NEO – Is Former Israeli IDF Officer Behind Fake Videos of Beheadings?



Is Former Israeli IDF Officer Behind Fake Videos of Beheadings?

… by  William Engdahl,    … with New Eastern Outlook,  Moscow

First published   …   October 6, 2014

 [ Editors Note: There is an excellent RT interview at the end of this article. Don’t miss it… Jim W. Dean ]

Forensic medicine is not my specialty but certain things are so obvious they beg common sense questions from journalists. The infamous youTube “beheading” videos of two US journalists by the ISIS in Syria/Iraq, aka IS or Daash or Al Qaeda in Iraq depending on your preference in particular bear more serious attention.

The details are emerging that show both videos are entirely fake events, staged apparently by professional actors to create the popular support for a US bombing of Syria to finally depose the democratically-elected Bashar al Assad.

Both videos when viewed are strangely similar. In both, a black-hooded executioner, nicknamed in the British press as “Jihadi John” for his strong London accent (!), supposedly takes a sharp knife to the throat of a kneeling, orange-clad James Foley and Steve Sotloff. Then, curiously, Jihadi John begins ostensibly slashing the throats of each, not once, but six times…. not a drop of blood.

Rita Katz of SITES spy house
Rita Katz of SITE — House of the Rising Spies

Both Foley and Sotloff bravely kneel, head upright, no knee-jerk avoidance reaction one would expect. Then, just when the heads should be severed, in each, there is a blackout. Next scene: body on ground, head sitting atop. Professionally staged. Look for yourself.

A further examination reveals that both beheading videos were actually released by a Washington D.C. “anti-terrorist” think-tank with ties to the US Government’s Homeland Security. It is named the SITE or Search for International Terrorist Entities. Its head is an Israeli citizen who served in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), and whose father was killed in Iraq in 1968 as an Israeli spy. Her name is Rita Katz.

On September 2, it was Katz’s SITE that released the video of Sotloff’s murder to the world. A fake video. Hmmmmm. They claim that they discovered the video of Sotloff’s execution on what they called “a file-sharing site” and released it. Interesting, the same SITE Washington group of Rita Katz released a fake video of Osama bin Laden.

Jeff Smith, Associate Director of the CU Denver National Center for Media Forensics said “What’s most interesting is that the actual beheading that takes place in the videos, both of them are staged,” Smith in a CBS TV interview. Smith said the production value is of high quality. There was likely a director and the use of several cameras and editing equipment. “I’ve not seen a video made by terrorists of this quality…this isn’t the typical handicam video in a cave,” said Smith.


James Foley’s Sister?

To add more to the boiling pot, CNN holds an interview with a young woman who claims she is James Foley’s sister, to apparently create human interest in how horrible the Foley video is. It turns out the “sister” is a crisis actress who is named Alex Israel in an earlier TV interview, the “elementary school classmate” of the so-called US Sandy Hook mad killer rampage of the alleged killer, Adam Lanza.  Alex Israel who talked about how her “classmate” was a loner (in elementary school!) in reality is the same woman as the “sister” of James Foley the ISIS video subject.

By the way, the Government has yet to release one single death certificate from Sandy Hook. Another fake to terrorize Americans to a new unwanted war?

What is becoming increasingly clear is that a dirty nest of neo-conservatives and warhawks in Washington and Tel Aviv, people embedded in the Obama Administration in high places during the Dick Cheney neo-con heyday, are desperately trying to entice Barack Obama as US Commander in Chief, to again order a war of destruction against Syria’s Assad.

It is part of a larger war agenda which includes Ukraine and also provocations against China in Asia. Their major ally in using videos staged with actors to rally a war fever in the American public is the utterly corrupt mainstream media in the USA as well as in Germany. Please take a few minutes to actually study the short videos I have linked in this piece and decide for yourselves of something is genuinely rotten — not in Denmark — but in Washington and Tel Aviv and London.


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F. William Engdahl is a strategic risk consultant and lecturer, holding a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”

Editing:   Jim W. Dean  and  Erica P. Wissinger



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F. William Engdahl

F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant, author and lecturer. He is author of the best-selling book on oil and geopolitics, A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order. It has been published as well in French, German, Chinese, Russian, Czech, Korean, Turkish, Croatian, Slovenian and Arabic. In 2010 he published Gods of Money: Wall Street and the Death of the American Century, completing his trilogy on the power of oil, food and money control.

Mr. Engdahl is one of the more widely discussed analysts of current political and economic developments, and his provocative articles and analyses have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines and well-known international websites. In addition to discussing oil geopolitics and energy issues, he has written on issues of agriculture, GATT, WTO, IMF, energy, politics and economics for more than 30 years, beginning the first oil shock and world grain crisis in the early 1970's. His book, ‘Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation has been translated into eight languages. A new book, Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order describes the American military power projection in terms of geopolitical strategy. He won a ‘Project Censored Award’ for Top Censored Stories for 2007-08.

