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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spanish inquisition's picture

Staged photo op with the bird? A canary in the coalmine imagery? Great slide for a fake intel briefing, everyone would of ate that one up.

OCnStiggs's picture

We have absolutely no idea when these videos were made or whether they were back-dated. Clearly, these craters are not from Sarin weapons but that raises the question, "Are these craters from from small non-chemical weapons?" Nobody knows and I'd be a little skeptical about videos that surface online, after the one that supposedly sparked the Benghazi riots.

Think about it: Had the president acted upon something he saw on YouTube you folks would be justifiably outraged.

If the intelligence community hadn't shown itself to be populated by unabashed leftists who would violate regulation in pursuit of political aims, we could trust our intelligence information. This is PRECISELY why politics has NO PLACE in the Intel world. All the Obama supporters need to be rounded up and walked out the door.

medium giraffe's picture

Assad calls BS on Official Syrian Govt Youtube Thursday April 13th

zimboe's picture

Maybe they didn't have any proper NBC equipment and just went with whatever they could scrounge up.

And/or it is also possible they were just bloody stupid and reckless.

tangent's picture

Just like with the Iraq War, there is solid evidence but it is all secret evidence. You just have to trust your politicans, because they are your leader and would never tell a lie.

Sudden Debt's picture

just fucking nuke the middle east. I'm sick of that part of the world.

R4Recision's picture

Yeah... except...

The problem isn't the middle east (well - ok, Saudi Arabia maybe)

The problem is all the western cunt-ries interfering in the middle east


All Risk No Reward's picture

No, the problem is a supr-national banking cartel that acts like the aliens in They Live.

They have bought off a bunch of sociopath political Judas's with their Money Power, the one ring to rule them all.

That's the root cause.  The fertilizer for that root cause is a nescient or ignorant population with a geo-monetary-political IQ in the low single digits.

The nation called "Israel" is controlled by the very same Money Power that controls all of the Western World.  They now have a central bank in Libya. 

When the Ukraine voted against the Euro, they financed a coup and now the Ukraines have a debt-money central bank issuing Euros that Main Street Ukraine can never pay back.

They want a central bank in Syria.  They want a central bank in Iran. 

Russia already has a central bank, which makes me think that the Russian government rulers may well be the same as the American rulers and it is all a charade.  I'm not sure.  I keep processing data.

PS - They are debt-money oppressing the h*ll out of ordinary Israelis, too.  So much so othat 100,000+ took to the streets to protest in 2009.  STOP thinking in terms of concepts that your wanna-be master has given you.  Use personal observation and just see what actually exists.  For example, ObamaCare doesn't exist.  Never did.  Your wanna-be masters lied to you in order to program you.  IT IS, AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN, BANKSTERCARE.

Setarcos's picture

Yes that's about right ARNR.

As for the Russian Central Bank?  From what I've heard and read, Russia has been gradually detaching from the Rothscild & Co/BIS central banking system, more or less in tandem with paying off all debt AND setting things up for the Eurasia alliance, particularly China, where Russia has just opened a Central Bank branch to facilitate non-dollar trade ... something along those lines, sorry but I don't have any links to hand.  I'll have a search around later myself.

VWAndy's picture

 Thats pretty much how I see it also. Team fiat vs everyone on the planet.

cui-bono's picture

You forgot the one little Middle Eastern country that dictates our foreign policy and war machine to fight their enemies by proxy.

Posa's picture

The war on Syria is much bigger than oil... it's about securing US hegemony over Afro- Eurasia by controlling the Mediterranean littoral  and oil traffic to the Far East ... (Wolfowitz Doctrine) ... plus "securing the realm " for Tel Aviv (Operation Clean Break) ... any oil booty is just icing on the cake... but the US has not taken much of that in destroying the region

Hannibal's picture

Trump Blocks Visitor Logs as Kosher-Nostra Takes Up Residence in White House

As VT is hunkering down for a new cyber attack from Trump, we will mirror key articles at

mtanimal's picture

It's all good - Wiener and Schumer's Publicity agent is going to make it all better now:

Pretty soon they'll have Spielberg on the phone to do a short feature film ... uhhh... I wonder.

Let it Go's picture

Anyone who doesn't believe that countries use psychological warfare and propaganda to sway the opinions of people both in and outside of their country should be considered naive. To many people America is more than a little hypocritical when they criticize other countries for trying to gain influence considering our history of meddling in the affairs of other countries.

