Seymour Hersh: Bin Laden Raid “One Big Lie”

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh says that the raid which killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011 is “one big lie” and that “not one word” of the Obama administration’s narrative on what happened is true.

Image: President Obama.

In a wide-ranging interview published today by the Guardian, Hersh savages the US media for failing to challenge the White House on a whole host of issues, from NSA spying, to drone attacks, to aggression against Syria.

On the subject of the Navy Seal raid that supposedly resulted in the death of the Al-Qaeda terror leader, Hersh remarked, “Nothing’s been done about that story, it’s one big lie, not one word of it is true.”

Hersh added that the Obama administration habitually lies but they continue to do so because the press allows them to get away with it.

“It’s pathetic, they are more than obsequious, they are afraid to pick on this guy [Obama],” Hersh told the Guardian.

The raid that supposedly led to Bin Laden’s death has been shrouded in mystery for over two years. Speculation that the Obama administration may have embellished or outright lied about the true account of what happened has persisted, mainly because the White House has refused to publicly release images of Bin Laden’s body.

Although the White House said the corpse was immediately “buried at sea” in line with Islamic tradition, it quickly emerged that this was not standard practice.

Numerous analysts have claimed that Bin Laden had in fact been dead for years and that the raid on his alleged compound in Pakistan was little more than a stunt.

Other questions also persist, such as why the narrative and timeline of the raid has changed multiple times, why the White House initially claimed that “situation room” photos showed Obama watching the raid live when in fact there was a blackout on the live feed, and whyneighbors in the immediate area surrounding the compound said with absolute certainty that they had never seen Bin Laden and that they knew of no evidence whatsoever to suggest he lived there.

During the rest of the Guardian interview, which is well worth reading in its entirety, Hersh lambastes the corporate press and particularly the New York Times, which he says spends “so much more time carrying water for Obama than I ever thought they would.”

Hersh’s solution is to shut down news networks like NBC and ABC and fire 90% of mainstream editors, replacing them with real journalists who are outsiders and not afraid to speak truth to power.

“The republic’s in trouble, we lie about everything, lying has become the staple,” concluded Hersh.

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Military Men Witnessed At Boston Bombing Identified As National Guard CST Teams

After days of speculation and calls for officials to provide an explanation, it has emerged that the unidentified military style group pictured at the scene of the Boston bombing both before and after the explosions could be National Guard Civil Support Teams (CSTs) that were pre-scheduled to be at the event.

CSTs are The National Guard’s full-time response force for emergencies or terrorist events involving weapons of mass destruction, toxic chemicals, or natural disasters. CSTs are routinely pre-staged at large public events to help mitigate risks and assist civilian authorities.

A report published on silive on Saturday, notes that Defense Secretary Hagel has decided to rescind a decision to defund 24th National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team (WMD-CST). The team is described as “The only U.S. military team assigned to New York City to support first responders in case of a disaster.”

Within the report it is stated that “Members of the New York unit were less than a block away from the deadly April 15 explosions at the Boston Marathon. They were part of a survey squad deployed at the request of their counterpart unit in Massachusetts.”

The report notes that “Each U.S. state and territory has at least one of the specially trained National Guard response teams,” and that “WMD-CSTs are trained to provide rapid military support to civil authorities in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear threat.”

This would explain why one of the military men was pictured holding a radiation monitoring device in the immediate aftermath of the bombing.

In a separate April 16 report by Global Security Newswire, it is noted that members of the New York CST team were dispatched to Boston on the Friday before the event, and were scheduled to be in place at the Marathon on the Monday:

The roughly 20-person New York unit — based at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn — dispatched five personnel to Boston after receiving a request last Friday from the Massachusetts state government, said Eric Durr, public information director for the New York state Military and Naval Affairs Division.

“Anytime you’ve got a high-key event where there’s lots of people, there’s usually a … unit from a civil support team in the area to provide assistance to first responders,” Durr told Global Security Newswire by telephone. He declined to discuss specifics of how the 24th personnel provided assistance following the Monday attack.

