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Forged or Real? Leaked Documents: U.S. Framed Syria in Chemical Weapons Attack

27 Aug

From the Daily Mail:

Britam Defence, David Goulding and Philip Doughty
PUBLISHED: 18:59, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 18:59, 18 April 2013

An article on 29 January reported allegations on the internet that the US Government had backed a plot to launch a chemicals weapons attack in Syria and blame it on the Assad regime.
The reports made reference to an email said to have been from David Goulding, the Business Development Director of Britam Defence, to company founder, Philip Doughty. The email had been published on the internet after Britam’s computer system was illegally hacked in Singapore. It referred to a proposal that Britam would deliver chemical weapons to Syria for enormous financial reward and suggested that the directors were willing to consider the illegal proposal.
We now accept that email was fabricated and acknowledge there is no truth in any suggestion that Britam or its directors were willing to consider taking part in such a plot, which may have led to an atrocity.
We apologise to each of them and have agreed to pay substantial damages.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/article-2311199/Britam-Defence-David-Goulding-Philip-Doughty.html

 

On August 21st, 2013 chemical weapons were used the Syrian conflict yet again. Western powers, the U.S. and France in particular enthusiastically didn’t hesitate for even a moment to take advantage of the tragedy, decrying it as a crime against humanity and using it as a springboard to announce their preparations for military strikes against the Syrian government.

Make no mistake this was a crime against humanity… but the gas was NOT used by the Syrian government, it was used by the NATO backed rebels. In this video we’re going to show you definitive evidence to support this claim and we’re going explain the U.S. and NATO’s motive for committing such an atrocity. The leaked documents that we are going to be presenting are available for you to download yourself. You’ll find a in a link in the description to that download and you’ll also find links to the mainstream articles we used in our research.
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Leaked Britam Defence Syrian documents for download:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/drive/share?…

Chemical weapons confirmed in Syrian conflict:http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/20…

U.S. helped Saddam as he was using chemical weapons on Iran:http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles…

CIA and Mossad both say the Iran hasn’t even made the decision to seek a nuclear weapon: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy…

Iran and Syria confront US with defense pact:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2005…

Iran already sending troops to Syria: http://rt.com/news/iran-troop-deploym…

The proxy war in Syria: http://www.globalresearch.ca/americas…

The U.S. funneling weapons to rebels through Qatar:http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world…

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012…

Russia opposes arming militants in Syria:
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05…

Russia warns Syria/Iran Crisis may go nuclear:http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/0…

UK Quatar plot to frame Syria for Chemical weapons:
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/01…

The March 19th, 2013 Sarin Attack:
Israel and the U.S. blame Assad:
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines…

Obama’s red line: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/world…

U.N. launches their own probe:http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/0…

According to the U.N. investigation the March 19th chemical weapons attack turned out to be committed by the rebels:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middl…

Russia agrees: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/0…

The August 21st, 2013 Chemical Attack:
Syrian soldiers enter rebel tunnels, find chemical agents
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/0…

Video from attack apparently shows the rockets were small and primitive:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/0…

Iran says they have proof rebels used chemical weapons:
http://news.yahoo.com/iran-says-proof…

Turkey finds sarin gas in homes of suspected Syrian Islamists
http://rt.com/news/sarin-gas-turkey-a…

FSA says they are going to use chemical weapons from now on:http://www.israelnationalnews.com/New…

This formation is also posted here: http://pastebin.com/het2kc19

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Iranian journalists arrested in raids on newspapers

27 Jan

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose media adviser, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, was given a six-month prison term in September. Photograph: Vahid Salemi/AP

Security officials in Iran have raided at least four newspapers and arrested several journalists in what appears to be concerted action aimed at intimidating the media in advance of the presidential elections in June.

Sources in Tehran said reformist newspapers Etemaad, Shargh, Bahar and Arman were targeted by a group of plain-clothes officials who ransacked offices, filmed staff, confiscated documents and held several journalists.

When the Guardian phoned journalists at Etemaad and Bahar in the evening, officials were still present in the offices and editors of the two newspapers could not be reached. Etemaad’s editor-in-chief, Javad Daliri, was reported to be among at least 10 journalists who have been arrested.

The semi-official Mehr news agency confirmed that a number of journalists have been arrested and said that officials were holding arrest warrants issued by judicial authorities.

