Episode 368 – The Douma Hoax: Anatomy of a False Flag

by | Dec 7, 2019 | Podcasts | 31 comments

As whistleblowers and documents continue to destroy the narrative surrounding the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, last year, it is becoming increasingly apparent that this false flag event has been exposed. This week on The Corbett Report podcast, James goes through the remarkable timeline of the Douma hoax and breaks the spell that the propagandists have sought to cast on the public.

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Colin Powell’s Presentation to the UN Security Council On Iraq’s WMD Program

Cutting through media propaganda on the battle for Syria’s Eastern Ghouta

Syria crisis: Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train Jaysh al-Islam terrorists

Young children treated in suspected chemical attack in Douma, Syria

Trump blames “animal Assad” for atrocity

United States Assessment of the Assad Regime’s Chemical Weapons Use

U.S. and allies warn Syria of more missile strikes if chemical attacks used again

Statement by President Trump on Syria

The search for truth in the rubble of Douma – and one doctor’s doubts over the chemical attack

OPCW interim report (July 2018)

BBC producer: Footage of 2018 Douma chemical attack fabricated

OPCW final report (March 2019)

Leaked Engineering Assessment

Leaked OPCW Report Raises New Questions About 2018 Chemical Attack in Douma, Syria

OPCW internal communique on leak

Panel Criticizes ‘Unacceptable Practices’ in the OPCW’s investigation of the Alleged Chemical Attack in Douma, Syria on April 7th 2018

The OPCW and Douma: Chemical Weapons Watchdog Accused of Evidence-Tampering by Its Own Inspectors

Jonathan Steele on BBC

Leaked internal OPCW email

PETER HITCHENS: My secret meeting with mole at the heart of The Great Poison Gas Scandal

Theodore Postol on PushBack

Chemical weapons watchdog OPCW defends Syria report as whistleblower claims bias

7 (Bellingcat) Emails And Reading Comprehension: OPCW Douma Coverage Misses Crucial Facts

Narrative Managers Faceplant In Hilarious OPCW Scandal Spin Job

Fox News interview with Tucker Carlson

Bellingcat or Guard Dog for the Establishment?

Douma Videos and Photos analysis by Steven McItnyre

How the OPCW’s investigation of the Douma incident was nobbled


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      • Interesting anecdote. Thanks, B-Bob.

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  1. Dear James,

    Great work. Excellent sourcing and identifying those who have been following the obvious nature of the false flag event. BUT! You missed one. MoonOfAlabama reports this, the next day (2018-04-08):

    “It is quite obvious that the “chemical weapon attack” is a false flag event.”

    See: https://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/04/timelines-of-gas-attacks-in-syria-follow-a-similar-scheme.html?cid=6a00d8341c640e53ef01b8d2e92338970c#comment-6a00d8341c640e53ef01b8d2e92338970c

    His reasoning, to so quickly come to that conclusion, is that it follows a similar pattern to other already known chemical weapons false flags (e.g Khan Shaykun). But, he calls it straight away.

    One of the things that made me rather happy about this episode is that it included so many of my regular news sources (Caitlin, Aaron, yourself, etc.) and that I had already seen almost all of the evidence you put forward. And that second reason is why I credit your work (*).

    Finally, how good is Caitlin with headlines like:

    “Narrative Managers Faceplant In Hilarious OPCW Scandal Spin Job”

    Its just brilliant.

    So, thanks for the great episode drawing together such great sourcing and reporting.


    @681099: great point. It just adds to the “Syria are winning, why the hell would the do this” argument.

    (*): As you say, “dont trust me, verify the material”. But, one wants to trust one’s news sources so that one doesn’t have to verify everything all the time. In this case, I’ve put in a lot of effort on following this event because I believed it to be important. Thus, I had pre-verified your sources, and that just confirms the trust that I have placed in your work.

  2. James, we can all agree on the Douma Deception. The video was thoroughly discredited within the week, and as Agitprop goes, it was an amateurish stunt. But it was a false flag planted by Executive Order, and the Tomahawk salvos were spat into Syria. That too was a ineffective stunt. Mission accomplished.

    I now watch all of your feed, where before I was content to cherry pick. You are one of the better media analysts I have encountered, and I am very pleased you are finally targeting Bellingcat. Don’t stop. I see Caitlin Johnstone described that gang as a “Circle Jerk”. Perhaps, but when I read about Bellingcat’s founder, I think “auto-fellatio” more accurate.

    Might I also prod you to consider working toward something in-depth on NATO’s preparations for BARBAROSSA 2.0? Cheers.

      Schadenfreude“the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another.”
      DERIVATION: Schadenfreude is borrowed from German; it is a compound of Schaden, “damage, harm”, and Freude, “joy”.

