The Russian Poison Story is WMD 2.0

in #news6 years ago

by James Corbett
corbettreport.com
March 17, 2018

So you know the poisoning of Sergei Skripal? The incident that is causing British Prime Minister Theresa May to start a war of words with the Russians that could potentially lead to World War III? Well, imagine explaining the story to your MSM-addicted, normie friend:

YOU: Hey, did you know the US government has a top secret bioweapon that they use to kill their political enemies? Well, no one has actually proven it exists much less collected any samples of it, but trust me, it exists and they use it.

FRIEND: What? Secret bioweapon? No evidence? Ugh! Shut up, burglary theorist! . . . errrr, I mean, Shut up, conspiracy theorist!

YOU: Oops, did I say the US government? I meant the Russian government.

FRIEND: Oh, the Russian government, you say? Well, then, this sounds perfectly believable.

Yes, believe it or not, that is essentially what we are being told by the powers-that-shouldn't-be. "The Russians are using a super secret poison that may or may not exist but we're too busy to provide any evidence for this. Just trust us. Oh, and let's threaten a world nuclear superpower based on this non-evidence, too!"

For those not in the know, the case revolves around Sergei Skripal, who the media disingenuously refer to as a "former Russian spy." In this case, "former Russian spy" is a euphemism for "ongoing MI6 double agent." Or, more accurately, "recently poisoned MI6 double agent." That's because Skripal and his daughter were admitted to hospital after passing out on a shopping center bench in Salisbury, England earlier this month. They remain in critical condition. (Or maybe they're already dead. Who knows?)

Naturally, in this era of Russiagate hysteria, it took precisely no time at all before the UK government began intimating it was the Russians, and, despite not providing a shred of evidence for that claim, the mockingbird media naturally followed along. "Of course the Russians did it!" we are told by the MSM repeaters. "Evidence, schmevidence. I mean, come on! Poisoning . . . Soviet Union . . . Russians. Do we have to draw you a map?"

Now Macron, Merkel and Trump are jumping on board with the narrative. "It's the Russians! Time to start WWIII!"

Thankfully, there are some sane voices (even in the MSM) pointing out the absurdity of the idea that Russia's top-secret-super-stealthy assassins poison their enemies in ridiculously obvious ways that will inevitably be traced back to the Kremlin.

Sure is fascinating how every time our CIA assassinates someone, they drop them out a window to make it look like suicide, but every time Putin does, he makes sure to use an exotic chemical or radioactive element easily traceable back to Russia. https://t.co/6OBzVHLKjC

— Lee Camp [Redacted] (@LeeCamp) March 16, 2018

Unsurprisingly, however, when Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn dared to suggest that it may be a good idea to wait for, you know, actual evidence pertaining to this crime before starting WWIII he was naturally accused of being a Russian spy himself. (Bonus laugh: The Grauniad accidentally opened comments on an article about Corbyn's remarks for 10 minutes, just enough time for the public to show overwhelming support for his position.)

But the real intrigue at this point surrounds the agent that was allegedly used on this so-called "former Russian spy." We are told that Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by a "Novichok" (Russian for "newcomer"), which may be "the most deadly nerve agent ever made" if bastion-of-truthiness Wikipedia is to be believed. This class of nerve agent was allegedly developed in the Soviet Union's chemical weapons program in the 1970s and 1980s, but details remain sketchy because knowledge of the chemicals source exclusively to two ex-Soviet scientists who claimed to be part of the program that developed them.

The latest theory about how this deadly agent ended up in Salisbury posits that Skripal's daughter unwittingly (or maybe wittingly?) brought the poison from Moscow in her luggage. The basis for that theory? Well, none has been presented, of course, just: "British investigators are working on the theory that the toxin was impregnated in an item of clothing or cosmetics or in a gift that was opened in Skripal’s house in Salisbury, the Telegraph said, citing the unidentified sources."

Oh, unidentified sources say that investigators are working on a theory, eh? Well, that's all the evidence_ I _need, and if you say otherwise, you're a dirty Russian!

But even more intriguing than the details of how these alleged Novichok agents allegedly ended up in Salisbury is a more fundamental question: Do they even exist at all? This is not a trivial question, and, until last week, most scientists would have said "probably not."

