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Photo of Bombers Doctored


At Least one person has been superimposed

Originally picked up on by citizens for legitimate Government, we now have further evidence to suggest that the above photo has been doctored.

CLG reported: "At first, (almost) everything looks fine, but look closer... look at the guy with the white hat... check out his left arm (HIS left arm).... the lower of the rails of the railing is IN FRONT of his left arm... where of course it shouldn't be! I'm NO image specialist, but this sure looks ridiculous. I'd say it?s a fake."

The CLG has also inspected this image. "The white-hatted man was apparently superimposed onto the photo. Not only is his arm 'behind' a railing that is supposedly several feet behind HIM, but also, upon magnification in Photoshop, part of the bar actually goes into his head. This was 'touched-up,' but pixels of his head mix unmistakably with pixels from the railing." --Michael Rectenwald.

Here is an enhancement of the picture. You can clearly see that the railing appears IN FRONT of the supposed bomber's left arm. Not only this but there also seems to be a railing running through the man's head.

A further analysis clearly shows the railing continuously running visible through the man's head. There is also a noticeable outline above the bomber's cap and around his head, indicating the image has been "cut out" and superimposed onto the original.

Why would the authorities doctor this image? What are they trying to persuade the public into believing? Or is this simply an optical illusion? If anyone has any other explanation for these anomalies, please e-mail the details to us.


Time to bring out the conspiracy theories.


Is there a larger version of this photo available somewhere...?


Anyone else think that these bombers are actually lee harvey oswald?

If you realize that the light is slightly off and the angle of the chin is viewed just so, IT'S HIM!!!



I'm all for consipracies but this photo is NOT doctored. His face is the "continuation" of the top bar while his hands are folded or he is holding something making his arm bend 90 degrees hence the bar is visible. If his arm is hanging straight down it would be a red flag but you can easily tell HIS left arm is bent.


Yeah if you zoom in it looks like a trash can or something similar behind him. But people who want to see a conspiracy will see a conspiracy.


Superimposed onto video? That takes some talent (not rovers on Mars talent, but walking and chewing gum talent).

citizens for legitimate Government? The League of Women Voters I've heard of, the Union of Concerned Scientists I've heard of, the citizens for legititmate Government I've never heard of. Are they as independent as FOX news? Why are they the citizens for legitimate Government and not Citizens for Legitimate Government?

CLG obviously thinks very highly of its readers/constituency if they have to remind them "HIS left arm", nice touch. Also, I've never been on an actual A/V forensic analysis team, but I bet they don't sit around squinting at photos like this. Another point, superimposed means the image was put ON TOP OF (I capitalize for those who need reminders like "HIS left arm") the other image. Either superimposed is the wrong word or the image wasn't superimposed.

So, someone with the tools and talent ("the authorities") doctors this photo/video on a pixel level and makes the dumba$$ mistake of putting part of the bar into his head and his left arm behind the railing? I'm dubious.

What authorities? CIA, FBI, MI5, Interpol, the Bobbies, Scotland Yard? An easy explanation (not always the right explanation) is photobleeding and photobleaching. Old/cheap and indoor/outdoor A/V equipment (like the kind all over London) does it all the time, especially in high contrast image areas and direct sunlight. My assertions can be cleared up quite easily though. Where is the rest of the video? Does the guy open or hold the door open for someone (or someone for him)? I do know that forensic A/V involves more than amateurs (Once again, who are the CLG?) looking at one frame of video to make a decision on the existence of a suspect.

More/Better evidence please.


Its the edge of the white/ivory brick wall that makes it look like its his arm continuing down. The black that looks like his "coat arm" are clearly stairs that are in the background which people use to go below the street level. Whoever was the genius that tried to pick apart this photo should seriously not quit their day job.....


It's not in front of his left arm because (to me at least) his arm is bent at a 90 degree angle in front of his body.


Makes sense to me. Now the pixel problems listed above seem to me to be the result of this still picture coming from a VIDEO CAMERA. But I'm probably wrong and Tony Blair is up to something...


JTF is that you?


"Citizens For Legitimate Government?
is a multi-partisan activist group established to expose the Bush coup d'etat, and to oppose the Bush occupation in all of its manifestations."

So, yeah, they sound about as impartial as Fox News. I wonder why the CLG, a domestic, decidedly anti-Bush group, was given access to footage of foreign terrorists on foreign soil? I can see the teams of CIA and MI5 guys smacking their heads saying "Why didn't WE catch this?"

Oh and more from the CLG,

"This effort involves opposing his cabinet choices when appropriate (i.e., in all cases), making spectacular political announcements that remind the public that our president was not elected..."

Well, true to their agenda, this was pretty spectacular. Spectacularly brainless. I'm all for reasonable doubt , but this proof doesn't even stand up under poor testing.

BTW- To anyone in the CLG, it's nitpicking and I know most of your readership/constituency won't grasp it, but personally, "in all cases" represents the thematic opposite of "when appropriate" and is therefor not an example of "when appropriate".


Here you go:




It certainly appears that one of their members post often on T nation about conspiracy.

The Fable "The Boy who Cried Wolf" comes to mind when I read and see these types of things.

Somewhere someday one of these may happen. Many unfortunately think everything is a conspiracy.

The above is an example of superimposing by way of comparison, they just don't look the same. Perhaps the skill lies in the hand of the transposer:


Resolution, frame rate, changes in lighting, motion, taking a still from video and the type of imaging technology used can create interesting results. This does not mean there is a conspiracy.


How do you superimpose something onto an existing image and actually get it to appear BEHIND the background? It seems more appropriate to say that someone has planted an image of a railing onto a guy than a guy onto a railing.

Escher help us all...


So if you take that image and run it through a photoshop filter that washes out the nuances of color and only picks out the contrast, the light hitting his cheeks and nose below the bill of this cap happens to line up with the railing that is clearly behind him... in this single frame, and in the next frame they don't line up because he's moving. This is almost as lame as the folks who say the moon landing never happened.


That's what the conspiracy is, there shouldn't be a railing there. Ya see, the authorities wanted everyone to believe that there was a railing in that picture...but luckily the CLG was there to clear things up. Without groups like the CLG people would be walking around thinking there were railings where there weren't and failing down stairs that aren't there. Basically the world would slip into chaos...but maybe that wasn't the conspiracy and it just went over my head.


Exactly what I was thinking. Fifty years down the line when the first one of these theories is actually true, I still probably won't believe it because of all the lies that came before it.