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STAGECRAFT: ISIS Video ‘Execution’ of Ethiopians in Libya Appears Fake

Shawn Helton
21st Century Wire

A newly released ISIS video allegedly depicts some 30 Ethiopians being ‘executed’ in two separate locations in Libya.

However, one should take note, that this highly produced propaganda video – fails to provide any conclusive, or remotely credible evidence of a crime scene.

The terror installment said to have been carried out by ISIS militants entitled, “Until There Came to Them Clear Evidence,” was reportedly released by Al-Furqan Media, a media arm linked to the notorious Al-Hayat Media Center, the official media outlet for all sanctioned ISIS propaganda.

Once again, we see a terror motion picture which has been produced for dramatic effect, another work of deception – designed to create an emotional response within the viewer, rather than a rational one.

There have already been major questions concerning the validity of the ISIS propaganda videos. Still, they continue to function as a psychological assault on Western audiences, while serving to socially engineer western foreign policy in the process.

Here is another example…

‘SITE on the Scene’ –  SITE Intel broadcasts ISIS propaganda material via social media.

Terror Trickery

On April 19th, it was Reported that a dozen or so Ethiopian men were executed along the beach near the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, while more than a dozen were shot in Southern Libya, but it’s important to remember that the video could have been filmed near almost any clear body of water. Similarly, the desert portion of the ISIS video could have also been filmed at nearly any arid location in the world.

In this latest ISIS propaganda video, quite a few anomalies associated with the production value of the film standout, as there were a number of planned multi-cam shots that would have involved a professional film team, costume designers, props and heavy post-production.

One of the most egregious elements of the staged ‘iconoclastic’ ISIS video, depicts giant-sized ISIS militants escorting their captives to their alleged end. This anomaly is a repeat of the same height discrepancy seen during February’s staged beheadings.

‘ISIS Giants?’ – This screen capture from the latest ISIS video, depicts unusually tall ISIS militants.

The ISIS execution reportedly took place in the Fazzan Province, and later as the desert scene evolves, ISIS members lineup to execute apparent Ethiopian captives at gun point. Although the terror group appears to have fired into the backs of those abducted, when you go frame by frame you see evidence of a heavily edited event. The scene is revealed to have depicted the ‘illusion’ of an execution by firing squad.

Another thing to consider in all of this, is that many of the gruesome images being paraded around by mainstream media, that are most likely used to generate ad revenue, show signs of manipulation, staging and victims whose faces appear almost serene while being executed – something which has been present in every ISIS ‘execution’ production thus far.

As of yet, Ethiopian authorities have been ‘unable’ to confirm if their citizens were killed by ISIS militants in Libya. 

‘Pristine Terror’ – Notice the clean ISIS outfits and the nearly untouched guns on display in this most recent film production.

Problem, Reaction, Solution

The new ISIS video follows a winter season that saw several propaganda videos being pushed by the cloaked group and its social media distributors. The most recent film is the second mass execution said to have taken place in Libya at the hands of the now notorious terror group over the past couple of months.

Since last September, we’ve outlined that the ISIS ‘beheading’ videos were likely fakes, with many filmed against a green screen, including stage props, wardrobe design, voice overs and multi-cam videography. It turns out that at least two of the US major networks – CNN and FOX News finally admitted this in February, after backlash over a video allegedly depicting a torched Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh.

In late January we were told that a “Tripoli branch of ISIS” claimed responsibility after a suspicious shooting attack on the largely empty Corinthia Hotel in the area. The event was synchronized with a car bombing just outside the hotel, according to the SITE Intelligence Group. It seems more and more that this was likely a setup to transplant the ‘ISIS’ narrative inside Libya.

In a report from February at 21WIRE, prior to experts releasing their conclusion about that ISIS video production, I was able to outline many of the film’s irregularities and inconsistencies –proving that the film was indeed heavily orchestrated for maximum effect.

