Video Shows Tampering with "Evidence" of Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

George Washington's picture

Preface: We spoke for quite a while with Dr. Postol by phone, and find him to be an ethical, honest, patriotic American man. He's made some interesting discoveries debunking the Syrian chemical weapons propaganda, and so we're helping to spread his findings.

By Theodore A. Postol, professor emeritus of science, technology, and national security policy at MIT.  Postol’s main expertise is in ballistic missiles. He has a substantial background in air dispersal, including how toxic plumes move in the air. Postol has taught courses on weapons of mass destruction – including chemical and biological threats – at MIT.  Before joining MIT, Postol worked as an analyst at the Office of Technology Assessment, as a science and policy adviser to the chief of naval operations, and as a researcher at Argonne National Laboratory.  He also helped build a program at Stanford University to train mid-career scientists to study weapons technology in relation to defense and arms control policy. Postol is a highly-decorated scientist, receiving the Leo Szilard Prize from the American Physical Society, the Hilliard Roderick Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Richard L. Garwin Award from the Federation of American Scientists.

This is my third report assessing the White House intelligence Report of April 11, 2017.  My first report was titled A Quick Turnaround Assessment of the White House Intelligence Report Issued on April 11, 2017 about the Nerve Agent Attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria and my second report was an Addendum to the first report.

This report provides unambiguous evidence that the White House Intelligence Report (WHR) of April 11, 2017 contains false and misleading claims that could not possibly have been accepted in any professional review by impartial intelligence experts.  The WHR was produced by the National Security Council under the oversight of the National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster.

Postol 1This image was extracted from a video of a worker during midday (note shadows) on April 5, 2017 next to the crater where sarin was allegedly released according to the White House Intelligence Report (WHR) issued of April 11, 2017. 

The WHR asserts that it reviewed commercial video evidence and concluded that sarin came from the crater next to a man.  Other video frames show unprotected workers in the crater showing no evidence of sarin poisoning at the same time the dead birds are being packaged.  The URLs to this and a related video are contained in this report.

The evidence presented herein is from two selected videos which are part of a larger cache of videos that are available on YouTube.  These videos were uploaded to YouTube in the time period between April 5, 2017 and April 7, 2017.  Analysis of the videos shows that all of the scenes taken at the site where the WHR claims was the location of a sarin release indicate significant tampering with the site.  Since these videos were available roughly one week before the White House report was issued on April 11, this indicates that the office of the WHR made no attempt to utilize the professional intelligence community to obtain accurate data in support of the findings in the report.

The video evidence shows workers at the site roughly 30 hours after the alleged attack that were wearing clothing with the logo “Idlib Health Directorate.”  These individuals were photographed putting dead birds from a birdcage into plastic bags.  The implication of these actions was that the birds had died after being placed in the alleged sarin crater.  However, the video also shows the same workers inside and around the same crater with no protection of any kind against sarin poisoning.

These individuals were wearing honeycomb face masks and medical exam gloves.  They were otherwise dressed in normal streetwear and had no protective clothing of any kind.

The honeycomb face masks would provide absolutely no protection against either sarin vapors or sarin aerosols.  The masks are only designed to filter small particles from the air.  If there were sarin vapor, it would be inhaled without attenuation by these individuals.  If the sarin were in an aerosol form, the aerosol would have condensed into the pours in the masks, and would have evaporated into a highly lethal gas as the individuals inhaled through the mask.  It is difficult to believe that such health workers, if they were health workers, would be so ignorant of these basic facts.

In addition, other people dressed as health workers were standing around the crater without any protection at all.

As noted in my earlier reports, the assumption in WHR that the site of the alleged sarin release had not been tampered with was totally unjustified and no competent intelligence analyst would have agreed that this assumption was valid.  The implication of this observation is clear – the WHR was not reviewed and released by any competent intelligence experts unless they were motivated by factors other than concerns about the accuracy of the report.

