…by Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
[ Editor’s Note: An essential part of using a tactical nuclear weapon that some country or party deems necessary, requires sophisticated planning on how the media spin must steer 99.999% of the public’s attention away from the real cause. Why? Because, once determined that a mini-nuke has been used, the perpetrator suspect list is very short, and in the Mideast, lists only one country…Israel.
So I will add, there has been a rumor going around for decades that Israel somehow, mysteriously has huge influence on media worldwide. That full story is for another day.
I mention this now to set up the question, did Israel have people working for it in domestic media in Lebanon? Of course, because it has people working for it everywhere in media.
Then how about the ports?
The answer is of course. It has agents in all the ports of the Mideast to keep an eye on who is smuggling what through those ports, and to make sure it can move anything through them as needed.
Espionage tradecraft would entailed having an immediate cover story for what caused an explosion, with a series of backup plans if needed, as the timing of pulling the trigger on the cover stories and the absolute assurance they will be published determines the success of diverting the cause of the attack in the desired direction.
In Beirut we started with the firecracker diversion, a long slow smokey blaze designed to focus the city’s whole attention, with phone cameras rolling and all eyes horizontal and focused on one specific area, the port. On 9-11 the focus was the first plane strike of the towers.
The fertilizer story was stage two, a manufactured hoax of the fireworks fire building up to the point where it “cooked off” the ammonium nitrate ‘explosive’ material, with the economically stressed Lebanese port management directly in the cross hairs as patsies for the blame.
But there was a problem. The science for the ammonium nitrate bomb was zero, so a media hustle had to be rolled out that ‘everybody knows ammonium nitrate can blow up’, so no explanation as to how it might blow up would be needed, and hence none was supplied. ALL the media reposting that the fireworks set off the fertilizer ‘bomb’ became an unquestioned fact.
But it was not a fact with VT, or any other semi competent intel agency, as you could search for technical information on the web, even if you did not have a Phd organic chemist on retainer. We knew from the start it was a tactical nuke, as we have studied the topic for a decade.
We were looking for the expected cover story in the early hours, because it was one of the bread crumb trails to the real perpetrator. As VT readers know, we burned the fertilizer bomb story down, and no one with a reputation to lose, no government agency or official has challenged us on it, nor have we been spotlighted for our solid reporting.
As punishment for that oversight, Gordon will now pour concrete over the fake cover story via the vastly dangerous operation we have just concluded, never mind the huge expense, of taking a close look at the warning labels on home use fertilizer bags. (Mort de rire)
Please enjoy, and ask yourselves, how could all of the media have rolled over so easily on a totally unsupported cover story?
Furthermore, not a single intelligence agency spotlighted the hoax to demonstrate its expertise… Jim W. Dean ]
Go to your garage and find your bag of ammonium nitrate. It will say “Lawn Fertilizer” on it. Check to see if a warning is on the label saying “explosive” or “flammable.” It will not be there and for a very good reason.
Yet, when the media tells you that your lawn fertilizer blew up a city because it “caught fire,” which is impossible, you believed them. When VT showed you evidence of a nuclear attack, some of you doubted it. When President Trump said it was a nuclear bomb, I can understand why you would doubt him but why doubt us?
Now, after reading this, for some of you, you will be proven, as we so often do, to be total fucking idiots.
A few days ago, 9 FBI agents were sent to Beirut, Lebanon told to find that ammonium nitrate lawn fertilizer had destroyed the city exactly as though it had been hit with a modern low radiation nuclear weapon.
You see, all lawn fertilizer is N P K, with “N” standing for ammonium nitrate, normally 95% of the bag and “P” for phosphorous usually non existent and a small amount of “K” for potassium.
Lawn fertilizer is almost 100% ammonium nitrate with cheaper fertilizers using ammonium sulfate. Both fertilizers can be used to ‘manufacture’ explosives.
If you check the bag of lawn fertilizer you have in your garage, which is relatively pure ammonium nitrate, there will be a warning. AN is a skin and eye irritant.
However, please note that it is neither flammable nor explosive.
Thus, when garages catch fire, they don’t explode with huge mushroom clouds. Nor does your lawn explode when it rains after you put fertilizer down.
So, if the FBI tells us that every lawn fertilizer sold in America will explode when either subjected to a spark or flame or if wet, will armies of secret agents be storming our sheds and garages seizing our ability to nuke our own neighborhoods?
Who can make the FBI lie like that? This is humiliating.
We are also told that Lebanese President Michel Aoun is now willing to accept that lawn fertilizer is now both flammable and explosive and that Lebanon may order all sales of varying “Turf Builder” products to be listed as both explosive and “highly exothermic” even though you can’t burn it with a blow torch.
Aoun will be proven to be both a clown and coward.
Next we add, why do so many Americans, seemingly over 200 million, suddenly believe their lawn fertilizer is a threat to national security?
Would Beirut still be standing if they simply labeled the bags “Lawn Fertilizer” instead of “Ammonium Nitrate?”
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.