White Helmets confirm authenticity of acted “rescue” video

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The acted White Helmets “rescue” video, the crew involved and the professional actor who was the “victim”

It really is a case of “reader beware” these days.  There is so much misinformation about – in the mainstream media as well as in alternative and social media – that the reader really has to avoid accepting things at face value.

I am strongly aware of this when I attempt to follow-up a lead from social media that looks interesting. The video I posted yesterday is an example (see Manufacturing news, and opinion, about Syria). I believe things like this get faked all the time. Searching through social media I even found suggestions the video was a “false flag” – prepared by supporters of Syria to discredit the White Helmets.

What convinced me the video was genuine was that my original source for the video was the web site of RFS – the antigovernment Revolutionary Forces of Syria Media Office – website. I was also convinced by the fact that on visiting that site several hours later the video had been removed, suggesting that it had been uploaded by mistake

I think I was right to conclude this was an enacted video that had been uploaded by mistake and had been removed to remove the evidence once the internet uproar about it had spread. Trouble was, though, the video had by then been saved to other servers.

Further confirmation

Today the RFS Media Office issued a statement that confirming this was a genuine – enacted – video produced by the White Helmets (see RFS Statement of Clarification and the image below).

They attempt to explain it, and its enactment, away by saying it had been prepared more or less as a publicity video for entry on the International Mannequin Challenge!

OK, any person or group is welcome to join in the latest social media craze. But a respectable “first responders” group? Where would such a group find time for this playing around in the midst of a brutal war?

How many similar first responder groups have entered this competition? I am sure the genuine Syrian Civil Defence Force  didn’t – they were too busy dealing with real emergencies and saving people endangered by the war. (The Syrian Civil Defence Force is the legitimate “first responder” force in Syria and is recognised by  the International Civil Defence Association. The White Helmets, who have usurped this name, are not).

At the very least this fiasco indicates the White Helmets has more to do with propaganda and publicity – with producing high-quality videos – than saving people. It helps explain why none of their videos show credible paramedic equipment or genuine recovery procedures – usually only kids who are miraculously saved injury-free (except for being covered in dust) from bombed buildings. Sometimes these children seem to be recovered multiple times as they occur in different videos, carried by different White Helmets men, being recovered from different buildings.

The other thing that rings alarm bells is that their Mannequin Challenge video (they have titled it “On the Edge of Death”) looks exactly the same (except for the stationary introduction) as all their other videos. Well lit, well produced, frantic rescuers – but no credible recovery or treatment equipment in sight. And I can’t help asking – what genuine first responders group only goes into action attended by a professional camera crew and lighting? Surely they are too busy doing their job – saving people.

The White Helmets and their “rebel”/”terrorist” friends in the Revolutionary Forces of Syria Media Office have obviously screwed up big time. Uploading this video only reinforced all the suspicions that this group is a propaganda arm for the “rebels”/”terrorists” and not  a genuine recovery group. It was too late to deny what had happened so they try to make the best of it in their statement (see below) and blame their fiasco on the Syrian Government:

“the regime used the video to distort facts and twist perceptions. As usual, the Syrian regime’s media workers took the video, abstracted of its background, and started spinning false stories about it to serve their own purposes and the purposes of Assad regime, that has been killing Syrians for nearly six years, accusing RFS media office of creating fabricated videos of rescue operations by civil defense teams.”

Wider concerns

It is one thing for groups to be involved in publicity and propaganda for participants in a brutal war and to pretend to be something they aren’t. But it is another thing, and this is what really concerns me, when people in authority and power take such groups and their propaganda seriously.

For example, Al Jazeera relies heavily on the White Helmets as a source for their news coverage of Syria – particularly Aleppo. White Helmets videos or often used and members of the group quoted for information. Beyond that I think Al Jazeera’s other most common source for new sin Syria are simply “activists.’ To me, that means participants in the war – “rebels”/”terrorists.”

My second example is closer to home – the New Zealand government (see White Helmets dupes New Zealand government?) The New Zealand Ministry’s of Foreign Affairs and Internal Affairs are coughing up about $100,000 to provide training for White Helmet’s members. Not much money – but it gives respectability to a publicity and propaganda organisation while ignoring the real Syrian Civil Defense Forces.

Let’s hope this fiasco, which can longer be blamed as a “false flag” operation or misinformation promoted by the Syrian government and their allies, is another relatively large step towards the final discrediting of the White Helmets.
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6 responses to “White Helmets confirm authenticity of acted “rescue” video

  1. Thanks Ken,
    It be hard to know the real driving forces.
    There are semi-secondary things like the refugee industry which can only thrive if the public are prepared to continue paying tax t support it, when the money might better be spent improving lives where they already are.

    Trump wants to turn things around so veterans get as good a deal as “illegal immigrants.”

    One hypothesis about the world is that some “powers that be” wish to sometimes segregate races as in scaring the European Jews all together into Israel, or making a caste system in India, then sometimes wish to mix races with refugees.

    When someone like Trump comes along it may mean that the powers that be have decided to reduce the mixing for a bit.

    Bit of sifting to do here:
    https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/refugee-resettlement-fact-sheets/

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  2. This is very good information Ken – the ‘White Helmets’ have exposed themselves for the fraudulent psyop outfit they are.

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  3. News is being manufactured about the pipeline protest.

    Police claim that the girl who lost her arm couldn’t have been injured by a percussion grenade because they do not use them and anyway they dod not produce shrapnel that was in the arm.

    But there are rubber ball grenades which do produce hard rubber shrapnel when the casing bursts.

    Here is a peaceful protestor giving a version of the story.

    https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DEAD6rdD_qXk%26app%3Ddesktop&h=eAQHJK1ys

    And here is about Stingball grenades

    http://www.academia.edu/2108148/Stingball_Grenade_Evaluation

    I presume the police had not been properly trained.

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  4. Sorry this is the link I meant. Quite different from what the police have been claiming.

    https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2FQEMLoYmrnz4&h=TAQGjEX4D

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  5. Are the White Helmets at the pipeline protest, Brian. 🙂

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  6. Ken isn’t science supposed to be interested in underlying principles? In this case getting the media to say what suits your particular cause?

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