Former Department of Defense Science Adviser Debunks Claims of Syrian Chemical Attacks

By Derrick Broze

As the United States and Western allies march closer to full-scale conflict with Syria, many of their claims are now being scrutinized and dissected by a skeptical public.

On April 4, residents of the town of Khan Shaykhun suffered a chemical gas attack that reportedly killed 74 and injured 557. Despite a lack of evidence or investigation, the United States government, allied governments, and compliant media were quick to point the finger at Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. The dead stream media ignored the fact that Khan Shaykhun was under the control of Al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda linked group which the United States has been funding throughout the Syrian civil war. Instead, the West claimed that Assad launched an air strike which released sarin gas, leading to the deaths and injuries.

Those claims are now being disputed by Theodore Postol, a professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and former scientist with the U.S Department of Defense. In a 14-page report, Postol debunks the White House’s report that concluded Assad was behind the attacks.  Postol’s report found that the U.S. and supporting governments have not provided any “concrete” evidence to black up their claims. Postol also says that it increasingly likely that the attack was carried out by rebel forces.

“The implication of Postol’s analysis is that it was carried out by anti-government insurgents as Khan Sheikhoun is in militant-controlled territory of Syria,” reports the International Business Times. Postol writes that he has reviewed the White House document and came to the conclusion “that the document does not provide any evidence whatsoever that the US government has concrete knowledge that the government of Syria was the source of the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria at roughly 6am to 7am on 4 April, 2017.”

Postol’s claims are based on several arguments. For one, he says the repeated use of chemical attacks by rebel forces over the last few years makes it likely they are the culprits. Also, he examines the main piece of evidence put forth by the White House, namely, photographs which purport to show a crater with an artillery shell that the U.S. says contained the sarin gas.

This conclusion is based on an assumption made by the White House when it cited the source of the sarin release and the photographs of that source. My own assessment is that the source was very likely tampered with or staged, so no serious conclusion could be made from the photographs cited by the White House.

Postol notes that the damage to the shell is not consistent with being dropped from an airplane. However, he believes the damage indicates that an explosive charge was placed on the shell containing the sarin gas and then detonated. “Since the pipe was filled with sarin, which is an incompressible fluid, as the pipe was flattened, the sarin acted on the walls and ends of the pipe causing a crack along the length of the pipe and also the failure of the cap on the back end,” Postol wrote.

This is not the first time Postol has spoken against claims of the U.S. government. After the 2013 chemical weapons attack in eastern Ghouta, Postol also stated that the evidence did not point to Syrian President Assad. Postol worked with former UN weapons inspector Richard Lloyd on a report that called into question claims made by the U.S. As Global Research notes,

Just like Ghouta, Idlib (Khan Shaykhun) is dominated by al-Nusra. Earlier this year, even the Washington Post admitted that Idlib’s “moderate” rebels had all but been replaced by al-Nusra and other terrorist factions in Syria.

If Western governments and media outlets repeat the mistakes of 2013 by not verifying the claims made by the White Helmets… they may very well end up offering these extremist groups support if they prematurely choose to retaliate against Assad before the dust can settle.

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Postol and Lloyd are right to be skeptical of the claims made by the U.S. government. As Brandon Turbeville has noted, a declassified CIA document from 1983 shows that the U.S. has long held removal of Assad as their goal. The U.S. and Turkey would love to overthrow Assad and build an oil pipeline straight through the nation of Syria. To do this they will use every trick up their sleeve to deceive the public and push for more wars in the name of “liberty” and “democracy.” In fact, the U.S. is already trying to blame a recent bus attack on President Assad – once again without much credible evidence.

It’s up to the free hearts and minds to push past the propaganda and do everything in our power to push back against World War 3. Please join us in our efforts to spread this message far and wide. It’s time for the world to unite and send a message to the White House: #StandDownMrTrump

For more details on why all critical thinkers should be skeptical of the U.S. government regarding Syrian attacks, please see this and this.

Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for and the founder of the Follow him on Twitter. Derrick is the author of three books: The Conscious Resistance: Reflections on Anarchy and Spirituality and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 1 and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion, Vol. 2

Derrick is available for interviews. Please contact

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5 Comments on "Former Department of Defense Science Adviser Debunks Claims of Syrian Chemical Attacks"

  1. “Despite a lack of evidence….”
    Sandy Hook
    ….we blamed others.

  2. clarioncaller | April 18, 2017 at 3:39 pm | Reply

    People will believe stories that cannot pass the smell test, but are oblivious to real tragedies happening all around them like pedophilia and human trafficking, and daily exposure to chemtrails.

  3. it is time to call it as it is….. the USA, Inc. is a rogue, lying sack of shit of a nation. It actually always has been… using invasion to steal assets.. over and over again. With pedos, militarists and satanists rising in a wave of destruction against the remaining decent people in this land. You either take a stand (and are willing to defend it) or succumb to the rot and evil. There ain’t no middle ground in this battle.

  4. Sarin gas was not used. The first responders did not wear any protective clothing, which would have serious or catastrophic affects.

  5. Meanwhile, back in the States, I went out to the fields this morning where it’s covered with dandelions and clover and could barely find a few bees. I haven’t seen a Monarch chrysalis in several years. Congratulations to the IDIOTs who are manufacturing the climate change putting a blanket of toxic chemicals around the earth while heating the mid and upper atmosphere with at least 18 ionospheric heaters *HAARP” being just one of several. US military in joint venture with “elite” schools (all of which are part of 9/11, militarism, methods of death and destruction), the interlocking international intel agencies want to OWN THE WEATHER. They broke it and we will all pay. The gradual raise in carbon ppm, is nothing like the skyrocketing increase in temperature at the poles (See Siberian methane craters/pots). Needless to say, since the Bolshevik revolution was funded and founded out of the US, Russia is just another puppet state playing another game of genocide and manufactured war (THINK ANYONE CAN READ 12 PAGES OF SMEDLEY BUTLER’S “WAR IS A RACKET”?). The US was a manufactured revolutionary state by banking interests that sold the nation to it’s owners day 1 (Bank of North America, the 1st Bank of the United States). The USA has NEVER fought a war to defend anything other than the interests of it’s owners. It’s owners manufactured the state of Israel ™ a Rothschild entity just a great a fraud as the rest of the puppet client states it owns.

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