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Bin Laden’s beard real, last video is not
Posted by: mcq on Thursday, September 13, 2007

Or so says Neal Krawetz, an expert on digital image forensics:
Krawetz says the inner frame of bin Laden was resaved at least twice, and not at the same time. The images show fine horizontal stripes on bin Laden and a background indicating these came from interlaced video sources. In contrast, the text elements, such as the As-Sahab logo, appear to be from non-interlaced sources.

The September 7 video shows bin Laden dressed in a white hat, white shirt and yellow sweater. Krawetz notes "this is the same clothing he wore in the 2004-10-29 video. In 2004 he had it unzipped, but in 2007 he zipped up the bottom half. Besides the clothing, it appears to be the same background, same lighting, and same desk. Even the camera angle is almost identical." Krawetz also notes that "if you overlay the 2007 video with the 2004 video, his face has not changed in three years—only his beard is darker and the contrast on the picture has been adjusted."

More important though are the edits. At roughly a minute and a half into the video there is a splice; bin Laden shifts from looking at the camera to looking down in less than 1/25th of a second. At 13:13 there is a second, less obvious splice. In all, Krawetz says there are at least six splices in the video. Of these, there are only two live bin Laden segments, the rest of the video composed of still images. The first live section opens the video and ends at 1:56. The second section begins at 12:29 and continues until 14:01. The two live sections appear to be from different recordings "because the desk is closer to the camera in the second section."
He also describes audio manipulation:
Then there are the audio edits. Krawetz says "the new audio has no accompanying 'live' video and consists of multiple audio recordings." References to current events are made only during the still frame sections and after splices within the audio track." And there are so many splices that I cannot help but wonder if someone spliced words and phrases together. I also cannot rule out a vocal imitator during the frozen-frame audio. The only way to prove that the audio is really bin Laden is to see him talking in the video," Krawetz says.
That doesn't mean that bin Laden isn't alive or didn't make the audio. It appears to claim that the video is a compilation of many old audio and video sources with some new audio added to reference current events. And as Krawetz says, that being the case (no new video showing bin Laden talking), the possibility exists for a bin Laden imitator to have provided that.
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was pretty apparent to me when i saw the references to events in pauses of video. Obviously theres is something not right with OBL. Either hes dead, sick or off with even fewer people. Perhaps keeping his entourage to a minimum to reduce an infiltration.
Written By: josh b
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What the world desperately needs, as soon as possible, is a video mashup of Elvis denouncing US imperialism and swearing jihad. I don’t have the skills to assemble such a thing, but it would be the perfect riposte to this apparent fabrication.
Written By: sammler
Weekend at Bernie’s 3.
Written By: Jeff
It probably doesn’t matter. After all, most human beings are quite enthusiastically willing and able to believe the unbelievable, unseen, invisible.

Hell, the Muslim world probably wouldn’t care even if they knew he was dead. They’d just figure these compilations were made by inspired and prophetic hands.

You’re dealing with insane people whose only dealing with actual reality has to do with bodily functions.
Written By: Richard Nikoley
I hope the imitator wasn’t someone linked to Karl Rove.

I’ll pause so we can all laugh at that crazy idea.

Anyway, even if he’s dead, Zawahiri essentially equals Bin Laden in GWOT relevance.

Written By: glasnost
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Anyway, even if he’s dead, Zawahiri essentially equals Bin Laden in GWOT relevance.
So getting bin Laden is essentially irrelevent.
Written By: Don
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I hope the imitator wasn’t someone linked to Karl Rove.
If Rove was behind it, the imitator was likely some leftist tricked into doing it. Who knew Kucinich would end up on Rove’s leash . . .
Written By: Don
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if Rove had done it, it would have been believable.

I’ll pause so we can all laugh at that crazy idea.

Anyway, even if he’s not dead, Rove essentially equals Bin Laden in GWOT relevance.
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