The Paris Terror Attacks: An Open Source Investigation

11/14/2015271 Comments

by James Corbett and the community
November 14, 2015

A series of attacks in and around Paris on Friday night left 129 dead and 352 wounded.  The attacks included three explosions at the Stade de France, a siege of the Bataclan theatre, and shootings/bombings at restaurants throughout the city.

French President François Hollande did not waste time in blaming the attacks definitively on the Islamic State. In an address to the nation on Saturday he declared: “It is an act of war that was committed by a terrorist army, a jihadist army, Daesh, against France,” adding, “It is an act of war that was prepared, organized and planned from abroad, with complicity from the inside, which the investigation will help establish.” His speech did not indicate how he knows what the investigation would conclude before it was conducted.

ISIS, the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria fostered, funded, armed, equipped and trained by the United States, its Gulf allies, Turkey and Israel has reportedly taken responsibility for the attacks.

Five of the attackers have now been publicly identified, and another, Salah Abdeslam, has reportedly been taken alive in Belgium after a confrontation with police. There are now thought to be as many as 20 accomplices who were involved in the events. At least one of them was reportedly already known to French security before the attack. The suspected “ringleader” of the attack, Abdelhamid Abaaoud (who had miraculously evaded a police dragnet in Athens in January) is being touted as the link between ISIS leadership and operatives in Europe. A raid on a suspected terrorist apartment in Saint-Denis may or may not have ended with Abaaoud’s death.

The French government has responded with a series of actions, including declaring a state of emergency and locking down the borders, shutting down all public facilities in Paris, conducting over 150 raids across the country and beginning a series of airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria. France is set to propose a suspension of the EU’s Schengen Agreement on open borders at a summit this Friday.

President Hollande is now calling for French Parliament to amend the constitution:

Mr. Hollande called for quick action by the Parliament on new legislation that would give the government more flexibility to conduct police raids without a warrant and place people under house arrest. He said he would seek court approval for broader surveillance powers. And he called for constitutional amendments that would give more weight to security measures relative to civil liberties.

Much has been made of a Syrian passport allegedly recovered from the vicinity of the body of one of the gunmen. Greece’s deputy minister in charge of police, Nikos Toskas, issued a statement asserting that “The holder of the passport passed through the island of Leros on Oct. 3, 2015, where he was identified according to EU rules,” but an unidentified “US intelligence official” told CBS News the passport may be fake, citing incorrect numbers and a mismatching picture.


The attacks were preceded Friday afternoon by bomb threats against the Gare de Lyon railway station and the Hotel Molitor where the German national soccer team were staying. Friday also happened to be the day of a “multi-site attack exercise” in Paris that included “police forces, firemen, EMTs, and others,” according to Patrick Pelloux, an emergency physician and former Charlie Hebdo columnist who was also mobilized in response to the Hebdo shootings in January.

Meanwhile SOFREP is reporting that the attacks were known about in advance, as French national police were meeting with “the German BKA federal police and BND federal intelligence service to discuss an imminent pre-planned terrorist attack in Paris” two weeks ago. This information lines up with newly released details of an arrest of a 51 year old Montenegrin that took place on November 5th in Germany. The man was reportedly found to be transporting AK-47s, hand grenades, TNT, and was apparently headed to France.

Iraqi intelligence, meanwhile, warned French authorities of an imminent attack and provided specific details about the operation that the French government has yet to make public. This includes the claim that the attack was planned in Raqqa, Syria, the Islamic State’s de facto capital, and included 24 people, including attackers and accomplices.

News about the attacks and international reaction is still coming in. Corbett Report members are asked to supply links to relevant information and contribute to its analysis in the comment section below. This article will be updated as that information is compiled and discussed.


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  1. brtanner says:

    RT: Al-Baghdadi ordered attack on anti-ISIS coalition, Iraq warned France 1 day before Paris carnage

    Haaretz: Israeli Defense Minister: Europe Must Place Security Needs Over Human Rights

  2. rswatson3 says:

    I wonder if the west will shortly deploy the results of the criminal investigation into MH17 to discredit Russia and get them out of the way. Putin and Lavrov are getting too much of the limelight at the moment.

    • mammique says:

      I didn’t list Wikistrike previously because I remember that they are often far fetched (e.g. they totally dived into the 2012 Doom’s Day fear mongering), but this article is full of nuggets, even if a bit speculative and too affirmative, here is a recap:

      The borders was already enforced the 13th of November as 30000 policemen were mobilized to protect them because of the COP21.