This is a point made by Craig Murray, the former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan who blew the whistle on the UK's complicity in obtaining and using torture testimony. He now writes a fascinating blog, and, in recent days, has posted some bombshell articles about the Skripal case and the evidence-free assertion that Novichok agents were used on Sergei and his daughter.

In "The Novichok Story Is Indeed Another Iraqi WMD Scam," Murray notes the rather remarkable fact that both Porton Down (the UK's only chemical weapons facility) and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons [OPCW] have openly expressed doubt about the very existence of Novichok agents. As Murray points out, the head of the detection lab at Porton Down admitted in 2016 that "No independent confirmation of the structures or the properties of such compounds [Novichoks] has been published" and the OPCW's Scientific Advisory Board [SAB] concluded in 2013 that "it has insufficient information to comment on the existence or properties of 'Novichoks.'" And yet we are being asked to believe on the basis of precisely no publicly-presented evidence that the chemists at Porton Down have accurately determined that the substance in question is a Novichok agent.

And wait, it gets worse! We are also being asked to believe that those chemists were somehow able to determine the origin of that agent that they've never seen before, and have determined it came from Russia. This despite the fact that (as Murray notes), the original Novichok program supposedly took place at the Nukus chemical weapons site in Uzbekistan, far away from modern-day Russia. And in Murray's latest post, "Of A Type Developed By Liars," he reports that a source in the UK government has confirmed "that Porton Down scientists are not able to identify the nerve gas as being of Russian manufacture, and have been resentful of the pressure being placed on them to do so." In other words, Iraqi WMD 2.0.

But hey, would the government really lie about something so important? That will eventually be exposed as a transparent fraud? That could cause large-scale warfare and the loss of untold lives?...

....again?

Sigh. I wish that wasn't a rhetorical question.

Oh, and here's the kicker: the Salisbury shopping center where Skripal and his daughter were found is just a few miles down the road from...(drum roll please)...Porton Down. Yes, that Porton Down. What a coinky-dink.

And there's also this headline as a kind of kicker to the kicker: Porton Down laboratory to get £48m boost after Skripal attack. But there's probably nothing to see here, folks. Just scientists being pressured with carrots and sticks to produce shoddy intelligence for the government, right?

If only that were the end of it. But sadly, of course, this whole ridiculous conspiracy yarn is unfolding in the context of one of the longest and most concentrated periods of geopolitical tension in recent memory, namely the four years of simmering/boiling tension between Russia and NATO that kicked off (or boiled over) after the western-backed coup in Ukraine. We now have Russia unveiling a whole new generation of nuclear missiles and top level officials saying that the current situation may be worse than the Cuban missile crisis.

This is not a game.

Now the bright side here, if there is a bright side, is that this incident probably won't lead to WWIII. Directly. Yet. But it is one more step along the path to outright conflict. And however much some might take solace in the fact that this is all a stage show between two sides that are being controlled by the same deep state forces, we have to remember that all sides were funded and controlled by the same forces in WWI and WWII and the cold war and every other major conflict in living memory, but those conflicts happened, too.

If ever there was a time for the reminder of the public's role in refusing to grease the skids of the war machine, now is the time.

In the meantime, the OPCW has just received a sample of the alleged Novichok so the issue will be coming to a head soon. Stay tuned...

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Great job James. I have been thinking the same thing, but I haven't dug that deep into this story yet. They really do want war at all costs. Thanks for the great research.

It seems they'll get their war one way or another unless we get to the masses first. We've got to shake 'em & wake 'em brother. Mabey this will be the war that nobody comes to.

And today are also presidential elections in Russia, so guess who is going to win again 😎
I wrote a short post on that thematic: https://steemit.com/life/@nunik/for-a-new-mandate-today-guess-who
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Victory in this war is impossible. Even if you kill all the inhabitants of Russia. There is the program "The Dead Hand". When computers do not receive from Russian signs of life, all ammunition of nuclear weapons flies to NATO countries. The world begins to develop from the Stone Age. You can kill Russians, you can not win.

Good thing the Mahabharata shows that humans are far too civilized to do such a thing.

I am comforted.

