke that if the weather is fine in Portland, all you have to do is wait five minutes and it will be cold and wet again.
Two Portland morning deejays, "Marconi" and "Tiny" aired the audio of the beheading. The audio clip contained the blood-chilling screams from Berg, heard over continuous terrorist chanting.
His final scream appeared to end with a gurgling sound.
Rather than report the horror of the incident, they chose to give a play by play that was full of laughter and jokes. They played the audio and the screams of Berg could be heard. The gurgling sounds of the blood played over and over and the laughter was something out of the most ghoulish of nightmares.
They made comments such as "don't loose your head" and "man, we really gotta isolate that clip", regarding the point at which you could hear the gurgling sounds of blood.
Listeners could not believe that the popular morning hosts were giggling and joking about the incident. When the show ended, both were suspended. They were later fired for taking part in the chilling incident.
About two weeks ago I had written two articles alluding to the programming of a nation into madness and whether or not it is possible to render an entire nation crazy, fearful, and vulnerable to all kinds of suggestion. I had intimated that the horror would become so overwhelming that there would be those among us who would laugh off what I call "pagan psychodrama."
"It is rare to find anyone who gives a damn about the eternal pagan psychodrama that plays out in places of power. Rarer still are people who are well-versed in astrology or secret societies. When one speaks about it openly, those in the crowd find it necessary to burst out with derisive giggles.
The peer pressure then takes hold and soon the whole group is laughing out loud at the individual who has the ability to talk about something so peculiar."—From the article Schroedinger's Candidate ©2004 by Clyde Lewis
The "Marconi and Tiny" incident was redlined on the Drudgereport. It was also coupled with a number of other stories about the incident and how the American people responded to the airing of the video and the airing of the audio on some talk shows.
Kevin Magee, vice president of programming for Fox News Channel, reported that he was surprised to hear that the news channel got hundreds of calls asking why the network didn’t show more of the footage. Magee said that he felt that the network was pushing the envelope by airing what they aired. He never thought that people would demand more airing of the horrific images.
Sean Hannity, a well-known national Talk show host aired the audio of the beheading as well. He said he got no complaints and backed up his programming decision by stating to the press:
"I think people need to know what we're dealing with - it's evil right before your eyes. These people want to kill all Americans, not just this poor kid, Nick Berg"—Sean Hannity speaking to the New York Post
This comment from Hannity had a familiar ring to it. Just prior to this incident I had written an article called Tabula Rasa: A craving for oblivion. In it I pointed out what the outcome would be if we rationalized torture in the United States and as far as I can tell both "Marconi," "Tiny," and Hannity have a little bit of the stink on them from the incident:
"Little by little a nation embraces madness and becomes an apologist for the Gods of wrath. They begin to develop suicidal tendencies. They begin to accept torture as a normal part of life and rationalize that "they" had it coming to "them" and that "We" have it coming for "Us."—From the article Tabula Rasa: a Craving for Oblivion ©2004 by Clyde Lewis
The unfortunate thing about the entire mess is that Marconi and Tiny worked at the same company as I do. Their studios are just down the hall from mine and the talk around the office has been hushed and many people are quite angry and frightened about what has happened.
About a week before I had talked with Tiny and asked him how he was doing. The company had just sunk a great deal of money into a promotion called "Where is Tiny."
The promotion included looking for a cardboard stand-up of Tiny in a grass skirt somewhere in Portland. Some of the cutouts were seen in the office and Tiny who is the size of Buddha looked quite comical standing there.
Now it is as if he has died. It seems like the entire spirit of our office has died.
The calls into Fox, the airing of the audio on the radio, and the callous laughter of Marconi and Tiny illustrates how some Americans are desensitized to the evil that is torture and murder.
It also is being used as proof that a terrorist group has committed the crime. I have to stress that it only appears that a terrorist organization is responsible for his death. All of the men committing the murder are masked and no one can say for sure that these killers are affiliated with Al Qaeda as reported by mainstream news organizations.
The media has avoided talking about the blaring flaws in the video and has done nothing to satisfy those who have questions about anomalies in the video that need to be pointed out.
Many Americans have not seen the video in its entirety.
Many people are not aware of what is truly on the video and so we have to rely on the fear factory of the media to promote psyops triggering without doing the heroic thing and pointing out how this video is not what it seems.
After the Marconi and Tiny incident I was made aware of a link on the internet that showed the video and so I took the time to view it. I admit that it was unsettling to watch. My stomach began to churn and I was hoping that I could hold down my lunch.
I managed to get control of myself and watched it several times.
I started to get angry.
I realized that I was watching a snuff film. Many people had told me that snuff films didn’t exist and yet here it was on my screen and I wasn’t able to see the faces of those who were committing the murder.
It begins with a man who is allegedly Berg sitting on a chair in an Orange jumpsuit. I found this a bit odd because the only time I had seen prisoners in jumpsuits was in American prisons and at Guantanamo bay.
