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Who Killed Neda

PART 1, June 25, 2009

The Story of Neda, Twisted

    IRNA reported Wednesday that the killer, or killers, may have “thought that they were targeting one of the government opposition people and that is why they immediately distributed the video of the aftermath of the killing through the official and unofficial media in order to reach their murderous objectives against the Iranian government and revolution.”

That example of extraordinarily clumsy newspeak is how CNN, masters of grammar and the English language, chose to express the Iran News Agency’s report of what might have happened to Neda, the Green Revolution’s most captivating “martyr”.

RE-READ the excerpt above and see if you can figure out what is being said.  The killer was “targeting one of the government opposition people … to reach their murderous objectives against the Iranian government”!!??  It makes no sense as written.  It only makes sense if taken to mean: “THE KILLER THOUGHT THEY WERE TARGETING ONE OF THE GOVERNMENT [SUPPORTERS].”  Thus, the killer pointed to by IRNA would have been one of the Green Revolutionary “protesters”.  Is that how you first read the CNN newspeak report?

Have a look at this photo and tell me if you could hand-pick a more perfect martyr for any cause:

There is some doubt, actually, as to whether or not this is even the correct photographic representation of the new “martyr”. But the New York Daily News clearly and obviously has determined that this young woman IS a true martyr.

Again, however, let’s read the article with DISCERNMENT:

    … Neda Agha-Soltan, a beautiful 26-year-old philosophy student whose murder has made her a martyr to the Iranian opposition, was determined to support the protesters, friend and music teacher Hamid Panahi said.

    … Neda’s fiancÚ, Kaspin Makan, said she didn’t support either side in Iran’s recent disputed election…

    … According to Panahi, witnesses at the scene described the shooter as among a group of plainclothes security or militia who were stationed in the area.

Who do you suppose would know more about Neda’s political affiliations: her music teacher or her boyfriend?  Is her music teacher a credible witness?  It might be nice to give him a lie detector test, don’t you think?  Even he says witnesses described the shooter as someone in PLAINCLOTHES–so  how do people jump so quickly to a conclusion that the shooter represented the government?  Because her “music teacher” says she was there protesting against the government?   What kind of a threat did she represent, for goodness’ sakes!?  Is that the whole story?  Now please take the time to read, “Who Killed Neda Agha-Soltan?

The young woman, whoever she sympathized with, was in no confrontation with the authorities.   Nor with paramilitary forces.  She was away from the main demonstration.  Why, when there were no significant gunfights and no big fighting in the area, would any state official, police or army, shoot an unarmed woman who wasn’t even at the protest and who had no political history?

How was it that the photographer had contact with the media most closely connected with the intelligence forces of the two major former colonial powers in Iran—Britain and the U.S.?

Isn’t this smelling just about as bad as Nayirah’s lie of babies thrown out of incubators in Kuwait?  WE DO NOT KNOW WHO KILLED NEDA–AND NEITHER DOES THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.  But can someone please explain how it is any kind of a benefit to the government [cui bono?] to shoot an unarmed, non-threatening person–away from the main demonstration–who just happens to have a camera trained on her–THUS CREATING THE PERFECT MARTYR?

PART 2, June 26, 2009

For reasons covered in yesterday's Journal, this photo is of a different person than the one shown yesterday from the New York Daily News.

Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Hassan Ghadiri asks:  "My question is, how is it that this Miss Neda is shot from behind, got shot in front of several cameras, and is shot in an area where no significant demonstration was behind held?"

    … Though the video appeared to show that she had been shot in the chest, Ghadiri said that the bullet was found in her head and that it was not of a type used in Iran [emphasis added].

If the bullet wound was to her head, why were the ones attending her pressing on her chest?  And if the bullet was "not of a type used in Iran", is it reasonable to point a finger at a government weapon?  And if you believe that only the government forces had weapons, how would you account for the following report?

    8 Basijis Shot Dead During Tehran Unrest

    Twenty people including, eight Basij members, have been killed during the post-election unrest in Tehran, Iranian officials say.

    All the Basij members were killed by gunfire, indicating that there were gunmen fomenting unrest among protesters, the officials said.