The "dead hand" is a super computer. It was created in the USSR. In the event of the destruction of the population of Russia, a nuclear strike will be struck. This blow will be caused by the computer. People do not give a command. If there are no Russians in Russia, a nuclear strike takes place. So the program is arranged.
The number of Russians should not be lower than a given threshold. As soon as there are few Russians, the computer does not understand the reasons for it to strike a nuclear strike. You can not cancel the strike. Even the president of Russia can not abolish this blow. So the system works.

That may have more relevance to the Mahabharata than I suspect.

Not a great indication of hope for our future, is it?

Maharatma is the sacred book of the Hindus. As I understand it is partial. There was Professor Zharnikova. She died. I was engaged in research. Judging by ethnography and embroidery. Maharatma is a small part. I came from Russia. Although it's wrong to say that. Rather, from the territory that is now Russia.
I can not speak a lot of books and explain the meaning. So in the name of the geographical places. Embroidery, language. Much more. You need to find the research of Professor Zharnikova. If they are in English read.

Unfortunately the Vandals behind the scene are psycho/sociopaths....they don't care who or how many die.

If in this case there will be a nuclear strike on their mansions and lands? I do not think so. If the population of Russian people decreases to a certain percentage, there will be an apocalypse. This is not a religion. This is technology. Defense of the USSR from attack. Not important it will be war. This will be the extinction of the nation. But if so all die.
I do not know the language to explain. Look for information. "The Dead Hand". This is the defense of the USSR from an attack in the event of a nuclear war. I can not explain it more precisely. I do not speak the language.

The tricks and frauds of the government. They try to fool us and a lot of people are really fooled by this.. They give us a headline that smells fishy from head to toe and then want us to accept that. And when somebody doesn't, he's labeled a traitor. The government and politics, it's all corruption and dirty games.
How are we supposed to believe this shit, honestly I feel sorry for the ones that still do

Corruption? For a long time I have not heard or met this word. Although I live in Russia. Maybe it's in the system itself?

Maybe it's because Russia has clawed it's way free of national debt. I reckon there is some reason to believe that national debt and corruption are inextricably entwined, so when Russia fulfilled it's obligation it was no longer required to suffer the corruption that came with it.

Corruption is capitalism. There is capitalism is corruption. No capitalism there is no corruption. Russia is trying to change the outdated economic system. Now two basic rights and the left. The people are more for the left system. Might be won by the right and Nazism for it are the millionaires. Who will win is unclear. But we will have or communism, which is good. Or Nazism, which is bad for other countries.

One thing I always try to keep in mind is that there are always more than two options.

I think the post market economy will prove all the 'isms' to be variations of 'barbarism'.

Communism is the most progressive economic and political model at the moment. He is close to his ideals and concepts to any world religion and the notion of good.
If we talk about the possibility of Nazism. This is certainly barbarism. Just what did you want? 25 years of humiliation of the empire. Many grew up and became generals and millionaires seeing the humiliation of their people. In many of our generals, politicians boil desire for revenge.
Because this option is unfortunately real. I myself am for the equality of all and by conviction the communist. But Nazism can win. To humiliate the nation. To humiliate a great nation. A nation that has a lot of resources and the best weapons in the world. This can have very sad consequences.

government is like this only we can't believe them, government doesn't take responsibility of anything they just nod head instead of taking steps, government, media are not trust worthy today....

This is why psychological profiling, privacy, machine learning, and artificial intelligence is so frightening when put in the wrong hands.

Exactly what I thought when Julian Assange immediately tweeted, right after it happened, that it was not Russia’s typical MO to poison kids or spouses of targets. I stopped & had to think long & hard before pushing Like & RT, because I was already thinking in the back of my mind what a perfect way to force President Trump’s hand on the world’s stage to go to war. BUT I stopped & contemplated it, because AI is collecting profiles of who I am!?

That sounds crazy, even when I’m only thinking it to myself & not stating it out loud or sharing it w/my spouse or my closest friends! However, I figured I had nothing to lose & hit both: Like & RT. We’re all labeled Russian Bots anyway, but it’s sad you have to stop & worry about your own government tracking you based on how you feel.

