Trump, May, Macron Silent On OPCW Syria Scandal.

by Jerry Alatalo

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“The essence of lying is in deception, not in words; a lie may be told in silence, by equivocation, by the accent of a syllable, by a glance of the eye attaching a peculiar significance to a sentence; but all of these kinds of lies are worse and baser by many degrees than a lie plainly worded.”

– JOHN RUSKIN (1819-1900) British writer

 

While Trump, May and Macron have yet to even respond to the new, growing scandal at The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the United States Department of State is once again warning the government of Syria against using chemical weapons.

 scandal of historic and global proportions has surfaced after an omitted engineering report focused on an alleged April 2018 chemical weapons incident in Douma, Syria, – by experts associated with The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) – has become leaked to the public.

Strangely, United States President Donald Trump, outgoing United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May, and President Emmanuel Macron of France are all silent on the rapidly growing scandal, especially mysterious because the omitted report clearly obliterates the basis for their controversial, combined April 2018 bombing of Syria.

The leaked OPCW engineering report strongly suggests the alleged April 2018 chemical attacks in Douma, Syria were staged.

In addition to the concerning and inexplicable silence of world leaders Trump, May and Macron and their governments to what is obviously a tremendous scandal involving the OPCW, the (non)reporting of the scandal from major Western corporate media organizations is equally silent and/or absent.

“Cover-up” might be the applicable term for the combined U.S./U.K./France government and media silence on this matter, seeing that acknowledgement of the now-revealed facts regarding the Syria bombing opens the flood gates wide open for discussions on corrupt manipulation of OPCW operations, and the committing of war crimes by leaders Trump, May and Macron.

Journalist Aaron Mate of the independent media organization The Grayzone talked to weapons expert and emeritus M.I.T. Professor Theodore Postol about the leaked report, as well as the extremely serious ramifications of the scandal with respect to international law prohibiting chemical weapons.

Emeritus M.I.T. Professor Theodore Postol is considered one of the world’s leading weapons experts.

Attention will now most likely turn to the arm of the organization responsible for managing the scandal, – the OPCW’s Office of Internal Oversight – described in the following from the OPCW website:

https://www.opcw.org/about-us/technical-secretariat/divisions/office-internal-oversight

The Office of Internal Oversight (OIO) assists the Director-General in the management of the OPCW’s resources through Audits, Evaluations, Quality audits, Inspections, Investigations and Monitoring.

OIO’s mission is to enhance and protect organisational value and improve OPCW’s operations by providing risk-based and objective assurance, advice, and insight. OIO helps OPCW achieve its objectives by applying a systematic approach to evaluating and enhancing the adequacy and effectiveness of risk management, internal control and governance processes, so as to add value by improving the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

The Office provides State Parties and the Director-General with reasonable assurance that financial, operational, confidentiality and security controls are adequate and complied with as well as that the management of resources and programmes is efficient and effective. In its work related to audits (both internal audits and confidentiality audits), the Office follows the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), United States of America).

The evaluation function of the OPCW is part of the internal oversight mechanism of the Organisation and is managed by the Office of Internal Oversight (OIO). Our mission is to promote accountability through independent, credible and useful evaluations of the OPCW programmes and activities. The Office follows the Evaluation Standards prescribed by the United Nations Evaluations Group (UNEG).

The OIO also reviews the Quality Assurance policy and strategy in order to maintain a comprehensive programme aimed at meeting the requirements of the following international standards, which are subject to the assessment of the RvA: ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories); and ISO/IEC 17043:2010 (Conformity assessment—General requirements for proficiency testing).

As Oversight of QMS in the accredited parts of the Technical Secretariat has been entrusted to the Office of Internal Oversight, OIO is responsible for establishing and maintaining the accreditation of the quality assurance regime for the OIO itself, the OPCW Laboratory and on-site analytical procedures. Although the focus is on the OPCW Laboratory, OIO is responsible for managing two accredited processes: certification of OPCW Central Analytical Database and On-Site Databases and certification of preparation and testing of GC-MS inspection equipment

In addition, OIO carries out oversight audits covering quality assurance, conducted in accordance with current ISO auditing standards, and assess “the analytical network, including the OPCW quality assurance/quality control programme for on-site analysis, the OPCW Laboratory, together with the designated and other laboratories performances”.

