Skip to comments.salon.com contacts DFU over FR's role in murder of Nick Berg by Islamofascist Terrorist b*st*rds
Posted on 05/12/2004 4:27:51 PM PDT by doug from upland
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Apparently, I am in the middle of a controversy regarding the brutal murder of Nick Berg by the Islamofascist terrorist b*st*rds.
I received the following FReepmail today from a salon.com reporter and spoke to him off the record. I will either call him back on the record or he can use my comments here on the record.
Salon.com inquiry, your post on the "enemies list"
From (redacted) | 05/12/2004 11:45:13 AM PDT read
Hello. My name is (redacted), and I'm a reporter at Salon.com. On March 7, you posted a list of signatories to an ANSWER protest; that list, which is now being discussed by a few left-leaning bloggers, includes the name of "Michael S. Berg," who is the father of Nick Berg, the man beheaded in Iraq.
It seems as if you just posted a copy of the list from the ANSWER site, but the trouble is, your list appears much longer than the one on their page. Michael Berg's name -- and many others -- is not on their page.
So I wonder if you can tell me where you got your list -- have you any idea why yours is longer than the one they have?
I also wonder what you think about the fact that you named these people enemies; do you really think they're enemies? Some people on left-leaning blogs are floating the theory that Nick Berg was detained or singled out by U.S. authorities in Iraq because of the list you posted. I wonder what you think of that idea?
I'm not trying to attack you; I'm a reporter trying to get to the bottom of this story, and it'd be great to get your input. Can you e-mail or call, or let me know where to reach you? Thanks so much.
Reporter, Salon.com (phone number redacted)
NOTE: my first suggestion was to tell the report to ask ANSWER why many of the names have been removed from that original post.
Here is my post from a few months ago -- HERE IS THE ENEMY -- they have posted their names
Here is the link for the following excerpt on an FR thread -- Beheaded Man's Firm Was On Right-Wing 'Enemies' List
Original source -- original article by Fintan Dunne
Beheaded Man's Firm Was On Right-Wing 'Enemies' List
Breakfornews.com ^ | May 12, 2004 | Fintan Dunne
Posted on 05/12/2004 12:59:00 PM PDT by Tarantulas
Beheaded Man's Firm Was On Right-Wing 'Enemies' List
The family firm of beheaded American Nick Berg, was named by a conservative website in a list of 'enemies' of the Iraq occupation. That could explain his arrest by Iraqi police --a detention which fatally delayed his planned return from Iraq and may have led directly to his death.
Nick Berg, 26 disappeared into incommunicado detention after his arrest by Iraqi police in March, 2004. He vanished again after his release 13 days later. His body was found last Saturday in Baghdad, and a video of his beheading --supposedly by a radical Islamic group-- was posted on the Internet on Tuesday.
The official story of his gruesome murder has many dubious aspects, not least the real reason why Iraqi police detained the young man at a checkpoint. New research by BreakForNews has uncovered a plausible explanation.
The FreeRepublic.com web site and forum has a reputation for right-wing views, often fanatical Republican and relentless pro-war activism.
On 7th March, 2004, just three weeks before the first anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, an 'enemies' list of anti-war groups and individuals was posted on the Free Republic forum.
It began: "Here you are, FReepers. Here is the enemy."
The list had been copied from publicly available endorsements of a call to action for an imminent anniversary antiwar protest on 20th March, 2004. The protest was being organized under the banner of the A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism).
Among those listed as having endorsed the call to action was this entry: "Michael S. Berg, Teacher, Prometheus Methods Tower Service, Inc."
That's Nick Berg's father, Michael who acts as business manager for his son in their family radio communications firm, Prometheus Methods Tower Service.
Here is my immediate reaction --- what is the color of the sky in the fantasy world which Fintan Dunne calls home?
I can't wait for her next story. Let's set the scenario. Two guys are driving to the airport. Their upper radiator hose bursts, the car overheats, and they miss their flight. They get to the airport a few hours late and are able to catch the next plane. The plane crashes. Fintan Dunne headline: Pep Boys Implicated in Death of Innocent Travelers. If anyone could conceive such twisted logic, it would be Ms. Dunne. Without a defective radiator hose, they would have made it to the airport on time. Without a defective radiator hose they would not have been on the flight where the shoebomber detonated his loafers in the seat just behind the wing.
Do we have an official "enemies list"? If so, what do we do to them? Who is keeping track?
I will let you make some comments before I make additional on the record comments. Please don't be crazy. Think through your argument carefully. Some of this may appear on salon.com and we can perhaps help them get up to about 2 cents per share.
Great point! If the terrorists knew that Nick's dad is actively protesting AGAINST the war, it makes zero-sense to kill HIS kid. He's already carrying their water!
It's actually much more plausible that, having seen the ANSWER list published on FR, an agent-provocateur from DU or Salon.com or similar arranged for Berg to be murdered so that he could then try to pin the blame on FR.
I'm pinging my favorite colleen for her input.
Granta: Fintan O'Toole... Fintan O'Toole. Fintan OToole was born in Dublin in 1958. He has been a columnist and critic with the Irish Times since 1988 and ... www.granta.com/authors/107 - 12k - Cached - Similar pages
This guys reasoning is so assbackwards it's hard to make sense of it.
This is not a matter of my personal choice. On another matter, however, what exactly is "pro-war activism," relentless or otherwise?
Could this be what we call "supporting the troops?"
"The family firm of beheaded American Nick Berg, was named by a conservative website in a list of 'enemies' of the Iraq occupation. That could explain his arrest by Iraqi police --a detention which fatally delayed his planned return from Iraq and may have led directly to his death. Hi you filthy scum sucking fascist pig. I'm an attorney who will be offering my services pro-bono to help Berg's family drag your ass through every civil court we can find jurisdiction in. Maybe you had better find a way to hide your assets, Robinson including the cheesy little American flag made in Mexico which is probably tied around the your car antenna. That will be the first thing we'll take so we can give it a good scrubbing and laundering since you have have touched it."
I think TheDon has it right... nonetheless, I'm going to crosslink it- you never know where stuff like this will lead:
There are some pretty sick minds out there, but this one tops the cake.
Nick was killed because he was a lone American, traveling without security in a war zone.
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