Sotloff Still Living. Rita Katz, 52, of Bethesda,Maryland, is the Source of the ISIS Foley-Sotloff-Haines-Henning Headchopper Videos. She Released the ISIS Videos Before ISIS Did. Her Company SITE is also the Source of the 2004 Fake Bin Laden Videos. An Israeli Citizen, Her Company “Finds” Jihadi Videos on “Terrorist Forums” Then Sells Them to U.S. Government Agencies and the Dumb American Media for Very Large Sums of Money.
Rita’s work. The real bin Laden died in December, 2001, but the “War on Terror” Needed Him Kept Alive.
Why would the CIA and NSA spend so much money, employ so many “experts” and so much sophisticated equipment when all they need is a hotline to Rita (who has a hotline to Mossad)? A waste of tax payers’ hard earned dough .Born in Iraq in 1963, Ms. Katz is a citizen of Israel. Her father was executed in Iraq in 1968 for espionage in the service of Israel. She is extremely influential in Washington, DC, where her videos are purchased by the White House, the CIA and the Pentagon. Big Media also pay for her wares. Her business model consists of “finding” terrorist material on the Internet, translating it into English, repackaging it and selling subscriptions to gain access to her “research.”
STEVE SOTLOFF figured it would be far more effective to get the US Air Force to bomb Syria than manning a machine gun from the bed of a pickup truck.
Stevie Sotloff, another citizen of Israel, fighting with ISIS and proud of it. He is still living. The joke is on you, you DUMB SHIT AMERICANS !! Ha ha!! Think Rita Katz isn’t in on it? Suckers! Netanyahu said America is just a plaything to be toyed with and boy was he right!!
Why should we spend our blood and treasure killing our enemies when we can get the Americans to do it for us?
Sotloff a journalist, a MOSAD agent, or both?
The Jewish Sotloff with his Muslim Jihadi home boys. Notice the rifle, lower right.
Sotloff and a terrorist buddy. Laying waste to Syria is good for Israel.
Did his terrorist buddies really double cross their pal?
US Government funding
SITE describes itself as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization “that provides information related to terrorist networks to the government, news media, and general public.”
However, SITE states on its Internal Revenue Service Forms 990 that it claims tax-exempt status because the “Organization receives compensation for services provided under contract to the Government of the United States on an Arms-Length basis at fair market value” and “the organization believes such work is consistent with its exempt purposes”, in 2003 and 2004 the organization “earned more than $500,000 from the GOVERNMENT”, with “over $273,000″ coming directly from taxpayers in 2004, Berni McCoy reported September 10, 2007, in his Democratic Underground journal.
Eamonn Fitzgerald wrote September 6, 2006, that his Rainy Day blog “does not subscribe to the ‘Intelligence Service’ offered by Rita Katz. Although convinced that evil has to be opposed, we don’t have the pressing need to spend $2,500 a year on ‘real-time information on terrorist activity to aid you in tracking the terrorist threat.’ But others do and Katz’s clients include the media and people on the frontline in the War on Terror.”
- SITE “has garnered wide attention by publicizing statements and videos from extremist chat rooms and Web sites, while attracting controversy over the secrecy of SITE’s methodology.”
- “Federal agencies, including the National Security Agency, the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security, monitor suspected terror sites on the Internet and sometimes track users. Private groups like Ms. Katz’s Search for International Terrorist Entities Institute and The Middle East Media Research Institute are also keeping track of the ever-changing content of these sites. Ms. Katz’s institute, which relies on government contracts and corporate clients, may be the most influential of those groups, and she is among the most controversial of the cyberspace monitors. While some experts praise her research as solid, some of her targets view her as a vigilante. Several Islamic groups and charities, for example, sued for defamation after she claimed they were terrorist fronts, even though they were not charged with a crime,” the New York Times reported September 23, 2004.
9/11 “bin Laden” video
In early September 2007, SITE announced that Osama bin Laden would release a video message on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Bloomberg News also reported that IntelCenter, another web monitoring service, noted that al Qaeda‘s media production group as-Sahab flagged the video in an online media statement. While Bloomberg reported only that the video would be released, the Associated Press stated that “the 30-minute video was obtained by the SITE Institute” and had provided a copy to the AP. The report stated that “American officials said the U.S. government had obtained a copy even though the video had not been posted yet by al-Qaeda”. AP noted that “during the video, bin Laden’s image moves for only a total of about 3 1/2 minutes in two segments, staying frozen the rest of the time while his remarks continue.” An anonymous U.S. intelligence official told the AP it may have been a technical glitch that occurred during production. While the video was intercepted by US intelligence agencies, its provision to SITE Institute may have been a boon to the small group, which only made it available on its website to subscribers. However, Fox News released a transcript of the tape.
