- Now why would a violent terrorist group the ISIS stage this act of beheading? There are many videos online showing violent executions by ISIS, Syrian Al Qaeda rebels. I have posted a few on this blog myself. This staged video is, IMO, very likely a HOAX by western Illuminist intelligence agencies (MI5/6 British Intelligence) to promote the Islamophobia fear meme. To generate the pretext needed for America to attack Iraq and Syria. I do not know whether James Foley is alive or dead. But strictly based on this video I would say there are NO Evidence he is dead. This is a HOAX video.