Seth Rich conspiracy narrative another false-right distraction

DNC staffer Seth Rich

Timothy Fitzpatrick
May 25, 2017 Anno Domini

With the collapse of the “Pizzagate” narrative that has distracted from Trump’s Likud takeover of America, the false right has come up with a replacement.

But they haven’t strayed too far from Pizzagate with this one, because they have convinced their hive-minded audience that the hack/leak of the Democratic National Committee emails last year is some smoking gun evidence of wrong doing, which has fed all kinds of distracting conspiracy narratives, including wrongdoing of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the Podesta emails (which resulted in Pizzagate), and, now, that the DNC murdered its own staffer Seth Rich because he was discovered to be the leak of said emails to Wikileaks.

The theory might have been believable had the timing not been so ridiculous. Seth Rich was shot in an alleged robbery in Washginton DC almost one year ago. The false (alt) right must have felt the need to resurrect this unfortunate event and use it to their advantage. Suddenly, all of the alternative media outlets, spurred by Zionist puppet Sean Hannity and Fox News, are shouting from the rooftops about this alleged DNC conspiracy to murder and then coverup Seth Rich’s murder. It’s like it happened yesterday. All the usual Zionist suspects are spreading—astroturfing— this conspiracy meme: Alex Jones, Mike Cernovich, Joe Posobiec, Roger Stone, Matt Drudge, Paul Joseph Watson, et al. And they have their paid and unpaid shills spamming blogs, forums, and articles with their rhetoric, furthering the distraction. Like with Pizzagate, perhaps Roger Stone is the architect of this apparent dirty trick. Pizzagate 2.0! Also like with Pizzagate, 4chan is involved, being used as at least one dubious source by a prominent so called conspiracy/alternative media website.

The Pizzagate narrative has fizzled out as of late, as one can plainly see by perusing the alternative media and dubious forums like 4chan and Reddit. Zionist shill Alex Jones was even forced to retract his push of this narrative over the last few months, and did so, perhaps sealing its fate. So it is that the false right needs to keep attention off of Trump and all his traitorous manoeuvrings and, instead, talk about non-issues and outright fabrications. The alternative media, unbelievably, is still buzzing with talk of Hillary Clinton, even though she lost the election more than six months ago and has more or less shied from media attention. The amount of focus they are giving Hillary, one would think that she won the election and became president. It makes no sense to be making such and issue of her unless it’s some kind of diversion. And when that narrative gets a little stale, the false right is sure to bring up George Soros and tie any- and everything to him (not that he isn’t tied to a lot of things).

Lack of motive

It also doesn’t make sense why Seth Rich would be murdered by his own party for revealing what has amounted to be an insignificant batch of boring emails that have little, if any, red flags and no smoking guns. Secondly, let’s imagine that the emails did contain something significantly incriminating. The false right narrative is that Rich leaked the emails to Wikileaks to spite Hillary Clinton, who he felt stole the nominee from Bernie Sanders (Rich was supposedly a big Bernie supporter; however, Rich’s own father claims he was excited about joining Hillary’s campaign). Why, then, would Rich risk imploding the Democrats’ chances for a win and allow someone discernibly worse, Trump, win the presidency? No matter how pissed off Rich may have been at Hillary, he should have been able to see the results his actions would have brought had he leaked emails. They would have buried the Democrats. The emails did, in fact, bury the Dems, regardless of what was in them. The public took the bait and perceived them as something seriously sinister—enough to vote for the other guy (assuming the election wasn’t rigged on Trump’s behalf!).

The Jewish-controlled alternative media echo chamber according to Media Matters. Think they are missing a few characters, but you get the idea.

Alternative media hypocrisy

The hypocrisy of the false right and its alternative media mouthpiece can’t be overstated. In one breath, skeptics are scorned for relying on mainstream media sources like the Washington Post, who have dispelled the Seth Rich conspiracy narrative; meanwhile, the false right uses Sean Hannity of Fox News. In truth, both media outlets are Zionist controlled; however, the Washington Post treatment of this scandal is decidedly more objective that Hannity’s.

