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America's entanglement with Israel

The Incredible Tale of Gwenyth Todd and the Naïve Neocons

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By Maidhc Ó Cathail
Special Report
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
May 2013

Given the proliferation of crimes, both foreign and domestic, known to have been committed by the U.S. government in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, there is an understandable willingness among large swathes of the public to believe almost anything told them by someone claiming to be blowing the whistle on an increasingly rogue “world’s policeman.” And, as a rule, the more persecution the whistleblower appears to suffer for exposing the global cop’s transgressions, the greater the desire to believe her story—no matter how far-fetched it might be.

Earlier this year, an effort was made to interest a number of prominent alternative media outlets in just such a “whistleblower” story. According to the professional-sounding pitch, an American contractor named Gwenyth Todd, while advising the Bahrain-based U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, had single-handedly foiled a plot involving “a few select high-ranking members of the U.S. Navy” to provoke a war with Iran. “Fearing of the powers she had obstructed, and fearing for her own safety, Todd left Bahrain moving to Australia,” wrote the anonymous promoter. “For her honesty, bravery, and service, Todd has been sought after by the U.S. Justice Department for prosecution and pursued by the FBI. Nearly all in the corporate press have chosen to ignore her case.”

But not only has Gwenyth Todd’s case not been ignored by the corporate press, it has in fact been the subject of a five-page Washington Post special by “SpyTalk” blogger Jeff Stein. Moreover, Stein’s Aug. 21, 2012 piece entitled “Why was a Navy adviser stripped of her career?” uncritically touts Todd’s conspiratorial narrative solely on the basis of interviews with Todd herself and “a half-dozen Navy and other government officials who demanded anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, many parts of which remain classified.” Then, six months after having her story featured by one of America’s most influential pro-Israel daily newspapers, Todd was the unlikely focus of an even more credulous Iranian state television production. In February 2013, Press TV released “Untold Truths,” a half-hour-long program that introduced her as a “Middle East specialist” and “former U.S. government consultant.” The production began with a dramatic assertion: “In 2007, the U.S. tried to wage a war against IRAN. One person stopped it. This is her story.”

In the Washington Post and Press TV versions, the alleged conspiracy to start a war with Iran is said to have occurred in Bahrain in 2007. However, in a June 2012 article, Todd’s “senior editor” at the notoriously unreliable and ostensibly “anti-Semitic” Veterans Today (VT) website—with which Todd has “long worked” and currently serves on its motley editorial board of directors—sets the narrative two years earlier, and in a neighboring country. “Gwenyth Todd of the National Security Agency, close associate of Paul Wolfowitz and Condi Rice,” wrote Gordon Duff, “back in 2005, discovered a White House plot to stage an attack on American forces in Qatar.”

Confusing matters even more, another VT colleague and enthusiastic promoter of Todd’s story, Kevin Barrett, claims in a September 2012 piece first published by Press TV, “She stopped a 2006 neocon plot to stage a false flag attack in Bahrain intended to trigger war on Iran, and had to flee for her life to Australia.”

Although Todd presents herself as an “appalled” critic of the neoconservatives and the broader Israel lobby, there are good reasons to doubt her credibility on this point as well. In a Sept. 12, 2012 radio interview with Barrett, for example, she made the extraordinary claim that 9/11 was a “setback” for the neocons because it supposedly upset their plans for regime change in Iraq. According to Todd, their plan was to restore a pre-1958 type friendly regime, ruled by Ahmed Chalabi, with Iraq then serving as a base from which to launch regime change in Iran. In that same interview, she further claimed that the neoconservative agenda for Iraq had nothing to do with Israel. As if unaware of the fact that neocon Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz had once been investigated for having passed a classified U.S. document to an Israeli government official, she proffered as evidence, “Didn’t Wolfowitz admit to having affairs with Palestinian students?”

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

April 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

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  1. so if Jeff Stein writes about her (leaving out some key elements, as I understand) that makes her a plant?

    Sibel Edmonds writes:

    Now, as I’ve done before, I am going to praise Jeff Stain, whom I know and like, for his solid journalistic talent and background and give him a few credits for actually covering this story (it is one of those ‘thou shall not cover’ areas in an agreement between the US mainstream media and the US government), before I bash the piece, its half-a.. coverage, incomplete background, and it’s incredibly lenient treatment of a shady-dubious-charlatan, a major player in this operation yet a major denier when confronted by Stein; Graham Fuller. Again, as before, I am going to blame it on the unfortunate situation of ‘having to sell your journalistic soul to earn your living.’

    now does this less than wholehearted condemnation of Stein make Sibel another plant?

    I understand why Maidhc might have his reservations, but I haven’t seen anything to justify this degree of hysterical condemnation, especially when dealing so casually with the reputation of a human being with a different life path who is in a difficult situation


    April 15, 2013 at 11:10 pm

  2. “so if Jeff Stein writes about her (leaving out some key elements, as I understand) that makes her a plant?”

    This is a straw man argument, maoilriain.

    And if there is any “hysterical condemnation” here, it is not coming from me.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    April 16, 2013 at 1:38 am

  3. Maidhc, I see many other comments critical of your ongoing personal attack on me have magically disappeared. A computer glitch? Please at least stop bullying your own followers! What are you thinking? You are going off like a mad woman flinging s%*t and for the life of me, I cannot figure out out what I did to set you off. It cannot be speaking to Press TV because you yourself have been interviewed by Press TV. I must confess, I had never heard of you before your attack a few months ago and, the record will show, I tried to give you a graceful “out” on that one because I sensed that one of your followers, Kufa, was becoming really upset with the unexplained vitriol in your verbal assault. What you are writing is completely unprofessional and does a disservice to your readers. You have never requested an interview with me, you have simply traded barbs after I commented on your poisonous diatribe about me. From which university did you receive a degree in journalism? If you in fact have a degree in journalism, you should consult the head of the department about fair and credible rrsearch. If you do not, please take a course or two in journalistic professionalism and ethics. And your ininuations are slanderous and could put my family in danger. You are inciting hate while confusing many of your own followers. I certainly hope that none of your more passionate followers tries to hurt us, because you and anyone who publishes your drivel will be directly responsible if someone does.

    Gwenyth Todd

    April 16, 2013 at 9:33 am

  4. For the record, I’m not aware of any comments, critical or otherwise, having “magically disappeared.”

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    April 17, 2013 at 11:55 am

  5. Gwenyth Todd said: ” I tried to give you a graceful “out” on that one because I sensed that one of your followers, Kufa, was becoming really upset with the unexplained vitriol in your verbal assault.”

    Kufa says: No, actually I was not necessarily commenting on Maidhc. I was expressing a suggestion or hope that those people contributing to the thread try to avoid excessive emotionalism, including yourself and others, and instead focus on the relevant content /information being discussed. I am here in the hopes of educating myself about information that I can’t get from the mainstream press. The more focus there is on substantiated information, the more I can be educated, which I very genuinely appreciate.


    April 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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