Pepe Escobar: Obama starts Syria war to deviate from Snowden scandal

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RT on Jun 14, 2013

CIA whistle blower Edward Snowden has reportedly been stopped from flying to the UK. The man who lifted the lid on America’s secret surveillance activities is being pursued by Washington. For his latest revelation, he told a Hong Kong newspaper that the U.S. repeatedly hacks into Chinese computer networks. For more about the leaks and Snowden’s future we’re now joined live by Pepe Escobar, a roving correspondent for the Asia Times.


‘Red Line’ crossed: US to give military support to Syrian rebels

RussiaToday on Jun 13, 2013

Washington has given the green light for arming the Syrian rebels to prop up the opposition. A plan for a limited no-fly zone over Syria has also been drawn up. It comes after the U.S. administration concluded Assad’s forces had used chemical weapons ”on a small scale” – READ MORE


Obama sheds light on shadow war in Syria

RussiaToday on Jun 14, 2013

On Thursday, the White House announced that they would be funding the anti-government rebels in Syria. Since 2011, President Obama has been asking Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, and this week the Obama administration claimed it found evidence that Assad’s forces have been using chemical weapons in the civil war. But how credible are these findings? Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern weighs in.


Propaganda Alert!

Statement by Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes on Syrian Chemical Weapons Use

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
June 13, 2013

At the President’s direction, the United States Government has been closely monitoring the potential use of chemical weapons within Syria. Following the assessment made by our intelligence community in April, the President directed the intelligence community to seek credible and corroborated information to build on that assessment and establish the facts with some degree of certainty. Today, we are providing an updated version of our assessment to Congress and to the public.

The Syrian government’s refusal to grant access to the United Nations to investigate any and all credible allegations of chemical weapons use has prevented a comprehensive investigation as called for by the international community. The Assad regime could prove that its request for an investigation was not just a diversionary tactic by granting the UN fact finding mission immediate and unfettered access to conduct on-site investigations to help reveal the truth about chemical weapons use in Syria. While pushing for a UN investigation, the United States has also been working urgently with our partners and allies as well as individuals inside Syria, including the Syrian opposition, to procure, share, and evaluate information associated with reports of chemical weapons use so that we can establish the facts and determine what took place.

Following a deliberative review, our intelligence community assesses that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin, on a small scale against the opposition multiple times in the last year. Our intelligence community has high confidence in that assessment given multiple, independent streams of information. The intelligence community estimates that 100 to 150 people have died from detected chemical weapons attacks in Syria to date; however, casualty data is likely incomplete. While the lethality of these attacks make up only a small portion of the catastrophic loss of life in Syria, which now stands at more than 90,000 deaths, the use of chemical weapons violates international norms and crosses clear red lines that have existed within the international community for decades. We believe that the Assad regime maintains control of these weapons. We have no reliable, corroborated reporting to indicate that the opposition in Syria has acquired or used chemical weapons.

The body of information used to make this intelligence assessment includes reporting regarding Syrian officials planning and executing regime chemical weapons attacks; reporting that includes descriptions of the time, location, and means of attack; and descriptions of physiological symptoms that are consistent with exposure to a chemical weapons agent. Some open source reports from social media outlets from Syrian opposition groups and other media sources are consistent with the information we have obtained regarding chemical weapons use and exposure. The assessment is further supported by laboratory analysis of physiological samples obtained from a number of individuals, which revealed exposure to sarin. Each positive result indicates that an individual was exposed to sarin, but it does not tell us how or where the individuals were exposed or who was responsible for the dissemination.

We are working with allies to present a credible, evidentiary case to share with the international community and the public. Since the creation of the UN fact finding mission, we have provided two briefings to Dr. Åke Sellström, the head of the mission. We will also be providing a letter to UN Secretary General Ban, calling the UN’s attention to our updated intelligence assessment and specific incidents of alleged chemical weapons use. We request that the UN mission include these incidents in its ongoing investigation and report, as appropriate, on its findings. We will present additional information and continue to update Dr. Sellström as new developments emerge.

