URGENT: Expose NATO Dirty Tricks in Syria BEFORE They Happen

NATO preparing vast disinformation campaign.

Thierry Meyssan

voltairenet.org

June 12, 2012

In a few days, perhaps as early as Friday, June 15, at noon, the Syrians wanting to watch their national TV stations will see them replaced on their screens by TV programs created by the CIA. Studio-shot images will show massacres that are blamed on the Syrian Government, people demonstrating, ministers and generals resigning from their posts, President Al-Assad fleeing, the rebels gathering in the big city centers, and a new government installing itself in the presidential palace.

This operation of disinformation, directly managed from Washington by
Ben Rhodes, the US deputy national security adviser for strategic
communication, aims at demoralizing the Syrians in order to pave the way
for a coup d’etat. NATO, discontent about the double veto of Russia and
China, will thus succeed in conquering Syria without attacking the
country illegally. Whichever judgment you might have formed on the
actual events in Syria, a coup d’etat will end all hopes of
democratization.

The Arab League has officially asked the satellite operators Arabsat
and Nilesat to stop broadcasting Syrian media, either public or private
(Syria TV, Al-Ekbariya, Ad-Dounia, Cham TV, etc.) A precedent already
exists because the Arab League had managed to censure Libyan TV in order
to keep the leaders of the Jamahiriya from communicating with their
people. There is no Hertz network in Syria, where TV works exclusively
with satellites. The cut, however, will not leave the screens black.

Actually, this public decision is only the tip of the iceberg.
According to our information several international meetings were
organized during the past week to coordinate the disinformation
campaign. The first two were technical meetings, held in Doha (Qatar);
the third was a political meeting and took place in Riyad (Saudi
Arabia).

The first meeting assembled PSYOP officers, embedded in the satellite
TV channels of Al-Arabiya, Al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN, Fox, France 24, Future
TV and MTV. It is known that since 1998, the officers of the US Army
Psychological Operations Unit (PSYOP) have been incorporated in CNN.
Since then this practice has been extended by NATO to other strategic
media as well.

They fabricated false information in advance, on the basis of a
“story-telling” script devised by Ben Rhodes’s team at the White House. A
procedure of reciprocal validation was installed, with each media
quoting the lies of the other media to render them plausible for TV
spectators. The participants also decided not only to requisition the TV
channels of the CIA for Syria and Lebanon (Barada, Future TV, MTV,
Orient News, Syria Chaab, Syria Alghad) but also about 40 religious
Wahhabi TV channels to call for confessional massacres to the cry of “Christians to Beyrouth, Alawites into the grave!.”

The second meeting was held for engineers and technicians to
fabricate fictitious images, mixing one part in an outdoor studio, the
other part with computer generated images. During the past weeks,
studios in Saudi Arabia have been set up to build replicas of the two
presidential palaces in Syria and the main squares of Damascus, Aleppo
and Homs. Studios of this type already exist in Doha (Qatar), but they
are not sufficient.

The third meeting was held by General James B. Smith, the US
ambassador, a representative of the UK, prince Bandar Bin Sultan (whom
former U.S. president George Bush named his adopted son so that the U.S.
press called him “Bandar Bush”). In this meeting the media
actions were coordinated with those of the Free “Syrian” Army, in which
prince Bandar’s mercenaries play a decisive role.

The operation had been in the making for several months, but the U.S.
National Security Council decided to accelerate the action after the
Russian President, Vladimir Putin, notified the White House that he
would oppose by all means, even by force, any illegal NATO military
intervention in Syria.

The operation has a double intent: the first is to spread false
information, the second aims at censuring all possible responses.

The hampering of TV satellites for military purposes is not new.
Under pressure from Israel, the USA and the EU blocked Lebanese,
Palestinian, Iraqi, Libyan and Iranian TV channels, one after the other.
However, no satellite channels from other parts of the world were
censured.

The broadcast of false news is also not new, but four significant
steps have been taken in the art of propaganda during the last decade.

• In 1994, a pop music station named “Free Radio of the Thousand
Hills” (RTML) gave the signal for genocide in Rwanda with the cry, “Kill the cockroaches!

• In 2001, NATO used the media to impose an interpretation of the
9/11 attacks and to justify its own aggression against Afghanistan and
Iraq. At that time already, it was Ben Rhodes who had been commissioned
by the Bush administration to concoct the Kean/Hamilton Commission
report on the attacks.

• In 2002, the CIA used five TV channels (Televen, Globovision,
ValeTV and CMT) to make the public in Venezuela believe that phantom
demonstrators had captured the elected president, Hugo Chávez, forcing
him to resign. In reality he was the victim of a military coup d’etat.

• In 2011, France 24 served as information ministry for the Libyan
CNT, according to a signed contract. During the battle of Tripoli, NATO
produced fake studio films, then transmitted them via Al-Jazeera and
Al-Arabiya, showing phantom images of Libyan rebels on the central
square of the capital city, while in reality they were still far away.
As a consequence, the inhabitants of Tripoli were persuaded that the war
was lost and gave up all resistance.

Nowadays the media do not only support a war, they produce it themselves.

This procedure violates the principles of International Law, first of all Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights relating to the fact of receiving and imparting information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
Above all, the procedure violates the United Nations General Assembly
resolution, adopted after the end of World War II, to prevent further
wars. Resolutions 110, 381 and 819 forbid “to set obstacles to free exchange of information and ideas” (like cutting off Syrian TV channels) and “all propaganda provoking or encouraging threats to peace, breaking peace, and all acts of aggression”. By law, war propaganda is a crime against peace, the worst of crimes, because it facilitates war crimes and genocide.