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ISIS HYPE: False Threats, Staged Executions, While Israel ‘Expands’

21St Century Wire
By Shawn Helton
10 September 2014

As the black-clad terror troupe ISIS rages on, its ‘greater’ role concerning the policy planning of those in Washington, Tel Aviv and Britain is rapidly being revealed. This is the world in hyper-drive-destruction, and the propaganda machine is in full swing while approaching the 13th anniversary of 9/11.

It can no longer be denied that the chaos caused by ISIS has not also benefited the transnational corporate interests intertwined within the US-NATO-Israeli-GCC alliance. Whether its through the recent beheading videos that appear to be staged, the social media frenzy surrounding the #ISIS hashtag revolution, or Israel’s largest land grab in 30 years, the timing of the ISIS phenomenon has to be looked at more closely.

The Sunni extremists of the Islamic State, in the eyes of the West, seem to have been assigned a rather large part in shaping the future landscape of the Middle East.

The sudden rise of ISIS militants was not by accident, just as it is was no accident that their apparent death march was timed with the pressurized resignation of former Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki. No matter how you slice it, ISIS has enabled Western policy planners to pursue a more direct route to intervene and destabilize Iraq and possibly Syria.

Image: ‘Terror control’ – UK Home Secretary Theresa May (photo

UK Home Secretary Theresa May, recently announced that a terror attack within the UK is ‘highly likely’ without confirming any specific or imminent threat made against the sovereign state. The Home Secretary is the Cabinet Minister in charge of state security and has been involved in some interesting tangles as of late, seemingly fowling up a major child abuse investigation within the UK by bringing in an organization that itself has had links to abuse. Additionally, she’s been embroiled in political upheaval over the subsequent ‘Trojan Horse’ Islamic school takeover plot that was reported on earlier this year.

With the UK terror threat on high-alert, May commented on the swell of ISIS following the alleged beheading of American journalist James Foley, prior to learning about American-Israeli journalist Steven Sotloff‘s apparently deceptive decapitation:

“The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the West. Some of those plots are likely to involve foreign fighters who have traveled there from the UK and Europe to take part in those conflicts.”

As the UK raised terror threat levels to severe, the US Department of Homeland Security’s Jeh Johnson stated that the agency was “unaware of any specific, credible threat to the U.S. homeland.” This seemed to echo an FBI threat assessment from 2013, that seems more preoccupied with homegrown concerns, excluding militants abroad. Here is an excerpt from the Freebeacon:

“The internal FBI intelligence report concluded in its 2013 assessment published this month that the threat to U.S. internal security from extremists is limited to attacks and activities by eight types of domestic extremist movements—none motivated by radical Islam.”

Among those on the top of the FBI threat list were those with anti-government views. Ironically, neither the DHS or FBI mentioned the country’s porous border situation as a threat to national security. The government watchdog group Judicial Watch, published a report that completely contradicted other security agencies, stating that:

“High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.”

Only time will tell which report will be accurate but one thing is for sure, if something does happen, it will be used as a pretext for future war campaigns for decades.

The engineered ‘terror’ of ISIS

The timing and predictable reaction of the UK government regarding the seemingly botched execution videos appear to fall in line with the phony chemical weapons narrative that came out of Syria in August of 2013.

Over the past two weeks, there was a very real shift in media focus to transplant the ISIS threat in Iraq into that of war-torn Syria. The alleged brutal beheadings of both Foley and Sotloff have been used by Western media to sway public opinion, preemptively prepping the public for future western-backed war theater - and this is just the beginning of the propaganda push.

Image: ‘Without blood’ Journalist’s James Foley and Steven Sotloff seen before their seemingly staged executions (Photo

In a news release from the UK’s Telegraph, writer Bill Gardner, remarked on the peculiar Islamic State video that allegedly featured Foley’s death:

“Forensic analysis of the footage of the journalist’s death has suggested that the British jihadist in the film may have been the frontman rather than the killer.

The clip, which apparently depicts Mr Foley’s brutal beheading, has been widely seen as a propaganda coup for Islamic State miltant group.

But a study of the four-minute 40-second clip, carried out by an international forensic science company which has worked for police forces across Britain, suggested camera trickery and slick post-production techniques appear to have been used.”

Forensic experts go on to discuss the lack of blood during the apparent execution:

“After enhancements, the knife can be seen to be drawn across the upper neck at least six times, with no blood evidence to the point the picture fades to black.”

This prompted an expert who was commissioned to examine the video under anonymity to state, “I think it has been staged,” suggesting that several things don’t make sense, such as the sound expected to be heard coming from Foley during the supposedly savage attack in addition to his lack of emotion.

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  1. Reflections On Israeli High Crimes vs Peace

    By Stephen Lendman

    State terror is official Israeli policy. It's longstanding. It's war without mercy on Palestine. It’s against any nation, group or individual Israel targets.

    Operation Protective Edge is the latest example. It was well-planned premeditated aggression. It was cold-blooded murder.

    It had nothing to do with Hamas rockets. It was about preventing Palestinian self-determination. It was to sabotage Palestinian unity.

    It was to maintain occupation harshness. It was to keep stealing Palestinian land.

    It showed Palestinians they're defenseless against overpowering Israeli might.

    It proved Israel can commit genocidal high crimes against peace with impunity. It can do it whenever it wishes.

    It can do it for any reason or none at all. It can blame Palestinian victims for its crimes.

    Nora Barrows-Friedman is an Electronic Intifada editor and contributor. On Monday, she headlined "Dr. Mona El-Farra on mass trauma and destruction in Gaza." More on this below.

    Dr. El-Farra is prominent Palestinian physician. She chairs Gaza's Palestinian Red Crescent Society. She directs Gazan projects for the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA).

