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By: Rusticus | Stateless Homesteading –
Perhaps the most encouraging development in fostering freedom in our modern era is the rise of effective “counter-propaganda” to the machinations of Globalism, the likes of which have (arguably) not been circulated so widely since the pamphleteers of the 16th and 17th Centuries. The digital era has brought rise to propaganda and psychological warfare’s perfect foil: The alternative media’s adoption of open source intelligence analysis.
Open source investigations abound on virtually every subject of Deep Political significance today, and as a result, propaganda can be deconstructed by anyone with an Internet connection. Didn’t know that Ben Affleck was a CIA agent whose handler is Chase Brandon? That information is available to you. Interested in the weaponization of novels, or CDC and Defense Department “assistance” given to big-budget Hollywood disaster flicks? Just point and click.
However, if one were pondering why the first-person shooter they just purchased for their Xbox was laden with pro-war propaganda while simultaneously training the player in reflexive shooting, one might have a more difficult task ahead of them; despite the vast influence of the gaming industry on 21st Century culture, virtually no investigative mettle has been assigned to the task of rooting out Deep State actors within the field.
That is, until today.
Foundations, Think Tanks, and Academia: The Usual Suspects and the Revolving Door
Collusion between video game developers and the Military Industrial Complex has come a long way since Atari’s 1980 tank combat game Battlezone was used by the US Army as a Bradley tank training simulator. It’s come an equally long way since the 1996 creation of “Marine DOOM.” The vector graphics of Yesteryear have given way to ever-increasing polygon counts, the shoot-em-ups of the 2D-gaming era dissipating in a sea of first-person shooters (or FPS games). The US Army, too, has evolved in kind; no longer are such training simulators masquerading as video games aimed merely at enlistees, but the populous at large. In this respect, the Army’s pet project, America’s Army, is the Bradley Tank Simulator’s modern analogue.
Originally published in 2002 (with over 40 iterations released since as of 2015), America’s Army is the brainchild of one Colonel Casey Wardynski. Running on the widely used Unreal Engine, the game is distributed at no cost on multiple platforms; in line with Wardynski’s original vision, the series’ intention is to “[use] computer game technology to provide the public a virtual Soldier experience that was engaging, informative and entertaining.” In other words, a “soldier simulation FPS,” more realistic than its big-budget, Hollywood-esque counterparts.
Some might even characterize it as military training software, somewhat ham-fistedly and morbidly marketed the towards the very teenagers and young men the Army intends to recruit.
Blogging under the pseudonym of Rusticus, the author and freedom activist operates a website tracing the machinations of the Anglo-American Establishment throughout history while simultaneously documenting the process of creating a truly off-grid homestead. (www.statelesshomesteading.com)
Since Obama began waging proxy on war in Syria in March 2011, numerous false charges about Assad using chemical weapons followed – discredited by verifiable facts on the ground.
Clear evidence of imported takfiri terrorists using banned toxic agents was systematically covered up – even after Saudi Arabia was caught red-handed supplying sarin gas and other chemical toxins to anti-Assad elements.
Barrels containing banned chemicals were found marked “Made in KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).” Protective masks were found. So were drugs used when inhaling chemicals.
On June 17, 2015, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) headlined “Disposal of effluents from neutralised Syrian chemical weapons completed,” saying:
OPCW “welcomes the completion of disposal of effluents resulting from neutralisation operations aboard the US vessel Cape Ray.”
“These operations governed the destruction at sea of almost 600 metric tonnes of sulphur mustard and methylphosphonyl difluoride (DF) from Syria’s chemical weapons programme. DF is a key precursor chemical for manufacturing nerve agent.”
“On 12 June 2015, a OPCW team verified the disposal of approximately 335.5 metric tonnes of sulphur mustard effluents at the German Government facility, Gesellschaft zur Entsorgung von Chemischen Kampfstoffen und Rüstungsaltlasten MBH (GEKA MBH). This was a significant in-kind contribution by the Federal Republic of Germany.”
“On 11 June 2015, Ekokem Riihimäki Waste Disposal Facility in Finland announced the disposal of 5,463 metric tonnes of DF effluents received from the Cape Ray.”
“This process was part of a commercial contract, which included destruction of other chemicals from Syria’s chemical weapons programme. An OPCW inspection team will shortly deploy to Finland to verify completion of this process.”
OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu called the above efforts “yet another milestone on the path to eliminating chemical weapons stocks from Syria – one that was achieved in a safe and efficient way, thanks to the valuable support provided by the German Government and Finnish industry.”
“Of the 1,328 metric tonnes of chemical weapon agent declared by the Syrian Arab Republic, only 16 metric tonnes of hydrogen fluoride remain to be destroyed at the facility of Veolia ES Technical Solutions, L.L.C. at Port Arthur in Texas in the United States. The destruction of the 12 former chemical weapons facilities is also underway.”
A feature article last Friday from Wall Street Journal headlined “Mission to Purge Syria of Chemical Weapons Comes Up Short.”
The dubious source: US intelligence agencies complicit with the administration, State Department, other Washington agencies, Congress and go-along media scoundrels in vilifying Bashar al-Assad irresponsibly – spreading Big Lies about his activities, ignoring his responsible campaign to rid Syria of imported Islamic State and other terrorist groups operating as US proxies to oust him and his government, replacing it with a pro-Western puppet regime.
The Wall Street Journal outrageously called Assad’s full cooperation with OPCW inspectors “a ruse part of a chain of misrepresentations by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to hide the extent of its chemical-weapons work.”
“…US intelligence agencies have concluded that the regime didn’t give up all of the chemical weapons it was supposed to.”
Despite evidence otherwise, they claimed Assad “controlled where inspectors went, what they saw and, in turn, what they accomplished…according to the inspectors and officials.”
The above OPCW comments contradict these assertions. The only restrictions involved securing the safety of inspectors operating in a war zone. Their statements say nothing about restricted or impeded activities in any way. They suggest precisely the opposite – Assad’s full cooperation.
The Journal repeated the exposed Big Lie about Syria using sarin gas in Ghouta “kill(ing) some 1,400 people.” A British report suggested one-fourth this number.
Former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig John Murray, called John Kerry’s accusations about the Ghouta incident “sheer lies.” Independent evidence confirmed it.
The Journal cited US intelligence claiming (with no verifiable evidence) Assad “hid caches of even deadlier nerve agents, and that he may be prepared to use them if government strongholds are threatened by Islamist fighters.”
US intelligence claims it “tracked the regime’s increasing use of chlorine-filled bombs” earlier this year – despite no evidence proving it. Takfiri terrorists are known to have access to chlorine gas. They’ve shown willingness to use it. Incidents are wrongfully blamed on Assad.
The new US intelligence report is the latest propaganda effort to vilify Assad – perhaps prelude to greater efforts to oust him.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.
By: James Robertson | Crimes of Empire –
CyberBerkut (Google Translation):
We CyberBerkut received at the disposal of the file whose value can not be overstated!
Dear Senator McCain! We recommend you next time in foreign travel, and especially on the territory of Ukraine, not to take confidential documents.
On one of the devices of your colleagues, we found a lot of interesting things. Something we decided to put: this video should become the property of the international community!
LEAKED! ISIS Beheading Video Caught Filming In Studio!
This almost seemed too good to be true but I found the above photo at Leak Source and the video of the IS studio filmed fake beheading scene matches in many ways and appears to be a film of the making of the fake James Foley execution video as the moving photograph above brilliantly demonstrates.
Many other small details from the James Foley video appear to match. These include the way the “Jihad John” character tucks his pants into his boots, along with the foreground landscape which differs between the fake execution videos. The Cyber Berkut hacking group claim they found the footage on the phone of a staffer of John McCain, a politician with extensive historical links to jihadist fighters and terror groups as this photograph and many others indicate.
The man in the background next to McCain’s (as we see it) left shoulder is alleged to be the Caliph of the IS Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, who it is widely claimed is actually an Israeli agent real name Simon Elliot. Although all hard evidence of the supposed Caliph’s identity is cloaked in layers of misinformation.
The whole leader thing did not seem to work with the fake Caliph, he made only one personal appearance was widely mocked and might as well never have existed.
It was claimed that the Caliph was badly wounded in an air strike and was receiving treatment in an Israeli hospital. It was also claimed that he had died.
It is known that Israel provides medical and other assistance to both the IS group and the al Nusra front, it is in the UN reports, it is in the Jerusalem Post:
“Now, a report from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) reveals that Israel has been working closely with Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights and have kept close contact over the past 18 months. The report was submitted to the UN Security Council at the beginning of the month.”
“The documents show that Israel has been doing more than simply treating wounded Syrian civilians in hospitals. This and a few past reports have described transfer of unspecified supplies from Israel to the Syrian rebels, and sightings of IDF soldiers meeting with the Syrian opposition east of the green zone, as well as incidents when Israeli soldiers opened up the fence to allow Syrians through who did not appear to be injured.”
“The report said UNDOF “observed at least 10 wounded persons being transferred by armed members of the opposition from the Bravo side across the cease-fire line.”
The story about Baghdadi in Israel wounded or dead may well be true but there is a distinct lack of evidence in any direction.
The beheadings, the Jihad John videos on the other hand were an obvious psyop and fraud proven within days of the Foley release and the Cyber Berkut video only adds to an overwhelming body of evidence of fraud and deception.
The Meaning of the Beheading Hoax.
Oops! They Hoaxed it Again!
6 REASONS Jihadi John/Emwazi is CIA/Illuminati – The Fakery is IRREFUTABLE
WOW! Media Damage Control On James Foley Video: “Experts Now Conclude Video Is Fake”
This Xendrius video has not been removed but Youtube seems to cause it to crash before it begins every time. Our beloved overlords at Google would NEVER seek to suppress the truth so the reason for this is a mystery. (It works embedded but still not on Youtube)
All Jihadi John Videos are 100% FAKE – HERE’S WHY
ISIS and long list of new world order enemies to be blamed on cyber-grid attack!
Some time back I wrote about the importance of being aware of the difference between the truth movement and the liberty movement. They may act the same at times, they may sometimes sound the same, people from both groups may agree on many things but these movements are not the same. The difference? The truth movement is a group of people who may or may not gravitate to the liberty movement but they are aware that the truth is what it is regardless of ideology and it can be a very divisive and powerful tool. Those that are committed to truth and truth only realize that any political group or ideology is only as good as the amount of truth it operates on. For that reason truth seekers may find themselves at odds at any given moment with any other political or ideological group. Truth, as we all know, knows no party. The liberty movement on the other hand is a continuum of ideas that tend toward freedom and liberty not necessarily truth itself thus making it much more vulnerable to deception.
Freedom and liberty is a concept we should all gravitate to. Except of course, if you are part of the control system or the global elite who want to control everyone. The liberty movement unfortunately opens themselves up to be led astray, lied to, deceived and misled. All perhaps because some in the liberty movement deep down probably have dreams of maintaining the status quo in some way. Or perhaps those in the liberty movement are more deeply entrenched in the matrix and are more trusted by the globalist and their foot soldiers on the ground. Perhaps it’s just easier if you are the globalist, to infiltrate the liberty movement because it represents after all, a sizable and thus an influential percentage of Americans that can have an impact on the perception of stories by the masses.