In late February our assessment of the staged ISIS videos was confirmed. According to Florida-based Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium, the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians purported to have been decapitated in the video entitled “Signed With Blood: To The Nation Of The Cross,” was ruled to have been ‘staged’ due to the excessive anomalies seen in the dramatic 5 minute film.

While the newest ISIS video appears to depict a shocking escalation of terror, it fails to provide comprehensive evidence of a violent event and therefore should be looked as nothing more than propaganda to gain public support for Western foreign policy objectives – namely the fraudulent proxy campaign in Syria.

Additionally, this latest ISIS event also serves to deflect from the controversial military intervention in Yemen. This is something we’ve been outlining here at 21WIRE over the past month, while most Western media outlets have neglected to discuss Washington’s new proxy.

Here’s another look at an RT news clip from September 2014, where well-known Geopolitical analyst William Engdahl, assesses the deception and alleged roots of ISIS…

Slaughter on the beach: ISIS behead and shoot more Ethiopian Christians in sickening new propaganda video

Lydia Willgress 

The Daily Mail

A shocking new video appearing to show at least 30 Christians being beheaded and shot by ISIS in Libya has been released.

The 29-minute video, titled ‘Until It Came To Them – Clear Evidence’, shows dozens of militants holding two separate groups captive, thought to be in the south and the west of the country.

At least 16 men, described by Islamic State as the ‘followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church’, are lined up and shot in a desert area while 12 others are filmed being forced to walk down a beach before being beheaded.

This follows another video in February of the beheading of a group of 21 Coptic Christians on the beach in Libya, though that terrain was rockier than the one shown in the latest film.

It raises fears that ISIS is consolidating its presence on the ‘doorstep of Europe’, as Libya is just a few hundred miles from the coast of Italy.

Ethiopia was unable to confirm its citizens were killed in the footage but condemned the ‘atrocious act’, a government official said.

The video shows the men at the coast wearing Guantanamo-style orange jumpsuits and being held at the neck by fighters in combats with balaclavas covering their faces. The victims inland are forced to kneel as militants dressed in combats and green masks stand behind them holding rifles.

It starts with what it called a ‘history of Christian-Muslim relations’, which includes scenes of militants destroying churches, graves and icons.

A masked fighter in black then brandishes a pistol as he vows to kill Christians if they do not convert.

‘ISIS Staging’ – Notice the calm demeanor of those being held captive before their alleged execution.

Initial reports did not make clear who the captives were or when they were captured.

The video bore the official logo of the IS media arm Al-Furqan and resembled previous footage released by the extremist group.

Redwan Hussein, an Ethiopian government spokesman, said officials were in contact with its embassy in Cairo to verify the video’s authenticity.

More from the Daily Mail…

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  • Ryan

    Why bother FAKING? USA&Israel have been using every fiendish method of murder and maiming …….why would they BOTHER to fake these videos?

    • disqus_0bRejDWmsL

      “While the newest ISIS video appears to depict a shocking escalation of terror, it fails to provide comprehensive evidence of a violent event and therefore should be looked as nothing more than propaganda to gain public support for Western foreign policy objectives – namely the fraudulent proxy campaign in Syria.”

    • socoloco

      Cost less money to fake. Little or no remaining physical evidence to clean up. If they beheaded 30 people there would be a bodies somewhere. Seems video evidence rather than real physical evidence is all that matters.

      • Ryan

        perception is reality

      • It’s all there if you look.

        And also because they can make them from literally anywhere. They don’t even need to go outside, or involve human beings. Sounds crazy right?

  • Director Dave: Well Joe, what do you think of my latest film?

    Joe Citizen: Well, I’m thoroughly impressed. The care and consideration for ‘Western sensibilities’ in your production seen with the prisoners all in brilliant stateside prison caricature orange is well received. It also has great cohesiveness with current pop culture as they looks just like those outfits on ‘Orange is The New Black,’ available now on Netflix! The directing is too good! The subtlety of them bravely and heroically being resound to their fate and being overpowered by ISIS, keeping their head down, staying in line, with no one bravely darting off towards the waves with nothing to lose… It is truly Oscar worthy! How many takes did you need to keep them all in line like that?

