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Berg's Father Demands Answers From Bush (Free Republic mentioned)
Duluth News Tribune ^ | Thursday, May 13, 2004 | Nicole Weisensee Egan

Posted on 05/13/2004 9:13:32 PM PDT by kristinn

Posted on Thu, May. 13, 2004

Berg's father demands answers from Bush BY NICOLE WEISENSEE EGAN Knight Ridder Newspapers

PHILADELPHIA - (KRT) - The day he buried his son, Nick Berg's father angrily lashed out at President Bush - and said he had a question for him:

"I would like to ask him if it's true that al-Qaeda offered to trade my son's life for another person," Michael Berg told a small group of reporters early Thursday morning outside his West Chester home.

"And if that is true, well, I need that information," said Berg, a self-proclaimed peace activist who has marched against the Iraq war. "I think that the people of the United States of America need to know what the fate of their sons and daughters might be in the hands of the Bush administration."

In the video showing Nick Berg's decapitation, one of the masked men read a statement that Berg had been offered in exchange for some Iraqi prisoners. U.S. officials deny that.

Berg said he did not blame the terrorists for his son's violent death.

"Nicholas Berg died for the sins of George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld," he said, shortly after posting a "War is not the Answer" sign on his front lawn. "The al-Qaeda people are probably just as bad as they are, but this administration did this."

Hours after his strong remarks, Michael Berg said goodbye to his son in a private burial ceremony attended only by family members. A private memorial service will be held Friday.

In other developments Thursday:

• The CIA confirmed that, according to voice analysis, terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was the masked man who beheaded Nick Berg in the video that was beamed around the world on the Internet earlier this week.

• While U.S. officials continue to deny that Berg ever had been in U.S. military custody, Michael Berg produced e-mails from Beth Payne, the U.S. consular officer in Iraq, dated April 1, that said his son was being detained by the military.

• An alternative, left-leaning blog,, posted a story theorizing that the Iraqi police had detained Nick Berg because his company, Prometheus Methods Tower Service Inc., and his father had been named on a list of "enemies" of the Iraq occupation in March.

• More information - and theories - surfaced about why the Iraqi police had detained Berg and what happened to him after he lost contact with his parents on April 9. Meanwhile, in Mosul, police chief Maj. Gen. Mohammed Khair al-Barhawl insisted his department had never arrested Berg and had no knowledge of the case.

• Luke Lorenz, one of Berg's best friends, got a Web site - - up and running in honor of his slain friend.

Late Wednesday, Rep. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., sent a letter on behalf of the Berg family to Secretary of State Colin Powell seeking answers to the puzzling questions surrounding Nick Berg's final days in Iraq.

Thursday, Michael Berg addressed a number of questions that have surfaced in recent days, including why his son had refused offers by the FBI and the military to fly him home.

Berg said his son may have turned down the offer because he'd "had enough of the FBI." Payne, the U.S. consular officer, also told the family she'd try to get him on a military flight out of Baghdad, he said.

"I told my son this when I spoke to him on the telephone for the last time ever on April 9, and he said, `I don't take too seriously anything that the State Department promises,' " Berg said, just before taking off on his morning bicycle ride.

"I don't think he was doubting their sincerity but their ability in the situation. And it was only a promise for a try so that didn't give us a whole lot of confidence."

Berg also said that the FBI told the Iraqi police to hold his son after spotting him riding in a cab in Mosul late at night.

"The Iraqis arrested him," Berg said. "He was doing nothing wrong. He was not breaking the curfew. He was in a taxicab. It was late at night. They were suspicious. I don't blame them for that. What I do blame them for is detaining him for 13 days without due process."

Thursday, the Philadelphia Daily News reported that another reason that Nick Berg had been held for so long was that the FBI was checking into some contact he may have had with terrorists while he attended the University of Oklahoma.

Michael Berg said his son had attended the university and had been taking a course at a remote campus, near the airport, and had to take a bus to get there.

"Some terrorist people - which no one knew were terrorists at the time; they were just going as students - were also taking that bus," Berg said. "And someone asked him basically if he could use his computer. And he did. College kids did it all the time. And it turns out this guy was a terrorist and he used my son's e-mail address - amongst many other people's e-mail who he did the same thing to.

"He was not a friend of my son's, not even an acquaintance," Berg said. "Just a guy sitting next to him on the bus. The FBI was satisfied with that."

A senior law-enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Nick Berg had volunteered information about the 2002 investigation when he was detained in Iraq. The official said that an e-mail address traced to Berg had been used by an unidentified individual with purported connections to terrorism.

