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As of this hour Amnesty International is being coy with the details, but it is pretty clear that their website was hacked and a fake report condemning the Syrian opposition and supporting the Assad regime was posted, just as was done to the Reuters news website a few weeks ago.

Of course it should surprise no one that those that support mass murder as policy are also willing to lie and deceive but we still have Kossacks that will post stuff from Syrian government websites as though they had any creditability at all.

Clearly they aren't satisfied with spreading there lies through their own channels or those of their surrogates, they aren't satisfied with keeping reporters out of the country and killing those that get in anyway, they are becoming cyber criminals to subvert the honest reports of others that have worked hard to earn the public's respect.

This fake article appeared on the AI website earlier today but it is gone now:

Amnesty demands to stop arming the terrorists in Syria
August 28, 2012  1:42 AM  

Amnesty researchers have for the first time since the beginning of the uprising conducted a research mission inside Syria.

The full report reveals the shocking detail of the crimes against humanity committed by the rebels in Syria and the devastating impact on Syrian families.

Amnesty’s visit established a pattern of abuse and collective punishment used by the rebels against any Syrians who do not comply with their desire to overthrow the sovereign government for the installation of an Islamic caliphate.

The Syrian rebels who are affiliated with al-Qaeda continue to blame the Syrian army for massacres, despite clear evidence of their involvement in the massacres.

One of the most prominent German language newspapers Reported that the Houla massacre was conducted by sectarian rebels, called Free Army militia

Victims of the massacre in Houla were members of the Alawite and Shiite minorities.

The head of one of the Sunni families killed in Houla was a government supporter and participated in the parliamentary elections (part of the democratic reforms sweeping the country).

There has been cases of the Syrian rebels (FSA) abusing prisoners, in one case 16 prisoners were executed by the rebels who then attempted to lay the blame on the Syrian Army, a story which Qatar state  media al-jazeera reported without questioning.

Residents of Aleppo have grown tired of the indiscriminate mortar fire they face at the hands of the Syrian rebels which has taken many innocent lives.

There is overwhelming evidence that crimes against humanity are being committed, yet the US, its NATO allies, Israel using Qatar and Turkey as a proxy, continue to ship weapons to Syria and delay, veto or obfuscate international action against the rebels.

Amnesty is calling on the UN calling for an arms embargo on all those nations that are funding and arming the insurgency in Syria, namely, the US, Britian, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Furthermore amnesty is calling for the freezing of assets of Turkish

prime minister Erdogan, Qatar’s king Hamed, Saudi king Abdula A-Saud, president Obama and Syrian National Council members, and the situation to be referred to the ICC.

It is clear the al-Qaeda affiliated rebels are not going to stop their crimes. And with no accountability and a steady supply of weapons, why should they given they have come this far under NATO protection?

Russia must immediately use its influence to end this violence and support the UN Security Council to end NATO’s reign of terror upon Syria and refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court. Amnesty supporters have not forgotten the people of Syria and will continue to demand accountability for these horrific crimes against humanity.

This article contains many falsehoods and inaccuracies and is very much at odds with the latest article about Syria on the AI site:
“Why is the world silent?” Syrian refugees speak

I received notice of it via email with this link, which can also be found in Google's cache, http://livewire.amnesty.org/...

But that link is broken and returns "page not found"

Unsurprisingly, this fake Amnesty International article can still be found at this Syrian government site. That is where I found the full text of the article.

Al Jazeera Live Blog has this on the incident:

The uprising in Syria has increasingly been taking to cyberspace. On Monday, Amnesty International said that it was investigating how fake blog posts attacking the Syrian opposition came to be posted on its website.

The human rights group did not provide details, but it was possible the article was the result of hacking by supporters of President Bashar al-Assad's government. The blog post claimed that a research mission conducted by Amnesty inside Syria has uncovered ``crimes against humanity committed by the Syrian rebels", including prisoner abuse and execution.

The post called on the United Nations to impose an arms embargo on nations supporting the Syrian opposition.

Amnesty said it was alerted to the blog posts on Monday and immediately removed them.

Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM PT: The next day, the Washington Post got the story:

Amnesty International Web site hacked by supporters of Syrian government

By James Ball, Published: August 28

Supporters of the Syrian government hacked the Web site of Amnesty International, posting items that falsely accused the rebels of a string of atrocities.

The sophisticated cyberattack, which occurred Monday, was similar to the targeting this month of blogs operated by Reuters news service.

In Amnesty’s case, the primary target of the hacking appeared to be the group’s Livewire blog, which offers first-person perspectives and commentary from Amnesty researchers and fieldworkers.

According to Amnesty officials, social-media users began posting false items accusing the Syrian rebels of committing massacres that had been linked to government forces.

One fake blog post claimed rebel groups were responsible for a massacre in the town of Houla in May that killed 108 people, including 49 children. Amnesty’s actual position, shared by Western governments, is that Syrian government forces and militias were responsible for the killings. More...

