Truth in Media: The Origin of ISIS

In the latest episode of Truth in Media, Ben Swann investigates the origins of the militant group referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The name ISIS is one that every American knows,” Swann said “The biggest threat to our national security since Al-Qaeda, right? They are a brutal, savage group known for public beheadings and mass executions. They are the face of the new war on terror.”

Swann pointed out that while the U.S. Military is currently conducting airstrikes in Syria, in a supposed attempt to take out ISIS targets, the White House and U.S. military leaders are discussing possible boots on the ground in Iraq. These talks are arising just three years after President Obama declared that the war in Iraq was over.

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told USA Today that in order to defeat ISIS, he believes the United States is looking at “a 30-year-war.”

As the U.S. goes to war in an attempt to defeat yet another terrorist group, the biggest question is: Who exactly is ISIS and where did they come from?

Angela Keaton, the founder of, said that ISIS is “entirely a creation of the United States’ behavior in Iraq.”

That’s how we got to where we are, because of war, because of occupation, because of torture,” Keaton said. “The United States government completely destabilized and wrecked Iraq. They caused it to fail miserably and that is entirely the fault of the United States government. There is no one else to blame.”

Swann explained that when the U.S. first invaded Iraq, it “blew the country apart.” By destroying the existing government, toppling Saddam Hussein, and destroying the infrastructure, the U.S. “left behind a power vacuum” that would never have existed under Hussein.

Daniel McAdams, the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute, said that the impact caused by the actions of the United States is a “historical fact that media just won’t discuss.”

This has to do with U.S. action in the region, which destroyed the infrastructure, which destroyed Iraq society, which destroyed the Iraqi government,” McAdams said. He explained that while there were a lot of people who weren’t “as happy as larks” while living under Saddam Hussein, they also weren’t at odds with Hussein in the same way they were with the government established by the U.S.

The militant group ISIS was formed as a small insurgent group in Iraq in 2006. Swann noted that while they tried to create problems for the U.S. military, they had no money and no real ability to recruit.

It wasn’t until 2009 that ISIS shifted its focus from Iraq, where it was largely unsuccessful in developing a foothold, and focused on the civil war in Syria,” Swann said.

While in Syria, ISIS still struggled to gain a foothold. Swann attributed this to the fact that two larger groups fighting against President Bashar al-Assad were overpowering them: al-Nusra Front – or al-Qaeda – and the Free Syrian Army.

Then, came a pivotal moment that most Americans aren’t even aware of,” Swann said. “In June 2013, a Northern General for the Free Syrian Army spoke out on Al Jazeera Qatar and stated that if international forces did not send weapons, the rebels attempting to overthrow Syrian president Bashar al-Assad would lose their war within a month.”

Swann noted that just months before this occurred he had personally confronted President Obama on the issue of why the U.S. was covertly funding Syrian rebels. Although Obama acted as if he was proceeding with caution, politicians such as Senator John McCain demanded action.

Within a matter of weeks of the Syrian general making his plea for international help, the U.S., the Saudis, Jordan, Qatar, Turkey and Israel began providing weapons, training and money to so-called rebel groups like the Free Syrian Army,” Swann said.

In September 2013, American media outlets began reporting that weapons were being given to Syrian rebels. CNN reported that while the weapons are not “American-made,” they were “funded and organized by the CIA.”

However, Swann said that things began to fall apart when less than one year after the U.S. supplied Syrian “freedom fighters” with weapons, those weapons ended up in the hands of ISIS fighters.

Those ISIS fighters came from the group McCain insisted would help the U.S. overthrow Assad: the Free Syrian Army. Swann explained that the army was not only sending the Islamic State weapons, it was also sending them fighters.

The Free Syrian Army has lost most of the land that it ever claimed and it’s entirely incompetent,” Keaton said. “The only thing that it has been good at is currying favor with western leaders.”

Swann said that it wasn’t until June 2014 that ISIS went from being a “no-name group in Syria” to a group that was “heavily armed and trained by U.S. and Coalition Special Forces.” This revitalized group made a dramatic entrance by crossing back over the Syrian border into Iraq and capturing Mosul and much of the northern part of the country.

One of the most important facts that mainstream media ignores time and time again is that ISIS was able to grow so fast, because of all the U.S. military equipment they were able to seize – equipment that our military left in Iraq,” said Swann. “Truckloads of Humvees, tanks and weaponry that instead of taking or destroying, the U.S. government simply decided to leave behind.

However, even when the U.S. government became aware that ISIS fighters were capturing U.S. equipment, it did nothing. Swann attributed the lack of action to the fact that ISIS fighters were taking the equipment back into Syria to continue fighting Assad, which was what the U.S. government wanted.

How is it that the United States, with all of its intelligence capabilities, didn’t know this threat was coming?” McAdams said. “How many billions did we spend, maybe a hundred billion on total intelligence community budge over the year? How did they have no idea?”

Swann said that the answer is simple: “The U.S. did know who ISIS was, but the so-called Islamic State was doing what the Obama administration wanted.”

The ISIS fighters continued to do what the Obama administration wanted, and in late summer 2014, they were labeled what Swann called, “the new boogeyman in the war on terror.”

Over the past few months, the U.S. government, who acted like they had never even heard of ISIS, suddenly, with the help of media has turned the Islamic State into the new focus of the war on terror,” Swann said. “Now, as ISIS has continued its rise, recruitment is exploding and the group is becoming stunningly wealthy.”