The investigation showed that Berg had never met the suspect individual and had not given the e-mail address to that person. Investigators concluded that Berg's e-mail address had been spread among dozens of people with links to the university.

The suspect individual appears to have been acquainted with Zacarias Moussaoui, an al-Qaeda adherent now in federal custody and awaiting trial on conspiracy charges stemming from the Sept. 11 attacks, the official said.

Moussaoui attended flight school in Norman, Okla., home of the university.

Also Thursday, Michael Berg said he has been a member of International ANSWER - Act Now to Stop War & End Racism - for the past year and has participated in several anti-occupation marches. He said he planned to march on the Pentagon with the group, which is calling for Bush to bring the troops home now, on June 5.

The story on the alternative blog site theorized that information about the Bergs and the "enemies" list made its way to the FBI and, eventually, into the hands of those in Iraq who track or harass anti-war activists entering the country.

The list appeared on, a neo-conservative, pro-war Web site, on March 7. It posted questions from an unidentified reporter from Thursday.

Berg said his son was a supporter of Bush up until he died.

Bill Schneider, a CNN political analyst, said it's clear that both liberals and conservatives are trying to use Nick Berg's gruesome death to advance their causes.

"The Right seized upon his terrible death to try to reverse the momentum of horror over prisoners being abused," he said. "They immediately seized upon that to say, `You see. These are the people we're dealing with.'

"And now the Left is trying to say he was arrested because he was harassed because of his father's anti-war ideologies," he said. "Both sides are trying to use any scrap or evidence they can to discredit the other side. This whole tragic affair has gotten caught up in the controversy over the war. And it's probably not going to end anytime soon."

The danger facing American contractors in Iraq like Nick Berg is likely to continue, said Kathryn Rosenblum, editor of the Iraq Reconstruction Report, a newsletter devoted to Iraq business prospects.

"It's an incredibly risky place," she said Thursday, estimating that 30,000 to 50,000 Americans, Iraqis and Third World nationals are working there now. She said she's aware of 60 American workers who've been killed in Iraq and a handful who are missing.

At a ceremony Thursday in Center City, former Army Specialist and POW Shoshana Johnson said that Berg's death should be a warning to all non-military personnel over there.

"Get civilians out of Iraq," she said, after accepting the Freedom Award at Citizen Crime Commission's Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Philadelphia Daily News staff writers Barbara Laker and Simone Weichselbaum and Daily News wire services contributed to this report.


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To: 68skylark
"That's a bizarre sentence. There has to be a typo or some similar mistake."

Most of the article is bizarre. The author even refers to Free Republic as a "neo-conservative website." I've been here for 6 years and, as far as I know, this is not a "neo-conservative website." But then, JR clearly states that this is a conservative website right there on the homepage. Missy Egan just decided to change that to "neo-conservative" in her article.

241 posted on 05/15/2004 9:45:14 PM PDT by Bonaparte
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To: Lucky2

Michael Berg was a piece of shitte before his son died.

Now he's a piece of shitte with a dead son, murdered by terrorists.

Go to hell, Michael Berg.

242 posted on 05/15/2004 9:48:23 PM PDT by Enduring Freedom (Trust me - Troy is Crap)
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To: ClancyJ
Yet - why would they kill one of their own?

That's the thing: He was an infidel first.

If this stuff about him being a terrorist sympathizer is true, it would hardly matter to Zarqawi. His mission is to kill all the infidels. Nick berg was an infidel. Whether he was an infidel who was interested in appeasement was not really a factor.

243 posted on 05/15/2004 9:50:37 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Terri Schiavo deserves to have her wishes followed--Grant her a divorce.)
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To: kristinn

"Berg said, just before taking off on his morning bicycle ride.

I'm glad the inconvenience of his son being "beheaded" didn't interfere with his morning bicycle ride. I watched him take off that day, and then stop and talk to the media, and I thought it very, very odd behavior. Unless of course, he used it as an excuse to go outside, be seen, and run his liberal mouth to the media. I've said from the first day the boy died because his father is the typical mentally diseased liberal whacko, and I still say it! I'm glad he wore his pointy little bicycle helmet to protect HIS sick head that day, since he didn't teach his son anything that could have given him any protection! I have no sympathy for this scum, I reserve my compassion for the poor boy that felt the pain and torture of his head being hacked off! I put this "father" in line for punishment right behind the satanists that did this evil deed!