I feel like we’re moving backwards in time: race relations, some wanting segregation again, government control, shadowbanning based on what you post, censoring what we can watch, indoctrination of our Nation’s school’s done in one fell swoop~w/no opposition from the Dept of Ed who should be protecting our children from these very things, etc.. I could go on & on...😓

Central bankers are doing another stick up. "Your money or your lives."
They need a massive bailout, on the scale prior to WWI and WWII. I'm not sure what we can do to stop it. Probably smarter simply to prepare for the inevitable, as they've proven, over and over and over again that they'll slaughter millions, to steal from us.

I think you mistate their demand. It's 'Your money and your kids lives.'

I remember a question 'What if they hold a war, and nobody goes?'

I think that's what we should do. That's what we should do about Gargle censoring people's accounts. Quit using censors to host our content. That's what we should do about banksters. Quit giving thieves our money to hold.

I've always preferred the 'ignore it and it will go away' method of dealing with crap. The best defense is not investing in trouble. If you find out you have, divest, and reinvest elsewhere. There are better places to spend our money than banks, who spend it on wars, to kill us.

Like, anyplace else is better.

End banks.

Russia is part of a military alliance with China and India, is it likely to save bankers or defeat in the war to kill Western bankers?

Sorry? I don't understand your question?
What "war to kill Western bankers?"
Central bankers all work together, on this globe.
They wage wars that we all fight in.
US Empire continues to expand...eventually the world won't want us putting more US Military bases in their nations. US Military is in 70% of the globe...and counting.
How many nations have military bases in USA? None!
Soviets stopped Hitler, in his desire to conquer the world.
If NATO keeps pushing, Russia and China will have no choice but to defend themselves.

The banksters aren't a monolith. There are various levels and intraspecific competitive undertakings amongst them, including regional powers. While coordination of war is highly profitable, there are always funds that do not win the war, and are opposed to it.

They are not often enough of nominal power amongst their ilk. China's power, and Russia's, are not in lockstep even with each other. When war comes, it will come through the Western banksters sacrificing their powerbases, and this will not come lightly.

Neither Russia nor China want war in their neighborhoods.

We don't want it here, and the Western banksters haven't defected to the East. Yet.

I hope.

Good points. I don't know anything about China's central bank. It must be state owned, unlike our federal reserve.
And Russia, I know has been stock piling gold.
During WWI and WWII there was USSR and they were constantly under attack by western central bankers...cuz...they originally were organized by poor people in those countries.
Today, Russia is often confused with the former USSR...and, admittedly, I haven't kept up much with their central bank. I suspect their billionaires party with our central bankers.
I've read several books on western central banks - and their funding both sides of the war, but WWIII will have different actors: USA/Israel/Saudis v. Russia/China etc.

that is a fact the only thing that russia does is defend against the evil west they do not want war. but the us and Europe ! russia is the scapegoat ! of the world
and then to think that they have actually liberated the Netherlands with the English people !
and the poles but the! The Netherlands played together with the Germans
the Germans. the Dutch railways were under contract to carry people to Germany I have seen proof of that! when you consider that the father of Buch pay the Germans
Then we are all spoken out! after 45! The US transported the war criminals to the US that guests are still working at NSA and the CIA not to believe and then blamed Russia for giving bad joke! they can not be trusted
i know it is thanks to me ex nassi pa! grew up! something I would not have known

US Empire is trying to take over the world. Some call it the Third Reich.
USSR stopped Hitler. US Empire hopes that Russia, cut off from the rest of the former Soviet Union, will not be able to stop Trump/Bibi.
China and Russia are the only ones in the way of having US Military bases in 100% of the globe. They want complete control of earth - for rich white men - that speak English. I'm not sure why racist don't like Russian, white Christians, but I don't understand racism...sorry.

yes dear friend that is true! why the us Russia does not like it! Is simple!
also Russia and so Putin knows the truth! and slowly! the rest of the world also know the most about Hitlers criminals
hidden in the nsa and the cia where Hitler so to speak is stopped! there is the us! went along with that, there are proofs of it

