I saw the story about lockheed Martin employee Paul Johnson on BBC news this morning and something instantly struck me about it. I was thinking about
how it looked in comparison to the Nick Berg video.
Now I don't have much media to compare them, there arn't that many images of the Paul Johnson video on the net, but just looking at these two stills
for example. For ease of writing: P* video = Paul johnson video
N* video.....you get it.
I have only done a brief analysis covering my instant thoughts on this, also all of the detail of the Nick Berg video is covered here already
brilliantly. But I hope this thread can continue discussion on this as the Paul Johnson story unfolds.
For a start there is a closer shot throughout the shots I have seen in the P video, this struck me as difference because if you look at this N video
still there is a different feel, it looks far more composed, the terrorists lined up behind nick berg who is sitting in front of them. In the P* video
Mr. johnson is crudely blindfolded and seems in more distress than Berg, who when giving his details appears very calm.
"I'm an American out of the United States. ... I work on a Apache helicopter," he said, stumbling over some of the words.
He was blindfolded with a white cloth secured with tape. There also appeared to be a bandage around his neck.
As this report said, there is also a bandage round his neck which means he could have already been harmed. Berg is dressed in a traditional orange
robe (which many thought was a jumpsuit) and Johnson appears to be in a shirt, also orange in colour I believe. This adds to natural feeling of the P*
video I suppose.
Anyway, as you can see in the Berg video still, the terrorists are all dressed in black, lined up and organised. In the P video it appears that the
terorists are not in any uniform as such (you can see a piece of striped clothing I think) However in a different section of the video a masked
terrorist all in black does appear to make demands and such. Please correct me if I am wrong about this clothing issue.
The reason I am making these comparisons is becuase, as all here at ATS must know, there are many problems with the Berg video that still havn't
really been concluded. The media has now forgotten about the whole thing of course and wont touch any of it. When I first saw the Berg video I was of
course disgusted, yet to my own surpise, not that shocked. It honestly seemed very unreal to me on some level and this made me not as shocked as I
thought I would be.
"For a number of reasons, it does not appear that the Jordanian terrorist Abu Masab Al-Zaraqawi, who was voice identified by the CIA (and whose
name was on the tape), was involved. He has a poorly functioning prosthetic leg and a hand tattoo, which should have been observed. Neither were. The
accent of the speaker in the video was not Jordanian. Why has the CIA seemingly lied about the analysis of Al-Zarqawi's voice and his role in the
The U.S detained Nick Berg for weeks with no due process, and let him out during a period of escalating
hostilities and violent conflict
My thoughts have been with the Berg family, such a horrific event would be emotionaly shattering and I commend their resolve to investiagte and to
speak against the government. They have been less than helpful. I hope that Paul Johnson does not meet a similar end, but I don't know how this will
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