Now, with all eyes and news coverage on Syria, it is time to set the record straight. This is crucial- as the saying goes: “Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.” We know this is not the first long-planned and orchestrated war. We also know that this won’t be the last one. As with Iraq, the plans, the setting of the stage, the mammoth waves of propaganda and misinformation paving the path for war with Syria, were all in place over two years ago-when no one was looking, and while the gatekeepers were busy hushing.
Boiling Frogs Post was the first and only website to break the unofficially official preparation for long-planned war with Syria.
21 months and nine days ago, on November 21, 2011, Boiling Frogs Post published an exclusive report on Syria: A Secret US-NATO Training & Support Camp to Oust Current Syrian President:
Col. Riad al-Assad has been in Turkey, working with U.S. & NATO, right inside the US Incirlik Base in Turkey, to do exactly what he vehemently denies: smuggle US weapons into Syria, participate in US psychological and information warfare inside Syria as the middle-man whom Syrian protesters tend to trust, and help with funneling intelligence and military operators across the border and night-time drop offs by air.
The joint US-NATO secret training camp in the US air force base in Incirlik, Turkey, began operations in April- May 2011 to organize and expand the dissident base in Syria. Since then, in addition to Col. Riad al-Assad, several other high-ranking Syrian military and intelligence officials have been added to operations’ headquarters in the US base. Weekly weapons smuggling operations have been carried out with full NATO-US participation since last May. The HQ also includes an information warfare division where US-NATO crafted communications are directed to dissidents in Syria via the core group of Syrian military and Intelligence defectors.
My confident report was not based on speculation. I had relied on my trust-worthy sources in the area (let’s call it the vicinity) and my current and former government insiders (both in the US and in Turkey). Two of my US military sources had initially taken the report to the New York Times and several other mainstream media outlets in October 2011. The US media was not willing to publish the exposé despite the reliability of the sources and their being in a position to know:
I immediately started checking our infamous US mainstream media sites- still nothing on this significant information. I then contacted one of my high-level sources and asked why he had come to me with his documented report instead of going directly to the big guys. With several credible insiders as his corroborators and a high-level official in Turkey, he would have no problem getting their attention. And his response? Well here it is minus a few expletives:
“Who said we didn’t go to MSM first? We got them the info back in October. First they were interested and drooling. At least the reporters. Then, they disappeared. We sat and waited for a few weeks, and no one followed up. It is Turkey. It is NATO. It is our CIA guys. The media hot shots would not touch those cases without State Department sanction attached…”
So they came to me. And we ran the story. Of course, there was not a peep from anyone in the mainstream or pseudo-alternative outlets when we went ahead and published the exposé.
Still, not-discouraged by the intentional blackout on US-NATO war preparations against Syria, I continued our coverage. On December 10, 2011, I wrote the following editorial:
On Sunday, December 11, 2011, we broke yet another exclusive story on Syria:
According to first-hand accounts and reports provided to Boiling Frogs Post by several sources in Jordan, during the last few hours foreign military groups, estimated at hundreds of individuals, began to spread near the villages of the north-Jordan city of “Al-Mafraq”, which is adjacent to the Jordanian and Syrian border.
According to one Jordanian military officer who asked to remain anonymous, hundreds of soldiers who speak languages other than Arabic were seen during the past two days in those areas moving back and forth in military vehicles between the King Hussein Air Base of al-Mafraq (10 km from the Syrian border), and the vicinity of Jordanian villages adjacent to the Syrian border, such as village Albaej (5 km from the border), the area around the dam of Sarhan, the villages of Zubaydiah and al-Nahdah adjacent to the Syrian border.
Another report received from our source in Amman identified an additional US-NATO Command Center in “al-Houshah,’ a village near Mafraq.
You can read the entire report here at BFP, and watch our video report below:
Undeterred by the lack of coverage and the continued black-out by the media, we continued our Syria coverage:
And more editorials:
For the Supposed ‘Islamic’ Turkish Government US-NATO Come Before Islam (December 19, 2011)
Podcast: Back Story on Syria with Sibel Edmonds & Journalist Pepe Escobar (December 22, 2011)
Syria Update: US Government Gives Green Light to MSM (December 29, 2011)
And here is an interview I gave to RT on October 13, 2012, (Ironic in light of what’s happening today):
So, why am I bringing all this up? I have plenty of reasons, but let’s stick with a few macro ones:
Consistent with all US aggression and imperialistic wars, the stage-setting, the logistics and operations, the propaganda and misinformation … all begin long before the hot topic of War against X becomes constant headline news. Why? Because the establishment does not want long-term public scrutiny and awareness before the war preparation enters its final stage. They don’t, and they’d do anything to prevent that kind of awareness.
What better time to go back and review the records of publications that claim to be ‘alternative or antiwar.’ Of course, mainstream outlets such as the NY Times, the Washington Post and CNN are obvious examples as far as the mainstream is concerned. Then there are those who pose as alternatives. In my above select editorials you’ll recognize a few such publications: take Al Jazeera as an example. However, please do not disregard the infested little propaganda fish that drop propaganda poop as alternative or NGO or activist or AntiWar brands.
A good example would be the ironically named AntiWar.Com. Currently they are raising their quarterly 80K (annual $320K+) as a 501(C) (3) NGO that spreads mainstream aggregated news. I want you to check their archive for the time frame when we were exposing the war preparations against Syria. What you’ll see: news headlines from BBC, Al Jazeera, New York Times, Washington Post, Fox, and CNN depicting Syria as another Arab Spring scenario. What you’ll see is glorification of the terrorist rebels. What you’ll see is their staunch attack on us (Boiling Frogs Post), depicting us as Assad supporters. What you’ll see is the exact opposite of what you’ll see in their coverage since the wind shifted. Now, consistent with the rest of the propaganda machine and pseudo fronts, shifting with the wind, they are suddenly semi AntiWar on Syria.
Please take time to establish this glaring fact, and then ask “why.” The answer is very simple: for the exact same reason they will not disclose their fat sugar daddies who oil them for propaganda extension. The establishment has accomplished yet another stage-setting and unofficially official war preparation. Now it doesn’t matter. Thanks to the mainstream and pseudo-alternatives such as AntiWar.
And finally, this is only one more case where we have proven our track record as a truly alternative information website. We have been able to maintain this record due to 100% independence: we do NOT receive a single penny from any corporate foundations, NGOs or corporate advertisers. We are not under the government’s tightly controlled strings as a tax-exempt government-approved 501 NGO (Remember the IRS targeting of ‘particular’ NGOs?). Our loyalty is only to our readers/supporters-subscribers. That is “You.” With that, we’ll continue our daring and independent news site only if, and as long as, you are willing to support us and our work. And we are thankful to all of you for helping us continue and expand.
Sibel Edmonds is the Publisher & Editor of Boiling Frogs Post and the author of the Memoir Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story. She is the recipient of the 2006 PEN Newman's Own First Amendment Award for her “commitment to preserving the free flow of information in the United States in a time of growing international isolation and increasing government secrecy” Ms. Edmonds has a MA in Public Policy and International Commerce from George Mason University, a BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology from George Washington University.