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Title: Top Missile and Chemical Weapons Expert Debunks Trump’s Claims About Syrian Chemical Weapons
Source: Washington's Blog
URL Source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017- ... s-claims-about-syrian-chemic-0
Published: Apr 13, 2017
Author: George Washington
Post Date: 2017-04-14 10:11:33 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 1090
Comments: 4

The Trump administration claims that it has proof that the Syrian government dropped chemical weapons from an airplane on April 4th.

But a top missile and chemical weapons expert told Washington’s Blog today that the weapon was not delivered by an airplane at all …

Specifically, we called Dr. Theodore Postol, professor of science, technology, and national security policy at MIT.  Postol’s main expertise is in ballistic missiles. He has a substantial background in air dispersal, including how toxic plumes move in the air. Postol has taught courses on weapons of mass destruction – including chemical and biological threats – at MIT.

Before joining MIT, Postol worked as an analyst at the Office of Technology Assessment, as a science and policy adviser to the chief of naval operations, and as a researcher at Argonne National Laboratory.

He also helped build a program at Stanford University to train mid-career scientists to study weapons technology in relation to defense and arms control policy.

Postol is a highly-decorated scientist, receiving the Leo Szilard Prize from the American Physical Society, the Hilliard Roderick Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Richard L. Garwin Award from the Federation of American Scientists.

Postol previously debunked the U.S. government’s claims about a 2013 chemical weapons attack in Syria, causing the New York Times to back away from one of the main arguments for Syrian government culpability.

Postol told Washington’s Blog that a chemical weapon dropped from a plane would have included an explosive on the inside of the tube containing the chemical agent.

But the photograph the U.S. government released to show the weapon which released the chemicals on April 4th shows that the explosive was placed outside of the tube containing the chemical weapon.

Postol illustrates this fact in a report he released today:

Postol 1

Postol 2

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Postol also notes that the weapon is simply a section of a 122 mm artillery rocket, rather than any type of weapon that would be released from a plane:

Postol 4

Postol also told us that – contrary to popular myth – chemical weapons are more effective when there’s no wind, as people are exposed to the chemical for a longer period than if it’s calm (wind lifts some of the chemical upward, so it’s not as concentrated at ground level. On the other hand, a chemical released at ground level on a calm day moves about the same speed as a person walking … 1 to 2 meters per second).

Postol looked up the weather for the area where the chemical incident occurred.  It was quite windy the day before and the day after the incident, but was calm when the chemical release occurred.  So reports by the Russian government that it was windy that day are inaccurate.

Postol believes this provides circumstantial evidence that the chemical was released from the ground, and that the perpetrator intentionally waited for a calm day to set it off.

But Postol also told us that he has evidence that the site has been tampered with.  Specifically, he’s reviewed photographs of the site over time, which show that it has been modified.  [Update: he just sent us his Addendum on evidence tampering.] So there’s really no evidence linking the Syrian government with the chemical incident.

Postol told us that the errors, inconsistencies and lack of facts in both the 2013 and 2017 U.S. reports on Syrian chemical weapons incidents show that the reports were not vetted by any experienced intelligence officials.  In other words, these were political rather than fact-based reports.

Postol notes concerning the U.S. government’s report:

[It] does not provide any evidence whatsoever that the US government has concrete knowledge that the government of Syria was the source of the chemical attack.




[Like the report on the 2013 Syrian chemical attack, the government’s new report is] obviously false, misleading and amateurish.




What the country is now being told by the White House cannot be true.

Many other experts have also expressed doubts about the Trump administration’s claims regarding the chemical incident.(4 images)

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

Specifically, we called Dr. Theodore Postol ...

... an anti-government conspiracy theorist who does his "analysis" via youtube videos.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-04-14   10:29:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: misterwhite (#1) (Edited)

... an anti-government conspiracy theorist who does his "analysis" via youtube videos.

“Conspiracy Theory”: Foundations of a Weaponized Term (Subtle and Deceptive Tactics to Discredit Truth in Media and Research)

“CIA Document 1035-960” was released in response to a 1976 FOIA request by the New York Times. The directive is especially significant because it outlines the CIA’s concern regarding “the whole reputation of the American government” vis-à-vis the Warren Commission Report. The agency was especially interested in maintaining its own image and role as it “contributed information to the [Warren] investigation.”

The memorandum lays out a detailed series of actions and techniques for “countering and discrediting the claims of the conspiracy theorists, so as to inhibit the circulation of such claims in other countries.” For example, approaching “friendly elite contacts (especially politicians and editors)” to remind them of the Warren Commission’s integrity and soundness should be prioritized. “[T]he charges of the critics are without serious foundation,” the document reads, and “further speculative discussion only plays in to the hands of the [Communist] opposition.”

The agency also directed its members “[t]o employ propaganda assets to [negate] and refute the attacks of the critics. Book reviews and feature articles are particularly appropriate for this purpose.”


Many other experts have also expressed doubts about the Trump administration’s claims regarding the chemical incident.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2017-04-14   10:44:13 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: Deckard (#0)

Postol also notes that the weapon is simply a section of a 122 mm artillery rocket, rather than any type of weapon that would be released from a plane:

I noted the same thing early on.

There are specific characteristics in chemical weapons shells and rockets. And the usual method for a mass attack with a jet is to use spray tanks and crop-dust the area.

I find the little crater in the street, the crushed bomb body, and the explanations about means of delivery and the claims of such widespread casualties from a single bomb to be the most suspicious elements in the official American narrative. And their reluctance to provide any facts does not help their credibility.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-04-14   15:34:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: ALL (#0)

Postol believes this provides circumstantial evidence …
… “circumstantial” evidence?” …


That’s what he stated …

It was at this point, while reading the “expert testimony,” that I began to snicker …

Gatlin  posted on  2017-04-14   16:47:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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