So, if it becomes clear that Al Qaeda tricked President Trump not only would he be responsible for violating international law and killing innocent people, but he and virtually the entire Western political establishment along with the major news media would look like Al Qaeda’s “useful idiots.”
Robert Parry — Consortium News
The United Nations-sponsored report on the April 4 sarin incident in an Al Qaeda-controlled town in Syria blames Bashar al-Assad’s government for the atrocity. However, a carefull reading of its “Annex II” demonstrates that the conclusion is hardly facts-based. I have asked real military experts to comment on this UN report. Stay tuned! Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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Let us accept for a moment — as a working assumption — the key finding of the UN “Joint Investigative Mechanism” Report:
“Witnesses reported that the alleged attack in Khan Shaykhun on 4 April 2017 was carried out by an airplane between 0630 and 0700 hours.
The Mechanism obtained original photographs and video footage from witnesses that show plumes on the morning of 4 April 2017, indicating that several explosions occurred in Khan Shaykhun between 0630 and 0700 hours.
Based on forensic analysis, the plume videos and images are assessed to have been recorded on 4 April 2017 between 0642 to 0652 hours.
Further forensic analysis confirmed that the footage had not been manipulated and was taken from the outskirts of Khan Shaykhun.”
So — assuming that this information is correct — let us ask ourselves who was there at that time?
The mysterious SU-22
“The Mechanism obtained information detailing the presence of a Su-22 within 5 km of Khan Shaykhun, as well as information from the pilot of a Su-22 interviewed by the Mechanism that he was within 7 to 9 km of Khan Shaykhun at the relevant time.
The Mechanism consulted with a weapons expert to ascertain the confluence of distance and altitude from which it may be possible to hit Khan Shaykhun with an aerial bomb.
The expert concluded that, depending on a number of variables such as altitude, speed and flight path taken, it would be possible for such an aerial bomb to be deployed on the town from the aforementioned distances.”
Seriously? Dropping an aerial bomb from several km away… Which neatly lands in the middle of a road… Only a child will believe that. As far as I can tell — from a physics point of view — that is nonsense. Possible? Yes, of course. But totally implausible.
The medical records of the first victims appear to contradict the main finding of the “Mechanism” Report:
“Certain irregularities were observed in elements of information analysed. For example, several hospitals appeared to start admitting casualties of the attack between 0640 and 0645 hours.
The Mechanism received the medical records of 247 patients from Khan Shaykhun who were admitted to various health-care facilities, including those of survivors and a number of victims who died from exposure to a chemical agent.
The admission times of the records range between 0600 and 1600 hours. Analysis of the aforementioned medical records revealed that in 57 cases, patients were admitted in five hospitals before the incident in Khan Shaykhun (at 0600, 0620 and 0640 hours).
In 10 such cases, patients appear to have been admitted to a hospital 125 km away from Khan Shaykhun at 0700 hours while another 42 patients appear to have been admitted to a hospital 30 km away at 0700 hours.
The Mechanism did not investigate these discrepancies and cannot determine whether they are linked to any possible staging scenario, or to poor record-keeping in chaotic conditions.”
And yet, the UN Report — and most of the mainstream media — simply concludes that the Syrian Arab Republic is responsible for the release of sarin at Khan Shaykhun on 4 April 2017. Amazing!
“The irregularities described in this annex are not of such a nature as to call into question the aforementioned findings.
Based on the foregoing, the Leadership Panel is confident that the Syrian Arab Republic is responsible for the release of sarin at Khan Shaykhun on 4 April 2017.
The findings of the Leadership Panel regarding the evidence in this case are based on the information set forth in detail in this annex.”
Just an Opinion…
I have seen this over and over again. A pseudo investigation followed by a forgone conclusion. “Never let the facts interfere with you political agenda!” Is this post truth world so tired that no journalist will even try to denounce these imbecilities?
