The Washington Post: America’s #1 source of mass hysteria

By Robert Bridge

The most widely circulated publication in Washington DC, a weapon of mass distribution, has sparked a political firestorm with an unsubstantiated report leveled against – any guesses? – President Donald Trump and his supposed bromance with Putin’s Russia.

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ar reader, if that opening summary gives you a sense of déjà vu, you’re not alone. We’ve been down this dark road before; it’s not a bad dream. It’s just The Washington Post’s latest addition to the steaming compost pile, featuring lies, fabrication and fake news aimed at protecting the Swamp monsters at all cost.

“President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State,” the Bezos-owned Post reported, blatantly bereft of a single verifiable source.

Thus was launched the latest salvo in The Post’s non-stop fake news campaign, apparently to compromise the 45th President of the United States to such a degree that calls for his impeachment will be a foregone conclusion (Incidentally, The Post, judging by a Trump hit-piece that appeared just one day before the latest bombshell, seems to be at the forefront of that movement).

The Post article in question was polluted with wholly subjective comments sprinkled with some half-baked truths: “For almost anyone in government, discussing such matters with an adversary would be illegal. As president, Trump has broad authority to declassify government secrets, making it unlikely that his disclosures broke the law.”

First, some fact-checking. Russia is only an “adversary” of the United States to the degree the American media proclaims it to be. After all, Russia has taken upon itself the unenviable task of routing Islamic State in Syria, and with stunning success. Major Syrian cities, like Palmyra and Aleppo, have been liberated from the terrorist yoke. And let’s not forget that before Russia appeared on the scene, ISIS somehow found the time to run a profitable oil-export business through a loophole on the Turkish border. What next? ISIS issuing IPOs on Wall Street? Russia put an end to that startup venture in short order. All things considered, one would think Washington would be seeking more “enemies” like Russia, which seems to be Trump’s rationale.

Concerning allegations that Trump somehow was wrong to share intelligence with Russia that involved Islamic State, even The Post admitted that “Trump has broad authority to declassify government secrets.” Yet, several lines later, it performed a perfect flip-flop into the shallow end, saying: “At a more fundamental level, the information wasn’t the United States’ to provide to others.”

Then, to conceal its tracks into the jungle of fake news, The Post was forced to ratchet up the intrigue, alleging that “the partner” who had provided the intelligence (the identity of the “partner” – like so much in this story – remains a source of speculation) “had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia.” Really? Let’s be honest. Would any other US Commander-in-Chief aside from Donald J. Trump be blamed for not sitting on smoking intelligence if it meant thwarting an ISIS attack? Probably not. So why the double-standards when it comes to The Donald?

There is another serious matter here that few are mentioning, and that is the identity of these serial leakers. As Trump could be practically heard screaming over Twitter, where is the investigation into these high-level loud mouths? More importantly, why is the media not using more discretion when quoting such sources? Which leads us to the real question: are these “leaks” in reality nothing more than fake news dressed up like bonafide facts?

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Whatever the case may be, the US mainstream media in general and The Washington Post, in particular, are ramping up domestic tensions to levels rarely seen before. The stakes are high. The reason is because Trump refuses to do the bidding of the Deep State, not to mention the ‘media industrial complex, which is hell-bent on war in Syria. Proof of that assertion was readily available when Trump bombed a desolate Syrian airfield in early April.

Establishment cheerleader Fareed Zakaria led the round-table rabble when he gleefully gushed, “I think Donald Trump became President of the United States” following the Syrian fireworks display. Really, Fareed? All it took was that little rusty hook – the promise of another US military invasion – to drag you over to Team Trump? Now that Trump is showing a willingness to cooperate with Russia, thereby dashing the fantasies of those media warmongers who – like MSNBC anchor Brian Williams getting all misty-eyed at the “beauty of our weapons” – must start reviling him all over again.

History of Fakery

Since 2013, when the Graham family sold the newspaper to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos for $250 million in cash, the publication has morphed into some sort of political parody knockoff of the National Enquirer. It’s new motto, “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” emblazoned below its title, seems to serve more like a funeral epitaph than any guiding principle that it dutifully follows.

Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If so, then a lot of readers of The Washington Post must be insane, unless they are not expecting a different result, which would be fact-based reporting without some political ax to grind. In that case, regular readers of The Post who don’t expect different results are not necessarily clinically insane, but rather happily delusional.

Since the public has a rather notorious short memory when it comes to news, here’s a quick trip down the Memory Road of WaPo Fake News.

1. Comey goes Begging?

After Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, The Washington Post reported Comey had just sought more funds from the Justice Department to investigate Trump’s alleged ties to the Russians.

However, apparently, The Post never bothered to ring up the Department of Justice, because as it turned out Comey never requested more funds.

2. DOJ hissy fit? 

The Post, quoting a “person close to the White House (perchance a lost tourist?),” reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, the man to whom Comey reported, threatened to resign following the decision to fire Comey.

Yet here we have a video of Rosenstein himself denying that he had considered resigning.

3. Spicer in the bushes? 

Following news of Comey’s firing, The Post, apparently in some lame effort to sound like a Saturday Night Live episode, reported that Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman, was “hidden in the darkness and among the bushes” trying to avoid reporters.

When that was proven to be yet another steaming pile of horse manure, The Post was forced to add this note to the fake story

EDITOR’S NOTE:This story has been updated to more precisely describe White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s location late Tuesday night in the minutes before he briefed reporters. Spicer huddled with his staff among bushes near television sets on the White House grounds, not “in the bushes,” as the story originally stated.

4. Russians turned off the lights?

And then there was the time The Post reported that a “Russian operation” was responsible for hacking into the state of Vermont’s power grid? The story is still sitting there, in fact, carrying the same scaremongering headline, positioned over yet another Editor’s Note divesting Russian hackers of any blame:

Editor’s Note: “An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Russian hackers had penetrated the US electric grid. Authorities say there is no indication of that so far. The computer at Burlington Electric that was hacked was not attached to the grid.”

5. The Post decides what’s fake

Finally, the mother of all ironies. The Post’s crown gem of all fake news was essentially a fake news story blaming Russia – and a host of alternative websites – for spreading fake news. I kid you not. In fact, much of the unfounded hysteria over “Russia hacking American democracy” resulted from a now debunked Post article that used material from a group called PropOrNot, which, despite proclaiming to gauge the media on behalf of the public, shuns the public spotlight, preferring anonymity. The Post article by one Craig Timberg alleged “a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy…”

PropOrNot issued a report identifying more than 200 websites that, in its opinion, “echoed” Russian propaganda.

So next we’ll be banning echos, I guess.

*WaPo’s Editorial Note that accompanies the above-mentioned ‘scoop’ is so lengthy I must, regrettably, refer the reader to The Washington Post to read it online. 

Meanwhile, it is worth noting that The Post’s latest bit of insanity against Trump and Russia comes at a time when an ongoing investigation into the murder of Seth Rich, the Democratic National Committee staffer who was gunned down on July 10 on a Washington, DC street, has taken a very interesting and disturbing turn.

Rod Wheeler, a retired Washington homicide detective and Fox News contributor, said his efforts are pointing to Rich having made contact with WikiLeaks before his untimely death.

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Why is this important? Because of all the possible suspects to have leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks, thus possibly sidetracking Hillary Clinton‘s hopes for the White House, it seems that Mr. Rich, who was the Voter Expansion Data Director at the DNC, was far ahead of Russia on that score.

Yet US media scoffed at any attempt to make a connection between Mr. Rich and the DNC leaks, even after WikiLeaks decided in August to issue a US $20k reward for information leading to conviction for the murder of the young staffer. It’s important to note that WikiLeaks never said Rich was the source of the leaked emails. And Washington metropolitan police reported his killing was related to a robbery gone awry.

Nevertheless, Wheeler’s recent comments are raising some eyebrows. In fact, The Washington Post would have performed much more of a public service by examining this story rather than seeing a Russian behind every tree.

“My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks,” Wheeler said. “I do believe that the answers to who murdered Seth Rich sits on his computer on a shelf at the DC police or FBI headquarters.”

Coincidence or not, The Washington Post story on Trump allegedly passing intelligence to the Russians was published less than an hour after the Seth Rich story broke.

