Wednesday, April 04, 2007

More From Tarpley on the Good Friday "Sneak Attack"

I posted previously on how prominent truther Webster Tarpley wrote about a US "sneak attack" against Iran this Friday. Tarpley, much like David Ray Griffin, is portrayed in the conspiracy community as some sort of towering intellectual, a new age Thomas Jefferson. I have seen claims that he speaks 6 different languages, although apparently not Russian based on the way be completely murders the pronounciation of Novosti, in this radio interview that I found linked at the Loose Change Forum.

As I mentioned previously, he attributed this sneak attack warning to "Russian military experts close to the Russian General Staff", although the original Russian article he cites mentions only "military analysts", hardly the same thing.

Well to make it even more amazing, in this radio interview, he now cites sources in "Russian Intelligence" for the same story. Geez, guy, if you are going to make up a story, at least keep it consistent.

I e-mailed Tarpley last week asking for him to explain his sourcing. To no surprise I did not get a response. Six months from now I will probably get an angry e-mail from him complaining that I didn't inform him.



At 04 April, 2007 21:02, Blogger The Artistic Macrophage said...

Tarpley is the Paranoid's Tom Clancey.


At 04 April, 2007 22:00, Blogger Unknown said...


I have been one of those in the past saying "read Tarpley, read Tarpley".

I admit that his book and his on-going commentary are not standing up nearly as well as I would like.

At 04 April, 2007 22:06, Blogger James B. said...

Uhh, BG, you have said that about every truther whose claims we have bothered to look into.

Notice a pattern yet?

At 04 April, 2007 22:16, Blogger blind avocado said...

I have just come across this devastating expose of yet another conspiracy! Will it never end?
Unfastened Coins

At 05 April, 2007 00:50, Blogger Unknown said...

Blind Avocado - I saw that too. It's part of a bigger page, see here.

I couldn't get past the first paragraph without bursting out laughing - the video floored me. Gotta love Maddox

At 05 April, 2007 05:56, Blogger Manny said...

Uhh, BG, you have said that about every truther whose claims we have bothered to look into.

Notice a pattern yet?

In fairness to the B-man, he at least does look into these guys' claims from time to time. That distinguishes him from some others who are the dumbest motherfuckers on the planet.

I have some hope and, frankly, a little enthusiasm for Bill. Nicely done, Mr. Giltner! As a present, I'll present you with a couple of real threats to our freedom I'd recommend you look into.

1) McCain-Feingold. This radical restriction on political speech has done nothing but drive the people funding our political campaigns (read: setting the agenda of our election-time political discussions) underground, with less disclosure and relieved candidates of accountability for many of the things said on their behalf. I don't personally believe that either of Messrs. McCain or Feingold intended that, but why is nobody talking about it. Could the media's inattention be related to the fact that total campaign spending on mass media has increased as a result of the law?

2) Press freedom. While everybody observing the Plame affair has focused on the leak and OMG Cheneyburton treason!!!!!eleventy!!11!, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has waged a war on the freedom of the press, even jailing a reporter for refusing to disclose her source. He has done this outside of the justice department's guidelines. What makes this particularly egregious is that now it comes out that at the time he was jailing and threatening to jail reporters, he already knew who the leaker was. Most chillingly, he has eroded the peoples' ability to benefit from whistleblowers in such a way that neither the press nor Congress will lift a voice in protest.

At 05 April, 2007 08:56, Blogger Unknown said...

James B. said...

Uhh, BG, you have said that about every truther whose claims we have bothered to look into.

Notice a pattern yet?

The issue that I have intended to raise from day one has never been:

1) You must agree with "Loose Change"

2) You must agree with DRG

3) You must agree with Webster Tarpley


My issue remains that the Country would best be served by a real investigation.

I freely admit that I have personal estimates of what I think really happened, and I will argue those from time to time.

However, I don't expect anyone to take my word for it, and I don't condemn anyone for not agreeing with me.

I do condemn anyone who thinks the issue is a closed case.

I do condemn the irresponsible press and politicians.

At 05 April, 2007 08:58, Blogger Unknown said...


I respect the points you have made here. I'm not sure I find them in the ballpark of the severity of 9/11 truth, but I acknowledge there's a legit case to be argued.

At 05 April, 2007 10:01, Blogger Triterope said...

In fairness to the B-man, he at least does look into these guys' claims from time to time.

I agree.

At 05 April, 2007 12:26, Blogger James B. said...

I will actually agree with that.

Welcome to BG appreciation day here at the Screw Loose Change blog!

At 05 April, 2007 15:53, Blogger Alex said...

Hah. After 50 years, there are still people who think that the moon landing was faked. Zealots will continue to beleive whatever they want to beleive, no matter how many investigations you launch or how many experts support the conclusions. Bill won't be swayed by anything short of being able to hop in a time machine and fly back to personally check the WTC for explosives. And even then he'd probably just start talking about CIA lasers in orbit.

At 05 April, 2007 17:54, Blogger ConsDemo said...

I have to agree with Alex. There is no credible evidence to back up these moronic conspiracy theories. Deniers believe them simply because they want to believe them. A Denier who occasionally makes rational-sounding statements is still a Denier.

At 05 April, 2007 17:59, Blogger ConsDemo said...

Btw, its 4:30 AM in Tehran, bombs must be raining down and there is New World Order Conspiracy to block the news services from showing it.

At 06 April, 2007 07:08, Blogger Triterope said...

You know what conspiracy prophets like Webster Tarpley remind me of? Televangelists. Like Pat Robertson or Benny Hinn. These people constantly make ridiculous, self-serving predictions that never come true, and their believers keep right on listening to them and sending them money no matter how many times they're wrong. Idiots.

It's amazing what sway these people have. Tarpley could tell the CTs the sky is orange, and they'd believe him instead of their own eyes. It's cultish when you get right down to it.

At 06 April, 2007 16:49, Blogger Civilized Worm said...

Sure you don't mean cuntish?


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