      The 13th of November the government was presented the controversial “Weapon Plan”:

      The 12th of November the Minister of Internal affairs released a publication telling that terrorism became the 2nd concerd of French people after unemployment:

      Brahim Abdeslam who blew himself in a café was the owner of a coffee shop in Brussels (notorious heavy alcohol and pot consumer) that was closed the 2nd of November by the authorities:

      His explosive were powerful enough to kill him, but no one else around, he just sat, ordered a drink, and blew off. Leaving behind him his car full of ammunition and weapons. Seems like he had been remotely eliminated by the secret services, his death being disguised in a suicide bombing (like the Bologna Massacre remote explosion where those carrying the bomb didn’t want to blow with it).

      Like the 3 suicide bombings around the Stadium, only one killed another person passing by, otherwise the only deaths are the “terrorists”.

      Salah Abdeslam (the brother of the “kamikaze” blown at Boulevard Voltaire) is the oldest friend of Abou Omar who works for the Daesh’s “homeland security”. They speculate that he has been warned that he could be remotely blown by French intelligence like the other “terrorists” (to prevent him from talking about Daesh/France cooperation), so he changed his on-body equipment, took a rifle for a spree kill on a café’s terrasse, and ran away to Belgium.

      • Moxa4 says:

        Merci Mammique
        Maybe not a smart camouflage to open a bar for pot consumers in Belgium. It is more likely to come to the attention of police. (But maybe B. A. had a special permission… of course just a speculation) As far as I know, it goes back and forth with the legalization of buying pot depending of the actual governement. It seems that actually since 2014 the pendulum is swinging back in this never ending story.
        The reason why the bar was closed in August 14: long-time residents bothered by the bar required a police response.

  3. Ukdavec says:

    I found the interview conducted by James with F W Engdahl very useful. I recommend listening to the latest interview between John Batchelor and Steve Cohen. This series of interviews started over two years ago and focused on the Ukrainian crisis. Recently they have moved to the wider cold war and this week centered on the Paris events.

    Cohen is very non conspiracist and gives an interesting spin on a potential new alliance between Russia and France. Judge for yourselves.

  4. mammique says:

    Syrian secret services proposed the list of djihadists operating in France to French officials, Prime Minister Manuel Valls declined arguing that he wouldn’t dialog with Assad’s regime:

  5. rrandor says:

    That is so inconsiderate of those attackers not to leave a more authenticate passport, as in Hebdo and 911, so that the police could plausibly avoid any sort of investigation.

  6. paul6 says:

    Paul Craig Roberts has written yet another article with interesting info about why the Paris attacks are so fishy:

    It includes links to articles wondering about oddities in the press reporting and the small number and poor quality of eyewitness or CCTV video footage on the event:

    Some parts of the linked articles are not so convincing, IMHO, like the AK47 sound comparison. But they are interesting nevertheless.

  7. paul6 says:

    Daily Mail released footage of a security camera (via RT):

  8. LiquidEyes says:

    This sounds interesting. Before Paris Terrorist Attacks, CIA Director Brennan Met With French Intelligence DGSE Chief Bernard Bajolet

    • LiquidEyes says:

      I should have added that the Brits & Israelis were present, too. Here’s a clip from the article:

      CIA-GW Intelligence Conference: Panel on The Shared 21st Century International Mission –GW Center for Cyber and Homeland Security 29 Oct 2015 Panel on “The Shared 21st Century International Mission” featuring CIA Director John Brennan, former UK MI6 Chief John Sawers, Director of the French Directorate for External Security Bernard Bajolet, and former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaacov Amidror.

  9. Wodoslawsky says:

    Ben Swan on the US involvement in Syria, from 2013.

  10. dorettawildes says:

    Disingenuous statement by Patrick Pelloux here (in French) about multi-site terrorism exercise “as luck would have it”:

  11. Cu Chulainn says: has lots of good material

  12. juraf says:

    from a french site Pananzahttp:
    How would they know???