*(FROM THE RELIGION OF PEACE) – ‘Bullet for every cop’: 21yo Syrian in Germany vowed revenge over seized driver’s license

A 21-year-old Syrian went on a violent rampage at a German police station after being stripped of his driver’s license, promising to fire “a bullet in the head of every cop” and to hunt down the officer who seized his documents, local media reports citing police.

The incident took place over the weekend in the state of Sachsen-Anhalt, but has only gained wider attention in the past few days, with a number of local officials demanding the police provide a more detailed statement.

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“Lock me up, I have nothing to lose! I will hunt down every single cop and fire a bullet in their heads,” the Syrian man, whose name was not released, yelled after he – together with several members of his family – arrived at the police station in Naumburg in an effort to retrieve his driver’s license, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung reported, quoting a police report.

“I will turn your life into hell. I will just be a cop-killer,” he shouted.

The young man and his relatives staged a violent rampage at the station, damaging property and behaving in an offensive manner. The man particularly targeted his ire at the policeman who took his driver’s permit.

“I will destroy his life. I know exactly where he lives,” he said, giving details of what he would do to the officer’s wife and daughter.

Before the situation at the police office, the man had damaged a police car after his license was revoked.

The man’s family is known to police in Naumburg and has been described as “brutal” and “intimidating” by Sachsen-Anhalt Interior Minister Holger Stahlknecht, according to Mitteldeutsche Zeitung.

“On Monday evening in Naumburg, I took the opportunity to talk with the Chief Police Officer Schwan about the incidents,” Stahlknecht said. “The Southern Police Office held a talk with the city and the county. Any criminal offense is pursued on the basis of the principle of legality,” he said.

The group was not detained immediately at the police station since there were “no grounds for prosecution,” police spokesman Klaus Wiechmann said, citing Clause 112 of the German Criminal Code.

There was no chance of getting an arrest warrant from a judge, his colleague Hans-Jurgen Neufang said. “I didn’t need to bother him. It would have only worked for the waste paper basket,” he said.

However, considering the man’s family history, police said the threats had been taken “seriously.” An investigation into the man’s words, damage to property and breach of public peace was launched later, but an arrest warrant has not yet been issued.

Some of the man’s five brothers are being monitored by the police while one of them was sentenced to five years in prison by the District Court in the city of Halle for a drug-related crime.

The 21-year-old Syrian has a residence permit that expires in November, while his asylum application has been rejected, police reports say, quoted by German Focus.

The man apologized for his behavior later in the week, law enforcement said. However, this is apparently not the first time he has acted in this pattern, described as “Snap out, then apologize” by officers who say this will not influence the investigation.

“I want to know what actually happened there and how the criminal activity is stopped,” Rudiger Erben, spokesperson for Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD), said, according to Focus.

“The state must never capitulate to people who disregard our legal order, whether they come from Germany or from Syria,” he added.

Fareed Zakaria Makes Limbaugh’s Day By Taking His Obama RED LINE Joke And Making It Live In Reality

Published on Apr 17, 2017

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Sylvia Catalano

Amazing what Trump’s recent approval numbers make the left do.
TeleTube

They get to looking at those polls and demographics, and the next thing you know, they’re whistling a different tune.
Diane

CNN FAKE NEWS NETWORK! LMAO.😭
Ghost Patriot 777

Thanks RUSH
danieldb631

Obama would have likely used the incident to shame America again. But, in assuming Fareed’s poker playing buddies’ opinions were correct, Obama would have probably dropped leaflets over the area, giving the airbase ample warning that they were going to be hit. After the base was evacuated with their cargo in tow, then would come a very light strike of maybe two missiles amounting to a slap on the wrist. Missiles made up of scraps and spare parts, no doubt. Obama was so fond of reducing our military assets that there wouldn’t be much to work with by this time. He’d still be sitting by while Korea was doing their thing and would have left the MOAB to collect dust. Of course, I could also speculate on just what sort of punishment America would be going through by this time, too. But, that’s for some other time.
G. H.

