Skip to comments.State has no records of Berg's firm (Nick Berg)
Posted on 05/14/2004 3:43:32 AM PDT by calcowgirl
Prometheus Methods Tower Services Inc., the business that cost Nick Berg his life in Iraq, has no records with the Pennsylvania Department of State.
The company that specialized in building communications towers never registered with the Pennsylvania Corporation Bureau, said Brian McDonald, spokesman for the state department.
McDonald conducted a search of the bureaus online list of registered businesses, but found no matches.
The same search done by a Daily Local News reporter produced the same results -- several businesses contained the word "Prometheus" in their names. Only one is located in West Chester, and it is not related to Bergs business.
Companies are not legally required to register with the state, but McDonald explained it is usually the first step an owner takes.
"Youd be very foolish not to register your business with the department," he said. "It is nearly impossible to exist without doing it."
Registering allows an owner to set up his businesss tax structure. It also establishes how the business is run, for example, whether or not it is for-profit or nonprofit.
"It is basically the infrastructure by which businesses are set up in the commonwealth," McDonald said.
McDonald added it is possible the business could be listed in the bureaus records under a different name.
Searching the statewide yellow pages online found two company names containing the word "Prometheus" in Philadelphia. One is an Internet consulting business.
An employee at the second one, which is called Prometheus Radio Project, said it was not affiliated with the business owned by the local man slain in Iraq by members of al-Qaida.
Officials at the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service said state and federal laws prohibited their agencies from providing any records they had of Prometheus Methods Tower Services -- even whether the company had ever filed a return.
"Any information that we get or is contained on a tax return I cant release," said Steve Kniley, press secretary for the state revenue department. "It is considered confidential under tax law."
Tax records become public information only if a lien is filed against a business. According to Kniley, there are no liens against Bergs company.
Bill Cressman, spokesman at the IRSs Philadelphia office, said the only companies with public tax records are nonprofit corporations.
At least one person claims he can confirm Prometheus existence.
Jay Shur, who works at the radio station WCHE 1520 AM in West Chester, said on Wednesday he was in the process of hiring Berg to build a communications tower for the station when news of his death came out.
The station was awaiting approval of plans from both the borough and an environmental agency before construction could begin, according to Shur.
"Theres a lot of paperwork to go through, and the area we were looking at was a marsh- land so we had to get clearance," he said."When I do get the OK, Ill have to look for another contractor."
Michael Berg briefly spoke about Prometheus during a press conference Thursday morning outside his home.
"My son was not over there to make money," Michael Berg said. "My sons business, which was very profitable before he went to Iraq ..I will make good on anything the company owes anybody, but its pretty much going to be defunct."
It is unclear how many employees Prometheus had. Michael Berg spoke of a "foreman" during the press conference. However, Nick Berg traveled to Iraq alone.
Staff Writer Jill Nawrocki contributed to this article.
Interesting... because if the WERE connected, that would be a direct link to George Soros and his 'Open Society', according to Columbia Journalism Review.
The father will be showing up in JFKerry campaign ads soon.
One thing's certian. If Berg were a CIA agent, his cover story company would certainly have been registered in PA.
Prometheus was a not a fool, but why else would he rebel against Zeus?
He tried to trick Zeus (who knows all and sees all) with a false sacrifice.
How foolish can you get? Prometheus also stole fire from Zeus and gave it to the primitive mortals on the earth.
Zeus did not punish Prometheus alone, he punished the entire world for the effrontery of this rebel god.
OOOppps... Thanks. I always forget that http thing. LOL
Berg's father lays his son's death directly at the feet of the President and his policies...Is this an example of leftist clear thinking..a left wing that exists in all our media? I am deeply saddened by his son's murder but this father is disgraceful.
That's downright eery.
Same here- whatever happened to loyal opposition, or honorable opponents? The seem to have vanished with the Clinton Nineties. The Father didn't lose a second spinning this tragedy into a "I hate Boosh! And you should, too!" moment. It is utterly shameless exploitation, for cheap advantage in the political arena. It baffles me.
