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June 01, 2016

The U.S./UK Financed "White Helmets" Shtick - Fake "Child Rescued" Videos

Below is a incomplete list of "rescue" videos showing "kids being rescued" from "rubble" after "Syrian/Russian bombing" prepared by the U.S./UK financed Syria Civil Defence aka the "White Helmets".

The group was created with the help of Purpose Inc, a U.S. company specialized in regime change NGO operations. Purpose Inc is also behind Avaaz which early on peddled fake war on Syria video propaganda. The White Helmets are financed, like all "Free Syrian Army" media propaganda, by USAID with some $23 million and by the UK Foreign Office with a total of some £23 million. The Netherlands and Japan also donated money to the scheme. The group was build up and trained since mid 2013 by a "former" UK military intelligence operator residing in Abu Dhabi. These are propaganda artists camouflaged as humanitarians.

The "White Helmets" cooperate closely with al-Qaeda. One of its leaders was recently denied an entry visa to the United States. More details about the group researched by Vanessa Beeley can be found here and here.

Back to the "rescue" videos. That shtick started in late 2013.

After that great marketing success the movie script was serialized. Since then a new version of a "child rescued" video appears every other month or so. Here are just a few of these with all of them following the same script.

This May 25 video is typical. Someone fiddles with professional rescue air pressure mats to show off but those mats are never put to use. Someone else digs with his hands under or behind a concrete slab which has a rather large opening on the side. A smiling and laughing child, totally unharmed and its favorite pupped in hand, is pulled from under or behind the concrete slab to lots of Allah Akbar shouting by the (always male) bystanders. Not shown: kid gets the promised candies for such great performance.

Other typical features of these movies, see this one, are smoke (grenades) in the streets, dramatic but small open fires nearby, dust or some red color on the children's face or arms. The camera is often used in a hectic, intentionally amateurish first person view, a style extensively developed in the 1999 horror clip Blair Witch Project. Sometimes sounds of additional "bomb impact" bangs or screaming/wailing women are added.

All the above videos are just as (un-)real as the faked "Hero Boy" video showing a "Syrian boy ducking sniper fire to rescue a trapped girl". Fake "opposition" videos have been a major feature of the media war on Syria. These fakes are often easily recognizable as such. We can be sure that the media professionals at the BBC and other outlets know that these are not real rescue scenes. They distribute them nonetheless.

Posted by b on June 1, 2016 at 7:55 UTC | Permalink


Hey great piece, most noticeable for me is when they film screaming children rather than help them outright. If a child was bleeding and trapped I wouldn't be filming I would be putting all my energy into helping them. Also there's always a crowd of people both cameras as well as HQ pics instantly uploaded to Getty for publications to use in their propaganda.

A recent video showed them pulling over to put out a fire on a motor bike parked in front of a house. It was so random and obviously set up for the video. They must have some directors and producers giving them a script for these shenanigans.

Posted by: Guest | Jun 1 2016 8:02 utc | 1

Many of your videos were produced by the same 'media activist' with the same basic recipe of

White smoke:
Small fire:
Media activist makes piece to camera:
Rescuers run past him:
Camera follows:
Children rescued:
Media activist makes speech:

This is varied by having the activist make a speech to camera while rescuers carry photogenic children past him to ambulances is from that series but tarted up with what I think is a faked explosion - most likely spliced in.

If you can locate the original channel this is from you'll find a treasure-trove of faked videos. I only saw them on LiveLeak and don't have a link to the original source. The activist is young and bearded and seems to be well known

Posted by: Charles Wood | Jun 1 2016 9:14 utc | 2

What can you tell me about Rami Jarrah?

Posted by: Lonkal | Jun 1 2016 9:55 utc | 3

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Posted by: blues | Jun 1 2016 10:00 utc | 6

In the world of digital media , war is the new exciting field of unlimited entertainment exploiting the natural taste for violence in the human race. Who cares about the truth anymore?

Posted by: virgile | Jun 1 2016 10:57 utc | 7

@Lonkal - #3

Rami Jarrah

Posted by: Oui | Jun 1 2016 11:25 utc | 8

Several of the earlier video links are now gone from YouTube. I was hoping to find the one where a very pretty little girl is being made up and dressed in head bandages (maybe also on arms? I can't recall that part as well, but the head fake is extremely clear in my mind) tells her "coach" that she hopes there won't be any full face shots because, she says, her parents would die of heart attacks if they saw her injured. The rehearsal video is utterly damning of the "producers" and their motives.

Where else to look? Suggestions? Or has Google put it down the Memory Hole?