Obama is in hiding in Tahiti. There’s NO extradition treaty with the U.S. That’s why he’s there.
Cyndi's SoapBox

Laughable! They crossed Obama’s red line many times and he did nothing. Obama wouldn’t have done a thing this time either…
Jeffrey Roark

Fareed is just trying to remain relevant and visible in the Liberal MSM. He will say anything.

U.S. drops ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ on ISIS: America’s most massive non-nuclear weapon is used for first time in combat on caves in Afghanistan

By David Martosko

The United States has dropped its largest non-nuclear weapon after it targeted ISIS a network of caves and tunnels in eastern Afghanistan.

U.S. forces used a GPS-guided GBU-43 bomb, which is 30 feet long and weighs a staggering 21,600 pounds.

It is known as the ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ – a play on ‘MOAB,’ an acronym that stands for ‘Massive Ordnance Air Burst.’

A crater left by the blast is believed to be more than 300 meters wide after it exploded six feet above the ground. Anyone at the blast site was vaporized.

President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that he was ‘very, very proud’ and called the operation ‘really another successful job. We’re very, very proud of our military.’

The Pentagon is denying that the attack was a revenge strike despite the fact that it came in the same area of Afghanistan where a Green Beret soldier was killed on Saturday.

Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar, of 7th Special Forces Group, was cut down by enemy small arms fire while his unit was conducting counter-ISIS operations.

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The military used a GBU-43 (pictured), which weighs a staggering 21,600 pounds, and has earned the moniker ‘Mother Of All Bombs

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That MOAB’s first practical test was carried out on March 11, 2003 at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida

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President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that he had authorized his military commanders to take actions like the one put into play on Thursday

Trump suggested he had not personally ordered the bomb strike but delegated authority to commanders in the field.

‘Everybody knows exactly what happened. So, what I do is I authorize my military … We have given them total authorization,’ he said.

The move marks the fulfilment of a 17-month-old campaign promise Trump delivered in Iowa, when he scoffed at ISIS terror forces and said he ‘would bomb the s**t out of them’ if he became president.

It also comes at a moment in the young Trump presidency when tensions are rising with Russia over its role in Syria, where ISIS has its headquarters.

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Huge: The MOAB test fired in 2003 shortly before final preparations for it to be loaded onto an MC-130 attack aircraft

The explosion will also send a saber-rattling message to North Korea and Iran that rogue states’ nuclear-weapons ambitions could be met with brute force.

Trump said of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un: ‘I don’t know if this sends a message. It doesn’t make any difference if it does or not.’

‘North Korea’s a problem. The problem will be taken care of.’

The Department of Defense is denying that Thursday's attack was revenge for Saturday's death of Green Beret sergeant Mark De Alencar in the same region of Afghanistan

The Department of Defense is denying that Thursday’s attack was revenge for Saturday’s death of Green Beret sergeant Mark De Alencar in the same region of Afghanistan

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that MOAB is ‘a large, powerful and accurately delivered weapon’ whose use was intended to collapse underground spaces used by ISIS terrorists to move freely and attack U.S. and allied troops.

‘The United States takes the fight against ISIS seriously, and in order to defeat the group we must deny them operational space – which we did,’ Spicer said.

He referred reporters’ questions to the Pentagon and ignored a shouted question about whether Trump had been aware the bomb was dropped before or during the military operation.

Trump said during a November 2015 campaign rally in Fort Dodge, Iowa that ISIS was ‘making a tremendous amount of money’ because of ‘certain areas of oil that they took away’ after the Obama administration withdrew U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

‘They have some in Syria, some in Iraq. I would bomb the s**t out of them,’ he said to wild cheers. ‘I would just bomb those suckers. That’s right. I’d blow up the pipes. … I’d blow up every single inch. There would be nothing left.’ 

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Preparations: This was the scene as the only other MOAB to be exploded was readied for action in 2003 in Florida. The tail rotor is part of the guidance system for it to exploded over a specified target

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Mushroom cloud: This was the aftermath of the test explosion seen outside Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

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 The MOAB was pushed out the back door of a giant cargo plane on Thursday, flying to its target with GPS guidance. A MOAB has only been exploded once before – in a 2003 test

A specialized MC-130 ‘Hercules’ cargo aircraft released the weapon at 7:00 p.m. local time.

