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U.S. Had Intel on Chemical Strike Before It Was Launched
http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com ^ | Friday, August 30, 2013 - 3:19 PM | Shane Harris, Yochi Dreazen, Noah Shachtman, David Kenner

Posted on 08/30/2013 2:43:11 PM PDT by redreno

American intelligence agencies had indications three days beforehand that the Syrian regime was poised to launch a lethal chemical attack that killed more than a thousand people and has set the stage for a possible U.S. military strike on Syria.

The disclosure -- part of a larger U.S. intelligence briefing on Syria's chemical attacks -- raises all sorts of uncomfortable questions for the American government. First and foremost: What, if anything, did it do to notify the Syrian opposition of the pending attack?

(Excerpt) Read more at thecable.foreignpolicy.com ...


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1 posted on 08/30/2013 2:43:11 PM PDT by redreno
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To: redreno

Curiouser and curiouser.


2 posted on 08/30/2013 2:45:48 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: redreno

If true (and I don’t trust Obama even as much as I trust the average communist tyrant), this still does not justify an attack in Syria, where we have no national interest and no “good guys” we would like to see win. What is the point of sending a signal at the risk of American lives when we have already made it completely clear that the spineless wimp in our White House doesn’t want to get involved?


3 posted on 08/30/2013 2:46:42 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: redreno

Just like the Boston Atrocity, where the passport
requirements were CONVENIENTLY waived for the terrorists
to let them back in to kill Americans.

This Administration is behind terrorists attacks from Hasan
to Benghazi.


5 posted on 08/30/2013 2:48:36 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: redreno

Obama was way too busy spying on his enemies (the American people) to bother with this stuff.


6 posted on 08/30/2013 2:48:59 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: redreno

When Obama found out the intel was a bunch of youtube videos, that was all he needed to know!


7 posted on 08/30/2013 2:49:40 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: redreno

So what, Zero allowed this to happen like Benghazi in a effort to butch up his Pansy A** ? I guess it’s okay to put Americans in harms way and spend taxpayer money to punish an act of a foreign government in their own country( if it was the Assad Regime) but not okay to prevent the slaughter of innocent people. All this points out again is that Zero is a evil bastard.


8 posted on 08/30/2013 2:50:41 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: BenLurkin
isn't that just wun'erful
10 posted on 08/30/2013 2:51:41 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (0bama lied, Stevens died, now 0bama covers up the lies.)
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To: redreno
The disclosure -- part of a larger U.S. intelligence briefing on Syria's chemical attacks -- raises all sorts of uncomfortable questions for the American government.

Ten years ago, this sentence would have been written a little differently:

The disclosure -- part of a larger U.S. intelligence briefing on Syria's chemical attacks -- raises all sorts of uncomfortable questions for the Bush administration..

11 posted on 08/30/2013 2:53:25 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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12 posted on 08/30/2013 2:54:03 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: redreno

13 posted on 08/30/2013 2:55:35 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: redreno

This is what happens when you elect morons to
public office.
My god what a mess they are making.


14 posted on 08/30/2013 2:56:09 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: BenLurkin

They had intel 3 days before in Syria, but the intel agencies KNOWS NOTHING about Benghazi?

Does not pass the smell test.
Show the American people this evidence.


15 posted on 08/30/2013 3:00:50 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: tennmountainman
Q: Why did 0bama allow the Boston bombing to happen?

A: So the DHS could declare Martial Law on an entire city for TRAINING PURPOSES.

16 posted on 08/30/2013 3:11:29 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: redreno

obama is completely in the tank for his Saudi masters. He’s a plant, everything he does benefits them.


17 posted on 08/30/2013 3:14:24 PM PDT by gotribe (Vladimir Putin is MY President)
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To: redreno

Uh...wouldn’t that make the Obama administration an accessory to murder?


18 posted on 08/30/2013 3:14:40 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: tennmountainman

“They had intel 3 days before in Syria, but the intel agencies KNOWS NOTHING about Benghazi?

Does not pass the smell test.
Show the American people this evidence.”
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From the US govt declassified brief [NO PROOF]-— the rest of the 3 pages is fluff:

Preparation:

We have intelligence that leads us to assess that Syrian chemical weapons personnel – including personnel assessed to be associated with the SSRC – were preparing chemical munitions prior to the attack. In the three days prior to the attack, we collected streams of human, signals and geospatial intelligence that reveal regime activities that we assess were associated with preparations for a chemical weapons attack.

Syrian chemical weapons personnel were operating in the Damascus suburb of ‘Adra from Sunday, August 18 until early in the morning on Wednesday, August 21 near an area that the regime uses to mix chemical weapons, including sarin. On August 21, a Syrian regime element prepared for a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus area, including through the utilization of gas masks. Our intelligence sources in the Damascus area did not detect any indications in the days prior to the attack that opposition affiliates were planning to use chemical weapons.

