Chalabi II? ElBaradei II? Syria’s Bassma Kodmani and other “opposition activists”: CFR, BIlderberg assets

After Hilary Clinton’s aggressive and vicious comments the other day, when she reviled Russia and China and said they would “pay a price” for supporting the Assad regime in Syria, we see that those remarks appear to have been swifly followed by a suppsoed ‘massacre of civilians’ (Tremseh) and now (18th July) a suicide attack in downtown Damascus which kills government ministers including Assad’s brother-in-law. The pressure is being steadily piled on, celebrated at each ratchet by the presstitutes of the western media.
A stable but fairly modern albeit unpleasant and non-democratic regime that consists of various ethnic groups is targeted for overthrow by heavily armed terrorists (funded by distant western powers) who infiltrate the territory of that regime and serve the interests of those western powers by committing massive acts of violence in that territory. The regime is, however, supported by a powerful ally. That was the scenario in June 1914 in the Balkans. It is the scenario today in the Middle East.
Countless western media reports about Syria over the past year have begun with the words “Opposition activists say….” without naming these ‘activists’. These western media organs usually accpt these ‘sayings’ and ‘claims’ uncritically even though they often add the rider: “these reports are unverified”. Such “unverified” reports from the “activists” have a habit of being turned into fact later on by the BBC and other mainstream western media.
One of these “activists” is likely to be Bassma Kodmani  – a key spokesperson for the Syrian National Council, ‘the official’ opposition group. Here in this clip she is seen in New York:
As a result, in the context of increasing defections in the military and the escalating violence in Syria, the Syrian National Council (SNC) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) struck a deal in January 2012, recognizing the units of anti-regime rebels fighting in Syria. She stated as a spokesperson of the Syrian National Council (SNC) that it was the duty of the opposition “to assist the rebels.” While she asserted that the SNC would not provide arms directly to the Free Syrian Army (FSA), it will provide funds to “keep the FSA afloat.” For this reason, donations can be made on the SNC website.
And where might those funds be coming from?
In 2005, Bassma Kodmani established the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI), a consortium of independent Arab research and policy institutes, with partners from the United States and Europe. The Arab Reform Initiative had been established by the Council on Foreign Relations, a highly influential think tank and lobbying group in the United States, that promotes market liberalization and global governance.Through policy recommendations and research, the ARI has the stated aim of promoting reform and democratization in the Arab world. It hopes to initiate a dialogue between policy institutes in the Arab world in order to “advance the understanding of western different groups on issues of reform in the Arab world.” In addition, the Arab Reform Initiative “aims to raise awareness in the Arab world about successful transitions to democracy in other parts of the world, and of the mechanisms and compromises which made such successful transitions possible.”
From May 31 to June 3, 2012, Bassma Kodmani attended the Bilderberg Meeting in Chantilly, Virginia in the United States.She was also present at the 2008 meeting, which also took place in Chantilly. Given the stated positions on many of the other influential meeting attendees with regard to Syrian regime change, Dr. Kodmani’s attendance, as well as her relationships with key members of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Ford Foundation, caused some media commentators to question the activist’s independence from the political influence of NATO and the United States Department of State
For more detail on Kodmani et al…..
US “Intelligence Assets” leading the Syrian “Opposition”, the Role of the Bilderberg and the CFR by Chris Marsden
It has been reported as early as 2007 that efforts to destabilize Syria were aimed directly at undermining and inevitably attempting to overthrow the government of Iran. This was written about at length in Seymour Hersh’s 2007 New Yorker article, “The Redirection,” and is a reoccurring theme throughout US policy papers.  Any move against Syria inevitably involves Iran as part of the calculation for the West which has been plotting regime change in both nations since at least 1991.
From Landdestroyer Blog ( :
UPDATE July 19, 2012 – After unconfirmed reports by nameless “US officials” that Syria was moving chemical weapons out of storage, and now in the midst of a massive media disinformation campaign, several leading “activist” Twitter accounts have been hysterically warning about an “imminent” chemical attack by a “desperate regime.” The US has repeatedly insinuated that any use of chemical weapons would require either it, or Israel to militarily intervene.