The President has been clear that the use of chemical weapons – or the transfer of chemical weapons to terrorist groups – is a red line for the United States, as there has long been an established norm within the international community against the use of chemical weapons. Our intelligence community now has a high confidence assessment that chemical weapons have been used on a small scale by the Assad regime in Syria. The President has said that the use of chemical weapons would change his calculus, and it has. Our decision making has already been guided by the April intelligence assessment and by the regime’s escalation of horrific violence against its citizens. Following on the credible evidence that the regime has used chemical weapons against the Syrian people, the President has augmented the provision of non-lethal assistance to the civilian opposition, and also authorized the expansion of our assistance to the Supreme Military Council (SMC), and we will be consulting with Congress on these matters in the coming weeks. This effort is aimed at strengthening the effectiveness of the SMC, and helping to coordinate the provision of assistance by the United States and other partners and allies. Put simply, the Assad regime should know that its actions have led us to increase the scope and scale of assistance that we provide to the opposition, including direct support to the SMC. These efforts will increase going forward.

The United States and the international community have a number of other legal, financial, diplomatic, and military responses available. We are prepared for all contingencies, and we will make decisions on our own timeline. Any future action we take will be consistent with our national interest, and must advance our objectives, which include achieving a negotiated political settlement to establish an authority that can provide basic stability and administer state institutions; protecting the rights of all Syrians; securing unconventional and advanced conventional weapons; and countering terrorist activity.

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Western Emperors Have No Clothes by Finian Cunningham

France’s Chemical Pre-action to Propaganda Defeat at Qusair by Finian Cunningham

The Russian Are Coming… Hooray! by Finian Cunningham

Chris Hedges VS Geoffrey Stone Debate: Is Edward Snowden a Hero?

Chris Hedges: The Moral Order of the Country Has Been Flipped Upside Down

Julian Assange: It’s a Vast, Sprawling, Transnational Surveillance System

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  6. The videos are not playing on my iPad either.
    It looks like John McCain is going to get his wish and of course Nethanyahou.
    How much influence does Henry Bernard Levy have in the government of Hollande, he is also a buddy of McCain.

    • Maria, can you give me more info about the videos not playing? Can you click the Youtube button on the far right side at the bottom and watch on Youtube?

      Have you tried refreshing your screen?

      All the videos work properly for me, so I don’t know what to say.

  7. Pepe Escobar is correct.

    On the face of it, this highly suspect and flimsy nerve-gas claim appears to be blatantly fraudulent, at the very least, contrived. What happened at al-Qusayr, has dire implications for NATO’s Mideast strategic intentions.

    Obama and his chattering Anglo-French “foreign ministry” primate-pets Hague and Fabius, will be complicit in irreversible catastrophe if they pursue their present illegitimate course. They will all end up in the war-crimes dock, and the collapse of US political hegemony will be absolutely devastating ~ for some…

    I agree with Ray McGovern, civilians are ignored. The UN is a redundant, morally eviscerated, hollow vessel. It is utterly despicable. This is no longer about humanity, only covert war interests. The situation cannot be resolved by further violence, that much is apparent; and now with the Snowden revelations, China is implicated.

    Barack Obama is finessing his own demise. This barbaric chaos could easily spill into Israel with massive terminal consequences. The US should be very, very clear and infinitely careful about how to extricate NATO & its precious “Western interests” from this criminal cataclysm.

  8. i was in the middle of the last one and they disappeared again…i think there is something wrong with my pc….oh well, i really enjoyed what i did get to hear of it, thanks

  9. Oh, you mean SPYING in Hong Kong and China—oh, I am sure that is true…..they might just be a little better at it than the US 😉

  10. An old but effective tactic. This has been planned for sometime. Obama decided now is a good time to take the heat off of himself.

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