In a report published April 16, one day after the Boston bombing, the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs featured the activities and exercises of their own state CST team. Within the report, Wisconsin CST commander Lt. Col. David W. May states “There are two CSTs that are engaged out there (in Boston) in the response… In fact, one of the first images that I saw was the Massachusetts CST was actually right there.”

Is May referring to the images of the military types that were pictured all over the scene? It seems highly likely.

A picture published by The London Guardian that was not widely circulated shows more of the military type men at the scene after the bombs went off. Although these men are dressed in similar garb, they are more clearly identified as CST support members.

Pictures of CST members from 2011 and 2012 wearing khaki and black uniforms can be found widely on the internet:

http://www.bnl.gov/newsroom/news.php?a=22521

http://www.idaho.ang.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123259663

http://dmva.alaska.gov/content/galleria/Alaska%20National%20…

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/391361/6th-civil-support-team-…

http://www.army.mil/media/235471

http://www.nationalguard.mil/news/archives/2010/09/090210-CS…

http://www.army.mil/article/78045/

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/391303/6th-civil-support-team-…

http://www.idaho.ang.af.mil/news/story_print.asp?id=123237536

As to why one of the military types at the scene appeared to be wearing a Navy Seal or Craft International logo on his hat, it has been suggested that it is fairly routine for police and military to receive training from Craft, as well as other private military contractor groups, and from former Navy Seals. It is also possible that this person was an ex Seal or just purchased a Craft baseball cap, which are available to buy online.

It is, of course, also possible that he was indeed working for Craft International, in which case his presence remains a mystery. Either way, the FBI needs to address this picture.

In another report by Army Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy of The National Guard Bureau, it is noted that CST teams have been providing support in both Massachusetts following the bombings, and in Texas, following the explosion at a fertilizer plant.

“The Massachusetts team was on duty during the April 15 running of the Boston Marathon, augmented by similar Guard teams from New York and Rhode Island.” the report states, corroborating the same information in the other reports mentioned above.

The report also states that “In Boston, more than 850 National Guard members were on duty to assist local authorities with logistics, security and other operations. In addition to the civil support team members, the team also included members of the Massachusetts Army National Guard’s 387th Ordnance Company and the 267th Combat Communications Squadron from the Massachusetts Air National Guard.”

Another report posted April 17th on Examiner.com noted that “The Massachusetts Civil Support Team is providing assistance to Boston and Massachusetts civil authorities. In addition, personnel from the New York, New Hampshire and Rhode Island civil support teams are providing additional support.”

The reported also stated that more than 400 Massachusetts National Guardsmen had been on duty to help law enforcement agencies keep the marathon’s route clear and had remained on duty in the aftermath to continue to assist local authorities.

Several other reports also noted the presence of CST teams at the Boston Marathon.

The vehicles that were witnessed at the bombing scene also appear very similar to those used by other Army National Guard CSTs:

This image on dvidshub shows almost identical vehicles belonging to the New York CST team as the ones that were witnessed in Boston:

The vehicle in this photo, along with a black and khaki CST member, also appears very similar:

Similar CST vehicles can also be seen in these photos.

Similar vehicles can also be seen in this CST video.

Of course, this information does not conclusively prove that all of the military type individuals pictured at the scene were part of a National Guard CST team. Yet it does, at last, provide one possible logical explanation for their presence. The fact that the individuals were also pictured conversing with FBI personnel and police at the scene also suggests that their presence was not covert, and was pre-planned.

Of course, the FBI could have simply cleared this up by issuing a statement identifying the military types as members of CST teams. Instead, however, they chose to ignore the pictures altogether and order members of the public not to even acknowledge the existence of the pictures – causing much confusion, speculation and mistrust among those who were following the events closely.