In reality, it is NATO’s militant front that has the means (chemical weapons brought in from Libya), the motivation (subsequently receiving military intervention on their behalf), and a demonstrated willingness to carry out indiscriminate, mass-casualty terrorist attacks as demonstrated by their months’ long bombing campaign (and here).

It has been reported as early as 2007 that efforts to destabilize Syria were aimed directly at undermining and inevitably attempting to overthrow the government of Iran. This was written about at length in Seymour Hersh’s 2007 New Yorker article, “The Redirection,” and is a reoccurring theme throughout US policy papers.  Any move against Syria inevitably involves Iran as part of the calculation for the West which has been plotting regime change in both nations since at least 1991.
UPDATE July 18, 2012 – Remember when NATO began “Operation Mermaid Dawn” in August of 2011 against Tripoli, Libya, the Western press initially reported Qaddafi’s command structure either killed or captured. The initial effects of this propaganda devastated Libyans psychologically and the city of Tripoli fell almost overnight.

The next day it turned out that Qaddafi and his command structure was very much intact and still fighting. The battle for Libya would stretch on for many months more – with NATO forced to destroy entire cities with daily aerial bombardments to finally claim “victory.”

In Syria, NATO air support does not exist – and unless they can psychologically defeat Syrians, and panic the world into believing immediate foreign intervention is necessary, their latest “Mermaid Dawn” moment in Syria will fail. In addition to false reports of “massive defections” and “coups,” readers must be aware of false flag chemical attacks (or mere reports of them) that will serve as impetus for NATO to militarily intervene.

Editor’s Note:NATO has failed categorically to sell UNSC mandated military intervention to an increasingly unreceptive global public. With fighting reported in Damascus and the Western media and the so-called “Free Syrian Army” hailing it as the “final battle” despite zero tactical victories in nearly a year and a half of fighting, the stage is being set instead for a massive psychological operation.Such an operation was warned against in mid-June by Thierry Meyssan – and provides a somber warning more pertinent now than ever. Please re-read, re-post, and re-tweet this following article – ensure that NATO’s “Mermaid Dawn” moment in Syria turns into a “Bay of Pigs” defeat instead.


Thierry Meyssan
Voltaire Network
July 18, 2012

(Originally posted June 11, 2012) – In a few days, perhaps as early as Friday, June 15, at noon, the Syrians wanting to watch their national TV stations will see them replaced on their screens by TV programs created by the CIA. Studio-shot images will show massacres that are blamed on the Syrian Government, people demonstrating, ministers and generals resigning from their posts, President Al-Assad fleeing, the rebels gathering in the big city centers, and a new government installing itself in the presidential palace.
This operation of disinformation, directly managed from Washington by Ben Rhodes, the US deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, aims at demoralizing the Syrians in order to pave the way for a coup d’etat. NATO, discontent about the double veto of Russia and China, will thus succeed in conquering Syria without attacking the country illegally. Whichever judgment you might have formed on the actual events in Syria, a coup d’etat will end all hopes of democratization.The Arab League has officially asked the satellite operators Arabsat and Nilesat to stop broadcasting Syrian media, either public or private (Syria TV, Al-Ekbariya, Ad-Dounia, Cham TV, etc.) A precedent already exists because the Arab League had managed to censure Libyan TV in order to keep the leaders of the Jamahiriya from communicating with their people. There is no Hertz network in Syria, where TV works exclusively with satellites. The cut, however, will not leave the screens black.Actually, this public decision is only the tip of the iceberg. According to our information several international meetings were organized during the past week to coordinate the disinformation campaign. The first two were technical meetings, held in Doha (Qatar); the third was a political meeting and took place in Riyad (Saudi Arabia).

