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99% of Calls to Congress Are AGAINST War in Syria

September 5, 2013 Leave a comment

On the heels of Reuters poll showing only 9% support military action.

Infowars.com
September 5, 2013

Millions of Americans are completely overloading the phone lines of Congress in a historical, unprecedented response to shut down the Obama war machine.

This comes in the wake of the recent Reuters poll that found only 9% of respondents back Obama in his quest for a military strike on Syria.

Here’s a sample run-down of statements made by House and Senate members showcasing the almost unanimous opposition from their constituents for a war in Syria:

 

In two short days, I’ve received 126 calls opposing military engagement in and only one call in favor.

- Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Az.) admitted to National Review that 498 out of the 500 calls to his office were completely against an attack on Syria.

- Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said that “99 percent of the calls coming to my office are against” a war in Syria. It is interesting to note that 76% of his district voted for Obama in 2012.

- Rep. Rand Paul, R-Ky. said “I’m told the phone calls are 9 out of 10 against a strike in Syria, from my constituents in Kentucky.”

 

This article was posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Under Colossal Global Backlash, Obama Holds Off on Syria Strike

August 31, 2013 Leave a comment

Obama decides to follow the Constitution and seek Congressional approval for Syrian military strike

Source: Julie Wilson and Alex Jones

Obama addressed the public on Saturday from the White House Rose Garden. He confirmed US’s intention to use force against Syria, however, is reportedly waiting to enforce military action until Congress is able to hold a debate and vote on the matter.

“House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said on Saturday that he expects the House to consider the measure the week of Sept. 9,” reported The Hill.

Obama claims he has the authority to move forward solo, but surprisingly stated it’s important for the country to debate military intervention.

“I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress. The country will be stronger if we take this course and our actions will be more effective,” said Obama.

His position most likely stems from innumerable world allies and government officials who have strongly voiced their opposition to military involvement in Syria.

Just as Dr. Paul Craig Roberts wrote today in a piece entitled America Totally Discredited, he assesses this is the greatest diplomatic meltdown in US history.

In his report he acknowledges the greatest danger now is that the White House may attempt to stage something else in order to persuade the unconvinced public into a war with Syria.

“The rest of the world has learned to avoid Washington’s rush to war when there is no evidence,” writes Roberts.

Both Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul have come out saying the chemical attacks have all the hallmarks of a false flag or staged event.

In closing, Obama nonchalantly informed the public that the US is in a position to strike, and that the strike could come tomorrow, next week or even a month from now.

A military response is “not time sensitive,” reiterated the President.

Following the UK Parliament’s decision to vote no against Syrian intervention, “Obama indicated he will not wait for either approval from the U.N. Security Council or the conclusion of U.N. inspectors’ investigation into the Syria attack,” reported Fox News.

Obama’s decision to follow the Constitutional law of the republic for now, is a tremendous victory for America.

Alternative Media Blocks Globalist Attempt to Launch WW3

August 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Public becomes more aware of government’s constant lies and contradictions

Source: Julie Wilson
Infowars & Nwo Report

There is one war the American people are winning, and that’s the info war.

Government and the mainstream media have lost all credibility, leaving opportunity for the alternative media to swoop in and expose the truth, waking up people across the globe.

The continued unraveling of government scandals backed up by a clearly biased mainstream media narrative has Americans fed up and unwilling to consent to another war.

Nearly a month ago, Infowars reported that the Department of Defense had announced plans toincrease its public affairs efforts due to the independent media’s devastating effect on their ability to control its negative news stories.

The DoD specifically blamed DrudgeReport.com and citizen journalists as the reason for no longer have the people’s support.

“The public is more quickly becoming aware of the constant patterns of contradictions and habitual lying by a government long ago captured by a group of corrupt interests,” we reported.

In an effort to expand the reach of alternative media, Alex Jones has joined forces with Anthony Gucciardi’s Storyleak.

Last month, the Secretary of Defense for public affairs, George Little, admitted, “..we cannot hide our bad news stories. Bad news gets out one way or the other and we must come to terms with telling bad stories as well as the good.”