The WHR also makes claims about “communications intercepts” which supposedly provide high confidence that the Syrian government was the source of the attack.  There is no reason to believe that the veracity of this claim is any different from the now verified false claim that there was unambiguous evidence of a sarin release at the cited crater.

The relevant quotes from the WHR are collected below for purposes of reference:

The United States is confident that the Syrian regime conducted a chemical weapons attack, using the nerve agent sarin, against its own people in the town of Khan Shaykhun in southern Idlib Province on April 4, 2017.


We have confidence in our assessment because we have signals intelligence and geospatial intelligence, laboratory analysis of physiological samples collected from multiple victims, as well as a significant body of credible open source reporting


We cannot publicly release all available intelligence on this attack due to the need to protect sources and methods, but the following includes an unclassified summary of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s analysis of this attack.


By 12:15 PM [April4, 2017] local time, broadcasted local videos included images of dead children of varying ages.

… at 1:10 PM [April4, 2017] local … follow-on videos showing the bombing of a nearby hospital …


Commercial satellite imagery from April 6 showed impact craters around the hospital that are consistent with open source reports of a conventional attack on the hospital after the chemical attack.


Moscow has since claimed that the release of chemicals was caused by a regime airstrike on a terrorist ammunition depot in the eastern suburbs of Khan Shaykhun.


An open source video also shows where we believe the chemical munition landed [Emphasis Added]—not on a facility filled with weapons, but in the middle of a street in the northern section of Khan Shaykhun. Commercial satellite imagery of that site from April 6, [Emphasis Added] after the allegation, shows a crater in the road that corresponds to the open source video.


Observed munition remnants at the crater and staining around the impact point are consistent with a munition that functioned, but structures nearest to the impact crater did not sustain damage that would be expected from a conventional high-explosive payload. Instead, the damage is more consistent with a chemical munition.


Russia’s allegations fit with a pattern of deflecting blame from the regime and attempting to undermine the credibility of its opponents.

Summary and Conclusions

It is now clear from video evidence that the WHR report was fabricated without input from the professional intelligence community.

The press reported on April 4 that a nerve agent attack had occurred in Khan Shaykhun, Syria during the early morning hours locally on that day.  On April 7, The United States carried out a cruise missile attack on Syria ordered by President Trump.  It now appears that the president ordered this cruise missile attack without any valid intelligence to support it.

In order to cover up the lack of intelligence to supporting the president’s action, the National Security Council produced a fraudulent intelligence report on April 11 four days later.  The individual responsible for this report was Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, the National Security Advisor.  The McMaster report is completely undermined by a significant body of video evidence taken after the alleged sarin attack and before the US cruise missile attack that unambiguously shows the claims in the WHR could not possibly be true.  This cannot be explained as a simple error.

The National Security Council Intelligence Report clearly refers to evidence that it claims was obtained from commercial and open sources shortly after the alleged nerve agent attack (on April 5 and April 6).  If such a collection of commercial evidence was done, it would have surely found the videos contained herein.

This unambiguously indicates a dedicated attempt to manufacture a false claim that intelligence actually supported the president’s decision to attack Syria, and of far more importance, to accuse Russia of being either complicit or a participant in an alleged atrocity.

The attack on the Syrian government threatened to undermine the relationship between Russia and the United States.  Cooperation between Russia and the United States is critical to the defeat of the Islamic State.  In addition, the false accusation that Russia knowingly engaged in an atrocity raises the most serious questions about a willful attempt to do damage relations with Russia for domestic political purposes.

We repeat here a quote from the WHR:

An open source video also shows where we believe the chemical munition landed—not on a facility filled with weapons, but in the middle of a street in the northern section of Khan Shaykhun [Emphasis Added]. Commercial satellite imagery of that site from April 6, after the allegation, shows a crater in the road that corresponds to the open source video.

The data provided in these videos make it clear that the WHR made no good-faith attempt to collect data that could have supported its “confident assessment.” that the Syrian government executed a sarin attack as indicated by the location and characteristics of the crater.

