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Iran Doesn’t Have a Nuclear Weapons Program. Why Do Media Keep Saying It Does?

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Amid Tensions With North Korea, 51 Countries Sign Ban on Nuclear Weapons Despite US...

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Video: 122 Countries Overcome U.S. Opposition and Pass Landmark U.N. Global Treaty to Ban...

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Video: U.N. Considers a Historic Ban on Nuclear Weapons, But U.S. Leads Boycott of...

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Files linking Britain to Israel’s nuclear weapons go missing from National Archives

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Video: Henry Kissinger’s criminal sale of nuclear weapons technology to Soviet Russia in 1972...

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A Pox on the House of Nuclear Weapons

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Increasing Accuracy and Flexibility in Nuclear Weapons Actually Undermines Arm Control

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U.S. Will Station New Nuclear Weapons in Germany Against Russia

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Poll: Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program Should be Acknowledged and Inspected

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Nuclear Weapons Proliferation: Made in the USA

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Propaganda on Steroids: Iran Might have “Secret Nuclear Weapons in North Korea”?

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Propaganda on Steroids: Iran Might have “Secret Nuclear Weapons in North Korea”?

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US researcher victimized over article opposing nuclear weapons

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Obama Approves Secret Nuclear Weapons Deal With UK

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Britain: Activists Disrupt Construction of New Nuclear Weapons Factory

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Talk Nation Radio: Gareth Porter: Iran Has Never Had a Nuclear Weapons Program

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Cancer, Nuclear Weapons and Dirty Tricks

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Cancer, Nuclear Weapons and Dirty Tricks

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Obama says Iran’s Capability to Develop Nuclear Weapons is a “Year or More Away”,...

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News - US President was recently interviewed by the Associated Press (AP) on a number of issues including the US government shutdown and his recent discussion with Iran’s new President, Hassan Rouhani.  President Obama was asked about his conversation with Rouhani and how he perceives Iran’s new leadership role.  Obama said:               

Well, here’s what we know: He was not necessarily the preferred candidate of some of the ruling clerics when he initially threw his hat into the ring. He won pretty decisively.

So what we know is, is that in the Iranian population at least, there is a genuine interest in moving in a new direction. Their economy has been crippled by international sanctions that were put in place because Iran had not been following international guidelines, and had behaved in ways that made a lot of people feel they were pursuing a nuclear weapon.

I think Rouhani has staked his position on the idea that he can improve relations with the rest of the world. And so far, he’s been saying a lot of the right things. And the question now is, can he follow through? The way the Iranian system works, he’s not the only decision maker — he’s not even the ultimate decision maker.

But if in fact he is able to present a credible plan that says Iran is pursuing peaceful nuclear energy but we’re not pursuing nuclear weapons, and we are willing to be part of a internationally verified structure so that all other countries in the world know they are not pursuing nuclear weapons, then, in fact, they can improve relations, improve their economy. And we should test that.

Obama also stated that the Iranians are a year or more away, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently said Iran is now 6 months way from producing a nuclear weapon.  There are media reports that Obama and Netanyahu have a difficult relationship regarding Iran’s “alleged” nuclear weapons program.  But a recent meeting between the two confirms how much they agree on Iran.  Netanyahu and Obama met with reporters a day before Netanyahu was scheduled to speak at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that “It is Israel’s firm belief that if Iran continues to advance its nuclear program during negotiations, the sanctions should be strengthened” according to Reuters.  The report also confirmed how Netanyahu and Obama agree on the use of force militarily:     

Even as Netanyahu called for a “credible military threat” to pressure Iran to comply, Obama insisted: “We take no options off the table, including military options, in terms of making sure that we do not have nuclear weapons in Iran.”

The Obama administration is ignoring the facts of his own intelligence agencies who confirmed in a March 23rd, 2012 Reuters special report titled Intel shows Iran nuclear threat not imminent.’  The report stated:

The United States, European allies and even Israel generally agree on three things about Iran’s nuclear program: Tehran does not have a bomb, has not decided to build one, and is probably years away from having a deliverable nuclear warhead.

Those conclusions, drawn from extensive interviews with current and former U.S. and European officials with access to intelligence on Iran, contrast starkly with the heated debate surrounding a possible Israeli strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities.

The report also said:

Reuters has learned that in late 2006 or early 2007, U.S. intelligence intercepted telephone and email communications in which Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a leading figure in Iran’s nuclear program, and other scientists complained that the weaponization program had been stopped.

The United States and Israel will try to sabotage the upcoming talks between Iran and the US in Geneva.  In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on March 12, 2013, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s Worldwide Threat Assessment stated the following:

We assess Iran is developing nuclear capabilities to enhance its security, prestige, and regional influence and give it the ability to develop nuclear weapons, should a decision be made to do so. We do not know if Iran will eventually decide to build nuclear weapons.

 Tehran has developed technical expertise in a number of areas—including uranium enrichment, nuclear reactors, and ballistic missiles—from which it could draw if it decided to build missile-deliverable nuclear weapons. These technical advancements strengthen our assessment that Iran has the scientific, technical, and industrial capacity to eventually produce nuclear weapons. This makes the central issue its political will to do so.

Of particular note, Iran has made progress during the past year that better positions it to produce weapons-grade uranium (WGU) using its declared facilities and uranium stockpiles, should it choose to do so. Despite this progress, we assess Iran could not divert safeguarded material and produce a weapon-worth of WGU before this activity is discovered.

We judge Iran’s nuclear decision-making is guided by a cost-benefit approach, which offers the international community opportunities to influence Tehran. Iranian leaders undoubtedly consider Iran’s security, prestige and influence, as well as the international political and security environment, when making decisions about its nuclear program. In this context, we judge that Iran is trying to balance conflicting objectives. It wants to advance its nuclear and missile capabilities and avoid severe repercussions—such as a military strike or regime threatening sanctions.

Back In April 2010, Senate Committee on Armed Services hearing with Defense Intelligence Agency director Ronald Burgess stated on record that “Iran’s military strategy is designed to defend against external threats, particularly from the United States and Israel” and “to slow an invasion and force a diplomatic solution to hostilities.”  Netanyahu said “Israel will never acquiesce to nuclear arms in the hands of a rogue regime that repeatedly promises to wipe us off the map” Again in 2012, Burgess explained to a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that “Iran is unlikely to initiate or intentionally provoke a conflict or launch a preemptive attack.” Prime Minister Netanyahu discredit’s Iran’s leadership by saying President Rouhani is “a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community.”  Obama’s view on Iran’s is in line with Netanyahu’s assessment.  He told the Associated Press:

Our assessment continues to be a year or more away. And in fact, actually, our estimate is probably more conservative than the estimates of Israeli intelligence services.

