Police say the passport found near the body of a gunman killed in Paris is likely a forgery.

The discovery of the passport brings to mind a similar incident—the passport of alleged 9/11 hijacker Satam al-Suqami found, remarkably, in the rubble of the World Trade Center. It was never explained how the document could have possibly survived the crash of American Airlines Flight 11, the resulting inferno, and the collapse of the towers.

It appears the Paris passport is a forgery planted at the site. In addition to the effect the alleged discovery will have on the flow of illegal migrants into Europe, it will have consequences for the war in Syria.

Zero Hedge writes the conclusion will likely be “the entire Paris massacre was the result of events in Syria (and hence, al Assad is directly and indirectly responsible) thus generating goodwill toward a military operation that include a French ground force.”

There is speculation the attack will result in French ground troops in Syria:

Analysts from the private intelligence company Stratfor believe that France may send its “expeditionary force” to Syria or Iraq in response to the deadly Paris attacks that rocked the French capital on Friday night.

They claimed that France has a whole array of options for retaliation “at its disposal,” but that the country’s response will depend on “who was ultimately responsible” for the Friday attacks.

Stratfor notes “France also has the option of deploying an expeditionary force like it did in the Sahel [region of Africa], although that would probably require outside airlift capacity from NATO allies, especially the United States.”

France’s political elite is moving in the direction of a more interventionist stance in Syria. The former president and head of  Les Républicains, Nicolas Sarkozy, is calling for “major changes” in France’s foreign policy.

“The risk of such events happening again is real. We need changes in our foreign policy. We must draw conclusions from the situation in Syria. We need everyone to help fight the Islamic State, notably the Russians,” Sarkozy said following the attacks on Friday.

The Paris attacks are also being used to argue for military intervention by the United States.

“All of this raises the stakes for the U.S. and increases pressure on the U.S. and the West to respond more aggressively,” Matthew G. Olsen, a former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told The New York Times.

“The operational tempo is increasing on both sides,” Olsen added. “We’re increasing our attacks in Syria and Iraq, and ISIS is increasing their attacks as well.”

Additionally, according to Steven Simon, a former Middle East adviser to Obama, the Paris attacks will lead to “more intensive surveillance in the U.S.”

On Saturday the FBI told its regional offices “to boost surveillance of terrorism suspects in the wake of Friday’s deadly attacks across Paris, hoping to guard against any related violence in the U.S. Homeland,” according to ABC News.

In May the FBI admitted the Patriot Act has not resulted in preventing terrorist attacks in the United States.

“The agents we interviewed did not identify any major case developments that resulted from use of the records obtained in response to Section 215 orders,” Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said.

Section 215 under the Patriot Act is used to justify bulk collection of data on American citizens by the NSA.

The FBI has come under criticism for arranging fake terror plots and then prosecuting patsies, thus giving the impression the United States faces a domestic terror threat and additional police state powers are required.


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