Whatever the reason the liberty movement opens themselves up to deception, it is clear to me that they are being wildly misled yet again with major government propaganda enough to sound a red alert for all Americans. In a recent report put out by a “Liberty News” related video channel influential liberty writer Dave Hodges whose articles I’ve read over the years and have enjoyed, tells the audience that a secret and reliable “military source” is telling him a major cyber attack is coming to America.
That alone is not the psyop or the shocking part of the news. Hodges goes on to say that his special military related information “source” is confirming to him that this cyber-grid-power structure attack on America that could wipe out millions of people will be orchestrated by (get this!!) ISIS who happens to be conveniently parked in Mexico, China, North Korea, Russia, President Assad in Syria himself!, Hezbollah, and Hamas!! Practically all the enemies of the new world order! No mention whatsoever that ISIS is a CIA/Mossad psyop or that U.S. military’s Jade Helm 15 exercise against the American people is just days away!! No mention that this “source” could be a psyop in itself or that the military sources that are providing this information to Hodges or to his “source” could themselves be victims in this psyop.
Hodges to his credit admits he’s strictly basing the reliability of this report based on his gut feeling (not facts). Aside from this brief moment he goes on to report his suspicion that all the above players may be involved and that America could be in big trouble.
Well Hodges is very correct! America IS in big trouble and likely we will have a major cyber and infrastructure attack leaving millions of Americans in a dire situation. Likely Hodges is telling it as well intended as possible and as he sees it, which is what he has done for many years. Unfortunately deceptions when done the right way, are capable of taking even well intended people with it.
All of this information I assure readers is a psyop very likely part of the planned attack on America highlighted by the upcoming Jade Helm 15 AI attack on the human domain. No one should be surprised that the U.S. military is trying hard to keep Jade Helm treason exercises a secret from the media and journalist. No one should be surprised by the timing of this report and the panic it is trying to create.
Indeed America is under attack and we have every reason to believe it is well planned out by the globalist in cooperation with U.S. military, DHS (and their 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition!), U.S. Intelligence (and their controlled mainstream media propaganda machine), and global high tech corporate giants (not Anonymous) who have invested in super A.I. software for the purposes of controlling humanity.
Anyone fooled by this type of pre-Jade Helm 15 propaganda directly intended to put the blame of a direct attack on America on Russia, China, Syria and other enemies of the new world order is simply not paying attention.
Let us not be fooled by the same puppet masters and their expensive staged theater of lies. Stay focused, stay strong and stay vigilant. They are prepared to demonize anyone who doesn’t go along with their psyop. Surely truth seekers (those in the truth movement) will soon be accused of “helping” China, Russia, even ISIS if they don’t go along with U.S. military, U.S. Intelligence psyop lies. Make no mistake, the psyop and ushering in of the new world order in conjunction with Jade Helm 15 AI psyop has begun.
The time is now to reach out to those in the liberty movement and let them know they are being duped just like the control system has duped the Democrats and Republicans for decades. The psyop is now focused on the liberty movement. Believe it. Just put yourself in the shoes of the globalist terrorists and ask yourself which group would you focus on to cognitively infiltrate the resistance? This is a battle of information and many of us have known for long that the goal of the globalist as stated by Zbigniew Zibrinski was to cognitively infiltrate the truth movement to create “cognitive diversity”. It’s old fashion divide and conquer!
This may very well be as strong a test for truth seekers as there is since many of us enjoy reading articles and watching videos from liberty lovers. Over the years they become part of our circle so we tend to believe what they say. Now however is the time to stand for truth and call confusion, misunderstanding and misinformation exactly what it is. Now is not the time to go along with what someone says just for the sake of friendship or familiarity. Question everything.
Let’s continue to reach out to our liberty loving friends and do everything we can to keep them on their toes about what is really happening. Remind them that now is the time to be doubtful and suspicious of so called “inside information”. The U.S. military is a fountain of lies and deceit right now and now is not the time to believe anything they put out regardless of who is saying it. Remind your liberty friends taking advice from secret military sources that military only knows whatever someone above them WANTS them to know. Remind your liberty friends that military knowledge is absolutely controlled by compartmentalization of knowledge and this is how they are easily able to make soldiers THINK they know what is happening all the while they have no clue of the true nature of a mission.
Let us remain highly vigilant in these troubling days to the deception of the controllers. Resist their lies and let this resistance become the norm. If we can resist their deception and propaganda now we will be assured to see better days ahead. Don’t lose sight of the bigger picture on account of someone who says they have the inside scoop on something. Let truth be your guide, follow your intuition and you will make it to the other side unscathed. Arm your mind with a strong sense of truth and reality and watch as the lies, propaganda and deceit bounces off of you. You will then see that knowing and understanding what is really happening is a wonderful and liberating thing.
Related Jade Helm video here
Bernie Suarez is a revolutionary writer with a background in medicine, psychology, and information technology. He has written numerous articles over the years about freedom, government corruption and conspiracies, and solutions. A former host of the 9/11 Freefall radio show, Bernie is also the creator of the Truth and Art TV project where he shares articles and videos about issues that raise our consciousness and offer solutions to our current problems. His efforts are designed to encourage others to joyfully stand for truth, to expose government tactics of propaganda, fear and deception, and to address the psychology of dealing with the rising new world order. He is also a former U.S. Marine who believes it is our duty to stand for and defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. A peace activist, he believes information and awareness is the first step toward being free from enslavement from the globalist control system which now threatens humanity. He believes love conquers all fear and it is up to each and every one of us to manifest the solutions and the change that you want to see in this world, because doing this is the very thing that will ensure victory and restoration of the human race from the rising global enslavement system, and will offer hope to future generations.
Washington recruits, arms, trains, funds and directs ISIS terrorists the same way they used Mujahideen fighters in the 1980s against Soviet Russia in Afghanistan as well as Al Qaeda and likeminded takfiri groups today.
They’re US proxy foot soldiers against independent governments Washington wants replaced with pro-Western ones, or in the case of Iraq, weakened and balkanized like Yugoslavia for easier control.
Iraqis don’t believe America wants ISIS defeated. On June 25, the Wall Street Journal reported Anbar province Sunni Iraqi “unanim(ity) about whom to blame for their misery.”
Shiite lawmaker Alia Nusseif said “(w)e don’t have any trust in Americans anymore…ISIS is being used as a tool by America to divide and weaken Iraq.”
Former policeman Wassen Khaled said he “hold(s) Americans responsible for destroying Anbar.”
“We all know that America is providing ISIS with weapons and food, and that it is because of American backing that they have become so strong,” an Iraqi free from Ramadi added.
The Journal, of course, downplayed what it called “conspiracy theories” while admitting this view “represent(s) political reality with real-world consequences” – notably ISIS advances despite months of US bombing Iraqi infrastructure, not their fighters.
US officials lie about waging war on their elements. General Thomas Weidley is chief of staff of Washington’s so-called task force against the Islamic State. Claiming America’s “mission is to defeat Daesh (ISIS)” and bombing has had a “devastating” effect is polar opposite truth.
Washington created the Islamic State. A previous article explained Judicial Watch obtained a declassified 2012 Pentagon intelligence report anticipating ISIS (the Islamic State – IS) emerging from US support for Al Qaeda and other takfiri terrorists.
It predicted what happened, saying “(i)f the situation unravels there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared salafist principality in eastern Syria…and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).”
It anticipated “dire consequences” for Iraq – including the fall of Mosul and Ramadi, saying:
An “ideal atmosphere” was created “for AQI (Al Qaeda in Iraq) to return to its old pockets in Mosul and Ramadi.”
“ISI (Islamic State of Iraq) could also declare an Islamic state through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria, which will create grave danger in regards to unifying Iraq and the protection of its territory.”
Supporting powers include Washington, Turkey, other rogue NATO partners, Gulf states and Israel. They created and supported takfiri terrorist groups to destabilize Syria, establish a Salafist Principality, isolate the Assad government and topple it.
Pentagon intelligence confirmed US support for ISIS and takfiri terrorists – not opposition as officially reported.
Bassel Idriss, commander of a so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) brigade, admitted working jointly with takfiri terrorist groups, including ISIS – providing US-supplied weapons besides what Washington supplies them directly by airdrops and through Saudi channels.
London-based Conflict Armament Research reported “significant quantities” of US weapons used by takfiri terrorists marked “property of the US government.”
America’s phony war on ISIS uses its forces for its own imperial interests. On Sunday, Fars News listed 10 ways ISIS accumulates huge amounts of money.
1. Selling oil using Turkish firms for $1 million daily.
2. Selling ancient Syrian monuments through Turkish middlemen for billions of dollars.
3. Selling body organs.
4. Collecting ransoms for released hostages.
5. Trafficking non-Muslim women.
6. Selling antique Syrian and Iraqi manuscripts and artifacts.
7. Selling intelligence gained on their battlefields to Ankara spy agencies.
8. Turkish financial and logistical aid during the Kobani occupation.
9. Help from Turkish charities.
10. Over $1 billion annually trafficking heroin, according to Russia’s Drug Control Service head Viktor Ivanov.
Plus enormous amounts of US aid, much channeled through Riyadh. Middle East wars rage endlessly. Stoking conflict and instability serve US interests. Expect no resolution any time soon.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.
The Big Lie explains everything about US policies on issues mattering most – especially geopolitical ones.
The New York Times operates as a virtual US government house organ. Many of its reports are little more than administration and Pentagon press releases.
On June 9, it headlined “US Embracing a New Approach on Battling ISIS in Iraq.” The so-called new approach is the beefed up old one – providing more support for Islamic State fighters in Iraq, Syria and wherever else Washington deploys them.
They’re in Libya. Small numbers are in Gaza perhaps ahead of more to come.
Death squad diplomacy is longstanding US policy. Vietnam’s Operation Phoenix became a prototype for today’s wars. Tactics included intimidation, kidnappings, torture, and mass murder.
Strategy involved eliminating opposition elements and terrorizing people into submission. US recruited Contra death squads operated the same way against the 1980s Sandinista government.
According to Times propaganda, Obama plans “a major shift of focus in the battle against the Islamic State…”
A new Anbar Province military base will be built adding to the bloated number Washington already has in the region.
Around 400 so-called “trainers” (US special forces death squads) will be deployed to join the battle for Ramadi – for sure not to combat IS fighters Washington recruits, arms, funds, trains, directs, and uses as proxy US foot soldiers.
What’s planned for Ramadi and elsewhere in Iraq remains to be seen. US bombing Iraqi and Syrian targets have nothing to do with eliminating ISIS.
Strategy involves destroying vital economic infrastructure of both countries, as well as helping IS fighters gain more territorial control and keep it.
US satellite imagery and other intelligence knows exactly where they’re located. Yet US bombings don’t target them.
The New York Times and other major US media ignore what demands headlines. They perpetuate the myth of America’s war on IS instead of explaining one against Syria to oust Bashar al-Assad and on Iraq to balkanize it into the Kurdish north, Baghdad center and Basra south with IS fighters controlling large swarths of territory.
Part of America’s strategy is endless regional conflicts and destabilization as pretext for maintaining US military forces throughout the Middle East.
Its vast oil reserves are a treasure Washington intends to control – no matter how much mass slaughter and destruction it takes – or brutal exploitation of millions of people.
Washington currently has around 3,000 US combat troops in Iraq. Up to 1,000 more are planned – maybe more to come.