So we share a lot of intelligence with Israelis. I think Prime Minister Netanyahu understandably is very skeptical about Iran, given the threats that they’ve made repeatedly against Israel, given the aid that they’ve given to organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas that have fired rockets into Israel. If I were the Prime Minister of Israel, I would be very wary as well of any kind of talk from the Iranians.

But what I’ve said to Prime Minister Netanyahu is that the entire point of us setting up sanctions and putting pressure on the Iranian economy was to bring them to the table in a serious way to see if we can resolve this issue diplomatically. And we’ve got to test that. We’re not going to take a bad deal. We are going to make sure that we verify any agreement that we might strike.

But it is very much in not only the United States’ interest but also Israel’s interest to see if we can resolve this without some sort of military conflict. And so we now have the time to have those serious conversations, and we’ll be able to measure how serious the Iranians are.

Main Stream Media outlet CNN reported that Obama said that he and Netanyahu have a “good working relationship” despite past reports that their relationship was rather difficult in terms of the Iranian problem they both shared.

On Monday, Obama said he has a “good working relationship” with Netanyahu, and reaffirmed the U.S. bond with the Israeli people.  “Our unshakeable bond with the Israel people is stronger than ever,” he said. “Our commitment to Israel’s security is stronger than ever.”

Both leaders said Iran was a key topic.  “Iran is committed to Israel’s destruction, so for Israel, the ultimate test of a future agreement with Iran is whether or not Iran dismantles its military nuclear program,” Netanyahu said. “That’s the bottom line.”  Obama said that if Iran wants sanctions relief, it will have to meet “the highest standards of verifications.”

 “It is absolutely clear that words are not sufficient,” Obama said on Monday. “We have to have actions that give the international community confidence that, in fact, they are meeting their international obligations fully and that they are not in a position to have a nuclear weapon.” 

Obama and Netanyahu want a war with Iran, although going to war with Syria proved to be a difficult task thanks to Russia’s efforts on preventing a devastating war.  The US and Israeli governments will try to discredit Iran’s new leader because the last obstacles to control the Middle East is Syria and Iran.  Both countries are targeted by the west, regardless of the Iranian government’s attempt at diplomacy with the West.  Israel wants to expand its power in the Middle East with US backing.  The Obama administration will make it difficult for the Iranian government to prove that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.  Israel wants war and so does the United States.  Clapper did say that “generally speaking,” the United States and Israel are “on the same page” when it comes to Iran.  That is a statement coming from an intelligence official that is proven to be a fact.  The US/Israeli Alliance is “Unshakable”, that is Obama’s repeated message to the world.  Expect the upcoming Geneva talks to hit a wall, and that wall is the US and Israeli Alliance.

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Iran: All Nuclear Weapons Must Be Destroyed

Following news of a successful North Korean nuclear weapons test on Tuesday, officials from Iran called for the end to all atomic weapons around the world.

Iranian workers in front of the Bushehr nuclear power plant. (Stringer/Iran/Reuters) "We need to come to the point where no country has any nuclear weapons and at the same time all weapons of mass destruction and nuclear arms need to be destroyed," foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told state news agency IRNA.

Mehmanparast also said that much of Iran's higher-grade enriched uranium is once again being converted into reactor fuel to be used for energy production.

Iran has been hit by a series of U.S. lead sanctions and continual threats of war from Israel over claims that its nuclear energy program is being used to develop nuclear weapons, despite a consistent lack of viable evidence. The U.S. and Israel, on the other hand, both have substantial nuclear weapons stockpiles—the U.S. with the greatest arsenal in the world.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed on Monday that Tehran is moving closer to the "red line" of nuclear weapon capability.

In his comments, Mehmanparast emphasized that these persistent accusations are a "laughing matter" coming from a country that has "illegally stockpiled nuclear warheads."

"They threaten to use these nuclear warheads against other countries," he said, adding that Israel was the "biggest obstacle" to the creation of a nuclear-free Middle East.

Mehmanparast added that Iran is ready to allow IAEA nuclear inspectors to visit their Parchin military site to check for nuclear weapons, as long as world powers recognize Tehran's right to enrich uranium for fuel.

Iran will be meeting with the P5+1 group (the US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany) in international nuclear talks on February 26 in Kazakhstan.

Shock As North Korea Tests Nuclear Weapons

North Korea has sparked alarm around the world by testing a nuclear bomb. The reclusive communist state has confirmed it has successfully conducted a third underground nuclear test, defying UN orders to stop building atomic weapons. Foreign Secretary ...

Shock As North Korea Tests Nuclear Weapons

North Korea has sparked alarm around the world by testing a nuclear bomb. The reclusive communist state has confirmed it has successfully conducted a third underground nuclear test, defying UN orders to stop building atomic weapons. Foreign Secretary ...

Radioactive Metal from Nuclear Weapons Facilities May End up in Your Shopping Bag

If the Department of Energy gets its way you may up with eye glasses, pacemakers, zippers, braces and more made from our nuclear weapons complex.

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How would you like radioactive metal from nuclear weapons facilities to be recycled for use in consumer goods like silverware, pots and pans, eye glasses, zippers, kid’s braces, and even pacemakers and artificial hip joints? If the U.S. Department of Energy gets its way (after a  public comment period ends Feb. 11), that is exactly what we can expect in our future.

DOE, the steward of the sprawling—and massively contaminated—American nuclear weapons complex, wants to lift a ban on recycling imposed in 2000. That action came in response to an earlier proposal to sell radioactive metal from DOE facilities to scrap metal recyclers. Once the contaminated metal is mixed into the scrap supply, it could be turned into virtually anything made with metal.

The problem is, products contaminated with radiation give off alpha particles, beta particles, or gamma rays, depending on the radioactive element (radionuclide or radioisotope) present. Though these three kinds of radiation have different properties, all are ionizing, meaning that each is energetic enough to break chemical bonds in the cells in our bodies. That kind of damage can result in cancer and other illnesses.

DOE’s current plan is to release 13,790 metric tons of metal the department says is “uncontaminated” or just contaminated on the surface. This material would likely include things like metal desks, pipes, and perhaps construction equipment from radiation-contaminated areas, Robert Alvarez, a nuclear expert and former senior policy advisor to the Secretary of Energy during the Clinton administration, told WhoWhatWhy. (Click  here for more information on the places from which DOE proposes to release the metal.)

Alvarez, a key player in stopping DOE’s earlier attempt to release its low-level nuclear waste into the public sphere, described the new effort as “a toe in the water” toward overturning the ban; in the future, it could lead to the release of a large part of the department’s vast stockpile of waste materials.

“DOE’s been pushing this scheme for 30 to 35 years,” he said. “They just don’t want to give up on it.”

The Department of Energy did not respond to an interview request.

