Pentagon Spent Over $500 Million Making Fake Al-Qaeda Videos

Troops Would Litter Videos Around Sites of Raids

It has already been well-documented that the Pentagon spent a substantial amount of money on propaganda during the occupation of Iraq, running pro-occupation commercials and also covertly getting pro-occupation news stories into the media around the region. It turns out that was just the tip of the iceberg.

It has now been revealed that there was a third program ongoing, in which a London-based PR agency was paid $540 million to make fake al-Qaeda propaganda videos for Pentagon use. The videos were intended to use existing al-Qaeda footage, and to be in RealMedia format, and burned onto CDs.

Then, during the many US military raids going on during the occupation, a few of the fake propaganda CDs were scattered around here or there in the wreckage of smashed-up houses and compounds. Officially, the goal was for al-Qaeda sympathizers to get ahold of them.

Which is why RealMedia format was used, as the player for the proprietary format would automatically connect to the Internet. The video was linked to a Google Analytics account, through which the Pentagon could get the IP address of every computer that watched the fake propaganda.

It’s unclear what this ultimately amounted to, but those involved in the project praised the effort as collecting a substantial list of IP addresses, including some that ended up in other countries like Iran, Syria, and even the United States.

Unspoken within the reports as they’ve emerged so far, having “al-Qaeda propaganda” laying around in the wreckage of US raid targets was likely also an end unto itself, as anyone who came to investigate after the fact would see them and assume the raid was on an actual al-Qaeda target, never suspecting the US troops were planting the discs.

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  • O rly

    2 options
    540 million dollars was stolen
    539 million dollars was stolen and the pentagon produced just about every al qaeda video since 2007(and still paid way to much for it)

  • Joan

    Think back over the last 15 years. You’ve seen awful videos that reinforce the point of why we fight the terrorists. Now, how many of those were made by the Pentagon? How many by any other of the alphabet soup of agencies? In a modern world, these things get around. How much of what you think about terrorists was actually made by the Pentagon?

    And, the worst part is, they outsourced the work overseas so this waste of American tax dollars didn’t even create any jobs in America.

    • MvGuy

      I wonder how many of the fake Bin Laden videos this London PR werks produced… WE need some aw.c friendly tech savy help on this 1…

      • I’ve always wondered about the veracity of the bin Laden videos. In at least one of them, he kept gesturing with his left hand while talking with a group. I’ve always been led to believe that gesturing with the left hand is considered incredibly rude in Saudi culture.

        • curmudgeonvt

          If I’m not mistaken and memory serves correctly, that exact reference to the left hand gestures was made here on at the time that video was running through the media – and the veracity of the video was questioned then also.

        • They stopped using videos and went with audio after inconsistencies were pointed out, like the shape of the ears for instance.

        • Panco Nietzsche


          Surely, you mean “authenticity.”

      • richard vajs

        Yes, particularly the video in which a fat Bin Laden “brags” on pulling off 9-11. That was the video that showed up in an abandoned cave in Afghanistan. That was a low budget effort that obviously went out for bid on a fixed-firm price basis. Corners were cut.

        • MvGuy

          Thanks Richard…for the tip.. I didn’t know that videos’ provonance. It’s intresting to note its the SAME “left behind” M.O. as the subject videos.. I have always contended that the reason that usagov keeps people it knows are totally innocent in notorious custody is to character cast their fable with the faces of “usual suspects”.. So as to populate their computer-techno auto terror with Muslim looking human faces….
          Not sure how it was accomplished. Totally sure not as advertised… Always check who gains what..

  • MvGuy

    Planting these discs actually make these hits a false flag op… Like so many others…

  • “…having “al-Qaeda propaganda” laying around in the wreckage of US raid…”

    Laying *what* around? Al Qaeda propaganda eggs? Baby al Qaeda? If I, a non native English speaker, know how to use the term “lie” properly, why don’t you?

    Meanwhile, how much of all those ISIS videos posted on such sites as heavy dot com are really ISIS videos, I wonder?

  • disqus_feN63FpcdG

    $540 million? Jesus Christ…..

    • MvGuy

      Hollywood green with green envy…

    • Mikronos

      A US company based in NYC and run by a retired Army Colonel that was originally hired (for $40 million) to ‘find good news in Iraqi media’, then to write good news to be found in Iraqi media ($300 million) was later hired to expand its ‘scanning capabilities to include Iraqi and regional telecommunications. That worked so well they eventually migrated to Colorado and settled in to monitor the internet traffic of most of the world ($ billions) , except America. That’s done by the five eyes nations who are exempt from US personal freedom legislation.

  • RD1485

    The real question is not about the Pentagon’s official reason for making and formatting these videos, but rather concerns determing whether any of the staged footage was promoted in Western media markets as truth.

    • David S

      EVERYTHING that comes from the government is presented as the truth by the mainstream media. The only “free press” is the alternative press (and not even all of that).

  • David S

    ALL of this is ONLY possible with the presence of a central bank (the Federal Reserve) creating money out of thin air to pay for it. END the FED.

    • You are spot on target David S!


      I know many people have a great deal of difficulty comprehending just how many wars are started for no other purpose than to force private central banks onto nations, so let me share a few examples, so that you understand why the US Government is mired in so many wars against so many foreign nations. There is ample precedent for this.

  • tika

    Now we can suspect who’s been flooding youtube with ISIS videos.

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  • Panco Nietzsche

    Thank Gawd Hillary will soon be crowned Queen of the Homeland. No more of this boorish, “black flag” business then!

  • Mikronos

    By schmartz shall you do war. I wonder how many Al Qaeda ‘recruitment’ videos were produced in western PR houses?

  • alexandru nemoianu

    The sodomites are lying and their propaganda reeached the N.Korean level.What is news?

  • corey0512

    Been saying this for years and peopled call me crazy scoff and get mad. I shouldnt be saying this but honestly it feels good to be right