Amnesty International Admits Syrian "Saydnaya" Report Fabricated Entirely in UK

by Tony Cartalucci from Land Destroyer

What you are looking at is a 3D model fabricated entirely in the United Kingdom, based solely on satellite pictures and hearsay. Passed off as evidence this technique of "forensic architecture" may soon become a new tool in the dissemination of war propaganda if it is not exposed.

What you are looking at is a 3D model fabricated entirely in the United Kingdom, based solely on satellite pictures and hearsay. Passed off as evidence this technique of “forensic architecture” may soon become a new tool in the dissemination of war propaganda if it is not exposed.


Amnesty International’s 48 page report titled, “Syria: Human Slaughterhouse: Mass Hangings and Extermination at Saydnaya Prison, Syria,” boasts bold claims, concluding:

…the Syrian authorities’ violations at Saydnaya amount to crimes against humanity. Amnesty International urgently calls for an independent and impartial investigation into crimes committed at Saydnaya.

However, even at a cursory glance, before even reading the full body of the report, under a section titled, “Methodology,” Amnesty International admits it has no physical evidence whatsoever to substantiate what are admittedly only the testimony of alleged inmates and former workers at the prison, as well as figures within Syria’s opposition.
Within the section titled, “Methodology,” the report admits:

Despite repeated requests by Amnesty International for access to Syria, and specifically for access to detention facilities operated by the Syrian authorities, Amnesty International has been barred by the Syrian authorities from carrying out research in the country and consequently has not had access to areas controlled by the Syrian government since the crisis began in 2011. Other independent human rights monitoring groups have faced similar obstacles.

In other words, Amnesty International had no access whatsoever to the prison, nor did any of the witnesses it allegedly interview provide relevant evidence taken from or near the prison.
The only photographs of the prison are taken from outer space via satellite imagery. The only other photos included in the report are of three men who allege they lost weight while imprisoned and a photo of one of eight alleged death certificates provided to family members of detainees who died at Saydnaya.
The alleged certificates admittedly reveal nothing regarding allegations of torture or execution.
Articles like, “Hearsay Extrapolated – Amnesty Claims Mass Executions In Syria, Provides Zero Proof,” provide a detailed examination of Amnesty’s “statistics,” while articles like, “Amnesty International “Human Slaughterhouse” Report Lacks Evidence, Credibility, Reeks Of State Department Propaganda,” cover the politically-motivated nature of both Amnesty International and the timing of the report’s promotion across the Western media.
However, there is another aspect of the report that remains unexplored – the fact that Amnesty International itself has openly admitted that the summation of the report was fabricated in the United Kingdom at Amnesty International’s office, using a process they call “forensic architecture,” in which the lack of actual, physical, photographic, and video evidence, is replaced by 3D animations and sound effects created by designers hired by Amnesty International.

Amnesty Hired Special Effects Experts to Fabricate “Evidence”

In a video produced by Amnesty International accompanying their report, titled, “Inside Saydnaya: Syria’s Torture Prison,” the narrator admits in its opening seconds that Amnesty International possesses no actual evidence regarding the prison.

The video admits:

There are almost no pictures of its exterior [except satellite images] and none from inside. And what happens within its walls is cloaked in secrecy, until now.

Viewers are initially led to believe evidence has emerged, exposing what took place within the prison’s walls, but the narrator continues by explaining:

We’ve devised a unique way of revealing what life is like inside a torture prison. And we’ve done it by talking to people who were there and have survived its horrors…

…and using their recollections and the testimony of others, we’ve build an interactive 3D model which can take you for the first time inside Saydnaya.

The narrator then explains:

In a unique collaboration, Amnesty International has teamed up with “Forensic Architecture” of Goldsmiths, University of London, to reconstruct both the sound and architecture of Saydnaya prison, and to do it using cutting-edge digital technology to create a model.

In other words, the summation of Amnesty International’s presentation was not accumulated from facts and evidence collected in Syria, but instead fabricated entirely in London using 3D models, animations, and audio software, based on the admittedly baseless accounts of alleged witnesses who claim to have been in or otherwise associated with the prison.
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Eyal Weizman, director of “Forensic Architecture,” would admit that “memory” alone was the basis of both his collaboration with Amnesty International, and thus, the basis for Amnesty’s 48 page report:

Memory is the only resource within which we can start [to] reconstruct what has taken place. What does it feel like to be a prisoner in Saydnaya?

Weizman’s organization, “Forensic Architecture,” on its own website, describes its activities:

Forensic Architecture is a research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London. It includes a team of architects, scholars, filmmakers, designers, lawyers and scientists to undertake research that gathers and presents spatial analysis in legal and political forums.

We provide evidence for international prosecution teams, political organisations, NGOs, and the United Nations in various processes worldwide. Additionally, the agency undertakes historical and theoretical examinations of the history and present status of forensic practices in articulating notions of public truth.

In other words, special effects experts and their tools – usually employed in the creation of fictional movies for the entertainment industry or for architectural firms to propose yet-to-exist projects – are now being employed to fabricate evidence in a political context when none in reality exists.
While the work of “Forensic Architecture” may be of interest to developing theories, it is by no means useful in providing actual evidence – evidence being understood as an actual available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid – not a fabricated body of supposed facts or information.

Technology used for creating Hollywood dinosaurs and aliens, or an architectural proposal for a vacant lot, is now being used to fabricate evidence for politically motivated reports when no actual evidence exists.

Technology used for creating Hollywood dinosaurs and aliens, or an architectural proposal for a vacant lot, is now being used to fabricate evidence for politically motivated reports when no actual evidence exists.


The work of “Forensic Architecture” and the witness accounts gathered by Amnesty International – all of which were admittedly gathered outside of Syria – would form the basis of an initial inquiry, not a final report nor the basis of a conclusion that human rights violations not only took place, but that they constituted crimes against humanity and demanded immediate international recourse.
Amnesty International’s report lacked any actual evidence, with its presentation consisting instead of admittedly fabricated images, sounds, maps, and diagrams. Amnesty – lacking actual evidence – instead abused its reputation and the techniques of classical deception to target and manipulate audiences emotionally. What Amnesty International is engaged in is not “human rights advocacy,” but rather politically-motivated war propaganda simply hiding behind such advocacy.
Exposing this technique of openly and shamelessly fabricating the summation of an internationally released report – promoted unquestioningly by prominent Western papers and media platforms, including the BBC, CNN, the Independent, and others – prevents Amnesty and other organizations like it from continuing to use the trappings of science and engineering as cover to deliver monstrous lies to the public.