The Dirtiest Legacy

The top-secret effort that began during World War II to develop the atomic bomb—and then build America’s nuclear arsenal to ensure the country’s continued global military dominance—has been an especially  dirty enterprise. Creating and maintaining it has resulted in the release of vast but unknowable amounts of radioactive, chemical, and other toxic contamination on much of the DOE’s 2.4 million acres as well as in surrounding communities.

DOE’s Hanford site in eastern Washington state, for example, is the  most contaminated place in the Western hemisphere and the site of the world’s largest cleanup operation. An  article in Der Spiegel notes that “240 square miles are uninhabitable due to the radioactivity that has seeped into the soil and ground water: uranium, cesium, strontium, plutonium and other deadly radionuclides.” Maps showing DOE cleanup sites are  here and here.

The first and only inventory of DOE’s assets, which was conducted in the nineties under Alvarez’s direction, revealed the department had 20,700 specialized facilities and buildings including 5,000 warehouses, 7,000 administration buildings, 1,600 laboratories, 89 nuclear reactors, 208 particle accelerators, and 665 production and manufacturing facilities.

“At the time, we found there was more than 270,000 metric tons of scrap, which is equivalent to two modern aircraft carriers in weight,” Alvarez said.

Adding in the three  gaseous diffusion plants in Paducah, Kentucky; Portsmouth, Ohio; and at DOE’s Y-25 site at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, would contribute another 1.4 million metric tons to the department’s scrap-metal heap. Gaseous diffusion, an  extremely polluting technology, was the first technique to turn natural uranium into nuclear fuel on an industrial scale. Significant amounts of toxic and radioactive materials have been released into the air, water, and soil at all three sites.

Nuclear Weapons Waste in Your Water Bottle, Hip Replacement, Baby’s Toys, Jungle Gym?

Even the deregulation-happy Wall St. Journal sounded shocked: “The Department of Energy is proposing to allow the sale of tons of scrap metal from government nuclear sites — an attempt to reduce waste that critics say could lead to radiation-tainted belt buckles, surgical implants and other consumer products.”

Having failed in the ‘80s and ‘90s to free the nuclear bomb factories and national laboratories of millions of tons of their radioactively contaminated scrap and nickel, the DOE is trying again. Its latest proposal is moving ahead without even an Environmental Impact Statement. Those messy EISs involve public hearings, so you can imagine the DOE’s reluctance to face the public over adding yet more radiation to the doses we’re already accumulating. It would be a pretty hard sell, what with dental X-rays, medical X-rays, mammograms, CAT scans, PET scans, radio-isotope “seeds” and cocktails, food irradiation, every-day releases of radioactive gases and water from 104 nuclear power reactors, major releases like Fukushima, radon from rocks, whole-body X-rays at airports (that you can refuse) and cosmic rays during flights.

Not long after Chernobyl spread radiation around the world in 1986, the National Council on Radiation Protection doubled its estimate of our annual radiation dose, from 170 millirems to 360. A few years ago it raised the estimate again, to 620 millirems per year. The agencies that both create radioactive waste and estimate the radiation doses it gives to us, say the latest increase is due mostly to rapid growth in the use of medical X-rays and radio-isotopes in medicine. Should the DOE be allowed to haphazardly add still more?

Still, the DOE wants to deregulate and actually sell 14,000 tons of radioactive scrap metal (both volumetrically and topically contaminated) from the nuclear war system — uranium enrichment, plutonium extraction, etc. — and “recycle” the waste to the commercial clean scrap metal industry. From there, according to the watchdog group Nuclear Information and Resource Service, the radioactive stuff “could be turned into anything from your next pants zipper to baby toys.”

The DOE claims that potential radiation exposures to men, women and children would amount to a “negligible individual dose.” But anyone with a scrap of understanding of DOE and the Atomic Energy Commission knows not to believe a word of their assurances. The DOE famously said that rainwater would take thousands of years to seep through Yucca Mountain to a deep waste repository; it ran through the mountain in 40 years.

Even Some in Congress Object

Rep. Ed Markey wrote to Energy Secretary Steven Chu Jan. 11, calling the deregulation proposal “unwise” and urging that it “should be immediately abandoned.” Rep. Markey warned that radioactive products could “ultimately be utilized by pregnant women, children and other vulnerable populations.”

The DOE has never officially acknowledged — in spite of the National Academy of Sciences’ 2006 findings — that the same radiation dose does far more harm to women than to men. The drastically increased vulnerability of fetuses and infants is well known, but the whole population is nevertheless treated as the same big, young, Caucasian male (“reference man”) in most radiation risk assessments.

The DOE’s assessment of the proposal’s risks neglects the fact that exposures can go on for years from a watch or from medical implants or tableware or other items, leading to many millirems for many years. A millirem per year over 30 or 70 years is 30 or 70 millirems which is not trivial, NIRS points out.

The DOE currently bans the release of its radioactive scrap under a moratorium that began in 2000. The ban must not be lifted, but should be made permanent and expanded to keep all radioactive waste — plastic, concrete, soil, asphalt, etc. in addition to all metals — under control, out of commercial recycling and managed as the deadly hazard it is. NIRS.org has more details.

You can tell the DOE to continue to keep its radioactive metal out of the commercial metal supply, commerce, and our personal items. You can demand a full environmental impact statement. Comment deadline is Feb. 9, 2013. Email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (with an underscore after “scrap_”). Snail mail to: Jane Summerson / DOE NNSA / PO Box 5400, Bldg. 401K. AFB East / Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185

Hagel Nomination and Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

WASHINGTON - January 30 - President Obama has nominated Sen. Chuck Hagel to head the Pentagon; hearings are scheduled for Thursday. Some Senators have attacked Hagel for supporting the group Global Zero. The group has released a statement: “Setting the Record Straight on Chuck Hagel’s Global Zero Position on Nuclear Weapons.”

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Slater is the New York director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and is on the coordinating committee of Abolition 2000, a nuclear disarmament network. She said today: “By signing the Global Zero declaration calling for a verified approach to the elimination of nuclear weapons by 2030, Chuck Hagel opened up a space to begin the heretofore taboo conversation about abolishing nuclear weapons. He is following in the footsteps of four rusty cold warriors, Henry Kissinger, Sam Nunn, William Perry and George Shultz who raised the issue in a stunning 2009 Wall Street Journal op-ed and have been back-tracking ever since in a series of subsequent articles.

“Nevertheless, the unspoken agreement not to discuss banning the bomb has been breached and the abolition word has been mentioned. In his Prague speech, Obama followed up on Kissinger and company, calling for a nuclear free world which ‘may not happen in my lifetime.’ Hillary Clinton misquoted him by stating he had said it may not happen ‘in our lifetime or successive lifetimes.’ Not to be outdone, Kerry, in his confirmation hearing, has reduced the call for nuclear abolition as a goal ‘worth aspiring to’ which might take ‘many centuries to achieve.’

