Update: I wrote this post before a Defense Intelligence Agency document was leaked showing that a “Salafist Principality” (ie, an Islamic State) on the border of Syria and Iraq is “exactly what we want” as an excuse to unseat Assad. This at least validates the fact that the West’s interest in Syria is to oust Assad not stem the tide of terrorism. I go one step further, however, and argue that this leak was a limited hangout the purpose of which was to counter rumors that we didn’t just allow the Islamic State to emerge, we created it! The links below support my argument.
Original Post: Here is a quick and dirty list of some articles I came across that cast doubt on the official narrative concerning ISIS. Many of these sources are not US mainstream media. If you are skeptical of any source that is not US MSM, I ask only this: never dismiss, always refute. That is, if you don’t want to believe it because you don’t know the source, that’s fine, but don’t just dismiss it, actually look at the story and evaluate the evidence and argue why it’s not convincing. Similarly, when faced with stories from the US MSM, don’t just accept them or give them the benefit of the doubt, evaluate them critically, look at the evidence and likewise argue why it is convincing. It takes a little extra time, but very quickly you will hone some serious “truth-dar” and you will be able to cull the plausible from the implausible in no time at all.
Here’s an opportunity to take this approach out for a spin. I haven’t gone over these articles with a fine-tooth comb, so maybe you can help me sort them out and separate the plausible from the implausible, and at the same time discover your inner truthdar! (I hope it goes without saying that I don’t have a position on these sites’ general conclusions on anything, I’m just interested in these specific reports, and even more narrowly, whether their facts warrant further investigation or not.)
Picture of John McCain with “the Caliph” Al Bagdhadi
2007 NYT report that Al Bagdhadi is a fiction
2014 Time Magazine article discussing the elusive al Bagdhadi
Picture of truck from American used car lot
Picture of ISIS tents with “US Army” stenciled on them
Reports of US supplies going to ISIS
Claims that an America reporter was murdered for witnessing ISIS soldiers in Western aid trucks crossing into Syria from Turkey
British forensics report: Foley video staged
Foley family bizarre behavior
Japanese hostages casting different shadows in same “desert”
Fox News reports videos staged in studio using green screen
Jordanian pilot immolation video – x marks the spot at 0:23 in the first video, and other over-produced give-aways
Iraqi prime minister accuses Saudi Arabia of funding ISIS
Foreign Minister of Syria says could beat ISIS in a month if foreigners stopped supporting it.
Libyans deny ISIS in Libya
FoxNews reports video of ISIS beheading Copts faked
After reading this article, I’m seriously considering that the quality of the ISIS videos is deliberately poor to see how far people will go to believe the mainstream media over the evidence of their own eyes. On a recent show on this topic, I had a caller absolutely insist that this video was 100% real and depicted 21 Christian beheadings despite this report! It reminds me of the War of the Worlds hoax by Orson Wells – that became the subject of a very informative globalist study of how people would react to reports of an alien invasion. I’m thinking they are getting very valuable psychological information based on how successful this campaign has been.
UPDATE: Another disturbing implication about this story involves the pope. Pope Francis offered mass for these people according to this February 17, 2015, article on FoxNews.com. My concern is this: why does the pope think this is real? The Vatican is its own country with a worldwide intelligence network and associations that include the highest ranking intelligence agents in the US. Either Pope Francis is being duped by his own people, they are being duped by us (which I do not consider plausible given the maturity and sophistication of their intelligence apparatus), or someone in the Vatican is lying on purpose.
The US to continue giving Toyota Hiluxes to Syrian “moderates”
ISIS uses American/Allies’ weapons. Are they really this “lucky”?
US/allies created ISIS
Coincidentally, MI5 tried to recruit Jihad John, but he chose ISIS instead
Washington’s Al Qaeda Ally Now Leading ISIS in Libya
ISIS IS US?
USA Today: NBC falsely accuses Assad of reporter’s kidnapping
‘Americans are on our side’ Terror commander says US are arming jihadists in Syria: A MILITANT commander for Al-Nusra – Al-Qaeda in Syria – has claimed the group have been delivered US weapons by third party governments that Washington supports.