Extremely interesting link. I note that the Prometheus Project is also in PA (although in Philly).
It could, of course, just be another coincidence. Daddy Berg clearly saw himself as a sort of rebel, and quite possibly named their company Prometheus Methods to indicate that he was "challenging authority," or some such twaddle.
BTW, great work in finding that possible connection.
I found the connection before I found the article. Prometheus Radio is quite the left wing group... it links to every left wing group around. I just did a search on and "iraq" and "Pete Tridish" (the founder)... and he certainly fits with the most radical of the movement. Searching on its address says it is closely tied with Radio Volta and other "guerilla radio", claiming "anarchy" and other such things.
Basic Entity Information
Entity Type PENNSYLVANIA NON-STOCK NON-PROFIT CORPORATION
Entity Name PROMETHEUS RADIO PROJECT
Entity No. 3203114
Filing Date 02/25/2004 Letter of Consent No
Address 4821 BALTIMORE AVENUE
PHILA Pennsylvania USA 19143
County Philadelphia Jurisdiction -
Purpose BROADCASTER SUPPORT
Limited Authority No
Yeah... the first clue was the Birkenstocks... didn't even have to open his mouth. ;-)
Why was Berg REALLY doing in Iraq....and with whom????
This is a fascinating story. The morning the tape came out by noon I think I posted something was not right and each day more comes out. There is a mystery here. The connections are not circumstantial. Berg was in Iraq doing something for someone. He is not what he seems and I am just trying to connect dots. I thought CIA but now I don't.
Yes, the footwear says it all.
Did you notice, also, that when Nick Berg was describing his arrest, he quoted from that stupid 1960's song, Alice's Restaurant?
I thought CIA when the first odd facts started coming out but now I think it's something different, like a puzzle that's too easy to solve. Almost like a "Where's Waldo" with the only character being Waldo in the picture.
I gave the Father some slack, it's the media that's exploiting this Father's grief for their own political agenda. Kerry of course is a disgrace to use his phone call to the Father for his political purposes. This isn't going to help Kerry or the Berg Family for that matter.
Nothing he did makes me think he was CIA - it was either complete naivette - or something else in the wacko category.
In an e-mail addressed to his family, Nick Berg describes going into the Iraqi jail and finding himself in with "Mother rapers. Father stabbers," a line from Alice's Restaurant, after the singer finds himself arrested for dumping garbage. .
For those who don't know, the song was by Arlo Guthrie and is about dumping a load of restaurant garbage off a cliff in the country, getting arrested by the sheriff for illegal dumping, and then finding that he is ineligible to join the Army because of his littering. You have to imagine all of this "sung" in a supercilious hippie folk-music drone.
Here are some words:
I went over to the sargent, said, "Sargeant, you got a lot a damn gall to
ask me if I've rehabilitated myself, I mean, I mean, I mean that just, I'm
sittin' here on the bench, I mean I'm sittin here on the Group W bench
'cause you want to know if I'm moral enough join the army, burn women,
kids, houses and villages after bein' a litterbug."
My current, totally unfounded, totally unsupported, speculation is that his 'Prometheus' is part of 'Prometheus Radio Project' and he was there to try to set up radio broadcasting of Left Wing propaganda to undermine the troops and the war.
Of course, I could be proven wrong in a second... but in looking at what PRP is... it sure would make sense!
I'm afraid this man will find himself far more exposed than he planned.
Prometheus Towers, Broadcast work, overseas work Nick Berg
Nick is too young to have Arlo Guthrie phrases like "Mother rapers. Father stabbers" in his vocabulary (unless of course Dad still listens to that stuff). But... who's to say those emails are legit, i.e. unmodified. That sounds like 60's stuff coming out of the Birkenstock age... not from a 26 year old.
I remember Arlo... but wasn't a fan.
He had to have heard those phrases at home. He didn't make them up himself.
Now wait just a minute, I wear Birkenstocks! Do people think I am a liberal? I don't think they do. They think I wear ugly shoes but its because my feet don't hurt when I wear them, its NOT a political statement.