Swann noted that in response to the “ISIS threat,” the U.S. began “conducting airstrikes on Syrian oil fields, instead of going after those buying the oil.”

McAdams pointed out that ISIS makes $2 million a day off of selling oil, and the United States’ response, of “undercutting the competition” by blowing up oil fields makes no sense. He questioned why the U.S., which is known for sanctioning “anything that moves,” when it’s angry, is not placing sanctions on the banks or the oil companies that are involved.

Swann added that in addition to those questions, Americans should also be asking, “Why is the U.S. sending $500 million to the Free Syrian Army to fight ISIS when the FSA is one of the biggest suppliers of fighters and weapons to ISIS?” and “Why are we sending new and more powerful weapons to the FSA like anti-aircraft missiles – weapons that we know will be in the hands of ISIS?

Swann maintained that while the mainstream media will say that ISIS is the “creation of American inaction,” the reality is that they are the “product of direct action.”

This direct action started with “the action of creating a power vacuum in Iraq” and manifested into the “arming violent Jihadists, hoping they would overthrow a leader in a neighboring Middle Eastern country.”

McAdams described the U.S. government as a victim of its own insane policies, due to the fact that it is “very good at blowing things up, but really bad at putting them back together.”

In determining whether or not McAdams’ statement was true, Swann listed three facts:

Fact #1: “Our government armed Osama bin Laden and the Mujahideen in Afghanistan and created al-Qaeda.”

Fact #2: “Our government put Saddam Hussein into power – we helped supply and create chemical weapons for him to use against Iran in 1980 – and then we overthrew him in 2003.”

Fact #3: “Our government trained rebel fighters in Syria who would become the group today known as ISIS. We have watched them commit every violent atrocity you can imagine to people living in Iraq and Syria, and now we want American taxpayers to fund a 30-year war with them.”

Swann came to the conclusion that it isn’t the U.S. government being held hostage by crazy policies; rather it is the American people.

It is time that we reject the destruction of people groups around the world for the sake of foreign policy that makes so-called defense contractors rich, and perpetuates violence, death, and the destruction of entire people groups,” Swann said. “This is the central issue of our time – because humanity is greater than politics.”

  • Flytrap

    Does Israel have much say in all of this?

    • Yes. Some of the new revelations from a glut of classified material in the new NSA leak are demonstrating Israeli intelligence as active in ISIS developments.

  • WTF

    “Angela Keaton, the founder of, said that ISIS is “entirely a creation of the United States’ behavior in Iraq.”

    She needed to stop right here …

    “Angela Keaton, the founder of, said that ISIS is “entirely a creation of the United States’”

    That would have been “SPOT ON” as the saying goes.

  • From ex-CIA op Robert Tosh Plumlee …

    Here is some more, “Before The Fact” information to chew upon:

    Information from NATO source:

    The US weapons that were delivered to the Middle East last December,
    2014 via Jordan, Turkey, and the CIA’s Annex, and other CIA safe houses
    within the Middle east that Ambassador Stevens was concerned about,
    have now been found in the hands of ISIL as they march forward. These
    weapons have been ID’ed as coming from shipments via US C-130, civilian
    registered aircraft, into the region last year. Large quantities have
    been ID’ed as being inside the Annex at the time of the Benghazi affair.
    These weapons were delivered to various rebel factions in November of
    2013. This was also reported to MSM outlets at the time, but was not
    considered for press release, and is still not being considered. This, I
    am being told by military sources, is a very delicate matter and not to
    be made public. Well DUHH???


    Saudi Arabia and Qatar didn’t want Iran and Syria to build a proposed
    pipeline between Iran and Syria which would have been competition to the
    House of Saud and Qatar. House of Saud didn’t like Syria’s Assad
    because he is Alawite not Sunni. Most of Syria (64%) is Sunni.
    Interesting note: Muslims, Jews and Christians have lived and worked in
    relative peace together in Syria for 200 years. Also, it is important to
    note that the US Geopolitical strategy was to destabilize the Middle
    East which included Syria so the Saudi and US State Department were in
    complete agreement that Assad had to go.


    Follow the money aka the weapons:

    1) A US Company (actually run by the CIA) covertly and illegally shipped
    arms under the direction of the CIA and the State Department from the
    US to Benghazi

    2) Turkey and others shipped the arms from Benghazi to Turkey (a US NATO
    ally) and Jordan. BTW Turkey doesn’t wipe their arse without permission
    from the US.

    3) US Ambassador, Christopher Stevens found out about the illegal arms
    trafficking from a US Company and alerted the State Department not
    knowing that the CIA and the State Department were the ones actually
    running this covert and very illegal operation. Stevens had to be

    4) The US installed Muslim Brotherhood dictator in Egypt named Morsi, at
    the request of the US, sent the Muslim Brotherhood into Benghazi to
    attack the US Libyan Embassy. Interesting to note that the Egyptian
    people rose up and kicked Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood out of power
    two months later.

    5) The US State Department ordered a stand-down after the attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi started.

    6) US Ambassador, Christopher Stevens was killed.

    7) Saudi Arabia provided some rebels and some money to help things along

    8) Back in Turkey, the USA trained ‘Al-Qaeda lite’ aka the moderate
    rebels in the use of these high impact weapons given to them by the US
    and then sent the rebels into Syria to overthrow Assad. The USA sent
    these freshly minted ‘Rebels’ into Syria to do what they do best.

    9) John Kerry falsely blamed Assad for gassing his own citizens with
    zero evidence to drum up public support for a war on Syria to remove
    Assad. Subsequent evidence pointed directly back to the US-Backed
    ‘Al-Qaeda lite’ aka the moderate rebels responsible for releasing the
    Sarin gas.

    10) John Kerry wanted to start another war with Syria by just lobbing a
    few bombs over there to punish Assad for poisoning his people. No troops
    on the ground.

    11) Putin came out strongly against attacking Syria, sent war ships to the area and threatened war if the US attacked.

    12) Putin –being the only adult here– brokered the deal which was
    stupidly and mistakenly requested by Kerry for Assad to turn over his
    chemical weapons. This deal took all the air out of Kerry’s sails. Weary
    of War, the America public was against attacking Syria. The overt war
    thus never happened but the covert war continues today in earnest giving
    the US Backed ‘Rebels’ 1/3 of Syria and most of its oil fields.

    13) Saudi Arabia was furious with Kerry and Obama for not following through on attacking Syria as they had agreed.

    14) ‘Bandar Bush’ flew to Moscow, met with Putin and threatened to
    launch terrorist attacks at the Russian-hosted Olympics if he did not
    withdraw his opposition to the US attacking Syria. Putin told Bandar
    Bush to go pound sand. Bandar Bush aka Bandar bin Sultan is a member of
    the House of Saud and was Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States
    from 1983 to 2005. In 2005, he was named as secretary general of the
    National Security Council. GW Bush gave him the nickname of Bandar Bush.

    15) The US Backed Rebels in Syria have now murdered over 300,000 innocent people in Syria, mostly Christians.

    16) The US Backed ‘Rebels’ which were trained armed and financed by the
    US and Saudi Arabia re-branded themselves as ISIS and then marched into
    Iraq with the US and Saudi blessings and encouragement. The idea was to
    divide Iraq up into three separate states, giving Saudi Arabia (Sunni)
    one; one for the Kurds and one for the Shiites.

    • I was going to post this and you beat me to it 😉 Storm Clouds Gathering already blew the lid off ISIS 6 months before Ben Swann, and I would argue, much more effectively.

      While Swann’s report was good, he never mentioned The Project for a New American Century like SCG did.

      Swann’s report fits much more into the conventional narrative that the mainstream is propagating that, in Swann’s words, ‘the U.S. govt. has become the victim of its own policies.’

      Of course, far from a majority in U.S. corporate media adhere to this reasoning, but they are at least willing to entertain it and regularly have guests that will posit this viewpoint. The problem is that it is still too conventional, and too safe: it presumes that the U.S. govt. is in fact, actually trying to solve problems related to terrorism, and ascribes tragedies and blowback to mistakes or shortsightedness.

      When documentation from the Council on Foreign Relations and New American Century is examined, however, the picture is one of deliberate action to create instability in Eurasia.

      This is a fundamental difference in narrative.

      If people think that ISIS was created, inadvertently, by the U.S. govt. and intelligence apparatus resultant to ill conceived plans or stumbling along a ‘regime change’ paradigm that the state actors cannot quite figure out how to manage, they will look at the issue completely differently then if they are presented with an alternative narrative that shows the U.S. state and intelligence apparatus as actuators of deliberate actors with a well defined strategy and long-term plan.

      • Deanna

        While I agree with you wholeheartedly, Jack, perhaps it is more palatable to the general American public to believe that ISIS was created through bad foreign policy rather than as a long term plan

      • Panama Red

        I agree. But sometimes you have to ease people in or they will automatically scoff and balk at something that conflicts too much with their current perspective of reality. Unfortunately some people can only take truth is small increments – sometimes you gotta hold their hand at first. I totally balked at the idea that the U.S. Gov’t had anything to do with 9/11 at first. Luckily I’m a curious person by nature so my interest was peaked at the idea, but it still took a while of delving into research and reading up a lot before I realized that the official story has more holes than swiss cheese and there was a whole lot more to the story.
        But having said that, in this report Ben Swann did present some questions and evidence that would make intelligent people question if the creation of ISIS was only born out of seriously flawed and failed foreign policy or that ISIS could’ve possibly been created intentionally and being helped along with funding, weapons, etc. from the U.S. government/CIA and other governments and agencies?

        He did ask questions that are meant to evoke serious thought about our government’s intentions and agendas as well as presenting the 3 facts at the end of the report. And then there’s the part in the video @ 7:15 – 7:55. Wow!

        “Why is the U.S. sending $500 million dollars to the Free Syrian Army to fight ISIS when the FSA is one of the biggest suppliers of fighters and weapons to ISIS?”

        “Why are we sending new and more powerful weapons to the FSA like anti-aircraft missiles; weapons that we know will end up in the hands of ISIS?”

        Fact #1: “Our government armed Osama bin Laden and the Mujahideen in Afghanistan and created al-Qaeda.”

        Fact #2: “Our government put Saddam Hussein into power – we helped supply and create chemical weapons for him to use against Iran in 1980 – and then we overthrew him in 2003.”

