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By John Helmer, Moscow


Thousands of readers have been trying to read the latest stories on this website. So many in fact that they have been fooling our defence forces into thinking they are drones – not the sort which the Houthis have been operating successfully in Saudi Arabia, or the Turks less than successfully in  Libya. More the home-made contraptions which the US is paying its proxies to attack Hmeimim, the Russian airbase in northern Syria.

Defeating drone swarm warfare requires electronic jamming technology which we keep secret for obvious reasons.

You can tell our secrets are working when you encounter delays in website display and other functions. There are also filters and other devices protecting different parts of the website, text and photographs. If you are a genuine reader of investigative reporting, please be patient – blame the wait on the disgruntled targets of our recent stories.

Together, these are the modern equivalents of siege tactics. So if you are an enemy, and you think you can swim the moat around our castle, be warned there is still a gauntlet of boiling oil to run. If you are a bot or a drone, be assured – we know who you are, where you are, who your operator and paymaster are, and what their boiling temperature is.

Captain Bear to bear artillerymen: “If they know enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, let them eat curds and honey. I told you, curds with a ‘c’. Now look what you’ve dropped on them.”  

It’s already a cliché that drones are changing the modern battlefield forever.

Less of a cliché, more of a reassurance, is that the weak can always be counted on to come up with effective methods of overcoming the strong – that is, unless they haven’t been brainwashed first, subverted into blaming  themselves (or climate change), and into looking for the cause of  impotence in their own pants, etc.

Here’s a US Army colonel who, living on his retirement pension, claims to have been faster on the uptake than his active, better paid superiors. And here’s the battlefield success which drones have recently  introduced in the Persian Gulf,   and will shortly be tested at the Deir ez-Zor oilfields in eastern Syria.  

It’s also a cliché of warfighting that if the enemy’s eye can be persuaded to see what the defender wants him to see, he will attack the wrong target and become vulnerable to counter-attack. The eye is so easily fooled that it’s mistaken (dangerous) to think that one picture is worth a thousand words. Pictures are simply cheaper lures than words. That’s why NATO pays groups like Bellingcat to generate fake photo intelligence for the mainstream media to add the words you read in the Financial Times, Guardian, New York Times and Washington Post.

Remember the ancient shell game (thimblerig, cups-and-balls).

If you think the ball is under one of the cups, and pick the wrong one, you’ve been fooled twice over – the ball isn’t under one of the cups you didn’t pick; it isn’t under any of the cups. It’s been palmed by the trickster. He puts it back after the dupe has wagered his money, and lost it.

For more on the fakery of photo-journalism, read this on the anniversary of Gerda Taro’s death. 

One of this website’s defences is to distribute fake photos in the body of the stories. The one photo you can be sure isn’t a fake is the lead.

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