In addition, this information does not mean that the authorities did not have prior knowledge of the bombing. If anything, the massive security presence bolsters the notion that they very much could have had prior knowledge, particularly in conjunction with the fact that the suspects were already well known to the FBI, and with the ever developing shady Saudi connections.

This information also does not alter the fact that the FBI and US intelligence have long been intimately involved in staged and provocateured terrorist attacks.

 

Amputee Actors and Navy SEALs Spotted at Boston Marathon

Savvy Internet sleuths have found images taken from surveillance cameras of members of the crowd gathered at the Boston Marathon that appear to identify Navy SEALs wearing suspicious backpacks, and appear to be taking part in a drill.

For comparison, below are a few photos of late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Note the skull logo on his baseball cap, his pants and his boots:

 

Now look at the individuals spotted wearing backpacks, a similar cap, and similar pants (and boots) at the Boston Marathon:

A video on Youtube also appears to capture a member wearing similar garb walking around the marathon post-explosion with something that looks like a detonator, but in actuality could be a radiation detector.

The reason this is important is because the Boston Police Commissioner is on record stating that they had “no specific intelligence” that there was a drill, while University of Mobile coach and marathon participant Alastair Stevenson has publicly stated that there was announcements telling people to stay calm and not be alarmed because beefed-up security was part of a “training exercise.”

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Authorities Announced “Drill” Before Boston Explosions, Saudi Suspect Held, CCTV Video Not Released

An eyewitness to the two explosions at the Boston Marathon today said that a “drill” was repeatedly announced before the bombs exploded and that he “thought it was odd” bomb sniffing dogs were in place before the blast.

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University of Mobile’s Cross Country Coach Ali Stevenson told Local 15 News, “They kept making announcements on the loud speaker that it was just a drill and there was nothing to worry about. “It seemed like there was some sort of threat, but they kept telling us it was just a drill.”

The news station also reports that Stevenson “thought it was odd there were bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines.”

Stevenson then describes hearing the explosions as he ran away from the scene, having just completed the marathon.

If this report is accurate, it clearly suggests there could have been some degree of prior knowledge of the bombing, which killed two people and injured at least 23.

The fact that the explosions were preceded and overlapped by a”drill” of an almost identical nature mirrors other major terror attacks, such as the 7/7 bombings in London.

It is important to emphasize that the New York Times recently reported that most of the recent domestic terror plots in the United States “were facilitated by the F.B.I.,” suggesting that today’s incident in Boston may have been part of such an operation.

It remains to be seen how the media and the Obama administration will exploit this incident depending who gets the blame, but Rahm Emanuel’s “never let a serious crisis go to waste” advisory is sure to be in play.

More on this story as it develops…..

  • UPDATE: it is now known that they have an all to familiar Saudi suspect. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers in the attacks of September 11, 2001 were Saudi nationals, or so said the IDs that those men were using on that day.

Even though Boston police commissioner Edward Davis told reporters on the record this afternoon that they do not have a suspect in custody inside a Boston Hospital, the New York Post reports otherwise.

Its web site right now says it all: The Post alleges a 20-year-old Saudi national is being held in hospital where he’s being treated for burns. Here’s the Post’s front page:

new york post boston bomb

NY Post

The LA Times also reported:

A federal law enforcement officials said authorities were questioning a Saudi national who was taken to a Boston hospital with injuries. The person was not identified as a suspect.

CBS claims to have a similar story.

Here’s the top of the Post’s story, which you can read in full here.

new york post boston bomb

NY Post

  • UPDATE: Why would the Navy send a bomb unit team to Boston? The Boston’s bomb squad is one of the best in the country and I am sure FBI has a heavy bomb unit in the area but I can’t remember ever seeing a Navy bomb unit every being sent in one something like this… seems odd, no? bigstory.ap.org

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/obama-government-will-increase-security-around-united-states-necessary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama: Government ‘will increase security around the United States as necessary’

Washington, DC, police chief says “you will see visible increase in [police] presence’ as precaution after Boston.”

