Trump taps ex-Gitmo commander and Navy chief in 2011 Libya bombing as new envoy to S. Korea

Admiral Harry B Harris


A former commander of Guantanamo Bay and the maritime chief of the US-led bombing of Libya in 2011 has been nominated by President Donald Trump as US ambassador to South Korea. He currently heads all US Navy operations in Asia.

Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr, the incumbent commander of US Pacific Command, is President Donald Trump’s pick for the American ambassador to South Korea, the White House said in a press release. The key diplomatic position remains vacant after Trump dropped his previous choice for the post, Victor Cha, who was a top North Korea expert on the National Security Council.

Describing Harris as “a highly decorated, combat-proven naval officer with extensive knowledge, leadership, and geopolitical expertise in the Indo-Pacific region,” the statement noted that he has served “in every geographic combatant command region.”

But there are some other eye-catching elements of Admiral Harris’ decades-long career. According to the Pentagon website, he commanded the Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO), a US military unit tasked with overseeing the infamous detention facilities, namely Camp X-Ray and its descendants Camp Delta, Camp V, and Camp Echo.

Shortly after he assumed command over the JTF-GTMO, three detainees – two Saudis and one Yemeni – committed suicide by hanging themselves in their cells with nooses made of sheets and clothing, US media reported at the time. Commenting on the deaths, then-commander Admiral Harris said the deceased had “no regard for life, neither ours nor their own,” and dismissed the triple suicide as “a planned event, not a spontaneous event” and “an act of asymmetrical warfare waged against us.” He then ridiculed the fact that there was a “mythical belief” the Guantanamo detention facility would be closed just because the three captives had died there.

Several years later, Harris was appointed as commander of the US Navy’s 6th, concurrently serving as deputy commander of US Naval Forces Europe and Africa. In this role, he lead the maritime part of Operation Odyssey Dawn, a US-led aerial campaign against Libya that left multiple civilians dead and many more injured in the bombings.

The intervention, which saw Libya’s leader Muammar Gaddafi brutally murdered by a mob of anti-government rebels, led to a de facto collapse of the oil – and gas – rich country. Since then, Libya’s major cities, including Benghazi – where the rebellion against Gaddafi started – is now the site of a grave humanitarian crisis and a terrorist hotbed.

Recently, Trump has threatened that North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un would follow the fate of Gaddafi if he “doesn’t make a deal” on denuclearization. Later, he backtracked on the statement, saying “the Libyan model” is not part of plans for dealing with Pyongyang.

Harris is currently the top US military leader in charge of operations in Asia. During his time at the Pacific Command, Harris has made a number of hawkish remarks about North Korea. US forces in the region “must be prepared to fight tonight, so I take him at his word,” the Admiral said in 2016 about Kim Jong-un’s bellicose statements.

News of Harris’ nomination comes at the time when the Trump administration is gearing up for a milestone summit with Kim Jong-un, which is scheduled to take place in Singapore in June. The meeting, however, has been left in limbo after the US and South Korea staged a joint military drill. The move prompted North Korea to cancel high-level talks with the South and threaten to withdraw from the reconciliation effort.

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Senate scum confirm Gina Haspel as CIA chief despite her torture past…

The final vote was 53 in favor and 45 opposed.

Haspel’s road to the confirmation was intense, with the Senate Intelligence Committee grilling her about running a controversial black site in Thailand during the era of extraordinary renditions and enhanced interrogation of suspected terrorists under President George W. Bush. She was also asked about a her role in destroying some 90 tapes evidencing torture of detainees.

Haspel showed the craft of dodging the questions and revealed that it is she who decided what information about her previous activities should see light. This fact bothered many senators during the final debates on the floor.

Yet, probably understanding she needs to win the lawmakers, Haspel promised to be good in the future. She wrote a letter to the committee’s ranking member, Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia), in which she said she wouldn’t torture again, and said the CIA should not have carried out its torture program.

Warner said he thought Haspel would be able to stand up to US President Donald Trump and supported her along with several other Democrats. He cast the final vote on the floor on Thursday, after Haspel’s confirmation was a done deal.

