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Thursday, 5 July 2012

Alex Jones' InfoWars And Their Anti-Free Syrian Army Propaganda

Alex Jones' Infowars is a popular conspiracy website that likes to reveal the "shocking truth" behind a variety of subjects, including the Syrian Uprising.  In their latest article, Shocking Videos Reveal Truth Behind Syrian “Freedom Fighters”,  they promise to reveal the truth behind "a minority of extremist Wahabi thugs who are anti-freedom, anti-Christian, anti-Shia, anti-Sunni and who will stop at nothing to entrench their ideologically fanatical power base."

The article starts poorly, by posting the video from the Russia Today article I've previously criticised, repeating the error I raised in my original blog post, that "In this video, family members of slain children accuse Syrian rebels of committing the atrocity."  Except, as I've pointed out before (and Russia Today corrected on their original article but not their Youtube posting), that at no point in the video does that family make that claim, and the updated Russia Today article now instead says "Sources say that opposition rebels committed the atrocity."

Another video shows a grieving woman talking to Syrian State TV, with the article stating "This woman’s son, Sari Saoud, was shot in Homs. While Al-Jazeera claimed it was the army that killed him, the woman insisted it was the insurgents.".  In this earlier video taken of the woman grieving over the body of her son you can hear her in the background at around 50 seconds in shouting "Fuck you, Bashar" in Arabic, which is an odd thing to say if you think the FSA killed your son

In a very graphic clip, described as "This disturbing clip shows rebels insulting an an Alawite Syrian civilian before decapitating him." what we're actually seeing is a Christian in Tunisia being killed.
Liberal talk show host Tawfiq Okasha recently appeared on "Egypt Today" airing a video of Muslims in Tunisia slicing a young man's head off for the crime of apostasy, in this case, the crime of converting to Christianity and refusing to renounce it.
Another clip from the InfoWars article claims to show opposition members faking wounds for propaganda purposes, but in fact it has been claimed that clip is from Bahrain, which this video in Arabic explains. In this video "“Eyewitnesses” are caught on camera coordinating how to lie about casualties.", at around 1:35 we see the activist in the video pointing, followed by a bang, with the clip claiming he is giving orders to fire.  This is an excellent example of crude propaganda, as you can see the original video on Bambuser, where it was originally live streamed, and at about 10 minutes you'll see exactly the same moment in the original clip, except when he points there's no bang.  So whoever made the video quoted on InfoWars has added their own sound effects for propaganda purposes. In this video, chants supporting Christian and Muslim unity are incorrectly subtitled to chants attacking Christians
Crude, but effective propaganda.  The post also links to another piece of anti-FSA propaganda also quoted in Russia Today, which claims Syrian rebels ransacked a church and attacked another, something I debunked at the bottom of this post. Another article by the same author linked in that post I've previously debunked is Al-Qaeda Rebel Pictured With UN Observers In Syria.  Apart from the usual mistake made by a number of sites, that the black flag always means al-Qaeda, when in fact it doesn't (but that's another story), the story claims to have a photo of a man dressed in an al-Qaeda uniform meeting UN observers.  As my blog post on the story explains the same man later appeared in a video after his defection from the Syrian Army, claiming
he was a member of the Republican Guard in the Syrian Army, displaying his ID, and was given the uniform to wear.
In the same article it's also claimed:
Meanwhile, a separate video clip leaked to the pro-Assad Truth Syria You Tube channel purports to show an anti-regime rebel being transported by UN observers in trucks bearing the distinctive UN text.
Except this video wasn't leaked to anyone, but posted on an activist channel is a very famous clip of activist Hadi al-Abdallah showing UN monitors a checkpoint in Qusair, driving in their own car, the UN telling them they would not protect them, and leaving them at the end.  It's been previously used by activists as an example of the UN failing to protect them. After that he adds a bit more information
At the end of the clip, the men in the UN vehicle break out in a spontaneous chant of “Allahu Akbar,” a phrase widely associated with fundamentalist Muslims who are engaged in jihad. 
Also widely associated with Muslims in general by anyone who knows anything about these countries, so just another way for the author of the article to tar the men in this video with the "jihadi" brush. Now all of this took about an hour of research, obviously something Paul Joseph Watson either chose not to do, or didn't care about doing, either making him a terrible journalist or propagandist.  I've not had time to examine all these videos, and I'm certainly not saying the Free Syrian Army are angels descended from Heaven, but it seems that for sites like InfoWars the truth is secondary to their agenda. If you have any more information about the videos in the InfoWars post, or other comments please contact me using the details below, or leave a comment.   You can contact the author on Twitter @brown_moses or by email at brownmoses@gmail.com

16 comments:

  1. Why are the last nazi war criminals, like Alois Bruner, hiding in Syria? Nesselrode sent Porphy Uspensky to de-Hellenize the Antiochians which led to Michel Aflaq founding the Nazi Ba'ath party which is why ras-Putin hid Saddam's WMD in Syria! Ohlig & Puim show Islamic extremism came from Syriac miaphysates, products of Chrysustolm trying to consummate the Channukah crimes of his Seleucid forefathers. ("Questioning is the subversion of faith" Homily I on I Timothy I- Such was the dark mind that led Justinian to abolish the universities and Olympics and bring on the palgues.) Ochrafuxy is the mother of Islam and bolshevism because they reject Aristotle in favor of Plato. We need a Christian Samaritania buffer state surrounding Israel. We need to give the Balkans back to the aboriginal Albanian Pelasgians to prevent soviet access to the straits. Iran and North Korea both share borders with Russia and are ras-Putin’s ploy to raise oil prices which is why we must fearlessly pursue the therminucular rapture against the magog’s attempt to destabilize the Saudis.

