Disinfo: The US will use Uighur jihadists against China

Summary

The US has removed the designation of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement as a terrorist organisation. Washington wants to use the group, linked to terrorist organisations all over the world including Al Qaeda, as a weapon to destabilise China. It is likely that there is cooperation between the Turkish and US secret services to support the ETIM actions both in Syria and in China. As in many other countries, the US uses insurrection movements to destabilise its adversaries, in this case China. What is remarkable in this case is that the ETIM has been allied since its origin with Al Qaeda, while the US seem to pretend to ignore those links.

Disproof

Recurrent disinformation narrative about the US supporting terrorist movements around the world. No evidence is provided to support the claim.

It is correct that on November 6, 2020, the US removed the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) from its Terrorist Exclusion List, which prohibits members of terrorist groups from entering or remaining in the US but this is different from being designated as a foreign terrorist organisation, which carries more substantial penalties including financial sanctions. But contrary to the claim, this removal doesn’t mean at all that the US is going to support this movement in terrorist actions against China.

See other examples of this disinformation narrative, such as claims that the West is supporting terrorists to encircle Russia; that the EU is supporting terrorism against the Syrian state; that instead of killing ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, the US may have evacuated him; that the US is transporting ISIS members to Afghanistan; or that extremists and Nazis are being trained in Ukraine to act in Belarus.

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  • Reported in: Issue 220
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Spanish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: China, US
  • Keywords: Terrorism
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The 2020 Presidential elections in the United States are an ultimate battle between white, straight people, as well as homosexuals, transgenders and people of colour.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation about the United States in the context of the 2020 presidential elections.

The article was aimed at discrediting now President-Elect Joe Biden by alleging that his presidency marks the end of white and straight people in the country, as well as at downgrading the Presidential race to an alleged culture war.

Disinfo: A media-Soros-neocon coup d'etat has taken place in the US

The recent presidential elections of the United States were essentially a coup d’etat. That demented democrat Biden could declare himself president-elect, is only possible through a coup of special sorts: a media-soros-neocon kind of coup.

Disproof

This is part of an ongoing pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the US election. See other examples in our database, such as claims that the result doesn’t matter because the real ruler is the Deep State; that the Guardian exposed how US Democrats exploited mail-in voting irregularities; that an oligarch-sponsored insurrection against the people will take place around election day; or that the US is on the verge of a civil war, and militias are only a reaction against government abuse.

It is also part of a recurring narrative which claims George Soros is manipulating elections. See for example: 1) Romania, 2) Czech Republic or 3) the US elections of 2016.

Disinfo: About two million of dead people voted for Biden

Voting by mail allows cheating. Dead souls that are among Biden’s supporters, understandably, always vote by mail. The number of dead people discovered during the voting is estimated at two million. 1.8 million, specifies the American conservative public organisation Judicial Watch and gives examples of electoral districts where there are more names on the voter lists than living citizens with the right to vote.

State voter lists are updated so infrequently that ballots are issued to those who have died a long time ago. And after all, dead people voted. Donna Brydges, born in 1901, is dead. But the system shows that the 119-year-old voter has made a choice. In Pennsylvania, 20,000 ballots were distributed to the dead people.

A collage is popular on the web: Biden in the cemetery says “thank you for voting”. While exploring the Michigan Electoral Commission website, American voters discovered the concept of “dead souls.” For example, William Bradley. He received the ballot, sent it, and his vote was counted. The man is born in 1902. How many more of these votes did Biden get? Searching another database reveals that William Bradley died back in 1984.

Disproof

The voter named William Bradley is alive and is 61 years old, fact check by USA Today shows. He has the same name and the same address, as his ancestor born in 1902, explains Meduza.

The claim of dead people's voting is misinformation, as explained by Michigan's Department of State: "Deceased voters' ballots are not counted. Ballots of voters who have died are rejected in Michigan, even if the voter cast an absentee ballot and then died before Election Day. On rare occasions, a ballot received for a living voter may be recorded in a way that makes it appear as if the voter is dead. This can be because of voters with similar names, where the ballot is accidentally recorded as voted by John Smith Sr when it was actually voted by John Smith Jr; or because of inaccurately recorded birth dates in the qualified voter file; for example, someone born in 1990 accidentally recorded as born in 1890. In such scenarios, no one ineligible has actually voted, and there is no impact on the outcome of the election. Local clerks can correct the issue when it is brought to their attention".