    Director Dave: Thank’s Joe! Did you notice the demographics used? All the same age range and overall look? I mean they could very well be Ethiopian, but don’t you like that their are no kids, no women, no significant other body type, and no elderly? We must emphasize that while ISIS will do anything to anyone, we prefer to use a 20-40 aged male to drive home the strength of the organization–everyone already knows we’re psycho!

    Joe Citizen: Yes Director Dave! Brilliant! For the bad guys, you got those beautiful pristine-looking load bearing vests, sharp new looking fatigues, perfect beanies and neck-gators, and those wonderful off-the-shelf boots.

    Director Dave: Joe… You are observant… Remember, ISIS has a lot of oil money and real estate. The U.S. and it’s allies have the best intel, even illegal, that money can buy. The has this thing called a Black Budget. It’s essentially a ‘blank check’ of funds that are essentially untraceable. Actually, it’s a ‘blank check book’… boxes of them. So we want the best for our actors and for them to look the same except for the leader and spokesperson in black. It’s gotta be black!

    Joe Citizen: And the stylistic ‘Jihadi Homeboy’ side-ways gun look while talking into the camera… What was that about? So stylistic!

    Director Dave: You know Joe, we really want to drive home the ‘flight or fight’ response with images as fast as possible. We know we only have about 5 seconds with the larger audience who is already barely paying attention. So we really want to threaten… say… the Fox News audience or make the ‘red states’ wanna go fight right now! Their heads are sort of like getting Jell-O to mold and harden. First you got to heat it until it dissolves, put it in the mold so it winds up the shape you want it to be in, and you could add some color if ya want, then put it in the fridge. It isn’t instant! You need for it’s molecular structure to cool down and stop moving. It takes time and is a process to make Jell-O just the way you want!

    Joe Citizen: Wow Director Dave! How enlightening! It’s almost even subliminal! Heckfire! I’m gonna go get me some Jell-O right now!

    • socoloco

      The shocking thing is people go to the theatre and say “Graphics were awesome, I can still tell they were fake.” Knowing the movie is entertainment. Knowing the graphics are fake.

      I surmise they could use stop-motion photography, cheap makeup and props used 20 years ago and fool people because it is presented as real from “News” sites. It looks like that is exactly what is taking place.

      People seem to love the fear porn and the idea of the next Hitler. People see a 30 second news clip and think they are informed.

      If you asked them who the 16th President was they wouldn’t know, but if you asked them what Lincoln did (if they knew that) “Lincoln freed the slaves.” Which is factually incorrect, but generally accepted.

      “It is easier to fool someone than convince them they have been Fooled.” — Mark Twain.

      • Tim

        Where’s the video so we can see for ourselves?

  • John Cook

    It’s interesting to think that the majority of people believe these bullshit videos because they have been trained by Hollywood that that is how things look in real life. It’s like explosions, Hollywood explosions always have a fireball, provided by a can of gasoline to supplement them, when someone see an actual explosion it looks compleatly different.
    So I suspect that by being obviously fake to analysis who can recognise their “Hollywood” source, they are More believable for the idiots.

  • YourCarSucks
    • It’s all there if you look.

      It’s not real, and yes I did go to 9 min 30 and see the part you’re mentioning. It’s fake fake fake. Which is good in one way, but quite a shitter in another.

      • Stephen

        what makes you think it is fake? Looks pretty damn real, they didn’t stop the video and black it out like the other ones.

    • Stephen

      That one looked real…I am always scared to watch them even if I think they are fake. I watched it on my phone from far away, the other ones I was fine watching up close afterwards because I was pretty sure they were fake…not that one.

  • Michael

    This article (which is very good by the way!) leaves me pondering over a bigger question.

    Is it that ISIS are indeed giants? … or … Are the captives midgets?