During a White House briefing, Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, desperately tried to convince the public of the need for war with Syria. Earnest reiterated the importance of the U.S. need to respond to the use of chemical weapons in order to “enforce a critically international norm.”

“It is not OK for totalitarian dictators to flout chemical weapons with impunity,” said Earnest.

“The global community wants this norm enforced,” Earnest stated; he failed, however, to draw a parallel between the US’s own murder of innocent men, women and children via the covert drone program and the Assad regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians.

Of course that comparison can’t truly be made because the West and its allies are likely responsible for the chemical weapons attack, not Assad.

When asked if Obama planned to obtain a vote from Congress to authorize an attack on Syria, Earnest said the President will seek “robust congressional consultation” and will act to “protect international norms against weapons of mass destruction.”

Earnest rejected comparisons of an attack on Syria to the invasion of Iraq, persisting it’s not the goal of the U.S. to change Syria’s regime, such as it was in Iraq.

The Deputy Press Secretary maintained an attack on Syria would be “limited and discrete.” He also said the U.S. government does not believe they need to wait for the U.N. chemical weapons team to complete their investigation because they already know Assad is responsible and any other details are irrelevant.

Reporters in attendance to the White House briefing were noticeably pushing hard for more information, calling the government’s so-called “proof” merely circumstantial evidence.

Reporters asked whether the U.S. government intends to release the remaining proof they allegedly have, but Earnest clammed up citing the information as classified and expressed his inability to speak on it.

He told reporters the classified information needed to be withheld due to national security reasons, but reporters kept pushing, asking if the Obama administration really believes Assad’s use of chemical weapons is a “direct imminent threat to the United States.”

“Assad’s willingness to use chemical weapons endangers the global community,” said Earnest.

The public’s growing skepticism of the governments’ narrative can only be attributed to the explosive growth of alternative media.

According to a report by Story Leak, “…former US National Security Adviser and Trilateral Commission co-founder Zbigniew Brzezinski commented on the growing inefficiency of war due to the increased political knowledge of the public.”

Americans are waking up. If our rogue government decides to go to war with Syria, it will certainly be against the wishes of the American people, fueling their skepticism and furthering their mistrust of the mainstream media.

WW3? Syrian, Iranian Officials Say Israel Will Be “Set On Fire” If US Strikes

August 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Netanyahu calls up reserve forces; Huge US military build up in Qatar; Russia evacuates citizens from Syria

Source: Steve Watson

Senior Syrian and Iranian officials have again warned that should the US pursue military action in Syria, the state of Israel will find itself firmly and immediately in their crosshairs.

“If Damascus comes under attack, Tel Aviv will be targeted too and a full-scale war against Syria will actually issue a license for attacking Israel,” said a Syrian army official in comments to Iran’s Fars News Agency.

“We are rest assured that if Syria is attacked, Israel will also be set on fire and such an attack will, in turn, engage Syria’s neighbors,” the official said, maintaining anonymity during the interview.

The army official also stated that if the US chooses to help Al Qaeda-linked jihadists in Syria, their will be significant blowback in Israel.

“Weakening the central government in Damascus will actually start growing attacks on Israel and will create insecurity for that regime,” he said.

“Thus, a U.S. attack on Syria will herald frequent strikes and attacks on Israel, not just by Damascus and its allies in retaliation, but by extremist groups who will find a ground for staging their aspirations,” the official added.

Senior Iranian officials echoed the comments, with Hossein Sheikholeslam, the director-general of the parliament for International Affairs telling Fars News that “the Zionist regime will be the first victim of a military attack on Syria.”

Iranian Member of Parliament Mansur Haqiqatpur was also quoted as saying that “In case of a U.S. military strike against Syria, the flames of outrage of the region’s revolutionaries will point toward the Zionist regime.”

The fresh threats come in the wake of similar comments made earlier in the week by Syrian Deputy Information Minister Halaf Al-Maftah who warned that Israel will “come under fire” should the United states strike against the Assad regime. He added that the Syrian government has “strategic weapons aimed at Israel,” and warned that “If the US or Israel err through aggression and exploit the chemical issue, the region will go up in endless flames, affecting not only the area’s security, but the world’s.”

Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom quoted Muftah as also warning “It’s possible to say unambiguously that a process of war against Syria could lead to an all-out world war. The responsibility for that will rest on the US and the Zionist entity’s shoulders.”

The Beirut Daily Star quoted a “senior source close to” Hezbollah as saying that in the event of major Western strike against Syria “Hezbollah will fight on various fronts,” and predicting an immediate “inferno of a war with Israel.”

Pro-Hezbollah cleric, Afif Nabulsi, who is closely aligned with the Syrian and Iranian governments, was also quoted as saying that “any [US] strike against Syria will be met by harsh responses against US interests in the region and against Israel directly.”

Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour stated in a radio interview that the country would retaliate if Israel “exploits a strike against Syria to attack Hezbollah.”

In response to the threats, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said “The State of Israel is ready for any scenario.” Following a meeting with security officials in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said “We are not part of the civil war in Syria, but if we identify any attempt whatsoever to harm us, we will respond and we will respond in strength.”

According to Israeli intelligence website DEBKAfile, the Israeli security cabinet held another emergency meeting today, ordering the partial mobilization of select, qualitative IDF reserve forces: Rocket, Air Force, missile interception, Home Defense command and intelligence units.

DEBKAfile’s military sources report that an American military operation on Syria is scheduled to start Friday night, early Saturday Aug. 30-31. The report adds that US forces are finalizing a a major buildup at the huge US Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.

“US air force reinforcements in Qatar will stand ready to rush to the aid of US allies – Israel, Jordan and Turkey – in the event of their coming under Syrian Scud attack.” the report states, adding that on the opposite side the Syrian army has been scattering personnel, weapons and air assets to pre prepared fortified shelters in order to limit damage and losses.

“Syrian army command centers in Homs, Hama, Latakia and the Aleppo region were also being split up and dispersed, after a tip-off to Syrian and Russian intelligence that they would be targeted by the US strike.” the report adds.

The Associated Press also reports that Israel has ordered a special call-up of hundreds of reserve troops to beef up civil defense preparations and to operate air-defense units near the border. Defense officials have confirmed the deployment of Iron Dome and Patriot missile-defense batteries in areas near the Syrian border, stating that they believe a US strike on Syria is imminent.

Israeli security and rescue forces are also engaged in a two-day drill in the Golan Heights along the Syrian border.

The intelligence supposedly handed to the US and its allies suggesting that the Syrian army was involved in the chemical attacks last week is said to have come predominantly via Israeli intelligence agencies.

While Chinese and Russian officials continue to warn of the grave global consequences of a US strike on Syria, Russian citizens are currently being evacuated out of the country.

Meanwhile even firebrand broadcaster Glenn Beck has come out against intervention in Syria, warning that because of China and Russia’s alignment with Iran and Syria, a wider war in the middle east would mean that the US “would not survive”.

Beck warned that “this is World War 3 in the making,” noting the Obama administration is on the exact same destructive warpath that the Bush government set out on 12 years ago.

Beck desperately appealed to his conservative listener base to find common ground with real liberals and hold huge anti-war rallies.

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DPS Trooper Who Performed Roadside Cavity Search Gets Her Job Back

August 12, 2013 Leave a comment

DPS director plans to “re-familiarize” his officers with the department’s policy on roadside cavity and strip searches

Source: Julie Wilson

A female Texas Department of Transportation (DPS) trooper who performed a roadside body cavity search on two females has been reinstated with the force on Friday, reports KTRK-TV.

DPS Director Steve McCraw has decided to rehire rookie Trooper Jennie Bui who was placed on suspension, after a grand jury failed to indict her on any wrongdoings.

McCraw says Bui was simply following the orders of a more senior officer, and therefore should not be terminated.

A July Infowars report described the humiliation two young women endured when they were stopped for speeding by Troopers Nathaniel Turner and Jenny Bui on Memorial Day last year.

Turner ignored one of the women’s requests to cover herself up (since she was wearing only a bathing suit), and also answered one of the women’s cell phones during the stop.

