Investigative journalist, Seymour Hirsch, has exposed evidence that the Obama administration deliberately manipulated intelligence in order to blame Assad’s forces for the Sarin attack on his own people, a move that he could use to justify a reprisal attack on Syria.
High level intelligence and military officials told Hirsch they can’t help them [Obama and his Administration] if they ‘make intelligence up as they go along.’
One former senior intelligence official told Hirsch ‘that the Obama administration had altered the available information – in terms of its timing and sequence – to enable the president and his advisers to make intelligence retrieved days after the attack look as if it had been picked up and analysed in real time, as the attack was happening.’
Mr. Obama did not reveal the fact that Assad was not the only one with sarin and in other cases ‘he presented assumptions as facts’ and ‘omitted important intelligence’ in other instances.
It was known that al-Nusra had sarin and were capable of manufacturing it in large quantities but the White House refused to include them in the list of suspects.
Mr. Obama also failed to reveal the fact that sarin attacks had occurred prior to this incident.
On September 10th, Mr. Obama said definitively that Assad gassed his own people, indicating that they had breached the red line. He said he knew Assad was responsible but that was not the case.
Mr. Hirsch points out in his article that there was no advance warning about the attack even though the US had sensors placed near all of the regime’s arsenals.
With all the spying the NSA does, the United States no longer has access to ‘conversations with the top military leadership in Syria, which would have provided the US with ‘crucial communications with Assad’ to include orders from Assad to launch sarin gas.
Mr Hirsch was told this: ‘Theodore Postol, a professor of technology and national security at MIT, reviewed the UN photos with a group of his colleagues and concluded that the large calibre rocket was an improvised munition that was very likely manufactured locally. He told me that it was ‘something you could produce in a modestly capable machine shop’. The rocket in the photos, he added, fails to match the specifications of a similar but smaller rocket known to be in the Syrian arsenal.’
Hirsch speculates that the Administration’s distortion of the facts might have been the reason he ultimately walked away from the red line.
This is not definitive, of course, but it is evidence.
How long before the DOJ starts collecting Hirsch’s cell phone records I wonder.
Read the full report: Seymour Hirsch, Who’s Sarin?