  13. nosoapradio says:

    I’m sure someone here must’ve posted this link already but… it would deserve to be linked twice, even if only for the info towards the end…I keep forgetting about this eminently interesting Irishman… so here I go with your infinite indulgence:

  14. juraf says:
    in the report of the french television at minute 5.39 the guy is speaking of a fight between the brothers about money. One said; i will not go before getting my money
    that was the night before the attacks in paris

  15. nosoapradio says:

    As UN human rights champion beheads a poet for rejecting…allah?…

    The Club of Rome is going to town between the “unprecedented Global threats of ISIS and Climate Change”…

    Sing it! “We are the World…We are the children…We are the ones who make a brighter day
    So let’s start giving
    There’s a choice we’re making
    We’re saving our own lives
    It’s true we’ll make a better day
    Just you and me…

    UN Security Council approves ‘all necessary measures’ to fight the ‘global and unprecedented threat’ of ISIS in wake of Paris attacks

    Read more:

  16. raymondkitchen says:

    Hello everyone,

    I have not read any of the comments left here on this thread. Having said that just a quick question if anyone has mentioned taking charge of collecting all the photo evidence and using a repository for that photographic evidence for everyone to access? Maybe there has already been a website someone out there has set up for this? This would be a lot of work. Keeping with the public pooling of resources theme this would seem to fit nicely with this investigation.

    One thing I personally know about investigation is to always have a camera for your photo evidence. Make sure there is some way of finding out scale of that photograph. For example measuring a lamp post in the picture by the actual lamp post in real life. Ratio between these will be your scale. Also time stamps and dates are very important.

    The quick reaction of the alternative community gathering photo evidence off of the internet for the Boston event has somewhat worked. Within the Boston event the alternative media was able to flush out the “hire for contract special ops” critters hanging out and running around before and after the climax of the event. This could help put teeth into the investigation by having a nice visual evidence to help separate theory from fact.

    I will now peruse the older comments pertaining to these questions I have asked.


    • BennyB says:

      Hi Raymond,

      I think this is a good idea. I’m not sure whether it’s been done or addressed, but I agree that the analysis of photo evidence was useful in the Boston Marathon case. I saved copies of images on my computer as I went along with my own research in that case, knowing that certain pieces of evidence have a tendency to “vanish” within thin air somewhere along the line. Documenting this “vanishing”, in and of itself, is sometimes a useful measurement of whether that piece of evidence was significant or not.

      There’s also a cautionary tale though in the Boston Marathon case of what happened when individuals were wrongly identified as being “persons of interests”, leading to somewhat of a witch hunt, threatening their safety. This kind of investigation is necessary when legitimate investigation on the parts of “official” mainstream media entities are either asleep at the wheel or clocking overtime on specific pieces of propaganda, but it’s important that the alt-media upholds a certain degree of professionalism (so to speak) in order not to just become a representative of the same practices we critique.

      My last comment with respect to this is something I stated similarly much earlier in this investigation thread: that we always need to be self conscious and wary about the various forms of tantalizing clues which have been inserted into these operations to keep the dogs sniffing up the wrong trees.

  17. Cu Chulainn says:

    wondering about engdahl

    “You know western intelligence agencies are behind ISIS, right?

    Don’t worry though Ziotards. Cass Sunstein has unleashed an army of disinfo monkeys peddling nonsense about fake victims, holograms, space beams and lizard hybrid butt fucking blood drinkers.”

    There is an interview on the internet of Engdahl spouting this fake victim nonsense (which goes well with his Qatari pipeline nonsense). This is obviously a CIA disinfo technique to denigrate the ideas of ‘conspiracy theorists’, and it works extremely well.

  18. BennyB says:

    Has anybody proposed some sort of public disinfo campaign? it needs to be put out there that this was France’s 9/11 and they shouldn’t be allowed to pimp it as such. I don’t know, maybe #IsisIsUs, #IsisAreUS, something like that could at least be one sort of thing to put out there? All this investigation is important, but we need to get a jump on getting the basic message out that this is a large BS sandwich with all the fixings no matter how you slice it.

    Is there any sort of resistance going on, protests and whatnot, in France? I know the government have pushed some fascist anti-protest laws, but still?

    The only thing I’m aware of at the moment in the United States right now is an attempt to ban accepting Syrian refugees from seeking asylum here, which we’ll have to keep an eye on. This sort of knee jerk reaction isn’t a surprise but it still sickens me. Anyway…

    • NotDole says:

      If I used Twitter at all, I would be doing that.

      Right now I’m still in this sort of celebratory mood in Canada, the worst of the Neocon leaders Stephen Harper is out, and many of his projects are already cancelled and the “Canadian Patriot Act” C-51 will not be scrapped, but amended (they’ll get the extra votes if needed from the NDP and BQ) so this kind of operation in Canada has maybe failed, time will tell, they’re already in the process of taking out the most egregious parts of bill C-51.