Turner said he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and called Bui for assistance.

Once on the scene, Bui performed embarrassing body cavity searches in plan view on both women along a Houston highway.

Even more disturbingly, Bui did not change her gloves in between searches.

“It was determined that the relatively inexperienced trooper was directed by a more senior trooper to conduct the inappropriate search,” said McCraw.

McCraw also said, “While the actions of Trooper Bui constitute misconduct, I believe her actions are mitigated such that she should not be terminated from the agency.”

Bui will be suspended without pay for 60 days, placed on six months disciplinary probation and receive additional training on search and seizure procedures, reports KVUE.

McCraw claims he is making an effort to “re-familiarize” his officers with the department’s policy on roadside cavity and strip searches.

As for Turner, McCraw calls his conduct “unacceptable” and a blatant violation of DPS policy.

Turner was terminated upon the results of an internal investigation.

McCraw insists that “DPS holds it employees to the highest standards,” and the department continue to “take immediate action in any instance of misconduct” to ensure its employees are held accountable.

The two women filed a federal lawsuit against DPS and are currently in litigation. They are expected to make an appearance on the Alex Jones Show this week.

Indiana School Offers Free School Supplies in Exchange for Vaccinations

August 9, 2013 Leave a comment

Children that get immunized receive crayons, pencils and jump drives

Source: Julie Wilson

It’s that time of year again, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). NIAM begins each year in August and acts as a reminder for adults and children to get their recommended vaccines.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls the program, “an opportunity to highlight the need for improving national immunization coverage levels. Activities focus on encouraging all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases.”

This year some schools are offering students vaccinations and providing free school supplies in return.

A report from WANE-TV says the state of Indiana requires all children to be current on vaccinations prior to enrollment. The Allen County Health Department is offering “free school supplies to school-aged kids who receive an immunization at the health department for the rest of this week and next week.”

The program provides students supplies such as crayons, pencils, highlighters and jump drives to each child that gets immunized.

WANE-TV reports that beginning this school year students in grades kindergarten through 12th are required to have two doses of the chickenpox vaccine, also known as varicella.

Younger children, ages four to six years old are “due” for boosters of four vaccines: DTaP(diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), ChickenpoxMMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and Polio.

Children older than six require the following vaccines: Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis),MCV (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) and HPV (human papillomavirus) for 11 and 12-year olds.

Annual flu vaccines are also recommended for all children ages six months and older.

The Fort Wayne Allen County Department of Health advertises their program as a two-for-one deal in an attempt to celebrate the “importance of immunizations throughout life.”

Dr. Deborah McMahan, the Allen County Health Commissioner says, “Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health – and that of classmates and the community.

“If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs.”

The state’s website says, “When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.”

The hazards of vaccines, including the infamous flu vaccine, have been proven to be dangerous and even crippling for some.

According to a June report published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, the seasonal trivalent flu vaccine results in 5.5 times more incidents of respiratory illness.

The study not only found the flu vaccine to be ineffective, but recipients who received the vaccine were more likely to contract other diseases such as rhinovirus (the common cold) and coxsackievirus and echovirus, which are known to cause meningitis, paralysis, hepatitis and even heart disorders.

Also important to note, the “act of injecting antigens probably damages the innate cell-mediated immune response, the part of the immune system that protects without the need of resorting to development of antibodies.”

Some of you may remember when CNN host Piers Morgan took the plunge and decided to let Dr. Oz administer the flu vaccine on air to dispel the myth that you can contract the flu after receiving the vaccine, only to come down with the flu shortly after.

Despite Piers’ admission to “feeling under-the-weather” and having a “sore throat,” the host quickly brushed off the advice of guest Dwight Yoakam, when he advised Piers to avoid flu vaccines in the future.

Fourth Amendment Dead in Los Angeles

August 5, 2013 Leave a comment

Source: Kurt Nimmo

In Los Angeles, and much of the rest of the country, the Fourth Amendment is irrelevant. In the video below, a Los Angeles cop threatens to search a rental car because she has an issue with its “tatted up” occupants. She has not witnessed a crime, does not have probable cause, but wants to search the car because she has an emotional issue with the driver and his passenger.

