Monday, March 26, 2007

Truther Sources

I am continously amused by the sources truthers will use for their stories, without even a hint of skepticism or analysis. My favorite example being when the Scholars for 9/11 Truth posted a story from Pravda, most famous for being the official mouthpiece of the Soviet Communist Party for 70 years, reporting that an armed coup had taken place on Capital Hill.

Now another story is going around, started by prominent truther Webster Tarpley, that the US is going to launch a "sneak attack" on Iran, on the rather precise date of 4 A.M. April 6th.

WASHINGTON DC, -- The long awaited US military attack on Iran is now on track for the first week of April, specifically for 4 am on April 6, the Good Friday opening of Easter weekend, writes the well-known Russian journalist Andrei Uglanov in the Moscow weekly “Argumenty Nedeli.” Uglanov cites Russian military experts close to the Russian General Staff for his account.

The attack is slated to last for 12 hours, according to Uglanov, from 4 am until 4 pm local time. Friday is the sabbath in Iran. In the course of the attack, code named Operation Bite, about 20 targets are marked for bombing; the list includes uranium enrichment facilities, research centers, and laboratories.


Tarpley later complains that this story has been ignored by the US media, although this may have to do with the fact that Novosti considered this story so important, that they didn't even bother to post it in either English or Russian. Tarpley links to 2 articles written only in French.

Tarpley's main source, Andrei Uglanov, is only cited secondhand, so with a little research, I found the original article, posted here, (Translation mine):

IRAN TO BE "BITTEN" AT 4 IN THE MORNING, APRIL 6TH

An anonymous source in the Kremlin warned Iranian authorities that Moscow refuses to support Tehran, if Iran does not answer the IAEA inquiry, it is responsible for itself. For us Iran with a nuclear bomb or the capacity to develop one is unacceptable. We will not play in these anti-American games with them.

Such a warning to Tehran would not have been possible if the Kremlin did not know about the true plans of the United States in regards to Iran. And if they knew, they did not want to be in the same boat with a violator of the UN Resolution.

To begin with, the Vice-President of the USA, D. Cheney admitted that his country "Is considering all solutions to the Iranian problem", including military.

Russian military experts believe that the planning of the military actions by the United States reached the point of no return on 20 February. In Vienna, inconclusive talks ended between the Iranians and the head of the IAEA M. Al Baradei.

According to our information, military action will take place in the first week of April, just before the Catholic and Orthodox Easter (this year the dates are the same), when the "Western public" will be on vacation. Maybe this will even happen even on Friday April 6th, a holiday in the Muslim world.

According to the American plan it will be a one-day strike, which will last 12 hours, from 4 am to 4 pm. The code name of the operation currently is "Bite", which translates to "ukus". The very name indicates that it won't be big massacre, of course, it would involve about 20 sites where they are carrying out secret work on the development of a nuclear program.

Of course in the typical truther manner, Tarpley plays a "telephone game", repeating a story, based on an anonymous source to begin with, from a second article in French which repeats it. Contrary to his claim that the news of the attack was based on "Russian military experts close to the Russian General Staff", the article only mentions "military analysts", which could mean anything. Additionally Tarpley morphs the speculation as to the date, into a known fact. These are the truther standards for the truth, where anonymous speculation becomes proven fact.

I just hope they come up with a better name than "Operation Bite".

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18 Comments:

At 27 March, 2007 05:13, Blogger Avery Dylan said...

Like, hey man, that's why we keep the release date of the Final Cut of Loose Change a secret! Like, Loose Change Final Cut, named after my editing system, (Oh, did I give that away?) is gonna be airtight! Except for the mistakes that Korey wants to leave in there. Even those are a secret.

 
At 27 March, 2007 08:16, Blogger Craig said...

Ugh. Tarpley is very good at researching an compiling information. But he is absolutely HORRIBLE when it comes to making predictions.
I've never seen him make one that even came close to materializing. If he had been right about the majority of his predictions, John Kerry would be president, we'd be at war with Russia, and about 15 additional terror attacks should have taken place since last summer alone.

 
At 27 March, 2007 08:30, Blogger Triterope said...

