Close study of the video of Berg’s alleged execution reveal serious inconsistencies that cast doubt on the tape’s authenticity. For example ABC News reported on May 13, that a FBI and CIA study of the video of Berg’s execution revealed that:
“A close examination of the tape shows none of the five masked men is wearing gloves, so federal officials are trying to determine if there are any tell-tale tattoos on their hands. One of the clues the FBI and CIA is studying is the large gold ring Zarqawi is wearing on his right hand, giving off a glare several times during the six-minute tape…”
The report omits to say however, that the wearing of such rings is forbidden in Islam. While Islamic militants, including Hizbollah, (2) have condemned the killing as “un-Islamic”.
Moreover the man who allegedly killed Berg, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was reported dead in early March. According to an AP report: “Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in the Sulaimaniyah mountains of northern Iraq “during the American bombing there,” according to the eight-page leaflet circulated this week in Fallujah, a city 30 miles west of Baghdad that is a hotbed of anti-U.S. insurgency activity.”(3)
Doubts have also been expressed about the video’s authenticity on medical grounds. La Voz de Aztlan sent a copy of the video to Doctor Raul Castro Guevara, a surgeon and forensic expert in Mexico City for his expert opinion.
Doctor Raul Castro Guevara reported back that it was impossible that the individual in the video was still alive while his neck was being cut. According to the doctor, while the heart is pumping, cutting a person’s artery in the neck, would cause copious amounts of blood to spurt all over the immediate environment.
La Voz de Aztlan quotes the doctor as saying that in his opinion the video is a fraud.
“En mi opinion el video es un fraude.” (4)
(2) Hizbollah Slams Beheading of American as “Un-Islamic”
(3) Leaflet Says Extremist Al-Zarqawi Killed
(4) Nick Berg decapitation video declared “a fraud” by medical doctor
Nick Berg and the Mujahideen
Beheaded on Camera