        Fact #3: “Our government trained rebel fighters in Syria who would become the group today known as ISIS. We have
        watched them commit every violent atrocity you can imagine to people living in Iraq and Syria, and now we want American taxpayers to fund a 30-year war with them.”

        • Why didn’t he post this 6 or more months ago though?

          It comes out a half year after SCG and other ISIS expose vids, but has less information. I was expecting with the later release, the Swann vid would have some new information in it or something having to do with recent revelations regarding Ukraine, Syria, etc. and how this tied into a bigger picture.

          Instead, the vid was essentially a “mistakes were made” type of narrative. That’s what I find strange.

  • russputin

    The ISIS theatre image is in two parts: 1) The Western ‘mercenary’ boots on the ground – real special forces lads kicking ass, manipulating key oil terminals and supply routes – the blunt instrument; the muscle, proper tough guys. 2) The Hollywood studio side, the visible and created ISIS brand – the fake beheading videos, flase emolations started with water not petrol etc, same colour Toyotas, flags and ‘terror’ branding, with current level studio production and professional video editing and photoshopping.

    Create the public image of fear, terrorism and distraction (from the theft), but take over the oil interests we want to control and exploit (the actual theft)!

    • Albert Darringdon

      How much of the actual oil resources are under US control? Why are they worth anything now with low fuel prices? The oil rationale looks a little soft these days.

      • russputin

        The petrodollar gives the US control of everything sold in dollars; even when they don’t have physical control, they have financial control.

  • Gregory Alan of Johnson

    All of this is by design. The Military Industrial Complex CANNOT flourish/survive without enemies to fight, and they are beyond professional at “creating” them one way or another. War is a Racket (Smedley Butler) and does at least two things: 1) Makes massive profits; 2) Culls the “unnecessary” populace. The third part is that it also uses fear to control those still breathing.

  • MZ13

    Yes, so true. And now our continued actions, and the resulting innocent people killed in the crossfire, are creating terrorists faster than we can kill them. Saddam was despised by Islamic fundamentalists, and Islamic fundamentalists were quickly dealt with by Saddam. Saddam was, more than anything, a tin-horn dictator that lived like a westernized playboy – hardly your model Muslim.

  • scott_ewing

    War Is A Racket By Major General Smedley Butler

    War Is a Racket is the title of two works, a speech and a booklet, by retired United States Marine Corps Major General and two time Medal of Honor recipient Smedley D. Butler.

    In them, Butler frankly discusses from his experience as a career military officer how business interests commercially benefit from warfare.

    For the transcript you can go here:

  • r3VOLution is not republican

    2012 Presidential debate – “What should be done about Syria?”

    CHICKENHAWK Mitt Romney:
    “provide the kind of weaponry that’s needed to help the rebels inside Syria.” = aid Syrian Rebels (now ISIS)

    CHICKENHAWK Newt Gingrich:
    “We should have our allies covertly working to destroy the Assad regime” = aid Syrian Rebels (now ISIS)

    CHICKENHAWK Rick Santorum:
    “Syria is a puppet state of Iran” = aid Syrian Rebels (now ISIS)

    VETERAN Ron Paul:
    “Why are we on the side of the Al Qaeda?!?!?! The Rebels want the weapons, there’s a bunch of people in it, Al Qaeda is part of it…”

    Don’t blame me, I wrote-in Ron Paul.

  • r3VOLution is not republican

    Great and STINGING reporting. WOOHOO, NEW MEDIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The “better evil” republican voters and “low info” democrat voters ARE AMERICA’S ENEMIES!

    • Lance77

      Everything you have to say is negative. Why do you even bother reading this site?

    • Guest

      Who said republican? Your still bickering over the left vs right fake paradigm? Catchup dude.

    • Daimyo21

      I don’t understand… did you not read the article?

  • Isabel Lee

    I love both the video and the article, but did Ben Swann actually write the article? I have followed his work for a while now and this is not his style of writing

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    • Jack Hoft

      so, this is how isis funds itself?

  • Bob Russell

    the biggest threat to America is the political ruling class. there is one political party with 2 logos.

  • Checkmate in One Move

    Why fight these criminals on a hundred different fronts when you can bring them down with one issue?

    It’s just going to be one lie after another, always another country to invade, always another terrorist group to battle, and always another right you lose in this war on humanity.

    Expose 9/11 and the game is over … checkmate.

  • “Humanity is greater than politics” #HumanityIsGreaterThanPolitics, Tweet THAT!

  • Truth

    Anti-terror laws voted in by McCain supported indefinite detention for persons who give material support for terrorists. McCain then gave material support to terrorists. Isn’t that the same as asking to be indefinitely detained? I mean, isn’t McCain an admitted terrorist?

    • Truth

      Oh wait. I figured it out. America isn’t governed by laws anymore. Never mind.

  • Good Laugh

    Article is 99% bogus. With the exception being that ISIS never would have been firmed had the US left Sadam in power. He would have killed anyone involved or potentially involved, presumably involved or related to the formation of any unsanctioned group and their families as well.

    Deployed to Anbar province Iraq during ISI now ISIS infancy.

    • Tannim

      Your deployment was a waste of blood and treasure pursuing a policy rooted in neoconservative stupidity. You were used.

  • Jeff_in_Atlanta

    Since the inception of our nation in 1776, in the last 239 years, how many years has our nation NOT been at war?