“Despite these disclaimers, the military-industrial-academic-congressional complex is fighting back to preserve their crumbling nuclear ‘deterrent’ as more countries join the nuclear club or aspire to keep a bomb in the basement through the use of so-called ‘peaceful’ nuclear power. The best thing about the Hagel controversy, is that nuclear abolition is finally being discussed. Numerous Commissions and studies have found that the longer we hang on to our nuclear bombs, in violation of our treaty obligations in the Non-Proliferation Treaty to get rid of them, the more countries will acquire them, creating ever greater national insecurity. Next month Norway will convene a meeting of nations to discuss the humanitarian consequences of nuclear war, which will add more heft to this conversation.

“The world has banned mustard gas, chemical and biological weapons, landmines and cluster bombs. There is no good reason to cling to our nuclear ‘deterrent’ which is incapable of protecting us against the real threats we face in the world from non-state actors and ‘suicide bombers’ who cannot be deterred. We know how to verify and monitor nuclear disarmament. We would be much less vulnerable if we proceeded to do so with the cooperation of other nuclear weapons states. Since there are 20,000 nuclear weapons on the planet and 19,000 of them are in the U.S. and Russia, it’s up to our two nations to begin. And Russia won’t discuss this until the U.S. is ready to give up its plans to plant missiles on Russia’s borders and to dominate the earth from space. I don’t think Hagel’s Global Zero position addresses this provocative U.S. policy which is essential if we are to have the cooperation we need from Russia and China to finally ban the bomb.”

Israeli Spy was Central Cog in Nuclear Weapons Proliferation Alliance

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It is clear that during the middle of December of last year that the Obama White House had settled on former Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be the Secretary of Defense. The U.S. Intelligence Community and defense establishment was told to come up with a strategy to combat the expected strong opposition to the nomination of the critical of Israel Hagel by that nation’s lobby in the United States.

The pro-Hagel circles needed a secret weapon to counteract the Israel supporters who would stress that Hagel was not supportive of the «special relationship» between the United States and Israel. There was no better way to demonstrate that Israel was no special ally of the United States but a longtime hostile intelligence threat to America by declassifying a large part of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Damage Report arising from the intense espionage carried out by one-time U.S. Naval Intelligence spy Jonathan Jay Pollard on behalf of Israel…

The declassification of the long-classified Pollard report was made on December 16, 2012. However, the first substantial media reports on the report began around December 26. The Jewish media, including Yeshiva World, Tablet Magazine, and Jewish Week, contended the report only showed that Pollard disclosed classified information on Arab and Soviet military capabilities, ignoring the fact that Pollard’s disclosures revealed the nature of U.S. intelligence sources and methods in obtaining such information, thereby putting U.S. civilian and military assets in extreme jeopardy.

The one major explosive revelation in the declassified report is Pollard’s involvement in a highly-classified Israeli-South African program to test a nuclear weapon in the South Atlantic/South Indian Ocean region in September 1979.

The Pollard Damage Assessment was prepared by the Director of Central Intelligence’s Foreign Denial and Deception Analysis Committee and issued on October 30, 1987. The report reveals for the first time that Pollard began working as a U.S. naval intelligence watch officer the same month that Israel and South Africa, possibly with the financial support of Taiwan, detonated a nuclear device in the South Atlantic/South Indian Ocean near South Africa’s Prince Edward Islands. The un-redacted damage assessment report also provides details of Pollard’s espionage work for South Africa before or at the same time he was spying for Israel.

Pollard’s espionage for Israel and South Africa provide evidence of his a key role in providing faulty intelligence to higher U.S. intelligence echelons concerning the nuclear test. Pollard’s mission was clear: his Israeli handlers wanted the details of the nuclear test kept secret. If it were proven that Israel was violating South African sanctions, the Symington Amendment would have required the United States to cut off all military and economic assistance to Israel. Even the powerful Jewish Lobby could not get around what was U.S. law.

The report describes Pollard’s work in September 1979 in the Navy Field Operational Intelligence Office (NFOIO) in Suitland, Maryland, outside of Washington, DC. The report states: “He began work as an Intelligence Research Specialist assigned to the Naval Ocean Surveillance Information Center (NOSIC} of the Navy Field Operational Intelligence Office in September 1979.” The report also states that during the same month of the South African-Israeli nuclear test Pollard “admitted that he had attended a clandestine meeting with the South African Defense Attaché.”

In July 1980 Pollard admitted to his superiors that he lied about his contacts with South African intelligence. However, this «admission» was to cover up what Pollard knew about the successful nuclear test the previous year and after Pollard and, presumably other Israeli moles, tainted U.S. intelligence into believing that the double flash normally associated with a nuclear detonation spotted on September 22, 1979 by the bhangmeter photo sensors on U.S. VELA 6911 nuclear detection satellite, orbiting over the South Atlantic at one-third the distance to the moon, was nothing more than a meteor entering the atmosphere or some other natural event.

Pollard failed to highlight several key indicators from his ocean surveillance duties that would have prompted U.S. intelligence assets to turn their attention toward South African extended waters on September 22, 1979. The entire South African Navy was placed on alert for the entire week surrounding September 22 and the Simonstown and Saldanha naval bases were placed under tight security that same week, But Pollard sat on the information and likely deep sixed analysis reports from co-workers on South Atlantic/South Indian Ocean operations during the fateful week.

It is clear that certain intelligence quarters in the U.S. Navy began feeding false intelligence on the double nuclear flash to the CIA. The CIA decided to hire the contractor firm MITRE to analyze recorded acoustic data gathered by the Navy’s Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) and the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) less than one-hertz acoustic monitoring systems that piggybacked off the Navy’s SOSUS acoustic hydrophone arrays extending from Bermuda, Wales, and Iceland. The tests revealed that there was a 2-4 kiloton nuclear bomb test in the South Atlantic with acoustic intelligence confirming concussive blast low-level harmonics from Navy and Air Force sonar arrays.

An auroral flash normally associated with nuclear blasts was detected by meteorological stations on Norway’s Bouvet Island, France’s île de la Possession in the nearby Crozet Islands, and at the Japanese Showa station in Antarctica. Further intelligence supporting the nuclear blast event was compiled by the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Naval Research Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory including increased radiation found in sheep downwind of the blast site in Western Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria and in ionospheric disturbances detected by the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico.

Someone within the ranks of Navy intelligence was preparing incorrect intelligence reports and covering for Israel’s and South Africa’s involvement in a nuclear test. One of those suspected is Pollard, whose job was to monitor naval operations around the world the day the nuclear test was conducted in the South Atlantic.