It’s unclear if Warner considered another letter. A doctor who examined Abdal Rahim al-Nashiri, a prisoner tortured under the supervision of Haspel, told The Intercept she privately urged Warner to oppose her confirmation.

“I am one of the only health professionals he has ever talked to about his torture, its effects, and his ongoing suffering,” Dr. Sondra Crosby wrote to Warner’s legislative director on Monday. “He is irreversibly damaged by torture that was unusually cruel and designed to break him. In my over 20 years of experience treating torture victims from around the world, including Syria, Iraq, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr. al-Nashiri presents as one of the most severely traumatized individuals I have ever seen.”

Crosby highlighted the known acts of torture committed against Nashiri, which included waterboarding, mock executions, anal rape and threatened to sexually assault his mother.

Democrats who voiced their approval for Haspel before the confirmation hearing drew ire from their base, however.

A number of Republicans voiced their opposition to Haspel before the Senate vote on Thursday, with Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) joining John McCain (R-Arizona) and Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) against her on Wednesday. McCain did not cast a vote, as he is fighting brain cancer.

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‘Being Naked Does Not Remove a Threat’: Says Chief as Cops Kill Unarmed Naked Teacher


Richmond, VA — The family of Marcus-David L. Peters—an honors graduate and high school science teacher—is asking for answers after a Richmond police officer shot and killed him while he was naked and unarmed. Not only did the officer swiftly escalate to unnecessary deadly force against a naked man, but now the department is telling the public that it was justified.

According to reports, the shooting happened along I-95 in Richmond after Peters lost control of his vehicle, sending it crashing into the trees. Police say that Peters then exited the vehicle, entirely naked, and began running into and then rolling around on or near the interstate.

Police say that Peters had previously struck another vehicle prior to crashing and then fled the scene. After a brief chase, he crashed and then ran naked up the northbound lane of I-95. Police claim Peters then charged an officer who had no other choice but to resort to deadly force against the naked and unarmed man who ‘charged the officer.’

“Peters emerged from his disabled vehicle and ran into the northbound lanes of I-95,” Richmond Police spokesman Gene Lepley said. “He was not wearing any clothes… [we’re trying to figure out] why he didn’t have any clothes on.”

Police claim the officer first deployed the taser which proved to be ineffective, so the officer then shot the teacher, who later died at a local hospital.

“Our officer attempted to use a taser on the person and it failed,” Lepley said.

“The attack continued and the officer drew his service weapon and discharged it striking that man.”

Police have yet to release the name of the officer involved. According to WTVR,

The RPD officer, a male with ten years of service, has been placed on administrative leave which is standard procedure while the Department’s Force Investigation Team (FIT) conducts its investigation. The FIT detectives will interview the officer and any other eyewitnesses that can be located. They will review the officer’s body-worn-camera video and any other video or photographs that can be located. Such images can be submitted to the RPD using the Crime Stoppers P-3 app which has its own category labeled “95 Incident.”

A ‘safety analyst’ for the local news channel claimed that he’s seen naked men strangle multiple officers to death and went on to justify the use of force.

“An unarmed person does not necessarily mean that you cannot be killed by an unarmed person,” NBC 12 safety analyst Mike Jones said. “I’ve seen cases where officers have been strangled with the bare hands of a suspect.”

The Free Thought Project searched for instances in which unarmed suspects have strangled on-duty police officers to death, although we could not find any.

The police chief echoed the claims of the safety analyst, noting that being naked doesn’t mean that a person can’t kill you.

“We are all deeply affected by what happened here – by the loss of life,” Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham said in a statement released by Richmond Police. “Our officers do not take the use of deadly force lightly. I think it’s important to remember that being naked does not remove a threat. So far, the eyewitness accounts we’ve heard have been consistent: our officer tried using verbal commands, then used non-lethal force first by deploying his Taser before using his service weapon.”

While it is indeed possible for an unarmed naked man to pose a threat to an untrained individual, the idea that a trained police officer couldn’t figure out another way to suppress this threat without killing Peters is disturbing.

Indeed, as TFTP has reported, DeKalb County Police Officer Robert Olsen in Georgia, shot and killed an unarmed naked man under very similar circumstances—and he was charged.

According to Barbara Peters, her son grew up in Middlesex County and graduated cum laude from Middlesex High School in 2011. His school selected him to be the speaker at graduation and he was even featured in a special on the local news.

“Each and every one of you has something special to offer the world,” Peters said during his speech, according to the reports. “You have your own unique gift. We are all assets to society.”

He went on: “The trying times of life will only make us strong individuals. Nothing in this life that has value is going to come easy.”

According to the Richmond-Dispatch, Peters went on to attend VCU, graduating in 2016 with a biology degree and cum laude honors; he also minored in Spanish, psychology and chemistry. While at VCU, he attended the school’s Honors College, served as a resident assistant and volunteered in doctor’s offices, the family said.

“His pursuit for a career as a trauma surgeon would unknowingly take a detour as he discovered his passion for education,” the family said in a statement.

Before being killed by police, Peters was a science teacher at Essex High School.

“The hopes for these additional lessons were to help students develop fundamental skills for overall success,” Peters’ family said. “He would often say, ‘The students just need to know that someone cares about them and need a role model to look up to.’ He tried his very best to do just that.”

Peters was obviously in some sort of mental distress, whether it was drug related or health related was unclear. What is clear, however, is that police were unable to resolve a situation involving a naked unarmed man—without killing him—and society has lost an amazing person because of it.

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Spy plays politics: MI5 chief uses terrorism and Russia threat to beg for Brexit clemency

The basic message was that Russia and Muslim terrorists are coming to get you, and you need Britain to help, so please don’t hold Brexit against us. The structure of the speech from Parker to other intelligence agencies was classic political theory. Introduce an enemy (Russians and Islamic terrorists), create fear (the Reds are in your Twitter feed), offer a solution (just be our friend after Brexit).

Some of the initial lessons we learned: Being the head of MI5 does not rely on charisma. Being Britain’s chief domestic spy is very much a political position. Spies and politicians are being given the same talking points.

In Britain at the moment it’s hard to decipher whether policy on key issues is being driven more by intelligence, or the intelligence services are being driven by politics. This is a potentially serious issue because politics in Britain is a mess, and the intelligence service has been repeatedly tarnished.

The Tory cabinet is at war with itself and needs a distraction, and MI6 has just been found complicit in the torture of a Libyan man and his pregnant wife at the hands of Colonel Gaddafi. Let’s not even mention Iraq. This is why so few people are willing to blindly accept accusations made by the establishment in Britain, especially as it increasingly seems that the need for evidence is secondary.

Parker used two enemies to make his points. First Islamic militancy, which in some ways is problematic as a foe to rally around. On the one hand, MI5 can use Islamic terrorism and ISIS as a way of claiming non-specific success. Parker for example said 12 attempted terror attacks have been foiled since the Westminster terror attacks in 2017, although you’ll have to take his word for that, as is the way with intelligence services. Being able to make claims of success without the need to produce evidence is an extremely useful political weapon.

READ MORE: MI5 vetted thousands of BBC staff to keep ‘evil’ and ‘subversive’ lefties out

Then there’s Russia. MI5’s enemy of choice is back in fashion and extremely useful as you can throw almost any accusation at Moscow because realistically the threat is much less real and actual conflict is extremely unlikely. Parker, who remember is a spy, said of Russia that: “Bare faced lying seems to be the default mode, coupled with ridicule of critics.

He said Moscow’s alleged tactics are “known these days by the term hybrid threats.” These threats he listed as “media manipulation, social media disinformation and distortion.”

If you looked at all the morning newspapers in Britain ahead of this speech, you would have seen detailed accounts of this address before it had even happened, and let’s not forget that the Foreign Office recently admitted deleting tweets on social media about the Sainsbury poisoning. To accuse the Russian government of media manipulation or disinformation has more than a hint of throwing stones in glass houses.

