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New Evidence Suggests 2018 Chemical Attack in Douma, Syria Was Staged

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SHARMINI PERIES: Now, the OPCW obviously has qualified engineers and forensic specialists. They could have done the analysis that you have now done, but obviously, either because these leaked documents now demonstrate what they might have known has been somehow suppressed by someone, who do you think is responsible for that?

TED POSTOL: Well, I thinkI don't know. My guess: the leaked OPCW document is a highly professional document. There is no doubt that the people who produced that document knew exactly what they were doing, and they called it exactly correctly, and they provided all of the detailed reasoning and descriptions of the data, which are then verified by the actual photographs, to give you the result, the belief, or the conclusion that the scene was staged. So this was a highly professional document. So from one point of view, this is a very good sign about the professionalism inside the working members of the OPCW staff. Somebody courageously leaked this document and somebody else above themit has to be above themcompromised the analysis. They picked and chose information that was actually not correct. They actually had to describe the information differently from what it actually was, because we can verify what their calculations show. And their calculations show something completely different from what they claim is their finding.

So I would say this has to be at the political level. And now, who is involved? I can't say, I just don't know. But if you had some reporters go and ask the permanent members of the OPCW delegations who are in the Hague how this happened, you might actually get answers. The director general is the person who is certainly responsible for this, and the director general of the OPCW in The Hague needs to be able to explain how there are these unambiguous differences between the data that points to staging and this finding. There's just no argument to be had here. This is not something that's subject to opinion. These are technical facts that any group of experts who really know what they are doing will have no trouble agreeing with. You can pick up smoke by calling in people who know nothing, which is what we saw in the Khan Sheikhoun, who claim to be experts, or you can go out and get the real experts who actually do this work and get their input. And somebody has just simply ignored the technical input.

SHARMINI PERIES: All right, Ted. We will certainly take up the political angle and send the right inquiries to the organizations at the United Nations, including the Security Council. And this is obviously not the first time the Security Council or other agencies within the UN have been provided misinformation, inaccurate information, and sometimes just plain lies.

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TED POSTOL: Well, this is quite serious. I mean, as you pointed out earlier, there were apparently 70 dead people, according to the UN. Now, I don't know where that information came from, to be honest. But if there were 70 dead people, and there's some verification of that, the question needs to be asked, who killed them? Because they weren't killed in these attacks, so that's an important question to be asking.

SHARMINI PERIES: Absolutely. Ted, I thank you so much for joining us. I've been speaking with MIT Professor Ted Postol. I will I'm sure come back to you as more of this story unravels. But for now, I thank you so much, Ted.

TED POSTOL: Thank you very much.

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Here is Pompeo elaborating on how great a job the CIA did in advising Trump about determining a chemical attack had occurred. "Done well".

Starts at about 16 minutes 15 seconds.

It is the same speech at Texas A&M where he says that the CIA " lies, steals, cheats, and tolerates those who do". They even have a school for it.

At about 29 minutes, near the end of his speech.

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May PUMPeo get pumped by a bull with aids.

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Tulsi Gabbard gets slurred all the time for having talked to Assad and relaying the claim that he had nothing to do with these attacks.

I think we should stop worrying about the details of who did what to whom and figure out how to just get out of the "Forever Wars".

Tulsi explains the trade off.

No other Democratic Candidate (save Mike Gravel) says anything about it at all. They ignore the fact that unless we end the "Forever Wars" the rest of their policies are doomed before they start.

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Trouble is, those who "matter" are profiting handsomely from the "Forever Wars". The rest of us get to pay and pay.

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What is especially discouraging is to hear the students giggle when Pompeo says the CIA lies, cheats and steals. It shows how morally bankrupt the US has groomed its citizens.

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