Several days have passed since the dramatically memorable 20th of October, when news flashed around the world that Muammar Ghadafi had been captured – a story amended within an hour to the news he’d been captured and subsequently killed.
Within the ranks of Ghadafi supporters, there was much confusion. The initial reaction of many was disbelief. To be fair, even today, there’s no absolute certainty that the man seen savaged like a fox among hounds was actually Muammar Ghadafi. Some refuse to believe he was captured at all and insist this is yet one more case of media lies, fakery and psy-ops. For all I know, they could be right. I do hope so. The day a verifiable new video message from Ghadafi is tweeted around the planet would be the day the mainstream media’s credibility goes into free-fall.
My own assessment, for what it’s worth, is less optimistic. I think Ghadafi probably was murdered on October 20th – just as his son Moutassim was murdered around the same time (see Mutassim Gaddafi captured alive – but then shown dead (VIDEO).
In both cases, there appears to be genuine footage of some of their last moments, following their capture. In both cases, the prisoners are clearly alive, yet they died soon afterwards (Moummar was dead by the end of the video in all likihood – so it really is a ‘snuff movie’!)
Murder – whether pre-meditated or in an outburst of rage – is the only feasible explanation in the case of both father and son.
The footage of Muammar Ghadafi’s last moments appears to cover the drama of his death. On the 20th October, the first item to be released by the mass media was a single frame (a still photo) from the video. It showed Ghadafi’s bloodied corpse.
About an hour later, the video from which that frame had been extracted was shown too. I initially came across it here: Gaddafi dead: Video of leader’s initial capture (EXCLUSIVE).
The hands of Ghadafi's killer? (screenshot at 2.20)
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to download the flash video. Doubtless technology exists to do that, but I don’t have it. What I did do, on Oct 21st, just a few hours after the reported death, was take a few freeze frames (screenshots). I did this because someone on Twitter suggested to me that there appeared to be a few western special ops types in the mob surrounding Ghadafi.
I captured a couple of frames in particular – snapped at 2.20 and 2.22 respectively in the video as it was on October 21st. They show in one case a pair of hands and in the other a face, both of which look more European/Caucasian than Arab/Berber. I tweeted these images and speculated in my tweets whether this individual was the real killer.
Is this pink-faced man Ghadafi's killer?
Prior to that time in the video, Ghadafi was getting beaten and abused – but was still clearly alive and conscious. Seconds afterwards he seemed to be dying. Someone shot him. It’s since been reported there were two bullets. One was to the head. Ghadafi was most likely shot at close range, not ‘in crossfire’ as the NTC implausibly claims to this day.
My suspicion is Moummar Ghadafi was deliberately murdered by a trained killer. His survival was not left to chance.
Martin Iqbal, another commentator who’s been following the horros in Libya closely, wrote an article about the death of Ghadafi on October 22nd: The ‘rebel’ assassination of Muammar Gaddafi: a NATO operation from A to Z. It drew on a report in Debka.com. Iqbal is a first-class analyst and his website is a must for regular visits. Yet I disagree with this particular article. As he acknowledges, Debka.com is an Israeli website known to peddle Zionist disinfo. However, in this instance, Iqbal thinks its report may be accurate as the report doesn’t directly impact on Israeli interests. Personally, I doubt that it is fully accurate. I note that since the 24th Iqbal’s article features an update, referring to a Daily Telegraph article published on the 20th, entitled Col Gaddafi killed: convoy bombed by drone flown by pilot in Las Vegas. The gist of that article is not far from the scenario I believe to be accurate.
Debka’s theory is presented (as always) as fact (never as a hypothesis or possibility). Its theory/fact is that Ghadafi was actually captured by western special ops in Sirte days before, then shot in both legs to prevent his escape and released into the mob of angry NTC warriors to ensure a nice, bloody, pack execution – great propaganda.
One problem with this is there’s no evidence in the video that Ghadafi was crippled at the outset. Nor does Debka’s scenario seem plausible to me. Had special ops really captured Ghadafi, I think they’d either have killed him there and then – or set up a tidier photo-op for his staged death.
My own theory (which I emphasise is just a theory – I’ve no claim to divine knowledge), is that Ghadafi was captured more or less as the official narrative suggests. His convoy probably was hit by NATO strikes while attempting to leave Sirte. Amazingly, he escaped that strike and took shelter in a large drain by the road, but was pursued by NTC ’rebels’.
He was then dragged out of that hiding place, which is when the video began rolling. The footage starts from a higher vantage pint – presumably up on the road. The cameraman (in reality, this footage was likely taken by a mobile phone) followed the mob down to the side of the road. That’s where the killing took place.
The mob was clearly treating Ghadafi in a way that no military or police captive should ever be treated. He was being slapped around, punched and abused – but there were no signs of lethal assault. It’s likely a single assassin (two at most) delivered the bullets which actually killed him.
The video doesn’t enable me to conclusively identify the killer – although expert analysts may be able to do better. But there are some rather interesting frames. I showed a couple above, which appear to depict a man of non-Libyan appearance who was in the right place at the right time to kill Ghadafi.
Is this man western special ops? It seems clear special forces operatives were ordered to keep an eye out for Ghadafi in Sirte – and kill him if located. Hillary Clinton’s comments in Tripoli only a day before affirmed that murdering him would be quite acceptable top the US Government. I think that was the public face of an official order to execute.
My theory is that the video was released shortly after the photo to allow time for it to be quickly checked. Presumably, the goal was to scrub any frames that might implicate westerners in the killing. However, the checking was rushed and a few frames slipped through that do suggest the involvement of a trained western killer.