      James Corbett uses this word repeatedly towards the last half of the video.
      QUEUED – “The Douma Hoax: Anatomy of a False Flag”

      An interesting article discussing the word “Schadenfreude”, which even explores descriptions in other cultures (e.g “The Japanese have a saying: “The misfortunes of others taste like honey.” The French speak of joie maligne, a diabolical delight in other people’s suffering. The Danish talk of skadefryd, and the Dutch of leedvermaak. In Hebrew enjoying other people’s catastrophes is simcha la‑ed, in Mandarin xìng‑zāi‑lè‑huò, in Serbo-Croat it is zlùradōst and in Russian zloradstvo.)
      www lithub.com/not-just-a-german-word-a-brief-history-of-schadenfreude/

      • Oops!…I meant to place the DEFINITON of “Schadenfreude” as a general comment, not as a “reply comment” to Jackbc.

        Oh well, maybe someone will get a grin out of my trip-up with some Chinese xìng‑zāi‑lè‑huò sauce added.

  3. 681099,
    I’m with you. The logic of Assad gassing his own people just for kicks, at that particular time in the war with nothing to gain and everything to lose just doesn’t come close to making sense. Even the most dull observer could understand that, and yet the U.S. government and the media were/are in full gaslight mode. It is interesting though to see the narrative unraveling with the help of hard facts.

    • As political leaders go assad seems a fairly good guy (i.e. interested in the welfare of his own people, which is the only significant metric). It’s his psychopath opponents who have a decided tendency to destroy, or make snuff movies, just for the kicks ; ergo they seem to assume that this is also a plausible motivation for any political leader on their hit list, when it manifestly AINT. Hoisted on their own petard of sickness in the propaganda war

      • No “leader” of any country is a good guy. They are always in it for themselves. They don’t care about their people, only as much as they give them a vote or are satisfied enough not to overthrow them. Assad is the underdog versus the U.S. and their pals, so he may seem more like able, but he is just like all the rest.

        • sherry.a,
          You don’t have to accept my comment as fact. It is my opinion, and that’s fine. I would say though that my comment is rooted in the reality of ‘what is.’ The very nature of government itself is about ruling over otherwise free people and extorting money from them to continue ruling over them. That makes any Head of State and those who support them, ‘in it for themselves’. That is the basic concept. You can have your own opinion of whether you think ruling over others is right or wrong, but that is the true nature of affairs in any government.

        • scpat, I think your confusing western leaders, countries for the whole. Western leaders are uniformly scum because they uniformly serve financial interests which are consciously inimical to the populations/nations they purport to represent.
          Leadership in the rest of the world is quite varied and very different. Self interest and national loyalty usually go hand-in-hand, they are not mutually exclusive. Except in the west, where vermin and pedophiles are systematically promoted to leadership positions by the financiers they agree to serve.

          Some British pos famously stated that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. What he didn’t dare say, because the British are so narcissistic, is that power corrupts Britishmen, etc., not everyone else by any means.
          I think its called transference, and its folly.

          • Mark K.P.,
            If you believe that there are the “good guys” and the “bad guys”, then you have been fooled my friend.

        • Wow. Her bio was very illuminating. And then her dismissal by Vogue. That really says it all. Once you are on the U.S.A hit list the media jumps in to offer its support of that agenda.

        • wylie1,
          Assad IS like all the rest when seen from the perspective of the common man. (i.e. He rules over otherwise free people). Assad IS NOT like all the rest, as you say, when seen from the ruling establishment perspective. Syria’s unwillingness to fold presents problems for Israel and their objectives (at least in part their Oded Yinon Plan), the United States and their objectives, and others who are on board with the same agenda.



          As for why…
          To remove an ally of Iran, therefore weakening Iran. But then why Iran? To weaken an ally of Russia and to achieve dominance over the Middle East. Why do that? To control the energy resources and create a stronger geostrategic foothold for targeting Russia and China. This is game plan of the U.S. from my view. Of course the other players helping the U.S. have their own agendas as well.

      • Mark K.P.-

        With respect to your opinion of Assad. And I’m expanding on scpat’s reply here.
        Please consider the idea that any concessions or gifts to the population by a state leader are entirely calculated. It’s not benevolence. The idea is to keep people pacified and not a threat to one’s power. Tyrant 101, it goes back how many centuries.
        One doesn’t attain power by being a good guy. Quite the contrary.

  4. Another Saturday night flies by,thank you MBP because the funky music needs to be played for all the striking French Fries.

    The French Fry Rag.


    • Funky! Time for Cajun drippings and bourbon.

    • MBP, on a cold December afternoon the gray sky reflects the melancholy of the news about NATO. So as not to give Merit to the black guard , think back to the warm and humid days of last July near Le Mer. The music in the air comforting our soul, the warm French Fries in our hand comforting our stomachs and the hot sauce comforting our cold hearts. 3 in a row.