In addition, by placing the responsibilities of the Quality Manager (currently SEQAO) in the Oversight Function, the OIO is the process owner for the set of processes related to the daily management of QMS.

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It is worth noting that the April 2018 alleged chemical incident in Douma, Syria occurred shortly after the controversial March 2018 so-called Skripal-Novichok incident in Salisbury, United Kingdom. Besides an extremely brief scripted “interview” by Reuters of Yulia Skripal, featuring nothing by way of a detailed question-and-answer, in the (14) months since the incident millions are asking why virtually nobody has seen nor heard from Yulia and her father Sergei Skripal.

The events in Douma and Salisbury suggest a coordinated dual-aspect covert false flag operation intended to deceptively link Syria and Russia, namely Bashar Assad and Vladimir Putin, in the public’s mind as “chemical weapons criminals”. The motivation for such a false flag operation, if that is indeed the truth of the matter, would be to ease the prospects for public acceptance of a military response from the U.S., U.K. and France leading to the overthrow of the Syrian government.

It is also worth noting and remembering that there was a certain sense of impatience on the part of Trump, May and Macron to give the orders for the April 2018 bombing strikes, ignoring the voices urgently calling for restraint from many quarters of the Earth, and particularly as many serious questions about the Douma incident were near immediately after the incident being raised worldwide.

The separate but arguably related weeks-apart incidents share a major subsequent similarity: the strange, puzzling non-response from Trump, May and Macron on the scandal involving the OPCW, and the effective father-daughter total silence of Yulia and Sergei Skripal.

Will the world’s people ever hear from Yulia and Sergei Skripal – ever again? Will the world’s people ever hear from Donald Trump, Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron on the OPCW scandal – ever … for the first time?

The Grayzone’s Aaron Mate and Professor Theodore Postol.

(Thank you to The Grayzone at YouTube)

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Assange: Nailed To The Cross.

by Jerry Alatalo

or telling the world’s people about war crimes of which humanity was up until then unaware, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are now both in prison. Most are familiar with the criminality after watching the nightmarish video of an incident during the Iraq War which Manning transferred to WikiLeaks, where U.S. military personnel rained death upon innocent people on the ground from helicopters, including children, and reporters covering the conflict.

In an interview broadcast on RT (Russia Today – No U.S./western corporate media would agree to publish) since seen by millions, Assange told interviewer John Pilger that DNC/Podesta emails proving Hillary Clinton, the Obama administration and U.S. establishment KNEW of Saudi Arabia and Qatar’s financing of mercenary terrorist army ISIS were, ultimately, “…the most significant email in the whole collection.”

After praising WikiLeaks literally hundreds of times during the 2016 presidential election, including “I LOVE WikiLeaks!” to large crowds of supporters, Donald Trump’s total flip-flop on the website after Assange’s arrest on April 11, 2019 – “It’s not my thing…” –  might have people asking serious questions and demanding serious answers.

In typical, morally-repulsive Hillary “We came, we saw, he died!” Clinton style, the wife of former President Bill Clinton joked about the extremely serious situation, while (predictably) not being asked by reporters for a (1st time) credible explanation (there is none) on the earlier mentioned ISIS, state-sponsored terrorism email bombshells published to WikiLeaks.

Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are avoiding – completely – the deadly serious issues related to WikiLeaks posts over the years since the website’s inception.

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Perhaps men and women around the Earth passing this way will find inspiration from words spoken by voices in the past … for powerful action manifesting total freedom for truth heroes Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange. Peace…

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“A religion that requires persecution to sustain it is of the devil’s propagation.”

-HOSEA BALLOU (1771-1852) American theologian

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“The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run uphill, to twist a rope of sand … A mob is a society of bodies voluntarily bereaving themselves of reason … The martyr cannot be dishonored … every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the Earth from side to side.”

-RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1803-1882) American poet, minister, philosopher

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“Persecution is the first law of society because it is always easier to suppress criticism than to meet it.”

-HOWARD MUMFORD JONES (1892-1980) American writer

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“No one tenet that either London, England or the world doth harbor is so heretical, blasphemous, seditious and dangerous to the corporal, to the spiritual, to the present, to the eternal good of all men, as the bloody tenet (however washed and whited) I say, – as is the bloody tenet of persecution for the cause of conscience.”

