Thursday, October 25, 2007

Israeli attack a disinformation operation?

The Israeli bombing of a site in Syria is still more than a little mysterious, and all the governments involved (including the U.S.) are working -- with different motives -- to keep it mysterious. Here's a piece by former CIA officer Philip Giraldi that presents the best case I've seen that it had the nature of a disinformation operation by Israel -- done to create the impression that Syria had a nuclear enrichment program provided by or in cooperation with North Korea, or the beginnings of one, even though "North Korea isn't known to have ever exported nuclear technology or material. The prevailing consensus is that Syria doesn't have the economic or technical base that would enable it to develop a nuclear weapon even if someone handed it the fissile material." There's also the question of whether what North Korea exploded was really a battlefield-ready nuke or a primitive thing that only worked partially. Plus, as Giraldi points out, no evidence of radioactive material has been found in the wake of the strike.


1 comment:

daveg said...

I try not to be paranoid about neocons, thought crimes and double think, but then Congresswomen like Jane Harmon introduce stuff like this:

Congresswoman Jane Harman has introduced legislation--H.R. 1955: "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism"--that is expected to be referred to the House Rules Committee for assignment of floor time for debate by the House.

What is this? Why have we not heard of it? Is domestic terrorism a problem? Not that I am aware of.

Here are three definitions:

VIOLENT RADICALIZATION- the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence to advance political, religious, or social change.

HOMEGROWN TERRORISM- the use, planned use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual born, raised, or based and operating primarily within the United States or any possession of the United States to intimidate or coerce the United States government, the civilian population of the United States, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.

IDEOLOGICALLY BASED VIOLENCE- the use, planned use, or threatened use of force or violence by a group or individual to promote the group or individual's political, religious, or social beliefs.

What is this??? This will lead to investigations of certain types of speech just to "see" if is being made "for the purpose of facilitating" violence, thus chilling all sorts of speech.

Those on the left take note, a lot of environmental, labor and civil rights speech (no justice, no peace), could fall under this definition.

This country is just getting weird.