Beheading is certainly in vogue these days as the convenient and mysterious Islamist bogeyman army of ISIS has allegedly chopped off the dome of another American journalist. The victim this time is Steven Sotloff who found himself on the wrong end of the sword in a video released yesterday. Sotloff's beheading follows that of James Foley whose fate has been milked by all of the usual fear-mongers to preserve the permanent state of war and domestic mass surveillance that has been enforced upon Americans since September 11, 2001 aka the day that changed everything.
There is much money to be made in the business of selling fear and there are no better consumers than the star-spangled sheep in the USA! USA! USA! There would be no bigger bonanza to the scum running the American war machine than an event - such as that domestic terrorist attack allegedly being planned by ISIS - to forever banish criticism of the NSA, the militarized police and the eternal wars of Oceania. ISIS serves the Empire very, very nicely in this manner and is allowing for the weasel in chief to become the latest in a line of war criminal presidents to commit U.S. troops to Iraq.
There is something that smells like a rat behind those black masks and robes and that the Sotloff video was provided by the intelligence firm SITE. According to an article at the Wayne Madsen Report:
For the second time in a little over two weeks, a video of the beheading by a British-accented Islamic State jihadist of a U.S. journalist captured in Syria was distributed by the same organization. The most recent video images of orange jump suit-clad U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff being beheaded were released by the Search for International Terrorist Entities or "SITE," which also initially discovered and released the video beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley of GlobalPost.com.
As with the Foley video, U.S. intelligence initially refrained from validating the authenticity of the Sotloff video until it completed an examination of the Sotloff video. Obviously, the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies are well-versed on SITE's Israeli pedigree. As previously revealed by WMR, SITE is a Washington, DC-based research institute with links to Israeli right-wing Likud elements and Mossad. SITE is operated by Israeli intelligence asset Rita Katz and was also the source for a number of dubious videos of Osama Bin Laden, including one that only showed the Al Qaeda's lips moving but the rest of his body inanimate. In 2008, SITE released a video purportedly of Al Qaeda's number two, Ayman al Zawahiri. A number of experts determined the video was a fake.
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An additional story on SITE that isn't behind a pay wall comes courtesy of the website International Business Times, written by Ellen Killoran and is entitled "Inside SITE Intelligence Group: Steven Sotloff Beheading Discovered By Little-Known Research Organization" from which I excerpt:
The video was first obtained by SITE Intelligence Group (Search for International Terrorist Entities), also known as SITE Intel Group, a relatively under-the-radar yet apparently very powerful research body that monitors jihadist movements. The Bethesda, Maryland, organization has published a shortened version of the beheading video and published a transcript on its news site, which has been largely inaccessible since news of the beheading broke, likely due to an uptick in Web traffic.
A description of SITE Intelligence Group on its Facebook page says its blog, INSITE, focuses on “all dimensions of extremism in the 21st century: jihadism, white supremacy movements, hacker threats and everything in between. … All articles posted to the blog are intended to elevate the discussion regarding extremist threats -- transcending the conversational buzz and shining light on the greater factors at stake.” Among its products for sale is SITE Monitoring Service, which provides its subscribers -- government and commercial entities -- “immediate and timely translations of the most important jihadist material published.”
SITE made the decision to publish the video of Sotloff’s beheading when numerous mainstream news outlets in possession of it declined to do so, likely influenced by the overwhelming negative public reaction to the sharing of video and still images of Foley’s beheading, which quickly and inescapably proliferated on social media before YouTube and Twitter removed them. The authenticity of the video obtained by SITE Intel Group has yet to be explicitly confirmed, but the White House released a statement Tuesday afternoon expressing “deepest condolences” for the “brutal murder of an innocent American journalist.”
One of the critical unasked questions by the corrupt U.S. state-corporate media is why in the fuck isn't this group pissed off at Israel like the others are?