This very disturbing event is not a unique situation.  President George W. Bush argued that he was misinformed about unambiguous evidence that Iraq was hiding a substantial store of weapons of mass destruction.  This false intelligence led to a US attack on Iraq that started a process that ultimately led to the political disintegration in the Middle East, which through a series of unpredicted events then led to the rise of the Islamic State.

On August 30, 2013, the White House produced a similarly false report about the nerve agent attack on August 21, 2013 in Damascus.  This report also contained numerous intelligence claims that could not be true.  An interview with President Obama published in The Atlantic in April 2016 indicates that Obama was initially told that there was solid intelligence that the Syrian government was responsible for the nerve agent attack of August 21, 2013 in Ghouta, Syria.  Obama reported that he was later told that the intelligence was not solid by the then Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper.

Equally serious questions are raised about the abuse of intelligence findings by the incident in 2013.  Questions that have not been answered about that incident is how the White House produced a false intelligence report with false claims that could obviously be identified by experts outside the White House and without access to classified information.  There also needs to be an explanation of why this 2013 false report was not corrected.  Secretary of State John Kerry emphatically testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee repeating information in this so-called un-equivocating report.

On August 30, 2013 Secretary of State Kerry made the following statement from the Treaty Room in the State Department:

Our intelligence community has carefully reviewed and re-reviewed information regarding this attack [Emphasis added], and I will tell you it has done so more than mindful of the Iraq experience. We will not repeat that moment. Accordingly, we have taken unprecedented steps to declassify and make facts available to people who can judge for themselves.

It is now obvious that this incident produced by the WHR, while just as serious in terms of the dangers it created for US security, was a clumsy and outright fabrication of a report that was certainly not supported by the intelligence community.

In this case, the president, supported by his staff, made a decision to launch 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian air base.  This action was accompanied by serious risks of creating a confrontation with Russia, and also undermining cooperative efforts to win the war against the Islamic State.

I therefore conclude that there needs to be a comprehensive investigation of these events that have either misled people in the White House White House, or worse yet, been perpetrated by people to protect themselves from domestic political criticisms for uninformed and ill-considered actions.

Sincerely yours, Theodore A. Postol

Professor Emeritus of Science,
Technology, and National Security Policy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Video Evidence That Reveals the White House Intelligence Report
Issued on April 11, 2017 Contains Demonstrably False Claims about a Sarin Dispersal Crater Allegedly Created
in the April 4, 2017 Attack in Khan Sheikoun, Syria


Dead Birds Video:

Note: Please see original .pdf uploaded here for more organized presentation of the screenshots.

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Idlib Health Directorate Tampering with Alleged Sarin Dispersal Site Video

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VWAndy's picture

 My guess is alot of the old ZH contributors left when it got harder to play their book here. Others left when people started drinking the trump koolaid. Many were warned off by various actors like bosses or the not so friendly visits from Zog inc. Then there is the butthurt crowd that did not like being slapped around by the likes of me. lol

  A few of the old guard were just hearding cats and lost control. Resulting in them being moved to other venues.

DuneCreature's picture

Sure, a comment board (forum) will change in complexion over time.

All of them do, that's evolution. ... People say their piece and move on for lots of reasons. ... New commenters move in for a time, too.

People visit what they want to see and read mostly. ... If you want your own ideas only and those that agree with you, you need to start you own board and moderate it. ..... If you want the Wild West like I do, you come to ZH and put up with some views you don't 'want', 'like', 'feel comfortable with' but are probably good for you to read some of anyway. .... There's always the scroll wheel or keys. ... The old BBS boards had what was called a Killfile Daemon. .. You put a user name in the kill file and you were never even shown a post by that username again. ... That killfile saved the expense of a LOT high blood pressure medicine in its day.

Anyway, I'm kicking the idea of starting some sort of forum around in my head. ..... I hate moderated forums but the spam and mindless drive-by name calling needs some sort of policing.

Thanks for the feedback, VWAndy.

BTW, you're teddy bear.