Conspiracy idiots are constantly predicting real-world events that never happen. How many times after 9/11 did Alex Jones say more attacks were coming?

 
At 27 March, 2007 08:30, Blogger pomeroo said...

Wayne Madsen announced that Bush had scheduled airstrikes against Iran to take place days before the 2004 election. He was wrong. He didn't acknowledge that he was wrong.

Neither will Tarpley.

 
At 27 March, 2007 10:08, Blogger Alex said...

Hah. He couldn't be more wrong. We're actually attacking on April4th at 6am. But shhh, don't tell anyone, it's supposed to be a surprise.

 
At 27 March, 2007 10:12, Blogger JPSlovjanski said...

This may suprise some people, but Pravda actually containted far more accurate information before it was bought out by some private retards after the collapse.


Since then it's a complete joke.

 
At 27 March, 2007 12:11, Blogger James B. said...

Actually, relatively speaking, you are probably right.

 
At 27 March, 2007 12:40, Blogger Alex said...

Key word being "relatively".

 
At 27 March, 2007 14:16, Blogger Philip said...

Well, it didn't take long after Iraq converted from the US Dollar to the Euro that we began bombing them, so - I think we're right on schedule!

Zieg Hiel Bush!

 
At 27 March, 2007 15:14, Blogger Richard said...

They only did that after we had began plans to invade Iraq. It was a last "FU" to America before we came in.

 
At 27 March, 2007 16:27, Blogger James B. said...

The Iranians can sell their oil for Italian Lira for all I care (obscure 9/11 truther reference) it makes no difference to me. Now Islamic revolutionary governments having nuclear weapons, that is a concern.

 
At 27 March, 2007 17:33, Blogger Alex said...

So they go from not having any american dollars, to not having any euros. Yep, that really upsets us :)

 
At 27 March, 2007 18:41, Blogger The Artistic Macrophage said...

lol...oh yah...

Its not about the company you keep.

Its about the currency you keep.

TAM:)

 
At 29 March, 2007 10:59, Blogger Philip said...

I think you need to check your timeline and besides, I don't think you give countries like Iran and Iraq enough credit - well, strike that - I KNOW YOU DON'T GIVE THEM ANY CREDIT - that's why we're stuck in Iraq and Osama is still on the loose.

To understate the importance of the value of money is incredibly ignorant. If you don't think so - I have a mortgage just for you, only 50% interest.

Keep up the good work - P.T. Barnum would be proud.

 
At 29 March, 2007 12:32, Blogger James B. said...

To understate the importance of the value of money is incredibly ignorant. If you don't think so - I have a mortgage just for you, only 50% interest.


I know enough to know that the value of money, and interest rates are two different things. Apparently you don't.

 
At 29 March, 2007 17:52, Blogger Alex said...

To understate the importance of the value of money is incredibly ignorant.

Combined GDP of Iraq and Iran: 208 Billion USD.

GDP of US: 12 Trillion USD.

In other words, the US creates in one week what Iran and Iraq together produce in one year.

'nuff said.

 
At 30 March, 2007 01:33, Blogger Naren said...

It's not about GDP it's oil revenue. All oil, not matter where it is being produced is traded in US$, at least it was until Iraq, Iran and North Korea (hmmmm... where have those names appeared together before?) decided that they were no longer going to use the $ and decided to switch to the euro. As long as the dollar was the currency used to trade oil it gives the US free reign to print off as much money as they want and keep the value of the dollar high. If oil producing countries (many of which are now not the US's biggest fans, thank you, George) suddenly decided to stop using the $ the reality of the financial house of cards the US has been living in will become all too real for most of us.

 
At 30 March, 2007 06:43, Blogger James B. said...

As long as the dollar was the currency used to trade oil it gives the US free reign to print off as much money as they want and keep the value of the dollar high.

That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. If you guys want to debate economic theory, I will be more than happy to indulge you, but you will have to use actual theory developed by people with names like Smith, Keynes, Ricardo and Friedman. Hell, even Krugman would be a step up. Something you heard Alex Jones say once does not count.

 

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