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faking it in Seattle -The World's Still Watching-

   Faking it!
   By T.V. and Aida Weber;  (posted 12-5-99)


  The connection between Kosovo and Seattle may seem obscure; I think not.

In "Collateral Damage in Seattle" our reporter argued that the police
repeatedly attacked peaceful anti-WTO demonstrators in order to provoke a
"newsworthy" response. The media showed this footage to prove
demonstrators had started the trouble. Our reporter saw the police
literally herding demonstrators from place to place, provoking them time
and again like a movie director re-shooting the same scene to make sure he
got good footage.

Over the past year and a half, many people have observed the same
phenomenon regarding Yugoslavia. For example, during the bombing, we were
subjected to a constant barrage of stories clearly aimed at proving via
the media that the Serbs were bad and therefore US bombing was good.

One particular story was repeated often. Albanian refugees would be
interviewed and they would say masked Serbian policemen had forced them to
leave their homes.

The Serbian forces denied the charge. Now the Serbs could have been
telling the truth, and they could have been lying - but one thing is for
sure: they did not want the world to believe Serbian policemen were doing
these things - hence the denial.

But that being the case - why wear uniforms and also masks? What good
would masks do? They hid the personal identity of the wearer - but what
difference would his personal identity make? The Albanians were being
driven out, after all; they weren't likely to hunt down individual Serbian
policemen. The important thing, from the point of view of the Serbian
forces, was to deny that Serbs were committing these acts. In other words,
to disguise their identity as Serbian policemen. So why wear Serbian
police uniforms?

The whole thing made no sense and we learned from Sherlock Holmes that you
should always find an explanation that does make sense. The sensible
explanation for the mix of uniforms (to reveal Serbian identity) and masks
(to hide personal identity) was that the "cops" were not Serbs at all, but
were in fact members of the Kosovo Liberation Army trying to stage a
refugee disaster for NATO cameras to show the world how terrible the Serbs
were to produce support for the bombing of Yugoslavia. In that case there
would be every reason to wear the Serbian uniforms and every reason to
hide their faces from fellow Albanians who might recognize them as members
of the KLA and spill the beans when they were interviewed.

That was our speculation at the time. See how it fits with Seattle? Same
MO. The government wants us to believe a particular thing and so events
are manipulated like a theatrical performance to produce the desired
effect which is then recorded on video and sent around the world. The only
difference between this and a television ad is: here the extras were real
people, and when you hit them in the face with a tear gas canister, they

With my apologies for the lengthy introduction, here is a slightly edited
version of the email received from T.V. and Alida Weber:

   Faking it!
   by T.V. and Alida Weber

  On December 3, 1999, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that UN police
and KFOR troops found illegal weapons, KLA uniforms, and Serb police
uniforms in a house "inhabited by members of the future Kosovo Protection
Corps" [the successor to the supposedly-disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army
or KLA].

Pray tell, what are KLA operatives doing with Serbian police uniforms?

Remember all of those news stories about various war crimes and atrocities
that were supposedly committed by Serbian police, often wearing masks,
during the NATO bombing and before?

The stories completely contradicted other reports, such as official
documents from the German Courts, which ruled that there was no
persecution of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. [See note # 2 at the end]

Of course, the stories did not offer any hard evidence that the culprits
were actually Serbian police.

But these stories certainly were convenient for the NATO sales team, and
the mass media, in terms of selling the war against the Serbs. What an
effective way to turn public opinion against the Yugoslav nation and the
entire Serbian people!

One thought we had at the time: ANYBODY can put on a stolen police
uniform. And the KLA wouldn't have to steal the uniforms either; they
could simply manufacture identical uniforms in any clothing factory.

This is all especially eerie because we read a Reuters story dated
December 4, 1999 about the fighting going on in Chechnya, in Russia.
According to the story the "US-sponsored Radio Liberty" reported that
"masked Russian troops had opened fire at close range on the column of

"Masked Russian troops"? Again, why the masks? IF they were trying to
disguise who they were, why wear Russian uniforms? Unless of course they
really anti-Russian troops trying to provide negative media coverage to be
played in the West, where the governments (especially the Clinton
administration) are supporting the Chechnya rebels behind the scenes
because they want to see Russia broken up into edible pieces.

Here is the first half of the AFP story about the uniforms:

* Illegal arms cache found in homes of Kosovo Corps members PRISTINA,
Yugoslavia, Dec 3 (AFP) - A stash of weapons was found in a house in
southern Kosovo inhabited by members of the future Kosovo Protection
Corps, UN police said Friday. UN police officers and members of the
NATO-led forces in Kosovo (KFOR) searched two houses in Stimje, where they
said they found "anti-tank rockets, anti-personnel land mines, sub-machine
guns, thousands of bullets, as well as Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and
Serb police uniforms." They arrested two members of the Kosovo Protection
Corps, who police said would be charged with "illegal possession of
military armaments." Police did not specify the number of weapons found,
only indicating that the number was "substantial."


Note # 1 - For the analysis of media manipulation in
Seattle, click on Collateral Damage in Seattle or go to

Note # 2 - For documents from the German Courts and Foreign Ministry
finding no persecution of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, despite a war
between the KLA and Serb forces, click on Official German Documents Cast
Doubt on Persecution of Kosovo Albanians or go to

Note # 3 - For what is probably the best introduction to what in the world
the US has been doing in (and to!) Yugoslavia, click on Diana Johnstone's
extremely readable Seeing Yugoslavia Through a Dark Glass or go to