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Hawgfeeder
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Hawgfeeder

Instead of ceaslessly blogging, commenting, bitching, whinning, regurgitating what is already generally known about Amnesty International, why don’t some folks with a moral-imperative organize into effrctive, trained, search-and-destroy teams, covertly apprehend 30% of the top eschelon of this organization, spend three days with each one of them with needle nose pliers and a blow torch, and on the 4th day, feed each and everyone of them alive to hogs. This would send a message that there are some people in this world that aren’t compliant with this tyranny by acquiesing to it, and doing nothing like blogging and commenting about… Read more »

archie1954
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archie1954

I suspected that the report was fabricated out of whole cloth. I wonder if the so called forensic experts mentioned in this article used experience gained at Guantanamo to extrapolate to the Syrian prison.

mohandeer
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Don’t be daft, the US is hardly going to pay AI for an op ed showing the multitudinal sins of their own hypocrisy or corruption.

Hind Abyad (@AbyadHind)
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Of course not the US. Zionists organisations have tonnes of money they can buy anything, anybody, any country. These engineers are Zionist “Jews”

Hind Abyad (@AbyadHind)
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Sorry i downvoted myself instead of mohandeer

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

Eyal Weizman!!! Says it all, really-the destruction of Syria has been a Zionist objective for decades, as outlined by the Oded Yinon Plan in 1982. As Smotrich, the Deputy Speaker of the Knesset declared on Israeli TV last year-Damascus ‘belongs’ to the Jews!!!!!!!!!!

mohandeer
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Everything Israel covets belongs to them according to the gospel of Zionism.

falcemartello
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UN/amnesty international ,human rites watch, medecine sans frontiere,and related ngo’s have been created and funded by anglo-zionist. Look at the UN flag Look at the Israel flag . Who donated the land in Manhatten to build the UN. All well founded and well documented facts. When did Palestine loose its land and viola when did the UN come to fruition.
Some questions one would want to ask.

louisproyect
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This is the same Tony Cartalucci, btw, who wrote that the Arab Spring was an imperialist conspiracy.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

Yes, he got that one right as well. Your record is rather less impressive.

mohandeer
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It was!

Norman Pilon
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Was that you, Tony? Imperialist conspiracy? How did you know?

falcemartello
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And he was spot on.

John
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John

And you still believe that it was was all completely spontaneous and not at all organised?
How touching you are; such unbridled naïveté.

louisproyect
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Cartalucci implicitly supports every dictator in the Middle East and North Africa on the basis of “outside agitators”. If you are looking for a struggle against dictatorships in which the CIA does not play a role, you will look in vain. Imperialism always seeks to exploit insurgent movements that can become a new state power even Fidel Castro’s July 26th Movement:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98921086

mohandeer
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thanks for the link Louis, it’s an excellent reminder of how the US was happy to fund the corrupt Batista regime who was of course, pro US. Things haven’t changed much since then have they, the US using every means possible to effect “regime change” when the regime is not forthcoming with it’s forelock tugging praise and subjugation.

StAug
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“Imperialism always seeks to exploit insurgent movements that can become a new state power…” Curiously passive, this Imperialism of which you (naively) speak. One would think, logically speaking, that Imperialism would be more drawn to manufacturing the “insurgent movements”, the “news” reporting them and the “opinions” of the public in response… …which is, in fact, demonstrably, how it usually happens. Starting, with, hmmmm… Mossadegh, in 1953….? And that was before Facebook, mind you. Picture the poor, beleaguered CIA, reduced to air-dropping leaflets…! Things are so much easier for them now. Especially with the help of so many enthusiastic amateurs, in… Read more »

louisproyect
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So funny that you can’t accept 13,000 people being executed when Assad has described every rebel as al-Qaeda terrorists.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

So funny that you can’t accept that the war in Syria is entirely caused by the USA in league with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel, Turkey etc, that is was violent from the very start, that it enjoys little support among Syrians, and that the takfiri Wahhabist psychotic butchers are among the most evil death-squad butchers ever assembled by the USA to do its dirty work. What is it about the child-crucifiers that your type find so alluring. Is it the beards?

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

That’s your idea of ‘evidence’ is it?

Sav
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Sav

‘So funny that you can’t accept 13,000 people being executed when Assad has described every rebel as al-Qaeda terrorists.’
That doesn’t even make any sense.
The Syrian government has even allowed passage for these ‘rebels’ to leave. Would the US ever consider doing this? I remember the road to Basra. Mass slaughter and bulldozers used to bury the evidence.

mohandeer
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How strange you should find questioning of an obviously false narrative with regard the murderous US/UK Saudi plan and choose to ignore the perfidy of the perpetual propagation of provable lies. Why would that be, one asks?

falcemartello
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The charade has been debunked. Pax -Americana/anglo-zionist. GEN Wesley Clarke 2006 7 countries in 5 years. Wolfowitz doctrine. Total spectrum dominance . So keep on being a repentant marxist and I might add noted anglo-zionist. Ur whole narrative is falling apart. Libya under Qadfaffi had the best standard of living in Africa. Syrians under Assad have free education , subsidized housing free health care and no western/Rothschild banking institutions and no GMO’s. How many palestenians have been murdered by Israel the IDF how many paleseinians men woman and children r being incarcerated as we speak. How many acres of territory… Read more »

louisproyect
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“no western/Rothschild banking institutions and no GMO’s.” You really have no idea of how screwed Syrian agriculture was. Whether or not GMO’s were used is a secondary question. Under the Baathists, there was a total disregard for water resources being used for export crops like cotton. Groundwater has been exhausted to the point where by 2020 the only water will be available in bottles at the grocery store for prices that only the rich can afford. I will have an article in Muftah.org that gets into all this. Too bad you people are so indifferent to Syria’s political economy and… Read more »

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

Typical hasbara tactic-start spewing ‘antisemite’ to smear, vilify and intimidate. Destroying Syria and breaking it into pieces is a prime objective of Israel, as outlined in the infamous Oded Yinon Plan, and often since. Israel has attacked and subverted Syria constantly since 1948, aided and abetted by their puppets in the USA. They are the architects of this catastrophe, as in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Sudan etc.

John
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John

Louis writes as though he has thoroughly researched the topic he is pronouncing upon – which is always nice to see and thoroughly persuasive – possibly. Strange, then, that he did not cite the following text from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syria%E2%80%93Turkey_relations: ‘Water disputes have been a major source of conflict, as Turkey has constructed several dams on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers as part of the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) to develop the region.[2] The project GAP was aimed at reducing the harsh living conditions of the Southeastern provinces of Turkey by building 19 dams on the rivers of Euphrates and Tigris. This… Read more »

mohandeer
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Well informed re the cause of drought , you sure it was 2006 I thought Syria’s drought was worst on 2008. It’s semantics on my part, since it could well have been the culmination of drought conditions drying up previously reliable wells. The influx into the larger cities of the countryside farming population did strain relations but “for the most part”, funding was found, to relieve the problem and people got along. Syria was long known for it’s tolerance to all, would that we, the largest economies of the world, could make that same claim.