The government lost 8 of its police and 12 non-police were killed.  That's not much of an iron fist, is it? In places like the Philippines (or anywhere, USA, any more), crowd suppression tactics are simple: ensure there are more police than protesters and that the police have an overwhelming force advantage.  By that standard, Iran is relatively FREE from persecution–but cannot shake free from Western media allegations of same.

PART 3, June 28, 2009

Eerie Foreshadowing by Graphic Artist David Dees

The following graphic image by David Dees has a file date of October 26, 2007 (when we saved it “for future reference”):

We have avoided showing any picture of Neda’s murder but for those who have not seen  what seems to be a “snuff film”, she was shot in the back of the head and blood poured out all over her face.  The truly creative mind accesses no-time, no-space and we submit that is from whence this image arose.

PART 4, June 29, 2009

CNN Acknowledges Dispute About Neda's Death
But Intentionally Leaves Situation Murky

Put your God-given mind to work and examine the unresolved contradictions in this CNN story and its predecessor stories for yourself.  Here are some excerpts intended to provoke your thought processes:

    Two people told Press TV there were no security forces in the area when Neda Agha-Soltan, 26, was killed on June 20.

    … Eyewitnesses say Neda was shot by pro-government Basij militiamen perched on a rooftop.

    … "I didn't see who shot who," he said. "The whole scene looked suspicious to me." [And CNN didn't ask "Why?"??]

    … "The bullet was apparently fired from a small caliber pistol that's not used by Iranian security forces," the Press TV anchor said.

    … Suddenly, Neda is on the ground — felled by a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Please recall that a government spokesman just yesterday said the bullet wound was to Neda's HEAD.  Small-caliber weapons (typically, .22 caliber) are favored weapons for assassination when used POINT-BLANK TO THE HEAD, not from a distance.

Study Dr. in Neda video gave 2 completely different stories, including making the statement that "the impact of the gunshot was so fierce that the bullet had blasted inside the victim's chest …"


PART 5, July 3, 2009
Assassin Caught on Camera?

Please do not view this clip if you have a weak stomach.

Follow this link to view the Neda murder video on YouTube.

The Iranian press has reported that Neda was shot in the back of the head (not in the chest) using a small-caliber weapon (probably a small handgun at point-blank range) and not with a high-caliber sniper’s rifle from a rooftop.  Keep in mind that the bullet was described as being of a type not available in Iran.  Let’s start with that set of facts and STUDY the video clip.

You can’t see what happened before the clip started—or can you?  Based on facts present at the start of the clip, one can at least conjecture as to what preceded them.  For example, if a car is in the ditch, one can conjecture quite a bit from the skid marks, if any.  In this case:

How did the blood (about the size of a hand print) get on Neda’s left thigh?

Can you find a left-handed actor (watch is on his right wrist), who has blood all over his right hand—right from the beginning of the clip–whose bloodied hand was wiped on her left thigh?

How did the blood come to be on his right hand?  IF he was the point-blank shooter, might he have shot with his left hand and covered the splatter using his right hand?  Could he have wiped the blood off his hand onto her pants leg?

At the 3-second mark, why does the man in the white shirt look at the camera?

Why does Neda look at the camera, of all things to look at?

If the man with the blue shirt and bloodied right hand had to cover for the reason why his right hand was bloody–before any blood had spilled from Neda’s face–might he have tried to make it look like she had been shot in the chest?  Is that why the two men were working on Neda’s chest?

If this was a point-blank assassination, as indicated by the use of a low-caliber weapon, and if the clip begins within a couple of seconds of the fatal wound being inflicted–THE ASSASSIN IS CLOSE BY AND PROBABLY ON CAMERA.  If the whole thing was staged, the assassin is no doubt one of the principal actors closest to Neda.

‘Staged Death’: U.S. Blasts Iran Over Claim:

    The White House has dismissed as “misinformation” a reported Iranian police claim that the death of Neda Agha-Soltan, who has emerged as an emblem of the political uprising, was staged.


PART 6, July 4, 2009
Revealing Interview with the Doctor on Scene

Neda Agha Soltan’s life was snuffed out on camera in what the Iranian Police are calling an act of ‘premeditated murder’ in ‘an arranged scenario’ using a ’small-caliber gun’ and a ‘bullet of a type not available in Iran’.  There remains a very large question as to whether there was just one wound or more than one. The official version as reported by the Police says Neda was shot in the HEAD.  Was more than one weapon used?  Was some kind of silent, frequency-based weapon employed?