The report’s description of Pollard’s early association with South Africa, which some authors of the damage report attempted to debunk, at the same time Israel and the apartheid regime were cooperating on nuclear weapons development is as follows:

“The following factors that have come to light about his employment with the Navy indicate that Pollard was unsuited for access to sensitive national security information:

- False claims concerning professional qualifications. Pollard falsely stated on his naval employment application that he had a ‘provisional’ M.A. degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Moreover, in February 1980 during an interview with Task Force 168, the intelligence element charged with HUMINT collection, Pollard falsely claimed to have an M.A. degree, to be proficient in Afrikaans, and to have applied for a commission in the naval reserve. Pollard made another, more farfetched statement to his immediate supervisor in NOSIC: he said he had key South African contacts who could provide him with valuable information, and that he had known South African citizens for many years because his father bad been the CIA Station Chief in South Africa.”

The report also states: “Pollard claimed in a post-arrest debriefing that he had come very close to volunteering to commit espionage while holding a conversation in Hebrew with the Israeli Naval Attaché during a U.S.-Israeli intelligence exchange in 1983. Although it is not clear exactly when Pollard first began to consider espionage, we believe it was at least as early as 1980-81.”

The damage report’s Executive Summary is surprisingly soft on Israel’s use of Pollard as a spy. The summary states that Pollard’s “short but intensive espionage career on behalf of Israel lasted from June 1984 until his arrest on 21 November 1985.” However, other sections of the report state that Pollard considered spying for Israel at least as early as 1980-81. Other parts of the report indicate that Pollard’s espionage for both Israel and South Africa began much earlier and that even as a teen Pollard was a committed Zionist who placed loyalty to Israel above the United States.

Of course, it is this sort of hard intelligence that can be used to show that Israel has long been an adversary of the United States and a dangerous espionage center for anti-U.S. operations. At the time of the South African-Israeli nuclear test, the administration of President Jimmy Carter was actively enforcing military sanctions against South Africa imposed by UN Security Council resolution 418 of 1977.

Two years before Pollard was arrested by the FBI after trying to seek political asylum in the Israeli embassy in Washington, the FBI arrested in New York South African Navy Commodore Dieter Gerhardt and his East German spy wife, Ruth, based on a tip from a Soviet defector code named «Farewell.» Gerhardt was the commander of the South African Navy’s Simonstown naval base and had access to signals intelligence intercepts from South Africa’s secret Silvermine listening post near Cape Town. South Africa and the U.S.U.K. signals intelligence alliance shared some intelligence at a low level during this time frame.

Gerhardt’s role as a possible liaison to Pollard and Israeli intelligence in the United States becomes apparent when Gerhardt’s own admission: that he was an important liaison in South African – Israeli military cooperation. Gerhardt later revealed that he was aware of the South African-Israeli nuclear test in the South Atlantic, which he said was code named Operation Phoenix. Gerhardt’s later admission also revealed that the nuclear test was a «clean» blast, an indication that South Africa and Israel had tested a neutron bomb. Israel’s possession of neutron bombs is one of the Jewish state’s most closely-guarded secrets. The Israeli Lobby’s unofficial conspiracy debunking journal, Popular Mechanics, which ruled out any official U.S. or Israeli government involvement in the 9/11 attack, stated that there was no nuclear explosion and that Gerhardt lacked credibility. The Pollard Damage Report and other revelations have substantiated Gerhardt’s claims. Pollard also was dealing with both the South Africans and Soviets. Moreover, it was later determined that Israel later swapped some of Pollard’s classified information with the Soviets in return for an increase in exit visas for Soviet Jews to Israel.

After Gerhardt was sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa, and Gerhardt’s wife received a ten year sentence, South African President P. W. Botha offered amnesty to some prisoners in 1988, including Nelson Mandela. Ruth Gerhardt applied for the amnesty. The request was turned down by none other than Justice Richard Goldstone, the self-proclaimed Zionist who has run hot and cold on Israeli atrocities in Gaza. Goldstone in 1988 was obviously acting under orders from Israel to keep Ruth Gerhardt under lock and key. In 1985, Israeli nuclear scientist Mordechai Vanunu began passing secrets on Israel’s nuclear weapons program to the media, including the fact that South African uclear scientists were frequent guests at the top secret Israeli nuclear facility at Dimona in the Negev Desert.

In 1986, Vanunu was forcibly kidnapped by Israeli agents in Rome after he was lured into a Mossad «honey trap» and imprisoned in Israel. Efforts by some in U.S. intelligence to trade Vanunu for Pollard were met with stony silence from Israeli officials. In 1988, Israel was trying to get Pollard released from the life prison sentence handed down in 1987 and Goldstone was under pressure to ensure that the Gerhardts remained silent, especially after Vanunu’s embarrassing disclosures about Israeli nuclear weapons and South Africa. Ruth was released in 1990 and her husband was released in 1992. In 1999, Gerhardt received amnesty and his rank of Rear Admiral was restored. Vanunu was eventually released but his «freedom» has largely consisted of virtual house arrest in Israel.

Later, Deputy South African Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad and former CIA Pretoria station officer Tyler Drumheller confirmed that Israel and South Africa jointly tested the South Atlantic nuclear weapon.

The Pollard deception continues to haunt the world today. One of the key players in the Israel-South African nuclear weapons research was Israeli arms smuggler Shaul Eisenberg, the head of the Israel Corporation and a provider of military hardware to China, North Korea, and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Eisenberg, whose Wikipedia entry has been re-written by Israeli propagandists, controlled Israel Aircraft Industries and Zim Israel Navigation Shipping Company. Eisenberg was able to provide needed nuclear weapons components from Operation Phoenix to China and two of its major allies, North Korea and Pakistan.

It is with this knowledge of Israel’s destructive actions against America that Hagel and his supporters prepare to do battle with the nefarious Israel Lobby during the expected heated Senate confirmation hearings.

IAEA Former Inspector: No Evidence of Iranian Nuclear Weapons Activity at Parchin

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PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Paul Jay in Baltimore.