Admin
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Try to express your opinions on the content without impugning the characters and motives of those with whom you disagree. If your point is good the ad hom is a distraction. If your point is bad…well, you probably should re-think your position. 🙂

louisproyect
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So why don’t you reprimand this guy for describing me as a “noted anglo-zionist”? I guess some people are more equal than others. The truth is that I put up with a tremendous amount of ad hominem abuse here but you only single me out for something I don’t actually indulge in. Maybe you are not aware of it but this Rothschild banker meme is circulated around the conspiracist wing of the left (speaking liberally) like a sexually transmitted disease. To refer to me as a Zionist is a sleazy way of referring to me as a Jew and I… Read more »

Norman Pilon
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Now you are getting the ‘hang of funny,’ Louis.

John
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John

Louis’s thinking on the concept of anglo-zionism is completely flawed. There are many christian-zionists in the US who are not jews.
Not all zionists are jews and – equally – not all jews are zionists.
Jews are claimed to be an ethnic grouping of sorts, whereas zionism is an ideology, which has become heavily fractured into varying parts: orthodox, reformist, green, labour, etc. Choose your flavour!
The two descriptors (jew/zionist) are – literally – incomparable.
I don’t mind Louis revealing and reveling in his own ignorance but it does rather lower the tone for this site – unfairly so, I believe.

louisproyect
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And fuck you for putting me on moderation. You dirtbags are not worth my time. Bye-bye.

Norman Pilon
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And bada-bing, bada-boom, this is the cherry!
Please, don’t go. I beg you. There will no one left to rightfully abuse.
:'(

Jen
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Jen

Seconded.

mohandeer
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Thirded. hahaha, you are naughty (but nice) see comment in reply to Norman. We are bad, bad little boys and girls and when Louis grows up, so will I(then I really WON’T be so nice)

mohandeer
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You do know we are being the equivalent of thoroughly naughty playground bullies. You shouldn’t mock the afflicted, can you not find it in your heart, to spare a thought for his ineptitude as demonstrated by John. NO?
Oh good, glad I’m not the only one.

mohandeer
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Is that a promise we can rely on Louis? Or just my wishful thinking?

Jen
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Jen

I’m afraid Louis Proyect loves punishment and that as sure as the sun rises in the east, birds keep flying and fish continue to swim in the sea, he will be back for another birching from the likes of you, me and half of the regular Off-Guardian commenting crowd when next there is a post on Syria.
One of his esteemed forebears (of the former Lemberg in Galicia, now Lviv in western Ukraine) might have been the writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopold_von_Sacher-Masoch

mohandeer
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Jen. thanks for the link – very informative and interesting, but there is one point I would like to make. According to Wiki, Sachor-Masoch, despite the fact that he was predisposed to sexual deviance, was “….well known as a man of letters, a UTOPIAN thinker who espoused SOCIALIST and HUMANIST ideals in his fiction and non-fiction….” and “Sacher-Masoch edited the Leipzig-based monthly literary magazine Auf der Höhe. Internationale Review (At the Pinnacle. International Review), which was published from October, 1881 to September, 1885. This was a progressive magazine aimed at tolerance and integration for Jews in Saxony, as well as… Read more »

Admin
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You aren’t on moderation and have never been put on moderation.

John
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John

So funny that you completely fail to provide one single shred of verifiable evidence for the figure you cite.
Even more proof of your touching naïveté.

Norman Pilon
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It’s not 13,000, Louis. It’s 13,000, give or take 8,000 — to be exact and precise.

Norman Pilon
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And to go with that possible range of error, only 95 deaths are documented deaths, that means confirmed dead by means of a death certificate, eh. So in fact, AI has managed to “document” between .73% and 1.9% of the between ALLEGED 5,000 to 13,000 victims. I mean, if we are going to go with the ‘facts.’

David Linton
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Why would a regime intent on suppressing people under the cloak of secrecy provide death certificates for people they have illegally killed?

Norman Pilon
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This is, according to Amnesty International, the answer to your question (i.e., it’s part of the “cover-up”): REGISTRATION AT TISHREEN HOSPITAL Three doctors who worked at Tishreen Hospital told Amnesty International that, starting in 2011, they received the bodies of detainees who died at Saydnaya on a regular basis. They reported receiving the bodies of detainees who died in the security force branches as well, and they noted that all deceased detainees were dealt with in the manner described below. When the doctors receive the bodies, they fill out a medical report stating the detainee’s cause of death, as well… Read more »

Admin
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So, in effect the alleged absence of evidence for torture is being sold as evidence for torture?
Is there anything to substantiate any of this narrative?

Norman Pilon
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@ Mohandeer for tabulating the score in favor of the Devil:
:-*>

mohandeer
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Erm. Norman sorta just did Admin. In his use of AI’s silly contradictory statements, he showed how those statements actually demonstrate the gaping flaws in their assertions.
Norman is playing devil’s advocate with AI’s arguments and winning!

Norman Pilon
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Why, yes, of course, and it is incontrovertible. You just underlined it yourself: the very absence of evidence itself is all of the evidence that is needed to indict. After all, it is incontrovertibly absent, and if that isn’t a “cover-up,” what is? Now, of course, only 95 deaths have in this way been documented. But another five -to-thirteen thousand deaths have also without doubt been covered-up in precisely this way. Therefore, if the “cover-up procedure” is as Amnesty has here described, surely there must be somewhere in the government archives another five-to-thirteen thousand such documented “death-certificate-issued deaths,” as well… Read more »

Norman Pilon
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Exactly. Assuming, of course, that they did.

Norman Pilon
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And ironically, the smaller AI’s ‘fabricated’ estimate becomes, the more accurate and therefore believable, on the basis of the facts actually ascertained, becomes their ‘story.’ Here, have a look: a) Say they were to estimate 100,000 exterminated in Saydnaya. With 95 confirmed dead — without being able to say exactly from what causes — AI would only have documented 95/100,000 or 0.095% of the deaths they would have alleged. BUT, b) Say they were to estimate the number of the exterminated in Saydnaya as being 95. With 95 confirmed dead — without, for all that, being able to say exactly… Read more »

mohandeer
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AI’s logic is it’s own undoing, but thanks for demonstrating it so ably.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

‘Confirmed’ by whom? MOSSAD, the CIA or Saudi ‘intelligence’. No-I know. By the Guardian, probably that hero of ‘human rights’, Nick Cohen.

