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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 11:46 AM
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Man Beheaded by Militants Is Laid to Rest
WEST CHESTER, Pa. - Nicholas Berg, the 26-year-old American who was beheaded on videotape by Iraqi militants, was buried Friday morning in a private ceremony.

A memorial service for family and friends was planned for Friday afternoon.


"They're in a state of shock," family spokesman Bruce Hauser said. "You walk in and look at (mother Suzanne Berg) and she doesn't even look like herself."


Hauser said Berg's mother, father, sister and brother were likely to speak at the private memorial service Friday at a synagogue.

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Carni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 12:11 PM
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1. This is ghoulish but
I want to know if the parents were allowed to view the body.
If both parts of the body were found.
If there was an autopsy to find out if the man was alive when the beheading took place.
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PaDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 12:18 PM
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3. I only heard that
they weren't allowed to meet the casket when it came in at the miltary base, DOD decision..I also wonder if they were able to view his body..
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 01:43 PM
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6. Is Berg's Body Considered Government Property?????
They're acting as if it were.
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PaDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 08:32 PM
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11. This reeks from high hell..
With the amount of phone calls that the family has been receiving, these people aren't going to let this go which I wouldn't either. I find it difficult that the family wouldn't want to view the body..Also, there's been cases that bodies have been exhumed from the grave and tests done years later..Also, it wouldn't surprise me if the govt has the family and their attorney's phones tapped, and they're watching their every move.
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Windy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 08:45 PM
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14. That is simply awful.
What, they didn't want to set a precedent? Couldn't allow the dead/caskets to be seen or photographed again?
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leftynyc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 02:18 PM
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8. Under Jewish law, they must view the body
and make sure who is being buried. Also under Jewish law, the body must never be left alone until buried. To answer another post below, embalming is against Jewish law. That's why the 24 hour rule.
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 08:42 PM
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13. Under Jewish law I trust that an autopsy was performed.
Perhaps a few questions can be answered and a few mysteries might be solved.
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dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 09:05 PM
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17. I believe Jewish law forbids autopsies.
Though, I would imagine whether or not one is done might depend on how Orthodox the family is?
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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 12:18 PM
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2. I notice that AP has inaccurately identified the perpetrators as...
"Iraqi militants". I understood that the group identified themselves as Al Qaeda, according to the US admin, and that the leader was a Jordanian, not an Iraqi. I would e-mail AP but, being a Canadian, I doubt they would pay attention.
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 12:23 PM
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4. according to a transcript of the tape
no such identification, either of al Qaeda or of al Zarqawi, took place on the tape.
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 12:47 PM
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5. Looks like no independent autopsy then
Perhaps the parents were just worn out by now.
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 01:46 PM
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7. Embalmed already, I expect
which would make it impossible to conduct another autopsy.
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 07:07 PM
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9. See the post about embalming. Not permitted under Jewish law.

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Carni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 07:14 PM
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10. But would the Government care about that?
They don't seem to care about anything else so I wouldn't imagine Jewish law would influence them in the least.
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 08:38 PM
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12. I just posted that for general info.
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Windy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 08:47 PM
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15. I posted this separately, but got no reaction
Once this family takes the time they need to recoup best they can, though they will unfortunately never be able to get over their horrific and senseless loss, I hope they come out fighting and not let this administration get away with the death of their son, whose blood is on Bushco's hands whether they conspired to kill him, used his terrible tragic death for propaganda purposes or both. If they start shouting hopefully the media will listen!!!!! If there was a way to give them encouragement and support, I for one would jump on that bandwagon in an instant!!! Maybe DU could set up a charitable fund for donations to the family or something. We must get this into the mainstream media and fully investigated. Not by the administration, but by outside investigative journalists like Sy Hersch or Bob Woodward or Paul O'Neill's collaborator whose name escapes me right now. Or how about Sebastian Junger...a journalist with guts and nerves of steel! We need to band together and do something, not just sit here on this board and banter about conspiracy theories.
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 09:04 PM
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16. Welcome to DU, Windy
Sometimes you get reactions, sometimes people need to let stuff sink in. Don't spend too much time thinking about it :)
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 09:29 PM
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19. You make good sense to me windy
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robbedvoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 09:14 PM
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18. Randi suggested we show support to his family
After all, Michael Berg said his son died for W's sins. That in itself ought to be reason enough.
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 09:32 PM
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20. What, no autopsy?
:headbang:
rocknation
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