Pentagon spokesman Col. Steven Warren ludicrously said “(b)ecause the (Iraqi) forces we’ve trained are performing better than expected, we feel it’s in everyone’s interest to train more.”
Their so-called effectiveness let IS fighters make increasing territorial gains. At a Germany G-7 summit news conference, Obama indicated no “complete strategy” for dealing with IS despite many months of direct US involvement in Iraq’s ongoing conflict.
Excuses given didn’t wash. Strategy involves supporting IS, not combatting it – what media scoundrels won’t explain.
US claims about wanting to degrade and defeat IS are polar opposite truth. If Washington opposed Islamic terrorists, they never would have been created in the first place – and supported all along.
It bears repeating. IS and likeminded Islamic terrorists are US foot soldiers used to further America’s imperial agenda – endless wars and elimination of all independent governments to achieve unchallenged global dominance.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.
By: Tony Cartalucci | Land Destroyer Report –
In a 2009 US policy paper published by the corporate-financier funded Brookings Institution, it was made clear that the US was determined to provoke Iran into a conflict and effect regime change at any cost – up to and including an outright military invasion and occupation of Iran with US troops.
However, before it came to that, the Brookings Institution’s policymakers explored other options including fomenting US-backed political unrest coupled with covert, violent force, the use of US State Department listed foreign terrorist organizations to carry out assassinations and attacks within Iran, and limited airstrikes carried out by either the US or Israel, or both.
In retrospect, 6 years on, all of these tricks have not only been attempted to one degree or another in Iran, but have been demonstrably employed in neighboring Syria to diminish its strength – which according to Brookings – is a necessary prerequisite before waging war on Iran.
And of particular interest – considering what appears to be a growing diplomatic row between the United States and Israel – is just how precisely the US planned to covertly back what would be made to appear as a “unilateral” Israeli first strike on Iran – an attack that appears to be in the process of being justified through a carefully orchestrated propaganda campaign now unfolding.
From the Mouths of US Policymakers Themselves
The Brookings Institution’s 2009 policy paper titled, “Which Path to Persia? Options for a New American Strategy Toward Iran,” makes clear that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program is merely theater, and that it will be used to give the world the impression that the United States explored all possible “peaceful” options before resorting to violent regime change. The report states specifically that:
…any military operation against Iran will likely be very unpopular around the world and require the proper international context— both to ensure the logistical support the operation would require and to minimize the blowback from it. The best way to minimize international opprobrium and maximize support (however, grudging or covert) is to strike only when there is a widespread conviction that the Iranians were given but then rejected a superb offer—one so good that only a regime determined to acquire nuclear weapons and acquire them for the wrong reasons would turn it down. Under those circumstances, the United States (or Israel) could portray its operations as taken in sorrow, not anger, and at least some in the international community would conclude that the Iranians “brought it on themselves” by refusing a very good deal.
Of course, Iran – as admitted to by Brookings themselves – is not governed by irrational leadership, and would not turn down a genuinely “superb offer.” The Brookings Institution admits openly that the US pursues a dual track foreign policy – one for public consumption (making “superb offers”) and another aimed at ensuring Iran looks as unreasonable as possible.
The truth is that these all would be challenging cases to make. For that reason, it would be far more preferable if the United States could cite an Iranian provocation as justification for the airstrikes before launching them. Clearly, the more outrageous, the more deadly, and the more unprovoked the Iranian action, the better off the United States would be. Of course, it would be very difficult for the United States to goad Iran into such a provocation without the rest of the world recognizing this game, which would then undermine it. (One method that would have some possibility of success would be to ratchet up covert regime change efforts in the hope that Tehran would retaliate overtly, or even semi-overtly, which could then be portrayed as an unprovoked act of Iranian aggression.)
Yet despite this open admission, conspiring against world peace, what is of more interest is the United States’ plans to disavow any responsibility for an attack it would use its regional proxy, Israel, to carry out in its place. It states specifically under a chapter titled, “Allowing or Encouraging an Israeli Military Strike,” that:
…the most salient advantage this option has over that of an American air campaign is the possibility that Israel alone would be blamed for the attack. If this proves true, then the United States might not have to deal with Iranian retaliation or the diplomatic backlash that would accompany an American military operation against Iran. It could allow Washington to have its cake (delay Iran’s acquisition of a nuclear weapon) and eat it, too (avoid undermining many other U.S. regional diplomatic initiatives).
To no one’s surprise the British Daily Mail now reports in an article titled, “President Obama threatened to shoot down Israeli jets if they attacked Iranian nuclear facilities last year, claim sources,” that:
President Obama is alleged to have stopped an Israeli military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets, according to reports to emerge from the Middle East at the weekend
The threat from the U.S. forced Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to abort a planned attack on Iraq, reported Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida.
Netanyahu will be in Washington for an address to Congress on Tuesday aimed squarely at derailing Obama’s cherished bid for a diplomatic deal with Tehran.
Here, the Daily Mail repeats a growing narrative that dovetails neatly into long-standing US foreign policy described by the Brookings Institution’s report in 2009 – down to the letter. In fact, the prospect of “shooting down” Israeli planes was discussed as one of many props used in this geopolitical theater.
The US, as prescribed by Brookings, is portrayed as desperately trying to hammer out an almost unreasonably accommodation with Iran, while “mad dog” Israel seeks to unilaterally attack Iran – thus giving the US the plausible deniability it openly claimed it would disingenuously attempt to create ahead of any Israeli attack on Iran. It should be noted that the summation of Israel’s military might is a result long, extensive, and continuous US military support meaning that Israeli military operation is even possible without it.
Also of interest is Israel’s habitual, belligerent, serial acts of inhumanity against both its own people and the Palestinians whose land Tel Aviv has seized and continues to occupy. The nature of these acts is not one of self-preservation, but of intentional provocation – creating predictable political divides across the West easily manipulated particularly at times like these where a “regrettable” attack made upon Iran, a nation the West has thus far failed to topple with terrorism, US-backed sedition, sanctions, and covert provocations, is now in the cards.
It is also clear that the 2009 “Which Path to Persia?” policy paper still represents a vivid window into a much deeper and well-entrenched doctrine still to this day being used to reorder the Middle East into alignment with Western special interests. It is a signed confession of a now evident conspiracy against global peace and stability. It should be read, in full, before the United Nations Security Council before those who wrote it and the corporate-financier interests who sponsored it are brought to international justice.
Anything less proves that the United States and its regional proxies, not Iran, are the rogue states, working against global peace and stability, with many standing examples already of their atrocities on display, and more – apparently – still to come.
Can anyone in the world make sense of what we are seeing? A group of nations working together carrying out the most unusual policies mixed with lies. Enough to drive any normal reasonable person insane trying to figure out the logic. What logic? I’m talking about trying to make sense of the western mainstream media logic (of ISIS terrorism and Muslim fundamental terrorism being so dangerous to Israel and the U.S.) in conjunction with what we actually see happening. Things like Israel and CIA (and Turkey) working with Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, and ISIS- arming, funding and training them. Things like Israel attacking only the enemies of ISIS and Al Qaeda. Things like Israel attacking the sovereign nation of Syria instead of ISIS itself declared by the U.S. government and mainstream media as so dangerous that congress voted for funding war against them.
Whatever happened to ISIS being so dangerous? Wasn’t ISIS supposed to be the greatest threat to the Middle East and the world because they supposedly have members joining from all over the world? Wasn’t ISIS the most sophisticated terror group that needed to be stopped at all cost because they were beheading Christians and took over Mosul overpowering 30,000 troops in one day? Despite all the mainstream media portrayal of ISIS as the dangerous Christian-beheading haters, and haters of U.S./Israeli (recall the James Foley beheading video) and all western culture, despite all of this, the relationship between Israel and ISIS is mysteriously peaceful and flawless. In fact when Israeli media reported the supposed arresting of an ISIS terrorist not long ago, even the supposed ISIS terrorist was given a soft sentence of 22 months in jail. Isn’t this a bit odd for a terrorist member of a group that beheads Christians and is supposed to be the most dangerous and sophisticated terror group in the world?? Or is terrorism not that serious a charge in Israel?
This is not the first time that supposed dangerous terrorists spent time in Israeli jail before being set free to rejoin supposed terror groups who are dangerous threats to Israel. Al-Arouri is the supposed Hamas confession guy who after Israeli police concluded that the 3 murdered Israeli teens, who’s murder was used as the sole justification to launching military attacks against the people of Gaza, were not murdered by members of Hamas-Al-Arouri would later present himself as a leader of Hamas and issue a “confession” that indeed Hamas was behind the murder of the teens. This “confession” of course, would be disputed by other members of Hamas and would contradict the factual findings by their very own Israeli police. Conveniently, Mr Al-Arouri’s testimony would benefit Israel greatly by giving Israel a pretext for rationalizing their war crimes against the people of Gaza. Should it surprise us that this same supposedly dangerous Hamas “terrorist” spent time in Israel prison years prior for the crime of “terrorism” while being eventually let out of prison to carry on with his life? His life apparently includes returning to Hamas to be a dangerous terrorist and, while he’s at it, aiding Israel in the process?
What’s going on here is obvious to anyone paying attention. These are fake pick-your-boogie-monster games where only a specific terror group is useful for political reasons. It’s important that ISIS is a threat only to the U.S. somehow while somehow not posing a threat to Israel. In this new world order long term Middle East script it is important that the democratically elected government of Hamas is portrayed as a threat to Israel ONLY, and no one else, while ISIS is only a threat to the U.S. despite that fact that it’s all the way on the other side of the world. Sounds crazy? In fact in one article from Gatestone Institute, writer Alan Dershowitz actually says it- “ISIS is to America as Hamas is to Israel”. This is the perfect propaganda script for the U.S.-Israeli empire to implement their Middle East plans. A plan where super dangerous terror groups (or sovereign nations accused of being dangerous terrorists) only attack the specific countries required for them to fit into the Middle East and PNAC plans and no one else. How convenient huh?
So while another week comes and goes and ISIS still exists. While the mainstream media ISIS stories have died down giving early ISIS Al Qaeda-like staying power. As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, the ISIS psyop is in its final phase which involves simply the prolongation of ISIS. To review this important point, the western mainstream media and the Pentagon have to keep ISIS around to be used as a tool to accomplish their plans and the strategy to prolong the (perceived) existence of ISIS consists of 3 steps (IMO):
1. Periods of silence (like we’re seeing now) involving less talk about ISIS to get everyone’s mind off of ISIS for a while. These periods of non-ISIS talk will buy ISIS more time to exist and slowly these periods will get longer. This will condition ISIS into the minds of the blind sheep who by now have fully integrated ISIS into their subconscious. The average sheeple right now couldn’t imagine a world without ISIS even if they tried. That’s how deep mass hypnosis works BTW.
2. Another tactic to be used to prolong the existence of ISIS is making them seem like they are always growing and recruiting. Notice how often media focuses on ISIS ‘recruiting’ stories? It’s not enough that ISIS can take on multiple countries in battle on multiple global fronts while sustaining themselves militarily and with crucial daily supplies, but they also have time to take off from their incredible video production and internet social media skills to launch a worldwide recruiting campaign. All of this while they fight in multiple global fronts … while winning!
3. Thirdly ISIS will be prolonged by the convenience of not being taken out by any of the militarily powerful nations who can take them down including U.S., Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and others who could easily eliminate ISIS in a day or two, especially if they worked together. This shocking non-willingness to attack and eliminate ISIS (which might be the greatest story) is what we are seeing from not just the U.S. but now blatantly from Israel.
Israel, like they did with Gaza, is caught blatantly choosing to attack a sovereign nation (of Syria) instead of focusing their energy to attack global terrorism. Once again critical thinkers, activists, and independent minded individuals are left baffled at the contradictions of narratives coming out of western (Zionist controlled) mainstream media, and the actions of Israel and the U.S..
Will there ever come a day when we all say enough? A day when enough of us say enough? Will Israel continue to get away with war crimes forever? Will anyone ever confront the political leaders of Israel and try them for war crimes? Benjamin Netanyahu is a proven and known political war criminal so why isn’t anyone doing anything about it? Will modern day America ever come to grips with these war crimes perpetrated on Sovereign nations and clear violations of the Geneva Conventions? Will this western Zionist controlled mainstream media control the narrative forever? Must we live in hypnosis forever or will we ever mount the courage to see things as they are? Is the Orwellian spell forever or is there a mathematical chance of humanity waking up? How can we characterize all of this?
All of this is explained by propaganda. A simple research on the meaning of propaganda will help solve and answer all of these questions. It’s time for the world to wake up and see that Israel (like their U.S. partners) works with Al Qaeda and ISIS not against them. They would rather arm themselves and put the lives of their soldiers at risk to fight a sovereign nation like Syria who is in the way of their long term Middle East plans. As for ISIS and Al Qaeda and other terror groups, Israel has played a major role in the creation, operation and/or support of these organizations from day one. It’s time for Americans to see the U.S.-Israeli relationship for what it is. This goes back to before 9/11 and even before the PNAC plans.
The Israel factor can no longer be ignored. It’s staring us all in the face and this latest and most recent attack on Syrian air bases and “targets” is just a continuation of the Middle East takeover which is a precursor to the global takeover, the new world order global takeover. We cannot continue to ignore these huge landmark historic points in the advancement of the new world order AND expect to stop the new world order from coming to fruition.
Bernie Suarez is an activist, critical thinker, radio host, musician, M.D, Veteran, lover of freedom and the Constitution, and creator of the Truth and Art TV project. He also has a background in psychology and highly recommends that everyone watch a documentary titled The Century of the Self. Bernie has concluded that the way to defeat the New World Order is to truly be the change that you want to see. Manifesting the solution and putting truth into action is the very thing that will defeat the globalists.
By: Brandon Turbeville | Activist Post –
Currently trending alongside Kim Kardashian’s photo shoot, a Missouri declaration of a State of Emergency, and Charles Manson’s marriage, is the news of the recent alleged beheading of an American citizen by Western-backed ISIS terrorists in Syria.
The latest beheading video to allegedly emerge from ISIS reportedly shows the beheading of Peter Kassig, an “American aid worker” who was captured by the Western-backed fundamentalists in October of last year. Kassig was an Iraq veteran and former U.S. Army Ranger who later became an “aid worker” in Lebanon and Syria, according to USA Today.
Kassig’s family states that, while overseas, Kassig converted to Islam and changed his name to Abdul Rahman.
The video, which was released Sunday, is over 15 minutes long and contains a rather long propaganda buildup before showing the beheading of 12-18 Syrian soldiers.
The beheading of the Syrian soldiers, it should be noted, has received virtually no reporting except for an occasional line or two describing the lead up to Kassig’s beheading.
Kassig’s beheading is not actually shown, however. Toward the end of the video, “Jihadi John,” the ISIS member who has acted as the star of the series of beheading videos is pictured standing next to a severed human head which he claims belonged to Kassig.
If Kassig was indeed beheaded then his murder is without a doubt a tragedy and an act of savage brutality. But there is one thing lacking in the narrative provided by Western governments and their media mouthpieces regarding the beheading – evidence.
Unlike the staged Foley beheading which attempted to depict, albeit poorly, the first few moments of a decapitation, the Kassig beheading video is not a beheading video at all, but simply footage of a man standing next to a severed head that he claims belonged to Peter Kassig.
With the exception of Jihadi John’s word, we are left with nothing with which to confirm that the severed head was actually Kassig’s. Considering the track record of Western governments and the recent trail of beheading videos, however, we would be well within reason to question the veracity of the claims.
At this point, it is impossible for us to know whether or not the head shown in the video truly belonged to Kassig or even if Kassig was actually beheaded. Likewise, we cannot know for sure whether or not the victims preceding Kassig were truly beheaded, although we can say for sure that the depiction of the beheading shown on film was entirely staged.
What we do know, however, is that Kassig and his predecessors are being used for open propaganda purposes. In fact, all of the beheadings that have transpired beginning with the Foley video have been so conveniently timed to the needs and desires of the NATO agenda so as to preclude any reasonable suggestion that the videos themselves were anything other than propaganda.
Remember, when the United States was “debating” the idea of becoming more directly involved in Syria and Iraq, particularly in the form of bombing civilian and government infrastructure and openly funding the death squads they claim to be fighting, a video allegedly showing the beheading of James Foley was released resulting in widespread anger and indignation amongst a general public who were temporarily yanked away from reality TV long enough to view it.
Likewise, when the British seemed hesitant to directly join the imperialist bombing coalition, a video was released allegedly showing the beheading of a British citizen, Alan Henning, also causing widespread indignation amongst the public and shoring up support for British military involvement in Iraq and Syria.
Such convenient timing was also present when NATO was considering “targeted airstrikes” in Syria but were concerned about Assad’s sophisticated air defense systems. Shortly thereafter, ISIS managed to capture Taqba air base in Raqqa, Syria, eliminating the air defense systems in the entirety of the eastern part of the country.
This timing was present yet again when NATO once again began calling for a “No-Fly Zone,” “Buffer Zone,” or “Safe Zone.” Interestingly enough, during the debate over the possibility of the establishment of a “no-fly zone,” even members of Congress were beginning to question why a “no-fly zone” would be necessary in order to combat ISIS since ISIS had no air force. Conveniently, ISIS immediately seized a number of planes left over in the Syrian air fields and allegedly began flying them off the runway.
Either ISIS has the absolute dumbest public relations personnel in world history, or the actions of ISIS are directly controlled by NATO for propaganda, geopolitical, and military purposes. The timing of ISIS’ actions – always in line with the goals of the NATO faction of the world oligarchy – is clearly the result of the latter.
In addition, it is also important to point out that Kassig’s “humanitarian aid work” involves his founding of Special Emergency Response and Resistance, an NGO that is allegedly focused on “delivering aid” to areas that “larger organizations could not operate in.” Remember that NGOs have not only been responsible for a significant portion of the organization of death squads but also for the provision of medical help and other logistical assistance need to organize and facilitate the destabilization campaign.
That being said, one must mention that the SERR has received a large portion of funding from the NGO Conscience International, an international “aid” organization that receives its own funding from the National Endowment for Democracy.
It is also important to point out that Kassig himself has expressed sentiment that some would consider sympathetic to death squad fighters in Syria. In an interview with Syria Deeply, Kassig stated
Sometimes rebels want to know if I will help train people or if I will join the fight. I always tell them no. It is of course not that I do not feel terrible for the civilians that are suffering in Syria, but… for an American young man in my position that would be foolish, and regarded as such by pretty much everyone, including the opposition.
I can either be in a position to deliver tens of thousands of dollars of antibiotics for women and children, or I can be another young man with a gun.
Noting that he feels “terrible for the civilians that are suffering in Syria” and that his choices are essentially providing medicine or picking up a gun and joining the rebels, Kassig’s political leanings are relatively clear in that they express obvious sympathy for the death squads painted as “rebels” by the Western media.
Thus, one must ask the question of whether or not Kassig was yet another agent of Western destabilization working under the guise of an NGO and “aid organization.” From what little information is available, it appears that this possibility has fairly high odds of being true.
In the end, this video, which has been used to browbeat the American people and drum up support for yet another foreign military adventure, is set to be used to justify Western military invasion against Syria in the near future. Real or otherwise, it is hoped that the American people do not allow primitive propaganda to fool them into rushing to war on yet another occasion.
Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria. Turbeville has published over 300 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.
Pentagon commanders initiated it. A duplicitous 2015 50th anniversary commemoration. Honoring one of history’s greatest crimes.
Turning truth on its head. Orwell explained saying “(h)e who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”
A Pentagon web site headlines “The United State of America Vietnam War Commemoration.” Pentagon commanders glorify what demands condemnation.
Providing “the American public with (so-called) historically accurate materials and interactive experiences that will help Americans better understand and appreciate the service of our Vietnam War veterans and the history of US involvement in the Vietnam War.”
A Commemorative Partners Program “is designed for federal, state and local communities, veterans’ organizations and other nongovernmental organizations to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring our Vietnam Veterans and their families.”
Thanking them for mass murder. Involvement in genocidal high crimes against peace. Making the world safe for monied interests. More on this below.
In 1971, David Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers. Officially titled “United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945 – 1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense.”
Former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara commissioned it. Convinced America’s war was unwinnable.
Wanting an “encyclopedic history of the Vietnam War.” Preparing it was important for future scholars, he believed.
In 1969, it was completed. Examining Indochina policy from 1940 – 1968. Forty-seven volumes. Around 7,000 pages. Classified “Top Secret.”
Ellsberg believed winning was unlikely. Waging it was bad policy. Lawless. Immoral. Costing thousands of American lives. Millions of Southeast Asian ones. More on this below.
Convinced releasing the Pentagon Papers would make a difference, Ellsbergs did so at personal risk.
Explaining what everyone deserves to know. What Washington systematically suppressed. About secretly expanding Southeast Asia’s war. Lying publicly. Deceiving Congress.
Initially charged with conspiracy, espionage and theft of government property, charges against Ellsberg were later dropped. After information surfaced about White House Plumbers using lawless tactics to discredit him.
On May 11, 1973, an Oval Office recording caught Nixon saying:
“(T)he sonofabitching thief is made a national hero and is going to get off on a mistrial, and the New York Times gets a Pulitzer Prize for stealing documents…What in the name of God have we come to?”
In 1996, The Times said:
The Pentagon Papers “demonstrated, among other things, that the Johnson Administration had systematically lied, not only to the public, but also to Congress, about a subject of transcendent national interest and significance.”
The same Times later featuring Judith Miller’s Big Lies. About nonexistent Iraq WMDs.
Publicizing them in regular Pentagon press release handouts. Substituting for credible journalism.
Daily front page propaganda rubbish. A Noah’s Ark of scam artists promoting war.
Capped by a Pulitzer Prize. Responsible journalists want it rescinded. With full defrocking.
Times editors don’t apologize. They’re in lockstep with all US wars. Ongoing or planned. Legal or illegal. WW II was Washington’s last legitimate one.
Current ones rage with no end. More are planned. Permanent war is official US policy.
Obama has lots of death and destruction in mind. Media scoundrels support his worst crimes.
Ravaging, destroying and plundering one country after another. Millions of corpses attest to America’s barbarity.
No nation in world history did more harm to more people over a longer duration. None matched its savagery. Homicidal viciousness.
Ongoing without end. Risking the unthinkable. Possible global war. Mushroom cloud denouement. Armageddon.
Terror bombing is longstanding US practice. Targeting civilians and combatants alike.