Norman Pilon
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Well, if the death certificates are authentic, then the Syrian government would presumably have confirmed the deaths. But I agree with you: I’d have to to find independent corroboration, which I haven’t done. I’ll keep it in mind as something on which to follow up if and when I find the time. In the meantime, if you yourself find anything, it would be gracious of you to let me know.
Regards,
–N

Jen
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Jen

Add to that range of error the size of the buildings that make up Saydnaya Prison: they’re apparently not large enough that up to 13,000 prisoners could have been killed there over five years even if they were being killed at a steady rate. One also needs to consider why there appears to be no evidence of mass graves in the vicinity of the prison.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

jen, that’s where ‘Saddam’s human chipping-machine’ went-to Evil Assad, to shred the evidence.

louisproyect
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I fail to understand why you people would not applaud the killing of 13,000 jihadists. After all, the ‘al-Qaeda gonna get your momma’ is its most persistent topic.

Jen
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Jen

“I fail to understand why you people would not applaud the killing of 13,000 jihadists …”
Well unlike someone who would like to see Bashar as Assad being hung from a tree by his ankles and being beaten as well, I like to think that most of us Off-Guardian commenters have some respect for other people’s right to exist.

Norman Pilon
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Okay, If ‘they’ really are ‘al-Qaeda types,’ here, hear it, my applause. And no, the undercurrent of the ‘fiction’ is that it’s ‘ordinary’ folk who merely dared to voice out loud that they don’t ‘agree’ on certain ‘undefined’ issues with the “regime.” Well, that’s the tone I think it is written in. Don’t you? Here, let me quote but one sentence for you, the first two lines from Waldman’s novella: Saydnaya Military Prison is where the Syrian state quietly slaughters its own people. The victims are overwhelmingly ordinary civilians who are thought to oppose the government. And talking about inverting… Read more »

Norman Pilon
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Well, you might not agree, but I thought this was priceless, as in most excellent:

Colynn Burrell
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Colynn Burrell

AI lost its credibility decades ago. It’s now just a tool for the Fake News hawkers.

Manda
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Manda

Kevork Almassian did a long interview on Sunday wire show today, the (Sh)Amnesty report comes up. Well worth a listen, comes after the monologue at approx 36.50.
http://21stcenturywire.com/sundaywire/

mohandeer
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Followed a link which brought me to the Syrian News and the article this is taken from. Excellent. Found something else on my travels across the ether – hope you like it. I think it’s brilliant and really nails the MSM by what he wrote and by what he implied by omission.
http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/02/12/putin-weighs-in-on-fake-news-week-by-congratulating-la-stampa-periodical/

StAug
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It’s excellent indeed and somehow he managed to deliver the information without using fancy high-tech methods to dazzle us into believing it… very old fashioned, eh? I don’t suppose any NGOs will be giving him lucrative contracts any time soon…

Sav
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Sav

Here you see this guy Michael Isikoff (of Yahoo News??…Walmart going to start their own news next?) puffing his chest over his interview with Assad ref this new claim.
https://twitter.com/Isikoff/status/830410843854688256
Straight out lying and manipulation. He has no evidence of who these victims in the pictures are or where the pictures are taken. The FBI report he cites says nothing more than that the pictures are of real people. He knows that full well but bullshitting his audience works.

Norman Pilon
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Merely to make up my own definition, Forensic Architecture: we put into moving pictures, or rather, 3-D(-ish) motion video graphics akin to what you find in video games what you relate to us in so many words or bring to us in actual videos and pictures — for a small fee. What it really is, is Interactive Media Design, but I guess you can call it whatever you like, and you can surely qualify it as “forensic” if you are into simulating actual alleged “crime scenes” that you replicate — as Mohandeer has rightly pointed out — on the basis… Read more »

Arrby
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My understanding of the meaning of ‘forensic’ would be what articles like this do with projects like this one by Amnesty International, utilizing Eyal Weisman’s forensic architecture, and finding that project, which involves prioritizing speculation over actual evidence, wanting. And this is the approach taken by scientists who are proponents of biological evolution. They draw fantastic images of creatures who they insist existed and, because ‘leaders’ are predisposed to embracing biological evolution as fact and pass that bias on to the general public, we are left with the ‘fact’ of biological evolution taught in almost all classrooms and so entrenched,… Read more »

mohandeer
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Darwin was persecuted for even trying to speak of the unthinkable, so we really haven’t advanced as far as we would like to think, have we? By the way, science has yet to prove to me with any degree of certainty that it was not a hunter primarily, but an opportunistic vulture, which reminds me I’ve gone off topic, almost but not entirely.

mohandeer
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Re-write – brain dyslexia”Darwin was persecuted for even trying to speak of the unthinkable, so we really haven’t advanced as far as we would like to think, have we? By the way, science has yet to prove to me with any degree of certainty that
….T REX … was not a hunter primarily, but an opportunistic vulture, which reminds me I’ve gone off topic, almost but not entirely.

Norman Pilon
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But the mangled version of what you had intended to say made perfect sense to me, however, and this is how I read it: Science as currently institutionalized is more about status and profit-making opportunities (an opportunistic vulture) than it is about being selflessly dedicated to the pursuit of truth (primarily a hunter). And so it is and even was in Darwin’s own day. Your revised version also works, but in an entirely different direction. Words: add some, subtract one, and you end up in completely different places, sometimes surprising yourself with what you just inadvertently but brilliantly just said,… Read more »

mohandeer
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Me and Arrby? That’s it, blame it on us. Chicken. Your’e just scared in case admin give you a ticking off. So I’ll sign off now before I get it in the neck…..Chicken.
Actually I can’t actually remember who it was I was responding to but Arrby is not usually difficult or particularly antagonistic and as far as I can tell, he’s on the right side, just not mine right now, obviously. Ah well, can’t please everyone all of the time. SO’N

Norman Pilon
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I gave you the ‘down-vote.’ My, that was fun.

mohandeer
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Do you get dafter as the day draws to a close? Have been jumping between OffG posts with “how the left destroyed…went looking for you, can’t remember if I found you. There seems to be a consensus with one or two raising alternative views. Might prove edifying – I’ll find out tomorrow.
Nite.

Norman Pilon
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I agree with the point you are making despite being an enthusiast of evolutionary theory grounded in the fossil record, which is the evidentiary basis of the theory, of a kind, as it happens, with all those “breeds” of things animal husbandry has been able to “produce” over the many centuries of its efforts. But if we can agree to disagree respectfully over the latter, we surely are 100% together on the other half of what you said. (And only because you brought it up, Arrby, and though I know I shouldn’t, for those as enamored (or not) as I… Read more »

Arrby
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Acknowledged. Peace!