      Regarding the Paris Attack, I thought I had posted something with a link but it doesnt seem to be there, something about how the attackers at the death metal show were very calm and professional in their assault, reloading 3-4 times, link was from a new york times article and the words were from a radio correspondent who was covering the show.

      It’s strange that people at a Death Metal show were not drunk or high enough to jump the attackers, I guess maybe in the 80’s and 90’s…

      • BennyB says:

        Right on… Even with my lack of faith in the electoral system, getting rid of Harper, if anything, is a sign that Canadians are at least making a statement that they’ve had enough of the Diet Neocon Nutrasweet fix. It’s also a worthwhile statement that Canada is pulling out out of the war “effort”, especially while France has just jumped in balls deep in the Syrian clusterf##k without a condom. The French citizens will ultimately have to lead the way on how to respond and it will be up to us to support those efforts (or help them steer them away from a ‘co-opt out’ movement should it move in that direction).

        That said, for you; as a Canadian, the task will fall on the shoulders of you and your brethren not to go too buck wild popping off the champagne and getting drunk on the Snakeskin Brand “Hope and Change” flavor that had Americans waking up with such a nasty hangover.

  19. brtanner says:

    Wayne Madsen: J’accuse: Those Responsible for the Friday the 13-th Attacks in Paris

  20. Jeff says:

    AP’s explanation for ‘Why Belgium’ casually makes no mention whatsoever of NATO.*/Article_2015-11-21-EU–Paris%20Attacks-Why%20Belgium?/id-c9bd0175bb534a1ab808595570cefbdf

    For the totally uninitiated reader, a good place to start on why NATO is important:

  21. CapheSuada says:

    French Jewish community warned on Friday morning of #ParisAttacks – Times of Israel changed story to hide inside intel.

  22. Cu Chulainn says:

    “Paris massacre: odd account from the ‘Mirror’, haven’t seen this anywhere else” “Paris attack witness says black Mercedes pulled up and shooters fired rifles from the hip” “Paris attack witness: ‘he was dressed in black, professional, shooting and killing'” Remarkably little discussion on this. Despite a massive attack by the French government on French Muslims, these two shooters, and their Mercedes, have disappeared off the face of the earth, never to be heard from again.

    re. the advance warning–

  23. silverpalomino says:

    The fallout for EU citizens and the famous Schengen area bordering on total biometric ID:

    The Brussels angle and NATO HQ discussed on highly popular Russian blog but will require translation unless you can read Russian. The main point is several accounts of these attackers looking European/White, muscular, military build and after F. Hollande said this was planned outside France – nobody in the city of Brussels looks twice or even remembers seeing,talking to military people as their presence is so commonplace, especially American. That is the one nationality who cannot hide themselves in Europe, but seen on every street in SHAPE city. Still nobody pays attention to them and that allows them free roam to do whatever they want, meet whover, make plans all at the local cafe and nobody is the wiser.

  24. royb says:

    Strange photo from inside the theater in this article, any thoughts on this?

  25. mammique says:

    The president of the “France / Saoudi Arabia” friendship group at the parliement is the son of Dassault, biggest French military-industrial company/dinasty:

  26. Cu Chulainn says:

    the latest from Nafeez

    NATO is harbouring the Islamic State
    Why France’s brave new war on ISIS is a sick joke, and an insult to the victims of the Paris attacks

  27. in-rainbows says:

    Was just reading this article, and thought I’d share it as my first ever contribution to a Corbett Report Open Source investigation:

    French police find a disturbing lack of evidence after 7-hour firefight in Saint-Denis

  28. paul6 says:

    Here is an article claiming that one of the supposed suicide bombers is still alive and has nothing to do with terrorism:

    In German:

    Automatic translation with Google:

    After the magic passport and the fitting terror “drill”, it looks like we have another piece from the false flag playbook.

  29. nathalie says:

    Some articles in french.

    Stéphane Guyot who is a supplier of flowers for the french ministery of Finance says in his blog the government knew before the attack : friday morning, he had to go through top security to deliver his flowers for the ministery and was surprised there was no official visits planned for this day.

    About the consequences of the attacks in France : many articles showing the authorities are already using the new laws to persecute innocents citizens. In this case organic farmers.