When addressing the nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Parker accused Russia of launching a “cynical and distasteful information campaign“, with at least 30 different “so-called explanations“. Again there is always this underlying hypocrisy when accusations like this are made, because there is no denying that that the British press has been full of theories about what happened in Salisbury, with many of them sourced to anonymous figures in the security services.

It pays to remember that even if the head of MI5 appears to be giving a political speech, he’s still a spy with spy tactics. One of the more interesting criticisms from Parker was to call the Russian government the “chief protagonist” in trying to undermine European democracies which risked making it a “more isolated pariah“. Considering that this speech was in many ways a Brexit begging letter to Britain’s European allies not to sideline the UK after it leaves the EU, it’s not unreasonable to suggest that London should be more concerned about its own isolation.

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Trump’s Immigration And Customs Enforcement Chief To Retire

Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan will retire from government service, he announced Monday, after spending the last 14 months serving as the most controversial deportation chief in the agency’s brief history.

“It has been the honor of my life to lead the men and women of ICE for more than a year,” Homan said in a statement. “The decision to leave federal service after more than 34 years is bittersweet, but my family has sacrificed a lot in order for me to serve and it’s time for me to focus on them.”

Widely respected by law enforcement officials, but reviled among immigrant rights groups, Homan was plucked from retirement last January to lead President Donald Trump’s controversial deportation crackdown.

Homan had initially filled the position on an interim basis last year while the White House looked for a formal nominee, an ICE official said Monday. Though the White House nominated Homan to the position in November, he informed the Department of Homeland Security early this year that he intended to step down because of family considerations, according to the official.

Homan told HuffPost earlier this month that his family had received threats since he took charge of the agency.

But Homan had also recoiled at the notion of passing through a politically contentious Senate confirmation hearing, according to the The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news.

Despite receiving the nomination to head ICE six months ago, Homan’s confirmation hearing had yet to be scheduled. A group of 17 mostly Democratic senators penned a letter Friday pressing DHS to cough up documents it had given to the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee and questioned whether he should continue to head the agency after 14 months without confirmation.

“The absence of a Senate-confirmed head of ICE for more than a year hinders Congressional oversight and the efficient operation of the agency and is troubling in any circumstance,” the letter said. “We understand that the Trump Administration may be concerned about Mr. Homan answering questions under oath about his leadership of ICE, as well as the possibility that Mr. Homan’s nomination could be defeated in the Senate.”

The Senators went on to accuse Homan of carrying out “radical – and in some cases possibly illegal – changes in immigration enforcement policies and practices.” The cited the separation of hundreds of undocumented children from asylum-seeking parents after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, reversing the presumptive release of pregnant women from immigrant detention, and discarding a decades-long policy of halting deportations for individuals at the request of Congress.

Those changes were “accompanied by inflammatory and inaccurate statements,” the letter said, noting Homan’s alleged use of the derogatory epithet “tonk” to refer to unauthorized immigrants, which HuffPost first reported in a lengthy profile earlier this month. The term is a Border Patrol slang that derives from the sound of bashing an immigrant over the head with a metal flashlight. (Homan denied using the term.)

In an administration bogged down by infighting and high turnover, Homan had appeared to easily win Trump’s confidence, pressing ahead with the White House’s deportation agenda enthusiastically, despite the political blowback.

But Homan’s abrupt departure leaves the signature agency charged with Trump’s deportation efforts leaderless and without a clear successor.

“Everyone is surprised,” a former DHS official told HuffPost. “ICE has never had a deep bench and over the last year and a half it’s become increasingly weak. I would hope they’re looking outside the agency for someone with fresh ideas.”

Homan had also recently complained to co-workers that he’d been increasingly marginalized by DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who left him out of negotiations with lawmakers on immigration reform earlier this year, according to The Washington Post.  

But as recently as Jan. 24 of this year, Homan told the radio show John and Ken on Demand that he planned to move forward with confirmation.  

“There’s a lot of paperwork involved,” Homan said at the time. “We’re on the finishing touches.”