    Answer: 21years, For 222 years, 93% of the time, we’ve been at war somewhere with someone. No wonder the rest of the world believes that the US is the #1 threat to peace.

  • this story is lying propaganda. We did not create the conditions for ISIS to form.. We paid to create ISIS, we still pay them $400 us dollars per recruit into ISIS. We need an excuse keep spending insane amounts in the same fake war that was fake at first, its fake now. Look at Iraq news, they claim to have just shot down 2 UK airplanes caught in the act of supplying ISIS with weapons and IRAQ claims to have proof of the US supplying ISIS with weapons. we all know that right after McCain visited the Leaders of ISIS in Syria, ISIS ended up with a fleet of special forces trucks built in Texas at a cost of $250,000 each. Nobody is attacking America other than other secret groups like Mossad, mi6, cia, all to feed the greedy corporate interests. getting sick just hearing these lies on this show.. wake up folks.

    • Brandon

      We paid to create ISIS, we still pay them $400 us dollars per recruit into ISIS.

      Do you have evidence to back up this claim?

  • We need war in order for man to evolve, also we need it for the economy, jobs and the development of new weapons.

  • Sarah Adirondack

    If Obama’s goal is to achieve peace and stability in that region, perhaps he thought that he couldn’t achieve that with so many religious minorities warring against each other in the region. How do you solve that? By having only one main religion (Islam) throughout the region and using a group of savages with warped ideologies to achieve it? Now what’s interesting is that this group wants to destroy Rome now and the Vatican is in its sights. Makes me wonder if the United Nations is encouraging this or is alright with it, given the torture report on sex abuse at the Vatican that was outed last May.

  • bill coleman

    And the beat goes on with few politicians who actually understand or admit to understanding Islam and what it will take to save constitutional freedom and hardly any who are passionate about forming and leading an organization that will save constitutional freedom. Will ISIS be stopped before it becomes too big to stop or acquires nukes. Would enough people of Iran take up arms to make a difference there? Will the USA take citizenship away from citizens who go to fight ISIS? If the Republican party can not or will not remove our treasonous, tyrannical lying muslim from the office of the POTUS, can the same party be expected to nominate a POTUS candidate that will have an agenda that people will want to vote for? If a Republican is elected POTUS IN 2016, will it be a Republican who will actually make a difference? …..Not saying the solution is easy….ISIS is obviously baiting the U.S. into the battle while being the new Mohammed. It is difficult to not want to go all out for wiping out ISIS and leaving. Leaving after apparently wiping out ISIS would be a futile war and possibly the last “police” action for the USA. Non ISIS aligned muslims must stop ISIS to prevent a unleashed USA from destroying ISIS along with collateral damage to non ISIS aligned muslims, to keep more muslims from joining ISIS primarily to fight the USA, to keep the U.S.A. from doing what it must do if it is ever led by a non muslim POTUS and decides to fight a land war in any country, muslim or not,: (1) rule as necessary with an iron fist to eradicate the identified evil that caused U.S. intervention, (2) stay there forever or as long as needed to return the government to the people who love freedom, if any of that type are left, as the U.S. did in Germany, Japan and South Korea and (3) leave those people with a constitution that among other things guarantees non tyrannical freedoms of speech, religion and right to bear arms. In other words, the U.S. must do more than prepare the way for Islamic terrorists and then leave or do worst as we have done in most if not all of our recent wars….and that means being more powerful than Sadam was in Iraq but going in a different direction.No more Vietnams. Have a justified reason to fight for lasting victory or don’t fight it. On the other hand, the country will prove its self to be suicidal if an aspiring 2016 POTUS candidate does not create and lead a new political organization that (A) gets them nominated in the primary and elected in the general election, (B) becomes the dominant force in U.S. politics and (C) fights the political and legal battles that can be and must be fought and won to (1) restore and defend the U.S. Constitution and (2) prevent political Islam and any other tyrannical force from advancing the U.S.A. to the point of no return to Constitutional Freedom and/or surrender and/or a futile bloody civil war. While gun ownership is good for common personal protection and to cause the forces of tyranny to cook the frog slowly, it is irrational to think that an armed resistance will be organized and powerful enough to defeat allied forces of tyranny in the future when apparently there is not enough political power now to win the necessary political and legal battles to secure constitutional freedom now. In other words, unarmed organization could most likely do in the near future what armed organization can most likely not do later.

  • James Babb Ⓐ

    Why does Ben use the “we” pronoun when referring to the US government?

    • bowie1

      I believe it’s more of an editorial expression.

  • Mark Meyers

    I really enjoyed the video. One point that I didn’t see mentioned, but which could easily incorporate readily into this is how many US weapons ISIS seized from Iraqi military bases in the move into Iraq. I also don’t have too much background on the governmental and power problems in Iraq, but they clearly must be there. When thousands of Iraqi troops surrender to hundreds of ISIS, it must not be good.

  • Swann better watch out. This subject could get him “suicided”.

  • Tannim

    See Angela is not the “founder” of She is the director of operations, which is a large hat doing a lot of things, but she isn’t the founder. Just a minor error.