Yesterday, we looked at the role of “the man in the blue shirt”, who is, apparently, “the music teacher”.  In today’s update we will look at a BBC interview with Dr. Arash Hejazi (the “man in the white shirt”).  He says he is afraid and that appears to be true.   What he knows–which is different than what he is telling (based on obvious inconsistencies in his story)–is very dangerous knowledge.  One of the best things he might have done was to “spill the beans” (sort of) during the interview.

While I was over her body I didn’t think of anything but to do the things that a doctor has to do when he’s faced with such a situation … ” said Dr. Arash Hejazi (”the man in the white shirt”).  Is that what YOU see in this frame?  Why is he looking at the camera?

There are several versions of the BBC interview available online.  On YouTube, we find one labeled, “Part 2 of 2” with no corresponding “Part 1 of 2″ apparently due to a copyright infringement.  And there is another one on YouTube labeled, “complete interview“.  But the “complete interview” was obviously heavily edited because it is about one minute shorter than “Part 2 of 2″.  The Washington Post article, “Doctor Tells of Neda’s Final Moments” at 19′01″ appears to contain the entire BBC Interview and is the most complete version we have found.

From the Washington Post clip:

0’40”: “Well, I just can explain from my own and what I was part of.   Our office is nearby the place where this terrible thing happened.  We were there with some friends who had come over there to visit me because I was in Iran just shortly, and we hear that there were things going on in the street nearby …”

1’27”: “… Neda and that man who was with her all the time, who I thought was her father at the time because they were so close and later on I hear that he was her music teacher, uh, were staying there among the crowd, uh, all of a sudden everything turned out, turned crazy because the anti-riot police threw tear gases among people …

2’25″: [This is where the “complete interview” YouTube version begins.  But this version continues:]

“We hear the, a, a gunshot.  Neda was standing one meter away from me.  I didn’t know her; she was just one other person in the crowd [crowd?].  And I hear, I hear the sound and I asked my friend who was standing beside me, ‘What was that?  Was it a gunshot?’  And he said, ‘No, they say they are using plastic bullets.’  And, uh, well, we were just standing there, all of a sudden I turned back and I saw blood gushing out of Neda’s chest and she was in a shocked situation, just looking at her chest, which—blood was gushing out.  And then, she left her, she, she lost her—control.  We—we ran towards her ["we"--meaning the doctor and his friend--"ran towards her": FROM ONE METER AWAY?] and lay her on the ground.  I tried, I bent over there, over her and I saw the bullet wound then—which was right in the chest below the neck, and blood gushing out.  Uh, my experience says that it was the aorta hit [look where the hands are] and the lung as well.

“… my experience says that it was the aorta hit” — Dr. Hejazi

[BBC Interviewer: “Because you are a trained doctor, although you’re running a publishing business now as well …”]

Yes, yes.  I am a GP—I was a GP in Iran before I started this publishing house.  And, uh, well, her aorta and her lung were hit by the bullet [SINGULAR].  And I don’t know because I as far as I know never an autopsy was performed on her; she was buried so fast afterwards.  So, nobody knows but the bullet [SINGULAR] was—I can verify that the bullet [SINGULAR] came from in front and it didn’t leave from her back, so there were no bullet wounds [PLURAL], exit points [PLURAL], from in her back.  Uh, it seem, I have never seen such a thing because the bullet [SINGULAR] seemed to be, have blasted inside her chest, that blood and later on the blood exiting from her mouth and nose.  It’s, it’s, I had the impression at the time that it had hit the lung as well.  Uh, her blood was draining out of her body and I was just putting pressure on the wounds [PLURAL] to try to stop the bleeding, which wasn’t successful, unfortunately, and she died in less than one minute, she was drained out of her blood.”

[Interviewer: paraphrased: Did you see or did you hear the direction from which the gun shot [SINGULAR] came?  Did you see who actually did the firing?]