A little over a month later, the Washington Post reported that SITE had given the video to two senior officials “on the condition that the officials not reveal they had it until the al-Qaeda release.” SITE’s Rita Katz complained to reporter Joby Warrick that within 20 minutes of providing access to it on the group’s website, several government agencies began downloading it. “By midafternoon that day, the video and a transcript of its audio track had been leaked from within the Bush administration to cable television news and broadcast worldwide,” Joby Warrick wrote. “Techniques that took years to develop are now ineffective and worthless,” Katz said. 
Endorsed by Blackwater
Listed under “Security for the Professional”, sponsored by Blackwater Security Consultants, Blackwater USA cites SITE Institute as “An Invaluable Resource” in its May 9, 2005, Blackwater Tactical Weekly newsletter.
Accessed October 9, 2007, the SITE website seems to be an aggregator of publicly-available data on the internet, mostly consisting of current news items, including but not limited to:
- A “Terrorism Libary”, which on cursory investigation, looks to be a straight data scrape from the U.S. Department of State‘s Patterns of Global Terrorism – 2003, Appendix B, although there is a link entitled “December 14, 2005″ that redirects to an empty page.
- Not listed are any websites related to al Qaida.
- The website also includes audio, video, publication and news links, some of which include the statement “translation of the chapter is provided to our Intel Service members”.
- SITE Publications include two “Intelligence Briefs” entitled “Background of Online Jihadists Arrested in Saudi Arabia,” dated June 12, 2007, and “The Rise of Fatah al-Islam,” dated June 5, 2007.
The listed staff consists of two individuals:
4200 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202 244-2900
Fax: 202 237-7700
Email: feedback AT siteinstitute.org
Former Israeli IDF Officer Behind Fake Videos of Beheadings
F. William Engdahl
Forensic medicine is not my specialty but certain things are so obvious they beg common sense questions from journalists. The infamous youTube “beheading” videos of two US journalists by the ISIS in Syria/Iraq, aka IS or Daash or Al Qaeda in Iraq depending on your preference in particular bear more serious attention. The details are emerging that show both videos are entirely fake events, staged apparently by professional actors to create the popular support for a US bombing of Syria to finally depose the democratically-elected Bashar al Assad.
Both videos when viewed are strangely similar. In both, a black-hooded executioner, nicknamed in the British press as “Jihadi John” for his strong London accent (!), supposedly takes a sharp knife to the throat of a kneeling, orange-clad James Foley and Steve Sotloff. Then, curiously, Jihadi John begins ostensibly slashing the throats of each, not once, but six times….not a drop of blood. Both Foley and Sotloff bravely kneel, head upright, no knee-jerk avoidance reaction one would expect. Then, just when the heads should be severed, in each, there is a blackout. Next scene: body on ground, head sitting atop. Professionally staged. Look for yourself.
Then a further examination reveals that both beheading videos were actually released by a Washington D.C. “anti-terrorist” think-tank with ties to the US Government’s Homeland Security. It is named the SITE or Search for International Terrorist Entities. Its head is an Israeli citizen who served in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and whose father was killed in Iraq in 1968 as an Israeli spy. Her name is Rita Katz.
On September 2, it was Katz’s SITE that released the video of Sotloff’s murder to the world. A fake video. Hmmmmm. They claim that they discovered the video of Sotloff’s execution on what they called “a file-sharing site” and released it. Interesting, the same SITE Washington group of Rita Katz released a fake video of Osama bin Laden.
Jeff Smith, Associate Director of the CU Denver National Center for Media Forensics said “What’s most interesting is that the actual beheading that takes place in the videos, both of them are staged,” Smith in a CBS TV interview. Smith said the production value is of high quality. There was likely a director and the use of several cameras and editing equipment. “I’ve not seen a video made by terrorists of this quality…this isn’t the typical handicam video in a cave,” said Smith.
James Foley’s Sister?