The Post correctly pointed out,

What’s often forgotten about the DNC hack is how banal the emails were. There were three major hacks of the Democrats’ political operation. They were the DNC hack, released by WikiLeaks on July 22 last year; the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) hack, released on Aug. 12; and the hack of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails, which were released in a daily dump throughout October. The resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz during the Democrats’ convention fed into the idea that the DNC hack must have been devastating, revealing — in the words of Fox News conspiracy theorist Sean Hannity — that the “DNC was conspiring to hurt Bernie Sanders and help Hillary Clinton win the nomination.”

Of course, the CIA/Mossad-run Wikileaks appears to be fueling the Seth Rich hysteria as well as dubious characters like “Kim Dotcom”. They claim to have all these key witnesses that can vouch for the conspiracy narrative’s authenticity, yet they are all conveniently anonymous or of disreputable credibility.

This hoax has progressed in a very similar manner to the Pizzagate hoax. It explodes overnight and is suddenly everywhere in the alternative media and online in an organized and systematic fashion. The fact that altnernative media followers have so easily bought into this shows the devolution of the “truth movement”, if there ever were one. The alternative media, which used to decry falling into the left-right paradigm, is now doing exactly that. Almost the entire movement has been sucked back into partisan cult think. The alternative media and its movement is almost entirely pro-Trump, working against its own self-interest, which is right where the Judeo-masonic cryptocracy wants them. In truth, the alternative media/truth movement is just as hive-minded and manipulated as the mainstream media. This is where personal discernment comes in. It should always be active. Objectivity should always be the goal.

 

Mossad Exposed in Phony ‘Palestinian Al-Qaeda’ Caper

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(Editor’s note: Publishing of this article is not an endorsement of Lyndon LaRouche or his affiliates.)

By Michele Steinberg and Hussein Askary
December 20, 2002 Anno Domini
Executive Intelligence Review

The United States government has been provided with con- crete evidence that the Israeli Mossad and other Israeli intelligence services have been involved in a 13-month effort to “recruit” an Israeli-run, phony “al-Qaeda cell” among Palestinians, so that Israel could achieve a frontline position in the U.S. war against terrorism and get a green light for a worldwide “revenge without borders” policy. The question: Does the United States have the moral fiber to investigate?

Evidence of the Israeli dirty tricks burst onto the public scene on Dec. 6, when Col. Rashid Abu Shbak, head of the Palestinian Preventive Security Services in the Gaza Strip, held a press conference revealing the details of the alleged plot, as his agency had put the pieces together. The revelations undermine the “big lie” that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has used to justify new brutal attacks on Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and other occupied areas. Sharon claimed on Dec. 4 that Israeli intelligence had “hard evidence” of al-Qaeda operations in the Gaza Strip. Now, the top Palestinian leadership has shown the United States and other nations how Israeli intelligence entities were creating that al-Qaeda link!

American leader Lyndon LaRouche, a Democratic Presidential pre-candidate in 2004, commented that these revelations, if confirmed, could be “of strategic importance” in stop- ping the American, British, and Israeli warhawks pushing for a Middle East war, beginning with an invasion of Iraq. A war would justify the Sharon government’s plan to annihilate the very idea of a Palestinian state. LaRouche warned that if institutions of the American Presidency and the international community successfully block an American pre-emptive war on Iraq, the biggest danger would be that a “mega-terror” attack, blamed on Palestinians, or an “Iraqi-linked” al-Qaeda, would be staged by Israel’s ruling Jabotinskyite fanatics, to put the war back on the agenda.

News about the Mossad-run attempt to create an al-Qaeda cell came when well-informed intelligence sources based in Washington had already told EIR that there are many doubts about the Mossad’s hasty declaration that “al-Qaeda” had been responsible for the Nov. 28 attack on a hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, where three Israelis were killed, and the failed rocket attack on an Israeli chartered jet that was departing from Mombasa airport. There was no identification of the bombers within the first five days of the incident, the sources pointed out, yet Sharon’s government ministers went on an immediate propaganda rampage announcing worldwide revenge (see article in this section). Authorities in Kenya also denied the al-Qaeda link. But the usefulness of blaming al- Qaeda, for the Israeli right, was palpable, when Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the Kenya attacks “a golden opportunity” to prove to the United States that Bush’s war on terrorism, and Israel’s war with the Palestinians is the same thing. Netanyahu’s faction has violently rejected the Palestinian Authority’s revelations, and so far, the American and European press have followed suit, despite the dramatic nature of these charges, and the documents that the Palestinians have provided to the international press.