The US is the only country as far as I know that radio actively dumps rubbish over its own
population and therefore martyrdoms! Hitler so proud! and much more
we know that Adolfs corpse is Never found, we know he got help! for the same, he just sits at the nsa or cia! impossible! no, they are criminalsthere are rumors from the past that the man is still alive! True or False! we will never know but impossible No

So we know what the US is keeping silent about the world! they just continue the third realm under the New name nwo! this is a danger to us all poetin knows it most stop

I am Russian. I understand what we will do. I can recall the 2008 war. It was an 8 day war. Of course they said that Georgia was at war. Everybody knows that there were US instructors and NATO mercenaries. They were enough for 8 days of war. NATO is unable to fight even with Russia. Fight with China and India (military alliance Russia, India, China) suicide.
We showed the rocket. This is the first real combat exoskeleton.


This is stronger than any tank. This is not in the world, only in Russia.

Some us know that 20 million Russians died to stop Hitler. Russians might be the only ones that can stop the ever expanding US Empire.

Died 5 million to stop Hitler. The loss of 20 million is a peaceful population of women and children who were killed by the Nazis.More answers can not be written, my answers are hidden and persecuted on the basis of race.

The british people aren't gullible enough to fall for this story, well some are, but most aren't. On a Jeremy Vine BBC radio 2 phone in most callers were very concerned about the lack of evidence and the hasty response by the UK government. It's a just more evidence that our global governments are run by crazy people.

While I can hope that the British people can hold it together, I recall watching my country go to shit after the 9/11 false flag, and the wars that are still growing out of it.

If Theresa May starts a shooting war, I reckon people everywhere in Great Britain will do what Americans did.

Nothing that put them in harms way.

Some folks made some noise, but not enough to stop it.

My hope is that this isn't enough provocation to put Brits in that position. Let's hope that the banksters can't muster one bad enough up.

In a comfortable western society it's hardly likely that people will stand up and be counted. They will always opt for the easy way out. It's only when their very lifestyle and existence is threatened that they will become active, and even then when it's too late. The rounding up of the Jews in Germany is a prime example of how the middle class act during catastrophic events. They first lived in hope that saner minds would prevail, then they lived in denial that atrocities could occur and finally they surrendered not realising the danger they faced. It's sad to say but I think the politicians have us cornered until a critical mass of people are awakened.

As a UK citizen it has been hard to challenge all the anti-Russian hysteria that has been built up over the years following the Feb 2014 coup. There is plenty of skepticism following the whole WMD debacle and the fact that the opposition leader has called for calm is very encouraging and I have emailed my MP to such an effect. I think the British people are sick of war, but they are deeply mistrustful of the Russians. We are also led by moronic politicians like Boris Johnson, who is the epitome of Etonic stupidity. On this mornings telly he claims "we actually have evidence", do you really Boris, actual evidence? Of course what we are aware of is that this takes place at a time when the economy is about to nose dive, and a serious financial crisis is threatening complete upheaval. "When all else fails they take you to war".
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Agreed, on all but Johnson being moronic. I believe he is highly intelligent, but utterly disingenuous and probably sociopathic.

At the worst possible political time (with the rapidly approaching World Cup), Russia must certainly have murdered (in the most blatant way possible) a former spy, using a nerve agent (that according to the OPCW Russia has already destroyed) because, well just because. They don't need a motive.

Ever get the feeling England is exacting revenge about not being awarded the World Cup ?

But surely there can't be anyone stupid enough to believe this latest round of WMD 2.0 bollocks. Well, apart from an army of English football hooligans (whose travel bans are expiring just in time), promising to "create a super-firm of thugs to sweep across Russia in a wave of organised chaos".

The weaponization of sport continues.

I remember a brit citizen that was murdered in a park a long time ago. he babbled some strange stuff about the war in iraq being a sham, fake evidence, fake WMD's but the brit secret service silenced him. no cries of outrage over that one,.

There were cries of outrage over Dr. David Kelly's death.

They just weren't loud enough.

This sounds like an episode from strike back. And I can't believe, naively that all these are happening. My corner of the world is peaceful. Yet all these usually have ramifications that could change everything in a heartbeat.

I hope we will be able to maintain peace, no matter what it happens. It is already very late here, and I guess this is the most important thing that I can say.

Thank you for the great article!

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