steven joel sotloff

Brandishing the knife as he rants on the video, the murderer approaches Mr Sotloff from behind and snatches him by the chin.

His knife apparently slashes across the victim’s neck although – just like the Foley video – there is no sign of blood. Even though the shot lasts only seconds, the captive remains kneeling upright until his left leg shoots forward and he slumps. Again, the video then fades to black.

Source: The Daily Mail (Emphasis Added)

As you are aware by now, yesterday Steven Joel Sotloff became the second journalist beheaded by ISIS. The message they are sending is loud and clear. Before I go on, I want to step carefully because I mean no disprespect to the families of either Steven Sotloff or James Foley. I am not questioning whether they have been killed, but rather the production and purpose of these videos. 

The Sotloff video seems to follow the same script which might suggest that the actual beheading was done off camera, and possibly not even by the same ISIS member who speaks to the camera.

It certainly appears that the knife being wielded in the video itself is simply for show.

For anyone who has ever witnessed an uncensored beheading video, you will recognize that this is not at all what they tend to look like. I have seen several and the appearance of blood is almost instantaneous to my recollection. I can’t say that with 100% certainty because those videos are always quickly removed and I have also never seen any that start a beheading without finishing it. But even if I am wrong on that point, let me ask you this question.

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Could most people remain calm and collected as they read a propaganda statement just moments before they were to be beheaded?

I don’t think I could. I don’t know if I would be fighting or messing my pants (maybe both) but certain things with these videos just don’t seem right. Keep in mind that these men aren’t soldiers, they are journalists. But on execution videos I have watched, I have even seen soldiers beg for their lives prior to execution. I am not saying that any of this means a thing. But I do want to lay it out there so you can see and decide for yourself.

After the James Foley video was released, forensic experts questioned its authenticity. Paul Joseph Watson reported:

Confirming Infowars’ analysis on Thursday, British forensic experts have concluded that the ISIS beheading video involving James Foley was in all likelihood staged using “camera trickery and slick post-production techniques.”

An international forensic science company which does work for police forces across Britain found that, “James Foley’s execution may have been staged, with the actual murder taking place off-camera,” reports the Telegraph.

The experts noted that despite Foley’s executioner appearing to draw a knife across the neck area at least six times, no blood is seen. The video itself does not show the actual beheading, merely a still image which purports to show Foley’s decapitated head resting on his body.

“Aymenn al-Tamimi, a fellow at the Middle East Forum think-tank, remarked that ISIS has greatly improved their video production over the last few years,” reports the Inquisitr. “Techniques to fake a beheading would not be difficult for them to manage, and the video doesn’t exactly leave their failures on the hidden: Despite six slashing motion to James’ neck, no blood can be seen in the video; Foley’s reaction seems to be very disconnected with what is actually occurring, the analysts said.”


In addition there was another claim made that James Foley died last year. The claim was made by a Syrian Government spokesperson. Though this statement was very possibly state propaganda, the videos of these beheadings seem to fail the litmus test of undeniable credibility as well.

Again, I will not attempt to question that the decapitated bodies that close each video are Foley and Sotloff. But how can you watch a knife being drawn across a neck containing major arteries, see no blood, and not want to question the veracity of the video?

Again, both could have been killed off camera but why the grand production?

If you want to send a message… Why leave any doubt?

Since when have you known any Islamist to try to spare the gore of death for production purposes?

I have no answers but plenty of questions.

Below is a link to the video, for as long as it lasts. It will surely be taken down at some point. Before you look at it I want to warn you that you will see Sotloff’s decapitated body and plenty of blood at the end. It is the previous production scene that I question.

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Kurt Nimmo also reported today that the group responsible for “finding” the Sotloff video is the same group that found forged Osama Bin Laden footage years ago.

The group purportedly responsible for discovering the Steven Sotloff beheading video is an intelligence asset specializing in war on terror propaganda.

“The video was first obtained by SITE Intelligence Group (Search for International Terrorist Entities), also known as SITE Intel Group, a relatively under-the-radar yet apparently very powerful nonprofit research body that monitors jihadist movements,” reports USA Today. “The Bethesda, Maryland, organization has published a shortened version of the beheading video and published a transcript on its news site, which has been largely inaccessible since news of the beheading broke, likely due to an uptick in Web traffic.”

In 2007, following a series of patently fake Osama bin Laden videos, we reported on SITE’s relationship with the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. The former dean of SAIS is Paul Wolfowitz, the former Deputy Secretary of Defense during the Bush administration. Wolfowitz is a key neocon and the architect of the so-called Bush Doctrine. Along with fellow neocons Richard Perle, Douglas Feith (who ran the Iraq war propaganda machine), David Wurmser and others in the Pentagon and the administration, neocon insiders advanced the principles of the “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm” document prepared in 1996 by a study group led by Perle for Benjamin Netanyahu, at the time Prime Minister of Israel. “The document created by the Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000 called for overthrowing Saddam Hussein and waging a proxy war against al-Assad in Syria,” we explain in ISIS and the Plan to Balkanize the Middle East.

In 2007 Katz and SITE allegedly discovered and sent to the Bush administration an unreleased Osama bin Laden video. “Katz issued the video via a private link to a SITE web page to White House counsel Fred F. Fielding and Joel Bagnal, deputy assistant to the President for Homeland Security. Within 20 minutes, computers registered to various parts of the Executive Branch began downloading the video, and within hours a transcript referencing SITE had appeared on Fox News. Katz had requested the web page remain confidential, and has reported that dissemination of this information tipped off her Al-Qaeda supporters who had since eliminated the ability of SITE to gather such information,” writes Glenn Zarmanov.

Read Kurt’s article here…

If you watched the video it is clear that it was discovered (or maybe produced) by this organization. “SITE” is clearly marked in the upper right hand corner.

I mean no disrespect to two dead American journalists, but I have to ask the question…

What the hell is really going on here?

Please understand that I will never defend ISIS but you must consider the facts. They were armed and funded by our government and possibly even run by our own CIA. With that said, it might make our government complicit in their crimes but it is not like Islamists have to be coaxed to kill. The threat is real but the propaganda is too.