Samurai executioner, beheading was the most common form of capital punishment in Japan. The criminal kneeled on a mat placed in front of a rectangular pit about 2 or 3 feet deep. He was usually blindfolded and stretched his head over the pit, the executioner whisked off the wretched man’s head at one blow. He was a well known practitioner with a very tolerable income. He received some 7 ichiboos (about $2.30) per head, and had taken off as many as 350 heads in a 12 months.

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FERGISIS:

 A juxtaposition between the recent ISIS beheadings and unjustified police killings. I was amazed by the similarities of the two topics and how no one seems to be picking up on how equal the severity of both can potentially be. I’m not necessarily equating the two because they both have their own factors that set them apart, I’m just saying that if you were to make a venn diagram of the two, the middle might be more packed than you would think. It will get a lot worse before it gets better. Stay aware. 

Shot on 35mm b&w film by Dustin Dacier.

RIP to the countless innocent people killed each day regardless of by who’s hand, my deepest condolences go out to all the families affected.

Islamist beheads French factory worker, hangs his head on a fence, injures dozens in explosion

Islamic terror in France today at an American-owned factory. 

from Daily Mail:

A man has been decapitated and dozens more injured at a gas product factory in France by terrorists carrying Islamist banners.

The attack took place at the headquarters of the American owned Air Products, in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near the city of Lyon, in the south east of the country.

The murder is believed to have been accompanied by several explosions on the site cause by a terrorist igniting small ‘gas bombs’ that injured dozens of factory workers. It is thought the explosions may have intended to blow up the entire factory site but failed.

The murdered man’s head is understood to have been found 30 feet away from his body, hanging on the factory’s fence and covered in Arabic writing.

A 30-year-old man - named by French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve as father-of-three Yassine Salhi who is understood to have been known to security services since at least 2006 - has already been arrested at the scene, telling police officers that he is a member of the Islamic State terror group. The man is believed not to have a criminal record but was considered to have 'possibly been radicalised’.

Local media reported that a second person has since been arrested in relation to the attack - believed to be the man who drove the Ford Fusion car around the factory moments before the attack took place.

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Another “known wolf” attack.  Authorities knew this guy was dangerous but neglected to keep proper tabs on him.  When are people going to begin taking radical Islam seriously?

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Egypt retaliates with air strikes after ISIS marches 21 Coptic Christians along a lonely Libyan beach and beheads them en masse for their faith, turning the sea red with their blood

Islamic State militants carried out the shocking beheading of 21 orange jumpsuit-clad Coptic Christians on the Libyan shores of the Mediterranean Sea, just a few hundred miles from Europe. The brutal executions led to Egypt responding with at least seven airstrikes in Derna in the east of the country, which has become a hotbed of Islamic extremism since Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011.

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Do not remain silent about this. Do not remain silent about the death of these innocent 21 Egyptian Coptics. No one deserves this. Please do not remain silent. Just like you don’t remain silent over all the Americans killed by ISIS. Do not remain silent about this.

James Foley’s Last Words:

‘I call on my friends family and loved ones to rise up against my real killers, the US government. For what will happen to me is only a result of their complacency and criminality.

‘My message to my beloved parents: save me some dignity and don’t accept any (unclear, possibly says media) compensation for my death, from the same people who effectively hit the last nail in my coffin with a recent aerial campaign in Iraq.

‘I call on my brother John, who is/was (this part is also unclear) member of the US Air Force, think about what you are doing, think about lives you destroy including those of your own family.

‘I call on you John, think about who made the decision to bomb Iraq recently and kill those people, whoever they may have been.

‘Think John, who did they really kill? Did they think about me, you our family when they made that decision?

‘I died that day John, when your colleagues dropped that bomb on those people – they signed my death certificate.

‘I wish I had more time, I wish I could have the hope of freedom and see my family once again, but that ship has sailed. I guess all in all, I wish I wasn’t American.’

Kenji Goto

Was a good guy who loved people and believed in peace

His last message was ‘No matter what happens to me, I will always love the people of Syria’

I feel like he had a lot of love to give, and it made me realise how stupid everyone is to hate. I have heard a lot of people say they don’t care about how others see them, but what defines you is exactly that. The amount of people you move and you touch, I believe that is the way forward to leaving a mark on Earth.

Kenji was selfless, and because of what he did he’ll always be remembered as brave, when he went to Syria to try and rescue a friend (Haruna Yukawa) knowing that he could die.

His mother said ‘Kenji has left us on a journey,’ - ‘It is my only hope that we can carry on with Kenji’s mission to save the children from War and Poverty.’

