American author Naomi Wolf has openly stated that she believes the videos of recent ISIS beheadings could be fake.
Wolf—often described as a feminist and the author of books such as The Beauty Myth and Vagina: A New Biography—recently posted her claims on Facebook. According to The Daily Mail, in one post Wolf wrote the following.
“OK two of the hostages just happened to go from long careers into the military to… sudden humanitarian work (same was true of the latest British hostage). Where are they getting all these folks from?”
The post later disappeared from her wall. Wolf has defended her statements, claiming that she was actually critiquing the journalistic integrity of the reporting.
“The NYT (New York Times) yesterday ran a depressingly sloppy editorial claiming that all the ISIS beheading videos must be real because ‘there are so many of them on YouTube. THAT’s journalism? They also called ISIS ‘evil’ many times—which is not language of a news analysis…”
Wolf went on to write that “it takes five people to stage an event like this—two to be ‘parents’—two to pose for the cameras…one in a ninja outfit…and one to contact the media that does not bother checking who ANY of these four other people are…”
Backlash surrounding Wolf’s statements was swift and harsh, especially on social media. Many comments have condemned her as a “conspiracy theorist.” The author has also claimed that the Obama Administration is sending soldiers to West Africa in order to expose them to Ebola; should any of them become infected, Obama would use that as grounds to invade and take over Africa.
So far this year, two American journalists and two British aid workers have been beheaded by ISIS. As reported by the Inquisitr, 26-year-old American Peter Kassig is now under threat of being executed by the Islamic State, and his parents have issued a recorded message to his captors to plead for their son’s life.
No matter where you fall on the matter of Naomi Wolf’s statements, there is precedent to point to when it comes to the U.S. and fake terrorist videos. In 2010, the Washington Post reported that members of the CIA admitted to recording a staged Bin Laden video before the Iraq War started in 2003. The plan was to distribute the video throughout Iraq to discredit Bin Laden. The fake footage reportedly depicted Bin Laden and other terrorists drinking alcohol and discussing sex with boys. The video was never used, however.
Naomi Wolf is also the author of the book The End of America, in which she equates the early years of the 21st century with the rise of dictatorships, and urges U.S. citizens to act before America succumbs to similar tyranny.
What do you think of author Naomi Wolf and her claims that the ISIS beheading videos could be fakes?
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