A Nun Puts US Intel to Shame over Syria CW Footage

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Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib

The entire US intelligence community has been put to shame by the dedication and determination of a lone Christian nun. Her modest study of the videos of the Syrian chemical attack videos shows they were productions involving staged bodies.

Those who take the time to read the report by Mother Agnes Mariam and the International Support Team for Mussalaha in Syria (ISTEAMS) will realize that it disgraces the entire US intelligence community for endorsing video footage that is clearly dubious and not credible upon careful study by even a layperson.  

No one denies that chemical weapons were used. The US federal government and the  mainstream media in the US and countries allied to it have been playing a dirty game of equating the a) rejection of accusations that the Syrian government used chemical weapons with b) an outright denial that chemical weapons were used. The two are deliberately being mixed together to confuse the general public. The question is who used the chemical weapons?

Undoubtedly there will be those that will dismiss the fact that there is an almost total absence of adult corpses next to the bodies of the children, nor any parents, especially mothers, coming to claim their children. Where were the parents? From a cultural context, this is strikingly odd. It is highly unlikely that the parents, especially the mothers of all these children, would have left them alone or not rushed to where their bodies were.

If the parents were not killed, then where are they? If the parents, especially the mothers (following the gender script of Syrian society), were with their children, then where are their corpses?

In one video where it is stated that all the bodies are dead, we can see that the some of the corpses are being injected with an unknown liquid. Why?  

The report also highlights the fact that there have been no public funerals or announcements about all the dead children. This is outside of both cultural and religious norms.

In the footage of one burial, only eight people are buried and three of them are not even covered in white shrouds, which is a compulsory ritual. Were these people murdered by the insurgents and disrespectfully buried without the proper rituals as a sign of disdain?

Moreover, the identities of the dead have consistently been withheld. There is more to say on this and it should be kept in mind.

Mother Agnes also makes a point of indicating that there is virtually an absence of the sound of ambulances and that in the testimonies that are used the individuals talking claim to have smelled the chemical that was used. Sarin gas, however, is odorless, which raises important questions about the testimonies.

Full story at: RT News

Children in Syria chemical attack video 'moved between locations' before 'staged' filming

At least 9 children in the video of the Press Office of Al Marj Region (right) have been transported
from Kafarbatna (left) "out of any medical or humanitarian explanation", the report claims.
Photo from Mother Agnes' report to the UN.

Children filmed as victims of the Aug 21 chemical attack in a Damascus suburb had been deliberately moved to the location from a different region after being kidnapped weeks before, Mother Agnes told RT after presenting her own investigation to the UN.

Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib and her group carried out their own investigation. They looked through the 35 videos of the incident that were posted on the internet.

What caught Mother Agnes' eye was that the same children resurfaced in different videos.

"We see children in a video presented as victims of a chemical attack in Jobar. And then we see the same kids in a video out of Kfar-Batna, and they are claimed to be kids from Kfar-Batna, and then, from Ain Terma.  We have seen one and the same boy ostensibly in agony in different settings," she told RT Arabic.

"Who are those children? We want to know the truth," Mother Agnes says.

RT: To start with, could you tell us a little about your team and what you do? Does your team consist of Syrians or foreign nationals?

Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib: We are a multinational group intended to assist reconciliation in Syria, as our name suggests. We have with us representatives from a number of countries including Australia, Belgium, France, Ireland, the United States, and even Malaysia. We also represent Arab countries, including Syria, of course. We are willing to maintain communication with anyone inside Syria who would take interest in mitigating the impact of this conflict for the civilian population. To that end, we are willing to engage opposition groups as well as government forces. We are committed to providing whatever assistance we can to civilians who have been aggrieved, whether by the actions of opposition fighters, or those of government troops. To be sure, we have pointed to numerous human rights violations in Syria, as those violations have been unending throughout this terrible crisis, and they have had an impact on every citizen of Syria. We must assist refugees, the elderly, women, and children. Starting from March this year, we have received several offers of support from UN offices and a number of NGOs. And we are getting some serious support.

RT: Would you tell us about the study that you presented today during a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council?

MA: The study I have prepared is based primarily on testimonies collected in the highland areas of the Latakia Governorate, which we visited as part of our organization's reconciliation effort. I met with several families in the area. They told me they had recognized their children in the videos capturing the alleged victims of the chemical attack in East Ghouta. A number of other families contacted us, asking us to look into what was going on.

Beyond doubt, there are large international institutions that are addressing this issue at the moment, but we would also like to contribute in our own modest way, to the benefit of the people. We have studied video footage from the scene. We have put together our graphic evidence into a leaflet that we circulate. We have looked through the first 35 videos of the incident that were posted on the internet. We tried to identify the children we had been told about in those videos. And as we looked closer at those videos, there was a surprise. We found out that the videos that the United States had held up as genuine evidence to indict the Syrian government with having used chemical weapons on its own civilians - those videos had actually been falsified. Specifically, we studied videos One, Six, Eleven, and Thirteen.

RT: Do you make this argument based on your own impressions, or do you have testimonies from witnesses confirming that specific children in the videos do, in fact, come from the families you have mentioned?

MA: First of all, there are family members who say they have recognized their children. They pointed to specific videos from Kfar Batna and Jobar. I cannot go into detail, because I don't have permission from the families to mention names. So I'll put it in general terms: as of now, we know that people have recognized some of the children. In some cases, it was a mother or a father who recognized their child in a video. In other cases, it was an aunt or an uncle, or some other relative, because some of the parents had been killed during the fighting, as the insurgents advanced through the townships and villages of Latakia. I cannot judge whether what those people say is true; that would require a DNA test. As far as we are concerned, we are trying to figure out why all those people would start claiming they see familiar faces in those videos. We look specifically at the footage selected by the Americans, and we see that it has been supplemented with footage provided by Al Jazeera, or by one of the coordination committees. We have 35 videos in our brief, but there are about 200 to 230 videos in total, each different from the others. They are peddled by a variety of sources - from local coordination committees to NGOs to media organizations. As we examined the videos, trying to identify the children in question, we noticed signs suggesting this or that had been staged and directed. For example, there is footage of a boy receiving first aid. And then there is a different video where you can see the same boy receiving first aid all over again, but in a different setting. It is like a movie production, where scenes are repeatedly edited and re-filmed. You shoot one scene, you don't like it, so you alter the settings and you try again.

RT: Are you referring to videos circulated by American media?

MA: Exactly.

Full interview at: RT News

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DragonDew's avatar
The plot thickens...
KeldBach's avatar
Yes, it does. And since the report has been presented to the UN, a new investigation is urgently needed. I wonder if Ban-Ki Moon will do that...