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AMSTERDAM — Investigative site Bellingcat is the toast of the popular press. In the past month alone, it has been described as “an intelligence agency for the people” (ABC Australia), a “transparent” and “innovative” (New Yorker) “independent news collective,” “transforming investigative journalism” (Big Think), and an unequivocal “force for good” (South China Morning Post). Indeed, outside of a few alternative news sites, it is very hard to hear a negative word against Bellingcat, such is the gushing praise for the outlet founded in 2014.

This is troubling, because the evidence compiled in this investigation suggests Bellingcat is far from independent and neutral, as it is funded by Western governments, staffed with former military and state intelligence officers, repeats official narratives against enemy states, and serves as a key part in what could be called a “spook to Bellingcat to corporate media propaganda pipeline,” presenting Western government narratives as independent research.

Citizen journalism staffed with spies and soldiers

An alarming number of Bellingcat’s staff and contributors come from highly suspect backgrounds. Senior Investigator Nick Waters, for example, spent three years as an officer in the British Army, including a tour in Afghanistan, where he furthered the British state’s objectives in the region. Shortly after leaving the service, he was hired by Bellingcat to provide supposedly bias-free investigations into the Middle East.

Former contributor Cameron Colquhoun’s past is even more suspect. Colquhoun spent a decade in a senior position in GCHQ (Britain’s version of the NSA), where he ran cyber and Middle Eastern terror operations. The Scot specializes in Middle Eastern security and also holds a qualification from the U.S. State Department. None of this, however, is disclosed by Bellingcat, which merely describes him as the managing director of a private intelligence company that “conduct[s] ethical investigations” for clients around the world — thus depriving readers of key information they need to make informed judgments on what they are reading.

Bellingcat fails to inform its readers of even the most glaring conflicts of interest
Bellingcat fails to inform its readers of even the most glaring conflicts of interest

There are plenty of former American spooks on Bellingcat’s roster as well. Former contributor Chris Biggers, who penned more than 60 articles for the site between 2014 and 2017, previously worked for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency — a combat support unit that works under the Department of Defense and the broader Intelligence Community. Biggers is now the director of an intelligence company headquartered in Virginia, on the outskirts of Washington (close to other semi-private contractor groups like Booz Allen Hamilton), that boasts of having retired Army and Air Force generals on its board. Again, none of this is disclosed by Bellingcat, where Biggers’s bio states only that he is a “public and private sector consultant based in Washington, D.C.”

For six years, Dan Kaszeta was a U.S. Secret Service agent specializing in chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, and for six more he worked as program manager for the White House Military Office. At Bellingcat, he would provide some of the intellectual ammunition for Western accusations about chemical weapons use in Syria and Russia’s alleged poisoning of Sergei Skripal.

Kaszeta is also a fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a think tank funded by a host of Western governments as well as weapons contractors such as Airbus, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Its president is a British field marshal (the highest attainable military rank) and its senior vice president is retired American General David Petraeus. Its chairman is Lord Hague, the U.K.’s secretary of state between 2010 and 2015.

A Bellingcat article covering the alleged poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a story covered heavily by the organization. Alexander Zemlianichenko | AP
A Bellingcat article covering the alleged poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a story covered heavily by the organization. Alexander Zemlianichenko | AP

All of this matters if a group is presenting itself as independent when, in reality, their views align almost perfectly with the governments funding them. But yet again, Bellingcat fails to follow basic journalism ethics and inform readers of these glaring conflict of interests, describing Kaszeta as merely the managing director of a security company and someone with 27 years of experience in security and antiterrorism. This means that unless readers are willing to do a research project they will be none the wiser.

Other Bellingcat contributors have similar pasts. Nour Bakr previously worked for the British government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office while Karl Morand proudly served two separate tours in Iraq with the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division.

Government and intelligence officials are the opposite of journalists. The former exist to promote the interests of power (often against those of the public) while the latter are supposed to hold the powerful to account on behalf of the people. That is why it is so inappropriate that Bellingcat has had so many former spooks on their books. It could be said that ex-officials who have renounced their past or blown the whistle, such as Daniel Ellsberg or John Kiriakou, have utility as journalists. But those who have simply made the transition into media without any change in positions usually serve only the powerful.

Who pays the piper?

