Beheading video

Last updated on 12 September 2017

A beheading video is a type of propaganda video in which hostages are graphically decapitated.[1]

History

The first beheading video was of Daniel Pearl in 2002.[2]

The videos were popularized in 2004 by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a radical Islamic militant.

The videos caused controversy among Islamic scholars, some of whom denounced them as against Islamic law; Al-Qaeda did not approve and Osama bin Laden considered them poor public relations. Regardless, they became popular with certain Islamic terrorist groups, such as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.[3]

The beheadings shown in these videos are usually not performed in a "classical" method – decapitating a victim quickly with a blow from a sword or axe – but by the relatively slow and tortuous process of slicing and sawing the victim's neck, while still alive, with a knife.[4]

Early videos were grainy and unsophisticated, but, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, have been "growing in sophistication, using animated graphics and editing techniques apparently aimed at embellishing the audio to make a victim's final moments seem more disturbing".[5] These videos are often uploaded to the World Wide Web by terrorists, then discussed and distributed by web-based outlets,[6] such as blogs, shock sites, and traditional journalistic media. After a beheading video by a Mexican drug cartel spread virally on Facebook, the Family Online Safety Institute petitioned to have it removed.[7] Initially, Facebook refused to remove the video,[8] then did so,[9] and subsequently clarified their policies, stating that beheading videos would only be allowed if posted in a manner intended for its users to "condemn" the acts.[10]

Writing in The Atlantic, Simon Cottee drew a comparison between jihadist videos and gonzo pornography.[11]

Videos released

pre-2004

2004

2005–2013

2014

2015

Hoax

A hoax beheading video filmed by Benjamin Vanderford, Robert Martin, and Laurie Kirchner in 2004 received wide attention by the American press.[47] The video used Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad's logo, but not the group's flag.[48] It was originally filmed for Vanderford's local election campaign.[49] He was seeking Matt Gonzalez's seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.[50] Vanderford's second intention was to point out how uncritically the mainstream media would accept an anonymous video.[51] The Islamic Global Media Center claimed to have made the video, but removed it from their website after the hoax was discovered.[52] The video also appeared on other militant websites and was broadcast on Arabic television.[53][54]

See also

References

  1. ^ Stannard, Matthew B. (May 13, 2004). "Beheading video seen as war tactic". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
  2. ^ Miles, Steven H. (2009), Oath Betrayed: American's Torture Doctures, U. of California Pr., p. 162, ISBN 978-0-520-25968-3. Miles' claim matches the list in this article if we ignore the beheading of Daniel Pearl almost 27 months earlier in Pakistan. From at last some perspectives, it seems reasonable to classify the Pearl beheading as separate from the 10 beheadings in the 6 months following Abu Ghraib abuses entered the international consciousness. The match isn't perfect, because to get eleven beheadings after Abu Ghraib and before Miles' book appeared, we would either need an event not included in this article or we would need to include the beheading of Piotr Stańczak in Pakistan just over 4 years later. Nevertheless, the record seems largely to confirm Miles' suggestion of vengeance as a motive. He continues, “Pursuing justice differs from being consumed by revenge. The former proceeds from crime to investigation, to trial, to punishment, and then to closure. Vengeance is a whirlwind, where atrocity justifies revenge, and revenge becomes an atrocity.”
  3. ^ Bloom, Mia (August 22, 2014). "Even al-Qaeda denounced beheading videos. Why the Islamic State brought them back.". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  4. ^ Brecher, Gary (September 3, 2014). "The long, twisted history of beheadings as propaganda". PandoDaily.
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