Experts: Foley Beheading Video Is Staged

Brandon Turbeville 
Activist Post

In my recent article “NATO Using Foley and ISIS As A Pretext For Bombing Syria – Ultimate Target Is Russia,” I wrote about three aspects of the Foley beheading video which indicated that the video is not what it is being portrayed as to the American people.

While beheadings are by no means unbelievable or foreign to the Syrian destabilization crisis, the alleged beheading of journalist James Foley is one that should be viewed with some amount of healthy skepticism. Indeed, there are a number of anomalies associated this particular video that set it apart from the scores of other beheading videos produced by the Western-backed death squads attempting to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad and establish an Islamic caliphate across the Middle East.

A number of commentators have pointed out that James Foley seems remarkably calm and collected in the video, particularly given the fact that he knows that he is not very much longer for this world. Some may argue that Foley is calm due to fact that he knows he is going to die and has made peace with this fact, a condition that overtakes many when death is imminent. Others, however, may point to this as evidence to the contrary, i.e. that Foley knows he is not going to die and thus suggests that he is, in fact, acting in a cleverly devised propaganda video.

Second, there is the fact of a distinct lack of blood in an execution that involves the slicing of a human throat. As Syrian Free Press reports, when one slows down the video, it is evident that the knife held by the death squad fighter cuts back and forth 7-10 times. Yet there is not one drop of blood to be seen. This is highly unusual to say the least.

Third, and perhaps most damning, is the fact that the process of the actual beheading is censored. In all the videotaped beheadings that have taken place in the Syrian war since 2011, there have been none (at least as far as this writer knows) that have been censored by ISIS or any other death squad organization. Indeed, if the entire purpose of the beheading video is to create fear and outrage, then censoring the actual beheading is counterproductive.

Bolstering my own analysis early on, professional analysts are now suggesting that the beheading video is, indeed, completely staged.

As Bill Gardner wrote for the Telegraph, forensic evidence from the film now indicates that the “British jihadist in the film may have been the frontman rather than the killer.”

Indeed, Gardner writes that a study of the 4:40 minute video clip suggest that “camera trickery and slick post-production techniques appear to have been used.”

Gardner writes,

A forensic analyst told The Times that no blood can be seen, even though the knife is drawn across the neck area at least six times. 

“After enhancements, the knife can be seen to be drawn across the upper neck at least six times, with no blood evidence to the point the picture fades to black,” the analysis said.

Sounds allegedly made by Foley do not appear consistent with what may be expected.

During Foley’s speech, there appears to be a blip which could indicate the journalist had to repeat a line.

One expert commissioned to examine the footage was reported as saying: “I think it has been staged. My feeling is that the execution may have happened after the camera was stopped.”

Of course, while the experts suggest that the video was faked, neither the analysts or Gardner attempt to suggest that the murder never actually occurred, suggesting instead that the murder took place after the “camera trickery” was finished.

This suggestion, however, stands against logic. If the jihadists were going to kill Foley, what could they have possibly gained by editing out the most gruesome part of the video? Even more so, why would ISIS fake the killing of Foley, then really kill him, and then only spread around the fake version of the execution? These questions are particularly pertinent since the purpose of the video would be to instill fear and terror, a task that could certainly have been accomplished easier by showing the actual beheading.

The only logical conclusion to be reached is that the video was not a product of ISIS death squads acting independently but that the video was a product of Western intelligence and clever video editing for propaganda purposes.

This video, which has been used to rattle the nerves of the American people and drum up support for yet another foreign military adventure, is set to be used to justify “targeted airstrikes” against Syria in the near future. Real or otherwise, it is hoped that the American people do not allow primitive propaganda to fool them into rushing to war yet again.

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Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real ConspiraciesFive Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria. Turbeville has published over 300 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV.  He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) 

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12 Comments on "Experts: Foley Beheading Video Is Staged"

  1. Strange how the jaw line changed between Foley and the picture above???

  2. I pity that dude Foley. There’s only one way to put this ‘fake’ talk to bed- produce Foley’s head. Run, Foley, run!!!!!!

    Just like out of a move. What a world, what a world…

  3. I HAD MY OWN DOUBTS TOO. it was a WESTERN staged video down to the costume color. Since when did ISIS have ORANGE costume for its prisoners? The same color used for the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay prison! WHAT A FUNNY COINCIDENCE. As if ISIS has a formal prison system and their prisoners have to wear the prison costumes.

  4. BUSTED: Foley Beheading done with CPR DOLL (check out this site and one will learn a lot more than just this beheading hoax….Like Fukushima Sabotage)

  5. I’m from Florence too. Interesting article, Brandon!

  6. idiotseverywhere | August 27, 2014 at 3:16 am | Reply

    garbage, go watch the video you can see his head chopped off at the end. You muppets believe anything. Everything is something to do with America taking over these days. When an earthquake happens some wack job blames America, you all need to lay off the weed.

    • timwebb1000 . | August 27, 2014 at 7:57 am | Reply

      1. The USS Maine was blown up by Americans to get the US into a war against Spain.
      2. The Pearl Harbor attack was allowed to happen, and fully known about in advance, by the USG. A nation resolutely against involvement in war rushed to sign up the following day.
      3. The Gulf of Tonkin attack by NV against US warships never happened; this was a pretext to enable the escalation of the war after JFK had decided to quit the area.
      4. The Operation Northwoods scam was created by the JCS to get America into an invasion of Cuba. JFK vetoed it.
      5. The invasion of Kuwait occurred on the back of a manufactured video by the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the US.
      6. The invasion of Iraq happened on the back of US claims about WMD which were never found, and which were in fact subsequently joked about by GWB.
      7. The destruction of the Twin Towers was clearly an operation of the USG in collaboration with the foreign power which controls its foreign and domestic policies.
      8. The attempted commencement of bombing operations against Syria was built up from false claims that Assad was gassing his own people.
      9. The attack on Libya was built upon claims that Gaddafi was brutally suppressing his own defenceless people. These people later turned out to be heavily-armed terrorists sent to Libya by the usual suspects.
      10. Many of the increasing numbers of earthquakes afflicting the US today are being caused by American corporations’ use of the fracking technique.
      If these observations are only being illuminated to the averagely-intelligent person as a result of smoking weed, then maybe it is about time for you to start smoking some too.

    • Only a hasbara troll would push the faked video as truth, seriously with the dozens of holes that even main stream media has punched in it. my only question is how much are you being paid?

    • Lyin Ryin More | August 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Reply
      explain this one then….ill be awaiting…

  7. George Reichel | August 27, 2014 at 8:13 am | Reply

    False flag。Foley seemed way too calm.

  8. The other strange thing is that a colleague and friend of Foley was beheaded on 2012, (while Foley was still in Libya). It is all on his twitter account, which is still up. Why would he go over to Syria and join the same people who murdered his friend? The whole time Foley has been missing, Obama has blamed the Assad regine, when it was known all along Foley was not being held by Assad.

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