    During Operation Protective Edge, she lost nine family members. They included five children. Israel murdered them in cold blood.

    It's standard Israeli practice. Rogue states operate this way. Palestinians are aggrieved victims. Justice remains denied.

    A rocket or missile hit the El-Farra family home. Survivors fled in panic.

    A second Israeli attack struck them as they did so. It was clear, cold calculated murder. It's longstanding Israeli policy.

    Friedman interviewed Dr. El-Farra. She published her comments on Israel's war without mercy. She explained what no one can comprehend with experiencing it first hand.

    Dr. El-Farra is lucky to be alive. Her comments are important. They deserve repeating.

  2. Strange that after we heard the cops were closing in on the british black-clad beheader, that from there, no news. Kind of like MH17 yeah? I guess they found his mossad card.

    1. AJ can't hear anything about either of these subjects. They should realize that the cat is out the bag and we see through their games...we're not going for it any more.

  3. Lavrov: West Unwilling to Recognize That US, EU Stand Behind Ukrainian Coup

    MOSCOW, September 13 (RIA Novosti) – The West still does not want to recognize that a coup in Ukraine was organized with the support of the United States and the European Union, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

    "Speaking about our Western partners, everything has gone if not out of control, then at least by a very confrontational scenario. The reason is simple: they do not want to admit what is obvious to us - that the coup [in Ukraine] was organized with the direct support, if not encouragement, of the United States and Brussels," Lavrov said in an interview with the TVC channel.

    "After these people, who had been actively supported, came to power and formed a new government, everything became possible for them," the Russian foreign minister said. "They are forgiven [everything] and are allowed [to do] whatever they wish. We hear nobody criticizing their unacceptable statements in regards to nationalism, Russia, minorities and neo-Nazi tendencies," Lavrov said.

    The Russian foreign minister said that he had not heard "any judgments that could mean that the positions of the West are unanimous" from his colleagues from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    Moscow is aware that not only "the US, but also the European envoys travel to every capital around the world, with no exception, to demand from the leaders of states, to strongly request not to support Russia, to join the Western sanctions and to refrain from any steps that will further the ties between a particular country and the Russian Federation," Lavrov said. "For me this is an unprecedented situation. Such campaigns are, in fact, subversive for Russia's relations with its partners."

    Moving NATO infrastructure closer to Russian borders by pulling more countries into the alliance is unacceptable, Sergei Lavrov said.

  4. Abbas Blocks Israeli
    War Crimes Investigation
    From Stephen Lendman

    He's a longtime Israeli collaborator. He performs enforcer services. He conspires against his own people.

    He's a Palestinian Judas. He belongs in prison, not high office. He's well rewarded. He's hugely corrupt.

    He amassed an huge fortune. He did so the old-fashioned way. Betrayal pays well. Palestinian suffering continues.

    Abbas shares blame with Israel. He collaborates with the enemy. He's done so for decades. A previous article said he knew about Operation Cast Lead in advance.

    He supported it. He asked Israel to crush Hamas. What did he know and when about Operation Protective Edge?

    Why didn't he forthrightly denounce it? Why didn't he immediately sign the Rome Statute?

    Why didn't he demand Israeli accountability? Why didn't he insist Israeli war criminals be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court (ICC)?

    Why does he consistently stonewall? Was he complicit with Israeli high crimes against peace? Does he belong in the dock with Israeli war criminals?

    Collaborating with the enemy is treason! He did nothing to help beleaguered Gazans. He was largely silent during Operation Protective Edge.

    His comments were weak-kneed, disingenuous, meaningless and insulting. He's indifferent to Palestinian suffering.

    He balks at visiting Gaza. He refuses to observe Israeli high crimes against peace first hand. Or go all-out to help victims. Or unequivocally demand accountability.

    There's more. On September 12, Al Jazeera headlined "Is the PA stalling Gaza war crimes probe?"

    "There has been no international investigation into war crimes in Gaza so far. Leaked document may (explain) why."

    Abbas-led PA officials blocked efforts to investigate Israeli high crimes against peace during Operation Protective Edge.

    Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit obtained what it calls "a confidential letter."

    It said top ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda "did not receive positive confirmation" from PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki.

    Its justice minister's request for an international investigation had no PA approval.

    According to Al Jazeera:

    "On July 25, PA Justice Minister Saleem al-Saqqa and Palestinian General Prosecutor Ismaeil Jabr submitted a letter to the ICC via a French law firm calling for an investigation."

    "However, according to ICC regulations, 'only the Head of State, Head of Government and Minister of Foreign Affairs' can grant the international body jurisdiction to investigate."

    "Twelve days later, FM Malki travelled to The Hague to meet top ICC officials: 'We must do everything within our power to enable the International Criminal Court to bring to justice those responsible for committing war crimes,' " he said.

    He said one thing. He pursued another. On August 29, Bensouda discussed what she called "the truth about the ICC and Gaza," saying:

    "Under the laws of the Hague court, my office can only investigate alleged war crimes in Palestine if it grants us jurisdiction in its territory. It has not done so."

    In November 2012, the General Assembly upgraded Palestine to "non-member observer status."

    It may "now join the Rome Statute," said Bensouda. It signed other international treaties. So far, RS isn't one of them.

    It's their decision alone. "(A)s ICC prosecutor, I cannot make it for them," Bensouda stressed.

    Why Abbas so far refuses he'll have to explain. He should have acted long ago. According to former ICC prosecutor Geoffrey Nice:

    On September 10, Israel said it would launch its own "independent investigation" on two major incidents only.

    Doing so ignores hundreds of others. It assures whitewash either way. It denies accountability.


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