Posted by: jawbone | Jun 1 2016 12:56 utc | 9

The serial lying sleazy media is at it again.
I wonder how many toads are gonna start defending the serial liars,now that Trump called them out.

Posted by: dahoit | Jun 1 2016 13:18 utc | 10

Thanks again b, for pulling back the curtain once again. The average "Joe", seeking reality about the world, doesn't stand a chance.

Posted by: ben | Jun 1 2016 13:57 utc | 11

Thanks b. Excellent!

Posted by: fairleft | Jun 1 2016 14:40 utc | 12


Good job, exposing the fakes! First came across 21 Century Wire in 2014, a fren show me Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on 8 March 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. On board were Malaysians etc.

Bookmark, occasionally checks their website and deleted it. Manage to import saved archives MH17 and MH370.

BTW, diehard user of Opera since 1995 twenty-one years ago. Opera is fast, better and safer than IE, Fire fox or Chrome

Posted by: Jack Smith | Jun 1 2016 14:53 utc | 13

Talking about Yankee misanthropy, this week ABC(au) Foreign Correspondent compiled a report on last year's MSF hospital bombing in Kandahar. The program centrepiece was a very pleasant 20-something Oz supervising nurse (reminiscent of Jodie Foster) who was there on the night of the attack as an MSF staffer.

What emerged was her distress, due in large part to the barrage of bullshit from the Pentagoons (official story changed 4 times in the hours immediately after the attack) AND MSF don't discriminate, politically, when treating casualties of war. She also said that the Taliban were asked to respect the No Firearms/weapons in the hospital policy and did so diligently.

FC's sub-editors called the story Surgical Strike. It's 30 min (vid + transcript).

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jun 1 2016 17:20 utc | 14

thanks b, for a thorough take down of so much of this war being built on a pedestal of propaganda.. it's as out of touch with reality as the western politicians who serve the 1% in demanding it continues and that innocent people are murdered, maimed, or forced to leave as refugees... how does this collection of liars sleep at night? it's back to paveways 'psychopath' commentary..

someone in a previous thread had mentioned the white helmets as if they didn't realize how discredited they are.. thanks for going over it for them in greater detail..

Posted by: james | Jun 1 2016 17:35 utc | 15

I would be concerned that as we become more acutely aware of their MO they may have to change . In fact I see the declining numbers of alternate web sites not buying the standard shill posts and quickly pointing out the fallacies and linking to places like MoA and excellent threads like this one .

What type of morphology can we expect to see ,seeing that plan "A' is not likely to change .I mean its not like these rats when cornered wont try something very very stupid . Maybe stupid is the new normal and it will role like that in the future ....

Posted by: Terry | Jun 1 2016 17:58 utc | 16

The poisoned families in Flint Michigan and single mothers cut off the dole in London would be thrilled to know thst resources diverted away from them are instead used to produce fake videos to prop up a vicious proxy war.

Posted by: jayc | Jun 1 2016 18:30 utc | 17


Yes, its all connected. Oligarch-controlled governments are deceitful, uncaring, and belligerent. They are a social cancer.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jun 1 2016 20:10 utc | 18

Long term reader, first time poster.Keep up the good work -an invaluable service in the current pre-war climate.Peace

Posted by: Skeletor | Jun 1 2016 20:21 utc | 19


Your information gathering and tying together powers are of the First Order. Great piece.

Posted by: ALberto | Jun 1 2016 21:03 utc | 20

Watched only a very few of these, often one can tell right away. Many are very primitive, almost scripted to seem shoddy. They are kind of ‘in your face’ - wink wink - WE know what we’re doing and we like doing it, eff off you proles, stupid sheep, we control YOU (from the MSM.) Often, from those who mock up the scenes, the idea is simply (after 9/11) our cause (or whatever) must be supported by propaganda fake vid/pix, that is what must be done.

What I find even more disgusting in a way is the manipulation of dead children to produce dramatic pictures. (I have no reason to disbelieve the little boy Aylan drowned.) I think, but cannot know, that he was chosen somehow, as the right age. He was posed, several pix were taken, the 'famous' photo was re-touched and cropped (the background in originals has holiday makers on the beach.)

Just one ex. Where he was found (body is in correct position)..

Getty images

he was then moved: typical MSM (note the neutral caption), is the guard picking him up or putting him down? After he has been moved?

Business Insider

Where were his parents? Idk. The emblematic pic created a storm of mockery, disbelief, understandably so, even if the topic was a dead child. (Goog > images, Aylan drowned.)