I suspect he probably grew up surrounded by it. I knew many "red diaper" babies (I grew up in NYC and went to a very liberal public high school) and they had grown up listening to the Internationale and various Depression era protest songs (such as those written by Arlo's father, Woody Guthrie.) I'm sure Arlo Guthrie was one of Daddy Berg's favorites, so no doubt his kids heard the song and others like it a lot.
It tells us something about the atmosphere in the house where Nicholas Berg grew up, at least.
It get's curiouser, and curiouser...!!
ROFL! So sorry! Ugly shoes... LOL.
Before we had any facts on this story, my only knowledge of this event was the photo of Nick Berg with his captors. What first hit me - and I know this is weird - was his very Islamic/Arabic beard and haircut. Very different from the photos from America that show him with a military-style haircut. This is just how it hit me. Now I'm wondering if I didn't intuitively pick up on something. I'm finding this story horribly eerie.
The Yahoo group is directly tied to the website...
Tower-pro is an internet mailing list that was founded on March 21, 1999 by John Hettish and thirty-four members of the Land Mobile Radio (LMR) list. The idea was to create a location on the internet for the discussion of issues that really concern we who make our living by climbing and working on communications towers. The text of that first message appears below. Tower-pro began as Towerfirstname.lastname@example.org, then became Toweremail@example.com and finally Tower-pro @yahoogroups.com.
Your theory sounds about right. The father says his son wasn't there to make money, and that the terrorists killed their best friend (his son). As far as I know, his father is also the only person saying Nick was a Bush supporter, which could be a blatant lie to try to cover for his son's actions (working to undermine our troops).
As a poster on another thread speculated, Nick seemed remarkably calm and in good shape on the video. Perhaps he was working with his killers in an attempt to make a propaganda video, with the understanding that he wouldn't be hurt (kind of like the story on those Japanese war protesters). However, since he was Jewish, his captors decided to kill him, regardless of where his sympathies may have been.
This is all just speculation, of course. Hopefully this story will eventually come to light.
There was a thread that pointed out that he affected a sort of US military look while in Iraq, right down to the haircut, and there was some speculation that he might have been trying to make contacts among the troops and gain information or to undermine them by sowing false information.
This is entirely speculation; I'm still sticking by my orginal theory, that he was simply a naive person in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it's getting harder and harder to hold onto that.
I think the "Prometheus Project" is a very significant find. It would certainly explain why his father was involved in it with him.
What if Berg was really in Iraq for some other purpose and authorities held him he was considered a risk so was killed. What was an unemployed person with a job waiting for him at home doing in Iraq looking for work? What kind of parent immediately starts spewing left wing politics the minute his son dies?
Yer bummin' me out, man...
Some background- I'm old enough to have been around when Alice's Restaurant first was heard... and it was kind of funny, way back then. Unfortunately, in those days I had a best friend whose mother ( due to pill & alcohol problems ) insisted that anyone who dropped by her apartment listen to that damnable album over and over and over again... I suspect I must have heard it a hundred times.
Lordy, I had not thought of poor old crazy Mrs. Riser in decades.
How about being a possible Israeli agent?
interesting the comparison to mythological god..pormetheus , to the name of the non existant company of Berg's.
more on the mythological god prometheus
Prometheus pro ME thee us
Prometheus was a not a fool, but why else would he rebel against Zeus? He tried to trick Zeus (who knows all and sees all) with a false sacrifice. How foolish can you get? Prometheus also stole fire from Zeus and gave it to the primitive mortals on the earth. Zeus did not punish Prometheus alone, he punished the entire world for the effrontery of this rebel god.
Prometheus was the son of Iapetos and Klymene. His name means Forethought.
Prometheus was a god long before Zeus took the Throne of Eternity. He fought for Zeus against the devising Kronos, but Prometheus never had true respect for Zeus. He feared that the new Olympians had no compassion for each other or the mortals on the earth below. To show his disdain, Prometheus prepared two sacrifices and, in an attempt to belittle father Zeus, he made one sacrifice of fat and bones and the other of the finest meat. The trick was, Prometheus had wrapped the fat in such a way that it looked to be the most sincere tribute of the two. Zeus saw through the trick and magnanimously controlled his anger. He warned Prometheus but did not punish him.