  • turtle

    Zionists are not content with just taking over all of Pallestine…
    This from James Corbett (Corbett Report) is also good:

  • J. Nev

    Israel reluctantly and quietly admitted to attacking the USS Liberty killing 34 U.S. servicemen and wounded at least 173.
    The surviving sailors and officers aboard that ship said the attack was DELIBERATE MURDER!!! The Day Israel Attacked America…

    • Jay

      So ISIS is Israel’s fault? STHU!

      • Sally Oh

        ISIS is not Israel’s fault but the scenario does fit nicely into the “defend Israel at all costs” motto of the DOD.

        • Jay

          Never ever heard a US official say they would defend Israel “at all costs”. DOD is like ALL government agencies, they want to GROW!

          • Sally Oh

            I was referring to the U.S.’ actions when it comes to Israel. Agree 100% with your last statement. Ugh.

      • J. Nev

        Sill goose, had you LOOKED at the material you would see how it relates. Now you need to sit down and shut the hell up and reference the link I posted. Otherwise it makes you looked another uninformed mouthpiece.

        Al-Qaeda and Isis NEVER ATTACK Israel…

  • pemaddin

    Good article Ben thanks

  • H Scott Waddle

    Good article. Our government is dysfunctional. Two parties fighting each other when what we need is a government that will just do the right thing. In Gulf War I Saddam invaded a helpless Kuwait and wouldn`t leave. We beat this massive military of Saddam in less than 2 months. He promised that it would be the mother of all wars, a second Viet Nam. Well we showed our technological superiority. So we had air supremacy forcing unconditional surrender. Now to me unconditional surrender should have meant that Saddam and his henchmen would be removed from power and tried for war crimes. It would have been over in 1991. All we had to do was form an alliance with Iraq and help them maintain their sovereignty by keeping an airbase there. That`s all. But Bush allowed the dems to talk him into allowing this criminal to remain in power and just let inspectors in. Like Viet Nam the democrats who never have known how to conduct a war snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. We had the war in Viet Nam won and Johnson blew it. We shouldn`t have been there anyway but if you are going to fight a war you fight to win. Gulf War II: Saddam was being naughty again using weapons of mass destruction on his people. The decision was made to stop him. It was costly but we won. Once again we had air supremacy. Iraq was stable. But the narcissist-in-chief couldn`t allow such a victory in a war he opposed to stand so he gave it away. The correct thing to do was to sign a status of forces agreement and leave enough troops to maintain stability. Everyone was telling him not to pull the troops out because terrorists would flood in to fill the vacuum. But Obama knew more than his joint chiefs and our allies and the Iraqi people. The growth of ISIS is 100% the fault of Obama. Every death at the hands of these barbarians is on his head.

    • Jay

      The status forces agreement was not an easy sell. The Iraqis didn’t want to give US forces any legal protections. But Obummer had no desire to leave anyone behind and did not work out the details.

    • Jimi Barz

      You won what war? Stability?.seems america just keeps getting into more wars by the minute. How many invasions now 34 … Billions of people hate the USA. WMD. Where in Iraq. Except for the weapons bush gave them to defeat the soviets who now are a threat to all that natural gas in the Middle East that Europe needs .. Better do your homework and do sone critical thinking on your own information you find about that pipeline into Europe abd the orient and who exactly wants to cintrol that wealth of resource. Let’s see, we got China and russia on one side and america isreal and England in the tgru .. Should be a fair fight .. Bible sayeth money is the root of all evil which makes all of s evil kaboom.. Bye bye ..

  • LibertyChick

    I think this will need to become a world war, where all free nations want this to end enough that they will join forces. And while I hate the thought of women and children being lost in this, the women are bought into the terrorist/islamic extremism and so are part of the problem, and are teaching it to their children. Together the nations need to agree to go in with everything, wipe them out, and be done with it. No 30 year war. No pissing around for 10 years. No leaving American service people over there like sitting ducks. And send Obama to lead the troops in. Then stop snooping on all Americans and focus on Muslim/Islamists in our country. If they have nothing to hide they have nothing to worry about. But if they do have something to hide, try them for treason in a military court.

    • Sally Oh

      ISIS is a tiny bug that can be easily squashed with sanctions alone. Why don’t we do that? Because then we wouldn’t have a war over there… you heavily discount the hunger that the MIC has for war and all its profits.

      • Jimi Barz

        Not about ISIS or terror or the smokescreen of war. It’s about pipelines .. Gas pipeline from the Middle East into Europe and whether anerica/British or russia gonna control it. Money greed root of all evil.. Everything else is just propaganda and brainwash by t

    • Contrarianthefirst

      There are no free nations. All have been bought out and corrupted.

  • Sally Oh

    Good job. Fact all the way through and I draw the same conclusions as Ben Swann. Nobody is arguing that ISIS is not made up of bad guys.

    The build-up and sustenance of ISIS has been allowed and encouraged by the U.S. government simply to feed the Military Industrial Complex, nothing more. Just like the CIA’s creation of Al Qaeda. Since A-Q became part of our team (wtf?), CIA had to conjure up a new enemy. TPTB (the powers that be) tried to keep A-Q in the news as both enemy and teammate, but that didn’t fly. Enter ISIS stage right.

    TPTB (central bankers) use their media tools to whip up a frothy hatred of anything Islam so that Americans (as well as citizens in other countries) can’t wait to send troops to wherever to wipe out “those that would do us harm.”