It was too big to drop from a traditional bomb-bay door or release from an aircraft wing, so ‘we kicked it out the back door,’ a U.S. official told Fox News.

The weapon’s sheer power produces a blast that can be felt miles away, largely because of its construction.

Engineers used an unusually thin aluminum skin to encase MOAB’s payload, in order to avoid a thicker steel frame interfering with the impact on a target.

The U.S. fast-tracked the MOAB in 2003 for use in Operation Iraqi Freedom, but the Defense Department later decided that the enemy provided too little resistance to justify its deployment.

It was available to the Obama administration throughout the former president’s entire two terms, but he never deployed it in combat.

Its first practical test was carried out on March 11, 2003 at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

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The weapon carries a blast wave that can be felt more than a mile away

The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that the explosive colossus was dropped in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, making it the first time America’s largest non-nuclear weapon has been used in a combat situation.

Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said it was the first ever combat use of the bomb, which contains 11 tons of explosives.

Stump said the bomb was dropped on a cave complex believed to be used by ISIS fighters in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, very close to the border with Pakistan.

Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement about ISIS that ‘as ISIS-K’s losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense.’

‘This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against [ISIS-K].’

News reports suggest Nicholson made the decision to drop it from the sky.

He added that ‘[t]he strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. Forces conducting clearing operations in the area while maximizing the destruction of ISIS-K fighters and facilities.’

The ISIS faction in Afghanistan is known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria-Khorasan province, or ISIS-K.

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Fake News: CNN Speculates Russia Probably Covered Up Involvement In Chemical Attack

Assad echoes Putin in saying attack was false flag set up by US

Steve Watson | Infowars.com – April 13, 2017

In a report Wednesday, CNN cited ‘anonymous sources’ to push a conspiracy theory that Russia covered up its communications regarding the chemical attack in Syria

According to the network, an anonymous senior US official has claimed that the US intercepted communications between Syrian military officials which proves that Damascus was behind the attack in Idlib.

CNN then noted that evidence implicating Russia has not been unearthed, and speculated that the reason is probably because Russia is better at covering its tracks.

“The likelihood is the Russians are more careful in their communications to avoid being intercepted.” the CNN report reads.

The report states that US intelligence has communications “featuring Syrian military and chemical experts talking about preparations for the sarin attack in Idlib last week.”

The anonymous source didn’t provide any other facts or context, such as when the intercept was made, and what concrete information was contained within it.

The only specific detail given from the source is that Russia flew a drone over the hospital that was treating people injured in the attack.

The report also speculates that even if US intelligence agencies had proof of Russian involvement it probably wouldn’t make it public because “the US feels right now that it has made the case that Russian support for [Syrian President Bashar] Assad must end.”

CNN says that the source did say that the US “did not know prior to the attack it was going to happen.”

Meanwhile, the Syrian President has echoed Vladimir Putin’s claim that the attack was a ‘false flag’ set up to justify US military strikes.

Assad went further than Putin, specifically saying that the US was behind the attack, and that it is a 100 per cent fabrication”:

“Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists. They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack.” Assad said in an interview with AFP.

Assad also claimed that the Syrian army ‘gave up’ all its chemical weapons in 2013, and said “Even if we have them, we wouldn’t use them.”

The Syrian leader declared that he will only allow a probe into the attack if it is ‘impartial’.

“We can only allow any investigation when it’s impartial, when we make sure that unbiased countries will participate in this delegation in order to make sure that they won’t use it for politicized purposes.” Assad said.

The Syrian President also said that Syrian firepower is ‘not affected’ by the US missile strike, and added that the US is ‘not serious’ about finding a political solution to the civil war because “they want to use it as an umbrella for the terrorists.”

Susan Rice – FBI Helping Her Hide, Syria Kept Her Off The News, But Not Forgotten

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By Rick Wells

With the focus of national attention shifting to Syria and concerns over the escalating tensions between the United States, Syria, Russia and others as well as the North Korea situation, the espionage activities of Susan Rice have pretty much fallen off of the news reports of the last week or so.

Bill O’Reilly asks a duo who were among the first to get the Rice story out, the Fox team of Adam Housley and Malia Zimmerman, for an update on the status of their investigation as well as the Rice espionage issue in general.