On January 16, the IAEA, the International Atomic Energy Agency, will be back in Iran continuing their negotiations to further inspect the nuclear program of Iran. Now joining us to discuss what's at stake in all of this is Bob Kelley. Robert is the nuclear engineer who's carried out IAEA inspections in many countries, including Iraq. He worked for the IAEA in '92 and '93, and again from 2001 to 2009. He worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the U.S. for 25 years. He's currently a senior research fellow at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. And he joins us now from Vienna.Thanks for joining us, Bob.ROBERT KELLEY, FMR. DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY: Good evening.JAY: So, first of all, what is the importance of the meetings on January 16?KELLEY: Well, this is another in a series of meetings that IAEA has been holding on what's called the political military dimensions, possible military dimensions of Iran's program. They've been going on now for well over a year. And each meeting ends in a communique that says, we're just about ready to close a deal. The deals don't seem to get closed.It's mostly about going to a site in Iran near Tehran called Parchin. Parchin is a very large military explosives plant, and the IAEA thinks there's something there that we need to see.JAY: Okay. So this is—as you say, there's been a sort of a pattern before these meetings with sort of expectations raised that everything's going to get sorted out, and then IAEA comes back disappointed they didn't get what they wanted. But there are some specific issues that the IAEA has been raising that they say Iran is not cooperating with or is trying to hide something. So let's go through these issues one by one. And I have to say, I'm not an expert in all of this, so I've asked Robert to help me with the questions I'm asking, 'cause I'm not sure I know all the right questions to ask. So here's question number one:Did Iran demolish the buildings the IAEA wants to visit, which is something they are accusing Iran of? What's your answer to that, Bob?KELLEY: No, they didn't demolish the buildings that the agency wants to see. In fact, the most important building is still standing and has been undergoing some renovation, but it's still there. IAEA is claiming that five buildings there have been destroyed. But the only one I can see of any significance is a garage.JAY: And this is at this Parchin site that they keep talking about.KELLEY: Yes, this is at Parchin. Parchin is a huge site with maybe 1,000 buildings. But there's a small site that the agency is interested in. JAY: And what do they think is going on there that makes them so interested?KELLEY: Someone has told them that there were experiments there involving explosives and nuclear materials. The agency has not been able to make a good case that that's true, but they seem to dogmatically believe it 'cause someone's told them that.JAY: And that someone we think is probably Israel.KELLEY: Well, some external intelligence agency certainly has spoken to IAEA and given them information, which the agency is not sharing with the public, except in bits and pieces. So they believe that if there were explosives there involving both uranium and explosives, then that would probably be a violation of Iran's safeguards agreements, international agreements, and would lead to some kind of sanctions.JAY: So if we look at these photographs, what we're seeing is it looks like there's been construction activity around this what you're saying looks like a garage, and the IAEA is suggesting they're trying to clean up, cover something up. What's your take when you look at these photographs?KELLEY: Well, the large, long white building that you see in the image is much bigger than the garage. The one that was torn down was about the size of a four-car garage. But that big white building supposedly contains a great big steel explosive containment chamber, in which Iran would have been doing experiments. And IAEA has failed to make the case that those experiments actually happened or are necessary. If there were no experiments in that building involving uranium, then IAEA has no business going there, and the Iranians saying, you have no business going there.JAY: And how do they know what's going on inside that building? Or what makes them think that there's such a thing happening there? This is, again, based on this information from this intelligence agency.KELLEY: Well, exactly, yeah. They say, someone told us. If you go back and read the report that IAEA wrote in November 2011, they say, someone told us there's a chamber here and this is what they were doing. The agency has no independent information to state that. So they're just believing someone else. JAY: Your point when looking at the photographs is that maybe they knocked down a garage, but there's no evidence of any other kind of cleanup going on there.KELLEY: There is a huge amount of bulldozing going on. And this is one of the things that IAEA is screaming about that doesn't make any sense. IAEA is saying, well, they took down the security fences; this worries us. Normally when people take down security fences, it's because they're reducing security. So that shouldn't worry IAEA.But then the agency says, well, they are bulldozing nearly 25 hectares—what's that?—over 50 acres of land near this building. What they don't point out is it's far from the building in normal terms. It's as if it's saying, we're worried about something that's happening in the White House, and someone is bulldozing the Mall near the Capitol, and that worries us. There is no connection between the two things. Now, immediately around this building of interest, they have taken out some parking lots and done some bulldozing, but that won't affect the way the IAEA takes samples.JAY: What do the Iranians say is going on in that area around the bulldozing and the garage and that?KELLEY: I don't believe that the Iranians have made any public statement. I haven't seen it. So if they've said anything, I have not seen any such statement. They just in general say, IAEA, you have no business coming to this site, what we're doing here doesn't concern you, so go away. JAY: Bob, we're showing people a photograph which is a larger section of that area. I guess it shows a lot of the 25 hectares. What are we seeing in this photograph?KELLEY: Well, I think a good analogy there would be to say it's like the Washington Mall. You see that red zone is very long and thin. It extends in both directions away from this building more than a half a kilometer. And in that area there have been lots of piles of dirt and old trees and things that are now being flattened out. The area in yellow is the area right next to the building that one might argue, if there was uranium to be found on the ground there, this is the area that one might look. And in that area in yellow, Iran has in fact done some bulldozing. But immediately to the other side of the building, you see in green right next to the building they've done nothing, they've done nothing at all. And it's very clear why this is happening. The area in green is a rocky cliff, and that all along that red area is a rocky cliff. So the area that's flat inside the red boundary is being flattened as a construction site, and the rocky cliff is not, because you don't build buildings on a rocky cliff.JAY: So the IAEA is suggesting that all this bulldozing could prevent them from looking for uranium samples. What do you make of that argument?KELLEY: That's a pretty specious argument. When you look for a uranium environment, particularly when you're looking for traces of a few grams that might have been handled inside that white building, you do it with very powerful sampling techniques that involve very clean wipes. And you look at corners and crevices inside the building and try to take small samples. You don't take samples of dirt. That's not how sampling of this kind is done for tracing things in the environment, because all dirt has uranium in it and it's impossible to find the particles you're looking for if you take dirt samples. So the samples that they need to take are inside the building and inside the equipment. So the bulldozing really doesn't make much difference. I would point out that there was a case where water seemed to have run from the building into a ditch. And if that were part of a cleanup effort and they washed uranium into the ditch, that would be a place where you might look for bulk uranium, 'cause that ditch has been covered up by this bulldozing effort. But that's not how you take environmental samples in general. You take them inside the building.JAY: Now, what if the IAEA does want bulk samples because they think for some reason they're going to get a better sampling and they're saying now the bulk samples won't be as effective?KELLEY: Well, they'd walk out the door of the building and they'd walk about 15 paces to the west, which happens to be down in that image, and the area has been completely undisturbed. So they can do whatever they want there. They can take samples of dirt and they can take samples of vegetation. They can look under rocks to see if there is a place where contamination might be hiding. So if they want to go west of the building, they don't even have to put their shoes on. That's part of the reason.JAY: The IAEA is suggesting that Iran used pink tarps to cover up the site in the summer of 2012 to kind of cover up what they were doing in terms of getting rid of some of the dirt and such. What do you make of that?KELLEY: Well, I find that to be somewhat hilarious. The agency says that they were shrouding the buildings with pink tarps. Normally you don't camouflage things with bright pink tarps. And those tarps jumped out at you on the satellite imagery. Well, they're not tarps at all. That's styrofoam insulation, such that is used throughout the world when you're renovating a building.JAY: But there is something in terms of how the Iranians are acting as well, is there not? The Parchin site, if I understand it correctly, was more or less dormant for quite some time and then all of a sudden got very active. And the IAEA, at least, is saying the Iranians have yet to explain why it got so active.KELLEY: Oh, I couldn't agree with you more. People say to me all the time, look, Bob, if Iran wanted to solve this problem, all they have to do is let the IAEA in, or they could let someone else in. They could let a busload of reporters go to the place, or they could let an American team go through.I actually thought when the Non-Aligned Movement had their meeting in Tehran a few months ago that they were going to let the NAM come in and take pictures and say what's going on. But they don't do that. And I think in that sense they're behaving shamefully, because they've totally messed up a site where it could be either a crime scene or it could be a scene that gives them total vindication that the IAEA is wrong. And all of this activity they've done has just muddied the waters.But you have to go back and look. IAEA visited two other buildings at Parchin and made two other visits to Parchin and never said what they were looking for and never said what they found. And so the Iranians are saying, now, wait a minute, if you're going to make a big deal about coming here and you're going to stake the reputation of your agency that we're doing something, you're going to have to say afterwards what happened. I mean, if the IAEA goes in there and doesn't find anything, I think the director general has staked the reputation of their agency on a very flimsy premise.JAY: Thanks very much for joining us, Robert.KELLEY: You're most welcome.JAY: And thank you for joining us on The Real News Network.