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  3. You didn't debunk the attack on the Syrian Church, because you only used one cherry picked photo of 'shelling damage' while ignoring the photos of Syrian FSA fighters playing with stolen [Byzantine Catholic] priests' vestments.

    Again you and @ReginaldQuill rely on moving heaven and earth to deny that the Syrian rebels have Al-Qaeda in their ranks...which even mainstream media like Reuters now acknowledge, and many are motivated by anti-Christian and anti-Israel views. Even Reggie acts shocked, shocked! when some Syrian rebels say they intend to retake the Golan Heights upon seizing power in Damascus. Gee, ya think? It's Reginald Quill and you who are the propagandists.

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    1. The Russia Today article, and Prison Planet article it's based on, refer to 3 separate churches, not one, although they are very poorly written so I understand your confusion.

      You should ask yourself why sites that claim to unmask the truth rely so much on lies, half truths, and manipulation; and why you choose to overlook their deception.

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    2. Just like your Pro Rebel Agenda deception?

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  4. "Iran and North Korea both share borders with Russia and are ras-Putin’s ploy..." hey George, North Korea has a teeny less than twenty miles of mountanous border with Russia. Iran has no border with Russia, that would be Tiflis or the Republic of Georgia or the one party state of Turkmenistan that @ReginaldQuill believes must be linked to Nabucco by any means necessary.

    Again, does the host of this site care to say where Infowars.com got the photos of Syrian fighters playing with Christian vestments?

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    1. It's certainly not a Christian woman in Homs like Prison Planet claims. Why do you trust them when they've clearly been lying to their readership?

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    2. They don't have staff that translates Arabic. And given your admiration of the FSA and its Libyan black shahida flag waving allies who just got done slaughtering a bunch of black people in that country, why should I trust you? I've already documented @ReginaldQuill's pro-Establishment wars mad-hattery here:

      http://reginaldquillnotcool.blogspot.com/2012/06/crap-reginaldquill-says-handy-reference.html

      AJ may get some stories wrong, but his heart is in the right place. Your motives, and the motives of many others in social media that may be paid by pro-regime change globalist elements, are far more suspect.

      So answer the following questions:

      Do you or do you not support the Muslim Brotherhood seizing power in Damascus, as they have in Cairo with U.S. State Department support?

      Can you deny the links between the Muslim Brotherhood fighters in Syria and their brothers in Hamas and Islamic Jihad?

      Can you explain why the State Department admits to funding Islamists? And why Christine Lagarde of the IMF wants to give Egypt a big loan right after it elects an Islamist government while the military junta didn't get one?

      Can you tell me that a new Syrian government will not start stockpiling rockets and artillery opposite the Golan Heights, which has been Israel's quietest border for a generation? (Guess what unlike your fan boy @ReginaldQuill, I've been there)

      Enough is enough. Pamela Geller and some of that crowd may be off but at least they don't tell me I need to be groped by TSA goons at the airport because of Al-Qaeda while NATO backs jihadis who proudly wave the flag of....Al-Qaeda. That is the folks who kidnapped Westerners and chopped their heads off in Iraq.

      Don't give us that 'I know Arabic and you don't' horsecrap and denial of the Shahida flag/Salafism. Here's the link from CNN in Libya:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N95fOzzJNI

      You are an apologist for Islamist thugs. I hope the spetsnaz send a bunch of the international jihadis home to Saudi Arabia and Qatar in body bags. Every one they kill is one less they won't have to kill in Dagestan or Chechnya. But that's another group of Islamist fanatics @ReginaldQuill supports. Cuz it's all about killing Russians.

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    3. You want to know something else? I have a family friend who knew old man Assad's household staff. Nearly all Christian. Nearly all the type of people the FSA will have lined up and shot and the survivors harassed if their women don't wear the burkah. That individual loathes Putin and still doesn't trust those old Commies never will. But he told me the other day he thinks Putin sending guns to fight the jihadis in Syria is one of the best things he's ever done and he'd buy Putin a drink for doing so.

      Why is it that the New World Order/US government has to wreck one country sending one million Arab Christians fleeing (Iraq) and now it has to overthrow the last more or less secular regime in the Middle East where those Christians fled to and where Christians have been unmolested?

      Could it be the Muslim Brotherhood and its 'secular' sympathizers have infiltrated and corrupted American foreign policy?

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    5. Whats wrong Moses Truth hurts doesn't it? if your deleting my comment it really says alot about you and your agenda.

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    6. When I delete comment it reads "This comment has been removed by a blog administrator." So you deleted your own comment so you could blame it on me.

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  5. Thanks for exposing the lies of conspiracy theories.
    I have written a general critique on my blog.

    http://loveisthewayofprogress.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thanks for the link, it's a worthwhile read.

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  6. Lets see here Brown Moses Code name obvious.
    Location: United Kingdom

    Previous Blog tiled
    Libya Voices

    New Blog (now)
    Brown Moses: Operation Syria Codenamed (Downfall) Correct?

    Whats next Brown Moses? whose country are you going to be blogging about next?

    Iran? Green Revolution 2.0 ? Russia Failed Spring?

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    1. Are you the idiot Bruno from Twitter who thought he could ID Israeli Agents on Twitter because they had an Israeli flag on their profile picture?

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