Geneva and other international laws prohibit attacking non-combatants. Article 25 of the Laws of War: Laws and Customs of War on Land (1907 Hague IV Convention) states:
“The attack or bombardment, by whatever means, of towns, villages, dwellings, or buildings which are undefended is prohibited.”
Article 26 states “(t)he officer in command of an attacking force must, before commencing a bombardment, except in cases of assault, do all in his power to warn the authorities.”
Article 27 says “(i)n sieges and bombardments, all necessary steps must be taken to spare, as far as possible, buildings dedicated to religion, art, science, or charitable purposes, historic monuments, hospitals, and places where the sick and wounded are collected, provided they are not being used at the time for military purposes.”
The besieged should visibly indicate these buildings or places and notify an adversary beforehand.
Fourth Geneva protects civilians in time of war. Prohibiting violence in any form against them. Requiring treatment for sick and wounded.
In September 1938, a League of Nations unanimous resolution prohibited “bombard(ing) cities, towns, villages, dwellings or buildings not in the immediate neighborhood of the operations of land forces…”
“In cases where (legitimate targets) are so situated, (aircraft) must abstain from bombardment” if doing so indiscriminately harms civilians.
The 1945 Nuremberg Principles prohibit “crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity.”
Including “inhumane acts committed against any civilian populations, before or during the war.”
Indiscriminate killing. “(W)anton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.”
The 1968 General Assembly Resolution on Human Rights prohibits attacks against civilian populations. America and Israel do it repeatedly. By land, sea and air.
Gabriel Kolko wrote the definitive Vietnam War history. His “Anatomy of a War: Vietnam, the United States, and the Modern Historical Experience” explains what everyone needs to know.
Imperial America’s objectives, strengths, weaknesses, quest for world dominance and miscalculations.
Washington installed the authoritarian Ngo Dinh Diem regime. It did so to build military strength, crush opposition, and gain a reliable ally.
In the 1950s, military advisors arrived. Escalation followed. Lyndon Johnson wanted war on Vietnam. He got it.
The August 1964 false flag Gulf of Tonkin incident initiated full-scale conflict. It raged after Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.
Authorizing war without declaring it. It’s longstanding US tradition. Big lies launch them.
Manufactured pretexts initiate them. Mass killing and destruction follow. It bears repeating. Vietnam remains one of history’s greatest crimes.
In February 1965, Operation Thunder began. War without mercy. Raging through October 1968. For 44 months.
Targeting and indiscriminate bombings. Using over one million tons of ordnance. At issue was destroying Vietnam’s economy. Its will to resist.
Curtailing help reaching southern-based National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) fighters.
Over the course of war from 1965 – 1973, eight million tons of bombs were dropped.
Threefold WW II’s tonnage. Around 300 tons for every Vietnamese man, woman, child, infant, the elderly and infirm.
Napalm was used. Other incendiary devices. Terror weapons. Anti-personnel cluster bombs.
Spewing thousands of metal pellets. Hitting everything in their path. Indiscriminate land mines claiming victims to this day.
War targeted Cambodia and Laos. From March 1969 through May 1970. Nixon ordered secret bombings. Without consulting Congress.
Allegedly to destroy North Vietnamese and Viet Cong sanctuaries. Around 3,500 sorties were flown.
About 600,000 deaths followed. Mostly civilians. Helping Khmer Rouge elements gain power in 1975.
Cambodia was bombed with over 500,000 tons of ordnance. Until August 1973.
Over 25,000 US ground forces invaded. Dozens of towns, villages and hamlets were destroyed. Many thousands more were killed. Mostly peasants.
In harm’s way. In the line of fire. In the wrong country at the wrong time.
A 1962 Geneva Accord recognized Laos as a neutral state. Banning foreign military personnel from its territory.
Reality was much different. From 1965 – 1973, America flew around 580,000 sorties. Dropping over two million tons of ordinance.
The equivalent of a planeload of bombs every eight minutes. Round-the-clock for nine years.
At issue was destroying North Vietnamese so-called Ho Chi Minh Trail supply lines. Targeting the Pathet Lao government. North Vietnam’s army controlling eastern provinces.
Secret bombings again were used. So were terror weapons. Including napalm, white phosphorous and cluster bombs.
Millions of unexploded bomblets remained. Buried in fields, roads, forests, villages and rivers.
Around one-third of Laos’s 6.5 million people were killed, injured or displaced. Southeast Asia’s wars were devastating.
Killing three to four million. Causing mass destruction. Incalculable human suffering to this day.
On August 10, 1961, America began spraying Agent Orange in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Operation Ranch Hand waged herbicidal warfare for 10 years.
Around 20,000 sorties were flown. Other spraying was done from boats, trucks, or soldiers mounted with backpacks.
Over five million acres were contaminated. About 20% of South Vietnam was sprayed at least once.
Millions of gallons of dioxin-containing defoliant were used across vast areas. Concentrations were 50 times greater than for other defoliation purposes. Horrific consequences followed.
Dioxin is one of nature’s most deadly substances. It’s both natural and man-made. It’s a potent carcinogenic human immune system suppressant. Minute amounts cause serious health problems and death.
Agent Orange kills! It accumulates in adipose tissue and the liver. It alters living cell genetic structures.
Exposure results in congenital disorders and birth defects. It causes cancer, type two diabetes, and numerous other diseases.
In 2009, the US Institute of Medicine reported evidence linking Agent Orange to soft-tissue sarcoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (including hairy-cell leukemia), Hodgkin’s disease, and chloracne.
It’s associated with prostate cancer, multiple myeloma, amyloidosis (abnormal protein deposits), Parkinson’s disease, porphyria cutanea tarda (a blood and skin disorder), ischemic heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, cancer of the larynx, lung, bronchea and trachea, as well as spina bifida in offspring of exposed parents.
Vietnam’s Red Cross links it to liver cancer; lipid metabolism disorder; reproductive abnormalities; development disabilities; paralysis; and congenital deformities like cleft lip, cleft palate, club foot, hydrocephalus, neural tube defects, fused digits, and muscle malformations.
Dioxin remains toxic for decades. It’s not water soluble. Nor easily degradable. It contaminates soil, foliage, air and water.
It can be inhaled, absorbed through skin, or gain bodily entry through eyes, ears, or other cavity passages. It enters the food chain. Crops, plants, animals, and sea life are poisoned.
Its effects killed millions of Southeast Asians. Many others were disabled and/or suffer from chronic illnesses. Future generations are affected like earlier ones.
Around three million US servicemen and women were harmed. So were many American civilians. Many died. Living victims suffer from diseases, birth defects, and other ill effects.
Agent Orange use was always controversial. Studies confirmed its enormous harm. Ecocide and genocide best describe it. Human studies provided damning evidence.
In the early 1970s, Vietnam veterans reported skin rashes, cancer, psychological symptoms, birth defects, and other health problems.
Victims perish to this day.
Depleted uranium (DU) contamination began in the 1970s. US forces used DU freely since America’s Gulf war. Including dirty bombs, shells, missiles, and other munitions.
DU and other toxic weapons are illegal under international law. The 1925 Geneva Protocol and subsequent Geneva Weapons Conventions prohibit use of chemical and biological agents in any form.
The 1925 Geneva Convention Gas Protocol prohibits poison gas. The 1907 Hague Convention bans use of any “poison or poisoned weapons.”
Dioxin kills. DU is radioactive and chemically toxic. The US code, Title 50, Chapter 40, Section 2302 prohibits use of “weapons of mass destruction,” saying:
“The term ‘weapon of mass destruction’ means any weapon or device that is intended, or has the capability, to cause death or serious bodily injury to a significant number of people through the release, dissemination, or impact of (A) toxic or poisonous chemicals or their precursors, (B) a disease organism, or (C) radiation or radioactivity.”
America’s use is lawless. Doing so constitutes war crimes. Millions of combatants and civilians were irreparably harmed or killed. In current US direct and proxy wars, others are affected daily.
Washington wants its toxic legacy buried. Its high crimes against peace forgotten.
Whitewashed from history. Reinvented to make America’s ugly past look respectable.
Survivors won’t ever forget. Nor should they. Including Vietnamese sufferers. Permanently disabled US war veterans. Many on both sides enduring chronic illnesses.
They want truth and full disclosure maintained. Nothing erased from history. Or reinvented to ignore what happened.
One of history’s greatest crimes. Nameless, faceless victims suffering to this day out of sight and mind understand best.
By: Brandon Turbeville | Activist Post –
The photos, which are supposed to number in the tens of thousands are now being “analyzed” by the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the request of the Ambassador-At-Large For War Crimes, Steven J. Rapp.
Rapp stated in an interview that the photos are “horrific — some of them put you in visceral pain. This is some of the strongest evidence we’ve seen in the area of proof of the commission of mass atrocities.”
Rapp, apparently intending to head off any suggestions that the photos may be either fakes or photos of some other atrocity perhaps committed by the death squads armed, trained, funded, and directed by NATO, the Ambassador has claimed that the FBI assured him that they think it is impossible that the photographs could be forgeries. Rapp says that the FBI assured that there is no evidence of doctoring. This, of course, is quite a bizarre conclusion to reach since the investigation is not yet over. Thus, one must wonder if the FBI had determined the veracity of the photographs before even opening the packages they came in.
As Michael Isikoff writes for Yahoo! News,
The story behind the photos begins in March 2011, when Arab Spring protests against the Assad government swept through Syria. As the military began rounding up suspected dissidents, Caesar — a military police officer — was assigned to lead a team of 11 photographers whose job it was to document the deaths of detainees brought to a military hospital from three detention centers around Damascus.
But by the summer of 2013, Caesar has told investigators, he was so sickened by what he was seeing that he made contact with Syrian rebels. “I can’t do this anymore,” he told them, according to David Crane, a former war-crimes prosecutor for Sierra Leone who spent hours interviewing Caesar as part of a separate review of the photos commissioned by the government of Qatar.
Caesar began smuggling his photos to the rebels, providing them with thumb drives concealed in his shoes, Crane said. To protect his family, Caesar faked his death, staging an elaborate funeral, before he escaped from Syria in August 2013. He is now in hiding in Europe.
The photos, according to Crane, document “an industrial killing machine not seen since the Holocaust.” They show corpses, some of them lined up in a warehouse, many appearing to be victims of starvation, their ribs protruding from emaciated bodies.
The Syrian government has denied most of the photos as fake and has stated that it believes many of them to be pictures of dead terrorists who were killed in battle. The Syrian government’s suggestions are entirely plausible and, indeed, quite likely to be true. Remember, NATO has already attempted to frame the Assad government for a number of war crimes and atrocities that later turned out to be the handiwork of the terrorists funded by NATO itself. The Ghouta chemical weapons attack, the famous Houla massacre, and a number of other atrocities all come to mind instantly.
Unfortunately, in a gross insult to the victims of the Nazis, the Holocaust museum is placing a number of these photographs on display for propaganda purposes, an obvious attempt to dredge up memories of the Holocaust and paint Assad as the new Hitler.
Such ridiculous comparisons were made the first and second time this cynical display of propaganda was pushed in mainstream media outlets.
As it was then, there remain a number of reasons to question the photographs, reports, and “defectors” presenting the “smoking gun” against Assad now.
1.) The Gulf State Feudal Monarchy Qatar is the sponsor of one of the main reports and “reviews” of the photographs. Qatar is, of course, one of the major sponsors of the Syrian invasion (aka the Syrian “rebels”) and has played a massively important role in financing, training, arming, and directing the death squads currently being mopped up by the Assad government.
