10 ways web freedom is being butchered worldwide

The Plan to Kill the Internet Uncovered

The Internet has emerged as the most empowering tool of individual freedom since the Gutenberg’s press, affording billions of people worldwide not only the tool of instant communication, but access to a wealth of liberating information, freedom from the chains of received consensus, and the opportunity to become their own media platform.

This represents an ever increasing threat to the status quo of the elite, which is why the establishment is working feverishly to dismantle the freedom granted by the world wide web in its current form.

1) The Death of Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently gave the green light for large Internet Service Providers to create a two-tier Internet system which would allow large corporations to buy up dedicated faster bandwidth, ending net neutrality and potentially leaving smaller websites in the dust.

If passed this will allow the “televization” of the Internet, resulting in large companies forming monopolies and restricting consumer choice.

“[S]maller companies that can’t afford to pay for faster delivery would likely face additional obstacles against bigger rivals. And consumers could see a trickle-down effect of higher prices as Web sites try to pass along new costs of doing business with Internet service providers,”reports the Washington Post.

For almost a decade, we have warned of plans to create an ‘Internet 2′ under which the old Internet would be left to crumble and die, eviscerating the world wide web as a tool of free speech that allows independent voices to be heard amongst the cacophony of corporate and statist propaganda.

2) Intelligence Agencies are Manipulating the Internet With Deliberate Disinformation

Documents recently released by whistleblower Edward Snowden confirm that western intelligence agencies are deliberately flooding the web with disinformation in order to, “inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets.”

These techniques are intended to “control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse,” which has the effect of, “compromising the integrity of the internet itself,” according to journalist Glenn Greenwald.

3) Governments are Paying Trolls to Sway Public Opinion

In 2010, Canada’s CTV News reported on how federal authorities were paying companies to “correct misinformation” on web forums.

The Turkish, Israeli and Chinese governments along with a host of others have also implemented similar programs, while the U.S. Air Force hired data security firm HBGary to create large numbers of fake social media profiles that could be used to spread propaganda while countering anti-U.S. rhetoric online. Raw Story reported that the obvious function of the program was to “manipulate public opinion on key information, such as news reports,” thereby creating, “the illusion of consensus.”

4) Mainstream News Websites are Killing Comment Sections

Although this remains a relatively rare phenomenon, increasing numbers of mainstream news websites are killing or severely restricting comment sections in order to drown out dissident voices that challenge the prevailing status quo.

Studies confirm that article comment sections – for better or worse – are heavily swaying public opinion. Popular Science recently announced its decision to kill comment sections on their website in order to silence global warming skeptics. is following a similar track. The New York Times also recently indicated that it is scaling back comments and removing them from some articles altogether.

The effort to kill comments is part of the establishment media’s desperate effort to dictate reality and maintain a grip on manufacturing consensus in the face of a burgeoning independent media and the Internet as a vehicle of free speech in general.

5) The Obama Administration’s “Cognitive Infiltration” of the Internet

In 2010, a White House program was revealed that centered around infiltrating conspiracy groups in order to undermine them via postings on chat rooms and social networks. Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, Obama’s appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, spearheaded this “cognitive infiltration” of the web and has been heralding its success ever since.

Sunstein pointed out that simply having people in government refute conspiracy theories wouldn’t work because they are inherently untrustworthy, making it necessary to, “Enlist nongovernmental officials in the effort to rebut the theories.”

Sunstein suggested that “government agents (and their allies) might enter chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine percolating conspiracy theories by raising doubts about their factual premises, causal logic or implications for political action.”

6) False Flag Cybersecurity Attacks as a Pretext to Increase Web Regulation

While constantly repeating the necessity for restrictive cybersecurity regulations to be applied to the Internet in the name of preventing cyber attacks, the United States has itself been behind all the recent major cyber attacks.

After Alex Jones pointed the finger at Washington and Tel Aviv for being behind Stuxnet during a September 27, 2010 broadcast, the likes of CNN, the Economist and others followed up by ridiculing the claim as a baseless conspiracy theory. Months later in January 2011, the New York Times reported, “US and Israeli intelligence services collaborated to develop a destructive computer worm to sabotage Iran’s efforts to make a nuclear bomb,” acknowledging the “conspiracy theory” to be true.

As the Washington Post reported, the United States and Israel were also responsible for jointly developing the Flame virus.

