17th November 2015
To BBC Complaints, PO Box 1922, Darlington, DL3 0UR
I write to protest at your broadcast last Thursday 12th November re ''Johnny Jihad' (JJ). I believe it was on that evening. This is all from memory; I have not resorted to iPlayer.
The segment was introduced briefly by Mr Frank Gardner. I believe he said that JJ had “apparently” beheaded victims in his association with IS as it is now called.
Mr Paul Adams then reported that an 'air strike' had probably killed JJ but confirmation was awaited from the US which had carried it out.
My analysis of one video presumably starring JJ -
24 August 2014
The 'video' of the alleged decapitation of James Foley in northern Iraq by an agent of the ''Islamic State''
FAO His Excellency Sir Peter Westmacott KCMG RVO Ambassador to the US
Dear Sir Peter,
I am prompted to write to you because I saw and heard you on what passes for 'news' in these isles on the likelihood of finding the British subject who carried out a supposedly heinous act. I note that a naive assumption has been made - that the recorded voice was that of the masked murderer.
Although I have served as an orthopaedic and trauma surgeon and thus was used to amputating limbs, I have shrunk from 'videos' allegedly reporting decapitation in Syria where HMG has been supporting terrorist actions against the sovereign government there.
However, because this terrible death of Foley was being given the full 'megawattage', I viewed it after my sister had sent me the link. I watched it several times, bracing myself as the knife was drawn across the young American's neck.
It was obvious that it was a rather poor piece of prestidigitation. I made these comments to my sister (enhanced now for explanation) and they were placed on a web site. I understand that away from the MSM there is universal scepticism as to the 'decapitation'.
1. Knife shown, if real, could not sever even the soft tissues. Same with Dr Kelly and his wrist. To sever tendons and nerves one needs a knife of scalpel sharpness. I know that from my life in surgery and in shechita, for instance, the knife is extremely sharp. (Personal communication - from Jewish butcher - I was on my way to Gaza via Tel Aviv.)
2. The neck - after ''beheading'' is very clean cut and not bloodied. With a knife, that was likely not sharp, the skin incision would have been jagged. Did the assassin take a wet cloth to clean the neck stump? Of course he did not. Maximum effect would have been the aim.
3. This stump of neck, parts of the right hand look pale and bland - looks like a dummy from an Oxford Street window.
4. I note 'pixillation' above the left ankle. Why?
5. The suit is NOT a Guantanamo 'jump suit'. Someone had written of him being clad in a 'jump suit', from that torture centre, for extra effect.
We know it is poor conjuring, but the lie penetrates because the whole of our MSM conspires with the psychopaths who run the show. Furthermore, anti-Muslim prejudice has been massaged vigorously and the big lie of Hitler sinks deeply in.
I am aware Sir Peter that the SIS in Britain have looked very closely at this 'video'. Given its conclusion, I have to question whether there was a surgeon, anatomist and forensic pathologist on hand to add expertise to any conclusion.
Why should I question the 'diagnosis' here and have the temerity to approach you? It is because I have had a scientific training and a good deal of experience of knives and tissues, and blood.
Above all, I am sick in my 74th year of hearing lies, pulled out of the air for geo-political reasons (and especially those of Oded Yinon). I took a lead in pleading for an inquest, where there had not been one, into the unnatural death of Dr David Kelly. The Hutton Inquiry that was set up by Falconer within three hours of the corpse being found was 'insufficient' in every way.
I said so outside the High Court 19-12-11, and I also said I cannot stand lies.
My interest is as a universalist. I see all humans as being of equal worth. I say 'No mother and child should be in the least harmed anywhere in our still beautiful world'.
For truth and with kind regards
David Halpin MB BS FRCS
My points -
a. FG 'Apparent'. Does the BBC hold it to be right that it should broadcast illusions? Is it not the rule that a news item requires corroboration by two independent 'on the spot' witnesses? We understand the difficulty here, but the need for extreme caution is obvious.
b. Does the tableau above, and the other vile ones, have any logical basis given the very wide distribution of them on video by IS? It does not advance IS war aims, and its alleged drive towards a wide caliphate does it? Instead it works in the opposite direction by showing a psychopathic group which stops at nothing. More importantly for NATO and another country, it portrays the Muslim as utterly cruel. This is the central message of the broadcast. Do you agree with these points?
c. I analysed another ghastly video. It involved the drowning of 4 men in an elaborate steel cage in a swimming pool, the killing of 4 men by an RPG in a car, and a line of kneeling men whose necks were laced by a line of fuse and their heads then apparently blown off. The segment with the car, when 'frozen' at 14 seconds showed the nearside and empty sleeves held up by rings to the grips above the doors. An illusion. This film was of the same high video quality as that showing JJ with James Foley.
d. These videos were released by an outfit called SITE run by a Rita Katz in Washington
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rita_Katz She is hardly a neutral source of 'news'.
As the public sector broadcaster you know you have a special duty to make certain that your broadcasts to many millions are truthful. There is no truth whatsoever in the macabre illusions put on by JJ wherever they are filmed. I am not denying of course that the IS personnel probably executed them some time after the Hollywood type filming.
David Halpin MB BS FRCS
ps Please tell me if a reply is coming from the BBC itself or from an agency employed by it.