4’55”: “Yeah, well, things went into chaos afterwards because the man started crying, ‘My child! My child!’  That’s another thing that made me have the impression that he was her father.  And well, yes, we hear the, the sound from in front of us from where, from where  we were standing.  Uh, we had the impression that it [SINGULAR] had come from a rooftop.  But, uh, later on, a few minutes later because I was, when she died, they took her body and put her in a car, because I didn’t follow them …”

5′58″: “But afterwards, some people said they took someone with a Basij car, and they said he was on a motorcycle coming from the other way, hiding in a corner.  Some people shouted that, ‘We caught him!  We caught him!’  People went towards him and they disarmed him and took out his identity cards that he was a Basij member and he said, he was shouting, because people were furious and he was shouting, ‘I didn’t want to kill her!  I didn’t want to kill her!’  People were hang–, they just caught him and they didn’t know what to do with him.  Some people say, ‘Don’t harm him, we are not killers like them.’  … ‘What should we do?’  … And he was saying, ‘I didn’t want to kill her.’  He wasn’t saying, ‘I didn’t, I wasn’t the one to shot her.’  He was just crying because he was afraid.  ‘I didn’t want to kill her.’  So they let him go.  They didn’t know what to do with him … they were afraid to expose themselves to the police … so they just let him go and they took his identity card.  I don’t know those people who took the identity card but I know that there are people there who know who he his … some people were taking photos of him but I don’t know who they are as well …

8’24”: [BBC Interviewer: “How did you feel after that event when you were back in your office and washing the blood from your hands.  What were you thinking?”]

“I was just–it’s indescribable, actually, I don’t know.  I have seen people dying many times, it’s my profession.  I’ve seen even people hit by a bullet.  While I was over her body I didn’t think of anything but to do the things that a doctor has to do when he’s faced with such a situation …”  [After checking over his shoulder to see the videographer and camera.]

9’20”: “…[S]he was one meter away from me, that bullet [SINGULAR] could have hit me.  [bad edit, repeats “hit me”]  That guy—or that person who had shot her–could have been still there, so it was the first time in my life that I really felt the fear of death …”

10’00”: “The look in her eyes—she didn’t have time to say anything, and she just had this look in her eyes that, what has happened, why did/has this happened?  [stammers]  A very innocent look …”

11’38”: [Interviewer: “… By association—because you are in that footage—you are now connected to that in some way.  How do you feel about that?”]

I feel responsible.  The most important thing, you know, I am putting myself in jeopardy now, talking to you—and, uh, but—it was a hard, it was a tough decision to make, to come out and talk about it.  But it was responsible. I–she died for a cause and the cause is not such a simple cause like, you know, people gathering around, creating a cause as an excuse to gather.  She was fighting for basic rights, human basic rights.  She wanted her vote to be counted, she wanted the peace to be free, the freedom of assembly, which is, which is even mentioned in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran—freedom of assembly, freedom of protesting, freedom of speech, which is compromised now, and I don’t want her blood to be, have been shed in vain.  She died on the street to say something, and the fact that the image has traveled so fast around the World, it means something, it means that there is a message there.”

[Following a question posed by the BBC Interviewer with regard to the possibility that Neda could have been hit by a random shot from a protester, the doctor takes several tortured MINUTES beating around the bush without providing a direct answer.  Following another question about whether or not the doctor would feel safe returning to Iran, he says he expects to be denounced and that "they are going to put so many things on me."  And then, finally, he declares:]

18’15”: “And I/nobody would believe that she was shot by a protester, she was shot from front, not from behind, she was shot by a Basij member—which are the armed people.  Yes, the anti-riot police never used the firing guns, they never, they just used anti-rioting tools and tear gas.  But the Basij is armed, it’s an armed force and they don’t follow the rules that are set for the police.  I don’t, the police are not shooting people.  These people are.”


