Syria: Trump‘s Red Line | HERSH

“It was a totally Trump show from beginning to end,” the senior adviser said. “A few of the president’s senior national security advisers viewed the mission as a minimized bad presidential decision, and one that they had an obligation to carry out. But I don’t think our national security people are going to allow themselves to be hustled into a bad decision again. If Trump had gone for option three, there might have been some immediate resignations.”

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MIT expert demonstrates chemical weapons attack in Syria was staged | Yahoo

Theodore Postol, a professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), issued a series of three reports in response to the White House’s finding that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad perpetrated the attack on 4 April.

He concluded that the US government’s report does not provide any “concrete” evidence that Assad was responsible, adding it was more likely that the attack was perpetrated by players on the ground.

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Chemical attack in Syria and the failure of journalism | Colonel Cassad

Journalistic reports about the chemical attack in Idlib province, which happened on Tuesday began a fresh example of the collapse of journalism. As soon as it comes to Syria, or more precisely, as soon as it comes to a war, in which Western countries have decided to put one of the parties bloodthirsty tyrant who should be removed, the entire investigative journalism and critical thinking all vanish like smoke.

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U.S. Preps for Infowar on Russia | DailyBS

a bipartisan initiative led by Republican Sen. Rob Portman and Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy has authorized $160 million over two years to fight propaganda state actors through a little-known interagency office housed at the State Department called the Global Engagement Center (GEC).

Bipartisan Russian sanctions legislation, proposed last month by Sens. Ben Cardin and John McCain, would expand it even further, dedicating an additional $100 million for the GEC and others to support objective Russian-language journalism, counter “fake news,” and support research on the effects of information warfare.

The GEC will track foreign propaganda campaigns, analyze the tactics, and counter them through a series of grants to overseas journalists, civil-society organizations, and private companies.

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Missing residents | Colonel Cassad

On November 30, the “local activists” said that in the militant-controlled areas of Aleppo are 300,000 civilians. After the complete liberation of the Eastern neighborhoods and check out everyone in Idlib from 1 to 16 December, it became clear that in the liberated territories was 152 000 civilians (both those who stayed and those who left with the rebels). 148 000 were dissolved in the fog of the propaganda war.
You can certainly make allowances for the fact that the victims in the fighting were civilians and some percentage may still be hiding in basements, but it is clear that in the interests of propaganda, the population of the Eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo had been overstated by almost 2 times, as the liberation of the city fairly quickly appeared when vacated areas, the army found where there is less people than there should be according to the statements of militants and the Western media.

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The Aleppo Information front | Colonel Cassad

As a whole, amid the end of the battle for Aleppo in its military dimension, the information battle is still in full swing and the West cannot come to terms with what happened, is still openly supporting terrorist organizations, seeking to present the case so that Syria, Russia and Iran won not because he hacked the defense of militants repelled all counterattacks and cleared the town in heavy fighting, but because they bombed hospitals and killed children. In this respect it is highly interesting to compare the flow of information propaganda and anti-Assad Syrian resources.

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Washington Post eats crow | RT

Facing threats of legal action, the Washington Post has been forced to add an editor’s note distancing the paper from a dubious website, PropOrNot, which it had initially endorsed as a group of nonpartisan experts on “Russian propaganda.”

The Post came under fire on social media for its provocative hit piece which claimed that “Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda campaign” actually influenced the US presidential election.

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“Propaganda can’t win. Dominance in technology can” – Vladimir Rubanov

Victory in the information war means subjection of the enemy and absolute power over him. This is the concept of George Stein, who calls the goal of information warfare on the minds of those who make the key decisions of war and peace, the use of capacity and capability the strategic level. It is, therefore, about the transformation of information warfare in a “war of knowledge” or, as it is defined by the author of the concept of “epistemic warfare.” Obviously this is far from the common understanding of “information war” as a large-scale propaganda aimed at a mass audience.

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