Just as startling as its spooky staff is Bellingcat’s source of funding. In 2016 its founder, Eliot Higgins, dismissed the idea that his organization got money from the U.S. government’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED) as a ludicrous conspiracy theory. Yet, by the next year, he openly admitted the thing he had laughed off for so long was, in fact, true (Bellingcat’s latest available financial report confirms that they continue to receive financial assistance from the NED). As many MintPress readers will know, the NED was explicitly set up by the Reagan administration as a front for the CIA’s regime-change operations. “A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA,” said the organization’s co-founder Allen Weinstein, proudly.

Higgins himself was a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, NATO’s quasi-official think tank, from 2016 to 2019. The Atlantic Council’s board of directors is a who’s who of state power, from war planners like Henry Kissinger, Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell to retired generals such as James “Mad Dog” Mattis and H.R. McMaster. It also features no fewer than seven former CIA directors. How Higgins could possibly see taking a paid position at an organization like this while he was still the face of a supposedly open and independent intelligence collective as being at all consistent is unclear.

Bana Alabed, an outsoken anti-Assad child activist, promotes Bellingcat at an Atlantic Council event. Photo | Twitter
Bana Alabed, an outsoken anti-Assad child activist, promotes Bellingcat at an Atlantic Council event. Photo | Twitter

Other questionable sources of income include the Human Rights Foundation, an international organization set up by Venezuelan activist Thor Halvorssen Mendoza. Halvorssen is the son of a former government official accused of being a CIA informant and a gunrunner for the agency’s dirty wars in Central America in the 1980s and the cousin of convicted terrorist Leopoldo Lopez. Lopez in turn was a leader in a U.S.-backed coup in 2002 and a wave of political terror in 2014 that killed at least 43 people and caused an estimated $15 billion worth of property damage. A major figure on the right-wing of Venezuelan politics, Lopez told journalists that he wants the United States to formally rule the country once President Nicolas Maduro is overthrown. With the help of the Spanish government, Lopez escaped from jail and fled to Spain last year.

Imagine, for one second, the opposite scenario: an “independent” Russian investigative website staffed partially with ex-KGB officials, funded by the Kremlin, with most of their research focused on the nefarious deeds of the U.S., U.K. and NATO. Would anyone take it seriously? And yet Bellingcat is consistently presented in corporate media as a liberatory organization; the Information Age’s gift to the people.

The Bellingcat to journalism pipeline

The corporate press itself already has a disturbingly close relationship with the national security state, as does social media. In 2019, a senior Twitter executive was unmasked as an active duty officer in the British Army’s online psychological operations unit. Coming at a time when foreign interference in politics and society was the primary issue in U.S. politics, the story was, astoundingly, almost completely ignored in the mainstream press. Only one U.S. outlet of any note picked it up, and that journalist was forced out of the profession weeks later.

Increasingly, it seems, Bellingcat is serving as a training ground for those looking for a job in the West’s most prestigious media outlets. For instance, former Bellingcat contributor Brenna Smith — who was recently the subject of a media storm after she successfully pressured a number of online payment companies to stop allowing the crowdfunding of the Capitol Building insurrectionists — announced last month she would be leaving USA Today and joining The New York Times. There she will meet up with former Bellingcat senior investigator Christiaan Triebert, who joined the Times’ visual investigations team in 2019.

The Times, commonly thought of as the United States’ most influential media outlet, has also collaborated with Bellingcat writers for individual pieces before. In 2018, it commissioned Giancarlo Fiorella and Aliaume Leroy to publish an op-ed strongly insinuating that the Venezuelan state murdered Oscar Perez. After he stole a military helicopter and used it to bomb government buildings in downtown Caracas while trying to ignite a civil war, Perez became the darling of the Western press, being described as a “patriot” (The Guardian), a “rebel” (Miami Herald), an “action hero” (The Times of London), and a “liberator” (Task and Purpose).

Until 2020, Fiorella ran an opposition blog called “In Venezuela” despite living in Canada. Leroy is now a full-time producer and investigator for the U.K.-government network, the BBC.

Bad news from Bellingcat

What we are uncovering here is a network of military, state, think-tank and media units all working together, of which Bellingcat is a central fixture. This would be bad enough, but much of its own research is extremely poor. It strongly pushed the now increasingly discredited idea of a chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, attacking the members of the OPCW who came forward to expose the coverup and making some bizarre claims along the way. For years, Higgins and other members of the Bellingcat team also signal-boosted a Twitter account purporting to be an ISIS official, only for an investigation to expose the account as belonging to a young Indian troll in Bangalore. A leaked U.K. Foreign Office document lamented that “Bellingcat was somewhat discredited, both by spreading disinformation itself, and by being willing to produce reports for anyone willing to pay.”