Stuxnet’s appearance was dovetailed by an aggressive PR campaign during which Joe Lieberman and others called for the government to be allowed to, “disconnect parts of its Internet in case of war,” just as China did. What Lieberman failed to mention is the fact that China’s Internet censorship program was and continues to be based around crushing dissent against the state and has nothing to do with cybersecurity.

7) Fairness Doctrine for the Internet

While working to end net neutrality, the Federal Communications Commission is also serving to facilitate the implementation of something akin to the Fairness Doctrine for the Internet.

According to Tim Cavanaugh, under a plan entitled “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs, “The airwaves regulator would subject news producers in all media to invasive questioning about their work and content,” a move which could lead to policing of political content on the web.

Although the study was widely derided in the media and now appears to have been derailed, the fact that the FCC is pursuing such programs illustrates the feds’ contempt for free speech on the Internet.

8) Homeland Security’s Internet Kill Switch

While fears of a government kill switch for the Internet have been mooted for years, under Standard Operating Procedure 303 or SOP 303, the Department of Homeland Security has given itself the power to oversee “the termination of private wireless network connections, both within a localized area, such as a tunnel or bridge, and within an entire metropolitan area,” in the event of a declared emergency.

When privacy rights group the Electronic Privacy Information Center attempted to obtain more information on the plan last year, the DHS claimed that it could not locate any further details regarding the program.

The White House also still claims that it retains Internet kill switch powers under the law that created the Federal Communications Commission in 1934. This law states that if a “state of public peril or disaster or other national emergency” exists, the president may “authorize the use or control of any…station or device.”

9) New Taxes and Regulations Set to Stifle Communication & Sales on the Web

A blizzard of new taxes and regulations could herald “Internet freedom’s expiration date,” according to a recent Wall Street Journal piece which points to efforts by lawmakers to weaken the Internet Tax Freedom Act in order, “to punish all American consumers with new taxes on communication.”

Lobbyists for giant retailers are leaning on Congress to empower some 9,600 state and local governments with more authority over e-commerce, including a potential e-mail tax which could dissuade millions of Americans from communicating online.

10) SOPA, CISPA & The FBI’s Internet Backdoor

Legislative assaults under the banner of SOPA and CISPA, which were advanced in the name of stopping online copyright theft, yet were soundly defeated when it emerged they were actually designed to impose oppressive censorship and surveillance on the Internet, will continue to be advanced by those who seek to centralize power over the web into fewer and fewer hands at the top of the pyramid.

In addition, the FBI’s attempt to amend the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act in order to build backdoors into all Internet Service Providers, email clients and social media sites, is another effort to chill free speech by indoctrinating people with the notion that everything they do online is being permanently watched and recorded, making them less likely to express their freedoms due to fears of official oppression.

Only by aggressively opposing these onerous threats to the freedom of the Internet can we hope to preserve the world wide web in its current incarnation and continue to see informed and empowered people the world over embrace it as the tool of individual liberation it has truly become.

Leaked New York Times Memo Admits MSM Being Made Redundant by New Media

Leaked New York Times Memo Admits MSM Being Made Redundant by New Media

But report ignores the elephant in the living room

Paul Joseph Watson
May 15, 2014

A leaked New York Times memo admits that the newspaper, a bastion of the mainstream press, is being made redundant by new media, but the report ignores the elephant in the living room – that trust in the establishment media is collapsing because of its refusal to act in an adversarial role against the state.

The 96-page internal New York Times report, obtained by Buzzfeed, bemoans the fact that the newspaper “is hampered primarily by its own storied culture” because it is staffed by “a cadre of editors who remain unfamiliar with the web” and social media.

Although the report lists a number of organizational failures at the Times which have left it trailing new media startups, the memo completely fails to mention the primary factor why establishment outlets like the NYT are losing their audience – because of a complete collapse in trust on behalf of the public.

From infamous lies about weapons of mass destruction before the invasion of Iraq to more recent embarrassments regarding fabricated anti-Russian propaganda, the newspaper is emblematic of a widespread perception that the mainstream press has become de facto state media.

As former New York Times correspondent Daniel Simpson revealed after he resigned in 2012, the newspaper is a “propaganda megaphone” for the ruling elite.

