This comment was essentially a link to the website of pro-Chechen Insurgent run Kavkaz Center and a quote of the full article posted there about the recent report prepared by the Foreign Military Intelligence Directorate for Prime Minister Putin.
Essentially, the Russian intelligence service has magically connected the hundreds of dead birds in Arkansas, to the assassination of John P. Wheeler, and then lept to the amazing conclusion (without providing any solid evidence, by the way) that Wheeler was murdered by U.S. Intelligence because he “threatened to expose U.S. Military tests of poison gas.”
Russian Intel Distributes Anti-American Propaganda
Russian elements have recently been working hard to distribute this propaganda – shamefully disgracing the memory of American Hero John P. Wheeler, with baseless propaganda, conspiracy and outright lies.
The report to Putin and now distributed to media is essentially a pathetic attempt by Russian Intelligence to discredit U.S. Intelligence and promote an antagonistic stance toward U.S. Intelligence among the American public. Apparently, the Russian Intelligence services think that Americans are stupid.
Here’s the flimsy logic used in the report to loosely connect the dots.
1. John P. Wheeler III’s military career included writing “one of the most important manuals on the effectiveness of biological and chemical weapons.” — TRUE.
2. That manual led to his being hired in 2009 as a consultant to the Mitre Corporation. — FALSE. Wheeler was a consultant with Mitre, but at the time of death, all evidence strongly implies that he was dealing with Cyber Warfare issues, not chemical or biological weapons.
3. Since Mitre has an aviation system development department that is at the “forefront of creating the computer command and control systems used by the USAF in their fleet of aerial spraying planes,” then clearly Wheeler MUST have been working on that project.
Let’s pause here. No evidence – and I mean absolutely zero evidence – for these gross assumptions and elaborate conspiracy creation, was offered in any of the online outlets that Russian elements used to distribute this nonsense across the web.
A Loose Game of Connect-the-Dots
4. According to the Russian intelligence report, those planes (which happened to be based at Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas), have been used over the past few months with ‘test dispersants’ (nice spelling there Mr. Russian Internet Propagandist) of poisonous gasses in the Afghanistan War.
Get this – the Russian Report also tries to claim that clearly, since the chemical weapons stocks allegedly obtained from Iraq and held at the Pine Bluff Arsenal in Arkansas (again, no evidence provided for this claim), then OBVIOUSLY, the Arsenal was responsible for the mass death of birds in January of this year due to the release of Iraq’s Phosgene gas. Evidence for all of these claims? None.
The Alleged “Earthquakes” and Chemical Weapons
The report states that an “accelerated” disposal “programme” has caused over 500 minor earthquakes and has raised concerns over the local population.
Well now, that’s interesting. But they blame the earthquakes, conveniently, on the alleged “injection” of poison gas into the earth by the U.S. government in Arkansas. An activity that they’ve completely dreamed up out of thin air.
However, a more realistic picture of the earthquakes and the bird deaths come from the sane analysis of Rady Ananda, who has a B.S. in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University’s School of Agriculture. In an excellent, scientific report, Rady explains how the recent earthquakes could have released toxins that killed the birds.
Hydraulic fracturing is the most likely culprit for all three events, as it causes earthquakes with a resultant release of toxins into the environment.
Rady’s explanation is that excessive gas wells since the 1950s are leading to this geological phenomenon. As far as the “oddity” of the event, The Washington Post reported that “Scientists say mass die-offs of wildlife happen regularly, and are usually unrelated and unreported.”
Ah, but the Russians have no need for science – they prefer wild speculation and conspiracy theory as the Russian lies in this report continue on as though no one will be willing to check the facts.
Using Phosgene Gas in Afghanistan
The claim is that Americans are shipping “Phosgene” gas, obtained from Iraq, into the Afghanistan war theater. The charge is that “when it is used” no one will be able to prove it was the U.S.
However, these charges from the Russians make me suspect that they plan to somehow introduce Phosgene gas in Afghanistan and then attempt to use these contrived rumors to point the finger at the U.S. After all, the Russians are known to have the largest stockpiles of these sorts of weapons in the entire world, and U.S. Intelligence can’t confirm whether it’s all been destroyed as promised.
Then, back to the use of Wheeler’s murder in this Russian propaganda report – the Russian intel claims that there was a US Air Force KC-767 tanker leaving Little Rock AFB and headed to Afghanistan, and that shortly after takeoff it had a “critical malfunction” of the aerial spraying computer over central Arkansas, and led to the death of thousands of red-wing blackbirds.
The Russian intel would like you to believe that not only was there an accidental release of Phosgene gas that killed the birds, but earlier, another accidental release over the Arkansas River that killed the 100,000 fish. We might try to explain the term Hydraulic Fracturing to these Russian propagandists, but I’m not even sure the idiots writing this Russian intelligence would understand English well enough.
Russian Intel Thinks Americans are Stupid
Again, the charge that “Wheeler threatened to go public with what was happening,” is completely false, supported by absolutely no fact or evidence whatsoever, and a disgrace to truth and to the memory of Wheeler.
Oh, and in addition to this poorly fabricated conspiracy theory, the likes of these propagandists at the Kavkaz Center also have this to say about Americans:
For hundreds of thousands of other Americans they have become so disassociated with what is happening to, and around them, they have proclaimed May 21, 2011 as the day the World will end and are giving up everything in preparing to meet their God.
Wow, really? That’s news to me and I’m American! How kind of these folks to tell us what we believe… They continue:
The Americans living today have utterly failed to heed these words and have, instead, become just what their masters have always intended for them to be… imbeciles. May God have mercy on them all.
I would only counter that the Russians in charge of this anti-American “news” report – filled with lies and propaganda that quickly falls apart with even an ounce of research effort – are the ones that are imbeciles. That much is fairly obvious.
Anyone out there on the web that has been fooled into picking up this fake news story, I recommend you delete it before your readers realize you’ve been duped by the Russians.Originally published on TopSecretWriters.com