Welcome to Martial LAWIt’s an older story., but one everyone should read:

Like the NDAA, the new Executive Order puts the government completely above the law, which, in a democracy, is never supposed to happen. The United States is essentially now under martial law without the exigencies of a national emergency.

  • UPDATE:  I wonder how the New York Post managed to get this info before anything has been announced.

“The New York Post reported a bomber was seen on CCTV footage and that a Saudi national – aged 20 – has been placed under armed guard with burn wounds in an undisclosed Boston hospital. However, Boston police have since said they do not have a suspect in custody.”

Link: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/world/reports-of-explosio…

Direct link to video comment by news anchor discussing CCTV:http://video.couriermail.com.au/?2379707036

Actual purported CCTV video has not been made public… Which is interesting in and of itself. I’m sure there’s great footage of this guys face out there somewhere, but so far, nothing. Even if what they have is grainy, another person may have caught a better image of him and can check their footage based on what he was wearing.

Not releasing what they have is a problem in my book. It doesn’t make sense

“The reported arrest of a “Saudi national” has now been retracted. Apparently that was a mistake published by the NY Post. Instead, the mainstream media is pushing a new narrative that blames “right-wing extremists” for the bombing, even without a shred of evidence to back that up.” –source

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Sabotage Attacks Knock Out Phone Service in Bay Area

POLITICO runs a headline: Pentagon preps for economic warfare as vandals cut communications cables in four locations in the South San Francisco Bay area early Thursday morning. The sabotage  knocked out phone and Internet service to more than 50,000 people as well as thousands of businesses including 911 services, communications to hospitals, stores, financial networks and emergency services,  according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle.

The unknown vandals had to use a special tool to remove manhole covers and then climbed down to access the cables, some as thick as a silver dollar. At least a total of 500 optic fibers were cut, according to the San Francisco Chronicle report. AT&T — whose service was most affected by the cuts — owns cables at two of the locations, the company said in a statement. The telecommunications giant offered a $100,000 bounty for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the saboteurs.

The attack underscored that, while security and policy experts warn that cyber attacks on critical infrastructure pose a significant danger, physical vulnerability continues to be a major issue. Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that unnamed intelligence officials had stated that Chinese and Russian hackers had infiltrated the networks of several power companies. The admissions come as the Obama administration undertakes a 60-day review of its cybersecurity policies, as two senators introduce a bill that would create a top advisor to the president, and as the National Security Agency fights to become the lead agency for cyber operations.

The vandals struck as AT&T negotiates with its employees’ labor union, the Communications Workers of America. The union’s contract has run out, but the workers have not yet scheduled a strike. The CWA stated through a spokesperson that its leadership does not believe any union members were involved in the sabotage, according to the Chronicle.

The damaged fiber optic line owned is by AT&T and leased out to Verizon. This does not appear to be a ‘false flag’ dry run. The union is suspected of cutting the cables on purpose, although they deny it. It was deliberate and the culprit knew exactly where to cut. The cables were 10ft underground and they had to climb down a manhole in the middle of the night to do it.  Whoever the perpetrator was, they left Comcast running on purpose. Perhaps they were using services from Comcast and wanted to keep that network up to communicate over the network about their actions or to use it to witness the chaos that it caused. Who knows.

This should only serve to highlight a point made very lucidly by, among other sources, a 2003 Washington Post article regarding the fragility of our modern communications and essential services infrastructure. The article was about a 29- year old George Mason graduate student who, using public, non-classified information available for free on the net, mapped out the entire nation’s fiberoptic system for a dissertation on the vulnerability of public infrastructure. The information in the dissertation was considered so dangerous that Richard Clark said it should be burned after being turned in. >> Source

So what can you do to prepare for when the telecommunications go down in your area? Well for starters, you can follow the advice Mike Ruppert gave several months ago which is to get yourself some 2 way radios and distribute those to people you trust who live within walking distance from you.

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