Ultimately, however, the organization still provides utility as an attack dog for the West, publishing research that the media can cite, supposedly as “independent,” rather than rely directly on intelligence officials, whose credibility with the public is automatically far lower.

Oliver Boyd-Barrett, professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University and an expert in the connections between the deep state and the fourth estate, told MintPress that “the role of Bellingcat is to provide spurious legitimacy to U.S./NATO pretexts for war and conflict.” In far more positive words, the CIA actually appears to agree with him.

“I don’t want to be too dramatic, but we love [Bellingcat],” said Marc Polymeropoulos, the agency’s former deputy chief of operations for Europe and Eurasia. “Whenever we had to talk to our liaison partners about it, instead of trying to have things cleared or worry about classification issues, you could just reference [Bellingcat’s] work.” Polymeropoulos recently attempted to blame his headache problems on a heretofore unknown Russian microwave weapon, a claim that remarkably became an international scandal. “The greatest value of Bellingcat is that we can then go to the Russians and say ‘there you go’ [when they ask for evidence],” added former CIA Chief of Station Daniel Hoffman.

Bellingcat certainly seems to pay particular attention to the crimes of official enemies. As investigative journalist Matt Kennard noted, it has only published five stories on the United Kingdom, 17 on Saudi Arabia, 19 on the U.S. (most of which are about foreign interference in American society or far-right/QAnon cults). Yet it has 144 on Russia and 244 under its Syria tag.

In his new book “We Are Bellingcat: An Intelligence Agency for the People,” the outlet’s boss Higgins writes: “We have no agenda but we do have a credo: evidence exists and falsehoods exist, and people still care about the difference.” Yet exploring the backgrounds of its journalists and its sources of funding quickly reveals this to be a badly spun piece of PR.

Bellingcat looks far more like a bunch of spooks masquerading as citizen journalists than a people-centered organization taking on power and lies wherever it sees them. Unfortunately, with many of its proteges travelling through the pipeline into influential media outlets, it seems that there might be quite a few masquerading as reporters as well.

Alan MacLeod is Senior Staff Writer for MintPress News. After completing his PhD in 2017 he published two books: Bad News From Venezuela: Twenty Years of Fake News and Misreporting and Propaganda in the Information Age: Still Manufacturing Consent, as well as a number of academic articles. He has also contributed to, The Guardian, Salon, The Grayzone, Jacobin Magazine, and Common Dreams.

(Republished from Mintpress News by permission of author or representative)
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  1. Notsofast says:

    this well written article would be quite shocking in a normal world but now days cnn and fox hire cia directors as talking heads and no one says boo. the sheeple love the song of the mockingbird.

    • Agree: Old and Grumpy
    • Replies: @sally
  2. anon[405] • Disclaimer says:

    Read somewhere that the critters
    at BellingCat are QAnon.

    Don’t know.

  3. As early as 2014 when CIA, State Department funding and organizers as well as the efforts of made-man Little Georgie of our $orrow$ succeeded in creating the overthrow of the legitimate, elected government of Ukraine and replacing it with a mishmash of Khazarian mobster/oligarchs oddly embedded with a mailed-fist comprised of Galician fascists; BELLINGCAT was there to claim that the participants in the coup were the good guys.

    The whole charade became obvious when weeks later, the primary backers of the ousted Prime Minister, the Russian speaking inhabitants of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts which Lenin turned over to his Ukrainian SSR; decided to defend their people against vicious attacks by the aforementioned fascist militias all the way from Roman Catholic far-western, formerly Polish controlled Galicia. In order to smear Russia and the people of those assaulted provinces, pilots of the Ukrainian airforce shot down a Malaysian airliner as a false flag operation to be blamed on Russia.

    Promptly into the fray jumped Bellingcat, using all sorts of made up arguments to cast the blame on the Russians and the local defenders. The speed with which this media assault occurred was little less than amazing—unless that propaganda organization had advance information from those who organized the destruction of the aircraft and its more than 200 passengers and crew. To intel organizations murdered civilians are nothing more than “collateral damage”. Undoubtedly, Bellingcat was well rewarded for their services to the conjoint axis of evil, the British MI6 and the U$ CIA.