  • He was just in Iran for a short while, visiting, but “our office is nearby”.
  • “She was just one other person in the crowd.”  Crowd?  What crowd?
  • “She left her—lost control, and THEN “we” “ran to her” (from one meter away)?  But at the start of the video clip, as Neda loses control, the doctor is already right there with her.
  • “While I was over her body I didn’t think of anything but to do the things that a doctor has to do when he’s faced with such a situation …”  But he took time to look over his left shoulder at the videographer.
  • “I saw the bullet wound [SINGULAR] then—which was right in the chest below the neck” but then the doctor goes on to say, “it was the aorta hit.”
  • “… [W]e had the impression that it had come from a rooftop”–but then comes the story of the Basij motorcyclist, obviously at ground level.
  • The BBC video caption describes Neda “dying from gunshot wounds”–PLURAL.
  • But the Basij is armed, it’s an armed force.”  Not according to the Iranian press, which describes the Basijis as unarmed volunteers.  WE DON’T KNOW–BUT it was reported that 8 of the Basijis were killed and some 30 more wounded during the Western-backed rioting and the videos we saw of Basijis made them appear to be very vulnerable, unarmed, riding on 2-stroke motorcycles in the midst of protesters throwing molotov cocktails.

MOST REVEALING OF ALL, HOWEVER, IS THE ATTRIBUTION OF NEDA’S SUPPOSED INTENT, when her own boyfriend has said she was not on either side and was basically just in the wrong place at the wrong time.  WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS EMBELLISHMENT?

She was fighting for basic rights, human basic rights.  She wanted her vote to be counted, she wanted the peace to be free, the freedom of assembly, which is, which is even mentioned in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran—freedom of assembly, freedom of protesting, freedom of speech, which is compromised now, and I don’t want her blood to be, have been shed in vain.  She died on the street to say something … “

She wasn’t FIGHTING for anything–she wasn’t protesting at all.


The doctor said many things.  Much of what he said is either self-contradictory or at odds with other observable facts.  It is obvious that he knows more than he has told.  Based on the embellishment of Neda’s intent, Dr. Hejazi’s “coming forward” to augment the story was probably NOT of his own volition.  We pray for his protection, so the truth can be known.

PART 7, July 9, 2009

We have examined the actions of “the man in the blue shirt” in the video clip: Neda’s music teacher, Hamid Panahi, who somehow inexplicably got blood on his right hand befoWe have examined the actions of “the man in the blue shirt” in the “snuff film” video clip: Neda’s music teacher, Hamid Panahi, who somehow inexplicably got blood on his right hand before the video clip began.

And we have gone into some depth in reviewing the self-contradictory BBC interview of “the man in the white shirt”, Dr. Arash Hejazi, who said a bullet wound just below her neck somehow managed to hit her aorta (?).

In this installment, we will look at “the boyfriend”, Caspian Makan, who was interviewed by BBC Persia before examining other facts and unresolved questions outlining a conclusive hypothesis.

First, let’s set the stage.  The place where Neda was killed was said to be anywhere from “a few streets away” to “one kilometer away” from the battle lines of conflict between violent protesters and tear-gassing police, supported by volunteer Basij militia (who are generally unarmed).  Counting the camera man, the clip shows 11 people in an area panned by the camera estimated to be 3,600 square feet.  With hundreds of square feet per person, there is no crowd, by definition.  A helmeted motorcyclist (labeled “8”) can be seen in several frames approximately 8 meters away from Neda, his motorcycle facing straight in Neda’s direction.

Western media outlets reported Neda was among the protesters who ran away from a charge of security forces firing tear gas.  They said Neda was shot from in front, all reports attributing the fatal shot to an armed member of the volunteer militia, the Basij—whether from a rooftop or from a motorcycle (”8″?), as suggested in later reports.  In any event, she was supposedly killed by a single shot fired by an agent of a brutal regime which viciously gunned down those protesting the election results—and thus became a martyr for the cause of the protesters.

As we have previously shown, those Western media reports simply do not add up.  The Iranian government’s statements paint a very different picture.

According to PressTV.Ir reports drawn from statements made by the Chief of Police for Iran, the Chief of Police of Tehran, the President of Iran and Iran’s Ambassador to Mexico, whom we must presume to be in possession of more facts than those of which the public could be aware:

Neda was far away from where protesters were clashing with police.  Neda was shot from behind and the bullet found in her head was from a small-caliber pistol not used by Iranian security forces.  The scene was described as a ‘completely suspicious, prearranged, premeditated, murder scenario’ and an effort ‘to launch a psywar’. In an apparent effort to cause people to think, these reports questioned why this killing took place ‘in an area where no significant demonstration was being held’.  And they raised the point that the images of a beautiful, helpless, young female dying in a most bloody way in front of ‘several’ cameras made for a nearly perfect martyr icon to be used by Western-backed, anti-government forces.

