Not a ‘slam dunk’: US intelligence can’t prove Assad used chemical weapons

Syrian President Bashar Assad (AFP/SANA)


Only days after the White House suggested it was all but certain Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons to gas hundreds of civilians, United States intelligence officials briefed on the situation say the evidence isn’t all there.

Despite recent remarks from US President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and other top administration officials, sources within the intelligence community are disputing the certainty that Assad ordered the use of chemical gas last week on innocent civilians outside of Damascus, Syria.

Four US officials — including one senior member of the intelligence community — told the Associated Press this week that there’s confusion over where the reported chemical warheads are currently being held and who exactly possesses them. Citing a lapse in both signals and human intelligence reports, the officials all told the AP on condition of anonymity that US and allied spies “have lost track of who controls some of the country’s chemical weapons supplies,” according to reporters Kimberly Dozier and Matt Apuzzo.

Multiple officials, the AP reported Thursday morning, used the phrase “not a slam dunk” to discuss the credibility of intelligence linking chemical weapon use directly to Pres. Assad. In 2002, then-Central Intelligence Agency Director George Tenet infamously said Washington scored a “slam dunk” with regards to confirming Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. Now more than a decade down the road, US officials hesitant to rush off to war are again questioning the credibility of the White House’s own report.

U.S. President Barack Obama (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)

According to an Office of the Director for National Intelligence report cited by the AP, the evidence against Syria “is thick with caveats” and contains gaps that are getting in the way of putting the chemical weapon use directly in the hands of Assad.

But Carney, the administration’s press secretary, said earlier this week that the White House “established with a high degree of confidence that the Syria regime has used chemical weapons already in this conflict.”

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OBAMA is doing his ‘Coup d’Etat in SYRIA

U.S. Engagement in Syria Leaked.


By Michael S. Rozeff

The U.S. government has now let it leak out that Obama earlier this year or last year gave the green light to further U.S. intervention in Syria. We already know that the U.S. has been engaged in overthrowing the government in Syria. There have been many reports about U.S. support of proxies like Saudi Arabia and Quatar. Here’s just one. There is no other way for the rebels to have gotten the arms they have. In addition, the battle strategies and attacks have been shaped by external professional aid from the U.S. and other NATO countries.

The U.S. has allied with al-Qaeda type operatives and operations too. The U.S. has supported assassinations of high-level Syrians. It’s probably paying off others and defectors. This isn’t the first time the U.S. has made Syria a target. The CIA intervened between 1948 and 1957, for starters.

The U.S. tries to control the flow of news to suit its purposes. This leak is probably no exception. The U.S. likes to get the public used to its interventions and their bloody results by gradually leaking information and by tailoring its escalations to events occurring in the country under attack, such as the attack on Aleppo and the call by some of the rebels for heavy U.S. arms. The U.S. almost never mentions the internecine slaughters that its interventions unleash, encourage, and support. Instead it attributes all evils to the government and forces it seeks to overthrow.

Presidents are doing their coup d’états these days in a different way than in the twentieth century, but they’re still coup d’états, and the American public still doesn’t realize what these interventions are costing them; and I’m not referring just to current visible out-of-pocket costs.

CNN Floats Idea Of US Assassinating Assad

Everyday America becomes more like Nazi German and Stalinist Russia with CNN openly floating the idea of the United States carrying out an assassination

By Alexander Higgins

It’s a sign of the Hitler Nazi regime in the 1930′s and the Stalinist regime of the 1950′s – mass murder of civilians, indefinite detention without trial, and execution of political dissidents.

Now, America’s most “trusted” news network is openly floating the idea that the United States should once again ignore the foundation of liberty that our great nation was built upon and planting seeds into the psyche of the masses that we should murder Assad with no evidence of crimes and no due process.

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Heated Anti-Assad Rhetoric Promotes War

By Stephen Lendman

Increasingly war looks likely. Earlier Obama said “the Assad regime must come to an end.”
In early June, White House press secretary Jay Carney said “bloody sectarian war will be diminished if Assad removes himself from power or is no longer in power.”
“It is essential that the world community come together and unify to pressure Assad and isolate Assad and help precipitate a situation where that political transition can take place.”
Hillary Clinton accused Russia of keeping Assad in power. Putin faces heavy pressure to bow to Western demands. Will he yield or hold firm?
Moscow signed a Security Council statement condemning the Houla massacre. Unlike Washington, Western partners, and regional allies, it points fingers both ways.
Along with China and Cuba, it rejected the Human Rights Council’s (HRC) decision to condemn Syria for Houla killings. It called doing it “imbalanced and biased.” More on that below.
Moscow also repudiates regime change. Putin believes national sovereignty is inviolable. He opposes intervention and war. He rejects Libya 2.0. He supports ending conflict and restoring peace. Succeeding is another matter.
On June 5, Putin arrived in Beijing for an official state visit. Discussions will focus on mutual economic and geopolitical interests and concerns.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said both nations oppose intervention in Syria or plans for regime change by force. They support dialogue for conflict resolution.
On June 4, Assad addressed the People’s Assembly. He minced no words for good reason. Since last year, he’s been wrongly blamed for Western-instigated violence. It continues daily.
Pro-Assad loyalists, other civilians, and security forces are targeted and killed in cold blood. Houla was the most extreme incident.
An Islamist group called Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Nusra Front) claimed responsibility for May Damascus bombings. Dozens were killed, many others wounded. The group also said it killed 13 civilians in Deir Ezzor province last week. They were shot at close range in the head. Their hands were tied behind their backs.
Many other incidents claimed smaller tolls. Body counts mount. Syrians are terrorized. Most blame outside forces, not their government.
Washington, key NATO partners, and regional allies bear full responsibility. Out-of-control violence won’t stop. They won’t let it. Death and destruction continues.

Syrian Girl: NATO’s Secret Agenda In Syria

Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson is joined by Syrian Girl, an outspoken activist against NATO’s campaign to use Al-Qaeda terrorists as a means of destabilizing the Assad regime. In this interview, Syrian Girl reveals the true intentions behind NATO’s agenda in Syria as well as discussing other topics such as the charge that she is a pro-Assad mouthpiece, women in the truth movement, the Arab Spring and more.

Syrian Tartous Rejects Foreign Interference, Voices Support to Reform & Stability

More than half a million Syrian citizens from Tartous and its countryside gathered on the Coastal Corniche in a mass rally to express their support to the comprehensive reform process led by President Bashar al-Assad.

The participants expressed rejection of foreign interference in Syria’s internal affairs, thanking Russia, China and the friendly countries for their stances in support of Syria at the international forums.

The crowds greeted the Syrian army members for their sacrifices for the sake of preserving Syria’s safety and security, stressing that the Syrian people adore freedom and reject injustice and they will always be.

Professor Bassam Abu Abdullah and journalist Hanaa al-Saleh delivered a speech during Continue reading