    With a strong, solid U.S. military, we could defend this country from attack forever. Instead, we are building up our troops, marching everywhere around the world, sending home wounded warriors, 22 of whom kill themselves EVERY SINGLE DAY.

    How many Americans has ISIS killed again? U.S. military policy is doing far more harm to Americans than ISIS ever will.

    We should continue to allow this outrage to fight this tiny bug called ISIS? If we stop funding it, stop sending arms to the rebels who sell them to ISIS, stop *allowing* it to be funded by way of sanctions on its banks (as McAdams sugggests), ISIS will disappear into the blurry background from whence it came.

    The only thing I disagree with is the “30 years”… we’ve already been “at war” pretty much continuously since 1913. What evidence is there that the U.S. won’t be waging war somewhere on the planet to infinity?

    The only sane thing Americans can do right now to stop the MIC and to end every single outrageous agency and policy it uses to squash our freedoms (NSA, TSA, DHS, DOE (energy and education), FDA, USDA, etc.) is to audit and end the Federal Reserve Bank.

    Then it could no longer afford to have literally billions of dollars of excess military equipment to leave laying around for another military to take. Or have money to buy arms to sell to rebels and contras and cartels around the world. Then it wouldn’t have the money to buy up all the bullets and guns, arming every federal agent in the U.S.

    It wouldn’t have the money to fund local Agenda 21 programs. To fund the promotion of smart meters. To persist in the war on Cannabis. To militarize local police forces. To fund Obamacare. To fund Common Core. To fund CPS which is stealing our children left and right and selling them to adoptive parents.

    The tyranny is over here, not over there. If you are focused on Islam, you are focused on the wrong bad guy.

  • darlene

    Great article ben hope this opens some eyes . I was watching a cpac show today and one of the call-ins talked about this article ( the origin of isis ) and said all should watch this video to see who funded isis … what a shock to see this on cpac , so keep up the great work ben people are starting to pay attention . I’m proud as this was a canadian caller ( canadian born here ) it was just good to know there are awake canadians and i’m not alone in this . tc all .

  • Ammar

    This report is riddle with factual errors to reach the reporters false conclusions. Ben Swann cannot be taken seriously with all these factual mistakes.

    @3:46 “In 2009, ISIS began focusing on the Civil War in Syria” FALSE. Protests and Civil War in Syria did not start till 2011.

    @6:07 “Israel and Jordan provides weapons to the Free Syrian Army” LOL, FALSE, Totally.

    @6:33 “Weapons given to rebels made their way to ISIS fighters” FALSE, ISIS’s American weapons actually came from the Iraqi army that dropped their weapons and ran in Mosul, Iraq. Not from Syrian Rebels.

    @6:36 “ISIS fighters come from the Free Syrian Army” Wrong Again, Majority of ISIS fighters are not even Syrian.

    @6:53 “FSA Joins ISIS” Just because you grab some headline from an unknown website, doesn’t make it true. FSA did not join ISIS and fights against ISIS everyday. ISIS kills more FSA members than any other group.

    @7:07 “ISIS trained by US forces” LOL, this is ridiculous, how is this guy even credible??? Name one ISIS fighter trained by the USA?

    @8:44 “ISIS sells much of its oil to Turkey” Actually, most of the oil that ISIS sells, it sells to the Assad regime in Syria, you know, the regime that has killed over 200,000 people in 4 years. Here is a real news story “”

    @9:35 “FSA one of the biggest suppliers of fighters and weapons to ISIS” Again, this is completely false, FSA battles ISIS on daily basis, they are the only ones actually fighting ISIS in Syria. See above.

    @9:39 “US sent Anti-aircraft missiles to FSA”. This has never actually happened, but it should, it will save thousands of lives if the FSA gets Anti-aircraft weapons, so they can shoot down Assad’s planes that are dropping barrel bombs on innocent civilians, killing thousands per month.

    @10:05 If FSA and other vetted rebel groups got anti aircraft weapons, I am pretty sure they would target Assad’s MIG fighter jets and helicopters (funded by Iran, maintained by the Russia) that are killing thousands of civilians each month.

    @11:24 “our government trained rebel fighters in Syria that became ISIS” Completely false, there is not one shred of evidence of this at all. I challenge Swann to show any evidence of this.

    Ben Swann, you should really do your research instead of talking to two people who are known to be against the Syrian Freedom movement. You have made so many factual mistakes, its hard to take you as a serious journalist.

  • Sparkle Plenty

    Humanity vs. the Psychos.

  • Bungalow Bill

    Why has YouTube censored this important video? When I bring it up I get “This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy on shocking and disgusting content.” I wonder why they don’t want a noted journalist like Ben Swann​ to expose how the United States helped create ISIS?

  • alvin691

    Hate to say it, but the footage of air fire onto a truck is from Afghanistan, not ISIS

  • Contrarianthefirst

    Well done, Ben.

  • NCOriolesFan

    THANK YOU Ben for the REAL truth on Iraq. Some of which the American people knew already.

  • Greg Geitner

    they all need to be branded on the forehead so they cant work for other pds.

  • PatrickHenry1789

    They need to be held without bail and placed with the general population. For their own safety of course.