This is America, circa 2013. Respect for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is dead. In fact, awareness of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the once hallowed principles of natural rights, the right to be left alone unless one poses a threat to others, and respect for the individual are long gone.

Note: the video contains explicit language, mostly on the part of the cop. Except for the blue uniform, she is indistinguishable from any other territorial and tribal gang-banger in South Central Los Angeles.

 

House Defeats Amash Amendment to Control NSA Surveillance

July 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Vote outcome reveals how important maintaining and growing the surveillance state is to the political class

Source: Kurt Nimmo

As expected, the Amash amendment to curtail NSA surveillance, unconstitutionally permitted under the PATRIOT Act, failed to gain traction in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

 

Last minute efforts by the Obama administration, members of Congress, including the leaders of intelligence committees, and the military-intelligence complex to scuttle the amendment proved successful as the final vote came in with 205 for and 217 against.

Debate in the House prior to the vote was particularly heated. Rep. Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican and the chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, insulted fellow Michigan Republican Justin Amash, who introduced the amendment. Rogers said Amash was engaging in debate on the House floor for the sake of “Facebook likes.”

The vote outcome revealed how important maintaining and growing the surveillance state is for the political class in Washington. Republicans and Democrats crossed the aisle to defeat the amendment. “The debate prompted unlikely alliances in the House floor, with both House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and deeply conservative Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) voicing opposition to the amendment,” Business Insider reported late Tuesday.

Bachmann’s vote demonstrated her unflagging allegiance to the ruling elite, who are keenly interested in building and maintaining a high-tech Stasi state. In the past, Bachmann has described herself as a constitutionally based Tea Party Republican, a farce once again revealed with the Amash amendment vote. Pelosi, on the other hand, does not pretend to support the Constitution she has sworn an oath to protect.

Prior to vote, a poll showed that 56 percent of Americans believe the NSA will go too far and violate their “privacy” rights wholesale (more fundamentally, NSA snooping is unconstitutional on multiple levels, particularly in regard to the Fourth Amendment). By voting to allow the NSA to run its surveillance scheme unchecked, the House has once again shown that it does not represent the American people.

Following the vote, a web page cropped up permitting outraged constituents to contact their supposed representatives and voice their displeasure. In addition to encouraging Americans to meet with members of the political class in person, the site provides phone numbers and a way to fire off tweets to Congress critters.

Sheldon Foote, a professor at California State University, said following the vote that the NSA spy grid is “an attempt to totally control the American people” and deny them “their constitutional liberties.”

More accurately, it is an attempt to control the political activity of a small number of Americans, those who actually pose a threat to the status quo of the establishment. On the other hand, millions of Americans, those who more or less buy into the political system and vote for Democrats and Republicans, do not pose a threat to the ruling elite and the political class vetted and promoted as our “representatives.”

 

This article was posted: Thursday, July 2

2012 Obama Speech: ”We Refused to Let Detroit Go Bankrupt’ (Video)

July 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Source: Anthony Gucciardi
Prison Planet.com

As Detroit files for bankruptcy, the largest city in history ever to do so, we are reminded of the 2012 Obama speech quote in which the president boasts that he ‘refused to let Detroit go bankrupt’ following his ‘revival’ of the auto industry (through absorbing corporations into the bloated government system).

While indeed a speech that was focused on his ‘revival’ of the auto industry through expanding government further into the pants of private business, like a TSA agent patting down an attractive woman, this video is critical as it highlights the now blatant facade that our economy is ‘recovering’ with the help of Big Brother Obama and the help of our government. This is in sharp contrast to reality, of course, which shows us that the $83 billion in public taxpayer funding to the mega banks that finance the Mexican drug cartels on record is not a good investment — let alone the bloated Federal Reserve system that acts as a colossal leech on the income streams of average Americans.

But let’s look at Detroit. Facing billions in debt, Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in federal court on July 18th in what amounts to another mega bailout for an entire city that is the absolute epitome of a collapsed society. We’re talking record crime rates, which data shows is the result of insane gun control laws that stop law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves from gang members and drug dealers (as usual), and we’re also talking complete government incompetency. Or worse, complete government corruption.