Americans have every reason to be concerned and worried considering revelations of just how big the government intelligent agencies have grown since 9-11 and how unlimited their spying and surveillance operations have become. The article below explores this growth and questions whether we have lost control.

dizzyfingers's picture

You're so right!  

Woodrow Wilson Made Democracy Unsafe For The World Let's stop kidding ourselves. The U.S. role in World War I had disastrous consequences.

Considering the US population at the time, it's probably the best of us who died in that one:

"American soldiers fought bravely and helped turn the tide on the Western Front in late 1918. But the cost was far higher than Americans anticipated. More than a hundred thousand American soldiers died in the third bloodiest war in U.S. history. Another half a million Americans perished from the Spanish flu epidemic spurred and spread by the war."

R4Recision's picture

... whether... ???

You jest surely...

biker's picture
biker (not verified) Apr 15, 2017 5:39 PM

white helmet syria hollywood acting jobs



ThreeRs's picture

I remember what happened to the last guy who lied to the President, and the Vice President.


Wonder what happens to these.

dizzyfingers's picture

Don't waste any of the seconds of your life on that...s'above voters' pay grade.

Kat Daddy's picture

I guess between all the Goldmanites and Generals in Trumps administration we should have seen this coming like on oncoming train, the Trump Train, whoa, shit!

Old Hippie Patriot's picture

Everywhere the US has gotten involved in another oil war, Christians end up being slaughtered. It looks like the Saudis have infiltrated the Democratic party and bought out the Republicans. At least, Assad doesn't allow his Christian minorities to be persecuted. He would probably win a free and honest election in Syria. The US position on Assad should be that Assad is not in Syria's future after free elections, unless he wins the election.

nunyabidnez's picture

88% of the Syrian people voted in the last election, Assad won 80% of that vote. The Syrian people love him, he's actually a good leader, Trump might do a little reading and learn a little somethin somethin.

Sandrob's picture

Everyone dipicted in the above photos, have died due to Sarin gas exposure.

exartizo's picture

Dear President Trump,

Would you be so kind sir as to please *respond* to the allegations that Mr. Postol states is a fabricated White House Intelligence report?


A ZH Reader

cui-bono's picture

Instead of asking Mr. Trump you might do better to ask his handler, Tribe member and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

cui-bono's picture

Instead of asking Mr. Trump you might do better to ask his handler, Tribe member and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Golden Showers's picture

Fuck the fake sarin gas attack, who the fuck is going to fix that pothole?


Normalcy Bias's picture

Ohhh, now THAT'S funny! It really adds to the conversation as well.

I looked at several of your posts. You're a naive RETARD and blithering pseudo intellectual IDIOT. North Korea is like a "zoo animal that never comes outside" and a "juvenile foster kid?!" It's also 'not a threat' to it's neighbors? LOL! What in the hell are you smoking?

Oh well, no more time to waste on you, kid. You're too fucking dumb and just not worth the time.



R4Recision's picture

And yet somehow - you seemed to have to comment...

Normalcy Bias's picture

Oh, you're a real asset around here, too. Do you drink your own urine every morning like the fruitcake above admittedly does?

That could explain your mental deficiencies. Just STFU and go away. No one here would miss you, you 6 posts this year jerkoff. LOL

Warthog777's picture

This is indeed insulting.

Houston we have a problem!

20 million veterans in this country Plus anyone with logic can look at these photos and tell instantly that the "Sarin" narrative is false.  We had to endure countless hours of NBC trainging, running around in swealtering heat with  MOPP gear on, risksing heat stroke, and watching in horror as the bunny died in seconds, to gain an appreciation of the lethality of such substances.

I mind being lyed to, but I'm really pissed at such a shoddy attempt.  Rather in your face......

It does demonstrate how captured the Lame stream media whores are.  Hopefully this will result in more people waking up.  We're all captured and living in the matrix.

Thanks GW for the red pill.

mtanimal's picture

Yeah, too bad they weren't handing out those magical dust masks.  More comfortable.

sam site's picture

What behind all this "Assad must go" campaign is the deep state's petrodollar enforcement action to prevent the Iranian non-petrodollar-paying pipeline from serving Europe trough Syria at a 17% discount cutting out the petrodollar oil profits skimming racket.


This parasitic racket supports not only the pope, queens and blood families but also the 300,000 families of the Black Nobility - Knights of Malta.


Petrodollar renegade oil salesman Saddam earned a beat down when he sold his oil to Europe in 1999 at a 17% discount by accepting Euros.  


