[Marxism] Secret Intel Source of Ray McGovern & VIPS Revealed!
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Wed Sep 11 21:28:46 MDT 2013
Secret Intel Source of Ray McGovern & VIPS Revealed!
> On 6 September 2013 former CIA agent turned activist, Ray McGovern,
> speaking for Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS),
> posted a memo to his blog that absolved the Assad Regime of
> responsibility for the chemical weapons attack that took place in the
> Damascus area on 21 August 2013.
> Not only does this group claim that the Syrian government did not
> carry out the attack, they claim it was done by the opposition with
> the support of agents from Qatar, Turkey and the US. I addressed their
> theory and challenged them to name names in *My dare to Ray McGovern &
> VIPS on Syria CW attack*
> now I want to look at the source of their information.
> In the memo, VIPS says /"that some of our former co-workers are
> telling us"/ what is really happening and then they go on to say:
> Our sources confirm that a chemical incident of some sort did
> cause fatalities and injuries on August 21 in a suburb of
> Damascus. They insist, however, that the incident was not the
> result of an attack by the Syrian Army using military-grade
> chemical weapons from its arsenal. That is the most salient fact,
> according to CIA officers working on the Syria issue. They tell us...
> Clearly, they are implying that their sources are CIA officers
> currently working the Syria desk.
> Now, jumping ahead to the meat of their intelligence on what they say
> was a false-flag operation designed to precipitate military
> intervention in Syria, they tell us
> we have learned that on August 13-14, 2013, Western-sponsored
> opposition forces in Turkey started advance preparations for a
> major, irregular military surge. Initial meetings between senior
> opposition military commanders and Qatari, Turkish and U.S.
> intelligence officials took place at the converted Turkish
> military garrison in Antakya, Hatay Province, now used as the
> command center and headquarters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and
> their foreign sponsors.
> Senior opposition commanders who came from Istanbul pre-briefed
> the regional commanders on an imminent escalation in the fighting
> due to /"a war-changing development,"/ which, in turn, would lead
> to a U.S.-led bombing of Syria.
> At operations coordinating meetings at Antakya, attended by senior
> Turkish, Qatari and U.S. intelligence officials as well as senior
> commanders of the Syrian opposition, the Syrians were told that
> the bombing would start in a few days. Opposition leaders were
> ordered to prepare their forces quickly to exploit the U.S.
> bombing, march into Damascus, and remove the Bashar al-Assad
> The Qatari and Turkish intelligence officials assured the Syrian
> regional commanders that they would be provided with plenty of
> weapons for the coming offensive. And they were. A weapons
> distribution operation unprecedented in scope began in all
> opposition camps on August 21-23. The weapons were distributed
> from storehouses controlled by Qatari and Turkish intelligence
> under the tight supervision of U.S. intelligence officers.
> Now, here's where it gets weird. This same thesis and intelligence, in
> fact, almost the exact same words were published 5 days earlier in an
> article on Global Research by Yossef Bodansky, titled *"Did the White
> House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack?
> On August 13-14, 2013, Western-sponsored opposition forces in
> Turkey started advance preparations for a major and irregular
> military surge. Initial meetings between senior opposition
> military commanders and representatives of Qatari, Turkish, and US
> Intelligence [/"Mukhabarat Amriki"/] took place at the converted
> Turkish military garrison in Antakya, Hatay Province, used as the
> command center and headquarters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and
> their foreign sponsors.
> Very senior opposition commanders who had arrived from Istanbul
> briefed the regional commanders of an imminent escalation in the
> fighting due to /"a war-changing development"/ which would, in
> turn, lead to a US-led bombing of Syria.
> The opposition forces had to quickly prepare their forces for
> exploiting the US-led bombing in order to march on Damascus and
> topple the Bashar al-Assad Government, the senior commanders
> explained. The Qatari and Turkish intelligence officials assured
> the Syrian regional commanders that they would be provided with
> plenty of weapons for the coming offensive.