Chronology of the Revelations
On Dec. 7, the British news service, Reuters, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz, and Qatar-based Al-Jazeera TV network, all reported that the Palestinian Authority had accused the Mos- sad of creating a phony al-Qaeda cell in the Gaza Strip. Ha’aretz reported, “the head of Palestinian Preventive Security” in the Gaza Strip, Col. Rashid Abu Shbak, said on Dec. 6, “that his forces had identified a number of Palestinian collaborators who had been ordered by Israeli security agencies to ‘work in the Gaza Strip under the name of al-Qaeda.’ He said the investigation was ongoing and evidence would be presented soon.” Al-Jazeera TV added that the Palestinian authorities had arrested a group of Palestinian “collaborators with Israeli occupation” in Gaza, involved in the operation.

Reuters’ reporter Diala Saadeh, under the headline, “Palestinians: Israel Faked Gaza al-Qaeda Presence,” quoted a number of Palestinian Authority (P.A.) senior officials, including President Yasser Arafat, who told reporters at his West Bank Ramallah headquarters, that Sharon’s claims of al-Qaeda operations in Palestinian territories “is a big, big, big lie to cover [Sharon’s] attacks and his crimes against our people everywhere.” P.A. Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo detailed the case: “There are certain elements who were instructed by the Mossad to form a cell under the name of al-Qaeda in the Gaza Strip in order to justify the assault and the military campaigns of the Israeli occupation army against Gaza.”

Palestinian officials promised to provide detailed evidence, and did so on Dec. 8, in a press conference addressed by Colonel Shbak, and by Palestinian Minister for Planning and International Cooperation Nabil Shaath. Shbak told the international representatives that,“Over the past nine months, we’ve been investigating eight cases in which Israeli intelligence posing as al-Qaeda operatives recruited Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.” Colonel Shbak said that 3 men were under arrest, and 11 had been released. He explained that those released had voluntarily provided information going back to May 2002, about the contacts that had been made asking them to operate as an “al-Qaeda” group. The alleged al-Qaeda recruiters were traced to Israeli intelligence, said Colonel Shbak. He detailed incidents, some of which were described in official documents, of cell phone calls and e-mails, where Palestinians were asked to “join al-Qaeda.” Shbak said, “We investigated the origin of those calls, which used [wireless phone] roaming, and messages, and found out they all came from Israel,” reported the publication, IslamOnline. He said that the potential “recruits,” had been given money and weapons, “although most of these weapons did not even work.” He also noted that the money for these targeted Palestinians “was transferred from bank accounts in Jerusalem or Israel.”

Minister Shaath announced at the press conference that the P.A. had “handed ambassadors and consuls of the Arab and foreign countries, documents revealing the involvement of the Israeli intelligence in recruiting citizens from Gaza Strip in a fake organization carrying the name of Qaeda.” He said the ploy was intended “to create a new excuse to escalate the aggression on Gaza Strip.”

The international community was jolted again on Dec. 10, when Colonel Shbak held another press conference and the Preventive Security Agency presented the Mossad’s potential recruiter himself to the international media. According to re- ports in the Arabic press in Dubai, London and Ramallah, the man appeared in disguise (for security reasons,) and was identified only as “Ibrahim,” but explained in great detail that he was one of the “key recruiters” for the potential cell. He said the story started in October 2001, when, after he sent his photo and mobile phone number to a “contact page” in a Jerusalem magazine, he was contacted by a person calling himself “Youssef,” and nicknamed “Abu Othman.” After building up a personal relationship with “Ibrahim,” and telling him how much he resembled his own son, who had been killed, Youssef sent him $2,000, and began encouraging the Gaza man—who appeared to be in his early 20s—to become a more observant and practicing Muslim.

In May 2002, five months after the initial contact, said Ibrahim, Youssef “told me frankly, ‘you are a good candidate to work for us in the company of Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda group.’ ” This Youssef also claimed to have already created an al-Qaeda cell inside Israel. Ibrahim said that he then approached the Palestinian security services and told them about the transactions with Youssef, and that the security services asked him to continue the communications, which they would monitor. He said that the specific instructions were that Ibrahim was to announce through a communique ́—directly from Gaza—that al-Qaeda claimed credit for a bombing attack, or attacks, that Youssef indicated his network was about to carry out in Israel. Ibrahim stressed that the man also said that he (the Mossad officer) “had the capability to carry out major bombing operations inside Israel, but that the al-Qaeda group in Gaza should claim responsibility for the attack and no other group.” In an interview with the London- based Arabic daily Al-Hayat, after the press conference, Ibrahim stated, that “the man told him that mega military operations will be conducted inside Israel, and that these operations would be announced through Ibrahim.” This would mean that as soon as he gets the signal after a major terrorist act against Israeli civilian targets, Ibrahim and his group would send a communique ́ to the press or a videotape, similar to the ones sent by bin Laden to Al-Jazeera, claiming responsibility for the attack.”