Posted by: Noirette | Jun 1 2016 21:21 utc | 21

@21 noirette - too many staged events.. hollywood continues hard at work.. it is what people consume after all..

Posted by: james | Jun 1 2016 21:27 utc | 22

OT - how about an OT thread b? thanks..

Posted by: james | Jun 1 2016 21:38 utc | 23

They shut down exit polls for the last Democratic primaries, so there will be no exit polling for California and New Jersey, for example. Can you believe it? Richard Charnin's Blog: The Democratic Primaries: No more exit polls; Kentucky and Oregon recap:

The networks cancelled plans for exit polls for the remaining presidential primaries. Forget about the California and New Jersey primaries. Hell, they aren’t important.

11 of 26 exit polls exceeded the margin of error for Sanders
The probability is 1 in 76.8 billion = 1- binomdist (10,26,.025,true)
24 of 26 exit polls shifted to Clinton in the vote
The probability is 1 in 190,000 = 1- binomdist(23,26,0.5, true)

The average exit poll margin of error for the 26 primaries was 3.52%. The MoE includes a 30% exit poll cluster factor (0.81) which is added to the theoretical 2.71% MoE. View a statistical comparison of exit poll discrepancies between the stolen 2004 presidential election and the 2016 Democratic Primaries.

Posted by: lysias | Jun 1 2016 21:48 utc | 24

Oui @ 8:

Thanks for that link to Rami Jarrah.

I must say it's odd that the likes of Rami Jarrah, Eliot Higgins and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights are all based in Britain. What is the likelihood that they know one another and share information?

Posted by: Jen | Jun 1 2016 22:43 utc | 25

Palestinians have been using this technique for so long it even has the term "Pallywood" attached to it. As a proven technique to lie about a legitimate government it does seem to work. The leaders of Israel and Syria need to come together to denounce this type of fakery.

Posted by: Anonymous 1 | Jun 1 2016 22:48 utc | 26

lol.. i am not touching that with a 100 foot pole..

Posted by: james | Jun 1 2016 23:01 utc | 27

Palestinians have been using this technique for so long it even has the term "Pallywood" attached to it. As a proven technique to lie about a legitimate government it does seem to work.
Oh really? Could you provide us with some examples. Which are not from DEBKA, known liars.

Posted by: Laguerre | Jun 1 2016 23:26 utc | 28

27 was in reply to 25. This is normally a Hasbarist-free area. I really don't want to hear their crap. There are plenty other forums where they can express themselves. They don't need to bother us. I hope b will take my view into account.

Posted by: Laguerre | Jun 2 2016 0:03 utc | 29

Noirette @ 21,

1. a child messed about by the waves is surely going to lose at least a shoe.
2. A living child bends his knees, draws them up in the position shown, thus pushing out the behind. He reminds us in every way of a living child. Does the reflex to draw the knees up like that survive death & being messed about by the waves?
3. Note the inside of the right ear. Are there people who lack the usual ridge between the ear margin and the ear-hole?
4. Is the eyebrow quite right?

5. A totally lifelike head!about2/cvq7 Note the perfection of the dummies, especially the hair.!gallery/cox7 Scroll down to the video of the woman holding the "baby".!page3/cee5

Noirette, I've no idea if it's a real dead child or not. But I should think that a real dead child would've taken some cleaning up, replacement of lost shoes, getting rid of sand, etc. I think that other possibilities exist.

Posted by: Penelope | Jun 2 2016 0:16 utc | 30

Thank you b, for showing us this rescue HOAX.

Posted by: Penelope | Jun 2 2016 0:20 utc | 31

My position is the same as Laguerre @ 28. Please spare us the trollware.

Posted by: Macon Richardson | Jun 2 2016 0:23 utc | 32

@Laguerre (27/28)

Per your request, here is a typical example:
BBC = Pallywood

The only reason this was caught was the BBC accidentally aired the tape long form. If it had been sent out in the usual 4-6 second clip, it would have looked like an injury.

If you don't believe this source, you can easily do your own research. There are literally hundreds of similar cases.

Posted by: Anonymous 1 | Jun 2 2016 0:40 utc | 33

@Macon (31)

Not Trolling, just trying to provide balanced perspective. Every government and NGO uses propaganda to support themselves. For example, Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will". All sides are fakers to some degree. Palestinians have been very amateurish about it, which is what spawned the term Pallywood.

Posted by: Anonymous 1 | Jun 2 2016 0:48 utc | 34

> There are literally hundreds of similar cases.