“It seemed pretty glaringly obvious to me that the ‘news fit to print’ was pretty much the news that’s fit to serve the powerful,” Simpson remarked, adding, “The way that the paper’s senior staff think is exactly like those in power — in fact, it’s their job to become their friends.”

The new memo isn’t the only indication that the New York Times, and by extension the dinosaur media as a whole, is on the ropes.

Back in February the New York Observer interviewed more than two dozen current and former NY Times writers, virtually all of whom were unanimous in acknowledging that the Old Gray Lady is becoming increasingly insignificant.

“I think the editorials are viewed by most reporters as largely irrelevant, and there’s not a lot of respect for the editorial page,” one source told the newspaper. “The editorials are dull, and that’s a cardinal sin.”

The NY Times’ editorial content is increasingly seen as “utterly predictable, usually poorly written and totally ineffectual,” according to another source.

On the whole, faith in the accuracy of mainstream media is rapidly on the decline, with a recent Gallup poll finding that just 23 per cent of Americans trust the institution of television news.

From November 2012 to November 2013, MSNBC lost almost half its viewers over the course of just 12 months, shedding 45 per cent of its audience. CNN also lost 48 per cent of its viewers over the same time period.

The figures make bad reading not just for the networks and newspapers, but also for the White House given that large portions of the establishment media now serve as little more than regurgitators of the official narrative, routinely failing to challenge the Washington consensus.

As Glenn Greenwald outlined in a recent interview, the mass media is increasingly becoming “neutered,” “impotent” and “obsolete” because most reporters only seek to “amplify mindlessly claims of the government,” which is why the corporate press is losing its audience to new media outlets that are more dynamic and at least attempt to get to the truth of an issue while taking an adversarial stance against authority in the public interest.

‘Pilot program’ revealed: Washington sends missiles to Syrian rebels

‘Pilot program’ revealed: Washington sends missiles to Syrian rebels

The US is sending missiles to Syrian rebels as part of a “pilot program” to strengthen the opposition, American media reveals. Addressing criticism the US is arming extremist militants, Washington claims its weapons will not “fall into the wrong hands.”

Washington’s new initiative aims to find out whether it can supply opposition forces in Syria with weapons without them falling into the hands of Islamist extremists, American officials told USA Today on condition of anonymity.

“They will try this first and see how it goes” before expanding it, said a former official. According to reports, rebel groups have already received anti-tank missiles, known as TOWs, which are specially designed to destroy tanks and pierce reinforced bunkers.

Rebel fighters prepare to launch an anti-tank missile towards forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Maaret al-Naaman village, in Idlib April 30, 2014. (Reuters / Rasem Ghareeb)
Rebel fighters prepare to launch an anti-tank missile towards forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Maaret al-Naaman village, in Idlib April 30, 2014. (Reuters / Rasem Ghareeb)

This latest move by the US comes as the head of the Syrian National Coalition for Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Ahmad Al-Jarba, visits Washington to lobby for more support. Al-Jarba will push for Washington to supply rebel forces with anti-aircraft missiles, the New York Times reports.

In a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry, Al-Jarba emphasized that his coalition was “moderate and inclusive.”

“The coalition’s goal is to build a pluralistic, civil state where the majority can live together with the minority in peace,” he said.

Washington has thrown its support behind the Syrian National Coalition, granting the body official foreign mission status in the US. The US government suspended the Syrian embassy, representing the Assad government, earlier in March. In addition, the White House has pledged an extra $27 million to helping the cause of the rebels in Syria.

However, Brian Becker of the anti-war ANSWER coalition, says this money will only go to help the spread of terrorism in the country.

“The opposition in Syria includes notorious terrorist forces and they have used terrorism, of course supported by the United States through proxy forces in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to finance it and arm them, but they have been carrying out terrorist actions,” the anti-war activist mentioned.

“The idea that there is a dichotomy between a good opposition and a bad opposition is just a myth in the face of rising public and media attention in the US about the nature of the terrorist organizations that are fighting the Assad government,” Becker concluded.

A road sign is seen as Syrian government forces walk in a street on May 9, 2014 in the Christian neighborhood of Hamidiyeh in the old city of Homs after Syrian government forces regained control of rebel-controlled areas. (AFP Photo / Youssef Karwashan)
A road sign is seen as Syrian government forces walk in a street on May 9, 2014 in the Christian neighborhood of Hamidiyeh in the old city of Homs after Syrian government forces regained control of rebel-controlled areas. (AFP Photo / Youssef Karwashan)

As the US steps up its support for the opposition, the Assad government has scheduled presidential elections for June 3. Bashar Assad will run for re-election against rival candidates Maher Abdul-Hafiz Hajjar, 46, and Hassan bin Abdullah al-Nouri, 54. Elements of the Syrian opposition and Washington have already leveled criticism at the vote, branding it a “farce.”