244 posted on 05/15/2004 9:54:00 PM PDT by tinacart
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To: wirestripper; Mr. Silverback

I am looking up political terms and political nicknames right now. Some of them are quite funny.


Using a person's race to point out just about anything. We are only
allowed to use 'race' in a sentence when we are describing how
downtrodden and oppressed a racial group is. If we say that, for
instance, as many as 25% of Black men ages 18 to 34 have a rap sheet,
we are being racist. Never mind whether it's true. Suppression of
truth defeats our ability to deal with reality, thus making the
original problem larger than necessary.


Same as above, only with gender as the operational term. If we cannot
discuss real gender differences, truth dies. If we cannot deal with
women as women and men as men, then we turn people into robots, which
are much easier to subdue than flesh and blood.


What in the world is homophobia, anyway? Is there anyone who is really
afraid of homosexuals? If the fear is actually directed at
homosexuality itself, then why so maligned the fear that one's
children may have to grow up in a world unintended by our Lord? If
millions of people took up murder as an active interest, citing the
'naturalness' of it, should we who are against it be labeled
'murderphobes?' I know...the whole context of homosexuality is
presented as an 'alternative normal state.' Any biology text will tell
you that sexual activity in an organism is for reproduction of the
species. Therefore, any off-label use of the sex organs has to be
termed 'abnormal.' I can already hear them screaming: "But it just
'feels right' so it must be natural!" Any alcoholic will tell you that
he feels better when tanked up, but it doesn't do him or anyone around
him any good.


Works just like 'racism' and 'sexism.' Say anything critical about
someone who happens to be Jewish, and you are in trouble. This
accusation is used by Jews or Jewish groups that have nothing
intelligent to say in their defense.


Defined as anyone or any institution acting out of good sense against
anyone else making no sense. In today's world, idiots have a right to
be taken seriously, and we are not to hold them down to the same rules
to which productive society is subject.


A derogatory term tagged on anyone who happens to notice racial
differences. We are supposed to be deaf, dumb, and blind to it all.


Making a demon out of a demonic individual or issue. We're not
supposed to notice...remember?


When someone on the Right blames the actual culprit for an injustice.


When the Right uncovers the Left's plans, it's Conspiracism - when it
happens the other way, it's 'investigative journalism.'


When the Right keeps hammering the truth. When the Left does it, it's
"expressing the will of the people."


pre-judge: To make a decision based on previous knowledge. Otherwise
known as 'good sense.'


Being able to tell right from wrong, good from bad, smart from stupid,


The 'evil' of any white, Christian nation or ethnic group daring to
evolve their laws and customs around their common roots. When 'people
of color' do it, we are supposed to 'celebrate their beautiful


Daring to notice that ethnic/racial groups tend to repeat certain
behaviours. It's okay to refer to the 'thrifty Scot,' though.


What we are headed toward any time a devout Christian politician
expresses his faith in a public venue. But Joe Lieberman can parade
his pseudo-Jewish schtick all over the media - in the midst of an
election, no less.


The Bible certainly contains prophesy regarding the end times
[eschatology,] but if you claim to understand some of it, you are a
'millennialist.' That's bad, I guess. Isn't it?


Tied closely to 'millennialism.' These two terms probably rain on the
secular humanists' parade because they contradict the idea that men
control their own destiny. If God can turn out the lights at any time,
then what point is there to 'fight for world peace,' and all that


The Right putting their ideas into law. When the left does it, it's
called 'sustainable policy.'


What some elements of the Right resort to when the legal system fails
to do its job. Since government is made up of people, vigilantism is
simply 'justice by other means.'


Any policy or philosophy which acknowledges or encourages the
productivity of individuals or [non-governmental] organisations. The
Left thinks that consumer goods fall from the sky. They think that
wealthy people with good ideas should risk their investment capital
out of a love for humanity, not expecting a return. Leftists should
put this theory into practice with their own money, if it's such a
good idea. They won't, because it isn't.


When traditional, common-sense people shout down stupid, silly people
with stupid, silly ideas, it's called 'repression.'


When the Right begins to gain the same amount of power as the Left,
they become 'neo-fascists.'


The term the Left drags out when 'neo-fascist' isn't convincing


See 'neo-fascism'

245 posted on 05/15/2004 10:02:50 PM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1
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To: kristinn; All

What is a neo conservative?

246 posted on 05/15/2004 10:04:16 PM PDT by oceanperch (Let GO and Let GOD....tag line chill)
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To: oceanperch

neo-conservative= An intellectual and political movement in favor of political, economic, and social conservatism that arose in opposition to the perceived liberalism of the 1960s: “The neo-conservatism of the 1980s is a replay of the New Conservatism of the 1950s, which was itself a replay of the New Era philosophy of the 1920s” (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.).