The Orange jumpsuit is standard issue for an American prisoner and not for a prisoner being held by Al Qaeda or any other Middle Eastern terror group. The fact that he was wearing the suit in the video is peculiar and suspicious in my opinion.
There were several news outlets reporting that Berg's family is angry at the US government over their son's violent death and revelations that Berg was detained by Iraqi police at a checkpoint in Mosul on March 24. He was turned over to U.S. officials and detained for 13 days" He was DETAINED by the US military just prior to his death.
Could this explain the orange jumpsuit? Does it also explain the chair that Berg was sitting on in the Video?
The chair from what I could tell was a standard issue military chair.
This chair was also seen in a previous photograph.
I am of course talking about the photograph that was issued pointing out the atrocities at the Abu Ghraib Prison. The chances of a terrorist cell using this same chair are minimal at best.
The similarities are uncanny.
Isn’t it a bit circumstantial that both pictures show that same plastic chair the same wall color the same floorboard color? Isn’t it also coincidental that stories were circulating in the media that after the pictures of the torture at the Abu Ghraib Prison were issued that Rumsfeld had mentioned that there were videos that were being seen that were far more horrific coming out of the Prison?
Then came the video of Nicholas Berg. Isn’t this worth considering?
Is the timing just a little bit suspect?
The US military had 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 1st 2004, e-mail from Beth A. Payne, the U.S. consular officer in Iraq, was sent to the family of Nick Berg. It stated that Payne had located Berg, and he was currently in custody of the US military.
Who is telling the truth?
While I was watching the video and I couldn’t help but wonder how it was that some of the men that stood behind Berg looked as if they had beer guts. I was thinking that the whole thing looked like a joke that was being performed by a group of Public Access Television wannabes that had white hands and huge builds.
Something that I found a bit odd.
When Daniel Pearl was killed by terrorists and the pictures were issued of his torture I remember the gun being held to his head. I searched the net for a picture and saw a dark hand with long bony fingers holding a gun and pointing it at his head.
The video of Berg shows fat men covered from head to toe in garb to cover their identities standing behind him with white hands.
How are we to believe that this video shows Middle Eastern men committing the crime. I admit that it is possible, but it has to be questioned in order to give a fair assessment.
The media has failed to do so.
Why haven’t we considered the possibility that the personnel at the Abu Ghraib Prison, men who are capable of torture are not capable of murder?
It baffles the mind, how we may have overlooked the obvious.
One of the alleged terrorists in the video reads a statement. Authorities have discussed his accent and dialect and CNN aired the opinions of Octavia Nasr, who is their senior editor for Arab affairs. The transcript actually debunks the video saying that the dialect and accent are unrecognizable. The following transcript aired on CNN on May 12th, 2004 with Miles O’Brien:
O'BRIEN: Responses throughout the Middle East are reflected, of course, in Arab TV coverage. Our senior editor of Arab affairs, Octavia Nasr, who watches Arab the Arab television assiduously, is here to give us a little sense of what's being said and perhaps more important in this story, what is being shown and not shown. The big question is, of course, on this tape, just horrific tape, which is available on the Web, obviously. Are places like Al-Arabiya, Al Jazeera, are they showing it in its entirety?
OCTAVIA NASR, CNN SR. EDITOR FOR ARAB AFFAIRS: No. Arab viewers of the big networks, as well as the local TV stations did not see the actual execution. They did see at the beginning of this tape, just like we saw here on CNN and most Western networks, you saw the beginning of the tape right before the beheading. They reported on it, and as a side story. It certainly isn't playing as a big story or as the story.
O'BRIEN: That's very interesting. When we hearken back to Danny Pearl, "The Wall Street Journal" reporter who was killed in Pakistan in 2002, the entirety of that, which included a beheading, was shown on these outlets. What happened? What changed?
NASR: What changed is the learning. And also the reaction to showing gruesome pictures and atrocities and the reaction from viewers and authorities alike. Also, it has been a few years since then. Back then, there was no Al-Arabiya. Al-Arabiya is brand new. It started a few weeks before the war last year.
Again, it's a learning process. It seems that the networks are responding to their viewers. Remember, Al Jazeera is seen all over the world, the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, all over the world. And viewers there are not accepting of these images as people in the Arab world are.
O'BRIEN: Well, let me ask you this. You've had a chance to really listen to this tape and get a sense who might be responsible, just by deciphering, say, accents. And certainly, there in the Arab world, they're very attuned to that. And given the fact of who this may or may not be, does that have some effect on how it is being played?
NASR: Yes, and if you listen to these voices that we're hearing on Arab networks, Iraqis are condemning this execution. And they're saying these are foreigners. These are not Iraqis. They do not represent us and so forth.
Now, of course, the original claim was that Zarqawi is the actual man who performed this execution. Our experts listened to the accent, as you said, and they determined the accent is not Jordanian.