Live Hard, I Can Deal With Trolls But Some Can't And I Want To Hear From Those People Too, Die Free

VWAndy's picture

  I like the idea of a real debate forum/club. Although this format still works for me. The resent changes messed it up a bit by cutting the time a thread gets viewed. I miss the days when you could keep an eye on a thread 6 or 8 pages back. Some of the best debates went on for days.

  Teddy bear? scrtches head.

DuneCreature's picture

Sorry, I got completely whammied by a mystery script all of a sudden and couldn't respond to your post.

My guess? .. My NSA shadow (named Donnie) went home to visit mama this weekend and left his surveillance of me on auto pilot. .. The script that he uses to do the man-in-the-middle exploit screwed up and started error looping is what it looks like to me. .... He isn't there to turn it off and reboot so here I am stuck with broken spyware up my kester for this Easter.

I wonder how get "Dov-ent-e-9382339" out of my browser display quay without getting NSA warm worm blood and guts all over my laptop?

Anyway, I couldn't get to the Reply To page until now.

A forum is easy enough to start. ..... I've started a couple. ... It's the traffic and eyeballs thing that is a bitch. ..... Don't forget, traffic means bandwidth overhead, advertising headaches, admin duties 24/7 and content, content, content. ........ Here, we are served article content to chew on 24/7. ...... I'm with you, we have it pretty dang good here.

But we are hemorrhaging quality commenters at an alarming rate.

The CIA misinfo crew has moved in and hammering every thread too..... Those bad boys need to find something more productive to with US tax dollars than clogging up ZH threads with gibberish and propaganda that no one is buying.

Or who knows I might be the problem. .. I not very soft snowflake fuzzed and friendee.

Maybe I should take a break and see if the quality of visitors and stayers and logger inners, improves any.

You never know, my pithy tag lines might be driving people away from ZH in droves.

Well, I'm gonna drop it here. .. Talk about OT. .. That got carried away.

Live Hard, If I Had A VW I Would Hang A Little Teddy Bear From The Rear View Mirror To Ward Off Feral Fiats, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

Boxed Merlot's picture

...Some of the best debates went on for days....

I gotta agree with the change in tenor, and as for the debating, I like what the late Professor Gerstner said, something like the problem with a quarrel is it breaks up a good argument.


11b40's picture

Ran 'em off with your VW, did you? Isn't that special.

VWAndy's picture

 Its not as much fun to argue against basic logic is my guess.


VW logic - Schopenhauer at his best. 

VWAndy's picture

 Na just another asshole.

DeadFred's picture

Perhaps Tyler was replaced with a clone the way they just replaced our President with a neocon look-alike. It's just an idea I had.

nmewn's picture

I second that, its like ZH runs on algos now.

11b40's picture

Been thinking about checking out, too. Site has seen it's better days. Like most of the rest of the world, it seems to be controlled by the bean counters now. Will give Cog Dis a look.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

there's far less snark in its commentary now. I used to gobble up every post, nowadays i skim most headlines - and thats even in the context that ive shifted to the right politically 

PrivetHedge's picture

The interest around the 'Hobson's Choice' election swamped ZH.

iClaudius's picture

I kept expecting John McCain to appear.

DuneCreature's picture

(((((( ~~~~~~~ ((((( Fools And Groupies )))))~~~~~~ ))))))

You basically just flat out can't believe anything the US Intelligence Community says. .... Any one particular statement might be true, it might be false, it might be mistaken.

These guys are so good at fabrication evidence (AND have the way more than enough resources to do so) that they can make ANYTHING look convincing.

They can 'Photoshop' still images.

They can forge documents.

They can CGI video so good it would fool your mother.

They can plant physical evidence.

They can 'forge' satellite geo spatial evidence

They can fake signals intercepts (Phone, radio, web etc.)

In the last Assad 'frame up' Israelis were caught planting radio 'repeater stations' hidden in big rocks on Syrian territory and piping in 'Sarin gas' radio chatter to present to the UN. ... This chatter could be picked up by several sources making it sound and look very authentic.