And this is the example you chose to link? Because compared to the real videos (e.g.; videos of children murdered by the Israeli government), it's hard to see any propaganda value in pretending this man was injured.

"Why worry about all those kids the IDF just slaughtered when we can convince the world to stop backing Israel's occupation by pretending this guy has some non-visible injury?"

Posted by: Anonymous 2 | Jun 2 2016 1:39 utc | 35

Propaganda has been, for the most part, exposed and the internet has been rather open.

However, I wonder how long the Malignant Overlords will allow this to continue ... and what methods they will use.

This article [ ] seems like a very possible description of the means for making it happen.

IF it does happen, then what of MoA and other truth tellers and truth seekers? It does not have to be this particular scenario, but I suspect a mouse trap is being developed. Sadly it may very well be done with what appear to be the best of intentions. As humans, best attentions almost always provide the best route to placate and thus make us want to be controlled.

How about it folks?

Posted by: rg the lg | Jun 2 2016 1:55 utc | 36


Mesh networks.

It's P2P tech taken to the network level.

See here, here, here and here for some examples of mesh networking in use.

Posted by: Anonymous 2 | Jun 2 2016 2:18 utc | 37

First link should have been:

Posted by: Anonymous 2 | Jun 2 2016 2:19 utc | 38

I have something with red helmet, will that work for MSM?

Posted by: RedHat | Jun 2 2016 2:32 utc | 39

More Syrian Hoaxes?

"1: What do you think about the allegations that Syrian and Russian air force are bombing civilian targets in the “opposition” Aleppo? In late April, photos were spread from Al-Quds hospital where ”Aleppo’s last paediatrician”, Wassim Mohammed Maaz, was killed. Doctors Without Borders who support al-Quds condemned the attack.
TS: “First I want to say that we in the Syrian Medical Association have not heard of him. Every doctor in Syria must register in the association to be allowed to work. Since we do not know who he is, we can not express an opinion. The same applies to other doctors who are reported dead.
But I want to inform you that we know many doctors in terrorist-controlled areas, says Tony Sayegh. We have doctors there who work for and are paid by the Syrian government. Residents in these areas need the care as well.”
As for al-Quds Tony Sayegh does not believe the media reports. Four years ago there was no such hospital in Aleppo. Whatever it was that was attacked, it was not an established, well-known health facility. Tony Sayegh believes that the images of an anonymous building with sandbags outside indicates that it was a military site."

I guess we knew about the al Quds hospital before, or at least I did.

Posted by: Penelope | Jun 2 2016 4:52 utc | 40

Penelope, at 30, I take your meaning, just…we can’t really know. Assuming he was drowned, was he found on the beach? not sure.. I’m sure it is a real child, that is why this kind of staging horrifies me, as compared to letting off some smoke bombs and having ppl dashing about in the murk and then for viewers an added dramatic sound track with the BBC going Oh my the Horrors. (Ghouta chem attacks.)

Posted by: Noirette | Jun 2 2016 14:31 utc | 41

Anonymous @ 34, 35,

It's little enough of a weapon to face dispossession and incremental genocide. Israel's cries of "Unfair, staged videos," reminds me of something:

An author writing a book on psychopaths was video interviewing a jailed murderer. Shown a picture of one of his victims he said, in an outraged tone, "He hit me."
Interviewer: "After he came home and found you'd raped and killed his daughter."
Psychopath: "He HIT me." (impervious outrage, lacking the moral instincts of a 3 year old)

Posted by: Penelope | Jun 2 2016 15:33 utc | 42

@Penelope (42)

This type of narrative can easily be presented the other way. To illustrate....

Victim: All I did was pray at the holiest site of Judaism, and I was attacked.
Psychopath: The Jew PRAYED!

This has been going on for so long both sides rationally see themselves as the "victim".

If I had a time machine, I would go back to make sure that the initial 40's formation included:
……… - Jewish Israel with compact, defensible borders.
……… - Muslims exiting Jewish Israel and Jews exiting the Muslim Transjordan (mostly Jordan and Palestine) received generous compensation.

Starting now, the years of provocations by both sides have eliminated trust. The Fatah/Hamas split makes Jewish/Muslim negotiations almost impossible. There also needs to be funding to compensate families on all sides that were forced out or chose to leave.

The #1 issue people should be looking at now is water. Within a few years the aquifer under Gaza is going to become salt contaminated to the point where ground water needs to be heavily treated or outright undrinkable. Desalination is expensive, power intensive, and fragile. Unsuitable for an area that could have another armed conflict. Realisticially:
……… A) Fresh water will gave to be piped in large volumes from Egypt, and/or
……… B) Large numbers of people will have to leave Gaza (to go where ????)