One senior US administration official denounced the Syrian election as “a parody of democracy,” AFP reports. Assad’s decision to hold the elections “rings particularly hollow given that the regime is continuing to attack and massacre the very electorate that is purporting to represent,” the official said.

Washington believes the conflict in Syria can only be solved if Assad steps down as president.

Syria was plunged into civil war in 2011 when peaceful uprisings against Assad descended into violence. As a result of the conflict, at least 150,000 people have died and millions more have been displaced and gone into exile. The international community made significant progress last year, when the US and Russia agreed that Syria should destroy its chemical weapons stockpile following an attack in Damascus on August 21 last year.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-UN task force confirmed last week that 92 percent of the weapons stockpile had been removed from the war-torn nation.

The Debate Over Obamacare Is Not Over… What Obama Doesn’t Want You To Know

The Debate Over Obamacare Is Not Over… What Obama Doesn’t Want You To Know

The president is either a liar, or he’s completely out of touch with reality.
“The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.”

That’s what Barack Obama has declared, so I guess we’re supposed to agree.

The problem is that the president is either a liar, or he’s completely out of touch with reality. In actuality, the Obamacare program is more unpopular with the public than ever; and rather than being finished, the debate is just beginning.

For example, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius may have resigned in disgrace… but Americans remain unhappy with the effects of her Frankenstein creation, the Obamacare website.

And to demonstrate just how disconnected he is from reality, Obama continues to crow about this “achievement.”

The Year of the Lie

All of this posturing is intended to cover up the administration’s countless lies. In fact, the healthcare team has told so many by now that one Congressman is calling 2014 “The Year of the Lie.”

Not surprisingly, a recent poll found that American citizens also believe Obama to be a liar. After all, this is the man who had the audacity to say that “you can keep your doctor,” and “you can keep your plan.”

Obama has also claimed at various times that 7.1 million Americans have signed up for private insurance plans through the Obamacare marketplaces.

But even The New York Times says that this statistic is misleading. To get that figure, Obama is counting everyone who selected a plan on the website, regardless of whether they actually became a customer. But that’s incredibly inaccurate, as The New York Times is reporting that at least 20% of enrollees aren’t paying the first month’s premium.

On top of that, Obama continually distorts reality by inferring that people who signed up didn’t have insurance before. But that doesn’t jive with the fact that no fewer than five million people had their plans killed by Obamacare.

And how about the doozy that Obamacare is holding down costs? Most experts believe premium prices have tripled as a result of Obamacare. And that makes sense, since many plans with caps or exclusions and co-pays outside of the Obamacare framework cost less for insurance companies. But if, for example, birth control pills are now free instead of being offered at a nominal cost, you’d expect the plans to cost more.

Don’t tell that to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, though. He says that even though Obama’s statements have been proven to be untrue, they weren’t actually lies. You see, the president believed them to be true when he said them, so it’s okay!

Of course, this is truly a disingenuous defense. Ask any criminal prosecutor… detachment from reality is not a valid excuse. Prisons are full of con artists who swore at trial that they believed the stories they told. The law requires people to check the truth before making claims.

Meanwhile, Obama’s claims might be excusable if he was more humble. But listen to his words carefully… he never offers an apology. American families have been tragically hurt by paying greatly increased premiums or losing insurance entirely. Folks have lost access to their longtime doctors. People are unable to go to the hospitals closest to their homes. These are real damages.

The least Obama could offer the affected is a little solace.


Facebook: ‘Cliven Bundy Must Die’ Page ‘Doesn’t Violate our Community Standards’

Facebook: ‘Cliven Bundy Must Die’ Page ‘Doesn’t Violate our Community Standards’

A new Facebook page titled “Cliven Bundy Must Die,” that depicts a picture a drone running into the head of the last standing rancher in Clark County, Nevada, has been created, sending the message that the Obama regime should hit Mr. Bundy with a drone strike.