In short, the CIA (and the rest of the IC including all the foreign IC services) CAN NOT BE TRUSTED.

The 'Deep State' has an agenda and they use the IC to fabricate any evidence they need to support that agenda.

WAY too much secrecy is the main obstacle here and until we get that under control we might as well shut down Congressional hearings, stop pretending there is oversight or honest reporting and just let the screaming, lying assholes blow up the planet.

"Trust us, we're the CIA!" .... WTF? .. Right. Ok.

Because trusting the CIA and/or our government is a fool's errand.

Live Hard, I'm No Fool, But I Know A Bunch Of Fools When I See Them Listening To A Pack Of Liars And Taking Notes, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

X- x3's picture

Hey D_C_ , you there???

I see you updated your comment 32 minutes ago.

You being in W.V. makes it 6 hrs time difference.

I'll check back every ½ hr for next 3.

Cheers  X-

DuneCreature's picture

Yea, I'm back.

You're in Sweden right? Or are you the dude in Portugal?

Live Hard, Or Is My Memory Completely Tanked, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

X- x3's picture

Ok D_C_.

I've been busy the past 1½ hrs.

I've been reading your appraisal on the ZH-commenters and have a few ideas what has happened here at ZH.

1st, I know what happened with Paveway IV.......

I'll check back every few minutes here so I can explain.....


DuneCreature's picture

Ok, so what happened to Paveway IV?

I mean, he was a great poster,...I just know Tyler didn't ban him.

But I have no factual knowledge. What happened?

Live Hard, I Think He Went To A Venue Where He Could Have Longer Term Discussions, ZH Is A Very Fleeting, Fast Venue, Not Much Depth, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

dizzyfingers's picture

"Longer-term discussions", "Fast Venue", Not Much Depth" can't be helped on a news site. Maybe a linked blogsite? Frequently I'd like to ask posters questions. 

DuneCreature's picture

Thanks for the thoughts, df.

This is probably the last time I will check this thread. .. I'll bring up the subject later and we'll kick it around some more. .. I don't really want to abandon ZH but the poster quality is slipping, IMHO.

Yeah, no dwell time on the threads. ... I'm with you there.

Of course, it all depends upon what you're looking for too.

Live Hard, On Toward The Front Of The Pack, Die Free

~DC v5.0

X- x3's picture

Paveway4 & I got banned at the end of may of last year.

We both were 'critical' of how the site was being managed, after the ex-tyler went public with his 'revealations'.

You know, the 1 with the drug problem.


DuneCreature's picture

Aaah, ok, well Tyler(s) knows best.

Live Hard, You Will Have That On A Bad Day, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

adonisdemilo's picture

Wishful thinking, but perhaps events such as this will help Trump weed out some of the traitors in the deep state.

Unfortunately we can expect a few more false flags, if this is the case, because the swamp is very deep.

gm_general's picture

How about we make it an offense punishable by public hanging you are found to be falsifying evidence that results in military action?

Stud Duck's picture

SAve your breath George, most of the people in this country don;t have a clue and will never have a clue. as citizens of this Empire we have one job and one job only. That is to crawl out the hole you dug late yesterday, sling your weapon, sling you pack and start putting one foot in front of the other and hope you make it through another day to dig another hole to sleep in. You are expendable, any other idea is just wishful thinking. You have no control, TPTB have that.

nmewn's picture

lmao!...the guys walking around "the crater" vehicles go zooming by kicking up

They oughta stuff him in that bird cage just to see what happens ;-)

SoDamnMad's picture

Sarin proof flip-flops. Made in China and sold by Amazonand E Bay.

Manthong's picture

I’m glad to see the “Idlib Health Directorate” spelled out in English for those natives in the region who do not speak or read Arabic.

Akzed's picture

The Saturn motif logo is also interesting.

land_of_the_few's picture

Idlib's the last major populated area occupied by terrorists, isn't it. Glad to see they have recently-equipped highly trained specialist heroes. It's not all cream tea and scones, village green cricket and warm beer, burkas, decapitating youngsters and goat-fucking, you know!

