Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Fabrication


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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Anonymous riqie arneberg said...

While this is the most crude of the lot, it seems to me that most if not all of these videos are fabrications. While I will stop short of accusing U.S. intelligence of producing them, the CIA keeps pronouncing them authentic. The networks never question them (not even using a term such as "allegedly"). Thus we have a de-facto conspiracy to keep the war going and to continue the destruction of the Constition's guarantees of individual rights.

11:39 AM  
Blogger alex kaplan said...

I saw the movie yesterday,that tells all the bombings were made by the CIA.
It seems the same sort of people who accuse the aliense colloborate with goverment, and abducting people.
It is pity that they already make fun of this tragedy

7:04 PM  
Blogger deSitter said...

I had a strange experience the night of Sept. 10th 2001, a Monday. I was out on a dinner date. My friend's brother had been in a car accident and we were planning to visit. She was edgy with worry for him. I too was edgy, and related a dream of the previous night - I had been in a tall building - frantically trying to escape - everywhere were body parts but no gore - everything was covered with grey dust, inches thick. It filled the air and obscured the way out. Finally I found something with color - a burned baby in a snow white diaper, which reached out and grabbed my ankle. HELP it said, without any words.

For this reason I've never been able to escape thoughts of the jumpers, particularly on 9/11. There was no help to be had. They confronted an absolute horror - jump, stifle, or burn. This was the thing that we also needed to confront - not the "unseen enemy without", but the horror within, that always comes when people replace knowledge with certainty. Bronowski made this point in the strongest way, standing in a ashy bog outside Auschwitz. He said something along the lines - "People say science turns people into numbers." -then reached down and secured a mass of muddy grass from the bog, which may have contained the ashes of his Polish relatives. "THIS is where people were turned into numbers. We must learn to touch people"

OH, see it here!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXsVKbHY_T0

If we had remembered the jumpers, had touched them so to speak, shared their horror with appropriate prayers, we would not be in the greater mess we find ourselves in today, having created a greater horror than the one that deranged us. Was it worth it to the terrorists, so certain of their acts? To trade on such horror, just to spend eternity with a boring girl? Was it worth it to us, to destroy a country and its people, in order to recreate it? To destroy our own ideals? Who gave US such certainty? Certainty is destruction. Knowledge is tolerance.

Let's not forget that science is a human thing, a moral thing. It's our only hope, because uncertainty is its foundation.

-drl

12:34 AM  

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