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berni_mccoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 08:19 PM
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SO, A "Charitable Organization" (The SITE Institute) Released the Bin Laden Video...
Edited on Mon Sep-10-07 08:40 PM by berni_mccoy
I find it amazing that the release of this video, supposedly by Al Qaeda, was intercepted and released by a PRIVATE CHARITABLE organization run by TWO PEOPLE, one of which is an Israeli who is a self proclaimed terrorist expert. I say self proclaimed because she was called in as a witness by the gov't in the trial against Al-Hussayen and they were not allowed to call her an expert witness. Al-Hussayen was acquitted of all charges even though he had been detained for over a year and a half (for more info, see: http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=SITE_Institu... )

How is it that this two run CHARITABLE organization intercepted Bin Laden's latest video message to America, and yet Al Jazeera and the CIA did not catch it nor release it to the public?

Maybe it's because between 2003 and 2004 the SITE Institute earned more than $500,000 from the GOVERNMENT (2003 tax return here: http://tfcny.fdncenter.org/990_pdf_archive/481/48126632... and 2004 return here: http://tfcny.fdncenter.org/990_pdf_archive/481/48126632... )

Note in the returns that in 2004 over $273,000 came directly from taxpayers.

I don't find it surprising that they have removed the link from their list of articles to their very first article published on March 15th, 2003 (what an interesting time to make a splash for your new organization) about Al-Hussayen and their discovery of his alleged funding of terrorism which happened to be completely WRONG. Unfortunately for them it's out there on the Internets and google helped me find the article, still on their site, here: http://siteinstitute.org/bin/articles.cgi?ID=inthenews2...

Their supposedly complete list of publications is here: http://www.siteinstitute.biz/bin/headlines.cgi?Category...

If I were them, I'd be embarrassed to show that too, as it led to the unlawful imprisonment of Al-Hussayen for over a year and a half. In fact, I'd be sooo embarrassed that I wouldn't be releasing "videos" of Bin Laden to the World from a website with the same name of the organization. And if I were the government, I sure as hell wouldn't be paying them hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to "monitor" the news for terrorism... that is unless I was Bush and needed a timely reminder of Bin Laden who just so happens to mention Iraq right on the heels of 9/11 and the Petrayus report.

Can anyone bring themselves to trust the authenticity of this video that was released by such a BOGUS ORGANIZATION as the SITE INSTITUTE?!?!

ON EDIT: If you read the Source Watch article, Katz confesses to receiving over $150,000 as a paid consultant from the FBI. That must be money granted outside the SITE Institute since she claims only to directly receive about 40,000 a year from the organization in salary (why does she need a salary from a non-profit if she's got consulting contracts with the gov?)
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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 08:21 PM
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1. K&R
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alittlelark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 08:22 PM
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2. OK.... that's pretty weird.
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 08:23 PM
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3. I don't trust anything that comes out of the Government
The CIA, FBI and Homeland Security and all it's illegal spying activities didn't catch this....because they are spying on Americans and political opponants..
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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 08:23 PM
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4. We need to put them UNDER OATH and ask where they got it. The whole thing smells. nm
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berni_mccoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 08:32 PM
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5. I'm downloading the original video for analysis
If this video was produced locally or doctored, there will be breadcrumbs that indicate so.
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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 08:51 PM
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6. Breadcrumbs? It's a French bakery, man!
Three-quarters of this "video" consists of a... wait for it... still frame... of this poor relation to Osama, who apparently doesn't own a digital camera. It's only during the still frame that the voice (which doesn't match Osama's from prior productions) mentions any current events.

My take: This is a psychological operation, or rather an experiment: the most obviously dubious and amateur "video" is presented as a test of the corporate media's obedience and the general public's apathy. How much government-served shit will the networks eat (and then puke out back at their viewers), if it's sprinkled with the sugar of national security? Answer as usual: no limit!
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berni_mccoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 09:10 PM
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8. Yep, I'm aware of all that. I'm looking for something more subtle, more specific
that shows a direct manipulation. The still frames are an obvious avoidance to tamper with the original video. Whenever you modify bits and recompress them into the stream, it creates artifacts. These multiple compression layers can be discovered. There are other hints and clues that can be garnered, for example, data stamping that is performed by the encoding application, which may yield info about who made the video, if they aren't careful enough to spoof it all.
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LiberalAndProud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 09:05 PM
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7. Is this what they mean by privatizing intelligence?
Would this be a faith-based initiative? 'cuz I'm having some trouble believing.
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berni_mccoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 09:14 PM
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9. Disgusting isn't it, that they would claim to be a charitable organization.
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 11:40 PM
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10. This needs to be in the Research section also
Things like this get archived way too quick in GD.
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berni_mccoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-11-07 09:33 AM
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13. I'll look into adding this entry there.
thanks.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 11:50 PM
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11. Does the word FRONT still have meaning? Is SITE named after Argentina's SITE?
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berni_mccoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-11-07 07:13 AM
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12. Interesting...
Do you have any info on them?
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berni_mccoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-11-07 07:06 PM
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14. Shameless Kick for Awareness
:kick:
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