Beware Of White Helmets Bearing News

Authored by Ann Wright via ConsortiumNews.com,

The celebrated White Helmets of Oscar fame appeared to have made their own feature film in Duma on the night of the alleged chemical attack...

At the center of the controversy over an alleged chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of Duma on April 7 are the White Helmets, a self-described rescue operation about whom an Oscar-winning documentary was made.

Reporter and author Max Blumenthal has tracked the role of the White Helmets in the Syrian conflict. He reported that the White Helmets were created in Turkey by James Le Mesurier, a former British MI5 agent. The group has received at least $55 million from the British Foreign Office and $23 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development as well as millions from the Kingdom of Qatar, which has backed a variety of extremist groups in Syria including Al Qaeda. 

Blumenthal writes, “When Defense Secretary James Mattis cited ‘social media’ in place of scientific evidence of a chemical attack in Duma, he was referring to video shot by members of the White Helmets. Similarly, when State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert sought to explain why the US bombed Syria before inspectors from the OPCW could produce a report from the ground, she claimed, ‘We have our own intelligence.’ With little else to offer, she was likely referring to social media material published by members of the White Helmets.

The reference to social media as evidence in the most serious decision a leader can make—to engage in an act of war—is part of a disturbing trend. Then Secretary of State John Kerry pointed to “social media” as evidence of the Syrian government’s guilt in a 2013 chemical attack in the same Damascus suburb. But as Robert Parry, the late founder and editor of this site, pointed out in numerous reports, Syrian government guilt was far from a sure thing.

Rather than wait for the arrival of a team of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to assess whether chemicals had even used in this latest incident, Trump gave the order to bomb.

Gas!    

The possible role of the White Helmets in the latest alleged chemical attack was first revealed by veteran Middle East reporter Robert Fisk, writing for The Independent. In “The Search for Truth in the Rubble of Douma-And One Doctor’s Doubts Over the Chemical Attacks,”  Fisk reported that he tracked down 58-year-old Syrian doctor Assim Rahaibani.

A White Helmet (Photo: whitehelmets.org)l

The doctor told Fisk that he learned from fellow physicians who were on duty at the clinic the night of the attack. Rahaibani said patients were brought in by “jihadi gunmen of Jaish el-Islam [the Army of Islam]” in Duma and that the patients appeared to be “overcome not by gas but by oxygen starvation in the rubbish-filled tunnels and basements in which they lived, on a night of wind and heavy shelling that stirred up a dust storm.”

Rahaibani told Fisk, “I was with my family in the basement of my home three hundred metres from here on the night but all the doctors know what happened. There was a lot of shelling [by government forces] and aircraft were always over Duma at night – but on this night, there was wind and huge dust clouds began to come into the basements and cellars where people lived. People began to arrive here suffering from hypoxia, oxygen loss.”

Rahaibani continued:

“Then someone at the door, a ‘White Helmet,’ shouted ‘Gas!’, and a panic began. People started throwing water over each other. Yes, the video was filmed here, it is genuine, but what you see are people suffering from hypoxia – not gas poisoning.”

Fisk writes that,There are the many people I talked to amid the ruins of the town who said they had ‘never believed in’ gas stories – which were usually put about, they claimed, by the armed Islamist groups. These particular jihadis survived under a blizzard of shellfire by living in other’s people’s homes and in vast, wide tunnels with underground roads carved through the living rock by prisoners with pick-axes on three levels beneath the town. I walked through three of them yesterday, vast corridors of living rock which still contained Russian – yes, Russian – rockets and burned-out cars.”

Significantly, Fisk reported that locals told him that White Helmets left with jihadists bused out of Duma in a deal made with the Syrian government and Russia, which provided security for the transfer.  

Other Reports

Other reporters have corroborated what Fisk found. Reporter Pearson Sharp of One America News, a conservative Christian TV network and supporter of President Trump, interviewed doctors and witnesses at the clinic. They also said there was no chemical attack and that strangers came into the clinic and shouted “Gas!” and filmed the reaction.

RT’s Arabic service also tracked down an 11-year old boy filmed in the “attack,” and found him in completely good health and able to answer questions of the RT reporter. He told her he was with his mother when they were urged to enter the clinic. “We were outside,” the boy said, and they told all of us to go into the hospital. I was immediately taken upstairs, and they started pouring water on me.”

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Ann Wright served 29 years in the US Army/Army Reserves and retired as a Colonel.  She was also a US diplomat and was in US Embassies in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia.  She resigned from the US government in March 2003 in opposition to the lies the Bush administration was stating as the rationale for the invasion, occupation and destruction of Iraq.  She is the co-author of “Dissent: Voices of Conscience.”

