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No Evidence? No Problem. Release Youtubes!

As US government whistleblower Thomas Drake Tweeted today, the "US has no evidence in public of scientific samples or intel info proving use of sarin gas or by Syrian gov't."

Reuters reported today that "Direct link between Assad and gas attack elusive for U.S."

In the absense of evidence, what do desperate Capitol Hill warmongers do?

Release Syrian opposition-made Youtube videos to prove the case!
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War Propagandists: The Curious Case of Elizabeth O'Bagy

Yesterday we wrote about the Institute for the Study of War's Elizabeth O'Bagy, the Syria "expert" who recently wrote that the CIA assessment that the Syrian opposition was by and large a franchise of al-Qaeda was completely wrong, and in fact they are mostly "moderate" and Western friendly. O'Bagy's article was recommended by Secretary of State Kerry at a recent Hill appearance in an effort to soothe Members' fears about voting for a strike on Syria that would help place extremists in power (like the US did recently in Libya).

O'Bagy got into a bit of trouble, however. As if being considered an expert for the military-industrial-complex supported Institute for the Study of War, whose chairman is arch-neocon William Kristol, is not compromising enough, it turns out O'Bagy's relentless shilling for a military attack on Syria was being bankrolled by her moonlighting employer, the Syrian Emergency Task Force. Working as an undeclared lobbyist for a foreign power pushing a war overseas while posing as an academic expert helpfully presenting Kerry et al with facts to support their policies. Tsk tsk.
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Syria's Nayirah Moment: The Lies That Build the Case for War

Followers of the lies that lead us to war will well remember one of the late Congressman Tom Lantos's more sinister (and for Lantos that is saying much) manipulations of US public opinion in favor of war, when he knowingly allowed the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the US to present false testimony on Oct 10, 1990 to the US congress about Saddam Hussein's military "ripping Kuwaiti babies from incubators" and leaving them to die. The young girl, identified only as Nayirah, posed as a Kuwaiti witness to the Iraqi atrocities, but her entire false performance had been concieved and orchestrated by the US public relations firm Hill & Knowlton to lie the United States into war. It worked.
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Putin: Kerry Lies Beautifully

Russian president Vladimir Putin puts into words what most of the rest of the world is thinking about Obama's mad dash to bomb Syria. Putin, like the rest of us, sees the absurdity in the US regime blatantly breaking international law and overtly violating the Nuremberg Principles prohibiting wars of aggression. The US government seeks to punish the Syrian government for violating "international norms" but in the process is itself breaking international law.
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John Kerry Steals Wolfowitz's Iraq Lines for Syria War

Secretary of State John Kerry at the House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on Syria war authorization Today
“With respect to Arab countries offering to bear costs...the answer is profoundly yes. They have. That offer is on the table.”
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, March 23, 2003 on the eve of the Iraq war, before the House Appropriations Committee:
 "The oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years. Now, there are a lot of claims on that money, but ... We are dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction and relatively soon."

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Why No One Backs Washington's Push for Syria War

McClatchy is among the last objective mainstream media sources. The news service actually bothers to question conventional wisdom and do actual reporting. Yesterday it published a devastating deconstruction of the Obama administration's "evidence" animating its push to war on Syria. 

Clearly, the Obama "evidence" is far, far more flimsy than the Bush administration's dog and pony show in the lead up to Iraq. 

Writes the McClatchy report:
The Obama administration’s public case for attacking Syria is riddled with inconsistencies and hinges mainly on circumstantial evidence...

The case Secretary of State John Kerry laid out last Friday contained claims that were disputed by the United Nations, inconsistent in some details with British and French intelligence reports or lacking sufficient transparency for international chemical weapons experts to accept at face value.

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Ex-CIA Giraldi: Intel Colleagues Don't Buy Chemical Attack Story

Phil Giraldi, a former career CIA operations officer, is interviewed on Scott Horton's excellent radio program today. Giraldi, a unique and valuable source of information and insights on how the US intelligence community works, told Horton that he and his current and retired CIA buddies are not buying the Obama administration's Syria chemical attack story.

Will someone in the US military or intelligence community risk total destruction to go public and debunk the Administration's lies on Syria?
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Rep. Cantor Steals Condi Rice's Iraq Lines for Syria

Today House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) directly channeled then-President Bush's National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice, spouting the same lying propaganda to get us into Syria that Rice spouted to get us into Iraq.

Leader Cantor today: "No one wants to be asking why we failed to act if the next time Sarin is used it is in the Paris or New York subway."

Condoleeza Rice, Sept 8, 2002: "The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."
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Who Gave Kerry The Syrian 'Smoking Gun'?

Former UK Ambassador Craig Murray wonders why a "crown jewel" in the British government's signals intercept network, the facility on Mount Troodos in Cyprus, did not intercept the alleged "smoking gun" telephone conversation beween the two Syrian government officials about the August 21st gas attack. This alleged conversation is key to the US case that the Syrian government is responsible and Obama's decision to attack is based on it.

It was precisely the type of conversation that the facility was intended to intercept, as it is tasked to monitor "all radio, satellite and microwave traffic across the Middle East, ranging from Egypt and Eastern Libya right through to the Caucasus.  Even almost all landline telephone communication in this region is routed through microwave links at some stage, picked up on Troodos."

It is this UK facility, writes Murray, that makes up the core of the US/UK intelligence cooperation in the region; therefore, he writes, it is strange that John Kerry somehow had access to the intercepts while the British Joint Intelligence Committee did not. The reason the UK did not intercept the conversation, he concludes, is that the intercepts were falsified by Israeli intelligence.
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