Housley says they’ve been told that members of the Intelligence committees say the investigation is expanding, that they’re looking into allegations of other Americans, including politicians being targeted, possibly unmasked and had their information collected, similar to what they did with the Trump team.

He says they’re also not going on the record at this point because there is an ongoing investigation and due to the Easter break. He relates being told by members of both the House and Senate intelligence committees that the FBI is really being difficult and stonewalling the production of information.

The questions the intelligence committees want to pose are centered around how frequently it was taking place, who was doing it and why they were being unmasked. Housley notes being told by one committee member, “Basically, they’re going to have to turn everything over, or we’re not going to authorize the Congressionally approved 702 program which allows them to do this in the first place. So, this investigation, Bill, is full blown.”

O’Reilly asks Zimmerman if the FBI is actively investigating the unmasking of Americans caught on taps.  Housley says it’s a web but that the multiple agencies have to work through the FBI. O’Reilly asks if the NSA, who are the gatekeepers of the information, harvesting and storing the data, are the problem. Zimmerman says it’s both the NSA and the FBI who are not cooperating, but they’ve been told “the FBI is much more difficult in terms of getting information.”

She point out that James Comey has not come back to the Hill to be interviewed” and that the 100 questions that were never answered due to the public setting of the hearings by Rogers and Comey still go unanswered either in written form or verbally.

All fingers of responsibility are pointing at James Comey, with O’Reilly making the point that they need to get Attorney General Sessions involved, as Comey’s boss and instruct him to cooperate. They and the intelligence committee members are hoping that some whistleblowers will begin talking to the intel committees, which would really help to speed things up.

U.S. INTELLIGENCE SOURCE: SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACK LAUNCHED FROM SAUDI BASE

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Award winning journalist Robert Parry says incident was likely a false flag

| Infowars.com – APRIL 12, 2017

Award-winning Iran-Contra journalist Robert Parry says the chemical weapons attack in Syria was launched from a joint Saudi-Israeli special operations base in Jordan, according to his intelligence sources.

U.S. intelligence analysts determined that a drone was responsible for the attack and “eventually came to believe that the flight was launched in Jordan from a Saudi-Israeli special operations base for supporting Syrian rebels,” according to the source.

“The suspected reason for the poison gas was to create an incident that would reverse the Trump administration’s announcement in late March that it was no longer seeking the removal of President Bashar al-Assad,” writes Parry.

As we highlighted back in 2013 after another chemical weapons attack in Ghouta that was blamed on Assad, rebels freely admitted to Associated Press correspondent Dale Gavlak that they had been given the weapons by Saudi Arabia but had “handled the weapons improperly and set off the explosions.”

Parry’s background lends the information credibility. He covered the Iran-Contra scandal for the Associated Press and Newsweek and was later given a George Polk award for his work on intelligence matters.

The contention that the incident was a “false flag” to create a justification for air strikes has also been voiced by former Congressman Ron Paul as well as numerous other prominent voices, including Vladimir Putin himself, who went on to warn that rebels could now stage a similar incident in Damascus to goad the U.S. into toppling Assad.

Whoever was responsible for the attack does not take away from the horror of the event and the fact that innocent people and children died.

Parry dismissed the four page report released by President Trump’s National Security Council that blames the Syrian government for the chemical attack as being heavy on assertions but lacking actual evidence.

The white paper states, “we cannot publicly release all available intelligence on this attack due to the need to protect sources and methods,” although as Parry points out, “In similarly tense situations in the past, U.S. Presidents have released sensitive intelligence to buttress U.S. government assertions, including John F. Kennedy’s disclosure of U-2 spy flights in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and Ronald Reagan revealing electronic intercepts after the Soviet shoot-down of Korean Airlines Flight 007 in 1983.”

Parry challenged the Trump administration to make its evidence publicly available, while also questioning why both CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats were not show in a photo released by the White House which shows the President and a dozen of his senior advisers monitoring the April 6 missile strike from a room at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

“Given President Trump’s spotty record for getting facts straight – he and his administration should go the extra mile in presenting irrefutable evidence to support its assessments, not simply insisting that the world must “trust us,” concludes Parry.