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Leakanthrophy Nekoti Sun, 04/22/2018 - 19:53 Permalink

Beware of 3rd worlders.

Regardless any white accessories, you should NEVER trust someone that's darker than you.

Hell, you should never trust anyone, but, shitskin should be a warning sign:

- the wearer comes from a sunny year-round environment, where idleness and hustling outranks honest work and the men might have a world domination complex while their women are just gold digging whores:

Millionaire Damien Hirst's ex-girlfriend Rowan Nafousi nude photos leaked

 

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A Sentinel beepbop Mon, 04/23/2018 - 03:01 Permalink

Funded by the uk, Qatar and usaid.

usaid should be disbanded the day Obama left. Every day they spend American wealth is a disaster. Everything that I’ve heard of them doing is EVIL. Not “questionable”. Not “gray area”. Evil.

So does that make this true? Well.., let’s see. Qatar? Are they a bunch of good people? —No. they are not. Are the brits overlords in bed with Islam? Yes. They sure seem to be.

Have we known from very early on that this gas nonsense is cut from whole cloth?

 I think that it’s fair to assume that these white helmet guys are like their benefactors and do their bidding.

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Ignatius Shemp 4 Victory Mon, 04/23/2018 - 00:52 Permalink

And note the HIGH PROPAGANDA VALUE of the 3 photos in this article:

1) the uplifting, aspirational look skyward

2) saving children (2 at once!)

3) let's save one more for the camera

The photo quality is first rate, war zone or no.  Why isn't the photographer helping? 

Because THIS SHIT IS STAGED.  Shameless.

My pop told me he had a friend on the beach during WWll when McCarther "triumphantly" came ashore in the Philippines: it was done after numerous takes and retakes for the camera.

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HowdyDoody Ignatius Mon, 04/23/2018 - 02:18 Permalink

A video of interviews, some with the locals coerced by the terrorists (take part and we will give you some of the humanitarian aid we stole) about the details of filming the fake videos. There are loads of on the scene shots of the filming process. You need to enable auto-translate then select 'english' captions which gives a feel for what is being said.

"Death in two takes: how to concoct a provocative video about Syria"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UEC1Cboz6o

There is talk of collecting 20-30 kids for the film, and getting women to sew white shrouds, etc, etc.

 

 

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BorraChoom JohninMK Sun, 04/22/2018 - 19:48 Permalink

The director of the OPCW, Ahmet Uzumcu, a former career diplomat with the Turk foreign ministry – a former Turk ambassador to the Zionist Apartheid State (7-28-1999 to 6-30-2002).  He was also, amazingly, Turkey’s former representative to NATO.  Being a Turk with qualifications like this would make anyone suspect that his credibility was fragile to nil.

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J. Peasemold G… Slippery Slope Mon, 04/23/2018 - 01:54 Permalink

Terrorists with White Helmets.

When the terrorists wear white helmets who gets to wear the black helmets?

How odd that an old fashioned 'western' is being fought out in the Middle 'East'.

But as I have noted previously the 'white helmets' have been marked for extermination by both local and some external agencies. No loose ends when it comes to trials.

And the joke going around is that they will no longer suffer death but will be 'put to Seth'.

BTW I would not recommend purchasing those used 'white' helmets on Ebay as they were worn while children were being 'rescued' in the middle of a 'gas' attack and would be mightly contaminated ...... NOT!

 

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

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Butifldrm BaBaBouy Sun, 04/22/2018 - 19:14 Permalink

This shit just keeps getting deeper, and so many questions to ask, but the main question is why would Trump ever believe any intelligence agency was telling him the truth?  The last time I looked, it was the intelligence agencies that lied, leaked, and this time set Trump up.  

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toady Sun, 04/22/2018 - 18:47 Permalink

Ha! That's what I was saying before the tomahawk strike... is there a way to target the white helmets first? Save us from their lies in the future.... I guess we'll be forced to leave that heavy lifting to Assad and Putin.

johnnycanuck toady Sun, 04/22/2018 - 19:48 Permalink

 “jihadi gunmen of Jaish el-Islam [the Army of Islam]”

 

Galloway posed a question to the British Government and people that deserves an answer from the likes of their PM.

'Why are we supporting a group that calls itself the Army of Islam?'

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Lumberjack VWAndy Sun, 04/22/2018 - 20:44 Permalink

One interpretation held by evangelist Billy Graham, casts the rider of the white horse as the Antichrist,[14] or a representation of false prophets, citing differences between the white horse in Revelation chapter 6 and Jesus on the white Horse in Revelation chapter 19.[15]In Revelation 19,[16] Jesus has many crowns. In Revelation 6, the rider has just one; a crown given, not taken. This indicates a third person giving authority to the rider to accomplish his work.

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