> Indeed, unprecedented weapons distribution started in all
> opposition camps in Hatay Province on August 21-23, 2013. In the
> Reyhanli area alone, opposition forces received well in excess of
> 400 tons of weapons, mainly anti-aircraft weaponry from
> shoulder-fired missiles to ammunition for light-guns and machine
> guns. The weapons were distributed from store-houses controlled by
> Qatari and Turkish Intelligence under the tight supervision of US
> As anyone can easily see, this isn't just the same story told from
> different intelligence sources. This is the same story slightly
> rewritten five days later. Rewritten in part, to remove obvious source
> give-aways, like /"Mukhabarat Amriki,"/ the Syrian term for US
> So it would appear that the source of VIPS intelligence is not active
> CIA case officers speaking to old colleges like Ray McGovern, Philip
> Giraldi, Larry Johnson and Ann Wright on the q-t, it is Yossef
> Bodansky writing for the pro-Assad, pro-Qaddafi, pro-Russian website
> Global Research
> So who is Yossef Bodansky? David Kenner has done some interesting
> research there. What he's come up with was published this week on
> Foreign Policy
> Bodansky is an ally of Bashar's uncle, Rifaat al-Assad -- he
> pushed him as a potential leader of Syria in 2005. Rifaat is the
> black sheep of the Assad family: He spearheaded the Syrian
> regime's brutal crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood in the early
> 1980s, but then was forced into exile after he tried to seize
> power from his brother, President Hafez al-Assad, in 1983. Despite
> his ouster, however, Rifaat is just as hostile to a Sunni Islamist
> takeover as other members of the Assad family -- a position
> Bodansky appears to share. Ending Alawite rule in Syria, Bodansky
> wrote on another pro-Assad website, "will cause cataclysmic
> upheaval throughout the greater Middle East."
> The implication is that the real source of VIPS's intelligence is not
> CIA operatives chatting it up with old pals. That is just their cover
> story. The real source of their information on how the opposition
> gassed over a thousand of its own people with Obama's help is the
> Assad Mukhabarat, the Syrian Security Services.
> Guess who else likes this Bodansky/VIPS conspiracy theory that blames
> the rebels and lets the Assad dictatorship off the hook? Conservative
> talk show host *Rush Limbaugh*! On 3 September 2013, Limbaugh told his
> /"There is evidence -- mounting evidence -- that the rebels in
> Syria did indeed frame Assad for the chemical attack, but not only
> that, but Obama, the regime, may have been complicit in it.
> Mounting evidence that the White House knew and possibly helped
> plan the Syrian chemical weapon attack by the opposition!"/
> He then goes on to cite Global Research and Bodansky as his source,
> which actually shows more integrity than Ray McGovern & VIPS!
> It is a very sad day for the Left when we see Ann Wright and Rush
> Limbaugh united in supporting a fascist dictatorship against a popular
> revolution, and promoting the same lying Assad Regime propaganda to do it.
> The Assad Regime did kill over a thousand Syrian civilians, a third of
> them children, in the Damascus area on the morning of 21 August 2013.
> The Free Syrian Army, the Syrian National Coalition, the Arab League,
> the governments of Turkey, US, France, UK and many other countries
> have found the Assad Regime responsible, as now has Human Rights
> Watch. The evidence is incontrovertible and overwhelming.
> I will show in another post, in case its not already clear, that even
> if Assad were somehow not responsible for the chemical deaths, he is
> still a brutal mass murderer that has killed thousands of civilians
> with his air force, artillery and ballistic missiles. He bombed
> hospitals with his jet planes and since the chemical attacks, he has
> killed hundreds in the very same areas that VIPS says he didn't use
> the chemicals to kill in. This is the type of mass murderer, torturer
> and rapist these people are trying to defend on the chemical weapons
> In my earlier post
> challenging Ray McGovern et al, I showed how they were wrong, now I
> think we can see that they aren't even honest. They are attempting to
> promote the Assad Regime with false intelligence coming from that
> regime and they are attempting to trade on their history as activists
> and their break with US intelligence to give the story more
> creditability than Yossef Bodansky and Global Research ever could.
> These people, and here I will name them, because I believe it now
> constitutes a roll call of shame. Below that is a reminder of what
> they are trying to cover up. From Consortium News, which first
> published the memo
> on 6 September 2013:
> *For the Steering Group, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
> *Thomas Drake, Senior Executive, NSA (former), Philip Giraldi,
> CIA, Operations Officer (ret.), Matthew Hoh, former Capt., USMC,
> Iraq & Foreign Service Officer, Afghanistan, Larry Johnson, CIA &
> State Department (ret.), W. Patrick Lang, Senior Executive and
> Defense Intelligence Officer, DIA (ret.), David MacMichael,
> National Intelligence Council (ret.), Ray McGovern, former US Army
> infantry/intelligence officer & CIA analyst (ret.), Elizabeth
> Murray, Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Middle East
> (ret.), Todd Pierce, US Army Judge Advocate General (ret.), Sam
> Provance, former Sgt., US Army, Iraq, Coleen Rowley, Division
> Council & Special Agent, FBI (ret.), Ann Wright, Col., US Army
> (ret); Foreign Service Officer (ret.)
> Click here for a list of my other blogs on Syria
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