They do have a lovely command of English and excellent spelling. Splendid, chaps, do carry on!

And so nice that those awful White Helmets fellows have pushed off. These ones now are just tickety-boo, my fine fellow!

HowdyDoody's picture

The 'Idlib Health Directorate' uniform is probably made in the same factory that makes the WH uniforms. It is good to know that the CIA has its own industrial clothing franchise.

Akzed's picture

I wonder if Bezos sells the t-shirt.

HowdyDoody's picture

Probably only to approved carefully vetted moderates

L Bean's picture

Badges and decals and Tshirts OH MY!

L Bean's picture

Badges and decals and Tshirts OH MY!

HowdyDoody's picture

Distributed by the Clothing Import Association.

SoDamnMad's picture

It is written in English so that snipers in the area will know you are friendly and not shoot at you. All snipers had translation apps loaded into their smart phones to translate "Idlib Health Directorate" into Arabic.  Shesh, don't you know anything about combat in the ME?  sarc.

fleur de lis's picture

Yep, there is a good chance that Langley's boys are there to cover for our pet vipers and snipe at Syrian soldiers, legitimate medical personnel, and reporters who write the truth.

It would be nice to know how much of our tax money goes into the ISIS, FSA, al-Nusra, al-Queda, etc., paychecks. 

Who are the Langley screwballs giving them acting lessons and teaching them how to set up fake war props.

And how much did it cost us.

The "freedom fighters" are far too stupid to understand how to handle dangerous chemicals.

They can't even read.

Some interviewer should ask one of the actors from the "Idlib Health Directorate" to explain just how these chemicals work.

They couldn't explain how soap and water works, never mind chemical weapons.  

And they are so bad tempered that they would lose control in an argument and hurl the nearest canister or bottle of anything at someone without looking at the label.

Or maybe because of the label, not thinking about how quickly and widely the hazardous material would react.

So it is unlikely that Langley would trust them and risk ruining the set and maybe injuring a Langley operative.

There are Langley baby sitters all over the place.

They must be really stuck for CIA personnel that they have to rely so heavily on these socially stunted local morons.

Langley is just too cute by half.






CryptBrain's picture

How old are these FFs getting?  How many more times are they going to get away with this same violation?  One aspect to consider is that even though the perpetrators of these acts know how weak their proof is [that Assad was behind it] they still go through with it.  In other words, they assess that they will be caught, but still green light the operation.  Ponder on that for a moment. 

Like 007 they have a license to do what they want.  Now it is true that alt-media is gaining ground on the MSM, and as such, eventually these FF acts will become more and more riskier to perform without more and more regular folks becoming aware.  The bottom line is that we are all potential victims as long as these FF continue.  On a more intellectual level, it is simply unfaltering to be  treated as a fool. 

Two potential motives for this multiyear, lied filled story:

1) Syria does not have a central bank; fill out the rest. 

2) Control of the PIPELINES

Warthog777's picture

3.  ((((Iran has too many alies))))

4.  Russia has too many resources and is Christian now, and a bit too financially independant.

5.  All of the above.

CuttingEdge's picture

6. Israel

7. Israel

8. Israel.

9. Israel.

10. Israel.


That help?

Dane Bramage's picture

I know the flase flag was a foregone conclusion, but I wsh they'd put a little more effort into it.  I feel a bit insulted by their lackluster efforts at deception.

land_of_the_few's picture

Who gave him the job of canary-executioner? Specialist stuff, you know. Did he pay his union fees and how do we know he isn't violating principles of job demarcation? Blackleg!

Manthong's picture

The average IQ in Syria is around 83.

It's typical of a lot of the Arab/Muslim ME where there are someting like 33% first-cousin marriages.

I recall Molyneux citing that and he is real good with the stats.

nmewn's picture

And the camera guy, hovering over the hole with his mouth agape while the others are rooting around in"Are you getting all this in the frame Ali?"...lmao!!!