Arrby
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I’m checking all these linked-to articles and bookmarking some newfound blogs (and old sites that I found annoying but are too useful to ignore) and then I come across Tony Cartalucci and Nile Bowies’ ebook “War On Syria” and an opening quote from John F. Kennedy. I really, really want to just move on after that. What the hell?!!!

salim sellami
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Reblogged this on salimsellami's Blog.

Arrby
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Another people’s organization bites the dust. Which isn’t to say that there is ‘no’ torture happening in Syria with Bashar Assad’s stamp of approval.

Norman Pilon
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“Which isn’t to say that there is ‘no’ torture happening in Syria with the stamp of approval of the U.S. and its allies, too.” — just to be clear and not to split hairs.

mohandeer
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The US was fully aware of both Gadaffi’s and Assad’s holding and torturing of MB and AQ extremists and it was part of USA/Libya agreement that these undesirables be “acquired” by Gadaffi before they could reach US shores. As long as neither country decided to trade with Russia, all was well and only after both countries, three if you count Iraq under Hussein, four if you count China as well, started negotiating with Russia on the pipelines to the silk Road did problems arise. Turkey’s Erdogan was in talks with Putin re said pipeline and was told in no uncertain… Read more »

StAug
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“If you take a step backwards and view it over many years, you realize that all that you observe is no more than a game, moving chess pieces and playing brag or poker – such fun eh?” Basically, this observation ties to the essence of the Psychopath theory of Government. Most people can’t see the mechanism at work because they judge the actions of others through the filter of their own worldview; they can’t grasp the fact that there are humans who either A) don’t mind inflicting pain or death on other humans or B) enjoy doing both and that… Read more »

mohandeer
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So many of those who advocate for war are in essence the very people you describe. Look to the leaders of the countries and corporations and so many of them bear a terrifying resemblance to a shared psychopathy. But even among these, there are redeemable qualities. Qadaffi was a tyrant but what he did for his country and people made them one of the most affluent civilized ME countries. The same can be said of Assad, though not the tyrant his father was, much of those who buddied up to him, ran their affairs with little consideration for those they… Read more »

Norman Pilon
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Fun, indeed. And to suggest that they are ‘playing’ is no understatement. That’s one of the things that is so hard for me to wrap my head around. I can’t fathom it, but I do ‘know’ that in some sense ‘other human beings’ do not really exist in their calculus, in the way that they perceive or construct their reality. Otherwise, how could they permit themselves to be complicit in all of the mass murder and destitution? Or is it that we are all trapped inside some inhuman dynamic over and above us, these things that we call institutions and… Read more »

mohandeer
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With regards to our shared perception of things and the killing of two birds with one stone, I’d be just plum tickled to death to kill the whole bloody flock. They are Legion and should be cast out and over that cliff edge ASAP. There is a saying that sometimes you need to be cruel to be kind, it certainly works for them – except they have the context reversed, my idea would be to be cruel to those who would do harm to others to protect the others who have done no harm. I doubt the infestation of fleas… Read more »

Norman Pilon
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“. . . I’d be just plum tickled to death to kill the whole bloody flock.” I was about to reprove you, but then it occurred to me that I would be, too, “tickled,” that is, which is strange considering my revulsion toward violence. On the other hand, there is to my mind a sharp distinction to made between the violence of an oppressor and that of an oppressed victim struggling against his or her oppression: there is no possible moral equivalence between these two categories of violence. However, though I’d be cruel, it would be in a kind way.… Read more »

mohandeer
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Understand your aversion to violence. Some bloke riding a bike booted my little dog into the bushes, some elderly folk tried to knock him off his bike with their walking sticks, but couldn’t catch him. I grabbed up my dog and plonked her in their care, ran after and caught him – the rest you don’t want to know. My leg was ripped on the rusty mudguard and he was – well we don’t need to go into that – and the old people cheered for me. No-one likes a bully but because I’m female, 5ft 6 inches and weighed… Read more »

StAug
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“Violence should always be the last resort, but there are times when talking just doesn’t cut it, such is the mentality of those who live by violence and cowardly acts of unnecessary brutality.” Definitely. I’m only creeped out by people who can act violently on others dispassionately… in cold blood, as it were. Lots of people who pretend to long for “righteous revenge” are just sadists who need any excuse to cause physical pain. I wouldn’t wish torture on my worst enemy; the idea of people screaming in pain makes me sick. I’m a big guy and people never threaten… Read more »

mohandeer
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Thanks for that, I found it quaintly reassuring because I wasn’t sure whether I should reveal my “dark” side. In my younger days I was never one to start something, but be gorrah, I knew how to finish it if necessary. It’ not so much that I defend myself(although I wouldn’t always back down if challenged), it’s usually other people I’m defending, so I know where you’re coming from.

Norman Pilon
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Entirely agree with everything you write, Mohandeer. I am not a pacifist. When I suggest that I would be cruel, I’m suggesting that if circumstances dictated, I could easily kill. And I’ve also dealt rather roughly with bullies in my time, and it was not a question of being right or wrong, but of them getting exactly what was coming to them. I am no thug, but I won’t be cowed or intimidated. I apologize if my reply put you ill at ease. That wasn’t at all my intention. A link for you to a short piece I cobbled together,… Read more »

mohandeer
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Your comment didn’t so much put me ill at ease, but it did make me think that I might not be the best person to judge others who have a violent nature or have done violence. I will not apologise for who or what I am, but equally, I come across people who would in previous days be judged “conscies” and for them I have sympathy and will not judge them. It’s not everyone who can use their fists (I boxed and did judo as a teen)and even fewer who could not only wield a knife but actually use it… Read more »

StAug
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“I don’t think I could torture anyone, not even the most deserving of all the deserving.” Which is why neither of us (nor most of the people commenting here today, nor our ilk in general) will ever rule the world. Of that we can be proud! Incidentally, if you ever want to see psychopathy in action… buy a cat. Not joking! Cats are perfect illustrations of profitable psychopathy… all that purring (when you please them) notwithstanding. If you’ve ever seen a cat “play” with a smaller, helpless creature…. Somehow, some of us hominids evolved Empathy, separating us from quite a… Read more »

mohandeer
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Hey, don’t blame the cat for not being a sheep and staying true to it’s natural instincts – at least it’s a kind of honesty. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to distinguish between the sheep and the wolves in sheep’s clothing – think Cameron, Blair, Bush, Obama, Clinton, Carter, Nuland, Allbright…………oh dear, gonna run out of time and space with this list.