The first meeting assembled PSYOP officers, embedded in the satellite TV channels of Al-Arabiya, Al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN, Fox, France 24, Future TV and MTV. It is known that since 1998, the officers of the US Army Psychological Operations Unit (PSYOP) have been incorporated in CNN. Since then this practice has been extended by NATO to other strategic media as well.

They fabricated false information in advance, on the basis of a “story-telling” script devised by Ben Rhodes’s team at the White House. A procedure of reciprocal validation was installed, with each media quoting the lies of the other media to render them plausible for TV spectators. The participants also decided not only to requisition the TV channels of the CIA for Syria and Lebanon (Barada, Future TV, MTV, Orient News, Syria Chaab, Syria Alghad) but also about 40 religious Wahhabi TV channels to call for confessional massacres to the cry of “Christians to Beyrouth, Alawites into the grave!.”

The second meeting was held for engineers and technicians to fabricate fictitious images, mixing one part in an outdoor studio, the other part with computer generated images. During the past weeks, studios in Saudi Arabia have been set up to build replicas of the two presidential palaces in Syria and the main squares of Damascus, Aleppo and Homs. Studios of this type already exist in Doha (Qatar), but they are not sufficient.

The third meeting was held by General James B. Smith, the US ambassador, a representative of the UK, prince Bandar Bin Sultan (whom former U.S. president George Bush named his adopted son so that the U.S. press called him “Bandar Bush”). In this meeting the media actions were coordinated with those of the Free “Syrian” Army, in which prince Bandar’s mercenaries play a decisive role.

The operation had been in the making for several months, but the U.S. National Security Council decided to accelerate the action after the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, notified the White House that he would oppose by all means, even by force, any illegal NATO military intervention in Syria.

The operation has a double intent: the first is to spread false information, the second aims at censuring all possible responses.

The hampering of TV satellites for military purposes is not new. Under pressure from Israel, the USA and the EU blocked Lebanese, Palestinian, Iraqi, Libyan and Iranian TV channels, one after the other. However, no satellite channels from other parts of the world were censured.

The broadcast of false news is also not new, but four significant steps have been taken in the art of propaganda during the last decade.

• In 1994, a pop music station named “Free Radio of the Thousand Hills” (RTML) gave the signal for genocide in Rwanda with the cry, “Kill the cockroaches!

• In 2001, NATO used the media to impose an interpretation of the 9/11 attacks and to justify its own aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq. At that time already, it was Ben Rhodes who had been commissioned by the Bush administration to concoct the Kean/Hamilton Commission report on the attacks.

• In 2002, the CIA used five TV channels (Televen, Globovision, ValeTV and CMT) to make the public in Venezuela believe that phantom demonstrators had captured the elected president, Hugo Chávez, forcing him to resign. In reality he was the victim of a military coup d’etat.

• In 2011, France 24 served as information ministry for the Libyan CNT, according to a signed contract. During the battle of Tripoli, NATO produced fake studio films, then transmitted them via Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya, showing phantom images of Libyan rebels on the central square of the capital city, while in reality they were still far away. As a consequence, the inhabitants of Tripoli were persuaded that the war was lost and gave up all resistance.

Nowadays the media do not only support a war, they produce it themselves.

This procedure violates the principles of International Law, first of all Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights relating to the fact of receiving and imparting information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” Above all, the procedure violates the United Nations General Assembly resolution, adopted after the end of World War II, to prevent further wars. Resolutions 110, 381 and 819 forbid “to set obstacles to free exchange of information and ideas” (like cutting off Syrian TV channels) and “all propaganda provoking or encouraging threats to peace, breaking peace, and all acts of aggression”. By law, war propaganda is a crime against peace, the worst of crimes, because it facilitates war crimes and genocide.


See also good article by Charlie Skelton in The Guardian exposing the Syrian opposition  media spokespersons  who serve western interests: