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article imageOp-Ed: Red-handed — Why did Obama lie about Foley video authenticity?

By Ralph Lopez     Aug 26, 2014 in World
Followers of the latest imbroglio over the video purporting to show the execution of American journalist James Foley have one question yet to be answered.
Regardless of how many militants were involved, why did both US intelligence and the FBI vouch unequivocally for the video's authenticity when now it is known, as would have been obvious to anyone, that the video was at least partly staged?
When you get cut, you bleed. Fairly non-controversial, even in this age of smoke and mirrors.
Now after two experts hired by the UK Times exposed the video as deceptive, by telling us the obvious, the major media and it's hired analysts are furiously backpedaling from the video's authenticity, by hedging that there may have been two militants in video, since the killing was apparently not done by the one we saw.
The experts hired by the UK Times pointed out what would be obvious to any casual observer, that there is no blood whatsoever as the "executioner" supposedly hacks into his victim's neck.
The question is, why didn't billions of dollars of post-9/11 US intelligence brainpower know that?
The UK Times reported yesterday:
"The video of a British jihadist beheading an American hostage was probably staged, with the actual murder taking place off-camera, according to forensic analysis...
Firstly, no blood can be seen, even though the knife is drawn across the neck area at least six times. Secondly, sounds allegedly made by Foley do not appear consistent with what may be expected."
(Longer text of UK Times article here.)
As Obama invoked the "brutal murder" in implicit support of his campaign to unleash more bombing against Iraq, he said not a word about how perhaps the essence of the video might be true, but parts of it were not. Important parts, in fact, that could cast doubt on the entire video.
A neck wound resulting from decapitation is considered major trauma, which would result in a large pool of blood flowing from the wound. Yet the sand around the alleged victim's body is pristine.
The International Business Times, a conservative publication if ever there was one, has published the article "6 Reasons Why James Foley Beheading Video Could be Fake." The article challenges the authenticity of other parts of the video, noting:
"the decapitated head could be created with modern make-up facilities."
The article is perfectly reasonable in the question it leaves hanging in the air: If the execution portion of the video is not authentic, what else isn't?
The experts hired by the UK Times took care not to challenge the contention that someone, probably James Foley, had been executed, albeit off-camera. Without further clear evidence that this was not the case, this is reasonable, if cautious.
But the fake knifing was too much to remain silent about.
We are now presented with the dilemma of a murder without a body, as the remains have not been recovered, yet authorities are talking about charges against specific individuals.
What is troubling in the extreme is that the Obama administration knew perfectly well that it was showing the American people an at least partially staged film, hoping that no one would notice. But people did notice, even as the major media reported the video uncritically and as fact. Did anyone at NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox even watch the video?
This leads to the next, now perfectly reasonable question: If they lied about this, what else are they lying about?
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This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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