This prompted the deep state globalists to conjure up a "new pearl harbor" with 9-11 designed to smack him down and restore the petrodollar skimming income stream to our secret parasitic rulers.


natashav's picture

You are SPOT ON.

Santos Bonacci, in the link below, lays out who the "rulers" are better than just about anyone I've seen.

A great primer for those who are not quite sure who's been enslaving us for centuries.

Swamidon's picture

They're wearing open-toed sandals for Gosh sake.  It's easy to trick Trump, isn't it?

tuetenueggel's picture

They are heroes. Like US GIs to shoot naplam on Vietnamese children.

Drump is a heroe too. With his big mouth.

saldulilem's picture

What constitutes the tampering? I'm lost.

The Wedge's picture

You are not lost. You're just suppose to go with the headline. No critical thinking allowed.

This is typical from the GW. Either ambiguous or obvious and redundant. It is very likely that the gas attack is staged or spun at best. But this story from GW does not inform me of anything. The MIT professor probably has an ax to grind so that persuades me zero.

Thom Paine's picture


Tamper ?tamp?/ verb gerund or present participle: tampering
  1. the act of inserting a tampon.
Thom Paine's picture

Yep, neocons set Trump up again, led him down the path of, your not a Biggly POTUS until you kill some innocent people on a lie.

Trump, says, is that ok? I'm allowed to murder people?

Neocons puppet master: yeh sure, we all do it. You know Syria didn't do it, but don't worry you can say you have intelligence.


LATER - Senate Committee on Syrian bombing.

Intelligence: We advised the POTUS that it was very unlikely to be the Syrians who did gassing.

Trump: but, but, but....

Neocons: ok that was fun, ok time for our real POTUS, Pence. All back to normal.

ThreeRs's picture

I'm good with "neocons set Trump up again, led him down the path of," after that, nuh-uh.


No one knows what path Trump will take. Or must take. Save God.


It's a path all right, that no one travels but Trump. Who from our side has ever entered that dark side and lived to tell about it? JFK, Reagan Lived, now Trump. What does it actually take to figure out what it will take to beat all that. And who could do it?


Trump figures he's got three years before he has to think about re-election. Three years to figure it all out and fix it.


It's only been three months.


I don't like the look of things right now, any more than anyone else. But this is where I trust to God, his will, and try to survive whatever happens. That's all I'm required to do in this life.


dizzyfingers's picture

With ya; it is what it is. Pray, vote, then pray more. :-)

tuetenueggel's picture

maybe he only is a pigley POTUS

HRClinton's picture

Once again, the root problem is Trump himself, and the people he hires to key Cabinet positions.

Of particular concern are the hawkish generals that appeal to his sense of projecting Strength and Virility. 

As someone who attended a Military Academy, Trump gets an instant erection for displays or the use of military might. On the one hand, it reminds him of "The good old days" in the Academy. On the other hand, it triggers his instinctive sense of "Nobody f*cks with me, without getting whacked!"  He now has a twin in North Korea's Li'l Kim, with an equally outrageous hairdo. 

McMaster is one if those wrong picks that Trump made, based on the aforementioned reasons. This is typical of most guys with too much ego and testosterone swamping their limited and vulnerable brains. It's amusing in most cases, but not in a POTUS.

Bad thinking, bad choices - and as is becoming increasingly clear to even his base - bad President. 

paarl99's picture

i did attend NEW YORK MILITARY ACADEMY when Trump was there.  He did enjoy the pump and circumstance and the "order" of the academy.  But on the other hand he was student commandant and had a lot of respect from his fellow students despite some personality Trump is Trump.  He was afine athlete and excellent coach and counselor to underclassmen like me.

I know bankers who did business for years with Trump and they say , to a person, that Trump comes prepared to meetings, conferences etc.  He works hard without respite and the satisfaction he seeks is the satisfaction of success.


Thats my take on Donald the individual.


Paarl of rhodesia

New Jersey

Sandrob's picture

Hard to get over that election slaughter, hugh?

Posa's picture

Election? What election? Dump has adopted the Clinton neoCon foreign policy hook, line and sinker...

Caleb Abell's picture

"He now has a twin in North Korea's Li'l Kim, with an equally outrageous hairdo."

I hadn't thought of it until I read your comment, but they do have a lot in common: the hairdo, the big mouths, the bragging, and the apparent taste for war.  As a bonus, they both have used their privivleged positions to get women that would otherwise have nothing to do with them.

Kim Jong Trump?