President Donald Trump and acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan talk during a law enforcement roundtable on sanctuary cities in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on March 20, 2018. (The Washington Post via Getty Images)President Donald Trump and acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan talk during a law enforcement roundtable on sanctuary cities in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on March 20, 2018. (The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Monday’s announcement brings to a close a three-decade career in law enforcement that began when Homan joined the police department of the 2,000-person village of West Carthage in upstate New York. After serving four years as a Border Patrol agent in the 1980s, Homan steadily rose through the ranks of immigration enforcement, first as an investigator with the now defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service, and later as an administrator with ICE, which was created in 2003.

Homan’s background in the rank-and-file brought with it an uniquely detailed understanding of all aspects of immigration enforcement and his tenure was characterized by a glorification of the deportation officers whom he views as unfairly vilified by legal groups and the national news media. Even among critics of Trump’s immigration crackdown, Homan himself has remained widely respected among current and former DHS officials.

But he also brought a uniquely combative attitude to a position that has traditionally been filled by lawyers who shy away from making contentious statements about immigration enforcement ― one of the country’s most divisive political issues. Homan earned the ire of both immigrant rights groups and Democratic politicians by asserting that, under his watch, unauthorized immigrants “should look over your shoulder, and you need to be worried.”

In perhaps his most bombastic statement, Homan in an appearance on Fox News urged the Justice Department to consider prosecuting local officials who embrace “sanctuary” policies that limit local cooperation with ICE.

Even as he prepared to exit government service, Homan remained a booster of his deportation officers and took a jab at the national press.

“I am humbled and inspired by the 20,000 American patriots who serve this agency and protect our nation, increasingly in the face of unfair and false criticism from politicians and the media,” Homan said in Monday’s statement. “Because of their tremendous dedication and hard work, we have made significant progress this past year in enforcing our nation’s immigration and customs laws, and in protecting public safety and national security. I will continue to be a strong advocate for the workforce and for the ICE mission.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Ex Chief Adviser For The UN’s Child Labour Program Arrested For Pedophilia

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There’s been a massive amount of disclosure with regards to elite pedophile rings for decades, but more attention was brought to it last year, with some weird and bizarre leaked emails from long time politician, John Podesta, it’s how the whole “Pizzagate” debacle began.

Not only that, last year an NBC news report claimed that Hillary Clinton, while acting as secretary of state, shut down an investigation into an elite pedophile ring in State Department ranks in order to avoid scandal and protect the careers of high ranking officials and an ambassador.

Pretty crazy, isn’t it? Former U.S. representative, Cynthia McKinney, was well aware of the corruption that was going on within DynCorp, and she actually addressed it in 2005. She grilled former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, on the government’s involvement and compliance with military contractor DynCorp’s child trafficking business of selling women and children. She was brave enough to bring it up. More than a decade later, Retired Army General James Grazioplene, who worked in the Pentagon and as the Vice President of DynCorp, is currently facing six rape charges.

The list of examples go on, and to deny such activity is ridiculous. It’s something that happens in multiple industries, by people in positions of great power. Hollywood is another popular example, where childhood star Corey Feldman seems to be leading the charge.

This kind of thing also goes straight to the Vatican, you can read more about that here.

Where else does this type of activity happen? Unfortunately, from those within the United Nations as well.

The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million human trafficking victims worldwide and 4.5 million people trapped in forced sex trafficking around the globe. At least 100,000 children are prostituted annually in the U.S., adding to the $9.8 billion U.S. sex trafficking industry.

It’s not just pimps and escaped convicts involved. It’s the people we’re expected to respect or “look up to” the most: politicians, the elite, the wealthy businessmen, your neighbours, and oftentimes the people that you’d least expect.

An Associated Press investigation into the United Nations (UN) has revealed that over the past 12 years, there have been approximately 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers and other employees around the world. Over 300 of those cases involved children; however, very few perpetrators have actually been arrested and held accountable for their crimes. There were even allegations of this type of abuse during Haiti peacekeeping missions.

In exchange for food, the UN peacekeepers demanded sex from children as young as 12. In regards to the child sex ring run by UN peacekeepers in Haiti, nine children were being passed around from 2004 to 2007.