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In something of a stealth maneuver during the 2012 holiday season, the U.S. Department of Energy set about to give every American a little more radiation exposure, and for some a lot, by allowing manufacturers to use radioactive metals in their consumer products – such as zippers, spoons, jewelry, belt buckles, toys, pots, pans, furnishings, bicycles, jungle gyms, medical implants, or any other metal or partly-metal product.

The Energy Dept. announced its plan in the Federal Register on Dec. 12 and invited comment for 30 days, through Jan.11. Citing its need to address environmental concerns under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), the agency said, in part, that its plan was: “to delegate authority to manage radiological clearance and release of scrap metal from radiological areas to each Under Secretary for sites under his or her cognizance. … 

“ This Draft PEA for the Recycling of Scrap Metals Originating from Radiological Areas analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with resuming the clearance of scrap metal, originating from DOE radiological areas, for recycling pursuant to improved procedures designed to assure that clearance for release is limited to metals meeting stringent criteria.”

Translated from the bureaucratese, this is a proposal to lift a ban on recycling radioactive metals left over from American bomb-making and other nuclear activities and allow them to be used commercially with “stringent” but largely unenforceable criteria for their use. The initial ban was ordered in 2000, by then Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson.

Largely ignored by mainstream media, the plan caught the attention of an alert member of Congress, Rep. Edward Markey, D-Massachusetts, who wrote a three-page letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Jan. 11, beginning:

“I write to convey my grave concerns regarding your December 2012 proposal to rescind the agency-wide suspension of the release of radioactively contaminated scrap metal from Department of Energy (DOE) facilities for purposes of recycling it into consumer products that could ultimately by utilized by pregnant women, children or other vulnerable populations.  This proposal is unwise, and should be immediately abandoned.”

Although Rep. Markey was writing on the date of the original deadline, the Energy Department had invited the public to respond to an email address that was non-functional during the first nine days of the response period, Dec. 12-20.  On Dec. 28, the department announced in the Federal Register that the comment period was extended to Feb. 11.

On Jan. 16, while taking note of Markey’s letter, the Wall Street Journal covered the story by starting this way: ”The Department of Energy is proposing to allow the sale of tons of scrap metal from government nuclear sites — an attempt to reduce waste that critics say could lead to radiation-tainted belt buckles, surgical implants and other consumer products. …

“The approximately 14,000 tons of metal under review for possible initial release is only a fraction of the tens of millions of tons of metal recycled annually, it said. Smaller amounts could be eligible for release in future years. Selling the metals could bring in $10 million to $40 million a year, the DOE estimates.” 

Minimizing Radiation Dangers

As is common in nuclear industry proposals of all sorts, the Energy Department sought to assure readers of its proposal that any radiation exposure resulting from recycling radioactive waste into the commercial mainstream would have minimal impact on any given individual. The article in the Journal included a chart from the department that reinforced its claim that “would at worst expose a person to very low levels of additional radiation.”

This approach ignores the current scientific consensus that there is NO safe level of radiation exposure. Since there is already a measurable level of background radiation worldwide, and since worldwide radiation levels have increased as a result of nuclear weapons testing and nuclear accidents like Chernobyl and Fukushima, the fundamental safety question is whether any additional radiation exposure is safe in any meaningful sense.

This approach also fails to deal with the reality that once the department has released radioactive materials for commercial use, it loses almost all control over how and where they’re used, and in what concentrations. The same material used in a ceiling light fixture will pose less risk than if it is used in a belt buckle of jewelry, worn close to the skin. These uses are less dangerous than material inside a human body, in a joint replacement or heart valve.

The issue is of global concern because other countries are recycling their radioactive waste as well, with uncertain control and safety. As Rep. Markey noted in his letter, “Just a year ago, Bed Bath and Beyond recalled tissue holders made in India that were contaminated with low levels of the radio-isotope cobalt-60 that were shipped to 200 of its stores in twenty states.

“The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, when discussing the discovery of the contaminated products, said that, ‘There’s no real health threat from these, but we advise people to return them.’ “

While that may seem contradictory, it’s mainly because the choice of the word “real” is not very accurate. It’s true that there’s no threat of immediate injury from a low level of radiation, whereas a high enough level will be lethal. It’s also true that there may be no “realistic” threat from a radioactive tissue box, but that’s not the same as “no threat,” since harm from radiation exposure is cumulative.

Rep. Markey’s letter illustrates this concern, as he notes that the Energy Department is proposing to release contaminated metals into the market place, as long as, quoting from the document, it “can be shown that the release will result in less than 1 millirem (mrem) above background to a member of the public in any calendar year.” [One millirem is a tiny amount of radiation.]

Nevertheless, Markey expresses doubt about even this low standard: “I believe this standard, even it were the appropriate standard, will be impossible to assure or enforce.” [Emphasis added]

No One in Charge of Risk

There is no federal agency with responsibility for such oversight or enforcement. This regulatory vacuum was illuminated by the discovery in 2009 of thousands of contaminated consumer products from China, Brazil, France, Sweden and other countries, as reported by Mother Nature Network:

“The risk of radiation poisoning is the furthest thing from our minds as we shop for everyday items like handbags, furniture, buttons, chain link fences and cheese graters. Unfortunately, it turns out that our trust is misplaced thanks to sketchy government oversight of recycled materials.