StAug
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Yep: Cat = Cat… no problem there, M! But a human with a cat’s utilitarian lack of empathy… that’s a problem. And I think that’s what we’re seeing, in so many of these “leaders”…
Now Dogs, on the other hand… if only there were more humans as smart and empathetic as your average Jack Russell Terrier…

mohandeer
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Agreed with one minute difference. She’s 26″ short at the shoulder, daft as a brush, has no functioning brain most of the time and she’s a ……Greyhound….Yay. (Well you didn’t think I was referring to me did you.)
When I think about the various posts that have responded, I realise that so many people do know what is going on and it makes me wonder how so many can manage to place their heads so far up……
that they are truly oblivious to the reality. It’s like living in an alternate universe, far removed from reality.

John
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John

I wonder how keen Eyal Weizman, director of “Forensic Architecture”, would be to provide similar characterisations involving the jailing, torturing and murder of innocent Palestinian children in zionist state jails?
Maybe the pay is just not good enough for him?
Or – more likely – maybe he is a zionist hasbara propaganda “asset” at heart?

mohandeer
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He already has. He helped B’Tselem, the Israeli monitoring group in the occupied territories to map out how the occupation could take place and how best to fight back. Just so you know, Weizman was also on the board of directors.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

‘By way of deception…’

mohandeer
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I don’t thinks so, but he himself could yet prove me wrong and you right. I would be very disappointed in him, if he were knowingly a part of something he intended to be a deception. I’m just not convinced he is guilty as charged, so I reserve judgement on him and save my denouncements for the real culprits here – they would be AI. They were the ones who sought to defame Assad and use the tools (Weizman) to accomplish their mission. In some ways, the attacks against Weizman serve to distract us from the really nasty guys, something… Read more »

mohandeer
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I meant “provenance” not providence – this keyboard is a total traitor!

mohandeer
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Sorry John but I recognised the name of Eyal Weizman because I am a member of B’Tselem and I was sure he was on the board of directors. He has done some stirling work on behalf of the Palestinian cause. No need to take my word for it because I have “copied” the entry in Wiki: “Involved in political theory through the case of Israel and other places, Weizman’s most known theoretical work describes the acts of the Israeli army as founded upon the post-structuralist French philosophers and a reading of them. He also conducted research on behalf of B’tselem… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

As Eyal Weizman says in Tony Cartalucci’s article:
“… Memory is the only resource within which we can start [to] reconstruct what has taken place. What does it feel like to be a prisoner in Saydnaya? …”
Surely if he can imagine what it’s like to be a prisoner in Saydnaya Prison, surely it’s no big stretch of the imagination to imagine what it’s like to be a member of a persecuted and harassed group of people, subject to severe discrimination, abuse, imprisonment and torture because they’re Palestinian.
But I guess Weizman’s memory is a bit on the selective side.

Mulga Mumblebrain
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Mulga Mumblebrain

He meant to say, ‘MEMRI is the only resource…’

mohandeer
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Thanks for this one Mulga M
MEMRI:….”Critics charge that despite portraying itself as neutral,[5] it aims to portray the Arab and Muslim world in a negative light through the production and dissemination of incomplete translations and by selectively translating views of extremists ….”

Jen
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Jen

It would seem from the discussion that has generated regarding Eyal Weizman and Forensic Architecture, that he and his company had been hired by Amnesty International into doing work that now discredits him and FA and the work they have done in the past. FA was entitled to believe that the work they did in constructing a scenario would be supported and confirmed by actual evidence that AI would provide. Instead AI did no such thing and now the blame and derision are Weizman / FA’s to bear. I am now starting to feel sorry for Weizman / FA (and… Read more »

mohandeer
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Well said Jen. You have done yourself proud in more ways than one.

Norman Pilon
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A perfect example of what a ‘honey pot’ is, no?
If it doesn’t discredit “you” by association in the eyes of the general public, it does so among the dissident. Furthermore, “you” become an issue in your own right, a distraction that distracts attention from where it should be focused. And whether it was intended behind the scenes or not, is irrelevant: that’s the effect.
Thank you for your insight, Jen. I wasn’t exactly seeing “it” as clearly as I am now. I think you have it exactly right.

StAug
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” FA was entitled to believe that the work they did in constructing a scenario would be supported and confirmed by actual evidence that AI would provide. ”
But isn’t the evidence supposed to come first? In the best case scenario, FA’s creation of simulations meant to actually function as evidence, in lieu of evidence, is naive. But is meaning well (if that was the case) an adequate alibi when you’re providing pseudo-evidence in support of a (long-hoped-for) invasion that will mean the (additional) deaths of thousands? Shouldn’t the standards of proof be very high in Life-and-Death matters?

Jen
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Jen

I think what Forensic Architecture is doing is to create templates for future cases based on information and evidence that has already been proven in past legal cases.
The closest equivalent I can think of is the FBI and similar agencies having developed psychological profiling to identify whether certain crimes are the work of particular serial killers. The tool is certainly not foolproof and to an extent ended up being caricatured by numerous Hollywood movies and TV shows; but the original tool was based on information and evidence gathered from interviews with killers themselves and from various case studies of killers.

mohandeer
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Jen: “….the original tool was based on information and evidence gathered from interviews with killers themselves and from various case studies of killers….”
That sent shivers down my spine, but the tool they are using now is a decanted and reduced version of what was once a useful mechanism to establish facts and has been warped and twisted to represent absolutely nothing useful at all – except as a sci-fi version of whodunnit.

mohandeer
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Jen. You have got Weizman entirely wrong. He has worked for B’Tselem who are a Jewish monitoring group in the occupied territories, trying to get justice for the Palestinians. He has also written a book on the Israeli Occupation which was certainly no endorsement but in fact critical.

pauldva
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Jen, you are aiming your rant at the wrong guy: first off, Weizman doess NOT say HE can imagine (what it is like to be a prisoner)… secondly he and his forensic architecture have a long history of being activists FOR Palestinian victims of Israeli war crimes, as well as Pakastani/Afghanistan victims of USA drone attacks.
He is a good guy doing good work. check out http://beitunia.forensic-architecture.org/ for example

mohandeer
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Thanks for the link, I have some for Weizman’s work if only I could find it.

Norman Pilon
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“He is a good guy doing good work.”
I saw what you did there.

Jen
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Jen

Yes, from the link I see Forensic Architecture did some work for Defense for Children International – Palestine which is funded by (among others) George Soros’ Open Society Foundations and various NGOs supported by the governments of Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
http://www.ngo-monitor.org/ngos/defence_for_children_international_palestine_section/
In other words, Forensic Architecture does work for NGOs and organisations that claim to operate according to “progressive” values and principles but which actually serve a gatekeeping role to corral and control public criticism and direct it away from the object of criticism into harmless directions.