2.) The source of the report and photographs. One would be justified in questioning the nature of the reports and photos since the sole source of the material comes by virtue of an allegedly “defected Syrian military police officer” who was apparently fine with photographing thousands of dead victims for over a year until now. Regardless of the possibility for such a “moral” conversion, taking information from a “defected” member of government forces once again returns us to the realm of the “ activists say ” school of journalism – a notorious method used by Western media outlets to promote the side of the death squads and only the side of the death squads as fact in popular reports. Note that “Caesar” himself claims that he was in touch with the Syrian opposition, meaning terrorist death squads and cannibal savages funded by the West. Apparently, he thought these murderers as a better option than Assad. If so, that perspective tells us much about the allegiances and affiliations of “Caesar.”
3.) “Caesar” reminiscent of “Curveball.” We cannot forget the famous Codename, “Curveball” that played a major role in the initiation of a previous and still ongoing conflict that was later admitted to be a fabrication. Being fooled by the same type of propaganda twice in eleven years is indeed a humiliation too great for a country to bear.
4.) Past claims of Assad’s “Crimes Against Humanity.” It is important to remember past experiences with Western charges against Assad for alleged “crimes against humanity,” all of which turned out to have been committed by the death squads, not the Syrian government. From the Houla massacre to the Ghouta chemical weapons attacks , the Syrian government has been exonerated by all credible evidence. The death squads, however, have been proven guilty by virtue of their own video tapes and YouTube accounts , of some of the most horrific acts imaginable. While many innocent people have no doubt been killed in the crossfire between the military and the death squads, the Western media has done everything in its power to place the blood of each and every death inside Syria in the hands of the government.
5.) Possibility that the death squads could have killed the victims shown in the photographs, that the death squads are themselves the victims, or that the photographs contain a mix of the two. The victims shown in the report have clearly been abused and starved. However, before jumping to conclusions about just how these unfortunate individuals met their fate, perhaps it would be a good idea to look back at the context of the victims. As mentioned earlier, the death squads operating in Syria are no strangers to crimes against humanity, murder, and torture. In fact, they have been both the initiators of such depravity and overwhelmingly the largest proprietors of it.
Furthermore, the fact that the victims were starved does not necessarily mean that they were starved by the government. Indeed, it is important to remember that, due to the siege of a number of cities by both the military and the death squads as well as due to death squad cruelty and attempted cordoning off of specific areas, food shortage has been a serious concern in some areas for some time. There is also plentiful evidence of death squad groups killing innocent people and shipping their bodies to the places where cameras are set up, waiting for the recording of the propaganda piece. The Ghouta chemical attack is just one instance in which innocent civilians were captured and killed by the death squads and used as stage props for propaganda purposes .
Indeed, it is also important to remember that the death squads themselves are quite adept at keeping prisoners in atrocious conditions. Remember, it was reported not too long ago that the Syrian military was able to free a number of captive Syrian women from the hands of the death squads who had kept them in captivity in underground tunnels for months on end for the purposes of using them as sex slaves.
6.) The photographs were conveniently released just two days before the Geneva II Peace Conference meeting on Syria the first time. Now they are conveniently released as the United States and NATO are considering a “Buffer Zone” in Syria.
After the retraction of an invitation to Iran to attend the peace conference, the Qatari-funded report regarding the photographs was released just two days before the peace conference was scheduled to take place. With such evidence being studied and analyzed and a report being compiled, to believe that it was only a coincidence that the information was released two days before the conference is absurd. If this evidence was real and of such grave importance why did world leaders only learn of it days before the peace conference? If world leaders knew, why did it take so long to hear about it?
Now, as the United States and NATO eye a no-fly zone in Syria, the photographs are being recycled complete with the requisite Hitler references during the run-up to the implementation of the “buffer zone.”
The convenience of this report for the NATO and GCC agenda to destroy Syria and overthrow Assad is such that precludes its honesty.
7.) Involvement of Color Revolution NGOs. “Caesar’s” entire trip to the United States has been organized and facilitated by the Coalition For A Democratic Syria , an organization that has very close ties with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), a subsidiary of the National Endowment for Democracy, both groups being notorious color revolutions operations. The NDI website states that:
NDI works with a number of established political parties and emerging movements on party development and organizational structure. The Institute’s partners include: the Damascus Declaration; the People’s Party; Building the Syrian State; the Kurdish Youth Tanseekiyat Union; the Ahrar Party; the Muslim Brotherhood; the Democratic Platform; the National Change Trend; the Syrian Democratic Coalition; and the Yekiti party, as well as many others.
It is also notable that the SDC’s website contains a number of pictures of Syria with the Green, White and Black flag of the death squads and their smokescreen “moderate” faction instead of the real Red, White, and Black flag of the Syrian government.
The NDI website also admits funding terrorists in Syria albeit through very couched terms. It says,
NDI has built long-term partnerships with Syrian organizations since 2005, working with more than 1,200 Syrian democrats in an extensive network of civil society leaders and opposition activists. Through 2010, NDI assisted a Damascus-based civil society organization and resource center, Etana Press, in assessing the needs of civil society in Syria and building resources and knowledge to meet those needs. Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011, NDI has intensified its assistance to opposition activists seeking democratic reform.
Considering all of the information provided in this article, taken in conjunction with the “convenient” timing of the release of the reports and the photographs (convenient, at least, for the enemies of Syria), as well as the fact that NGOs, color revolution organizations, and shadowy “defectors” are providing the information, such reports and photographs should be taken with a large grain of salt.
The Western media has not only been wrong, but has lied on so many occasions in the past, that it cannot be expected to tell the truth now.
Washington uses ISIS/ISIL/Islamic state (IS), Nusra Front, Al Qaeda and likeminded groups strategically as enemies and allies. At times, simultaneously.
In the 1980s, CIA-recruited mujahideen fighters battled Afghanistan’s Soviet occupiers.
Ronald Reagan called them “the moral equivalent of our founding fathers.” They’re today’s Taliban, despite distinct differences between them.
Longstanding US support enhanced radical Islamic strength. Extremist groups were natural Cold War allies.
Zbigniew Brzezinski had Jimmy Carter sign a secret July 3, 1979 directive. It promised covert aid to Afghan pro-Soviet regime opponents.
Brezinski said Moscow intervention would follow. “What is most important to the history of the world,” he asked?
“The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?”
“The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter. We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war.”
“Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.”
Today’s Taliban gave America its second Vietnam war. Perhaps currently radical Islamist allies will do so in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.
The fullness of time will tell. Currently they’re used strategically against America’s enemies.
US special forces and CIA operatives fund, arm, train and direct them in Jordan and Turkey. Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are involved.
They’re sent cross border to Syria. Its porous border with Iraq lets them control large parts of both countries.
A previous article explained Obama’s phony war on Islamic State militants They’re US proxies. Shock troops. Foot soldiers. Boots on the ground.
They’re taught effective ways to kill. Dirty ways. Using chemical weapons. Committing atrocities. Including beheadings and other barbarian acts.
Syrian targets struck include vital infrastructure, oil facilities, grain silos, empty buildings, residential homes and noncombatant men, women and children.
In the 1980s, media scoundrels praised radical Islamists. Today, they’re vilified. More on this below.
The State Department’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC) focuses heavily against what it calls an Islamic State threat.
“We believe countering our adversaries” through social media “is crucial,” it said. “We must contest the space by confronting distortion with reality and lies with truth,” it claimed.
CSCC spends millions annually “coordinat(ing), orient(ing), and inform(ing) government-wide foreign communications activities targeted against terrorism and violent extremism.”
It challenges “extremist propaganda in previously uncontested digital space,” it says. It does so with much of its own.
At stake is redrawing the Middle East may. Balkanizing it. Restoring colonial rule. Plundering regional resources. Exploiting its people. Eliminating Israeli rivals.
First by ousting Assad. Replacing him with pro-Western stooge governance. Isolating Iran. Restoring pre-1979 rule. Defeating Hezbollah and containing Hamas.
Propaganda war on Islamic State militants rages. Fear-mongering hypes Big Lies. MSM scoundrels repeat them.
Truth is systematically buried. Deception substitutes for reality. Nonexistent threats make headlines. Regurgitated ad nauseam gets most people to believe them.
Homeland Security officials lied. They manufactured fear-mongering intelligence. They claim a nonexistent IS plot to enter America through Mexico.
Saying so doesn’t rise to the level of bad fiction. Obama ludicrously said the main reason for battling IS is to protect America’s heartland.
Media scoundrels repeat this rubbish. Gullible people believe it. Hyperbole substitutes for reality.
It’s daily MSM fare. It buries truth. It substitutes lies, damn lies and Big Lies. They masquerade as legitimate news, information and analysis.
Headlines hype a Khorasan Group threat. It’s more fiction than fact. It’s fake.
Irresponsible fear-mongering claims otherwise. It proliferates. It gets Americans to believe nonsense. A planned major attack against European and/or US targets, it claimed.
Media scoundrels regurgitate this rubbish ad nauseam. Without challenging it. Without demanding verifiable evidence.
Without refusing to publish without it. Without reporting what readers and viewers most need to know.
State-sponsored propaganda substitutes. Big Lies bury hard truths. The New York Times is a machine for manufacturing lies.
On October 3, it gave op-ed space to former US Syrian ambassador Robert Ford. He took full advantage. He headlined “Remember Our Syrian Allies.”
He claimed nonexistent moderate “Syrian rebels (are) furious that (Washington) had not (directly) targeted the Assad government…”
He lied claiming it “killed far more Syrian civilians than” IS fighters and likeminded groups. He wrongfully accused Assad’s government of “atrocities.”
He ignored horrendous ones radical Islamists commit. Targeting civilians. Murdering them in cold blood. Using chemical weapons. Torture and other high crimes against peace.
He quoted so-called Free Syrian Army stooge leaders demanding attacks focus on “the forces of tyranny and the patrons of extremism represented by the Assad regime.”
Syrians overwhelmingly support Assad. On June 3, they reelected him president with a near 89% majority.
They want no one else leading them. Independent monitors called Syria’s process open, free and fair.
It shames America’s sham process. Monied interests control things. Republicans and Democrats are two sides of the same coin.
Not a dime’s worth of difference separates them on issues mattering most. Voters have no say.
They get the best democracy money can buy. It’s in name only. It’s nonexistent.
Ford wants stepped up US support for anti-Assad militants. Most are non-citizens or ex-pats. They’re recruited from dozens of countries.
They invaded Syria. They did so lawlessly. Syria is Obama’s war. He launched it in March 2011. There’s nothing civil about it.
Insurgents are Washington proxies. Key NATO partners, rogue Arab League states, and Israel are very much involved.
Most Syrians deplore violence. They oppose elements committing it. Waging war with imported proxies isn’t civil.
Washington bears full responsibility. Assad provides Syria’s last line of defense.
He’s battling foreign invaders. He’s acting responsibly doing so. What any leader should do. Nothing less is acceptable.
Syrians depend on his protection. He provides it best he can. Without it things would be far worse.
Syria would be like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya in perpetuity. Violence, instability, insecurity and unspeakable human misery without end.
Don’t expect Ford to explain. Or Times editors publishing his rubbish. So-called “moderate fighters” he cites don’t exist.
