Published On: Tue, Dec 10th, 2013

Seymour Hersh facilitates limited CIA Hangout, covers-up Obama’s and Top-US Official’s Involvement in Chemical Weapons Attack

Seymour Hersh’s Disclosure of Information from anonymous CIA Deep Throat, about “Obama’s Knowledge about Al-Nusrah’s Chemical Weapons Use in Syria, covers-up Direct Political and Command Responsibility of Top-White House Officials, Pentagon Officials, Top-CIA Officials and Top-Saudi Interior Ministry Officials.

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) , – Another Western Mainstream Media Establishment “Hero Journalist” the Pulitzer Prize Winning Seymor Hersh, is revealing information from another “anonymous CIA Deep Throat”, who disclosed that US President Barak Obama was “aware of the fact that the Jabhat al-Nusrah had used chemical weapons in Syria but kept the fact secret, so as to hold the Syrian government accountable”

Simon Hersh, Photo courtesy of Aydinlik Daily

Simon Hersh, Photo courtesy of Aydinlik Daily

Nothing New except for the Omission of Direct Political and Command Responsibility. In fact, neither the CIA Deep Throat nor Seymour Hersh reveal anything that was not publicly known already. What Hersh’s anonymous CIA Deep Throat and Hersh omit, however, is that the direct political and command responsibility for the chemical weapons attack in Eastern Ghouta, on 21 August 2013 has already been placed in October.

Moreover, the responsibility has been directly placed with US President Barak Obama, with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, US Army General Martin Dempsey, CIA Director John Brennan, Saudi Arabia’s Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, and top-officials in the Saudi Ministry of the Interior.

As correct as the statements Hersh made in an article, published in the London Review of Books are, they have all the typical hallmarks of a limited CIA Hang Out operation, Psy-Op or MISO. The three main red flags are:

  • Red flag number one, the immediate publication if the information in major Western mainstream media, despite of the, arguably, very sensitive and controversial nature of the information.
  • Red flag number two, the scapegoating of the Al-Qaeda associated Jabhat al-Nusrah and the simultaneous omission of  evidence that places direct responsibility with the Top-US Officials.
  • Red flag number three, the timing of the disclosure, which comes as the Obama administration attempts to distance itself from Saudi Arabia and Saudi-backed “Al-Qaeda mercenaries”, who carried out the chemical weapons attack, while attempts are made to position the Free Syrian Army as “moderate” and by implication, worthy of support.

ObamaDempseyBandarThe Hershey Bar – Raising the Bar for Truthful Reporting. Let us hear out Hersh and then compare his statements with the evidence which he omits, and which has been in the public domain, latest, since the publication of the article “Top-US and Saudi Officials responsible for Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria”.

The article was published in nsnbc international on 7 October 2013, two months before Hersh’s sensational “disclosure” and omission. Hersh states that,

“The absence of immediate alarm inside the American intelligence community demonstrates that there was no intelligence about Syrian intentions in the days before the attack. …A senior intelligence consultant told me that some time after the attack he reviewed the reports for 20 August through 23 August. … For two days – 20 and 21 August – there was no mention of Syria … It was not until 23 August that the use of Sarin became a dominant issue, although hundreds of photographs and videos of the massacre had gone viral within hours on YouTube, Facebook and other social media sites. At this point, the administration knew no more than the public.” (emphasis added)

The above mentioned article proves the statement that the Obama administration did not know more than the public wrong on several crucial points. But let us first give the Pulitzer Prize winning Hersh time to complete his limited CIA Hang Out before reading the article that precisely describes who carried out the attack, the name of the brigade, the name of the brigade commander, the roles top-US officials played in the attack, and more.

Hersh wrote that the statements made by the Obama administration to the effect that the administration was aware about the attack are false. Hersh adds that the claim made by the US government, that the Syrian army was responsible for the attack were just as untrue.

Also here Hersh directly contradicts the evidence published in the above mentioned article, which clearly shows that the Obama administration was very well aware that chemical weapons were being used. In fact, it has been aware of it some considerable time in advance.

The only truthful statement made by Hersh here, is that the US administration’s claims about the Syrian army’s responsibility were false.

weekendavisen_assadHersh the continues, stressing that the intelligence agencies have “cherry-picked pieces of evidence from a period of nine months”, to proof Assad’s responsibility for the attack, stressing that:

“When Obama said on 10 September that his administration knew Assad’s chemical weapons personnel had prepared the attack in advance, he was basing the statement not on an intercept caught as it happened, but on communications, analyzed days after 21 August. … ‘They put together a back story,’ the former [senior intelligence] official said, ‘and there are lots of different pieces and parts. The template they used was the template that goes back to December.’”