    December 7, 2019
    Caitlin Johnston
    Journalist: Newsweek Suppressed OPCW Scandal And Threatened Me With Legal Action

    A Newsweek journalist has resigned after the publication reportedly suppressed his story about the ever-growing OPCW scandal…

    …“Yesterday I resigned from Newsweek after my attempts to publish newsworthy revelations about the leaked OPCW letter were refused for no valid reason,” journalist Tareq Haddad reported today via Twitter.

    “I have collected evidence of how they suppressed the story in addition to evidence from another case where info inconvenient to US government was removed, though it was factually correct,” Haddad said. “I plan on publishing these details in full shortly. However, after asking my editors for comment, as is journalistic practice, I received an email reminding me of confidentiality clauses in my contract. I.e. I was threatened with legal action.”

    “I could have kept silent and kept my job, but I would not have been able to continue with a clean conscience,” Haddad said. “I will have some instability now but the truth is more important.”

    This is the first direct insider report we’re getting on the mass media’s conspiracy of silence on the OPCW scandal…
    …There is no logical reason to assume that Haddad is the only one encountering such roadblocks from mass media editors; he’s just the only one going public about it….

    • Thank you for sharing Caitlin’s article, which I came in here to do. You can also see and retweet Tareq Haddad’s tweets, which, I understand is how he announced his situation, beginning with:

      Tareq Haddad @Tareq_Haddad

      Yesterday I resigned from Newsweek after my attempts to publish newsworthy revelations about the leaked OPCW letter were refused for no valid reason.
      11:25 AM · Dec 7, 2019

      In this thread: https://twitter.com/Tareq_Haddad/status/1203274308811993088

  6. After His Mysterious Death, the Media Scrambles to Get its Story Straight About White Helmets Founder James Le Mesurier

    Almost immediately after Le Mesurier’s alleged plunge to his death, reports began to emerge of tampering and the removal of details about the controversial “private security” operative’s career.

    by previous Corbett guest Vanessa Beeley


  7. PETER HITCHENS reveals fresh evidence that UN watchdog suppressed report casting doubt on Assad gas attack.

    The Mail on Sunday can reveal that a senior official at the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) demanded the ‘removal of all traces’ of a document which undermined claims that gas cylinders had been dropped from the air – a key element of the ‘evidence’ that the Syrian regime was responsible.


  8. good to know that bellingcat is pure propaganda. never knew, if it was suspicious or not and you don’t always have time to do research yourself.

  9. UN Security Council to discuss OPCW report on Douma incident — Russian mission January 13, 2020
    “Russia has put forward an initiative to convoke an Arria-Formula meeting of the UN Security Council members to discuss the situation surrounding the OPCW report on the April 7, 2018 incident in the city of Douma (Syrian Arab Republic),” he said. “The meeting will focus on the investigation into this incident by the OPCW fact-finding mission. The session is scheduled for the afternoon of January 20,” Fyodor Strzhizhovsky said.

    Testimony of OPCW inspector and team leader Ian Henderson at UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting – Implementation of UNSCR 2118: OPCW FFM Report on Douma
    January 20, 2020

  10. UPDATE – January 29, 2020 – Derrick Broze

    OPCW Investigator to UN Security Council: No Gas Attack Took Place in Douma, Syria
    The Grayzone reports that Henderson told the UN Security Council session that his Fact Finding Mission (FFM) team “had serious misgivings that a chemical attack had occurred.” Henderson also told the UN Security Council that the OPCW had rejected the FFM scientific research, dismissed the entire team, and produce a report that completely contradicted the team’s initial findings. Henderson told the council he doesn’t consider himself a whistleblower and felt the UN Security Council session was a “legitimate and appropriate forum to explain again these concerns.”

    Despite Henderson’s damning testimony, critics have noted that the UN Security Council meeting on the FFM to Douma was organized by Russia. However, The Grayzone notes that Russia’s UN representative claimed they had invited the the OPCW director-general and representatives of the organization’s Technical Secretariat to the event but neither organization attended.

  11. UPDATE

    Article by Aaron Maté at “TheGrayZone” (via “Zero Hedge” News Feed)
    February 12, 2020
    New leaks shatter OPCW’s attacks on Douma whistleblowers


    Facing accusations that it issued a doctored report alleging a chemical attack in Syria, the OPCW has released an inquiry attacking two whistleblowers as rogue actors.
    Leaked documents obtained by The Grayzone reveal serious distortions in the OPCW inquiry as well as a campaign of intimidation against internal dissenters….

    (The article covers a lot of ground with many links, including leaked documents.)

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