By Madison Ruppert
Recently I covered the constant disinformation published by a Syrian “journalist” and editor of the American-funded anti-Syrian propaganda network out of London, England, Barada TV.
This blatant (and admitted) politicized disinformation was just the beginning.
Thankfully, the mainstream media can no longer pretend that they are
getting reliable information from their “sources” and are now being
forced to address this, all too late in my opinion.
Hopefully this revelation of politicized disinformation’s role in the
so-called “Arab Spring” will temper some of the sensationalist reports
of civilian murders carried out by Middle Eastern governments that are
totally unconfirmed and come solely from “activist” groups.
I sincerely hope that journalists around the globe can learn
something from running with unconfirmed reports coming from a single
side of a political conflict.
Of course, the New York Times article
entitled “Waves of Disinformation and Confusion Swamp the Truth in
Libya” focuses mostly on the disinformation promoted by Gaddafi and
those loyal to him, instead of the blatant lies pushed by rebel forces
and promoted by U.S. agents like Malik Al-Abdeh and other “journalists”
with ulterior motives.
Most of the claims coming from the rebel forces have been proven totally false.
Muammar Gaddafi was not killed, nor was he captured, nor was he ever en route to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Saif al-Islam Muammar al-Gaddafi, Gaddafi’s second son, was never en route to the ICC, which was even claimed by ICC officials themselves.
As Tony Cartalucci pointed out, the ICC has actually claimed that they never confirmed that Saif al-Islam was in custody.
In fact, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, an ICC prosecutor, confirmed this to the
Telegraph, but Reuters is now laughably asserting that no such claim
was ever made.
Cartalucci aptly sums up this massive confusion and disinformation
among the media in one sentence, “ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo
should resign, so should editors at both the Telegraph and Reuters and a
myriad of other media agencies complicit in spreading this willful and
malicious propaganda.” I couldn’t agree more.
There is an escalation of the psychological warfare techniques being
used by the rebels and the mainstream media in order to give the
appearance of a rebel victory in Libya.
Malik Al-Abdeh attempted to justify these lies by saying that they
were only lying in order to encourage the defection of loyalist forces,
and I am sure we can see similar attempts at damage control from the
mainstream Western media as well.
Hilariously, the New York Times actually blames the lies of the
rebels on Gaddafi. They claim that they are pumping out disinformation
because “he is the only leader they ever knew.”
Apparently the rebels could never be responsible for their own
actions as it all falls on the shoulders of Gaddafi, no matter how
farfetched such a notion might be in the mind of any rational human
The New York Times claims that the completely falsified reports of
the capture of Saif al-Islam are, “A case in point” without managing to
elucidate how this is at all based on Gaddafi’s “vision, and version, of
reality.” Instead they just leave that statement without any
explanation, likely hoping that the reader will take it at face value,
regardless of the complete lack of all rationale behind it.
The Telegraph, the above mentioned London newspaper that published
the illegitimate claims made by the ICC prosecutor and the rebels, is
quoted in the New York Times article attempting to mitigate the fallout
from their discredited reporting that has irreparably scarred the
so-called news agency.
Rob Crilly attempts, and fails, to do this by writing, “It’s a timely
reminder that Twitter, 24-hour rolling news channels and satphones are
still useless against the fog of war”.
Apparently, thorough fact-checking and proper reporting is still
useless as well, or at least it is out of the realm of possibility for
the Telegraph to actually check out the claims being made and the
legitimacy of the sources making them.
The article also mentions the disinformation being published heavily
in the early days of the brutal NATO assault on civilians in Libya as
seemingly “intended to reassure queasy domestic audiences that a quick
victory was possible.”
Unfortunately for the NYT and other mainstream news outlets
publishing these lies, few people in the world could toss aside their
knowledge of recent history and the colonial-imperialist wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan in order to buy these claims.
Echoing the statements coming from George W. Bush years ago in which
he essentially said that he no longer cared about Osama bin Laden and
that he was no longer important, NATO spokesman Colonel Roland Lavoie
said, “I’m not sure [Gaddafi’s whereabouts] really [do] matter.”
The NYT article also mentions that, regardless of the complete
absence of proof, the ICC is pursuing an investigation of the
allegations made by rebel forces that loyalist troops were issued Viagra
in order to carry out systematic rape of Libyans.
Interestingly, the most accurate facts of the situation are presented in the last four paragraphs of the article on the second page. This is likely because most readers do not have the time or patience to make it that far.
In one of the last articles they mention the racist claims coming
from the rebels (which they characterize as having “racist overtones”
which is laughable, at best) that Gaddafi has been using African
mercenaries in his resistance of the uprising.
I must point out that when the mainstream media says “African” they
mean black. This is obviously an attempt to be politically correct, but
it is also massively inaccurate seeing as literally every single Libyan
is African, given that is an African nation.
The NYT accurately points out that although there have supposedly
been African prisoners of war captured by the rebel forces, journalists
have never been allowed to see them.
Like I have pointed out in the past, the NYT correctly identifies the
fact that there are black guest workers, mostly Chadian, who have come
to Libya in search of poorly paid jobs as migrant laborers which are
being inaccurately labeled as mercenaries. Tragically, many of these
innocent migrant workers have been killed and arrested simply for being
I sincerely hope that we can see some accurate information emerge
from either side of this conflict, as I am getting more distrustful and
disillusioned by the day, as I’m sure many readers are as well.