Facebook, which has taken down pages for much less incited violence, is, at least at the time of this writing, refusing to remove the page, specifically saying that the page “doesn’t violate our community standards.”

Even though the page’s message and intention is clearly one of inciting violence against the Nevada rancher, a victim of an armed invasion from the Obama BLM and a smear campaign by George Soros-funded Media Matters and the NY Times, the Facebook page’s creator is hiding behind the deceptively crafted wording that says, “This page in no way condones violence of any kind. This page exists only for the awareness of the scientific fact that Cliven Bundy Must Die.”

Of course, everyone knows that everyone will eventually die, so why was this Facebook page created with the message, “Cliven Bundy Must Die” with his face superimposed over the picture of a drone, if for no other reason to incite violence, an act that is clearly against Facebook’s standards?

Less than two weeks ago, Facebook censored and removed a message from Fox Radio’s Todd Starnes, a Christian conservative, who wrote, mockingly tying together the Bundy Ranch invasion with the debate over amnesty:

“Rancher Bundy should’ve told the feds that those were Mexican cows – who came across the border illegally to seek better grazing opportunities. It was an act of love.”

Meanwhile, Cliven Bundy had to hire a bodyguard to protect himself against hateful and violent progressives.

Media Matters Boss Admit Soros Funded Group Works to Destroy Alternative Media

Tax-exempt organization works closely with Obama administration

Kurt Nimmo
April 28, 2014

Obama and Hillary Clinton operative David Brock told CNN his organization, Media Matters for America (MMFA), uses George Soros money to influence the corporate media and work directly with establishment journalists.

The New York Times has called Brock a “prominent Democratic political operative.”

MMFA is deeply embedded within the Democrat establishment. Former Bill Clinton Chief of Staff, John Podesta, helped the Democrat propaganda operation get its start. Hillary Clinton advised MMFA to emulate conservative think tanks in its organizational approach.

According to the Daily Caller, MMFA works as a de facto propaganda arm for the Obama White House. “Media Matters held weekly strategy calls with former White House deputy communications director Jen Psaki and other groups like the Center for American Progress,” Fox News reported in February 2012.

“Media Matters has been in regular contact with political operatives in the Obama administration,” The Daily Caller reported. “According to visitor logs, on June 16, 2010, (David) Brock and then-Media Matters president Eric Burns traveled to the White House for a meeting with Valerie Jarrett, arguably the president’s closest adviser. Recently departed Obama communications director Anita Dunn returned to the White House for the meeting as well.”

Fox News pointed out Brock’s objective is to destroy the alternative media. As we noted recently in a report covering the so-called Clinton Papers, a paranoid effort to undermine and destroy so-called conservative media, including Drudge Report, has obsessed Democrats since Hillary Clinton made public her fear of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” in 1998.

“Media Matters has habitually attempted to denigrate and smear Alex Jones and his message of liberty, by dismissing Jones as a crazed ‘conspiracy theorist’ and then connecting him to other targets of their attacks, people like Ron Paul, Glenn Beck, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Lou Dobbs and the Fox News network,” Paul Joseph Watson reported for Infowars on February 13, 2012.

“Media Matters has now been completely exposed as little more than an attack dog for the Obama administration. The fact that Alex Jones is regularly smeared by this organization proves that Infowars is hitting the establishment where it hurts and taking flak from the very top of the power structure.”

The desire to undermine the First Amendment and attack perceived political enemies has carried over into the Obama White House. In 2010 we reported on Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, at the time Obama’s appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, and his plan for government infiltration of conspiracy groups in order to undermine them through postings on chat rooms and social networks, as well as real meetings. The plan was outlined in an article Sunstein wrote for the Journal of Political Philosophy.

In 2010, Brock formed a super-PAC, American Bridge, created to get establishment Democrats elected. He currently sits on the board of Priorities USA Action, a super-PAC formed to get Hillary Clinton elected president in 2016.

The original video here was pulled down within minutes of this post going live. Fortunately, there is a lot of redundancy on Youtbe.

Brock made the comments about Soros and the MMFA agenda of injecting liberal propaganda in the media during an interview about the journalist Sharyl Attkisson.

Attkisson resigned from CBS due to the network’s liberal bias. Her fall from CBS began after she did stories on the ATF’s Fast & Furious, reportage which earned her an Emmy Award and the CBS Evening News the Radio and Television News Directors Association’s National Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Video Investigative Reporting.

