Monday, July 9, 2012

Media PSYOP to Justify NATO Invasion? 'Crimes Against Humanity' Cited in Report on Syria's Torture Network

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post
July 3, 2012

In what appears to be the latest effort by NATO forces to justify a military invasion of Syria, George Soros-funded Human Rights Watch is now reporting that the Assad regime is overseeing a vast network of torture centers all across the country.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) claims it has identified 27 locations that Syrian intelligence agencies have been using ever since March 2011 when “Bashar al-Assad’s government began a crackdown on pro-democracy protests that have grown into an armed revolt.” 

The group claims that tens of thousands of people have been captured and detained by the Syrian Air Force Intelligence Directorate, General Intelligence Directorate, Political Security Directorate, and the Department of Military Intelligence. 

Human Rights Watch reports that it has gained this information by conducting over 200 interviews with individuals who claim to have been tortured. One of these individuals, a 31 year-old man who was allegedly detained in the Idlib area in June, states that he was forced to undress.

According to a Reuters report, he then recounts his alleged experience by stating,

Then they started squeezing my fingers with pliers. They put staples in my fingers, chest and ears. I was only allowed to take them out if I spoke. The staples in the ears were the most painful.
They used two wires hooked up to a car battery to give me electric shocks. They used electric stun-guns on my genitals twice. I thought I would never see my family again. They tortured me like this three times over three days.
The United Nations human rights investigators are also getting in on the public relations act by stated that they, too, have been witnessed extensive torture programs. 

Rupert Colville, U.N. human rights spokesman, stated in a news briefing in Geneva on Tuesday that “Torture is one of the most extensively and best documented of the many awful human rights violations taking place in Syria over the past 15 months.”

Human Rights Watch has stated explicitly that, due to the methods of torture it has documented, the acts “clearly point to a state policy of torture and ill-treatment and therefore constitutes a crime against humanity.”

Acting in lockstep, and repeating the same statements almost verbatim, the U.N. human rights spokesman also stated that there has been “a constant stream of very consistent information about widespread systematic use of torture, and of course if it is widespread and systematic, that amounts to a crime against humanity.”

Of the methods of torture being reported by the U.N. mission and Human Rights Watch are “beatings, electric shocks, cigarette burns, mock executions, and sleep deprivation.”

So with this new report, it appears that the new line against Syria and Bashar al-Assad will be that the country is engaging in widespread torture and crimes against humanity.

Of course, whether or not Syria is engaging in the torture of death squad suspects is open to question. It is certainly possible. Yet, considering the source of information, it is equally possible that the entire set of claims is nothing more than NATO propaganda. Keep in mind, elaborate media PYSOPS regarding Syria and Assad have been in the works for some time. 

Thus, it must be made clear that the description of the Syrian “rebels” as “pro-democracy protestors” which grew into an armed revolt is itself a clear and complete fabrication. The “rebels” are violent terrorists and have always been violent terrorists. The rebels have been armed from the very beginning and have engaged in indiscriminate killings long before any crackdown by Assad.

A report that characterizes the “rebels” as anything but NATO-backed death squads should be immediately looked upon with heavy skepticism. Indeed, such a claim should do catastrophic damage to the report’s credibility and should likely be dismissed as disinformation.

Regardless, look for the term “Crimes Against Humanity” to be repeated ad nauseum in the mainstream media over the course of the next few weeks as a push for increased public support for military action in Syria intensifies. 

The most ironic, hypocritical, and Orwellian aspect of this report, however, is the fact that Syria and Assad are being targeted as having committed “crimes against humanity” for allegedly doing the very things that the United States is admittedly doing in places like Guantanamo BayBagram Air Force Base, and numerous black sites all across the world. Indeed, the United States government has even claimed the right to imprisontorture, and kill American citizens at its own discretion. 

So does this mean that Barack Obama is guilty of “crimes against humanity?” 

Something tells me I shouldn’t hold my breath for the human rights campaign.

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Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Mullins, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of three books, Codex Alimentarius -- The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, and Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident. Turbeville has published over one hundred articles dealing with a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville is available for podcast, radio, and TV interviews. Please contact us at activistpost (at)

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