Ibrahim was also asked to gather specific information for Youssef about a number of persons in Gaza, some of them known to be members of Hamas. When asked why he wanted this information, Youssef said, “I want them to join al-Qaeda.” At that point, Palestinian security services cut off the “Ibrahim-Youssef” contact, because it was becoming too dangerous.

At the same press conference, Colonel Shbak said direct money payments “transferred from Israel,” had been received by five out of the eight Palestinians who have been giving information to the Preventive Security Agency about this operation. Shbak also explained that his agency traced and obtained a number of telephone numbers, registrations, and bank receipts for money transferred to some of those persons.

Now, said Shbak, the United States and a number of inter- national intelligence and security organs had been supplied with documents and evidence refuting the Israeli allegations about Palestinian connections to al-Qaeda. “These documents prove without any doubt that the ones who are behind this alleged al-Qaeda group are the various Israeli intelligence organizations,” Shbak added. He told Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah daily that the “Americans have not responded yet to the documents . . . as provided by the Palestinian Preventive Security agency.”

The 9/11 Cover Story
The question is whether the U.S. government and other governments will take up the evidence given to them. It is well established that several top Cabinet officials in the current Sharon caretaker government, including Sharon himself, have a long, jaded history of staging precisely these kinds of “countergang” operations, using Israeli covert operatives and Arabs tortured and brainwashed in Israeli jails and recruited as false-flag terrorists. Sharon, Mossad chief Moshe Dagan, and Gen. Effie Eitam are proponents of such dirty-war tactics. As EIR reported in several extensive articles on the Hamas organization, that terrorist capability was actually created by Ariel Sharon and the Israeli right wing, for the purpose of supplanting Yasser Arafat and the organizations of the Pales- tine Liberation Organization (see EIR, Dec. 6).

Even more to the point, the Osama bin Laden authorship of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has been a cover story from the first moments the media began reporting it as fact. Inter- viewed on the morning of Sept. 11 as the attacks were unfolding, LaRouche made clear that the breadth and sophistication of these attacks showed that it was “an inside job,” involving U.S. military and intelligence operatives capable of defeating or neutralizing all existing and backup security systems. Bin Laden was named as the culprit, explains LaRouche, because his name provided entry into the policy of a Clash of Civilizations against Islam, which right-wing neo-conservatives in the Bush Administration have as their goal. LaRouche has also pointedly asked when Osama bin Laden stopped being an American agent—a reality that the “Islamic card” networks of Zbigniew Brzezinski and the Iran-Contra financiers of the Afghansi mujahideen, want to bury. It must also be asked, when did al-Qaeda stop working for British intelligence? EIR has documented that British foreign intelligence, MI6, worked closely with so-called Islamist terrorist groups safe- housed in Britain, to destabilize Arab and Muslim nations, in the geopolitical service of Her Majesty’s government, and an Anglo-American imperial faction.

As recently as November, this coverup of British/U.S. covert support for terrorism continued, with the case of David Shayler, a former MI5 agent who was sentenced to six months in jail for disclosing “government secret information.” Shayler told London Guardian reporter Martin Bright that MI6 hired one of Osama bin Laden’s closest collaborators— Anas al-Liby, who remains on the U.S. government’s Most Wanted List, with a reward of $25 million for his capture— to assassinate Libya’s Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi in 1996.

Bright, who could not publish the article in the Guardian, but did so in the Pakistani daily, The Dawn, on Oct. 30, received a gag order from the British Attorney General, threatening him with prison, if he publishes any more information from Shayler.

With this background in mind, the public revelations about the Mossad attempts to set up al-Qaeda cells, could have strategic consequences for the discredited Sharon government—and even more broadly for the Clash of Civilizations zealots covering up the truth about Sept. 11. The Palestinian revelations could become the “straw that broke the camel’ s back,” in this dirty war.