    Object of the propaganda barrage was to smear and besmirch Russia and the citizens of that part of Russia which Lenin had made into part of his Ukraine SSR satrapy. Full spectrum dominance is the mantra of the Neocons and the other traitors to the people of America, Britain, Ukraine and Russia. These treasonous schemers simply do not care. They are both psychopathic and sociopathic and Bellingcat is simply one of their handy tools for management of the perceptions of those stupid enough to keep viewing and reading mainscream mediocrity.

    • Agree: Notsofast, Daniel Rich
    • Replies: @bayviking
    , @Daniel Rich
  4. Investigative site Bellingcat is the toast of the popular press. In the past month alone, it has been described as “an intelligence agency for the people” (ABC Australia), a “transparent” and “innovative” (New Yorker) “independent news collective,” “transforming investigative journalism” (Big Think), and an unequivocal “force for good” (South China Morning Post). Indeed, outside of a few alternative news sites, it is very hard to hear a negative word against Bellingcat, such is the gushing praise for the outlet founded in 2014.

    If an individual or organization receives praise from the despicable “Western” establishment, that’s all you need to determine that individual or organization is itself utterly despicable. That’s how I knew Trump was a making a mistake with most of his nominees. Too bad Trump wasn’t smart enough to figure this out.

    • Replies: @Wally
  5. These creeps who run bellingcat need to be purged, along with the banksters, politicians, and their enforcers. Not that there is much hope of this happening; the sheeple are still mostly asleep. I do think that the EVIL Corona vaccination push may be the spark that lights a fire in some of the sleepwalkers though…

    • Replies: @Boris II
  6. Bellingcrap, formerly Brown Moses, could not get away with his con-tricks without the connivance of the Western fakestream media vermin. A similar thing, Adrian Zenz, having been exposed by real journalists like Max Blumenthal, as a raving hard Right, religious fanatic, of the MOST odious type, is now being paraded on our local MSM as an ‘expert’ in revealing Chinese ‘genocide’, and the presstitutes wear their tongues out licking his posterior. In my waking dreams, I imagine a long-running series of New Nuremberg Trials, with hundreds of these little Streichers swinging from lamp-posts, like so many ‘strange fruit’. Of course, their villainous lying is far more likely to lead to our destruction long before justice can reach them.

    • Agree: Commentator Mike
    • Replies: @Not Only Wrathful
  7. Ronald Reagan’s CIA chief (William Casey) allegedly said in the early 1980s that “we will know when we have completed our work by the fact that nothing people believe in is true.”

    This is the world we live in right now – and it is due to the wicked and evil people at unthink tanks like Bellingcat.

    • Agree: stevennonemaker88
    • Replies: @Sparkon
  8. sally says:

    This article is an expression of the Great global Divide!. In America, for example, the governors (about 1,000,000 strong) and the governed (about 340,000,000 weak) are divided; the governors are the puppets of the Oligarchs, but the deplorable governed live each day with the fear that nation state governors will interfere with their lives in some way.

    Private corporate and Oligarch wealth dictate to the political system. The political system, is but a very small and insignificant part of most nation states. The political system in most nation states, is nothing more than a complaint department in a department store. If you scream loud enough you can get your money back, but no change respecting your demands will ever be made.

    In the political system that governs America (the political system legislates accord to oligarch dictates and produces laws that are designed to control the behaviors of the Americans the USA governs). Same is generally true in nearly all NATO associated nation states. So the nation state is not just a political entity, in fact the political part is the smallest of most nation states. The political system is the only visible part of the USA nation state. The bigger, non political parts of the USA nation state are completely hidden from the view of those who are the governed. For years, Americans relied on the press to report corruption hidden in secret places within the nation state, but those revealing exceptions are increasingly rare.

    The USA is an organizational structure, which is based on a document (constitution), but the use of that structure is not within the control of those who are the governed. The USA is manned by persons who are committed to use their power over the nation state to accommodate the needs and wants of private and corporate wealth. Worse, that wealth and monopoly powered corporations have themselves become puppet to the new organization which expands to extract the wealth from the governed where ever in the world a nation state governs. Everything local is being destroyed.

    Bellingcat is just one small part of the globally system of using the nation state to extract the wealth out of the nation state governed masses. It is also serves to deny and prevent competition to the PTB arising from any where in the world . The political system is the least corrupt of all of the parts of the typical nation state and the private media are instruments of the oligarch; the private media are not instruments of the nation state.

