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Tansy_Gold Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-11-04 08:07 PM
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Why was Berg in Iraq?

He originally had some kind of contract to do some kind of work. he was there for a month or so, work ended, he went home. Decided to go back to Iraq to look for more work.

I know that's an incredibly bizarre suggestion, that someone would go to Iraq looking for work repairing communications towers, but well, it just might be, mightn't it????

Did he really just go there at his own initiative because he thought he could get work installing antennas?

Maybe he did and maybe he didn't. Seems like you asked a question, assumed an answer, but don't like that answer so you want another one. Berg's family has apparently said he went to Iraq to fix/install radio towers. obviously, of course, since they're his parents, and his father is his business partner, they can't be trusted to tell the truth. (sarcasm turned down, but not off).

Why was Berg jailed by the US military in Iraq?

We don't know. Maybe they wanted to know why he was wandering around Iraq without a stated purpose. Maybe he had been seen in the company of some former Ba'athists, trying to find work. But I think it's a pretty big leap to think that just because Berg was picked up by the Iraqi police (who are working basically at the pleasure of the CAP) he must have been murdered by the CIA two months later.

Was he subject to interrogation by military intelligence?

You're asking this in a kind of tone that implies something is being hidden. I believe it was clearly stated that the Iraqi police turned him over to the CAP. The military is running everything, including the prisons. Was he held there for 13 days because no one believed he was an American? Was he held for 13 days because that's how long it took to process him? Dunno. But those might be legit questions to ask, too.

Why was he released? When? And to whose custody?

He was released 13 days after his arrest. He was probably released because they figured out he was an American looking for communications construction work. He was released into his own custody, because he went back to his hotel and contacted his parents and told them he was going to try to get back to the States via Kuwait and Jordan because the increased fighting had closed a lot of the roads.

Was he on his way home to the US, and if so how?

One can, I think, safely assume he was on his way back to the U.S. since that's what he told his parents he was going to do. Of course, I suppose they can be part of the conspiracy, faking their anti-war stance, etc., etc., etc.

Where has he been since April 9?

Apparently, he's been "missing." One might logically assume he was kidnapped around that time by the people who ultimately murdered him. This sort of thing happens, and it's not just the CIA who does it. There have been several reports of X number of Americans "missing" in Iraq, whether they are attached to contractors or security personnel or aid workers or reporters or what, who knows. But it's been no secret that a number of them are missing and presumed either dead or in the hands of kidnappers of one stripe or another.

As opportunistic as * may be, isn't it possible that al-Zarqawi (sp)(who may or may not himself have been in the video, thus explaining how the voice didn't sound like him) took advantage of an opportunity to snatch an unguarded American? Maybe to use as a hostage to bargain for the release of some other al-Qaeda types being held, even if the CAP didn't know (yet) that they were al-Qaeda?

Was he a critic of the US occupation?

Apparently not, as he seemed to be trying his best to take advantage of business opportunities provided by the occupation. His father was anti-war, but that doesn't mean either one of them was anti-business opportunities. One of the parents stated that Nick wanted to try to help the Iraqi people, so it doesn't sound like he was vocal in any kind of opposition; most of the major contractors are using "we want to help the Iraqi people" as a cover-up for their nefarious schemes.

Who are the "real perps"?

I suspect the real perps are the guys in the video. They might even be followers of al-Zarqawi, anti-American muslim extremists, loyal to Osama bin-Laden. . . . . . .

Look, I hate the bushies and I wouldn't put anything past them, but if we spend all our time looking for far-out conspiracies, I think we're in mega danger of losing sight of the obvious enemies: the terrorists. And haven't we been accusing the bushies of ignoring Afghanistan and OBL and al-Qaeda in favor of going after his personal bogeyman Saddam? Aren't we maybe just a bit guilty of the same thing, looking for our own bushie bogeyman where there isn't one, and in the process letting the real bad guy get away?

Sorry this has taken me so long to write that it probably will end up way down-thread of the original question.

Tansy Gold

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