Zeus had many plans for the reshaping of creation. After the fall of Kronos and his confinement in Tartaros, Zeus took no interest in the mortal race of men on the bountiful earth, he intended for them to live as primitives until they died off. Zeus said that knowledge and divine gifts would only bring misery to the mortals and he insisted that Prometheus not interfere with his plans.
Dispite Zeus warning, Prometheus took pity on the primitive mortals and again, he deceived Zeus. Prometheus gave the mortals all sorts of gifts: brickwork, woodworking, telling the seasons by the stars, numbers, the alphabet (for remembering things), yoked oxen, carriages, saddles, ships and sails. He also gave other gifts: healing drugs, seercraft, signs in the sky, the mining of precious metals, animal sacrifice and all art.
To compound his crime, Prometheus had stolen fire from Zeus and given it to the mortals in their dark caves. The gift of divine fire unleashed a flood of inventiveness, productivity and, most of all, respect for the immortal gods in the rapidly developing mortals. Within no time (by immortal standards), culture, art, and literacy permeated the land around Olympus. When Zeus realized the deception that Prometheus had fostered, he was furious. He had Hepheistos shackle Prometheus to the side of a crag, high in the Caucasus mountains. There Prometheus would hang until the fury of Zeus subsided.
Each day, Prometheus would be tormented by Zeus eagle as it tore at his immortal flesh and tried to devour his liver. Each night, as the frost bit its way into his sleep, the torn flesh would mend so the eagle could begin anew at the first touch of Dawn.
Zeus anger did not stop there. He intended to give the mortals one more gift and undo all the good Prometheus had done. He fashioned a hateful thing in the shape of a young girl and called her Pandora. Her name means, giver of all or all endowed. Her body was made by Hepheistos, he gave her form and voice. Athene gave her dexterity and inventiveness. Aphrodite put a spell of enchantment around her head and Hermes put pettiness in her tiny brain. She was ready for the world.
Zeus gave Pandora to Ephemetheus (brother of Prometheus). Ephemetheus knew better than to trust Zeus and he had been warned by Prometheus never to accept gifts from the Olympians, especially Zeus. One look at Pandora and Ephemetheus was rendered helpless. He could not resist her, he accepted her willingly. When the gift was opened, evil and despair entered into this world. Mistrust and disease spread over the wide earth. After Pandora was emptied of her curse, Hope was left inside. Unreasonable, groundless Hope that makes the curse of life into a blessing.
And so, Prometheus was destined to suffer at the hands of his own kind. Gods punishing gods. To him, the saddest part of his punishment was the implication that the gods (Zeus in particular) had lost their right to rule because they had lost touch with their hearts.
As Prometheus was hanging, shackled to the rockface, he spoke to Ocean and the rivers daughters. They were all shocked at Zeus excesses but Prometheus warned them not to speak out against Zeus, it would do no good. Zeus would soon fall from his throne and they had but to wait for that inevitable moment.
When Io, also being punished at Zeus will, came upon Prometheus and the daughters of Ocean, she wanted to know her future. Prometheus, even in his tortured condition, tried to spare the feelings of the poor girl. She had been transformed into a black and white heifer and was cursed to wander, prodded by an evil gad-fly. Her future was only slightly better than his, she was lucky because she was mortal and would die and be rid of her earthly torment. He, on the other hand, was immortal. His torment would last forever.
The journey of Io was crucial to the release of Prometheus from his bonds. After her wandering journey to Egypt, Io was returned to her human form and had a glorious son named Epaphos. Thirteen generation later, Herakles climbed the mountain, killed the eagle and freed Prometheus from his shackles.
Maybe the son was not a big fan of our President either.
I was sickened by the savagery (SP?), and still am, but everyday I read more news... something doesn't smell right. They say you should trust your intuition... you may have been on to something.
Ping. Check this out.