Others reported to have been arrested include Sassan Aghaei, Nasrin Takhayori, Pourya Alami, Emili Amraee, Pejman Mousavi, Saba Azarpeik, Narges Joudaki, Motahareh Shafiee and Akbar Montajebi. It not clear where they have been taken, nor if more journalists have been detained. Journalists from the reformist Aseman weekly have also been arrested, according to Mehr.

According to Kaleme, a website close to opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, two other journalists were also arrested on Saturday. They were named as Milad Fadayi-Asl, the political editor of the Iranian Labour News Agency and Suleiman Mohammadi, a reporter from the reformist Bahar newspaper. Both are reported to have been taken to Tehran’s Evin prison.

Reasons behind the mass arrests on Sunday are still not clear but Mehr said the journalists were accused of co-operating with “anti-revolutionary” Persian-speaking media organisations outside the country. Iran has previously arrested people who it claims had links with foreign-based Persian-speaking media, especially the BBC’s Persian service, which is loathed by the Islamic republic but remains popular in the country.

Also on Sunday, judicial officials ordered the filtering of Tabnak, a popular conservative news website close to former presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaee. The arrest of journalists in Iran is not only limited to those close to the reformists. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s media adviser, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, was given a six-month prison term in September.

According to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Iran is currently the world’s second-worst jailer of journalists, with 45 behind bars

Iranian journalists working in exile have not been immune from the crackdown, nor foreign media inside the country. Some exiled journalists have complained that their family members in Iran have been repeatedly harassed and summoned for questioning. Last year, Iran closed down Reuters’ office in Tehran and at least one of its staff was subjected to interrogation.

“The situation for independent journalists in Iran is worsening by the day,” CPJ’s deputy director, Rob Mahoney, said in October. “High-profile persecutions and imprisonments are an attempt by the authorities to intimidate the media into silence and self-censorship. The international community must speak out against such actions.”

guardian

Azeri Leader Pardons 87 Prisoners, Including Iran TV Reporter – Bloomberg

27 Dec

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev pardoned 87 prisoners, including a correspondent with Iranian state-run television who was jailed in June on drug charges.

Anar Bayramli, who worked for Sahar 2 TV and also for Iran’s Fars news agency, was sentenced to two years in prison after authorities said he was found in possession of heroin. He rejected the charges, saying they were trumped up.

Sahar 2 TV’s Azeri-language programs, beamed into Azerbaijan from neighboring Iran, often criticize the Aliyev government’s secular policies and its close ties to Israel and the West.

The pardoned prisoners, whose names were published today in state-run daily Azarbaycan, included four people imprisoned for protesting a ban on Islamic-style head scarves in schools. Religious activists have held several rallies in the capital, Baku, since the government introduced the ban in 2009. Azeri officials accused Iran of sparking the protests.

Most of Azerbaijan’s 9 million people share Iran’s Shiite Muslim religion, while a quarter of Iranians are ethnic Azeri.

via Bloomberg.

Iranian hacker arrested for hacking Iran, US, Israeli websites

13 Nov

A professional Iranian hacker has been arrested in Iran after hacking into over 1,000 websites, most of which were U.S. and Israeli, tabnak website reported.

Iran’s South Khorasan province’s cyber police head Colonel Gholamreza Hosseini said that the police successfully managed to detain the hacker responsible for attacks through Facebook.

The interrogation revealed that among the websites damaged by the hacker, was the website of Iran’s National Television Network (IRIB).

During the interrogation, the captured hacker claimed he launched the attack on IRIB and other websites to express his support for the earthquake victims in Eastern Azerbaijan province of Iran.

Several days ago Iran’s Varzegan city of country’s East Azerbaijan province was shattered by the earthquake, that, according to the latest reports injured over 50 people. Most of the injured ones are school children.

Speaking of the other hacked websites, the detainee said he wanted to show the defensive weaknesses of Israeli and U.S. cyber world, and hacked them put of pure curiosity.

via Trend.Az.

Digital Image Identification: Sharing isn’t always caring

5 Oct

Why we should always blur faces in videos and photographs from protests inside Iran and any similar totalitarian regimes where the slightest sign of dissent – real or imagined – has serious, often life-threatening implications.

