Images that lie

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”  Galileo Galilei

Fabrication in BBC Panorama ‘Saving Syria’s Children’

Analysis of the 30 September 2013 BBC Panorama documentary ‘Saving Syria’s Children’ and related BBC News reports, contending that sequences filmed by BBC personnel and others at Atareb Hospital, Aleppo on 26 August 2013 purporting to show the aftermath of an incendiary bomb attack on a nearby school are largely, if not entirely, staged.


This is the most thorough analyses of war propaganda I have ever seen. Read the entire analysis here.


Alleged victim featured in ‘Saving Syria’s Children’. (Image from website of The Phoenix Foundation, charity established by Dr Saleyha Ahsan and others in January 2015)

Shame BBC – blatant bias and propaganda

Why did the BBC embed this video in a report largely blaming Isis for chemical attacks in Syria?

The video presented by Ian Pannell and labelled Harrowing footage showed the aftermath of an alleged chlorine gas attack by Syrian government forces, is a composite fabrication blaming the Syrian government.

Not only does it include obviously fake footage of crude propaganda against Syria, it encourages viewers to support an Al Nusra organization which appears to do little except support terrorists, fabricate videos and collect donations.

It’s also an all-too-convenient attempt to sway public opinion in Britain, Australia, Canada and the US towards an attack on Syria.

Note: At 26 seconds into the video, the small child’s eyes are clear and wide open, not even crying. Other children can be heard crying, not wheezing, screaming or wailing as seriously hurt children do. We cannot hear then choking or coughing as those attacked by chlorine gas would also do.

50 seconds into the video is a pretty little girl. She shows no signs of a gas attack, just signs of the natural fear a little girl would have being washed down by a group of shouting men in the dark.

Little girl wide eyed and breathing normally being washed down by a group of shouting men in the dark.On the top left of the video is the green SGRC logo – the coalition of rebels fighting against the Syrian government including Al Nusra/AlQueda

It is highly likely that this section of Pannell’s presentation is fake.

Towards the end of the video Pannell lauds the white helmeted Syrian volunteer civil defence.

Rick Sterling in Counter Punch has more information about the White Helmets in his article, About those chlorine attacks in Syria. He says, “This is a new organization, highly publicized as civilian rescue workers in Syria. Their video and reports have influenced Avaaz and other humanitarian groups. Avaaz refers to the White Helmets as “Syria’s respected and non-partisan civil protection force.”

In reality the White Helmets is a project created by the UK and USA.

Training of civilians in Turkey has been overseen by former British military officer and current contractor, James Le Mesurier. Promotion of the program is done by “The Syria Campaign” supported by the foundation of billionaire Ayman Asfari.

The White Helmets is clearly a public relations project which has received glowing publicity from HuffPo to Nicholas Kristof at the NYT. White Helmets have been heavily promoted by the U.S. Institute of Peace (U.S.IP) whose leader began the press conference by declaring “U.S.IP has been working for the Syrian Revolution from the beginning”.

Apart from the PR work, White Helmets work in areas of Aleppo and Idlib controlled by Nusra (Al Queda). The video from a medical clinic on March 16 starts with a White Helmets logo. The next video of same date and place continues with the Nusra logo.

US and UK tax dollars pay for a program which has an appealing rescue component and is then used to market and promote the USA and UK policy of regime change in Syria in de facto alliance with Nusra.”

Media staged Syrian atrocity

The BBCs ‘total fabrication from beginning to end’ of an alleged Syrian atrocity; CIA caught infiltrating CNN, and Operation Mockingbird is back.

Note the two versions of the video presented by the BBC, the first blames napalm for the injuries; the second, changes the audio to ‘chemical weapons’.

For a detailed analysis see  (Note the original version of this video was removed by YouTube but the text analysis is well worth reading)

But wait, there’s more. Much more on who, in the US military knew.

Seymour Hersh Unearths More Lies on Chemical warfare in Syria

By Jonathan Cook April 07, 2014 “ICH” – Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has a second fascinating essay The Thin Red Line and the Rat Line that rewrites the official record of the sarin gas attack on Ghouta, near Damascus, in August last year. As usual, Hersh uses his sources in the US security establishment to throw light on what really took place. The bottom line: Turkey was almost certainly the party responsible for the attack, hoping it would force Obama to honour his threatened “red line” if Assad used chemical weapons. Read more,

What is the real story behind the unborn baby with a bullet in its skull?

X ray of baby with undamaged skull with bulletAlleged sniper bullet in unborn baby’s brain

British surgeon David Nott, says snipers shot this fetus inside its mother’s womb. He blames the Syrian government and says eight pregnant women were shot in the uterus in two days.

The same article in the Daily Mirror reports that he said there were two women and does not assign blame to the Syrian government.

Although it is sometimes difficult to see damage in an X-ray of a bullet in a skull, I would have expected to see some damage to the delicate skull of a fetus – an entry point perhaps, and I doubt a tiny baby with its delicate bones would have done much to stop a bullet unless it was nearing the end of its trajectory.

Nonetheless, casualties of war are not just enemies. They are babies and grandparents, mothers and children, pets and farm animals. All suffering for the greed of the few.

 Fake Syrian Scud Missile Attack

Thank you Ayelyah, for bringing this to my attention.

And thank you Shia for alerting me to another version at

In it you can see the same old video and edited in, a close up of a couple of men, as if an enlisted man was secretly filming on his mobile phone, notice how he incidentally on purpose nearly drops it. That’s when they always give themselves away by revealing their LACK OF ARMY BOOTS. What professional army, as Syria is, doesn’t require their troops to wear boots particularly for important events likely to be filmed by public TV.

sneakers in fake scud missile syria

Fake Al Qaeda exposed

Propaganda wars

Posted on August 2, 2012

Thanks to Elmysterio and Willyloman for bringing this to my attention.

Clearly Photoshopped with only one aim – to demonize the Syrian government.

Read the full article at

Cheating Media

But wait – here it is again in November

Then I found this in December

Note the date on the photo – Nov. 4  – and that the rally is pro govt. And that the government flag on the building has been photoshopped out in the first two images.

Cute kids, pity about the photo

The kids are cute in their yellow shirts, too cute. Someone has played with the older boy’s arm and hand. His hand is not holding the flag but was probably holding a ball – see where his fingers are placed. The shadows on his arm do not match the light on the other arms nearby and there is a fine black line drawn down his upper arm to define it. He must also have been incredibly strong for his age to have waved such a big flag, arm fully outstretched on a still day (as shown by the other flags).

But what I particularly object to is that they used kids, who could have come from anywhere and certainly don’t look like the other kids in the shot, to detract attention from an article about Syrian troops being shot. The caption of this photo on the website above says “According to the UN, more than 9,000 people have been killed in Syria since an anti-regime uprising broke out in March last year Photo: AFP/GettyImages”

And the Alt text says, when you hover over the picture, “Fifteen Syrian regime troops, including two colonels, were killed in an ambush by rebels at dawn in the northern province of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.”

What do kids in happy yellow shirts have to do with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights boasting about the number of soldiers the rebels killed in one day during the ceasefire?

Buried alive – Who by?

A horrific video which should be a turning point for the media but isn’t.

The video above has been removed but not the false article.

Here’s another link to the same video. Note the shoes worn by the perpetrators.

Syrian troops do not wear sneakers. The Free Syrian Army FSA, does.

From their own mouths

A Syrian rebel from France admits to faking video in this clip on The Daily Beast from the Channel 4 News documentary “The Video Journalists of Homs”. As the documentary starts they walk through the Homs district that allegedly suffered the most shelling. Where is the damage? They show VJs with their computers on a rooftop allegedly with a demonstration below. The narrator says “What you’re watching is from the height of the assault on Homs.” Not only are the demonstrators remarkably relaxed but the rebel flag only has two stars and they are green not red. (Attention to detail when photoshopping lacking) The clock tower is not the Homs one. See the real one at

In spite of many admissions that they are faking material used by western media and that many of the creators are not even Syrian, the tenor of the program is strongly in favour of the rebels.

The still below shows the moment the rebel, Tellawi, realises he has spilled too much to the Channel 4 journalist about setting the scene

Watch Danny organizing a fake video:

April 12th, the rebel demonstration that wasn’t on ceasefire day or any day

Thanks to PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS for the heads up about this image used by the Guardian and CTV. It creates the false impression that there is large public support for the rebels in Syria.

 Note the following observations

1. The two left black heads above the left flag at the front are overlapped by the blue and white shirts of the demonstrators in front of them. The front section of this scene including the flags and black heads is a paste-up.

2. Whose are the arms that are holding the left flag? The left arm and neck of the man in the bottom right corner clearly shows a bad cut out job. Just to his left is a girl wearing torn jeans. In Syria for the rebels? Mmmm….

3. The flag at the top of the scene does not have the rebel red stars it has the green of the Syrian flag. And the green at the top has been slapped on so sloppily that it overlaps some of the protestors. This part of the scene is a pro-government demonstration.

4.Even CTV doesn’t really believe it; as shown by its use of the words “purports to show”.

America Today and Reuters are not convinced by rebel video

Quote: “A new video posted to a social media website which Reuters cannot independently verify, purports to show mortar attacks on the city” from America Today. It shows PhotoShopped smoke at the end of the square. Later it shows clouds of black smoke and the source point – not a shell but a smoke bomb.  It seems to have left a greasy residue in the second still below. Could it be rubber, diesel or powdered coal?  Are there any experts with suggestions on the method used? Ah ha! It’s a tyre. (see from their own mouths above)

Stills from video

And they are right to be suspicious of the image above. The black clouds rising from Syrian cities are tyes burning not barrel bombs.

Image misrepresentation and manipulation

Both these images from the website below, have been manipulated. In the first, the group of boys in the front have been PhotoShopped in. Look at the size of their heads compared to the tiny ones immediately behind them. In the second image the girls in front and the man to the left holding a placard are in a different light to the rest of the image. In both images, the protestors are actually holding Syrian government flags. Using images of pro-government demonstrations with a young person holding a rebel placard at the front is one of the most common forms of Syrian image misrepresentation seen in the media.


The image below appears to be of a pro-government demonstration indicated by the government red and black flag and the small children and women present.


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