    I’m in Belgium and I’m sadly watching the government scaring all the people with the lockdown. There is few open source of information… trying to find them!

  30. Cu Chulainn says:

    thanks Nathalie
    offguardian seems to be among the best English sites
    this site has some useful material in French:

    TV libertés has had some good interviews; the RDP and videos at egaliteetreconciliation are a good summary

    Engdahl seems to be part of a larger disinformation campaign to tell us the war on Syria is all about pipelines. it is above all about destroying Hezbollah.

  31. Cu Chulainn says:

    the best source i have found for understanding terrorism, besides classic books such as Debord’s _Comments on the Society of the Spectacle_ and Sanguinetti _On terrorism and the state_ (both available online in English lg pdf) is the work of Francis Cousin.

    there are many video and articles online (nothing in English to my knowledge); here is a summary video–

  32. Broc West says:

    Problem. Reaction. Soulution.

    ‘France Begins Shutting Down Alternative News Websites’

    The French government have rushed through strict “anti-terror” laws in the wake of the Paris attacks, which are now seeing alternative news websites being shut down in France.

    The French version of We Are Change has been blocked already, amid an unprecedented crackdown on alternative media in Europe.

  33. silverpalomino says:

    The French are still trying to pin the blame for their own “terrorists” on Greece. Now reports come of DNA of the “mastermind” being found in Athens but from January of this year:

  34. in-rainbows says:

    ‘Decoding the Paris Attacks: ISIS Blowback or French-Israeli False Flag?’ by Brandon Martinez:

  35. Cu Chulainn says:

    Rowan Berkeley does excellent media analysis on his niqnaq blog; his perspective may not be congenial to everyone, but if you look back over his work the last few weeks you will find material re. Nov 13 that others have missed. today he really seems to be on to something. those unfamiliar with the concept of a pseudo-gang can search niqnaq, where you will find the original sources by Kitson

    more bataclan links plus, in the middle, you see the actual secret service operative running the pseudo-gang, untouchable by police

    Members of that cell were believed to have been mentored by Salafi preacher Olivier Corel, known locally as the “White Emir” (sic! This is a dead giveaway, and it gets more and more incriminating as it goes on. This guy Corel is obviously a recruiter for the DGSE, the French secret service – RB). A French national of Syrian origin, Corel lives in the Pyrenees village of Artigat. He is also believed by French police and intelligence to have mentored gunman Mohamed Merah, who killed seven people in Mar 2012 (I remember him from then, actually, but I don’t seem to have any posts on him – RB). As part of a security operation targeting Islamists under the state of emergency imposed in France after the attacks, police raided Corel’s house this week, handing him a suspended jail sentence for possessing a hunting rifle. He is not believed to have any link to the Paris attacks.

  36. mammique says:

    Event for peace – The international league for peace:

  37. garrettlange says:

    This might have been sighted prior. However, I was enlightened to this yesterday through a comment on the cafe video.

    The lady entering door at 5sec mark appears to be throwing something into the cafe (firecracker/small flash bang?). You can observe the smoke from this device at other angles too. See 1:04 and 3:43 marks. Thought it interesting enough to share.

  38. TwistedPolitix says:

    Decoding the Paris Attacks: ISIS Blowback or French-Israeli False Flag?
    Posted by Brandon Martinez on November 27, 2015 in Middle East, News & Analysis, World

  39. brtanner says:

    New Data on Police Foreknowledge of Terrorists Raise Questions on Paris Attack – By Kumaran Ira,

  40. paul6 says:

    RT: Gun in Paris terror attacks linked to ‘Iran-Contra’ Florida arms dealer

  41. qainiratha says:

    This is an Article in Dutch, couldn’t find an eglish version:

    The gist of the article is: (Belgian)Police-inspector Hamid A. got a tip in November of 2015 about the eventual hiding place of Salah Abdeslam. (Technically the tip was about the place of residence of Abdeslam’s nephew, Abid Aberkane, the place the police eventually found Abdeslam hiding).
    The Police-inspector was ignored and his information was eventually deemed “unreliable” by the police chief in Mechele.
    The lawyer of Hamid A. says the information was deliberately withheld because his client has an impeccable state of service and a high security clearance. So it would make no sense to deem his information unreliable.

    Sounds a bit like the old “intelligence failere” to me.

  42. I_Vote_No_To_NWO says:

    Collin Powell email regarding Paris attacks…

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