StAug
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In any case, the two examples of work generated by Forensic Architecture, cited in this thread, will have disproportionate impacts on the entities they “expose”: a pinprick against Israel versus a hammer blow against Assad. And the people in charge of Media know this. Remember the “Collateral Murder” video that made Wikileaks’ reputation? On the one hand, this video, in the end, damaged the US War Machine not even a little bit… but it gave Wikileaks enough authority to help with several “Color Revolution” regime changes… in accordance with NeoLiberal goals. It’s a very old trick but it always works,… Read more »

mohandeer
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His work, for all we know he knows, is serving the interests of human beings who may or may not have been tortured in ways that differ from other regimes – like that of Saudi or Qatar. But amnesty International did not ask him to work on those projects, if they did(which of course is never going to happen) he would have an opportunity to vindicate his work and talent. Does he differentiate between the regimes of Israel and Saudi, or Syria and Iraq, do you know his criteria on which he bases his work? Do the thousands employed by… Read more »

StAug
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“Do the thousands employed by MSM know that they serve the most corrupt institutions promoting death and suffering? You bet they do. Shall they to, be denounced for serving such vampires?”
Yes, they should be. Not the janitors mopping the toilets and not the cafeteria workers, et al, obviously, but the cameramen, technicians, writers and reporters, working directly (and knowingly) with War Propaganda? If they can’t be denounced for that, what’s the point of calling it wrong? Yes: they’re complicit, they share a measure of guilt.

mohandeer
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I’m not certain he knows fully, just how propagandist AI is. If he does, then he will be wishing he had other opportunities. This project for instance could have been the catalyst for whether or not he stayed in business or lost it. I won’t judge him until all the facts are in, but I will despise the AI support base – whoever they are.

mohandeer
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Would that we could all afford the luxury of adhering to our principles when trying to hold a home and family together. There are those who earn my total contempt because they use their ability to influence to serve their own agenda. Take Cohen – he is disgusting enough, but he is in Sarah Vines special little black book, precisely because he can play her tune. Both are shameless. Marks and Spencers share values plummeted when it was learned they were charging so much more than other clothes merchants but were using the same child labour. I doubt their employees… Read more »

StAug
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“Would that we could all afford the luxury of adhering to our principles when trying to hold a home and family together.”
I turned down lots of Dirty Money when I was young. The older you get, of course, the less frequently you’re offered any. But I did turn it down, when it was offered, about 2 years ago. Though I have quite a few relatives (with whom I have zero contact) making piles of it.

mohandeer
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I left home when I was sixteen and back then, as long as you were prepared to work, there were jobs – provided of course you weren’t too fussy. I didn’t know anything of what I know now and times and attitudes were very different in so many ways. About eight years later I landed myself a mortgage and could no longer afford to take any old job, it had to pay well or I would lose the house. I did what I had to even though I was still always broke. I would have worked for money rather than… Read more »

StAug
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Totally agree. But I have no patience for people, for example, who sign up to work in the voluntary arm because “that was their only career choice”. It would be better… more moral… to run a ring of high-end shoplifters!

mohandeer
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I think your’e assuming the “many” are as well informed as the “few”. They’re not and many like it that way – it’s less complicated than trying to rationalize that which they might have to think about. I meet many people daily walking my dogs and with a few exceptions, they are blissfully ignorant of what’s going on anywhere else in the world. I believe Apathy should be listed up there with the seven deadly sins – it’s responsible for so much that is wrong with society. So many people just stopped caring about others and were/are content to leave… Read more »

StAug
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“In this case, Weizman is just doing what he knows how to do with the information he is given…”
I’m neither for nor against Weizman, since I don’t know him, M! But it’s dangerous to let whatever good faith his work earns him (when he’s hired by the not-Evil) form a Trojan Horse for the agenda when the Evil hire him. For me, in considering the AI report, Weizman is a red herring. But the “forensics” is just another word for Propaganda when it’s all fabricated, no?

mohandeer
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Exactly so. It doesn’t matter who actually did the work, but the intended usage of that work which is the egregious undertow. AI have shown their true colours and sadly, despite all his good efforts on behalf of Palestinians, he will be tarred along with the rest of the malevolent tricksters of the propagandist power base. It is they, we should be going after.

mohandeer
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Of course Forensic Architecture is available to NGO’s – they are where the funding is and their is a lot of money in the world – just not where it is needed. Weizman does his bit in many ways and is critical of any Human Rights violations, not just Syria but Israel also. That was the whole point of his words in trying to imagine being a prisoner in any torture facility whether it is Syria, Libya (both pleased the US) or Israel, Abu Graibe et al. No NGO is going to fund his work or pay him to do… Read more »

Arrby
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Weizman’s work doesn’t matter if he doesn’t care where he gets his funding from, in my opinion. One day he’s working for the good guys and the next day he’s working for the bad guys (alongside of George Soros) does not work for me. That just makes him a mercenary.

mohandeer
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So all of us must first decide whether our employer is morally scrupulous or we don’t take the job? It doesn’t quite work like that unfortunately. I’v had to work for complete assholes in my time who should have been in prison, but I went with the money (rather than without). I can’t say I’m happy that Weizman’s company is accepting work from a Soros funded corporation, but then there are not many companies in this capitalist world which are not owned by corporates and creeps. Amnesty International is as crook as a dog’s hind leg, you and I both… Read more »

Arrby
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I’m so pleased that you think I’m a simpleton. Those who have a choice have the choice. The rest of us, no. And even those who have a choice, that doesn’t mean that it’s easy. Still, What are your principles? It’s not so much the employer we have, for most of us. It’s what we are asked to do. I’m in security. I work on a farm and my main job is to check on the animals and escort trespassers off the property (which happens seldom) and to keep an eye out for plumbing problems and such in the few… Read more »

mohandeer
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“I’m so pleased that you think I’m a simpleton. ” I’m not falling for it. It was in response to your simplistic, black and white interpretation of Weizman’s choice of employer. What you have succeeded in doing is to distract the topic away from the real culprits – that of AI and their employers and heaped the blame on someone else to deflect their guilt. Either you did it on purpose or you fell into the trap that the neocons hope we all fall into and so deny any real criticism of AI. I own a HP printer, it’s 12… Read more »

Yonatan
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Yonatan

Whatever they are doing, it is all based on Hollywood-style graphics, made up from nothing. Then there is the total silence of Israel’s depredations of the Palestinians.

mohandeer
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FYO re Weizman, from Wiki: “Involved in political theory through the case of Israel and other places, Weizman’s most known theoretical work describes the acts of the Israeli army as founded upon the post-structuralist French philosophers and a reading of them. He also conducted research on behalf of B’tselem on the “planning aspects of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank”.[4] His recent books include Mengele’s Skull: The Advent of Forensic Aesthetics, with Thomas Keenan[5] and The Least of All Possible Evils: Humanitarian Violence From Arendt to Gaza.[6] Weizman is also the author of the book Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

One other point Tony Cartalucci could have made about Amnesty International’s report is that in spite of its surface gleam (courtesy of Eyal Weitzman and Forensic Architecture) it’s extremely sloppy. Using gee-whiz 3-D computer-effects surface gloss is the latest variation on a time-honoured practice to deflect attention away from the lack of proper research and gathering of credible evidence from credible sources. That AI would stoop so low either indicates arrogance on its part or panic to come up with something to counter the Astana talks on Syria’s future or the news of US Democrat politician (and Iraq War veteran)… Read more »

mohandeer
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21 wire said exactly the same thing. The AI really does believe it is untouchable, such is their funding they cannot imagine that they would be challenged any more than the rest of the US propaganda machine.