Returning to the same video today (more than 3 days after it was first posted online), I notice possible use of digital white-out in some frames. Is this to obscure the identity of the killer?
Not being able to capture the original video to hard drive, I can’t now go through it frame by frame. However, I did take a couple of screenshots on the 21st. Today, I returned to the same URL to take more. This time I noticed a few more peculiarities, including one frame that appears to have been subjected to the digital equivalent of white-out (see right). Have frames been changed since the video first went online? Without a downloaded version, I can’t check. Maybe someone else out there grabbed one?
Today GlobalPost is running a follow-up story with more video and the even more lurid title Gaddafi sodomized: Video shows abuse frame by frame. I won’t get into the sordid question of whether Ghadafi really was abused in this manner in his last moments. Even if he was, it didn’t kill him. Bullets killed him. What interests me more is that the video at the base of that page appears to have the same snuff movie shown by GlobalPost on October 20th – but when I try to extract frames from that version around the 2.22 mark, I get slightly different results (shown below). Again, there are frames suggestive of editing. But this time, no part of the face of the man I quipped is “Mr Special Ops’ appears in those frames I could capture as screenshots.
I’m speculating, but… it seems to me some attempt may have been made to ‘lose’ the pink-faced individual who featured rather clearly in the video I originally screen-shot on October 21st. The top-left frame above shows less of him than before. Has the top-right been retouched to present an Arab (as opposed to European) appearance? The two fames on the bottom both appear to have been whited-out. It may be purely an artefact of the camera/light, but it certainly looks like digital white-out. What was there originally?
Are the psy-ops artists gradually correcting the minor mistakes they made on the 20th in order to rush out the video? That’s my suspicion. The Debka story somewhat increases it. In Debka’s narrative, special ops actually let Ghadafi go. My theory is the opposite. Debka would probably run a deceptive story like that as a favour to its CIA/MI6 buddies.
The BBC also ran a story on 23rd September entitled Does new video provide clues as to who killed Gaddafi?, suggesting that a young dark-skinned man, shown on video being feted by his NTC colleagues, was the self-confessed killer. It’s possible that’s true, I suppose, but I can see no sign of his face in the death-sequence video (can you?). Today, there’s another “I killed Gaddafi“ story, this time via The Sun and RT. It names a man who’s allegedly confessed to the murder. His face seems different from the man in the BBC story. All very confusing. My suspicion is these stories are to throw us all off the track…
There's a lot of them around, usually off-camera. This western sniper in Sirte was captured on film a few days before Ghadafi's murder; when he saw the camera, he said "shit!" in an American accent
One way or another, the Libyan leader was killed by NATO. The NATO countries set up the execution, even if a Libyan pulled the trigger. But like so much of this war, I’d guess the murder of Moummar Ghadafi was so important to the imperialists they daren’t leave the outcome to chance. I suspect it was a westerner who pulled the trigger – and that there’s been a rather clumsy cover-up since to obscure this.
Zionists have wanted Ghadafi dead since 1973 if not before. Libya joined Egypt in the 1973 war against Israel and Libyan jets went into battle.
Zionists have long memories. Through their allies and agents in successive US Administrations – and within British and American spookdom – they kept the flame of hate alive, trying again and again to Ghadafi him as the decades rolled by. This year, it appears, they finally achieved their gruesome goal courtesy of western military and special forces.
With Moutassim also murdered, the assault on the Ghadafis is looking more and more like a systematic attempt to exterminate a family that was viewed as potential source of opposition to Empire. Over the decades, the Kennedy family in the USA, the Bhuttos in Pakistan and Ghandis in India have suffered similar ‘culls’. For the Ghadafis, exterminations have been concentrated within the span of a few months,
All surviving members of the family may well be in danger, including those who’ve left Libya such as Aisha Ghadafi. Seif Al-Islam is certainly a prime target and international public opinion should mobilize in his defense. We must DEMAND there are no more another ‘accidental’ killings!
The brutal murder of Muammar Ghadafi was just one of many, many thousands of murders in Libya in this evil, externally-fabricated war. Like the hero the western media said he wasn’t, Ghadafi died alongside his people. Like ALL Libyans whose lives have been snuffed out by murderers, his family and supporters deserve real justice.
It just so happens that in his case, unlike the other nameless thousands, we have real evidence to bring to bear, even though it may already be coated in layers of disinformation.
Murder most never go uninvestigated and should always be subject to justice. This is a basic hallmark of civilized society.
It’s time people everywhere demand that our global civilization is redeemed from further debasement by murderers in power.
UPDATE 26th Oct: A short video Gadaffi Death. NATO WAS THERE. PROOF! was posted on YouTube yesterday. It’s just come to my attention via Twitter. More evidence of western special ops in the mob that killed Ghadafi…
A video posted on the same YouTube account on October 22nd - GADDAFI. DEATH. The Liars - documents rather well the many highly contradictory ‘official’ statements about the deaths of Muammar Ghadafi, his son Mutassim and security chief Abdullah Al-Senussi who also died in captivity on the same day.
I also just came across another screen-shot, taken by someone else, from the video of Ghadafi’s death.
This may be the clearest image yet of the murderer of Muammar Gaddafi (see right).
POSTSCRIPT (Nov 9th 2011):
Mahmoud Jibril, former chair of the executive board of Libya’s National Transitional Council was interviewed by CNN recently and expressed suspicions about the killing of Ghadafi that are essentially the same as my own.
Perhaps now Jibril has resigned from an NTC leadership role he feels more able to speak truthfully?