posted on May, 14 2004 @ 01:03 AM
As a member of the Philadelphia media covering this story...
Everything youve heard about this guy seems to be true, we went to his high school, his church, his neighbors, we interviewed many people about this
man and his life. He seems to be a caring person, one that was driven to try and be successful in building his business and a person that was liked
and decent. One that was supportive of the president and the actions of the USA.
Anyone who is questioning this man or his motives (not just in this thread) is a sick jerk.... Ive heard lies Iraqi's detained him for a drug charge,
lies that he was a spy, lies that it was the gov fault.
And Ive taken calls from people WORLD WIDE wanting to express their support for his family. As well as ones demanding justice (vengance) be
Mr berg appeared to know what he was doing, he went on his own volition, unfortunatly, he was not affiliated with a larger group (he was trying to sub
contract to one) or part of the government. One lone American walking around in a hostile warzone is a huge target...If he was working with one of
the big firms, they would have had some more security than he could have ever had alone.
My heart goes to his family, right now they are devastated and angry...its only natural that the father express feelings as he has.
Information gathered so far indicated while the family was not pro war, they were not totally against it as they are now....example...before his death
the parents had made NO anti war statements to associates, yet this am, dad was pounding an anti war sign in his lawn...
Of course he would, he is in severe grief....but seems like a change of tune from family, post mortem, as they have expressed total support for their
son and his desire to help people and build a business (rebuilding comm towers from war) They were ok with him profitting from constructive efforts
related to war, but now blame the war that gave him the opportunities he was chasing??? Again, with the worlds media out in front of their house and
the pain they are in, i can understand the insanity in their lives, but hope this
"change of attitude because of loss" idea doesnt become co-opted by those that would exploit his gruesome death to justify their political ends (IE
pull out now, or worse GET BUSH)
The family can do this, but noone else should be crass in this fashion.
From AP news
FBI says agents advised Berg to leave Iraq because of dangers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI warned Nicholas Berg shortly before his disappearance that Iraq was too volatile a place for unprotected American
civilians but he turned down a State Department offer to fly him home, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
Berg was detained by Iraqi police at a checkpoint in the northern city of Mosul on March 24 and was released April 6.
FBI agents interviewed Berg three times while he was in the custody of Iraqi police, said a senior FBI official who spoke on condition of
anonymity. The agents told him he was in a dangerous place and could be harmed, the official said.
A few days after his release, a U.S. consular officer offered Berg a chance to fly back to America but he declined, spokeswoman Kelly Shannon said.
"He told the consular officer that he planned to travel over land to Kuwait and would call the family from there," Shannon said.
Berg's family in West Chester, Pa., has said they did not hear from him after April 9. His decapitated body was discovered Saturday by U.S.
A video posted Tuesday on a Web site linked to al-Qaida showed Berg beheaded by a group that said it was to avenge the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by
The FBI will lead the investigation into Berg's death along with military, intelligence and other U.S. agencies.
(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APNT-05-12-04 1639EDT
Also (crud, my comp just locked for news access)
He was detained by Iraqi PD for HIS OWN SAFETY as they found him in a rough area where they knew people were locally hunting westerners and iranian
spies in that area....Im sure he was questioned to ensure he was not a spy...ect. then he was given to the US forces.
(safer than releasing him there.)
The FBI then held him and questioned him because previously, Saccarious Moussaui (the alleged terrorist) was using Bergs college computer
password...this was investigated and FBI determined it was a case of a college student being careless with his password....SO OF COURSE HE HAD A RED
FLAG ON HIS FILES WHEN THE USA GOT AHOLD OF HIM....They HAD to look deeper at why Berg was there as of the previous incident. (even tho he was
cleared, now he turns up in Iraq?....((not saying he did ANYTHING WRONG)) but the FEDS wouldnt have overlooked this coincidence once they had him for
Even after they questioned him, he was released by US forces and told to go home, even offered him a lift, but he refused, wanting to try a different
rout to get home.
None of these things BUSH did.
This man chose to walk this dangerous path.
Would you rather the Feds just let a lone US citizen run loose in a warzone when they not only were given him by local authorities but had already
investigated this person in connection with a major terror suspect? (again he was cleared of a connection, but wouldnt you wonder about him then being
found ALONE in Iraq?)
Wouldnt we have been kicking our intelligence agencies again IF, IF Berg would have not been questioned and temp detained and he ended up being
involved with terrorists? (AGAIN HE IS INNOCENT!)
As my news comp crashed i am unable to get/post anymore of the links i was going to...ill try to update asap.
I understand the families statement, but if your looking for blame, start with the First person responsible, MR BERG, for choosing a dangerous path,
then....and especially those masked cowards that slaughtered a bound and helpless captive. (i will choose to suffer all the abuse seen in photos from
abu garib multiple times, rather than have my head sawed off with a basicly dull kitchen knife.)
Any that try to co-opt his deaths images or the prison abuse photos in order to "pin the dirt on the president" again abuses the victims thru
exploitive political manipulations, and in my opinion are twisted. (direct family excluded as their minds are blown away trying to cope) You also pick
their wounds by doing so.