BigB
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BigB

One of the more damming criticisms, highlighting the sloppiness of the report, comes from an anti-Assad blogger calling himself (?) ‘the Angry Arab.’ He (?) contacted another anti-Assad dissident, Nazir Nayouf, who questions many of the details of the report from first hand experience. http://angryarab.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/amnesty-internation-report-on-syria.html Tulsi Gabbard’s ‘Stop Arming Terrorists’ Bill has, I believe, been gaining quite a bit of traction and support. One of the many cynical actions in the timing of this is to kill that bill stone dead. Cui bono? AI are creating a self-sustaining need for AI – supporting terrorism in order to collect millions of… Read more »

Sav
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Sav

Both Amnesty and HRW have a very long list of total bullshit. For Syria alone that includes crap like ‘Caesar the photographer’ whose story doesn’t make any sense at all. Of course he can’t be identified either, even though if he existed the Syrian government would already know who he was. But to the idiots who lap it up that doesn’t matter. HRW and Amnesty also screamed about the Abu Salim massacre of over 1270 claim in Libya under Gaddafi. You can see the comparison with this BS story – that the bodies were buried outside the prison grounds. The… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

I’m glad you posted this OffG – whilst in my heart of hearts I am morally outraged by the cynicism and malicious intent involved – I also haven’t been able to stop laughing since I read this report (and they first tried to run with the video back in August.) Actually, even then, I never made it past the Methodology – “we developed techniques to solicit “ear-witness testimony” and reconstruct the prison’s architecture through sound:” “We used “echo profiling”…;” “We also used “sound artefacts”…” So who exactly did they interview, keen eared cuddly headchoppers or bats? I’ll let others debunk… Read more »

Norman Pilon
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I, too, use “echo profiling” and “sound artefacts” to make sense of the world, as well as “ear-witness testimony.” In fact, most of what I know about anything at all is known to me through these techniques. But I learned in due course that not all of the sources of these echos and sounds and testimonies were equally reliable. Indeed, some — many, even — are ‘made up’ and ‘contrived’ and ‘repeated’ to exploit my susceptibility to ‘believe.’ Like when I’m being told Building 7 just folded up as it did because of ‘fire’ and ‘fire’ alone. It doesn’t square… Read more »

mohandeer
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When I first read how the Amnesty report was compiled I felt a sense of being defeated. That they could get away with it, but also that people reading it and understanding of AI’s own statements on how it was cobbled together leaves me wondering how in the world people can accept this as anything but total codswallop and rebel against it. Then comes the anger at being made to feel so futile in redressing this wrong – that’s when I want to fight back and enlist others to use their disgust and battle against it.

joekaye52831
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But Amy Goodman treats it as Holy Writ.

mohandeer
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Wow. Holy shit?

Jerry Alatalo
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An international campaign organized with the sole objective of literally embarrassing or forcing Amy Goodman to interview Eva Bartlett, Vanessa Beeley, Tulsi Gabbard and Elizabeth Kucinich seems like a timely, powerful idea to counteract this extremely dangerous report coming out of Amnesty International. This isn’t the 1st time Ms. Goodman and her Democracy Now have presented anti-Assad, pro “humanitarian” intervention, fake news and/or propaganda, but for the love of God and the Syrian people it should, with a worldwide internet campaign as described, be the last. Now is the moment for getting very, very serious with Amy Goodman, especially when… Read more »

mohandeer
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Like the way you think.

mohandeer
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I’m with you on this – it would be a start. The reason the MSM are winning the info war with their fake news is that millions who follow alt. news are isolated in a big way. If they had some sort of umbrella co-operative, they would have a much larger/greater impact. Many months ago, on my own blog, I made a list of all the sites I visit as recommended but haven’t updated it since. Unfortunately, no-one reads my re-blog. It needs one brave and selfless blog site to do just that, but of course it all boils down… Read more »

jmrpress
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jmrpress

I wish someone would figure out how to start a campaign to reform DNow. I too am fed up with their Syria coverage.

mohandeer
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BigB had a good suggestion which we might be able to co-ordinate. So many Blogs are reporting on this AI propaganda and they in turn have their followers, so call me naive, but could it not be possible? A word with Global Research from blog sites such as OffG and several mentioned in the comments section here and elsewhere could actually see us on the way to a crowdfunding. The petition sites might also agree(38 degrees)to collect names in denouncement of the egregious and propagandist nature of this AI report. We ourselves could visit the many opponents to this report… Read more »

Greg Bacon
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“Eyal Weizman, director of “Forensic Architecture” Maybe he can also do a cartoon on how Bin Laden hijacked those airliners on 9/11 and also managed to blow up WTC 6 from the inside and steal hundreds of millions worth of gold and silver bullion from WTC 4? Syria might be winning some battles, but the war goes on, with civilians being slaughtered by US/SA/Qatar/Israeli backed thugs who want to destroy Syria so the Zionists can enlarge their Eretz Israel by stealing more land. Then it will be on to Tehran, where real men want to go to kill, murder, rape… Read more »

mohandeer
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Reblogged this on Worldtruth and commented: Well presented. I first read this on 21st wire in which they acknowledge Tony Cartalucci as their source with others including Brandon Turbeville, Moon of Alabama, Scott Creighton, Patrick Henningsen and a whole host of other good names like Proff. Francis Boyle. Amnesty International has previously been shown to use false witness and gerrymandering of facts in other contexts as well, including but not limited to the Donbass conflict. Despite being exposed for their shennanigans they obviously believe that not enough of us are aware of their true nature. For me, Amnesty International has… Read more »

mohandeer
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Well presented. I first read this on 21st wire in which they acknowledge Tony Cartalucci as their source with others including Brandon Turbeville, Moon of Alabama, Scott Creighton, Patrick Henningsen and a whole host of other good names like Proff. Francis Boyle. Amnesty International has previously been shown to use false witness and gerrymandering of facts in other contexts as well, including but not limited to the Donbass conflict. Despite being exposed for their shennanigans they obviously believe that not enough of us are aware of their true nature. For me, Amnesty International has lost all credibility and not just… Read more »