Washington supports the worst of Islamic extremists. They’re proxies against Assad. US special forces and CIA agents teach them the fine art of brutal killing.
Waging war without mercy. Using chemical weapons. Inflicting barbarism of the worst kind. Committing genocidal high crimes against peace. Going all out lawlessly to oust Assad.
Replacing him with what the vast majority of Syrians reject. Doing so without their say. Imperialism works this way. Conquest, control, plunder and exploitation matter most.
Ford is part of America’s dirty system. He’s currently a Middle East Institute senior fellow. It’s an establishment think tank.
Retired General Anthony Zinni chairs its board. It’s in lockstep with US foreign policy. Imperial lawlessness defines it.
Ford supports ravaging and destroying Syria. As former US ambassador, he’s complicit in high crimes against peace.
He’s an unindicted war criminal. Responsible editors wouldn’t touch his rubbish. Times ones featured it. They did so disgracefully.
They’re propagandists, not journalists. They support generous aid for anti-Assad elements. They want him lawlessly ousted.
They acted the same way against Afghanistan’s Taliban, Saddam’s nonexistent WMDs and Gaddafi most Libyans supported for good reason.
They consistently endorse lawlessness. They ignore core international, constitutional and US statute law provisions.
They back what demands condemnation. They betray their readers in the process. They do so unapologetically.
On October 2, they headlined “The Fundamental Horror of ISIS.” They ignored what readers most need to know.
It bears repeating. It’s a US creation. It’s used strategically against America’s enemies. It’s trained, armed, funded and directed to do so.
Don’t expect Times editors to explain. Big Lies substitute for hard truths. “The mind rebels at the reports of (IS) cruelty,” they said.
Their “beheadings, crucifixions, tortures, rapes and slaughter of captives, children, women, Christians, Shiites.”
Atrocities US operative taught them to commit. The fine art of war without mercy. Times editors never quit.
“Even in a part of the world where terror has been perversely enshrined as a legitimate weapon by Islamist zealots, the Islamic State…stands alone in its deliberate, systematic and public savagery,” they said.
They hyperventilated over savage beheadings. “Raw evil,” they called it.
They practically urged using them as a pretext for war. “The Islamic State seems a model of remorseless clarity,” they said.
“We have not seen the last of its horrors. They want it degraded and destroyed.
They want Assad ousted most of all. Mass slaughter and destruction are small prices to pay.
Imperial dominance matters most. Times editors endorse it wholeheartedly. They do so every time America goes to war on plans one.
They mock legitimate journalism doing so. They violate its core ethical standards.
They support wealth, power and privilege. They shame the profession they’re part of.
It bears repeating. They do so unapologetically. Disgracefully. They betray their readers in the process.
Obama murders civilian men, women and children he calls militants. Terrorists. Eyewitnesses explain otherwise. More on this below.
He lied claiming he’ll degrade and destroy IS’s fighting capability. He supports it instead. Previous articles explained.
They’re US proxies. Shock troops. Foot soldiers. Boots on the ground. US special forces and CIA operatives train them in Jordan and Turkey.
They’re taught effective ways to kill. Dirty ways. Using chemical weapons. Committing atrocities. Including beheadings and other barbarian acts.
Syrian targets struck aren’t Islamic State ones. They include vital infrastructure, oil facilities, grain silos with food, empty buildings, residential homes and noncombatant men, women and children.
Exact numbers killed and injured aren’t clear. Various estimates differ. The toll rises daily.
On September 23, the Los Angeles Times headlined “Syrians say civilians killed in US airstrikes,” explaining:
Video evidence from Northwestern Syria “shows Idlib province residents going through motions that have become all too familiar in three years of civil war between antigovernment rebels and the forces of President Bashar Assad…”
They’re “surveying the remnants of flattened homes and picking through the debris.”
“This time” Washington bears full responsibility. One Syrian perhaps spoke for others, saying:
“Mass destruction (was inflicted on) civilian homes as a result of the strikes of the Western alliance on the civilians in the western Idlib suburbs. Look, it is all civilian homes.”
So-called Pentagon photographic evidence is fake. Claiming IS targets were struck is false.
Scores of so-called attacks against it in Iraq haven’t scratched its capability. Nor have they in Syria. Nor will they. Nor are they intended to. Obama lied claiming otherwise.
According to the Times:
Syrians say “as many as two dozen civilians were killed…” As of six days ago. Likely dozens more perished in daily strikes since then.
Washington considers civilians legitimate targets in all its wars. Millions perished in Afghanistan. Millions more in Iraq Wars I, II plus years of sanctions.
Libya claimed well over 100,000 lives. Perhaps double or triple that number. No one knows for sure.
Obama’s Iraq and Syrian wars may claim millions before they end. Washington doesn’t keep body counts. Independent sources estimate best they can.
Syrians fear US bombings for good reason. They’re in harm’s way. They’re afraid they’ll be struck.
One Syrian resident said IS fighters dispersed. So did other militants. They left areas likely to be targeted. Civilians suffered most casualties.
Lt. General William Mayville heads US Joint Chiefs of Staff operations. He lied claiming no knowledge “of any civilian casualties.”
He’s fully briefed on daily operations. “If any reports of civilian casualties emerge, we will fully investigate,” he said.
So-called Pentagon investigations cover up, deny and obfuscate. It’s longstanding operational procedure.
It suppresses crimes of war and against humanity. It conceals dirty war. Its atrocities. Without mercy. Without restraint. Without regard for rule of law principles, standards and norms.
On September 28, Human Rights Watch (HRW) headlined “US/Syria: Investigate Possible Unlawful US Strikes,” saying:
Idlib airstrikes killed at least eight civilians. They “should be investigated for possible violations of the laws of war.”
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby lied, claiming “no credible reporting from operational sources” of civilian deaths. Syrians able to observe dead men, women and children explained otherwise.
“Three local residents told Human Rights Watch that missiles killed at least two men, two women, and five children, in the early morning hours on September 23 in the village of Kafr Deryan in northern Idlib,” said HRW.
US wars normalize the unthinkable. Civilian lives don’t matter. Crimes of war and against humanity are considered collateral damage.
Residents said missiles struck two homes in Kafr Deryan. They killed at least five children, two women and two men…”
According to HRW: “The reported killing of at least seven civilians in strikes in which there may have been no legitimate military target nearby raises concerns that the strikes were unlawful under the laws of war and should be investigated.”
Expect whitewash instead. It’s standard US practice. Hegemons don’t admit culpability. Or say they’re sorry. They blame victims for their crimes.
Residents said “there were no Jabhat al-Nusra buildings, checkpoints, or vehicles in the vicinity of the strike in the village,” said HRW,
Pentagon officials knew it. They spent weeks gathering intelligence. Choosing targets.
Striking homes with civilians shows contempt for human lives. It shows America wages dirty wars. It kills indiscriminately.
Its sanctimonious objectives are false. Hypocritical. Big Lies. War crimes and then some. Expect lots more ahead.
HRW listed victims by names. They weren’t terrorists. They were innocent victims in harm’s way.
“Video footage posted on YouTube on September 23 by a local activist who spoke to Human Rights Watch shows some of the civilians injured in the strikes and the aftermath of the attacks,” said HRW.
“Another video posted by the Shaam News Network showed three children, two who appear to have been killed, and one who appears to have been injured in the missile strikes.”
“An additional video, posted on YouTube by the local activist who spoke to Human Rights Watch, shows two children being rushed to receive medical treatment in the aftermath of the attack, and another shows an adult victim being pulled out of the rubble.”
A Kafr Deryan resident said “six additional civilians – three children and three women – were also killed in the strikes on the villages but Human Rights Watch was unable to verify this claim,” according to HRW.
“He said that approximately 15 others, including women and children, were injured.”
Three Kafr Deryan residents said “civilians were all killed when missiles struck their homes directly, and two of the residents said they had seen weapons remnants at the site of the destroyed homes, suggesting that the strikes directly caused the fatalities,” according to HRW.
Another said “he was at the scene of the attack on the two residences about 10 minutes after the strikes and that he and other activists collected the remnants from the weapons used in the strikes and videotaped them and posted some of the footage of the aftermath of the strikes on YouTube.”
HRW said it “reviewed his footage and has identified the remnants as debris of a turbofan engine from a Tomahawk cruise missile, a weapon that only the US and British governments have.”
“Witness accounts suggest that the attack on the village harmed civilians but did not strike a military target, violating the laws of war by failing to discriminate between combatants and civilians, or that it unlawfully caused civilian loss disproportionate to the expected military advantage,” it added.
“The US government should investigate credible allegations of violations of the laws of war, such the strikes on Kafr Deryan, and publish its findings…”
“In the event of wrongdoing, the United States should ensure accountability and provide appropriate redress.”
“Further, the United States should take all feasible precautions to minimize harm to civilians in future attacks.”
Obama ordered Iraqi and Syrian airstrikes lawlessly. He did so preemptively. With no legal authority.
No Security Council approval. No congressional declaration of war. No adversary threatening America. Doing so constitutes high criminality against peace.
Indiscriminately killing noncombatant men, women and children adds more high crimes to his rap sheet. He’s guilty as charged.
He remains unaccountable. He operates this way. He gives rogue leadership new meaning. He’s unapologetic. He blames victims for his crimes.
Expect lots more mass slaughter and destruction before his Iraqi and Syrian wars end. High crimes against peace. The supreme crime. Genocide. It’s the American way.
Fear-mongering is sinister. It’s reprehensible. It’s longstanding US policy. So are false flags.
Merriam-Webster calls them “deliberate gross distortion(s) of the truth used especially as a propaganda tactic.”
Wikipedia says they’re “covert operations designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities.”
Official reports hype Big Lies. MSM scoundrels regurgitate them. Truth is systematically buried. Deception substitutes for reality.
False flags are pretexts for militarism, wars, occupations, colonization, resource theft, and exploiting populations for profit.
They facilitate ruthlessness. They foster police state repression against freedom.
Post-9/11, global war on terror lawlessness followed. It rages out-of-control. One country after another is ravaged, destroyed and pillaged.
No end of conflicts loom. Permanent war is official US policy.
Big Lies hype nonexistent threats. Regurgitated ad nauseam gets most people to believe them.
Obama, John Kerry and other top US officials lie. They do so repeatedly. They say ISIS/ISIL/IS intends attacking America. It poses a unique threat, they claim.
Homeland Security officials lied claiming “credible intelligence to suggest that there is an active plot by ISIL to attempt to cross the southern border” through Mexico.
John Kerry claims an “urgency to move on ISIL.” Chuck Hagel said it’s “beyond just a terrorist group.”
It’s “as sophisticated and well-funded as any group we have seen,” he says.
Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey calls IS a “trans-regional and global threat.”
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly compares IS to Hitler’s Nazis.
“The situation is almost identical to what happened in the 1930s, when Hitler and his Nazi thugs were gaining power,” he claims.
“There is no difference in the mentality of the Nazis and ISIS. They are identical in their hate and tactics.”
Hyperbole substitutes for reality. It’s US daily television fare. It’s fear-mongering writ large. It’s deadly deception. It ignores what everyone most needs to know.
IS a US creation. It’s used strategically as both ally and enemy.
US special forces and CIA operatives train, arm and direct its fighters in Jordan. Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are involved.
They’re sent cross border to Syria. They’re used to wage proxy war for regime change.
