[Marxism] Did Bush Sacrifice Nick Berg?
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Wed May 12 10:11:52 MDT 2004
Something major is tryiong to be covered up by the US government regarding
their arrest of Nick Berg in Iraq. They are now trying to deny that he was
ever in US custody there. That despite the fact that earlier press
coverage exists of Michael Berg being visited and questioned about his son
during the time that his son was 'dsappeared' by Iraqi police under the
control of the US military.
Perhaps several things might have happened? Possibly Nick Berg was
originally picked up by the US who feared that he might be a Leftist
reporteer of some sort, wandering around like a free spirit in Mosul? And
it is well known that the US controlled Iraqi forces are not so well
controlled after all. They might easily have tipped off news of Nick Berg's
release from American custody and where he was released to the group that
ended up beheading him? Something really stinks here.
What seems to have happened, is that the US military was more concerned
about information control than security for non-military US citizens trying
to do business in hte 'New Iraq'. This is what they are trying to hide
when the US government denies that it actually had Nick Berg in custody.
See the latest news on this effort to coverup below.
Spokesmen Says Berg Never Held by Forces
By FISNIK ABRASHI, Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The young American who was shown being decapitated on a
videotape posted by an al-Qaida-linked Web site was never under U.S. custody
despite claims from his family, coalition spokesman Dan Senor said
Senor told reporters that Nick Berg, 26, from West Chester, Pa., was
detained by Iraqi police in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. The Iraqis
informed the Americans, and the FBI (news - web sites) met with Berg three
times to determine what he was doing in Iraq (news - web sites).
Senor said that to his knowledge, "he (Berg) was at no time under the
jurisdiction or detention of coalition forces."
However, calls by The Associated Press to police in Mosul failed to find
anyone who could confirm Berg was held there or why.
The U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority controls Iraqi police and
Berg, a small telecommunications business owner, spoke to his parents on
March 24 and told them he would return home on March 30, his family said.
But Berg was detained by Iraqi police at a checkpoint in Mosul on March 24.
He was turned over to U.S. officials and detained for 13 days, the family
His father, Michael, said his son was not allowed to make phone calls or
contact a lawyer.
FBI agents visited Berg's parents in West Chester on March 31 and told the
family they were trying to confirm their son's identity.
On April 5, the Bergs filed suit in federal court in Philadelphia,
contending that their son was being held illegally by the U.S. military. The
next day Berg was released. He told his parents he had not been mistreated.
His father, Michael Berg, said he blamed the U.S. government for creating
circumstances that led to his son's death. He said if his son had not been
detained for so long, he might have been able to leave the country before
the violence worsened.
"I think a lot of people are fed up with the lack of civil rights this thing
has caused," he said. "I don't think this administration is committed to
Asked for details about Berg's last weeks in Iraq, Senor replied: "We are
obviously trying to piece all this together, and there's a thorough
investigation." But he said he was reluctant at this time to release
"The U.S. government is committed to a very thorough and robust
investigation to get to the bottom of this," Senor said. "As I said,
everybody is shocked by the horrific images of this terrorist act."
He said "multiple" U.S. agencies would be involved in the Berg case and that
the FBI would probably have overall direction.
Senor said that in Iraq, Berg had no affiliation with the United States
government, the coalition or "to my knowledge" any coalition-affiliated
contractor. But Senor would not specify why Iraqi police, who generally take
direction from coalition authorities, had arrested him and held him for some
"We don't want to speculate," Senor said. "Obviously it is extremely
sensitive; and it is an extremely difficult time for the family and it would
be highly irresponsible for us to begin speculative discussions about what
he may or may not have been involved in."
Kimmitt said that the only role which the U.S. military played in Berg's
confinement was to liaise with the Iraqi police to make sure he was being
fed and properly treated.
"There may have been a lot of things that he was not, but he was still an
American citizen," Kimmitt said.
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