Mr. Engdahl has lectured in economics at the Rhein-Main University in Germany and is a Visiting Professor in Economics at Beijing University of Chemical Technology.

After a degree in politics from Princeton University (USA), and graduate study in comparative economics at the University of Stockholm, he worked as an independent economist and research journalist in New York and later in Europe, covering subjects including the politics of energy policy in the USA and worldwide; GATT Uruguay Round trade talks, EU food policies, the grain trade monopoly, IMF policy, Third World debt issues, hedge funds and the Asia crisis.

Engdahl contributes regularly to a number of international publications on economics and political affairs including Asia Times,,, The Real News, Russia Today TV, Asia Inc.,, Japan's Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Foresight magazine. He has been a frequent contributor to the New York Grant', European Banker and Business Banker International and Freitag and ZeitFragen in Germany, Globus in Croatia. He has been interviewed on various geopolitical topics on numerous international TV and radio programs including Al Jazeera, CCTV and (China), CCTV (China) Korea Broadcasting System (KBS), and RT Russian TV. He is a Research Associate of Michel Chossudovsky’s well-respected Centre for Research on Globalization in Montreal, Canada and member of the editorial board of Eurasia magazine.

Mr. Engdahl has been a featured speaker at numerous international conferences on geopolitical, GMO, economic and energy subjects. Among them are the Ministry of Science and Technology Conference on Alternative Energy, Beijing; London Centre for Energy Policy Studies of Hon. Sheikh Zaki Yamani; Turkish-Eurasian Business Council of Istanbul, Global Investors’ Forum (GIF) Montreaux Switzerland; Bank Negara Indonesia; the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies; the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Croatian Chamber of Commerce and Economics.

He currently lives in Germany and, in addition to teaching and writing regularly on issues of international political economy and geopolitics, food security, economics, energy and international affairs, is active as a consulting political risk economist for major European banks and private investors. A sample of his writings is available at Oil

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  1. as a school kid they had us do duck-n-cover classroom drills, hide under your desk and lace fingers over the back of your neck to protect from radiation. the idea that someone far away you dont know could end your life in a flash wasnt traumatizing terrorism at all! (sarc btw). they changed it into earthquake drills, my younger sisters werent subjected to the same kind of terroristic mental abuse I’d experienced.

  2. I can see how Joseph Giles Cerdor · RMIT Alumni can state “obviously different people”. It isn’t that obvious when you compare the photos, very much the same face shape and features, and to me you don’t even have to factor in the possibilities of the transformations possible with make up and surgery. I suggest Joseph Giles has the credibility issue!
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    —President Assad was re-elected by the suffering Syrian People. HE’S THE ONE THEY WANT, SO GET A LIFE.

    If Turkey enters Syria without permission– to fight in Kurdish Syrian cities it’s ONLY to help (IS), if that happens, Turkey we’ll fight
    — DEFINITELY SHIITES FROM Syria, PKK, Northern Iraq Kurdish, Iraq, Iran, Regular Lebanese Shiites & Husballa,
    — Bahrain, Kuwait, Pakistan, and anyone in between Able Bodied of the 1.5 Million Muslims around the World.

    SIMPLE, don’t you THINK?

    —Turkey, Israel & the Gulf Countries supported (IS) from day one to overthrow the Syrian Government.
    —Turkey has no right to enter Syria, a sovereign country without permission from Syrian Government.
    —If Turkey wants to fight (IS) that it created & supported it has to get permission from Syria just like USA
    —Turkey told (IS) to fight Kobani & Syrian Kurd cities, so the refugees make noise & USA will send our ground troops.
    —Turkey wants USA to fight (IS) in order to element the Kurdish Syrian & PKK in the process.

  5. Anybody who could believe these are real be-headings… well i have to question whether they are real human beings, nobody’s that stupid. Mr. Duff said something a few times about sentient oil, yes like in the X-files. Well I’ve seen a lot a things in my time (and by the way you can’t cut a head off with that type of knife without standing on the back to break the neck bone) but I never seen nothing like that. I laughed so hard I nearly spit my coffee on my computer screen, figuring he was putting his readers on. Well I’ve done some research (just Google ‘Musings on the Sun Thief’) i ain’t laughing no more.

    Adding together some things that just got said by the prime minister of England i figure they have already tuned as many as they can now they are going to turn them on us because those of us who are left can’t be turned. You should remember two things. The “people” who are buying into this stuff are not the ones you have grown up with and love. Those people are gone forever. These are skinwalkers, soulless golem, zombies real zombies, controlled by a single malevolent intelligence and they may out number us but they sure can’t out fight us. war is waged by souls not flesh. As field Marshall Ferdinand Foch once observed “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.”

  6. Fake beheading? Yes. Anyone can see and verify.
    Crises actors? Yes
    Same crises actor as sandy hook? No.

    Now, I have separated truth from fog. Vt themselves admit they tell truth only 70% of time. Rest 30% of lies is to undermine alternative medie ie themselves.