Either way those decisions and planning need to be done now before the water goes bad. Why isn't UNRWA proposing options for this inevitable event?

Posted by: Anonymous 1 | Jun 2 2016 22:21 utc | 43

@43 anon.. wasn't that the plan all along, to steal, confiscate or cordon off water for the the open air prison ofgaza? it wouldn't be an open air prison if it didn't control that feature as well, would it?

Posted by: james | Jun 2 2016 22:32 utc | 44

@James (44)

Left leaning Jewish groups left water efficient greenhouses behind in Gaza that were not used. I don't think anyone envisioned Gaza ramping up to 2.0-2.5 million population this quickly. This result could have been deferred with better planning and resource management. Probably avoided with lower population.

Personally, I'm inclined to believe a traditional big government, short sighted, screw up on all sides rather than a deliberate pre-planned fail. It could easily be a grey case where individuals with both intentions supported the plan.

Posted by: Anonymous 1 | Jun 2 2016 23:00 utc | 45

Great reporting b, thanks!

I'm a bit surprised anybody is still falling for such crap propaganda after the hoaxes like fake "Amina - lesbian activist from Damascus" discovered to be bearded guy from Scotland or this war criminal "Syrian Danny", best pal of the CIA man Anderson Cooper, staging fake "government attacks" live on CNN.

It makes me curious though why are people like you forced to do the job of the Syrians, Iraqis, Yemenis, Kurds who should have running by now well oiled and top-notch operations on the web debunking such hoaxes immediately?

It's 2016 for God's sake and I still have the impression that many Westerns care more about the fate of the ME countries more than their populations.

Unless I'm missing something? Could some point me to such ME citizen-run service that would debunk the war propaganda on a daily basis, in 5-10 major foreign languages, with all videos subtitled, great info-graphic, ready to spread brochures, pamphlets, bumper-stickers? It's ok if they receive donations from their (and Chinese, Iranian, Russian) governments, I do not mind at all, which reminds me why haven't these governments, or wealthy citizens from these countries, supported such sites en mass?

Also why the Russians leave Syria only to let another massacre happen? Isn't the whole point of supporting Syria to STOP massacres for good? Isn't that the MAIN objective? I can understand civilians dying from sporadic mortar shells or car bombs, but at this point mass killings of civilians SHOULD NOT BE HAPPENING AT ALL! I consider the recent acts of genocide in Syria ([*] condolences to the close ones of the murdered) by the terrorists as a huge embarrassment for her allies, a great sign of their weakness. What has been actually done to prevent this, what are the protocols, tactics, procedures, measures?

This is strange war and wearing the concerned people out unnecessarily.

It's really hard to say what is really going on and personally makes me wanna tune out.

Posted by: ProPeace | Jun 3 2016 0:49 utc | 46

So interesting to see what amounts to an organized campaign around the need to deny White Helmets a Nobel Prize with Virginia Beeley leading the charge. I am surprised that this website took so long to repeat the main talking points. Rick Sterling has written five articles for CounterPunch making the same charges. In the Wikipedia article on propaganda, it identifies one of the main techniques:

Ad nauseam
This argument approach uses tireless repetition of an idea. An idea, especially a simple slogan, that is repeated enough times, may begin to be taken as the truth. This approach is more effective alongside the propagandist limiting or controlling the media.

I can certainly understand the need to bomb hospitals, block food and medicine from besieged cities, and drop barrel bombs on street vendors. If the goal is to defend the business class from the rabble, no measures are too cruel.

Posted by: Louis Proyect | Jun 3 2016 18:03 utc | 47

@47, you mean VANESSA Beeley. Thanks for letting us know of one more mensch in the Army of the Righteous.

Posted by: ruralito | Jun 3 2016 19:46 utc | 48

@Proyect, unrepentant asshole

If the goal is a failed state run by extremists, no bullshit is too outrageous.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jun 3 2016 20:15 utc | 49

did hill and knowlton come up with the white helmet entertainment?
pretty sure they birthed the baby incubators on floor for iraq 1 war.

u.s. and israel best at bombing hospitals, orphanages, schools/univs, homes, weddings, funerals, pharmaceutical cos, churches/mosques (somehow miss synagogues), and street vendors.


disabled in wheelchairs.

nothing like a hellfire missile and wheelchair in the morning.

Posted by: 5 dancing shlomos | Jun 3 2016 21:16 utc | 50

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