-ROGER WILLIAMS (1603-1683) Founder of Rhode Island

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“Marx called religion the opium of the people. Whether it wants to or not, the Church consolidates and establishes injustice. It helps men to forget their ills instead of curing them. Obsessed with the hereafter, the believer is indifferent to temporal things.”

“The Christian opium makes the people passive; the Communist opium incites them to revolt.”

-RAYMOND ARON (1905-1983) French political philosopher, journalist

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“The strictest justice is sometimes the greatest injustice.”

-TERENCE (190-159 B.C.) Latin playwright

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“Why does it [government] not cherish its wise minority? Why does it cry and resist before it is hurt? Why does it not encourage its citizens to be on the alert to point out its faults, and do better than it would have them? Why does it always crucify Christ, and excommunicate Copernicus and Luther, and pronounce Washington and Franklin rebels?”

-HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1817-1862) American writer

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“Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you do injustices.

In the midst of all the doubts which we have discussed for 4,000 years in 4,000 ways, the safest course is to do nothing against one’s conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear of death.”

-VOLTAIRE (1694-1778) French philosopher

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“For whatever deserves to exist deserves also to be known, for knowledge is the image of existence; and things mean and splendid exist alike.”

-FRANCIS BACON (1561-1626) English essayist, philosopher

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“To limit the press is to insult the nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.”

– CLAUD-ADRIAN HELVETIUS (1715-1771) French philosopher

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“Speak then the truth, and the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”

-BEN JONSON (1573-1637) English actor, poet

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“If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”

-JOHN STUART MILL ((1806-1873) English political economist, philosopher

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“A man must have a right to do a thing before he can have a duty; this right must permit before his duty can enjoin him to any act. Any law is bad which attempts to make it criminal to do what the plain dictates within the breast of every man tell him that he ought to do.”

-PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY (1792-1822) English poet

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“I will not do that which my conscience tells me is wrong to gain the huzzahs of thousands, or the daily praise of all the papers which come from the press; I will not avoid doing what I think is right, though it should draw on me the whole artillery that falsehood and malice can invent, or the credulity a deluded population can swallow.”

-WILLIAM MURRAY, 1st EARL OF MANSFIELD (1704-1793) Lord Chief Justice of England

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“Peace is only possible if men cease to place their happiness in the possession of things ‘which cannot be shared’, and if they raise themselves to a point where they adopt an abstract principle superior to their egotisms. In other words, it can only be obtained by a betterment of human morality.”

-JULIEN BENDA (1867-1956) French philosopher, psychologist

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“They create a desolation and call it peace.”

-CALCAGUS (c. 85 A.D.) Caledonian tribal chief

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“War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace.”

-NORMAN COUSINS (1912-1990) American editor, writer

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“Men will reject and kill their prophets, but men love their martyrs and honor those whom they have done to death.”

-FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKI (1821-1881) Russian novelist

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“If Christ should appear on Earth he would on all hands be denounced as a mistaken, misguided man, insane and crazed.”

-THOREAU

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#FreeAssange.

 

Be Ready To Act: WikiLeaks Source Says They’re Coming For Assange — Caitlin Johnstone

The WikiLeaks Twitter account has announced that it has high level information that the organization’s founder Julian Assange could have his political asylum the Ecuadorian embassy revoked for him to be arrested by the British government within hours. We need to be ready to shake the earth should this happen. We need all hands on…

via Be Ready To Act: WikiLeaks Source Says They’re Coming For Assange — Caitlin Johnstone

Ilhan Omar, AIPAC, Congress, and the Future of American Democracy

Global Justice in the 21st Century

The Ilhan Omar Incident: A Zionist Witch Hunt?

[Prefatory Note: the post below is somewhat modified text of my responses to a series of questions posed by Daniel Falcone with whom I have done several prior online interview. This interview was published under a different title by CounterPunch on March 14, 2019. It addresses the attack upon the Somali born Ilhan Omar, elected from the 5thCongressional District to the U.S. House of Representative in the November 2018 midterm electios. Omar was sharply attacked, defamed, and threatened for making comments about Israeli influence on American lawmaking that were alleged to be anti-Semitic, or more precisely, ‘anti-Semitic tropes.’ The issues raised are important both to suggest continuing. Reliance by pro-Israeli militants on these kinds of tactics, and for the fact that there was an encouraging willingness of some mainstream refusal to acquiesce. The attack on Omar has been…

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