To add more to the boiling pot, CNN holds an interview with a young woman who claims she is James Foley’s sister, to apparently create human interest in how horrible the Foley video is. It turns out the “sister” is a crisis actress who is named Alex Israel in an earlier TV interview, the “elementary school classmate” of the so-called US Sandy Hook mad killer rampage of the alleged killer, Adam Lanza. Alex Israel who talked about how her “classmate” was a loner (in elemenraty school!) in reality is the same woman as the “sister” of James Foley the ISIS video subject. By the way the Government has yet to release one single death certificate from Sandy Hook. Another fake to terrorize Americans to a new unwanted war?
What is becoming increasingly clear is that a dirty nest of neo-conservatives and warhawks in Washington and Tel Aviv, people embedded in the Obama Administration in high places during the Dick Cheney neo-con heyday, are desperately trying to entice Barack Obama as US Commander in Chief, to again order a war of destruction against Syria’s Assad. It is part of a larger war agenda which includes Ukraine and also provocations against China in Asia. Their major ally in using videos staged with actors to rally a war fever in the American public is the utterly corrupt mainstream media in the USA as well as in Germany. Take a few minutes to actually study the short videos I have linked in this piece and decide for yourselves of something is genuinely rotten, not in Denmark but in Washington and Tel Aviv and London.
F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”
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he Search for International Terrorist Entities Intelligence Group (SITE) was co-founded by Rita Katz in 2001.
In 2003 Katz authored a book, Terrorist Hunter: The Extraordinary Story of a Woman Who Went Undercover to Infiltrate the Radical Islamic Groups Operating in America, which she published using the pseudonym, “Anonymous.”
In the book Katz explains how she took on the trappings of a Muslim woman to infiltrate the meetings of radical Muslim terrorists. The plot is unlikely, especially when one considers that such secret fundamentalist gatherings are almost always segregated along gender lines and no woman, however elaborate her costume, would be granted entry without her identity being firmly established.
SITE Intelligence Group consists of Katz and two “senior advisers,” one of whom is Bruce Hoffman, the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation and former director of the RAND’s Washington DC office.
The SITE Intelligence Group “constantly monitors the Internet and traditional media for material and propaganda released by jihadist groups and their supporters,” the company’s website announces.
“Once obtained, SITE immediately translates the material and provides the intelligence along with a contextual analysis explaining the source of the material and its importance to our subscribers.”
In 2003 and 2004, SITE received financial support from the US government. Also in the early 2000s SITE was on contract providing consulting services to the FBI.
It would appear that SITE has abandoned its non-profit status and now relies on corporate and individual subscriptions for revenue. In 2005 the private mercenary contractor Blackwater hailed SITE as “an invaluable resource.”
The majority of “jihadist groups” operate one or more media outlets that produce and publish “the group’s multimedia, and in some cases, communiqués and magazines,” SITE explains on its website.
“These media units involve production teams and correspondents who report directly from the battlefield, and craft propaganda to indoctrinate and recruit new fighters into the group’s ranks.” SITE provides no direct links to the jihadist groups’ websites or multimedia productions from its own platform.
Katz describes SITE as geared toward international Islamic jihad. “[W]e at SITE for over a decade monitor, search, and study the jihadists online,” she explains.
We have been studying and monitoring the jihadists online, which also as they get more sophisticated, we follow their techniques and study them. And based on that, we could predict where they will be uploading their video.
After all, we have to remember that much of this propaganda is being posted online. Their releases are released online [sic]. So they have to be able to use certain locations to upload their releases before they are published.
Though routinely overlooked in the flurry of front-page coverage corporate media have allotted the three beheading videos–the most recent of which featured Scottish aid worker David Cawthorne Haines–it is common knowledge that SITE uncannily secures terrorist statements and videos well before the US’s wide array of lavishly-funded intelligence services.
For example, as the Washington Post reported in 2007,
[a] small private intelligence company that monitors Islamic terrorist groups obtained a new Osama bin Laden video ahead of its official release last month, and around 10 a.m. on Sept. 7 … It gave two senior officials access on the condition that the officials not reveal they had it until the al-Qaeda release. Within 20 minutes, a range of intelligence agencies had begun downloading it from the company’s Web site. By midafternoon that day, the video and a transcript of its audio track had been leaked from within the Bush administration to cable television news and broadcast worldwide.
The video later proved to be fraudulent.