  7. Another Sandy Hook curiosity is not one lawsuit. If my kid died from school neglect to keep her safe, someone would be getting their ass sued off.

  8. Yes, the videos are fake. Jihadi John shows only a pantomime beheading. And William Engdahl does not see that this is enough to fool the people? What an expert.

  9. I dont know which is what, but RT, or VT are sounding more similar every day. Their articles could have been written by the writers here. Hoping to see a Katz article soon, but their pushing the mocumentaries pretty hard suggesting these “events” are designed to stir outrage among the masses to take drastic measures and support the obliteration of Syria. All this while they are publicizing the support of “moderate” Syrians who want to see a regime change in Syria. Where are they getting all of the AK-47’s from, their flooding the ME? And why aren’t these “moderates” as well as Iraqis being supplied with US stuff?

    • The sane, decent moderates were/are fighting for Saddam, Khadafy, and Assad. And people like McCain and Boehner know that.

  10. I have a request of the US military and our intelligence folks

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  11. That they don’t hit the ISIS locations in Kabani and/or drop ammo and reasonale weapons makes it appear that along with Turkey blocking the border and ISIS encroaching, the US command wants these Kurds to be taken out. I wonder why Syrian Kurds are different than Iraqi Kurds? is this a PKK turf war as well as a way to reduce SFA recruits? and seal the border for a No fly Zone in Syria proper . . .

    • Well the Turks have no use for the nationalistic Kurds and who can blame them? Who could blame Saddam’s Iraq for that matter? The Kurds will ally with anybody else if it means more autonomy for themselves ( even Talmudia ). But when the UK gassed the Kurds in the 20’s that was OK. What hypocrisy. When Saddam was our good puppet fighting Iran in the 80’s ( with weapons that he rcvd fm us and our allies ) he could do no wrong. If anything Iraq deserved Kuwait after ” fighting Shia Iran ” for 8 yrs.but we had to double-cross our ally and poison people w/DU.

    • Yeah, it’s unraveling everywhere but American Free Press. I’d really like to know what’s going on at my favorite newspaper. Maybe I should switch over to Uncensored Magazine. Jim Stone pushes it and they seem pretty good. It’s good to have the printed word. Yeah, I know I could print articles like this. I do, up to a point.
      As soon as we knew that a Mossad front ( SITE ) posted these “beheadings” it was “scratch your head time “.

    • After their Osama videos became a joke they went to audio only. In a real Intel world SITE would have been burned, she had plastic surgery, and emerged as a man. But she must have had a 20 year contract!!! -)

    • maybe a day will come when they are correctly branded as “Tokyo Rose” enemy propagandists and treated accordingly-appropriately for their psyops against the American people. what they DO gets people killed, shame I cant think of an appropriate punishment for something like that..

  12. Who would be so calm when they are about to have their head cut-off ? They’re making a philosophical statement, on grand issues with seconds left, just can’t be?

  13. This entire nightmare needs to be viewed in context we need a solution to end this death and destruction in our favor. Enough is enough. The disasters will continue until we take these 2 actions

    The two most important terms for today are 1) Odious Debt, meaning debt we as U.S. citizens did NOT authorize and 2) Claw-Back, meaning taking back assets and resources that were stolen from us, ms-appropriated, ms-used, with out our knowledge or approval, no matter where they exist, no borders or off limit entities.

    You want a better country? Reverse the carnage and destruction, restore our Bill of rights and Constitution? Get us out of endless wars? End the Police State encroachment. Here’s what it takes.

    We need to Declare “Odious Debt” we will NOT pay for UN-authorized DEBT by the Federal Reserve that was illegally formed in 1913. It’s approval can be proven, goes against the U.S. Constitution and was ILLEGAL. We Don’t NEED TO PAY that DEBT !.

    Take to the Streets, as follows

    Make up signs that say “I will NOT Pay” on one side, and go out onto the street with the MOST traffic and….

    On the other side print “Claw-Back”.

    They’ll get the message.

    We can have a NEW beginning.

    • The private central bankers know they’re running the biggest money magic scam in the world. That’s why they’ve protected themselves by using their ill-gotten profits to buy real stuff; media, politicians, academia, real estate, the entertainment industry, think tanks, etc.

    • These people disgust. It’s not enough that they’re filthy rich. They HAVE to ALWAYS get their way. They want the Qatar-Saudi-Jordan-Syria-Turkey pipeline ( after a puppet is installed in Syria ). The Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline? Oh no, that would be the end of the world. A strong Russia that has the influence it deserves to have in E. Europe and amongst the Orthodox Christians? Oh no, can’t allow that. Saddam selling Iraq’s oil for Euros? Oh no, that can’t stand. Saddam taking back a slant-drilling, illegitimate Kuwait into Iraq? After getting the green light from Ambassador Glasbie and after fighting Iran at our behest for 8 yrs.? No, can’t allow that. Gotta murder and poison w/DU instead.

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