Reunited

Babak (Rajabalu) Dashab, first arrested in Feb 2009 and sentenced to 6 years, then re-arrested after being identified from video showing him burning a log during an Ashura protest in December 2009, has been freed from prison in Iran after serving 3 years. Three years for making a bonfire. Look at his son. Three years is a lifetime to a child of his age.

We are responsible

Before the “Arab Spring” there was the equally exhilarating “Green Wave”. Social media was our new playground; we were transformed from no-life couch-potato geeks to “citizen journalists”. The buzz of finding and sharing news about massive street protests in an increasingly paranoid and isolated country like Iran was intoxicating. Iran kicked out the foreign press. “We are the Media!” became our battle cry.

On reflection it could just as easily have been “We Are Rank Amateurs!” or “We Are Gullible Idiots!”. Most of the time news was shared regardless of source. Some of us tried to “police” the torrent, but it was largely a losing battle against an ever-rising tide of misinformation and disinformation. Photos and videos were gobbled up by an insatiable appetite for “online activism”. We were going to post our way to freedom for Iran and poke CNN et al in the eye on our way up. In those days, the “media” were slow-witted and partisan, YouTube a petty censor. Our videos were removed on a whim, so we learned to copy, clone, remix, save, re-post, find new hosting venues. In so doing, we spawned thousands upon thousands of photos and videos.

This addiction to quantity without regard for quality or fact-checking quickly revealed its dark inner core. The risks to protesters of being arrested increased exponentially because of the photos and videos we were sharing. The regime countered this green wave of social media evidence of the unrest in Iran, and turned the green tide against the green movement. Images became evidence of crimes against the state. Evidence of terrorist acts. Evidence of insulting the Supreme Leader of the glorious revolution.

My reaction was horrified guilt. I had done this. I had shared without realising what could happen as a result of my actions, and now I was an unwitting accomplice in the arrest and torture of thousands of people. I had to do something, to redeem myself, to assuage the guilt, to convert the remorse into positive action. I started trying to raise awareness of this risk, and to demand that faces in videos be blurred, which is how I found  WITNESS - a fantastic team, they firmly hoisted that banner and ran with it. I credit them with getting YouTube to add a feature which will automatically try to find and blur all faces in a video.

But..

I recall being asked by someone what they should do if they didn’t know how to blur faces? The simple answer is: ask the original poster to do it or get someone else to do it. If you can’t do that, then do nothing, don’t share. That person felt this was infeasible: they they were compelled to share, because it was so important to show “the world” what was happening in Iran. To this response, I asked: who is there to take photographs of what happens to people you helped to identify after they are arrested?

The other, more common and weakest of all excuses is that the image is “already out there”. So is AIDS – does that mean everyone should have unprotected sex? We should regard blurring faces as a prophylactic to protect against the lethal disease of brutal repression.

It’s not easy

Instinct takes over and before you know where you are, you’ve clicked! Because it only takes a click.. so really,the blurring needs to spread to the original content posters, our “enablers”. This needs massive, sustained loft to become an enduring, instinctive habit.

Apart from those misguided souls who are so fixated on their popularity that they would rather count likes and re-tweets of the content they post than actually help prevent innocent protesters from being targeted, there is also a subtle pressure from the social networks to share visuals. Just look at the “success” of the meaningless and crappy Instagram. Photos and videos are the media of social media content – which is far more interesting if it includes visuals. There are financial pressures on developers: more interesting content is an advantage in promoting social media platforms to advertisers and investors. But is it essential: surely you’ve heard about events that did not include images, but which nevertheless are broadcast wholesale by established media? The first examples that come to mind are President Obama declaring that he would not release images of  “the killing of Osama Bin Laden” and the alleged stoning of a young couple in Mali in July 2012. Not only were there no photos or videos of the reported stoning, it’s unlikely that any exist. Yet you will see these “facts” repeated ad nauseum in established media.

The reality about what gets covered in the press belies the worn-out excuses: traditional media outlets prefer to have images but they do publish controversial news without evidence, and they do accept these stories from citizen reporters or people claiming to be witnesses.

It is never too late to do the right thing

Go blurry:

How to Blur Faces in Photos Using GIMP free image editing software

Reblogged from I wish I’d never seen Babak Dashab « @lissnup.

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