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Mother Agnes Mariam: 'Footage of Syria Chemical Attack is a Fraud'

Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib, mother superior of St. James Monastery in Qara, Syria, told RT today that she has evidence that the video footage currently being shopped around by Sen. Feinstein and the Obama administration as proof that the Syrian president used gas on his own people is a fraud. Part of the problem with the videos is that they were all taken nearly at the same time as the alleged attack itself. How to gather all the bodies in one place and begin videotaping in some cases before the attack had even taken place?

Mother Agnes Mariam is a Catholic nun who has lived and worked in Syria for the past 20 years. She has been particularly outspoken about the atrocities committed by the US-backed Syrian rebels against Christians and other minorities. Her reputation is impeccable, though she is routinely slandered in Western media.
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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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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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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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US to Launch Chemical Attack on Syria in Retaliation for Alleged Chemical Attack?

As RPI pointed out last week, reported US plans to bomb Syria's purported chemical weapons facilities in retaliation for the alleged Syrian governmental use of chemical agents would, ironically, result in the release of massive amounts of nerve gas on the civilian Syrian population and could kill orders of magnitude more innocent civilians than were allegedly killed in the August 21 incident.

So says several experts on chemical and nerve agents interviewed by AP.
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Obama Taps the Clapper to Present Syria Intelligence Dossier

President Obama, stung by the defection of the British government from his very tiny "coalition of the willing" to attack Syria, has decided to push on ahead without allies. To go it alone. Perhaps it is meant to look decisive, but in reality it looks rather foolhardy. Everyone else thinks it's a bad idea, even the rabidly anti-Assad Arab League, but he does not care. Attacking Syria is a matter of the US national interest, he told PBS Wednesday. 

Today he promises to release a declassified version of an intelligence dossier he says will prove to the highly skeptical American people and their -- with few exceptions -- war-eager but politically cautious representatives in Congress, that without a doubt chemical weapons were used in Syria on August 21 and that it was the Syrian government that used them. This should be a neat trick, as the UN investigative team actually on the ground doing the testing will not be able to make a determination until Saturday.
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US Bombing Syrian Chemical Weapons Stockpiles Will Kill Many Thousands

The Obama Adminsitration is reportedly planning a cruise missile attack on what it believes are the Syrian government's chemical weapons stockpiles. This is said to be in retaliation for what it claims is a Syrian government chemical attack in which as few as 300 or less were killed. 

The US bombing of Syrian chemical weapons stores is said to be logistically all but impossible, and, more importantly would risk a mass-disbursement of deadly chemicals that could kill thousands upon thousands of Syrian civilians who happen to live in proximity. Those not killed by the chemicals released by US bombs would probably already be dead by the bombs themselves.
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