  9. Whilst more expansive on detail, the article didn’t tell me any more than I knew already – that Bellingcat is a deep state front organisation, just like the Washington Post. But, there again, there are many idiots out there who think WaPo is a newspaper of record.
    OK, it is a newspaper of record, but only in the sense that Pravda was in the USSR.

    • Replies: @nietzsche1510
  10. Most of the so called “evidence” of MH17 emanates from Bellingcat in corporation with the Ukrainazi “intelligence services”.

    • Replies: @Wally
  11. cohen says:

    Anyone can see the Bellingcat site headlines are no different than NYTimes or Washington Compost headlines. Thanks for the alert.

  12. Thanks for the tip, Alan. I don’t have time to read much news and opinion so UNZ has become my one-stop-shop for fake news and things that “matters.”

    I’ll check it out. I could use an alternate source staffed with former military and state intelligence officers to pair with my source staffed with one ex-spy, professional trolls, misanthropes, and deluded Russian drunks.

  13. I’ve heard about Bellingcat this and Bellingcat that over the years. Seems they’re all too conveniently mentioned and have “access” where others do not. Most importantly, as someone else has said, if governments give something praise then you’d better be cautious about it. As my wife would remind me about familiar spirits recognizing each other, “Ghosts see ghosts”.

  14. Treg says:

    This is great to know. This is journalism 👏

    • Agree: Tsar Nicholas
  15. BorisMay says:

    Military are ‘useful idiots’ and nothing more. Think it was Henry Kissinger who said this, but whoever it might have been, only a little thinking tells you it must be so.
    A young man/woman has some intelligence and ability so chooses to learn how to kill, maim and destroy society for the oligarchs that make their fortunes by exploiting the poor, the weak and the vulnerable.
    These people have no sound moral fibre. At some point they realise that their initial choices were a bit stupid, so rather than leave and do something useful to benefit their fellow man they double down and become a spook, a professional liar or another better paid murderer.
    What the internet has exposed, is that most people who think of themselves as journalists are in actual fact professional liars who promote the ruling orthodoxy’s version of the truth. The most extreme examples being the BBC and the Guardian together with almost all the main stream US media. Essentially there is no longer any difference between ex military writers and journalists, they are all useful idiots doing the bidding of the oligarchs. None of them have any morals, common decency or common sense. They take their thirty pieces of silver and betray anyone that dares to speak truth to power.
    Many people now realise this, but many is not enough apparently. The people of the world have been brainwashed for decades, some for centuries and there is a certain comfort in following the current orthodoxy as can be seen by all the brain dead useful idiots wearing utterly useless face masks which could never protect anyone from a real virus. You see rich and poor driving empty cars while wearing a face mask. Lone joggers a hundred yards from anyone else wear a face mask. You ask what goes through their brain? It is a feeling of doing the right thing to please your betters.
    These people are the real ‘useless eaters’ and are nothing more than the useful idiots at Bellingcat and all the other morons who work at the CIA, MI5, NSA, GCHQ, Five Eyes who are nothing more than professional parasites and termites like their oligarch bosses.
    None of these professional cretins have a future. They are the dross and scum of society. Useful idiots one and all. In a healthy society they’d be digging the cess pits, because the are good for nothing else. You have to feel sorry for them…for they have no compassion and are less than human.

  16. Cowboy says:

    You don’t need to go to Bellingcat to get statist spook renderings you can find them right here. I don’t know if the machinations that lead to the “Reichstag fire” of Jan. 6 will ever be exposed but the resident spook immediately blamed Ashli Babbitt for her own murder and spewed the DC cop psyop as gospel.

  17. The Canadian national public broadcaster has been running approving stories about Bellingcat in February and March of this year. Sample quotes:

    “The group has cracked many of its cases using freely available information with the help of amateur internet sleuths.”

    “How Bellingcat cracks some of the world’s biggest stories”

    “Eliot Higgins, founder of investigative website Bellingcat, discusses his work with open-source intelligence, and why the truth still matters, even on the internet.”

    “how Bellingcat uncovered some of its biggest stories, and why he thinks others should try their hand at it too”

  18. Boris II says:

    You natsoc dipshits can’t even organize a rally. But keep dreaming about purges, big boy.

    • Replies: @stevennonemaker88
  19. Thank you for a fine report, Alan MacLeod.