247 posted on 05/15/2004 10:06:40 PM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1
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To: 68skylark

The guy is an idiot.

248 posted on 05/15/2004 10:07:34 PM PDT by MistyCA (For's always going to be "A Nam Thing!")
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To: GottaLuvAkitas1
Pretty funny!

If I were not so tired, I might have something to add......

Must hit the sack!

Sounds like you have a good start on a liberal dictionary! LOL

249 posted on 05/15/2004 10:14:33 PM PDT by Cold Heat (Politicians are interested in people. Not that this is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs)
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To: Jeff Gordon

Hmmmm. The father supports the terrorists and is anti-Bush. The son supposedly supports the President that the father hates. I bet there was no love lost between the two if what the father said is true. However, I don't think the father would tell the truth if his life depended on it. Berg would be wise to just shut up. The more he talks, the more stupid he sounds and the more doubt he casts on his own credibility.

250 posted on 05/15/2004 10:20:35 PM PDT by MistyCA (For's always going to be "A Nam Thing!")
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To: syriacus

Ok, your tin foil theory is scary and also very plausible. Stop being so sensible, who knows who might be lurking out there.... great job!!!! :)

251 posted on 05/15/2004 10:24:36 PM PDT by Cate (Bush is da' man...)
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To: kristinn
"And someone asked him basically if he could use his computer. And he did. College kids did it all the time. And it turns out this guy was a terrorist and he used my son's e-mail address - amongst many other people's e-mail who he did the same thing to.

Yeah, right, sure. College kids let complete strangers on a bus use their e-mail addresses all the time.

252 posted on 05/15/2004 10:32:43 PM PDT by Shethink13
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To: kristinn

Maybe it's time Berg's father got FREEPED with lots of posters with sane clear truth for a change.

It might be a novel experience for him to have to face the truth.

Sheesh. Sure he's suffering. And, he's an idiot.

253 posted on 05/15/2004 10:39:17 PM PDT by Quix (Choose this day whom U will serve: Shrillery & demonic goons or The King of Kings and Lord of Lords)
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To: 68skylark
"Berg said he did not blame the terrorists for his son's violent death."

Berg's spokesperson, his neighbor, Bruce Hauser was on a local talk radio program today. After offering my condolences and mentioning that Mr. Berg's father had expressed anger toward president Bush for his son's death, I asked him if Mr. Berg thought the Alqaida terrorists in Iraq were at all responsible for Nick Berg's beheading and also whether Mr. Berg had asked for retribution against them.

Mr. Hauser said he hasn't had the chance to discuss those things with Mr. Berg.

This article has ANSWERed my question. Mr. Berg is obviously NOT rational. The above would have been the normal and proper response for any father who had lost his son in this horrifying manner.

No matter, I and likely many other Americans place the blame exactly where it lies, and we are calling for the heads of Nick Berg's be-headers.

254 posted on 05/15/2004 10:59:45 PM PDT by TOUGH STOUGH
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To: GottaLuvAkitas1


255 posted on 05/15/2004 11:00:07 PM PDT by oceanperch (Let GO and Let GOD....tag line chill)
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To: kristinn

On the way home from a band competition one time (back when Nick was in ninth grade), Nick somehow managed to get part of a hanger up in his nose (accidentally).

Nick was a good friend of my brother's, and through him I heard many fantastic stories about Nick's adventures. One that stuck with me that I've told almost everyone who wants to know more about Nick is the time Nick decided he wanted to ride a bicycle to Florida. Sooo, he did. From what I recall, he just got a bike at like a yardsale, got on, and rode to Florida.

256 posted on 05/15/2004 11:08:44 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: 68skylark

No, his dad is an idiot, just plain and simple...

257 posted on 05/15/2004 11:58:06 PM PDT by Axenolith
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To: kristinn

Berg's father is a real nut-- I know his son died in a horrific way and that gives him the right to be crazy, but he is really going overboard.

258 posted on 05/16/2004 12:05:19 AM PDT by VanZant
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To: ought-six
Michael Berg is an avid anti-war activist fifth columnist.
259 posted on 05/16/2004 12:11:42 AM PDT by Axenolith
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To: Mr. Silverback
He was an infidel first.

And he was sacrificed, per the manual, to the blood god...

260 posted on 05/16/2004 12:18:48 AM PDT by Axenolith
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