I feel like beheadings and public executions were laughable when we were learning about them in history, but right now is when it’s happening. People in the future will look back and wonder how we were so inhumane, when humanity created these punishments for themselves in the name of religion.

Why do some people follow a God that asks them to kill? There should be the law and that should be enough. EDIT I didn’t say WHY DOES EVERY MUSLIM FOLLOW A GOD WHO ASKS THEM TO KILL. I specifically said some because I was talking about ISIS. My question mark was there so people could answer whatever I was talking about - Why can some people follow something they believe is so true? Even to the point where if they believe their god wants them to kill, then they can kill. That was my question D:

Police: Oklahoma beheading suspect tried to convert co-workers to Islam before his deadly attack

The police have named a suspect in the brutal beheading case that we’re learning about in Oklahoma this morning.  As many guessed immediately after seeing the word “beheading” in the headline, the suspect is a Muslim who police say tried to convert his co-workers before his deadly rampage. 

from KFOR:

Officials with the Moore Police Department say the FBI is now involved in the investigation related to a brutal attack of workers at a food distribution plant.

Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says the alleged suspect, 30-year-old Alton Nolen had just been fired when he drove to the front of the business, hit a vehicle and walked inside.

He walked into the front office area where he met 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and began attacking her with a knife.

Sgt. Lewis confirms the type of knife used in the attack is the same kind used at the plant.

Lewis confirms that Hufford was stabbed several times and that Nolen “severed her head.”

At that point, Lewis claims Nolen met 43-year-old Traci Johnson and began attacking her with the same knife.

Officials say at that point, Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot him as he was actively stabbing Johnson.

“He’s a hero in this situation,” Sgt. Lewis said, referring to Vaughan. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”

Authorities say it appears Nolen was attacking employees at random.

Johnson is in stable condition at a local hospital, recovering from her injuries.

The FBI is now looking into Nolen’s background after his former co-workers said he tried to convert them to Islam after recently converting himself.

Lewis says the FBI is working in conjunction with the Moore Police Department, especially when it comes to the religious aspect of the case.

At this time, it is not known if the suspect’s beliefs played a role in the attack.

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That last line:

“At this time, it is not known if the suspect’s beliefs played a role in the attack.”  That’s some cover your hindquarters reporting if I’ve ever read it. 

Thankfully, there was a good guy with a gun on the premises to stop this lunatic. Guns save lives, people.  Guns stop rampaging jihadi fired co-workers from beheading other co-workers. An armed citizenry is a safer one.  

Government threatened Foley family before son’s execution

After a series of recent interviews, members of the Foley family have said the government threatened to prosecute their family if they had raised and paid the money for the ransom sought for the life of their son, James Foley.

According to ABC News, Diane Foley, the mother of James, said they were threatened with lawsuits multiple times if they had gone through with paying the ransom. “We were told that several times and we took it as a threat and it was appalling.”

Diane then said a highly decorated military officer, who serves on the National Security Council, came to their house to warn them about the pending prosecutions.

“Three times he intimidated us with that message,” said Diane. “We were horrified he would say that. He just told us we would be prosecuted. We knew we had to save our son, we had to try.”

Ben Swann

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WHAT A BEHEADING FEELS LIKE: THE SCIENCE, THE GRUESOME SPECTACLE — AND WHY WE CAN’T LOOK AWAY

The swift decapitation of a living person requires a powerful, accurate action, and a sharp, heavy blade. No wonder the severed head is the ultimate warrior’s trophy. Even when the assassin is experienced and his victim is bound, it can take many blows to cut off a person’s head. When the Comte de Lally knelt, still and blindfolded, for his execution in France in 1766, the executioner’s axe failed to sever his head. He toppled forward and had to be repositioned, and even then it took four or five blows to decapitate him. It famously took three strikes to sever the head of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1587. The first hit the back of her head, while the second left a small sinew which had to be sawn through with the axe blade. It was hard even when the victim was dead. When Oliver Cromwell’s corpse was decapitated at Tyburn, it took the axeman eight blows to cut through the layers of cerecloth that wrapped his body and finish the job.

For all its unpredictability, when it is skillfully performed on a com­pliant victim, beheading is a quick way to go, although it is impossible to be sure how quick since no one has retained consciousness long enough to provide an answer. Some experts think consciousness is lost within two seconds due to the rapid loss of blood pressure in the brain. Others suggest that consciousness evaporates as the brain uses up all the available oxygen in the blood, which probably takes around seven seconds in humans, and seven seconds is seven seconds too long if you are a recently severed head.