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Video Shows Syrian Rebels Firing Chemical Weapons

Footage coincided with August 21 attack

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
September 18, 2013

A new video purportedly shows jihadist rebels in Syria firing chemical weapons just hours after the August 21 attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, an incident which stoked global condemnation and was blamed on Bashar Al-Assad’s forces.

The footage shows opposition militants firing shells and rockets at night. They are wearing gas masks and are surrounded by jihadist garb. The video was shot in the early hours of August 21, coinciding with the alleged chemical weapons attack on Ghouta.

The name of the militant group is the Islam Battalion, which is based in eastern Ghouta. The operation is dubbed “al-Reeh al-Sarsar” (Almighty Wind), and the shells are being launched towards the Damascus suburb of al-Qaboun.

As blogger Eretz Zen points out, “The name of ‘al-Reeh al-Sarsar’ is coincidentally the name of the “chemical brigade” that posted videos threatening the use of chemicals on Syrian government supporters, especially Alawites, while testing the chemicals on rabbits.”

The video was highlighted by blogger Brown Moses, who has been routinely cited by the mainstream media as an accurate source on chemical weapons. The blogger is by no means an apologist for the Assad regime since his analysis almost always points the finger at the Syrian government for using chemical weapons.

As we highlighted last month, a story by Associated Press correspondent Dale Gavlak featured interviews with rebels who admitted being responsible for the August 21 chemical weapons attack. According to the militants, they mishandled chemical weapons provided to them by Saudi Arabia, causing an explosion which led to the incident that killed hundreds of people.

Leaked phone conversations that emerged earlier this year between two members of the Free Syrian Army contained details of a plan to carry out a chemical weapons attack capable of impacting an area the size of one kilometer. Footage was also leaked showing opposition militants testing what appeared to be nerve agents on laboratory rabbits.

Earlier this month, we featured a video of an FSA militant apparently confessing to using chemical weapons in order to follow Osama Bin Laden’s mantra of killing women and children.

Pro-opposition journalists who were kidnapped by rebels and released last week told the media that they had heard rebels discussing the fact that the August 21 attack was not launched by Assad’s forces.

Phone calls intercepted by Germany’s BND intelligence also indicate that Assad was not behind last month’s attack nor any other alleged chemical weapons incident.

Russia is set to provide the UN Security Council with data, “proving that the chemical weapons near Damascus were used by the opposition,”according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Infowars.com and Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a host for Infowars Nightly News.

This article was posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm

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DHS Detains Oathkeepers Heading To Gun Rally

Infowars.com
September 18, 2013

Liberty lovers gathered at the Texas capitol building to show appreciation for the U.S. Constitution.

Some arrived late however, having been detained by the Department of Homeland Security for using a public walkway to pass by a federal building.

One of the DHS agents was not even aware that in Texas, it is legal to carry a longarm.

This article was posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm

“Highly Redacted” Documents Confirm Michael Hastings Under FBI Investigation

FBI maintains files to “memorialize controversial reporting”

Julie Wilson
Infowars.com
September 10, 2013

Despite the FBI’s denial they were investigating Michael Hastings, newly released “heavily redacted” documents on the journalist prove otherwise. Al-Jazeera and FOIA research specialist, Ryan Shapiro, acquired the documents after he and journalist Jason Leopold filed a lawsuit against the FBI for neglecting to respond to their FOIA requests within the required 20 work day period.
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Hastings suspiciously died when his Mercedes C250 Coupe reportedly crashed into a palm tree traveling 75 mph in Los Angeles last June. Just fifteen hours before his death, the 33-year old sent an email to a handful of close friends revealing he believed the FBI was after him for a story he was working on.

A few days after his death, WikiLeaks tweeted that Hastings contacted WikiLeaks’ lawyer Jennifer Robinson claiming the FBI was investigating him.

Prior to his death, Hastings was investigating CIA Director John Brennan and was set to release his report in Rolling Stone magazine in the following weeks. Infowars picked up a report from San Diego 6 News that cited a Stratfor email hacked by Wikileaks which described Brennan as being “behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources.”

The FBI’s investigation is so secret, even the title of the case file was withheld from the FOIA request. FBI documents reveal the agency considers Hastings’ work to be “highly sensitive.”

The FBI operated under exemptions when it redacted entire parts of the file, claiming it necessary to “protect national security.” The agency reportedly marked parts with “S” for secret and “Per Army” to conceal components of the file.

The documents also reveal the FBI opened a file that contained “unclassified media articles” in June 2012 in order to “memorialize controversial reporting by Rolling Stone magazine on June 7, 2012.”

Articles in the file included Hastings’ report entitled “America’s Last Prisoner of War,” a story about a 27-year old US soldier who was captured by the Taliban in 2009 while on deployment in Afghanistan. The soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, is still believed to be in captivity, according to Al-Jazeera.

The documents prompted a response from Rolling Stone’s managing editor, Will Dana, who admits he’s “concerned” and doesn’t understand the FBI’s interest in Hastings’ report.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said on June 21, “At no time was Michael Hastings under investigation by the FBI.” She stands by her statement claiming just because Hastings was referenced in an FBI file, does not mean he was the “subject” of an investigation.

A letter sent with the redacted documents said:

“A search of the FBI Headquarters electronic surveillance indices has been conducted, and no responsive record which indicates that Michael Hastings has ever been the target of electronic surveillance was located.”

Click here for the FBI’s redacted documents.

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