The Syria researcher, who wrote the oft cited OpEd piece by Elizabeth O'Bagy, on the Syrian Conflict was fired for lying about having a PHD. from Georgetown University. She also failed to reveal one small little detail. She works for the Syrian Emergency Task Force, a nonprofit group who advocates for Al Qaeda and other opposing forces in Syria. And let us not forget the best part. Who pays for this propaganda? You do.
The main problem is that she has caught the ear of many of our leaders. She has been cited by John McCain, John Kerry, and others. David Reaboi, vice president for strategic communications at the Center for Security Policy., said that O'Bagy's op ed piece is an extremely serious case of conflict of interest.
“While there’s been a lot of worthwhile effort to expose activists considered pro-Assad or pro-Hezbollah — or, at least, to consider their analysis as coming from an interested party — O’Bagy seems to pass herself off as an impartial observer of the situation. Her access to Congress, intelligence services and to think tanks should be regarded as what it really is, which is a reflection of the Syrian rebels’ cause and aspirations.”
O"Bagy replied to Reaboi's comments:
“I’m the political director and aid coordinator, and that’s my official title at the organization, but that’s mostly because it provides me an opportunity to engage on humanitarian issues and to be a part of some of these larger government contracts going to humanitarian aid.”
In an interview with the Daily Caller, O"Bagy defended herself and denied any lobbying for the SETF:
“They kind of have two departments within the Task Force — one focused on working with the government on the Hill on advocacy and then the other working inside Syria and directly implementing government contracts."
The Syrian Support Group (SSG), the only organization licensed by the U.S. government to provide financial and non-lethal support to rebel fighters, and the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), which boasts extensive contacts with rebel commanders, spent months lobbying Congress, the State Department and the White House for everything from small arms to anti-tank and and anti-aircraft weapons to body armor to advanced communications equipment for the rebels. But with a key component of that lobbying effort achieved following a White House assessment that the Assad regime "used chemical weapons" against the rebels, representatives of the groups are of two minds.
As a result of this alleged gas attack by the Assad administration, the US and other countries began supplying the rebels with small arms.
The same article contained a couple of quotes from O'Bagy:
"It's not enough. Small arms and ammunition really only get you so far against airplanes. And I wonder how much of this is simply an announcement of what they've already been doing on the ground."
"We're happy the administration has recognized the regime's chemical weapons use, but it's embarrassing that we didn't recognize it earlier."
Another sarin gas attack on August 21st, has prompted President Obama to consider attacking Syria for using sarin gas, although they have failed to provide any proof in either case. And how much they relied on reports from O"Bagy, could be problemsome.
Russia has prodeuced a 100 page report, attributing the use of sarin gas to the rebels seeking addition and higher quality arms in their fight. But would O'Bagy lie in her reports? Well, she made a lot of money for siding with the rebels and she had no problem lying about having a doctorate from Georgetown University.