A number of individuals in the frame could have fired a small-caliber bullet into the back of Neda’s head but based on the apparent cover stories, the most likely candidate, it seems to us, is the helmeted individual on the motorcycle (”8″).  Whether or not that proves to be the case, that particular bullet probably was not the sole cause of death based on other evidence.

Now let’s look at what we know about the boyfriend-turned-fiancÚ, Caspian Makan.

New York Daily News says Neda met him only two months ago in Turkey.  You might say he worked his way into her life rather suddenly?  By all accounts of his profession, he is a photojournalist (to spell it out: someone who makes pictures for news stories).

We have not encountered any reports stating where Mr. Makan was at the time of Neda’s death.  In an interview with BBC Persia, he spoke as if he had firsthand knowledge of the events leading up to Neda’s murder:

“She was near the area, a few streets away, from where the main protests were taking place, near the Amir Abad area.  She was with her music teacher, sitting in a car and stuck in traffic,” it quoted him as saying.  “She was feeling very tired and very hot. She got out of the car for just a few minutes.”

In a different interview, Mr. Makan was reported to have said Neda got out of the car “to observe the protests”—which we now know is not correct.  There are numerous other “inconsistencies” in what Caspian Makan had to say, into which we will not delve except to say that at one point he pointed out that Neda was not for Mousavi and in fact did not even vote.

Is it possible Caspian Makan was at the scene of the crime?  As a photojournalist by profession, was he behind one of the “several cameras” which captured Neda’s final moments?  We return to one of our original questions which arose upon first viewing the video clip of Neda’s death:  Why did she look so directly at the camera?

According to Dr. Arash Hejazi, whose testimony has been proven to be self-contradictory and is therefore unreliable, he was with a “friend” and after quite a little discussion following the sound of a bullet, they ran to Neda’s aid.  But the friend is not in the picture.  Why not?  Because Dr. Hejazi said his friend was the one who took the video.  Why would Neda stare at Dr. Hejazi’s friend as she was dying?

There is no effort here to say that we know anything more than any other member of the public could know in looking at publicly available information.  We are not making an accusation of anything—we are simply asking reasonable questions based on the observable facts.

Another observation we made initially was questioning how the patch of blood got on Neda’s left thigh:

We observed that somehow, before the clip began, Hamid Panahi (the man in the blue shirt) managed to get quite a bit of blood on his right hand.  How that happened is somewhat of a mystery.  So, we speculated that perhaps his hand had been wiped on Neda’s jeans in that spot on her left thigh.  But there is something very strange about that spot of blood: it appears to be rectangular, as you can see clearly in this blowup:

What sort of rectangular object is in the vicinity?  None is apparent.  However, several accounts said Neda was using her cell phone when she was shot.  A cell phone has a rectangular shape—but how does that explain anything?

We went looking for “cell phone weapon” and were quite surprised to find Cell Phone Stun Guns Up to 950,000 volts.

    Cell phone stun guns are the latest in disguised self defense.  Cellphones are carried by almost everyone these days.  No one will think that yours is actually a highly effective non lethal self defense weapon with a surprise shocking effect.

    A cell phone stun gun works like other stun guns.  You press the end of the stun device into the person and press the trigger.  This dumps the electrical charge into their body and overworks their muscle group.  The longer you hold it on the person, the more effective the shock effect. Hold in on for several seconds if you can and then get away.

    You will not feel any shock back even if you are touching the person or if they are holding on to you.  The stun effect is localized to where you are holding in on the person.

Here is a link to the 1 Million Volts “Street Wise” Stun Gun.

We are certainly not suggesting that a $69.95 “stun phone” was used in this scenario.  Could a cell phone “stun” device be so powerful that it would disrupt cellular structure?  In describing the unusual circumstances of Neda’s murder, Iran’s Ambassador to Mexico, Mohammad Hassan Ghadiri said, “These are the methods that terrorists, the CIA and spy agencies employ,” he said.  Could the CIA and their ilk have some sort of a super-stun gun or frequency-based weapon that could cause such an unusual injury?