As true as Hersh’s statement may be, is significant that the “intelligence agencies” or Hersh’s “Deep Throat” apparently have cherry-picked evidence that shall convey the impression that top-US-officials don’t have a direct political and command responsibility for the chemical weapons attack in East Ghouta, Damascus, on 21 August 2013.

Arguably, Hersh’s statement warrants the questions whether the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist has taken part in cherry-picking the evidence himself, whether the intelligence agencies have cherry-picked it for him while he is a willing conduit, or whether Hersh can be excused because he was so unprofessional as not to pay attention to the evidence for the top-US official’s’ direct political and command responsibility, and that, even though it has been in the public domain since June, and in a more complete form since October.

Hersh continues, by constructing the impression that US intelligence has ignored reports which show that the Jabhat al-Nusrah had the capability to produce Sarin. Again Hersh uses a senior “intelligence consultant” as deep throat, stating:

 ” Already by late May, the senior intelligence consultant told me, the CIA had briefed the Obama administration on al-Nusra and its work with sarin, and had sent alarming reports that another Sunni fundamentalist group active in Syria, al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI), also understood the science of producing sarin. …  An intelligence document issued in mid-summer dealt extensively with Ziyaad Tariq Ahmed, a chemical weapons expert formerly of the Iraqi military, who was said to have moved into Syria and to be operating in Eastern Ghouta. The consultant told me that Tariq had been identified ‘as an al-Nusra guy with a track record of making mustard gas in Iraq and someone who is implicated in making and using sarin’. He is regarded as a high-profile target by the American military.”

1916MomusPinocchioAnd with the Stroke of a Pen - And with the stroke of a pen, and a little bit of genius, Hersh and/or his deep throat have positioned the US military and intelligence community as our heroes of the day, because the purported Al-Qaida in Iraq chemical weapons expert has been “a high-profile target by the American military”.

There could hardly be any better storyline to close the CIA’s limited hang out with a slam dunk, was it not for the fact that there is an overwhelming amount of available evidence to fill in the blanks in Hersh’s and his deep throat’s story.

To know exactly why it is safe to say that Hersh and his deep throat cover up the evidence that places direct political and command responsibility with US President Barak Obama, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, CIA Director John Brennan, Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan and top officials in the Saudi Interior Ministry, all one has to do is to read and study the article titled  Top US and Saudi Officials responsible for Chemical Weapons in Syria, as well as the 41 related and source articles.

The material there is sufficient for any prosecutor to launch an investigation and the prosecution of those who hold the full responsibility for the chemical weapons use in East Ghouta on 21 August 2013.

Ch/L-nsnbc 10.12.2013

Related article:

 Top US and Saudi Officials responsible for Chemical Weapons in Syria

About the Author

- Dr. Christof Lehmann is the founder and editor of nsnbc. He is a psychologist and independent political consultant on conflict and conflict resolution and a wide range of other political issues. His work with traumatized victims of conflict has led him to also pursue the work as political consultant. He is a lifelong activist for peace and justice, human rights, Palestinians rights to self-determination in Palestine, and he is working on the establishment of international institutions for the prosecution of all war crimes, also those committed by privileged nations. On 28 August 2011 he started his blog nsnbc, appalled by misrepresentations of the aggression against Libya and Syria. In March 2013 he turned nsnbc into a daily, independent, international on-line newspaper. He can be contacted at nsnbc international at

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  1. istlota says:

    I consciously focus upon drifting outside of the path taken by the rest of the herd. I think outside of the box. I read between the lines and connect the dots. But I have to admit that I completely missed this one.

    I thought Hersh was one of the good guys. But not anymore. Everything Christof Lehmann wrote here makes pure and perfect sense which is how I know it is the truth.

    Our handlers are so good at what they do that they slipped this one past even me. But I now get it. I now understand why and how Hersh got a Pulitzer Prize instead of having his significant other detained for hours by the feds at an airport.

  2. Steven says:

    Haha… “Raising the Hershey Bar for truthful and ethical journalism “… that was a good one. I love Lehmann’s delicate humor and he’s right on target. Hersh’s and his deepthroat said nothing new at all and cover up that what is worse. Direct involvement of top-US officials.. And he is also right about the “controversial stuff which is suddenly published in all major media”.. it usually is a giveaway for a Psy-Op. Lehmann and Tarpley, my two most favorite analysts. So how do we answer Lehmann’s question what to do to get the war criminals put behind bars ?

  3. Debbie says:

    The is not one thing in the Hersh article which anyone who reads nsnbc on a daily basis didn’t know months ago already. So yes, it’s probably an attempt to distract attention from the one thing Hersh didn’t mention. The direct involvement of top-US and Saudi officials.Kudos for this one, and why would there be any great difference between a Pulizer and a Nobel Peace Prize aniways. Who benefits..

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