How the Empire acts: in order to sell wars, that is, unjust wars, it has to lie and not just to lie, but to lie as often as these wars are launched and pursued, which is more or less on a perpetual basis. Furthermore, small lies are no longer enough. The Empire as perpetual Hobbesian war (against the Rest) requires besides blood and morbidity big, fundamental lies about what matters most.
Not even half a year elapsed since the major international crisis over the false flag chemical attack in the East Ghouta near Damascus on August 21, 2013, which the US and NATO blamed on the Syrian government in order to bomb and destroy Syria so that it would fall into the hands of the jihadists led by al Nusra and ISIS, two till then fraternal fractions of the same al Qaeda of Iraq.
This time we have the downing of MH17, which we know happened right at the moment when a Ukrainian regime's SU-25 quickly climbed to the same altitude and came as close as 3km (less than 2 miles) from the Boeing. In the next few minutes, the Boeing was on the ground destroyed, and 298 people dead. While the wreckage was burning, radar-deflecting chaff ejected by the Ukrainian jet fighter was recorded on the same video which also captured the plumes of smoke rising from the debris.
On July 21, the Russian Ministry of Defense disclosed the first hard evidence about the case, which the public received, besides John Kerry "evidence" limited to the metaphor "mountain of evidence." Otherwise, starting from Obama down to the whole food pyramid of the Western mighty propaganda machine, in which the transition between the state and media corporations is seamless, we were fed with the pure Goebbelsian hate for Putin and the Russians on top of the statements the logical structure of which was simple: "We know, and the proof of it is that we are telling you so."
So, one day after the game-changing briefing in Moscow delegated to the bottom of news and few snippets in the West, U.S. intelligence came out to salvage its least their own professional honor, if not honesty. And thus the following message was made: "Senior U.S. intelligence officials claim [today--July 22] that their services have not found any indication that Russia was involved in the demolition of the MH17 in eastern Ukraine."
This means that U.S. intelligence officials are basically saying that US President Obama, State Secretary Kerry, all the other leaders of the West, NATO, and the EU, and virtually all the Western corporate media have been 1) grossly lying to the world in a way that was posing a threat to peace and security, conversely put, that 2) all these Western leaders and the media have been making unsubstantiated claims and accusations, and 3) that this is a de facto U.S. forced response to the hard evidence about the MH17 case given by the Russian Ministry of Defense on July 21, which was officially and in the media ignored, belittled, and ostensibly dismissed.
At the same time, the U.S. intelligence forced and belated admission comes after four days of intensive, global, well-planned and coordinated vitriolic smearing campaign demonizing Russia, the Russians in east Ukraine, and Putin personally.
Since July 17, the list of documented lies include:
1. the "tapes" issued by Ukraine
2. the video issued by Ukraine--with their own Buk missile battery
3. claims by Ukraine and supported by the West that Ukraine had no military aircraft in the air at the time of the crash of the MH17 plane. These claims were made till the evening of July 21. On July 22, Poroshenko changed the tune--he was forced to by the overwhelming evidence against Ukraine.
What has been thus established is that Ukraine as well as the US, the EU, NATO, and other Western countries have been systematically and grossly lying about evidence pertaining to the tragedy of MH17, thus willfully and bluntly abusing the tragedy and the demise of the victims and the suffering of their families for perverse political goals related to NATO expansionism to the gates of Moscow and anti-Russian hysteria and Russophobia to support the fascist regime in Kiev and its violence, from the Maidan snipers through the Maidan massacre and the deliberate destruction of civilians and civilian infrastructure in east Ukraine.
The smearing campaign has also been used to demonize and criminalize antifascism and its resistance to the fascist dictatorship in Kiev enrolled by Ukraine's thieving oligarchs. The campaign also tried to mark both Putin and Russia as "international outcasts" or "pariahs"--outlaws.