Would that possibly explain why, after she fell to the ground, according to Mr. Panahi, she “cried out in pain, ‘I’m burning, I’m burning!’”??  That is at the point when Dr. Hejazi has both of his hands flat and open, pressing on the area immediately below Neda’s neck.

Why did the hospital ask permission to keep a portion of Neda’s femoral bone before releasing the body for burial?

There is another observation we feel must be made at this point and it has to do with numerous statements regarding just how long it took Neda to die.  Based on what we can see in the video clip, she appears to be dead by the end of the clip and that is the end of the story.  But the clip is only 40 seconds long and by ALL accounts, her death took MINUTES.  According to Dr. Hejazi, it was approximately two minutes but other accounts say it was FIVE or SIX MINUTES.

Her boyfriend-fiance, Caspian Makan, said she died “on the way to the hospital”.  How would he know, by the way, if he was not on the scene?   Did Neda sit up in the car on the way to the hospital?  We won’t even “go there” in terms of the hideous possibility that she clung to life beyond the duration of pain inflicted on her in the notorious video clip.

Untampered video evidence can be very powerful.  With so many digital still and video cameras around these days, a story which does not track close to the truth simply unravels.  Unfortunately, we are left with very many questions, for some or most of which the authorities probably have answers as yet undisclosed:


  • Who fired the bullet retrieved from the back of Neda’s head?
  • Was that bullet the sole cause of death?
  • Who was the photojournalist for the video clip with Neda’s helpless eyes staring at the camera, which went “viral”?
  • How did blood come to be on Mr. Pahani’s right hand before the clip began?
  • How did blood come to be on Neda’s left thigh before the clip began?
  • Why is the pattern of that blood on her thigh rectangular?
  • Why did the hospital ask to keep “a portion of her femoral bone”?
  • Why by all accounts did she die “minutes” (5-6 minutes by one account) afterwards?  Was she seen alive subsequent to the video clip, which began mere seconds after she was shot and lasted only 40 seconds?

If there were, as Iranian authorities have stated, “several cameras” on the scene, what do all of the others show, which might have permitted the authorities to describe the scene right from the start as a ‘completely suspicious, prearranged, premeditated, murder scenario’ and an effort ‘to launch a psywar’?

Why did ABC News back off from its original posture on this situation?

It cannot be confirmed if the 40-second film, which was posted on the Internet on Saturday, really shows the death of a young Iranian demonstrator.  Like almost all the video and photo material coming out of Iran these days, it is impossible to verify its authenticity.

As Iranian Ambassador Ghadiri said, “If the CIA wants to kill some people and attribute that to the elements of the government, and then choosing a girl would be something good for them because it would have much higher impact.  Therefore, we believe and we are looking into this to find who the elements were who did this.”

YouTube: CNN: “Death Of Neda” Video Becomes Symbol Of Iranian Protests

As cited in the New York Daily News, “Beliefnet founder Steve Waldman said Neda’s martyrdom wields unusual power, not just because she was a pretty young woman, but because she was just an innocent onlooker.  ‘She becomes a martyr in a way a rock-thrower wouldn’t.  Her death therefore will hurt the regime infinitely more,’ he said.  ‘That video is the greatest weapon freedom fighters have.’”

Perhaps not.  We did, after all, offer up a sincere prayer that the perpetrators of this heinous murder would be revealed—for the best and highest good of all.  It is not in the best interests of all to allow the death of an innocent person to be used for anti-life (antichrist) purposes.

PART 8 The First Camera Man

There is a second clip of the death of Neda on YouTube but it is only 16 seconds of run time.  Again, we must warn that this is very graphic footage.

There are two very interesting things shown by the second clip.  The first is: we get a glimpse of the camera man who filmed the longer, 40-seconds clip, a man Dr. Hejazi (”the man in the white shirt”) called his friend but who has otherwise been unidentified.  There is only one frame showing the first camera man:

This second clip also shows the peculiar, rectangular-shaped patch of what we presume to be blood on Neda’s left thigh:

In addition, this second video clip shows a streak of blood to the left of the rectangular patch.  This streak could not have happened while Neda was standing, so it must have happened at the very start of the first video clip, examined previously.