The Attack:

Multiple streams of intelligence indicate that the regime executed a rocket and artillery attack against the Damascus suburbs in the early hours of August 21. Satellite detections corroborate that attacks from a regime-controlled area struck neighborhoods where the chemical attacks reportedly occurred – including Kafr Batna, Jawbar, ‘Ayn Tarma, Darayya, and Mu’addamiyah. This includes the detection of rocket launches from regime controlled territory early in the morning, approximately 90 minutes before the first report of a chemical attack appeared in social media. The lack of flight activity or missile launches also leads us to conclude that the regime used rockets in the attack.

Local social media reports of a chemical attack in the Damascus suburbs began at 2:30 a.m. local time on August 21. Within the next four hours there were thousands of social media reports on this attack from at least 12 different locations in the Damascus area. Multiple accounts described chemical-filled rockets impacting opposition-controlled areas.

Source:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/30/government-assessment-syrian-government-s-use-chemical-weapons-august-21

FROM Kerry’s presser today:

“That’s why this mornings’ release unclassified estimate of what took place in Syria is so important. It’s findings are as clear as they are compelling. I’m not asking you to take my word for it. Read for yourself! everyone...the evidence from THOUSANDS of sources, evidence that is already publicly available [???] and read for yourselves the verdict reached by our intelligence community about the chem weapons attack the Assad regime inflicted on the opposition and on opposition-controlled or contested neighborhoods on the Damascus suburbs on the early morning of Aug 21....”


19 posted on 08/30/2013 3:17:04 PM PDT by thouworm (A lawless oligarchy has replaced our Constitution-based govt. Their motto: Catch us if you can.)
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To: redreno
The new intelligence assessment doesn't definitively answer whether the attack was ordered by the highest ranks of the government, or if it was the work of a rogue military officer. But remarks this afternoon by Secretary of State John Kerry made it clear that the Obama administration is holding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responsible.

Interesting turn of events for the IRS scandal too.

20 posted on 08/30/2013 3:22:26 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("When there is no penalty for failure, failures proliferate." George F. Will)
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To: redreno

Intel = in on the planing loop?


21 posted on 08/30/2013 3:31:06 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: redreno

I’d be willing to bet that the Israelis provided this intel.


22 posted on 08/30/2013 3:36:49 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: maggief; hoosiermama; TigersEye; penelopesire; ConservativeMan55; AllAmericanGirl44; Nachum; ...

Ping, more interesting reporting.


23 posted on 08/30/2013 3:46:27 PM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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Only Two Days Until
September.

Less than $2.5k to go!!
We can do this!!

24 posted on 08/30/2013 3:53:08 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: redreno

Why should I believe a word of this war drum propaganda??? Slam dunk again?


25 posted on 08/30/2013 3:53:31 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: redreno

All part of Wag the Dog.

Of course they had evidence. But not the evidence they are shoveling out to the public right now.


26 posted on 08/30/2013 4:04:00 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: crosslink

Hmmm...thanks for ping. I don’t really buy anything this administration is selling. And this is a hard sell offensive they are engaged in.


27 posted on 08/30/2013 4:24:20 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: Pollster1

Not just American lives but also means and methods. Screw ‘em. Let them figger it out for themselves and then even if it’s not a bluff. But if the info is real does Colin Colonel Powell know about it?


28 posted on 08/30/2013 5:31:01 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: Yosemitest

My guess is, if they told the Russians that Chechins would hold off attacks on the Winter Games if they ‘played ball’, I kinda suspet the Putin turned it around and said, “If you do NOT control the Chechins during the Olympics, Riyad will become a smoking crater. I am not Obama, I DO NOT fool around!”


29 posted on 08/30/2013 5:43:04 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: thouworm

This confirms the reporter on John Batcherlor’s show. He said US and Turk intelligence met with the Syrian Free Army a few days before this, and told them to hold off because something big was going to happen.

Obama knew and allowed all those innocents to die.

Nobel Peace Prize


30 posted on 08/30/2013 8:20:56 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: VanShuyten
Obama knew and allowed all those innocents to die.

Nobel Peace Prize


31 posted on 08/31/2013 7:28:58 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Obozo Liar and his thugs in his outhouse lie 24/7/365. They are unable to tell the truth.)
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To: redreno

Pretty good psyops.

Bet that even the Syrian gov did not know they were going to use chemical weapons three days ahead of time.

Syrian officials are going to start a circular firing squad to eliminate the leakage, all the while fearing that there are yet other traitors in their ranks.

And nobody is going to pay attention to the contradictory statements coming out of Washington (for example, the claim that the evidence of Syrian army involvement was a tapped phone call after the attack, when now they are claiming to have had evidence before the attack).


32 posted on 08/31/2013 9:21:35 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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