From: Feliks Garcia New York @feliksjose Thursday 6 October 2016
US government spent over $500m on fake Al-Qaeda propaganda videos
A former contractor for a UK-based public relations firm says that the Pentagon paid more than half a billion dollars for the production and dissemination of fake Al-Qaeda videos that portrayed the insurgent group in a negative light.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported that the PR firm, Bell Pottinger, worked alongside top US military officials at Camp Victory in Baghdad at the height of the Iraq War. The agency was tasked with crafting TV segments in the style of unbiased Arabic news reports, videos of Al-Qaeda bombings that appeared to be filmed by insurgents, and anti-insurgent commercials – and those who watched the videos could be tracked by US forces.
This revelation brought back memories of the beheading of James Wright Foley.
In August of 2014, I was in a Bulletin Board chat thread with a few very paranoid, conspiratorial people. The main theme of the thread was that the beheading video was faked, so I decided to try to bring them back to reality. Unfortunately the first step in that would be to actually watch the video.
This horrible video is still watchable at: ISIS beheading American James Wright Foley
I was prepared for blood and gore, suffering and cruelty, but I wasn’t prepared to agree with part of their accusations.
Excerpts from thread
The very next morning, I saw that we weren’t the only ones to doubt the continuity of the video and the change of actor/agent.
Did a second ISIS militant kill James Foley?U.S. analysts said it’s not knowable from the video released by ISIS who carried out Foley’s killing, because the entire slaying is not shown. A man moves a knife across Foley’s neck, then the picture fades to black.Now one forensics expert has raised the issue that there appear to be two militants in the video.It’s one of several puzzles, but there are a number of clues as to who committed this horrible act and where.But Ross Patel, a forensics expert who spoke to CNN, said there is another man, and he might be the actual killer.
The second militant appears on the video after an obvious edit.
“There’s definitely a change of actor,” Patel said. “There are noticeable, there are subtle but there are also noticeable changes in their build, their physical appearance.”
The video contains other data like the measurements of a face, even though it is hidden. That could help investigators sift through databases of passport photos.
The man who speaks holds a knife in one of his hands. It looks to be a different knife than the one that was left next to Foley’s body.
The dimensions and style of the knives are slightly different, Patel said.
When trying to determine whether the British-accented man is also the killer, it helps to examine where his pistol is holstered. It is underneath his left armpit — that is for use by his right hand. But the executioner appears on the video to be left-handed. It’s unclear why this happened
Do we also need to question the video blamed for instigating the attack on the Benghazi compound and ambassador Chris Stevens?
From: Doug Hagmann @ Canada Free Press
an analysis of electronic footprints of the video trailer under the title Innocence of Muslims, which existed in virtual obscurity for a significant period from its production until September 11, 2012, has been traced to a now defunct Internet YouTube news channel that appears connected to the company formerly known as Stanley, Inc., a subcontractor to various agencies of the U.S. Federal Government that provided products and services to the U.S. military, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, among others. Stanley, Inc. was acquired by the CGI Group in 2010.
The video was notriously blamed by Susan Rice as the catalyst of the Benghazi attack. What do we know about it, and it’s director, Sam Bacile?
BY MICHAEL JOSEPH GROSS @Vanity Fair
the days after the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, demonstrations spread across the Muslim world, and the convoluted genesis of The Innocence of Muslims, whose trailer had gone viral, began to emerge in fragments. A man who called himself Sam Bacile and claimed to be an Israeli-American real-estate developer told reporters that he had directed the film, on a budget of $5 million provided by Jewish donors. That story proved to be false. “Sam Bacile” was one of many pseudonyms used by a man who was born Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, an Egyptian Coptic Christian living in California whose criminal record included convictions for bank fraud and intent to manufacture methamphetamine. Nakoula changed his name in 2002 to Mark Basseley Youssef and again in 2009 to Ebrahem Fawzy Youssef.
In future blog posts we’ll continue to follow the money, and to find a credible source to either confirm, link or dismiss the rumors that agents, acting under guise as operatives (employed by one of the 17 U.S. Security and intel departments) created the video as cover for the Benghazi fiasco.