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

    by Clay Claiborne on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 11:26:08 PM PDT

  •  your opinion, who are you saying did this?..nt (0+ / 0-)

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 12:23:19 AM PDT

  •  It's easy to forget about Syria with all the (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Quicklund

    Romney/Ryan and convention hullabaloo.  I really appreciate that you and a couple others keep us informed about the situation there.  I, in turn, brought it up in church on Sunday because I had just read an update the evening before.

    If there is an action we can take, calls to make, or whatever might help, please keep us updated.

  •  I am tired of the accusations against Kossacks (9+ / 0-)

    by Clay. In practically every diary he attacks Kossacks with innuendo, CT and allegations that we want to kill Syrian children, that we are Pro-Assad, and that we support U.S. imperial policy in Syria.

    Now Clay claims that:

    Kossacks that will post stuff from Syrian government websites as though they had any creditability at all.
    Who (among us Kossacks) posts stuff from Syrian government websites? Backup what you say.

    Clay's diaries have degenerated considerable. Before he would report the latest atrocities committed by the Assad regime, which was fine.

    But then he began attacking Kossacks as Pro-Assad supporters, when we asked him to be balanced, or when we asked him for a solution to end the conflict.

    Later he claimed that Obama and Assad are working together in that Obama gave Assad a greenlight to kill more Syrians but not with chemical weapons.

    He got HR'd for it immensely by the community.

    Seeing that wasn't a popular move, he is back to bashing Kossacks. He gets a pass doing that.

    This latest accusation without evidence is baseless. Provide the evidence Clay!

    •  no accusation, he was being...I don't know what ? (2+ / 0-)
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      Quicklund, Shawn Russell

      he was being, cute maybe, sloppy, sloppy on purpose, 'if yer mad maybe it's true' sloppy?

      Not an accusation, just oops I did it again sloppy? Sorry if yer mad?

      maybe just a fit of pique that he was called on his remarks...

      That's why I asked about it above..cause I read it as that he is almost saying some proassad kossacks planted this, if sloppy and he is sincere he should fix the wording and don't play cute, this isn't helping those he seeks to help.

      wait what?!   I was stuck thinking he was  almost not quite exactly saying pro assad kossacks posted this at AI but you are right the pro assad kossack remark is itself just horseshit.

      pro assad kossacks, fuck that, name them and shame them Clay! Those that criticized your diary, that hr'd it for you're saying Obama had Green lighted Assad to use some wmds on his own people?

      So name them Clay.
      And guess what Clay, they ain't the ones that have been criticizing you.

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 02:40:34 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Since you're one of his main-callouts, perhaps (0+ / 0-)

      you should let someone else take the lead on this, eh?

    •  Do a search in comments for "SANA" (0+ / 0-)

      Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

      by Clay Claiborne on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 07:05:51 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Sorry, no. (7+ / 0-)

    After some of the crap you've posted recently, I'll believe AI's site has been hacked when I hear so from a credible source.

    You're not that credible source, not anymore.

    Fuck me, it's a leprechaun.

    by MBNYC on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 04:55:58 AM PDT

  •  Syria is a divided country - even Al Jazeera (1+ / 0-)
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    protectspice

    now admits that there is still support for Assad in urban areas.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/...
    Battle for Aleppo's hearts and minds
    28 Aug 2012

    Al Jazeera comes across divided loyalties in Syrian city caught up in fighting between pro- and anti-government forces.

    Aleppo, Syria – As the battle for Syria's main city Aleppo rages on, divisions among its inhabitants are a stark reminder of the equally crucial fight for hearts and minds.

    Unlike other Syrian cities, many residents in Syria's commercial capital failed to rise up and join the opposition Free Syrian Army in its campaign to seize Aleppo from government control.

    Aleppo is made up of diverse groups, and it is now clear that some sections within the population are wary of the rebels and their intentions. In the aftermath of largescale deaths and destruction, civilian support for the rebels remains precarious – a serious obstacle to capturing the prized city.
    ...
    Aleppo joined the armed rebellion against the Syria government in mid-July when fighters from the countryside stormed neighbourhoods and dug in. But the city as a whole didn't sign up for the battle.
    ...
    The majority of fighters here are Syrians – but the war has also attracted Arabs from other countries who feel obliged to help the opposition, who are mainly Sunni Muslims. Several combatants were from Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

    "We share the same goal," said one 27-year-old fighter who requested anonymity. "We are fighting the same enemy.  You see soldiers come from many Arab and Islamic countries – some of them they said we are al-Qaeda. Some said we are from various Islamic groups. But we came here to support Syrians against Assad. When you see this and you don't see the locals fighting, it is a real shame."
    ...