    Nobody with more than half-a-doz working braincells can, for a very long time now, take western news outlets seriously … I have occasionally pondered how their “journalists” cope with the inner dissonance that consciously perverting the truth as a full-time occupation must bring.

    But not very often, it must be honestly said; they are the gutter rats of society and deserve every bad thing that comes their way, and then some more.

    Naturally I do not own a tv set, do not purchase “newspapers” nor access them online except for very occasionally in ref to a topic in hand. I hope those poisoned wells permanently dry up from neglect and well-deserved contempt.

  20. An alarming number of Bellingcat’s staff and contributors come from highly suspect backgrounds. Senior Investigator Nick Waters, for example, spent three years as an officer in the British Army, including a tour in Afghanistan, where he furthered the British state’s objectives in the region. Shortly after leaving the service, he was hired by Bellingcat to provide supposedly bias-free investigations into the Middle East.

    You are suggesting that someone who did the minimum part of a Short Service Commission has some sort of suspicious background?

    You are totally ignorant.

    Don’t care about the rest of the article since it leads off with such blinding nonsense.

    • Replies: @Majority of One
  21. Sparkon says:
    @Tsar Nicholas

    Close, but no cigar.

    According to Barbara Honegger, [author of “October Surprise,” but no Wikipedia article] who was at the meeting in 1981, what newly appointed CIA Director William Casey really said was this:

    “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false”

    Ms. Honegger:

    I am the source for this quote, which was indeed said by CIA Director William Casey at an early February 1981 meeting of the newly elected President Reagan with his new cabinet secretaries to report to him on what they had learned about their agencies in the first couple of weeks of the administration. The meeting was in the Roosevelt Room in the West Wing of the White House, not far from the Cabinet Room. I was present at the meeting as Assistant to the chief domestic policy adviser to the President. Casey first told Reagan that he had been astonished to discover that over 80 percent of the ‘intelligence’ that the analysis side of the CIA produced was based on open public sources like newspapers and magazines. As he did to all the other secretaries of their departments and agencies, Reagan asked what he saw as his goal as director for the CIA, to which he replied with this quote, which I recorded in my notes of the meeting as he said it. Shortly thereafter I told Senior White House correspondent Sarah McClendon, who was a close friend and colleague, who in turn made it public.

    — Barbara Honegger

    • Thanks: Tsar Nicholas, Thim
  22. Wally says:
    @Ray Caruso

    “Too bad Trump wasn’t smart enough to figure this out.”

    Pay attention, he did figure it out.

    Hence they staged numerous fake news events like Russiagate, bogus impeachments, and ultimately a rigged election to get rid of him.

    • Agree: Peripatetic Itch
    • Replies: @Ray Caruso
  23. Wally says:

    Why do you use the silly “Ukranazi” term?

    I remind you that the ‘Nazis’ did not do what is alleged.

    Grow up.

    • Troll: Tsar Nicholas
  24. @Boris II

    I had typed a reply, but then I read some of your posts, and found that you are a troll who throws out idiotic one liners.

  25. Thim says:

    More mockingbird media. Yawn.

  26. With regards to Bellingcat I’ve been SmellingtheRat since 2014…

  27. All of this matters if a group is presenting itself as independent when, in reality, their views align almost perfectly with the governments funding them.

    This is the most obvious sign of who is behind Bellingcat. Although they claim to do their own research from open sources, it is very likely that 3-letter agencies tell them where they need to look and what they need to be looking for.

  28. bayviking says:
    @Majority of One

    You certainly provide some rich detail, even for my case against Kissinger. Somewhere in all that there is the Italian mafia, which probably descended from Roman Emperor bloodlines. One of the finest drama’s I have ever seen was the BBC’s “I Claudius”, which portrays those bloodlines in a rather unfavorable light.

    But, I tend to see OWS, BLM, and Antifa as outside the control of these bloodlines whereas it has been shown that the Tea-Party was organized by Dick Army and well funded by right wingers.

    • Replies: @Notsofast
  29. Oh crikey chaps. It appears that all Western spy networks were completely blind to these people. Even down to the 4th and 8th generation, and all their cousins of even the first degree (Civil Registration, 1837). Not like there’s records or nowt.
    Blimey O’Reilly.

    An alarming number of Bellingcat’s staff and contributors come from highly suspect backgrounds. Senior Investigator Nick Waters, for example, spent three years as an officer in the British Army, including a tour in Afghanistan, where he furthered the [total wank they’re paid to do]

    Luckily modern “Russians” have no recorded backgrounds nor ancestry, or it would be red faces all round, eh?

