New York's Ground Zero in my camera July 14, 2007
Sometimes a scientist just has to speak up. In the hubbub over terrorism, some bloggers have noted (but media and sciencebloggers have ignored) that the terrorist video is a fabrication. The performer is wearing the same Persian-style clothes worn in a 2004 video. This should make one doubt whether the bearded man is alive. Some good commentary and the offending video have been posted on the (left leaning) Booman Tribune.
"Osama Bin Laden's widely publicized video address to the American people has a peculiarity that casts serious doubt on its authenticity: the video freezes at about 1 minute and 58 seconds, and motion only resumes again at 12:30. The video then freezes again at 14:02 remains frozen until the end. All references to current events, such as the 62nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan, and Sarkozy and Brown being the leaders of France and the UK, respectively, occur when the video is frozen! The words spoken when the video is in motion contain no references to contemporary events and could have been (and likely were) made before the U.S. invasion of Iraq."
The blogger concludes that another voice is dubbed over an old image. A similiar trick is used at Disney's Twilight Zone Tower of Terror to make Rod Serling appear to introduce the ride. Kermit the Frog is today voiced by Jim Henson's talented son, who is close enough to fool voiceprints. The bearded man has a son who is also hidden in Iran. Intel agencies ought to pick up on this, if they are serious about catching terrorists.
Depending upon political affiliation one can imagine that the video is a terrorist effort to keep the brand alive, an attempt by government to keep the war going, or someone's way of embarassing political opponents. It is hard to believe such a crude video was made in the US, where software is available to make the lips move. Individuals should do their own analysis, deciding what is real and what is not. People of any political persuasion can agree that the video is fake.
Another video was released today, September 11. It consists of a still in the same clothes with someone's voice dubbed over. We have become used to determining what is real. One must conclude that the bearded man is one bit of "dark energy" that no longer exists.
UPDATE: Since the original video makes no mention of Operation Iraqi Freedom, it must date no later than March 2003. No video exists that can be dated past Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2001. The bearded man died either during that attack or within a few months. His image is kept alive to keep the brand name going and embarass the US.
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