On July 11 2017, CIA Director Mike Pompeo was the keynote speaker at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) dinner, and was afterward interviewed by Charlie Allen, a senior intelligence adviser at INSA. Director Pompeo talked about his goals for the CIA and national security threats, including ISIS, North Korea and Iran. Other topics included Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
The text of the speech has been posted on the CIA website on July 11 2017 and ‘updated’ on July 14 2017. The version currently posted does not correspond to what Pompeo actually said regarding the Khan Shaykhoun chemical attack. I believe that the differences are intentional and highly significant.
Here is the post I wrote about this issue:
CIA Director Mike Pompeo recalled the events that followed the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in the town of Khan Shaykhoun on 4 April.
Pompeo provided a dramatic account of the events that led up to the US missile attack on the Syrian regime’s Shayrat air base on 7 April.
I got a call from the President one afternoon back in April. He wanted to talk about some disturbing images that were coming in from Syria. I’m sure you saw many of the yourselves—scenes of innocent civilians writhing in agony, the apparent victims of a chemical weapons attack.
The President had a very direct message for me: Find out what happened. So we immediately assembled a crack team of Agency experts. They began piecing together the evidence, working closely with some outstanding partners from across the Intelligence Community.
The CIA assembled “a crack team of 200,” and by the next day’s Cabinet meeting, had concluded that the Syrian government had indeed used chemical weapons.
I told him that the [intelligence community] had concluded that a chemical weapon had indeed been used in the attack, and that it had been launched by the Syrian regime.
Pompeo, are you sure? I’ll admit that the question took my breath away. But I knew how solid the evidence was, and I was able to look him in the eye and say, Mr. President, we have high confidence in our assessment.
Based on the Intelligence Community’s judgment, he made one of the most consequential decisions of his young administration, launching a strike against the very airfield where the attack originated.
This account of the event is truly odd. According to Seymour Hersh’s investigation:
“Trump issued the order despite having been warned by the U.S. intelligence community that it had found no evidence that the Syrians had used a chemical weapon.”
“The available intelligence made clear that the Syrians had targeted a jihadist meeting site on April 4 using a Russian-supplied guided bomb equipped with conventional explosives.”
“Details of the attack, including information on its so-called high-value targets, had been provided by the Russians days in advance to American and allied military officials in Doha, whose mission is to coordinate all U.S., allied, Syrian and Russian Air Force operations in the region.”
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INTEL TODAY covered this event and it is abundantly clear that the official US/CIA story does not make any sense, neither from a scientific nor from a political point of view.
There are some reasons to believe that the new French President has come to the same conclusion recently — as I will explain soon.
After being briefed by the DGSE, Macron has made a U-turn on his political agenda for Syria and no longer asks for the departure of President al-Assad, arguing that he has no legitimate successor. (Ironically, this was the view of his opponent during the Presidential campaign.)
Russia blows UN lies out of the water – OPCW report
The recent report of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations accused the Syrian government troops of being responsible for the Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack, without providing any evidence.
The fact that the OPCW has not properly acknowledged the possibility that sarin gas was in the possession of the rebels in Khan Sheikhoun, on April 4, 2017, is yet another major issue with regard to the veracity of the OPCW report and its findings.
There have been multiple sources of evidence in the past that the terrorists in Syria were getting toxic substances the same way they were getting many of their arms – from Saudi Arabia through Turkey.
The Syrian government has rejected the OPCW report results, noting that the experts had not conducted any investigations directly at the scene of the incident in Khan Sheikhoun. The Permanent Mission of Russia to the United Nations said that the report looked more like an amateur document and was based mostly on assumptions, and selective use of facts.
Maria Zakharova, Russia’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson, went further and drew comparisons to the “damning evidence” that the US brought to the UNSC, in relation to Saddam Hussein’s alleged programme for the production of WMDs in Iraq – none of which ever existed.
The entire debacle was based on briefs prepared by US intelligence, causing us to question the validity of the claims against Syria’s government today, in the absence of an objective investigation.
Did Al Qaeda Dupe Trump on Syrian Attack? — ConsortiumNews
Khan Shaykhun — UN Report Paradoxical; Real Experts Needed