Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh Says Obama Lied About The Syrian Chemical Weapons Attacks


Posted in S.C.G. December 10, 2013

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Seymour Hersh the investigative journalist who exposed the My Lai Massacre and its cover-up during the Vietnam War, and the US military’s brutal torture of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison has now come forward stating that Obama lied about the Syrian Chemical Weapons attacks one August 21st, 2013.

Hersh’s article entitled “Who’s Sarin?” which he released on December 8th, accuses Obama of cherry picking intelligence, and hiding the fact that the U.S. intelligence community knew full and well that the rebels possessed sarin gas and should have been considered suspects in the attack.

In the months before the attack, the American intelligence agencies produced a series of highly classified reports, culminating in a formal Operations Order – a planning document that precedes a ground invasion – citing evidence that the al-Nusra Front, a jihadi group affiliated with al-Qaida, had mastered the mechanics of creating sarin and was capable of manufacturing it in quantity. When the attack occurred al-Nusra should have been a suspect, but the administration cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad.

Hersh went on to say that many military and intelligence officers had expressed their frustration regarding the way the information was distorted by the administration.

One high-level intelligence officer, in an email to a colleague, called the administration’s assurances of Assad’s responsibility a ‘ruse’. The attack ‘was not the result of the current regime’, he wrote. A former senior intelligence official told me that the Obama administration had altered the available information – in terms of its timing and sequence – to enable the president and his advisers to make intelligence retrieved days after the attack look as if it had been picked up and analysed in real time, as the attack was happening. The distortion, he said, reminded him of the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident, when the Johnson administration reversed the sequence of National Security Agency intercepts to justify one of the early bombings of North Vietnam. The same official said there was immense frustration inside the military and intelligence bureaucracy: ‘The guys are throwing their hands in the air and saying, “How can we help this guy” – Obama – “when he and his cronies in the White House make up the intelligence as they go along?”’

He also confirmed the fact that the rockets used in the attack were homemade and were not the type used by the Syrian government at all.

“Theodore Postol, a professor of technology and national security at MIT, reviewed the UN photos with a group of his colleagues and concluded that the large calibre rocket was an improvised munition that was very likely manufactured locally. He told me that it was ‘something you could produce in a modestly capable machine shop’. The rocket in the photos, he added, fails to match the specifications of a similar but smaller rocket known to be in the Syrian arsenal.”

Of course none of this information would come as a surprise to anyone who watched the video we produced right after the attack (The Syrian War: What You’re Not Being Told):

Also note we predicted the attack on Syria a year before it happened:

Sources

Description of the crude rockets witnesses saw used in the chemical attack match remains found after other attacks: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/23/us-syria-chemicals-idUSBRE97M0…

According to the U.N. investigation the March 19th chemical weapons attack turned out to be committed by the rebels: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22424188

Russia agrees that the U.S. backed rebels were behind the attack: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/09/us-syria-crisis-chemical-russi…

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