O'BRIEN: He is a Jordanian who is working supposedly, allegedly, at the behest of al Qaeda in Iraq. So go ahead.
NASR: Right, he is very close to bin Laden, and works, you're right, as an agent of al Qaeda in Iraq. Now, the accent is not Jordanian so that takes the Jordanian element out of the story immediately.
O'BRIEN: Interesting. All right, now one final thought here. You did a very careful translation of your own, of the statement. And in it, you see no reference to al Qaeda. And yet the official U.S. government translation does. Explain how that happened.
NASR: Oh, I find it very interesting, because out of the blue, there is a mention of al Qaeda on the U.S. government translation. It says: "Does al Qaeda need any further excuses?" Any speaker of the Arabic language is going to notice a difference between the word al Qaeda, which means "the base," and al qaed, which means "the one sitting, doing nothing."
My translation says: "Is there any excuse for the one who sits down and does nothing?" Basically they're telling people, you have no excuse for not doing anything, for not acting and defending Islam and so forth. Whereas the U.S. government translation has this factual error, I'm sure it's an honest mistake, but basically it sort of adds al Qaeda to the statement, which is not on the statement.
O'BRIEN: All right, Octavia Nasr, we don't know exactly how that got in there. We'll try to get more on that. We appreciate you bringing that all to light and appreciate your insights, of course.
NASR: You bet.
If Miles O’Brien or CNN were to get "More on that" they would have waited before reporting that the alleged terrorist that committed the murder of Berg was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The reason why is because this smacks of an intelligence continuity problem that if anyone is paying attention would spot right off the bat.
Zarqawi was missing a leg and had been ill fitted with an artificial limb. He was unable to walk or stand normally. Every man in the group seemed tio be healthy. In fact one of the alleged terrorists has on bright colored shoes. Shoes that had no sign of dirt on them.
MSNBC had reported on March 4th 2004 Zarqawi was killed in a US helicopter attack . He fell victim because he was unable to move out of the building quick enough.
How is it that officials could identify Zarqawi when analysts say the voice doesn’t match, he had a bad leg, and was reported to be dead months before the video was shot?
I was in the lunchroom when news broke that officials said that the man wrapped in linens covering his face was Zarqawi. A woman who was in the room with me smirked and said, "Oh yes it looks just like him."
I also noticed that the alleged terrorists were wearing bulletproof vests.
Why would they do this if they were at a secure location?
I also was a little "creeped out" at how cooperative Berg was in the video. Many people actually theorized that he was drugged when it happened.
What if he knew he was at Abu Ghraib Prison and that the guys behind him were the very same Americans that told Lindie England and others that this was a Psyops exercise.
"I was instructed by persons in higher rank to ‘stand there, hold this leash, look at the camera,' and they took pictures for psychological operations, I didn't really, I mean, want to be in any pictures."—Lindie England
England also said that there were abuses at the prison worse than has been revealed.
What could be worse than this?
Throughout the video there is glare off of a gold ring on the killer’s finger. It is seen many times as the alleged killer reads his statement.
According to Muslim law it is written:
"Women must not dress so as to appear as men. "Ibn Abbas narrated: 'The Prophets cursed the men who appear like women and the women who appear like men. Men are not allowed to wear gold or silk. However, both are allowed for women. For both men and women, clothing requirements are not meant to be a restriction but rather a way in which society will function in a proper, Islamic manner." -- The Institute of Islamic Information and Education
Why would a fundamentalist Muslim wear a gold ring, or anything that appears to be feminine?
There are many experts who are also curious about the lack of blood in the video as the so-called terrorist cuts the head off of Berg.
The lack of spurting blood suggests Berg was already dead at the time of the alleged decapitation. If the body had been alive there would have been a large amount of blood surging from the heart to the main artery. There was no sign of struggle.
The scream that is heard is also suspect. It sounds like it is off camera and if the vocal chords are severed, how is it a man could scream?
Many viewers have interpreted it as a woman’s scream.
Berg does not struggle. He does not fight back. The ease of the knife going through the neck, like a hot knife through butter also has one speculate on the validity of the video. It would have had to cut not only through windpipe but vertebrate as well. It just appeared to come off a little too easily. It also appears to flatten a bit at the top of the head like a sack. That could be the angle of the camera.
We are witnessing some of the most mind numbing Psyops programming in history. It is so cunning and successful that it is obvious that we are ignoring the possibility that this whole video was created to trigger more anger and in our blindness we have overlooked another ghastly scenario.
That perhaps the pictures that surfaced from Abu Ghraib Prison were just the psychological gauntlet leading to the most wicked of all crimes.
Could it be that we have now witnessed the worst coming out of Abu Ghraib?
The worst is a video where a greater betrayal has taken place. After all of these inconsistencies that I have pointed out the most gruesome question has to be asked;
What if Berg decided to cooperate and had no idea that he was about to be killed?
For all he knew he was just following orders.
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