With the above in mind, one may ask, If parties within a US presidential administration or the State Department sought to bypass the potential scrutiny of a wide-ranging intelligence community concerning such matters, while simultaneously providing itself with the means to effectively propagandize the American public toward a broader end, what better way than to contract the services of an entity such as SITE?
If there is some merit in the above appraisal, the arrangement is now being pushed to an extreme by the Obama administration to pave the road toward a long-sought goal: war with Syria’s Bashar Al Assad regime. Indeed, services such as SITE’s are a potent and valuable means for moving public opinion, as they have done in recent weeks concerning military action against the Islamic State. Along these lines, a decade ago both John Kerry and George W. Bush credited the latter’s re-election to a surreptitious appearance by Osama bin Laden via video tape several days before the vote.
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Playing a role similar to SITE, IntelCenter acts as an intermediary between Al-Qaeda’s supposed media arm, As-Sahab, and major media. In other words, “they acquire the tapes and pass them on to the press, and have occasionally even predicted when tapes would be released beforehand,” Paul Joseph Watson reports.
“IntelCenter is run by Ben Venzke, who used to be the director of intelligence at a company called IDEFENSE, which is a Verisign company. IDEFENSE is a web security company that monitors intelligence from the Middle East conflicts and focuses on cyber threats among other things. It is also heavily populated with long serving ex-military intelligence officials.
As noted, news outlets seldom see fit to closely analyze SITE or Katz concerning their research and function as conduits for terrorist propaganda. A LexisNexis search for SITE Intelligence in the article content of US newspapers and major world publications over the past two years produces 317 items—an admittedly low figure given the prominence of SITE’s recent disclosures. Yet a similar search for “Steven Sotloff” alone yields over 1,000 newspaper stories and 600 broadcast transcripts, suggesting the sensationalistic usage and effect of SITE’s data and how neither SITE nor Katz are called upon to explain their specific methods and findings.
Indeed, a similar search for “SITE Intelligence” and “Rita Katz” yields only 26 entries over a two year period. Of these, 14 appear in the Washington Post, a publication with well-established links to US intelligence. Four New York Times articles feature the combined entities.
In a CNN on the heels of the Sotloff beheading, Katz explains how again SITE curiously surpassed the combined capacities of the entire US intelligence community in securing the Sotloff footage.
“The video shows the beheading of Steven Sotloff,” Katz cautiously begins after being queried on the document’s authenticity.
The location from where the video was obtained from is the location where ISIS usually uploads their original videos to [sic]. The video shows a clear message from ISIS that follows the same message that it had before. And in fact within a short time after our release, ISIS’ account on social media indicated that within a short time they would be releasing the video, only we actually had that video beforehand and were able to beat them with the release. (emphasis added)
This unusual statement alongside SITE’s remarkable abilities, should put news outlets on guard concerning the reliability of SITE statements.
Undoubtedly this is a great deal to ask from a news media that all too frequently participate in orienting public opinion toward war, a feat it has once again accomplished with the aid of SITE.
The interests and alliances of the transnational entities owning such media make them poised to profit from the very geopolitical designs drawn up by SITE’s corporate and government clients–the most important of which may be those seeking to broaden Middle Eastern conflict. No doubt, the wide-scale acceptance of such propaganda is also the result of the vastly diminished critical capacities of the broader public, now several decades in the making.
 “Services,” SITE Intelligence Group, , accessed September 15, 2014,
 Berni McCoy, “So, a ‘Charitable Organization’ Released the bin Laden Video,” Democratic Underground, September 10, 2007, http://journals.democraticunderground.com/berni_
 “SITE Institute,” Sourcewatch.org, Center for Media and Democracy, n.d.
 “Media Groups,” SITE Intelligence Group, n.d., accessed September 15, 2014.
 Karl Penhaul, Pamela Brown, Alisyn Camerota, Don Lemon, Paul Cruickshank, “Joan Rivers on Life Support; Chilling Words From ISIS Terrorist; How to Fight Radical Recruitment” (transcript), CNN, September 2, 2014.
 Joby Warrick, “Leak Severed a Link to Al Qaeda Secrets,” Washington Post, October 9, 2007.
 Paul Joseph Watson, “Another Dubious Osama Tape Appears When the Neo-Cons Need It Most,” Prisonplanet.com, July 16, 2007.
 Ibid. See also, Kurt Nimmo, “Sotloff Video Found by Group Responsible For Releasing Fake Osama Bin Laden Video,” Infowars.com, September 3, 2014