    Bellingcat are Jews. Classic turbo-Judeans (Elliot. My arse. Twae ells, twae tees? Or ane o’ thame whae ne’er can be? Higgins? Ó hUiginn, or what? Let’s see how much R-L21 and probably M222 those boys possess).

    They most definitely don’t work for the Queen. Or even Dáil Éireann. How about your “agents”, Ivan? Any perceivable difference?

    • Replies: @Notsofast
  30. @Not Only Wrathful

    Not Only etc, I ameliorate my language greatly, from that which percolates through my mind, particularly when dealing with apologists for lying Western, hate-mongering, propagandists, like Bellingcrap. You would not believe the foul epithets circulating right now, in regard to you and your oleaginous apologias for this sordid propaganda operation.

    • Replies: @Not Only Wrathful
  31. Notsofast says:

    if ows, blm and antifa were ever grassroots they were immediately coopted by the fbi and cia ( soros, ford foundation) . are they outside of the bloodlines? the founder of blm just bought a $1.4 million home in a 98% white neighborhood. seems social justice pays quite well these days.

    • Replies: @bayviking
  32. @Not Only Wrathful

    It’s some kind of Hindoo Nationalist who reckons they’d have been better off under the ever-lovin’ Hirohito than teh ebil House of Windsor. Larps as Aussie, not even as good as a ‘Ghan.

    Many such cases. Chinks are often worse, but lack the idiomatic skill not to come off as retarded spastics and consequently easily found out.

    Unfortunately they still remain, like various flavours of Mick, to fart away in their usual irrelevant fashion. Like the Bangladeshi, the Parsi, the Fuzzies, or the Egyptian. Always completely certain that we are the sole cause of their millennially-long utter Failure. From when we were using longbows.
    Well .. go Us, I say ..

    [struggles opening the box with shitty thinshelled Brummy rounds for the ole Martini-Henry].

    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
  33. Notsofast says:
    @Expletive Deleted

    who does the queen work for?

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  34. @Notsofast

    The Firm.
    Old bitch is ancient enough not to give even a tiny ladylike shit about anyone’s opinions.
    Even yours.

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  35. Bellingcrap is the anus of journalism.

    Come to think of it, most news outlets form a pattern of well planned hemorrhoids around it…

  36. @Majority of One

    Promptly into the fray jumped Bellingcat, using all sorts of made up arguments to cast the blame on the Russians and the local defenders.”

    To me, that fact was a dead giveaway about who is/was behind Bellingcrap. All the pics of a BUK being ‘transported’ to the front lines were online when MAS Flight 17 was still tumbling to her death on 17 July, 2014, killing 298 innocent people to make a statement [you blame Occupied Palestine…? We destroy you! A pertinent judas judean MO]

  37. @Mulga Mumblebrain

    Pretentious and gross. A real Mr Collins, though via Bride and Prejudice, I gather

  38. @Verymuchalive

    there were fewer lies in Pravda than in NYT or WaP.

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  39. Notsofast says:
    @Expletive Deleted

    what about oprah? do you think she put a pillow over phils face to bring harry home?

  40. @Wally

    Trump appointed a legion of Deep State insiders, and he also fired all his loyalists. You’re the one who needs to pay attention.

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  41. scamDemic says:

    The Founding Fathers never sought to create a democracy in the U.S. That word doesn’t appear in even one of our founding documents. To the Founders, democracy meant “mob rule.” Which increasingly is what we have… the Republic is falling, just as did Rome.

  42. Bellingcat?

    More like “Bell the cat!”

    Amirite, people?

    Who are the ad wizards who came up with this one?”

  43. bayviking says:

    If coopted means they have been infiltrated by the FBI, CIA etc and saddled with charges of violence and destruction used to discredit all left wing groups, you are absolutely correct. I blm would be intersted in learning how you come upon the contrarian information, because the usual search engines will ot provide it.

  44. @nietzsche1510

    An arguable point. The only good thing ( at present ) is that it is not a criminal offence to keep old copies of WaPo or the NYT. Keeping old copies of Pravda was a criminal offence in the USSR for many years as it quickly showed the duplicity and lies of those in power.

    Seriously, though, some one should do a real Fact Check ( not like the fake ones used by the MSM to demonise their political foes ) on WaPo and the NYT. I’m sure it would be very instructive.

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