Friday, July 24, 2009

The NEDA Mystery

While internet site TMZ and soon thereafter the BBC (citing TMZ) were the first media outlets to report the death of Michael Jackson, Citizen journalism isn't always on target. Take the NEDA incident. The video of a young Iranian woman's death has been scrutinized, accused of being staged. The woman herself is not the one you have pictured in YOUR mind!

Neda was shot in the heart last month during a protest of thousands against the Iranian presidential election results that declared Mahmoud Ahmadinejad president. Her death was captured on video by bystanders and uploaded to the internet. She died with her eyes wide open, and her last moments reached millions of people. Global Voices' Hamid Tehrani uploaded a link and video-rich post about this young Iranian and the possible consequences of her death.

NOT EVERYONE BELIEVES IN NEDA: Gary Trieste deconstructs the "Neda death video"...
Shortly into the video, we see blood coming from her mouth. She is not sputtering it out, or coughing it up, as in an inability to breathe. Rather it appears rapidly and self flowing, and runs down both sides of her mouth, almost exclusively. Her center teeth aren't even stained.

Shortly thereafter blood appears to pour out her right nostril . . . Looking carefully in the video, it appears that both the mouth and nostril bleed occurs right after a hand is seen pushing up onto or into them.

These flow patterns appear more to be from a blood bladder timed for rupture when the camera was in the correct position. And the nose bleed appears only after what appears to be a rapid slight-of-hand insertion of blood into her nose.

Conveniently, an anonymous doctor was on hand to provide the CPR, and to try to save her life, provide credible medical testimony, then disappear from the scene.

Now I am nitpicking, but this video was supposedly shot with a cellphone videocam. It really seems a bit too high quality for that, more like a DV camcorder.
Interesting theory... what do YOU think?


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  1. The Neda videos were filmed
    by a professional crew.

    There's a man with a tape measure at the beginning of the video. Google "tape measure, film crew, movie",

    1st AC / First Assistant Camera

    In cinematography, a focus puller or first assistant camera (1 AC) is the member of a film crew responsible for keeping the camera's focus right during a shoot. ........ To accurately focus on the subject, it is common to measure the distance (usually with a tape measure...

    There is a crowd of people milling about in the video but the camera follows the guy in the EASILY IDENTIFIABLE blue striped shirt from WELL BEFORE the alleged gun shot. The cameraman was obviously trying to keep Neda and her father/music teacher in the field of view while panning the crowd. Neda looks back at the camera man several times. This video was staged.

    Would ANY NORMAL HUMAN BEING just casually walk away from such a dramatic scene ?


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