Despite the kudos, MMFA accused Attkisson of “unsubstantiated” and “shoddy reporting” after she countered the Obama administration’s discredited narrative on the Benghazi attack and the murder of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens. She was also criticized by the Soros operation for stories on Obamacare and the dangers of vaccines.

This article was posted: Monday, April 28, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Groomed “Moderates” Get U.S. TOW Anti-tank Missiles in Syria

In fact, terrorist groups al-Qaeda and al-Nusra get the weapons paid for by U.S. taxpayers

Kurt Nimmo
April 28, 2014

The Washington Post reports Harakat Hazm, the Movement of Steadfastness, has received the first batch of TOW anti-tank missiles promised by the United States in the ongoing effort to topple the Syrian government.

FSA, aka al-Nusra and al-Qaeda, mercenaries chant “Allah Hu Akbar” after firing BM 71 TOW anti-tank weapon.

According to the Post, the recently formed mercenary group was “chosen to receive the weapons because of their moderate views and, just as important, their discipline. At the group’s base, sprawled across rocky, forested wilderness in the northern province of Idlib, soldiers wear uniforms, get medical checkups and sleep in bunk beds under matching blankets.”

Harakat Hazm is reportedly linked to Salim Idris, the former Chief of Staff of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the point man for “game-changing weapons” in the effort by the United States, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey to topple the Syrian government. Idris reportedly sought refuge in Qatar after he was removed from his position as Chief-of-Staff of the FSA’s Supreme Military Council.

On April 8 The National reported the group, a brigade within the Free Syrian Army, had released a video showing its mercenaries using a BGM-71 TOW.

The sophisticated anti-tank weapon is also in the hands of the Syrian Revolutionary Front (SRF) led by Jamal Maarouf. As reported on April 3, Maarouf created the “moderate” SRF with the help of the CIA and Saudi and Qatari intelligence.

According to The Telegraph, mercenary groups “best equipped to take on the extremists” were given millions of dollars to go up against al-Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS), which was said to have “hijacked” the foreign effort to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Maarouf told The Independent the fight against al-Qaeda was “not our problem” and admitted the mercenaries he leads with U.S., Saudi and Qatari help conduct joint operations with Jabhat al-Nusra, seen as the de facto al-Qaeda branch in Syria. Maarouf told the newspaper he does not have a problem working with al-Qaeda so long as the objective is the ouster of the al-Assad government.

He said if “the people who support us [U.S., Saudis, Qataris] tell us to send weapons to another group, we send them.”

In December, Al-Monitor reported the FSA is an ineffectual and marginalized fighting force in Syria. “The FSA is practically over, at least in the sense of its previous form and constituent protocol. What is happening today is nothing more than recycling the function of the army, as a prelude to a new phase, whose features are still unclear.”

As veteran journalist Patrick Cockburn noted late last year, the “FSA, along with the Syrian National Coalition, groups that the United States and Britain have been pretending for years are at the heart of Syrian military and political opposition, has been discredited.” Its mercenaries “are in flight, have changed sides, or are devoting all their efforts to surviving the onslaught from jihadi or al-Qa’ida-linked brigades.”

Since 2012, al-Qaeda “has become one of the uprising’s most effective fighting forces,” according to The New York Times, and it, along with affiliate al-Nusra, dominate the proxy war against al-Assad.

“For Syrian opposition soldiers, the al-Qaeda fighters are welcome Arab and Muslim volunteers, mujahideen, religious brethren who call themselves Jabhat al-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Shaam (Front for the Victory of the Levantine people), among other names,” Ed Husain wrote for the National Review in August, 2012. “Not since the days of the Afghan jihad against the Soviets has global jihadism found this rare combination of native Sunni Muslim hospitality, a powerful cause, available cash, eager Arab support, Western acquiescence, and the constant arrival of young Muslims to fight under its banner to create an Islamist government.”

The Afghan jihad and mujahideen were products of the CIA and Pakistani intelligence with funding from Saudi Arabia. The same process, with minor differences, is now underway in Syria. The Washington Post, The New York Times and other paragons of establishment propaganda continue to portray the FSA as a viable proxy army when in fact it is a “moderate” facade erected to put a friendly face on groups who execute prisoners, behead Christians, and engage in suicide bombings against civilian targets.

This article was posted: Monday, April 28, 2014 at 11:06 am