  • The penalty for murder is death. If found guilty in a court of law then
    all of these officers should be put to death. 30 years is not enough of a
    sentence for any murderer and it’s far shy of the appropriate penalty,
    which for convicted murderers is always death (according to the most
    successful societies and most importantly according to God Himself).

    these murderous abusers of the law are set free or given reduced
    sentences then it sends a bad message to every other corrupt “law
    enFORCEment agent”. There are good PEACE OFFICERS and servants of true
    law and Justice, but today those people are few compared to the
    cancerous blue gang of corrupt cops, lawyers, and judges that far
    outweigh them at this time and who will continue to do so until the people cleanse the corruption within
    domestic government (and here we are overthrowing and trying to build foreign governments
    and use military force to ‘stem corruption’ there. What utterly deceitful hypocrisy! The eternal consequences for such evil people are
    too terrible to even fully comprehend in mortality).

    It’s only when
    Justice is demanded and worked toward by the people that Justice will actually occur for the people instead of being corrupted by the robber barons and their lackies. Unfortunately, we now
    have a system where the worst people make the worst laws then hire some
    of the worst people to “enFORCE” them, and that’s how it’s been for over
    a hundred years in the U.S. and elsewhere. The only real solution to
    such corruption is to make certain changes to government, such as
    ratifying a Public Servant’s Uniform Code of Justice (PSUCJ) that’s like
    the military’s UCMJ, only it’s for politicians, police, lawyers, judges,
    etc.. It’s a code that specifically deals with government corruption and
    clearly lays out all the penalties.

    Not only do soldiers have to obey
    general U.S. law, but also the UCMJ, and the law of whatever land they’re currently in. That’s at least 3 sets of law that they’re subject to, laws that specifically deal with military corruption and the
    consequences of committing or allowing them. The same is needed for politicians and other public
    servants. Under the PSUCJ, if you are a police officer who is lawfully found guilty
    of murder then you will be put to death, as it should be. Simple as that.

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    • Cameron

      Its a pipe dream. When others are granted special rights, corruption will be rampant. How many govts must exist until you realize its govt that is the problem. Its irrational to believe giving someone special powers to do things you or I cant do, that they will strictly stick to the powers granted to them. How many polititions can you name that were strict constitutionalist in the past 50 years. I can only name one. Thats a poor record and you expect that to get better?

  • signalfire1

    There’s something physically wrong with that kid as they’re taking him to the van. He’s not walking normally at all. Given the autopsy and other findings haven’t been released to the public (have they?) I don’t think these charges will stick. He appears to have been seriously injured some time before he was even put in the van. Millions are going to be spent on a trial and it will probably end in a hung jury.

    • Andrew Sepulveda

      I was reading and hearing that he died from blunt force trauma to the head, that it happened in the Van, they took him for a Nickel Ride. Either way, they let him die, charges will stick. They will all be fired.

    • Dana King

      As far as is being reported the guy committed no crime. Seeing cops and going in the opposite direction is NOT a crime. Contempt of cop is NOT a crime. If you’ve committed no crime the cops have NO business stopping you for ANY reason, just because they arbitrarily want to is NOT a reason. Finally, the guy died under custody of the cops so the cops HAVE TO BE HELD LIABLE. Whether they intentionally killed him or not makes no difference in the end, he is DEAD.

      Unlike the dead guy these cops WILL be getting due process of law. Any time a cops shoot, abuse, or kill someone they are acting as judge, jury and executioner and bypassing DUE PROCESS. They have NO SUCH authority. It seems to me that cops believe they have a right to kick the sh!t out of you. That cops choose time after time after time to give out “punishment” cannot be allowed. They are NOT judge dredd but for whatever reason they seem to believe they are. They are law enforcement, not punishment givers. Punishment before due process has been exhausted is evil and tyrannical. Seems to me cops, along with their lackey mouthpieces at fox news who believes all cops are innocent all the time and there is no such thing as a bad cop or police abusing their powers, have an entitlement mentality that needs to be fixed, quick, fast, and in a hurry.

  • Peter A Everett

    They all should found guilty and see what it’s like not having power anymore and be on the other end of things! It’s awesome they have been charged! No more sweeping corruption under the carpet!!

  • Roy

    The cops kidnapped the dude and then killed him. Doesn’t Maryland have the death penalty for this type of crime?

  • Gregory Alan of Johnson

    Since the “Fraternal Order of Police” union (Masonic org) has already publicized a statement in response to all this, I have three “hopes”:
    1) Due process will surprisingly actually take place, with those truly guilty being found such and serve time appropriately.
    2) This is not a “show” for the sheep, because if it is, they’ve never seen riots before compared to what will happen and it won’t need Agent Provocateurs to start/finish them.
    3) Lessons learned by all involved, including every single uniformed municipal agent nation-wide.

  • Shane Mayfield

    Lets wait till we see what happens in the courtroom! Lets NOT comdemn these police officers till we hear ALL the evidence!

  • leel004

    Interesting you omit the Sec of State clinton. Mccain is guilty, along with clinton.
    Dep of Defense under obama ORDEREDnot to destroy equipment..

  • Frank H.

    There are many parallels between ISIS and the Khmer Rouge.

  • Bull Moose

    While the things mentioned strengthendd ISIS & benefited them, none of it CREATED ISIS. That is a story worth looking into. Where and by whom precisely did it start?

  • pj4me

    And the question is WHY? What and who is benefitting from this 30-year war?

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    • ForeignPolicyBitz

      corporations, weaponry makers, duh.