Big Lies conceal US policy. Its belligerence. Its objectives. Its lawless agenda.
Its longstanding war on humanity. Its quest for global dominance. Its willingness to risk world peace to achieve it.
How many previous times were so-called unique threats hyped? How often did US state terrorism follow?
How many premeditated wars? How much death, destruction and unspeakable human misery?
In late August 2013, John Kerry repeated Colin Powell’s infamous February 5, 2003 Security Council moment. It was shameless deception.
Plans were set. The die was cast. Weeks later, America bombed, invaded and occupied Iraq. The cradle of civilization was destroyed.
No WMDs existed. It was well-known. Powell knew. He lied claiming otherwise.
“(F)acts and Iraq’s behavior show that Saddam Hussein and his regime are concealing their efforts to produce more weapons of mass destruction,” he said.
“(E)very statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we’re giving you are the facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence.”
“The gravity of this moment is matched by the gravity of the threat that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction pose to the world.”
None existed. Powell knew it. He lied. He suppressed vital truths. Doing so is longstanding US policy.
In September 2002, Bush national security advisor Condoleezza Rice claimed “no doubt that Saddam Hussein’s regime (posed) a danger to the United States and to its allies, to our interests.”
“(W)e have evidence, increasing evidence, that he continues his march toward weapons of mass destruction,” she said.
“(G)iven what we experienced on September 11, I don’t think anyone wants to wait for the 100% surety that (he’ll use them against America) because (we’ll only know for certain) when something lands on our territory.”
“We can’t afford to wait” for mushroom-shaped cloud certainty, Rice added.
No WMDs existed. No nuclear weapons program. No imminent mushroom-shaped cloud. No truth and full disclosure.
Big Lies substituted. Longstanding US policy features them. Willful deception facilitates planned imperial adventurism.
How much of a threat do Islamic militants pose? Does IS threaten America’s homeland?
It gets worse. On September 20, The New York Times hyped the latest Big Lie. It headlined “US Suspects More Direct Threats Beyond ISIS,” saying:
“(I)ntelligence and law enforcement officials said another Syrian group, led by a shadowy figure who was once among Osama bin Laden’s inner circle, posed a more direct threat to America and Europe.”
It’s called “Khorasan.” It “emerged in the past year” in Syria. It may plan striking “the United States or its installations overseas with a terror attack,” said The Times.
Unnamed officials say Muhsin al-Fadhli heads it. They called him “a senior Qaeda operative.”
“(H)e was among a small group of people who knew about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks before they were launched.”
A previous article called 9/11 the mother of all Big Lies. Myths drowned out reality.
Bin Laden had nothing to do with it. Or so-called “crazed Arabs.” It was well-planned state-sponsored terrorism.
It was used to wage premeditated imperial wars. They’re ongoing. More are planned.
All wars are based on lies. Truth would out reasons for waging them. It would prevent them.
It would further peace. It would sabotage America’s imperial ambitions.
Little is known about Khorasan, said The Times. Unnamed “intelligence, law enforcement and military officials (claim It’s) made up of Qaeda operatives from across the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa.”
Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper said “in terms of threat to the homeland, Khorasan may pose as much of a danger as the Islamic State.”
Other US officials warn it’s more sinister. It intends striking overseas, they claim. They do so with no verifiable evidence.
An anonymous senior US law enforcement official said:
“What you have is a growing body of extremists from around the world who are coming in and taking advantage of the ungoverned areas and creating informal ad hoc groups that are not directly aligned with ISIS or Nusra.”
In 2012, State Department officials said al-Fadhi heads Al Qaeda’s Iranian branch. He controls regional “movement of funds and operatives.”
He does so from his native Kuwait. He works with wealthy “jihadist donors.” He supports Syrian opposition fighters.
James Phillips is a right-wing Heritage Foundation senior research fellow. He writes extensively on Middle East issues and international terrorism.
He hypes threats ad nauseam. He’s a Committee on the Present Danger member. CPD members include a rogue’s gallery of right-wing extremists.
Former CIA head James Woolsey, former Secretary of State George Shultz, and former senators Joe Lieberman and Jon Kyle are co-chairmen.
CPD’s mission is winning “the war on terror.” It supports America’s permanent war policy.
Phillips claims Khorasan recruits “European and American Muslim militants that form part of the rebel coalition fighting Syria’s Assad regime.”
“It hopes to train and deploy these groups, who hold American and European passports, for attacks against Western targets.”
He calls Khorasan Al Qaeda’s new arm against America. It’s allied with Al Nusra in Syria, says Phillips.
It conducts terrorist attacks abroad, he claims. It works with prominent Al Qaeda bomb maker Ibrahim al-Asiri, he says.
It intends supplying bombs to US and other foreign jihadists returning home, he maintains.
He provides no verifiable evidence backing his claims. It’s hard separating facts from fiction.
CPD has “one goal,” it says: “to stiffen American resolve to confront the challenge presented by terrorism and the ideologies that drive it.”
It hypes what it calls “the new ‘present danger’ – militant Islamism and the terrorism (it) spawn(s).”
“(M)ilitant Islamists seek to bend the world to their vision.”
“They are eager to attack – indeed, to kill – anyone who stands in their way.”
“In the face of this global threat, which transcends state borders and recognizes no law, complacency and ignorance are as dangerous as military weakness.”
CPD partners with likeminded groups. It promotes war. It deplores peace. It hypes threats.
It wants US interests defended at all costs. At the expense of all others.
Its ideologically over-the-top. It promotes conflicts and instability. It threatens world peace.
Its members include over 100 former right-wing White House officials, congressional members, cabinet secretaries, ambassadors and others.
Their mission is hyping threats. It’s fear-mongering. It’s creating enemies where none exist.
It’s promoting permanent wars on humanity. It’s going all-out to prevent peace and stability.
It’s up to ordinary people to challenge them. It’s exposing their dark side ideology.
Another world is possible with commitment. With unity. With solidarity. With participatory democracy. With social, economic and political justice.
With resisting capital’s divine right. With respecting fundamental freedoms. With popular struggles to protect them.
With supporting right over wrong. With government of, by and for everyone equitably and fairly. With ending imperial wars before they end us.
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Here is a PDF link update to the bill that was passed,
This amendment would legalize the use of propaganda on American audiences and was inserted into the latest defense authorization bill, This would “strike the current ban on domestic dissemination” of propaganda material produced by the State Department and the independent Broadcasting Board of Governors, according to the summary of the law at the House Rules Committee’s official website. This little change to the bill would essentially neutralize two previous acts—the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and Foreign Relations Authorization Act in 1987—that had been passed to protect U.S. audiences from our own government’s misinformation campaigns.
The US government has for many decades been allowed to dish out propaganda to foreign countries. But now, through this bill, propaganda that was supposed to target foreigners could now be aimed at Americans, reversing a longstanding policy. Bill was finally passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act [NDAA 2013] HR 4310, signed by Obama on 12/29/2012. Pages 326-328.
Vast majority of “moderate” rebels are ISIS jihadists…
President Barack Obama is set to announce his plan to combat ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria by arming so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels despite the fact that such militants have openly aligned themselves with Islamic State fighters.
By: Nick Bernabe, D.C. Clothesline –
Following the clear failure of the ‘War on Terror’, launched by George W. Bush following 9/11, the US will re-up it’s efforts, which have only seemed to cause an increase in terror operations around the world.
Members of Congress, including many within the President’s own party, are looking for more blood to be spilled in the Middle East. The two main fronts in the ‘War on Terror’ have failed horribly. Iraq is now a failed state, where instability following the US backed installation then deposition of Saddam Hussein has served as a breeding ground for radical Islamists, angry at the West’s decades-long corporate imperialist designs on the region. Add to that horrible equation a government propped up by US and other foreign interests that alienated a large portion of the Iraqi people. A third of the country has now fallen to radical elements, despite GW and Obama declaring only a few years ago that Iraq was won.
Afghanistan, destined for a very similar fate, is already falling back into the hands of the Taliban — our Soviet era allies Reagan called “freedom fighters,” turned sworn enemies, turned quiet diplomatic partners. Yeah I know, it’s confusing. Read this article we posted earlier today for an in depth look at the origins of the Taliban and how America helped create them.
The war on terror has done nothing but increase the threat from terrorism. Whether from foreign policy blowback or forcing the decentralization of terror groups, the fact is that ISIS and many other groups are more emboldened and powerful than ever, despite trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives lost to combating them. Due to the US strategy of targeting leaders for assassination rather than taking the wind out of terror movements by understanding how and why they are able to recruit new fighters, America’s anti-terror tactics have only made terrorism harder to defeat. Every time a leader is assassinated in a drone strike, the organizations split and become autonomous, making them harder to find and to predict. But these clear foreign policy failures have not slowed down Congress’ and the Administration’s march towards war.
After America ruined Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and countless others, it’s now setting it’s sights on Syria, and to a lesser extent, Ukraine; both allies of Russia.
Here is where things begin to get scary. Congress is just about ready to cede it’s power to declare war. While this isn’t something new, considering the last time America actually declared war was in WWII, it will give dictatorial powers to the Executive Branch to throw the country into any war as long as it’s against some form of terrorism (which is a tactic, not a group, army, or country). According to legislation announced yesterday by Congressman Frank Wolf, it will authorize,
“to use all necessary and appropriate force against those countries, organizations, or persons associated with or supporting terrorist groups, including al Qaeda and its regional affiliates, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, al Shabaab, Boko Haram, and any other emerging regional terrorist groups that share a common violent extremist ideology with such terrorist groups, regional affiliates, or emerging terrorist groups, in order to eliminate all such terrorist groups and prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States or its allies by such terrorist groups, countries, organizations, or persons.”
This will effectively take Congress out of the equation of waging war as long as the Executive Branch says it’s against terrorism. But Rep. Frank Wolf goes even further. According to The Daily Caller,
He also plans to introduce legislation repealing the 1973 War Powers Resolution, which mandates that only Congress can declare war, and requires the president to notify Congress at least 48 hours before committing U.S. forces to military action. Wolf’s bill says that the resolution “has not worked as intended, and has added to the divisiveness and uncertainty that exists regarding the war powers of the President and Congress.”
This legislation, which is similar to a bill proposed by war monger in chief John McCain earlier this year, will essentially remove all war powers from representatives and turn the President into a de facto emperor on foreign policy.
While most presidents since WWII have committed treason by blatantly ignoring the War Powers Act, there now seems to be an appetite in Congress to repeal the act and make waging unjust wars even easier for the President and his advisers.
Obama already violated the War Powers Act when he unilaterally toppled the Libyan government headed by Gaddafi, and we all see how well that worked out.
Americans should get serious about politicians violating the constitution such as that War Powers Act and have these ‘leaders’ prosecuted to fullest extent of the law. The consequence if we don’t will in all likelihood result in WWIII and millions more dead innocent people.
In the short term, this renewed push in the corporate media and the government for more war on terror should be resisted by every American. It has already been admitted that there is no strategy to combat ISIS; and the best prospects for peace in Iraq, as we have noted before, is to allow Iraqis to form an organic resistance to these ISIS brutes. Any US intervention, as seen in every single anti-terror operation we’ve been involved in the past two decades, will only result in more instability and more of a threat of terrorism. Not to mention more Americans dead and billions more in debt.
Contributed by Nick Bernabe and originally published at D.C. Clothesline.