Extrapolated Hearsay – Amnesty Report Claims Mass Executions, Provides No Proof

from Moon of Alabama

A new Amnesty International report claims that the Syrian government hanged between 5,000 and 13,000 prisoners in a military prison in Syria. The evidence for that claim is flimsy, based on hearsay of anonymous people outside of Syria. The numbers themselves are extrapolations that no scientist or court would ever accept. It is tabloid reporting and fiction style writing from its title “Human Slaughterhouse” down to the last paragraph.

But the Amnesty report is still not propagandish enough for the anti-Syrian media. Inevitably only the highest number in the range Amnesty claims is quoted. For some even that is not yet enough. The Associate Press agency, copied by many outlets, headlines: Report: At least 13,000 hanged in Syrian prison since 2011:

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian authorities have killed at least 13,000 people since the start of the 2011 uprising in mass hangings at a prison north of Damascus known to detainees as “the slaughterhouse,” Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday.

How does “at least 13,000” conforms to an already questionable report which claims “13,000” as the top number of a very wide range?

Here is a link to the report.

Before we look into some details this from the “Executive Summary”:

From December 2015 to December 2016, Amnesty International researched the patterns, sequence and scale of violations carried out at Saydnaya Military Prison (Saydnaya). In the course of this investigation, the organization interviewed 31 men who were detained at Saydnaya, four prison officials or guards who previously worked at Saydnaya, three former Syrian judges, three doctors who worked at Tishreen Military Hospital, four Syrian lawyers, 17 international and national experts on detention in Syria and 22 family members of people who were or still are detained at Saydnaya.

On the basis of evidence from people who worked within the prison authorities at Saydnaya and witness testimony from detainees, Amnesty International estimates that between 5,000 and 13,000 people were extrajudicially executed at Saydnaya between September 2011 and December 2015.

There are several difficulties with this report…

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5 Responses

  1. WTF … I was under the illusion AI was a serious, legit outfit. But it looks like they’ve been infiltrated and co-opted. Curioser and curioser …

  2. Another “and they trow the babies from the incubator on the floor” bullshit story. They just go on like insane Duracell rabbits.

  3. Yes, the psy-op machine is in full gear at this point, and any manipulation and/or exaggaration will do in order to make a particular point. The truth is that torture and extra-judicial killings are pretty much systemic throughout the Middle East, and it should be remembered that Western Regimes outsource these practices to the Middle East on a routine basis whenever it meets their own objectives.
    Amnesty has long been selective in its reporting, not to mention AP, which is even worse.

  4. Moon of Alabama is a great source! Whether one agrees with all of his analysis at every turn, this guy provides really excellent deep research into the subject matter at hand. For most part, I have found his blog to be very, very reliable, which is precisely why the mass media campaign against ‘fake’ news mentioned his among others. You can pretty much bet that the powers that be do not want this info out there.

  5. It is not the first time, that Amnesty International allegations or reports are fake. They were the ones who alleged that russian airstrikes were killing civilians. Also, who picked on this report and started a new campaign against Syria? Boris Johnson, the ugly turd from Eaton.

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