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It appears the US may have used speculative analysis from Syrian rebels and did not corroborate reports and sources. This is, no doubt, producing severe apoplexy over the use of unproven data.
No doubt this will cause glee in some camps, severe consternation in others. In both cases, grow the F up and learn from this lesson.
Prof Ted Postol @ MIT drops a little grenade into the sarin attack debate, and NOT supporting the Russian line. If the Syrians did as most of us accept drop a chemical bomb from a Su-22 FITTER, then the debris to look for would be sheet metal fragments from a proximity fused KhAB-100 or similar aerial chemical bomb compatible with a Soviet bomb rack on an Su-22, likely scattered across rooftops. Why the WH accepted the Syrian rebel identification of the debris Postol analyzed is a very good question. If the Syrian rebel OSINT was used as a cover for covert sourced data, it was not a good play, period. Would the rebels have even known to look for fragments from a KhAB-100 or such, or known how to identify them?
A Quick Turnaround Assessment of the White House Intelligence Report Issued on April 11, 2017.Theodore A. Postol • April 12, 2017 • 6,900 Words
The irresistible conclusion is that those same senior politicians know that the White House claims are false and misleading and therefore highly dangerous to Australia’s national security. That they should maintain their silence on this while continuing to perpetuate a barrage of lies and half-truths about the ongoing Syrian tragedy raises serious questions about their fitness to govern. On 4 April 2017 an incident occurred in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, as a result of which a number of civilians, including children, died. The western media and western politicians immediately branded the attack as an assault using chemical weapons by the Syrian government of Bashar al Assad. In what can only be described as a propaganda frenzy, the media and politicians condemned the Syrian President and his government. That there was at the time very little evidence upon which to found these verbal and printed attacks was the least of the concerns of political leaders and their echo chambers in the media. US President Trump made a number of barely coherent statements and claimed to be horrified at the deaths of civilians and children. Allegedly based upon these concerns, he ordered a missile attack on the Syrian air base at al Shayrat. A total of 59 cruise missiles were fired, of which only 23 hit their intended target. It seems likely that the balance of the missiles fired had their navigation systems electronically jammed by Russian defenses and were diverted to fall harmlessly into the sea or open countryside. Amidst the acres of newspaper space devoted to what was alleged to be a sarin attack and the American military response, the media were silent on both the illegality of the missile attack (apart from referencing the Russian government’s response) and the effectiveness of the Russian counter measures. The latter were achieved without the use of the effective S300 anti missile defenses. Further evidence has now emerged that throws into question the whole of the official narrative, and raises further serious questions about the integrity of the US government. That evidence is contained in two reports issued by MIT scientist Professor Theodore Postol. Professor Postol is well known in US security circles, having issued influential reports on among other things the Israeli Iron Dome missile system and the 2013 Ghouta sarin attack. The latter incident is still falsely ascribed to the Syrian government by the Australian media, although the contrary evidence is now overwhelming. Professor Postol analyzed the official White House report on the Khan Sheikhoun attack. He further analyzed other reports and claimed evidence upon which the White House report was allegedly based. This included forensic analysis and drawing on his own considerable experience in these matters.
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By David Hoffman Washington Post Foreign Service Sunday, August 16, 1998; Page A1 LEONIDOVKA, Russia – In a verdant pine forest here, sprinkled with birch trees, the lush growth suddenly disappears. Underbrush gives way to a black ulcer on the earth. In the clearing nothing grows, not even grass. Vladimir Pankratov, a gray-haired former Soviet military man who is now an environmentalist, kicked at the ground on the edge of the dark clearing in the woods. He kicked again and again. He poked a stick into the soil – and pried up the nose cone of an aerial bomb. This hole in the middle of a Russian forest is an uncharted chemical weapons graveyard. Buried here are vintage World War II aerial bombs, filled with a mixture of deadly lewisite, a blistering poison gas, and yperite, a sulfur mustard gas. These abandoned bombs are a visible symbol of Russia’s chemical weapons nightmare: It has more chemical bombs than any country, and it cannot get rid of them, or even find them all. Forty thousand tons of chemical weapons are stored in officially declared military depots. But thousands of other bombs lie in abandoned and uncharted weapons dumps, like this one. The Russian military, which created these undeclared dumps decades ago, still denies they exist.
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