When we reviewed the details of the 40-seconds video clip, we wondered how Hamid Panahi’s right hand got to be so bloody as it was at the very start of the first clip.  This streak of blood doesn’t answer that question but it does confirm that someone literally had blood dripping from them and this streak must have come from blood dripped from Mr. Panahi’s right hand.

One observation made by several people online is that there is a tremendous amount of blood in the picture right from the start of the first video clip.  From where did all of this blood come?  Some have suggested that it looks like someone splashed a bunch of blood on the ground for effect.  We do not see where this blood came from without using such an explanation.  Forensics would show whether or not this blood even came from Neda Agha Soltan.

Let’s return to our only view of the first camera man:

The first camera man can be described as dark-skinned, probably dark-haired–and slender.  No doubt that describes a lot of people in Iran.

We stated previously that no reports stated directly where Neda’s fiance, Caspian Makan, was at the time of her death.  In his interview with BBC Persia, he spoke about her final moments without referencing, “so I was told by so and so”–as if he had firsthand knowledge.  We also noted that Mr. Makan, who had only recently entered Neda’s life, was a photojournalist by profession.

In a number of frames captured from the BBC Persia interview on YouTube, we can see that Caspian Makan matches the general description, so the hypothesis that he might have been the first camera man is not refuted by the glimpse of the first camera man afforded by the first frame of the second video clip.

It bears repeating at this point:  We are not accusing anyone of anything, merely questioning all facts as presented.  If Caspian Makan is truly bereft and grieving, we apologize in advance.  But then, he should understand our passion for getting at the truth of what happened to Neda.

In our study of publicly available news articles, videos and photographs we have arrived at a fairly clear idea of what probably happened on June 20, when Neda was killed.  It seems highly unlikely she was shot in the chest by a member of the usually unarmed Basij.  The testimony provided in interviews of those portraying Neda as a martyr has proven to be contradictory, while the government’s account of a staged, premeditated murder scenario seems to fit all observable facts.

In accordance with Iranian tradition, there will be a remembrance of Neda Agha Soltan at the 40-day mark following her death, so we expect the government to release the results of its own investigation before the end of July.  From what we have seen, this should result in the prosecution of at least one and possibly an entire group of bad actors.

We hope that as the truth comes out, it will serve to prevent further violence and death in Iran.

Who Killed Neda Agha Soltan?
Part 9: Panahi Says Hejazi Wrong

On this, the 40th day following the murder of Neda Agha Soltan–a day being used as a remembrance of this supposed “martyr”, we see “the man in the blue shirt”, the music teacher, Hamid Panahi, undermine the testimony provided by (”the man in the white shirt”) Dr. Arash Hejazi, the one individual most cited with regard to this incident.  To date, the government’s response to this incident has been far more muted than we would have expected, given that they have a wealth of evidence which surely points to Neda’s NON-martyrdom.

    Panahi said contrary to Hejazi’s account of the incident, ‘there were no security forces of Basij members nearby’.

    “In his interviews with foreign media outlets, Mr. Hejazi said that the culprit behind Neda’s death was arrested on the spot.  I saw nothing of the sort.  There were only about a dozen people present at the scene.  No one was arrested,” he said.

    To prove his point, Panahi said that new revelations have found that Neda was in fact shot not in the chest, but in the back.

    Panahi is not the first to dismiss Hejazi’s account of Neda’s death.  Earlier in June, the man who drove Neda to hospital had also said that there were no Basij members around at the time.

    Iranian security forces have dismissed the reports out of hand, asserting that they did not open fire on protestors during the sporadic unrest.

    While Media outlets in the West blame Neda’s death on Iranian security forces, new revelations show that she was murdered by a small caliber pistol– a weapon that is not used by Iranian security forces.

Keep in mind that at the start of the main video clip of this event, the music teacher inexplicably already has an enormous amount of blood on his right hand.  In a future installment, we will examine a third video angle–from a rooftop–and look at the role played by the man in the gray suit, identified by the number “5″ in this frame capture, whose open-hand gesture in this scene appears to be saying to the camera, “look at this”:


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