  •  The Endless War: Saudi Arabia Goes on Offensive (3+ / 0-)
    http://www.investorideas.com/...
    August 28, 2012

    Saudi Arabia has gone on the offensive against Iran to protect its interests. Their involvement in Syria is the first battle in what is going to be a long bloody conflict that will know no frontiers or limits.
    ...
    Protecting the oil is the first concern of the government. Oil is the sole source of the national wealth and it is managed by the state owned Saudi Aramco Corporation. The monopoly of political power by the members of the Saud family means that all of the wealth of the kingdom is their personal property. Saudi Arabia is a company country with the twenty-eight million citizens the responsibility of the Saud Family rulers.
    ...
    When the Arab Spring reached Syria , the leaders in Riyadh were given the weapon to break the chain. Appeals from tribal leaders under attack in Syria to kinsmen in the Gulf States for assistance could not be ignored. The various blinks between the Gulf States in several Syrian tribes means that Saudi Arabia and its close ally Qatar have connections that include at least three million people out of the Syrian populations of twenty-three million. To show how deep the bonds go, the leader of the Nijris Tribe in Syria is married to a woman from the Saud Family.
    ...
    The war begins in Syria where we can expect that a successor government to Assad will be declared soon in the Saudi controlled tribal areas even before Assad is defeated. The territory is likely to adopt the more fundamentalist principals of the Salafists as it serves as a stepping stone to Iran Itself. It promises to be a bloody protracted war that will recognize no frontier and will know no limits by all of the participants.

  •  Strange times indeed (2+ / 0-)

    the hack was brilliant and the info contained is a pretty good general rundown of the recent main events in Syria.

    Clay Claiborne unintentionally disseminates the truth!

    See the hackers knew that press would have to discuss this. AI, along with HRW, is known to uphold the NATO(US) line in regards to recent "regime" change in the area("When we decide you are a 'regime', we will change you"). It really doesn't matter a whit even if the Assad government was behind the hack - no one owns or can conceal the truth forever in the global era. The truth is not a "side".

    Yes, the press will have to discuss this because OMG Amnesty International which is of course is all about peace of course was hacked OMG. But let's see how they avoid addressing the specific points of the communique. It's douvtful that they'd be as foolish as Clay to reprint the article in full, but it wouldn't be the first time that the propaganda told the truth. One refuge of a corrupt government is blatant censorship of the most salient points, so we'll see. It'll probably be the tabloid version.

  •   Opposition activists present goals post-Assad (0+ / 0-)
    http://www.middle-east-online.com/...
    Published: 2012-08-27

    BERLIN - Syrian opposition activists have drafted a political roadmap after a possible ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, drawing on examples from other states that moved to democracy such as South Africa.

    The working group, which brought together a broad spectrum of political organisations and religious faiths, produced a report called "The Day After Project: Supporting a Democratic Transition in Syria".
    ...
    The project lays out goals including developing a new national identity based on civic unity, building consensus on key democratic principles and revamping the security forces to protect the rights of all citizens.

    It also calls for a special independent tribunal to try former members of the regime on crimes committed against the Syrian people.

    The document, the first of its kind from the Syrian opposition, offers recommendations for writing a new constitution and principles for institution building, and cites South Africa's post-apartheid transition as potentially "instructive".

    The USIP is to present the report, which was developed at monthly meetings from January to June, at a press conference in the German capital on Tuesday.

  •  Are Human Rights Becoming a Tool of US (2+ / 0-)
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    BigAlinWashSt, protectspice

    "Smart Power"?

    http://warisacrime.org/...
    By davidswanson - Posted on 27 August 2012
    ...
    What is this better rhetoric and newly minted impetus for US-NATO's same dumb (actually insane) war agenda, what used to be blurted out as "We must bomb the village to save it"? Constantly flitting through the revolving doors of their official appointments, foreign-policy think tanks and directorships of "human rights" organizations, proponents of  "Smart Power" make their compelling case for more (endless) war in successfully urging us to "recast the fight against terror and nuclear proliferation… from a dark, draining struggle into a hopeful, progressive cause aimed at securing an international system of liberal societies and defeating challenges to it."

    David Swanson, author of War Is a Lie, speaking at the 10th annual Peacestock gathering, sponsored by Veterans for Peace in Hager City, Wisconsin, this summer, commented while dissecting the newest "progressive-led" war propaganda: "That wars must be marketed as humanitarian is a sign of progress. That we fall for it is a sign of embarrassing weakness. The war propagandist is the world's second oldest profession, and the humanitarian lie is not entirely new. But it works in concert with other common war lies…

    •  Most obviously. (2+ / 0-)
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      Claudius Bombarnac, protectspice

      That people fall for it is a sign of ignorance and idiocy.

      "The Global War on Terror is a justification for U.S. Imperialism. It must be stopped."

      by BigAlinWashSt on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 09:06:09 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Executive Director of Amnesty International USA (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      protectspice
      http://www.amnestyusa.org/...

       Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director

      Suzanne Nossel brings a wealth of government, NGO and private sector experience to her post as executive director of Amnesty International USA, which she assumed in January 2012.
      ...
      Nossel is the author of a 2004 article in Foreign Affairs magazine entitled "Smart Power" and coined the term that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made a defining feature of U.S. foreign policy.

      In the private sector, she has served as vice-president of U.S. Business Development at Bertelsmann Media Worldwide, vice-president of strategy and operations for the Wall Street Journal and a media and entertainment consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she helped build the firm's practice in online and digital media.
      ...

  •  Here you go Clay - the FSA now have some S-200's (0+ / 0-)
    http://www.liveleak.com/...

    FSA capture S-200 rockets from base near Aleppo

    One S-200 long range barrier site down - four to go.

    Maybe there is some truth to the rumors that US and other western countries have covert forces working on the ground in Syria.

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