“I did not even have breasts,” said a girl, known as “V01” (Victim No. 1). Vo1 was allegedly forced to have sex with approximately 50 peacekeepers over a period of three years, between the ages of 12 and 15. One of the perpetrators was a “Commandant” who she said gave her 75 cents in exchange for sex. Vo1 explained that she would often sleep in UN trucks on the base.

You can read more about that story here.

The latest news comes from ex chief advisor for the United Nation’s Child Labour Program, Peter Dalglish, who was recently arrested for pedophilia. In early 2017 the United Nations Secretary General admitted to 145 incidents involving 311 victims in 2016 alone, mainly in peace operations. We covered this earlier this year.

Sadly, the 311 victims are only those who were brave enough to come forward to report the rapes and abuse. Many of the victims were children. The UN Secretary General confessed that this was only the tip of the iceberg. But how big is the iceberg?

 According to Global News,

“According to police, Dalglish was taken from a home in a district north of Kathmandu. Police said in a statement two girls, 12 and 14 years old, were “rescued” from the home. Police allege children were lured with a promise of education and foreign travel before they were sexually abused. Authorities said in the statement they are investigating whether more children may have been victims.”

Dalglish has quite the resume, apart from being a senior UN official he founded the charity known as “Street Kids International.” He was taken in by Nepal police on Sunday April 8th, as Xinhua news agency reported.

The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police wanted to question him.

Bringing The ‘Dark’ To ‘Light,’ It’s Really All One

If we want to move forward aas a human race, we have to look at the ‘darker’ aspects of humanity and bring them to light. We have to expose our ‘humanitarian’ organizations and ‘leaders’ who commit acts like this, so we can see the bigger picture about who we, as humanity, allows to be appointed to positions of power.

This type of activity is literally unbelievable, and the fact that multiple allegations of elite level pedophilia have been made public over a period of many years, is quite disturbing. To find out that someone whom you once looked up to, or someone who is praised in the eyes of the masses, is involved in such things can really be quite a big shock.

The most important thing, however, with such revelations, is not to direct the same energy into it. If we accuse, attack, blame, and punish, we’re really getting nowhere. Instead, we should look at the bigger picture, make the connections and find out why all of these elitist groups are engaged in such activity, and why they are continually portrayed to be the saviours of humanity.

This is one big human experience, the human mind labels certain experiences as ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ or ‘dark’ and ‘light,’ but the truth is, it’s just an experience, and we can change what doesn’t resonate about us anytime we choose. Although it’s hard to deliver a conscious take away from this story, as we try to do with all our other stories, it’s really about coming to grips with the fact that some dark things are happening on planet Earth, but our reaction and response to these things determine whether or not we are going to put a halt to it.

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Where’s the motive? Another ex-British military chief questions Syrian chemical attack

Shaw, a former British Special Forces chief, has challenged the UK, US and French government’s line on the alleged Syrian chemical attack in Douma. He told the Daily Mail that Assad has rebels leaving the Eastern Ghoutan province by the busload – so it just doesn’t add up.

“Why would Assad use chemical weapons at this time? He’s won the war,” Shaw said. “That’s not just my opinion, it is shared by senior commanders in the US military. There is no rationale behind Assad’s involvement whatsoever.

“He’s convinced the rebels to leave occupied areas in buses. He’s gained their territory. So, why would he be bothering gassing them?”

Shaw proceeded to point out that Assad’s enemies had much more to gain from staging an attack. “The jihadists and the various opposition groups who’ve been fighting against Assad have much greater motivation to launch a chemical weapons attack and make it look like Assad was responsible.

“Their motivation being that they want to keep the Americans involved in the war – following Trump saying the US was going to leave Syria for other people to sort out.”

Shaw’s comments come as clouds of doubt begin to form over the allies’ actions. Retired First Sea Lord, Lord West of Spithead, has questioned what “benefit is there for [Assad’s] military,” and multi-award-winning journalist Robert Fisk – who is on the ground in Douma – has spoken to civilians, doctors, and nurses in the Eastern Ghouta city… and he says none can remember a chemical attack.

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