NATION MOVES TOWARDS DETROIT DEBT EXPLOSION

You see, as I look further and further into all of the information and news out there, I’ve started to come to the conclusion that government incompetency is really much more true in lower level positions. The high level guys, at least high level in terms of citywide politics or statewide politics, are usually very sharp — at least sharp enough to know how the system works. And when your city is collapsing around you with cash bleeding out left and right, barely paying the understaffed police force that oftentimes then even gets into the crime business itself, it’s hard to actually be a good person.

In fact, it’s inviting to criminal politicians — it’s almost a requirement.

Is it all Obama’s fault? No, that’s not what this is about. Obama is really not even the top of the food chain, and we know that. What Obama is, however, is the face of massive, bloated government. Government that says ‘you didn’t build’ your business. A government that is so metastasized that it is now one big TSA agent reaching down theproverbial pants of America. And that will never work.

Detroit may be the face of what’s to come, and what will happen when the national and international economy descends into debt collapse. As of right now, only ignorant investors and stock brokers are buying into this phony ‘recovery’ that is always just around the corner. Until we take real action against the leeches of our nation at large, like the mega bankers sucking us dry along with the Federal Reserve and anti-Constitution agencies like DHS and NSA, we will always be getting closer to a Detroit scenario.

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“Iraqi Scenario” to Take Down Syria

April 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Source: Kurt Nimmo

Syria has accused the United States and Britain of telling lies about its supposed use of chemical weapons. Syria says it has not used the weapons and does not possess them.

“Everything that the American minister and British government have said lack credibility,” Syrian Information Minister Omran Al-Zoub told Russian TV on Friday. “It’s baseless, and it’s a new tactic to put political and economic pressure on Syria.”

They “want to manipulate the issue, to let whoever used the chemical weapons … get away (with it), and to repeat the Iraq example,” Al-Zoubi said.

Russia’s foreign minister has warned against repeating the “Iraqi scenario” where Bush neocons installed in the Pentagon fabricated evidence concluding Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.

Prior to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix found no stockpiles of WMD despite claims made by the Bush administration and the corporate media.

“The biggest regret of all the presidency has to have been the intelligence failure in Iraq,” Bush told ABC News prior to his departure from the White House. A 2008 Senate Intelligence Committee report stated that the Bush administration had “misrepresented the intelligence and the threat from Iraq.”

Earlier in the week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the Obama administration believes “with varying degrees of confidence” that the Syrian government used chemical weapons. Speaking from Abu Dhabi, Hagel said the government believes “any use of chemical weapons in Syria very likely originated” with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

“We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus,” Obama said in August, 2012. “That would change my equation. . . . We’re monitoring that situation very carefully. We have put together a range of contingency plans.”

The Obama administration, however, is taking a cautious approach to the latest accusation. “Our intelligence community does assess with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically the chemical agent sarin,” White House legislative director Miguel Rodriguez said in letters to Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and John McCain, R-Ariz.

The U.S. and Israel have cited photos, shelling and traces of toxins to make the claim Syria is using chemical weapons.

The Israeli military said Syrian forces used sarin and displayed for reporters photographs of a body it claimed showed evidence of nerve gas exposure.

“There is a limit to what you can extract from photograph evidence alone,” said Ralf Trapp, an independent consultant on chemical and biological weapons control. “What you really need is to getinformation from on the ground, to gather physical evidence and to talk to witnesses as well as medical staff who treated victims.”

Despite the paucity of evidence, Israeli Brigadier-General Itai Brun, the head of military intelligence research at the Israeli Defense Forces, said the lack of international response to the alleged use of sarin nerve gas was a “very worrying development.”

“There’s a huge arsenal of chemical weapons in Syria. Our assessment is that the [al-Assad] regime has used and is using chemical weapons,” he said.

Obama spokesman Jay Carney said that while the Israeli accusation is of concern, U.S. intelligence has yet to independently confirm the assessment.

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