“The discovery of a radioactive cheese grater led to an investigation that found thousands of additional consumer products to be contaminated. The source is recycled metals tainted with Cobalt-60, a radioactive isotope that can cause cancer with prolonged exposure.” 

According to a Scripps Howard News Service investigation in 2009, records of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission “… show 18,740 documented cases involving radioactive materials in consumer products, in metal intended for consumer products or other public exposure to radioactive material.

“The U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates there are some 500,000 unaccounted for radioactively contaminated metal objects in the U.S., and the NRC estimates that figure is around is 20 million pounds of contaminated waste….

“In 2006 in Texas, for example, a recycling facility inadvertently created 500,000 pounds of radioactive steel byproducts after melting metal contaminated with Cesium-137, according to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission records. In Florida in 2001, another recycler unintentionally did the same, and wound up with 1.4 million pounds of radioactive material.” 

Nuclear engineer Arnie Gunderson echoed Markey’s warning in his Jan. 13 podcast, pointing out that the nuclear industry has been trying to do something like this for decades. The reason, he explained, was that radioactive materials are now liabilities for those who own them and are responsible for protecting them and eventually storing them safely. But if they can sell the material, the liability instantly becomes an asset.

NIRS, the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, has come out strongly against the Energy Department initiative, noting the long history of the industry to unburden itself of its radioactive waste and any responsibility for it:

“We’ve fought this battle before. In the late 1980s, NRC adopted a policy it called ‘Below Regulatory Concern (BRC),’ that would have allowed about 30% of the nation’s ‘low-level’  radioactive waste to be treated as normal garbage and dumped in landfills, be burned in incinerators, and yes, be recycled into consumer products….

“NIRS and our allies responded with one of our largest organizing campaigns ever…. 15 states passed laws banning BRC within their borders. Hearings were held in the House and in 1992, Congress officially overturned the BRC policy.”

The grassroots action contributed to Secretary Richardson’s ban on selling radioactive metals for commercial use, the ban that the current Energy Department proposal would overturn. The department has offered no new basis for its recycling program beyond streamlining what it proposed before. NIRS counters that:

“Nothing has changed since 2000 that would justify lifting its current ban. Rather, just the opposite: since then the National Academy of Sciences has acknowledged that there is no safe level of radiation exposure, and we’ve learned that women are even more vulnerable to radiation than men (while children have long been known to be more vulnerable than adults).”

NIRS and other advocacy organizations are currently engaged in a campaign to submit comments before the Feb. 11 deadline to ask the Energy Department to withdraw this proposal.

William Boardman runs Panther ProductionsReader Supported News is the publication of origin for this work.

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Iranian Nuclear Roulette Continues

Iranian Nuclear Roulette Continues 

by Stephen Lendman

Last November, Iran and P5+1 countries agreed on interim Joint Plan of Action (JPA) terms. Obama twice breached them. He did so unilaterally.

In mid-February, talks resumed. Focus is on agreeing on a comprehensive "permanent resolution" by July 20. Previous articles raised doubts.

Longstanding US policy calls for regime change. Iran's nuclear program is entirely peaceful. No evidence suggests otherwise.

It doesn't matter. "My goal is to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon," said Obama. "All options are on the table."

Iranians have just cause for concern. US agreements aren't worth the paper they're written on. 

Washington doesn't negotiate in good faith. It never did. It doesn't now. Believing otherwise requires a giant leap of faith.

On May 14, talks resumed in Vienna. Efforts began on drafting permanent agreement terms.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for legal and international affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi said Tehran aims to conclude talks before the agreed on July 20 deadline.

Three more rounds will follow current ones. Two in June. A third if needed for as long as it takes to achieve permanent agreement terms.

Heavy lifting remains. An unnamed senior US official warned about unrealistic expectations. "(V)ery, very difficult" gaps remain unresolved, he said.

"I would caution people that just because we will be drafting it certainly does not mean an agreement is imminent or that we are certain to eventually get to a resolution," he added.

"There are a range of complicated issues to address and we do not know if Iran will be able to make the tough decisions they must to assure the world that they will not obtain a nuclear weapon and that their program is for entirely peaceful purposes."

Michael Mann is EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton's spokesman. He struck a similar note of caution, He said both sides aim for permanent resolution agreement terms by July 20.

It "does not mean they will (achieve it) by a certain date just for the sake reaching an agreement by a certain date," he stressed.

During his mid-May Middle East tour, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said talks "will under no circumstances trade away regional security for concessions on Iran's nuclear program."

"While we noted that Iran's diplomatic engagement has been a positive development, we continue to share deep concerns about Iran's destabilizing activities throughout the region."

Since 1984, annual State Department Country Reports on Terrorism wrongfully designated Iran a "State Sponsor of Terrorism."

They did so without evidence. They ignored contrary facts otherwise. False accusations persist. 

Making them bodes ill for resolving decades of US hostility. According to ambassador-at-large and counterterrorism coordinator Tina Kaidanow:

"We will continue to counter Iranian support for terrorism, in coordination with our partners and our allies, and make clear to Iran’s leaders that its government sponsorship of illicit actions are unacceptable to the international community."

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said "(w)e have come here with a decisive will" for compromise. At the same time, he vowed to defend Iran's legitimate nuclear rights.

They're entirely peaceful. No evidence whatever suggests a military component. Claiming otherwise is red herring cover for Washington's longstanding regime change plans. 

Nothing suggests they changed. They call for eliminating all independent governments. Replacing them with US-friendly stooge ones in prioritized.

Iran is the region's crown jewel. Washington want its huge oil and gas reserves plundered. It wants Big Oil involved. 

It wants what Tehran won't tolerate. Its sovereign independence matters most. So are its fundamental rights.

David Albright heads the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS). He impersonates a nuclear expert. 

He's a former pseudo-UN weapons inspector. Former Iraq chief weapons inspector Scott Ritter called him a "nuclear expert who never was."

His "track record (reveals) half-baked analyses derived from questionable sources," said Ritter.

"He breathes false legitimacy into these factually challenged stories by" claiming fake credentials.

Albright founded ISIS. It's self-serving. It shuns truth. He fronts for power, privilege, and war profiteers. 

He's part of Washington's anti-Iranian agenda. In Iraq, he played the same role. He's a pro-imperial opportunist. 

He fronts for power. His role is political. He says what Washington wants to hear. 

Credibility isn't his long suit. He has no scientific expertise whatever. He fakes it.

Bruno Tertrais is a prominent French neocon. He's militantly anti-Iranian. He's a Paris-based Foundation for Strategic Research senior fellow. Earlier he was a Rand Corporation visiting fellow.

He's a former NATO civilian affairs committee to assembly director. His 2007 book titled "Iran: La Prochaine Guerre (Iran: The Next War)" predicted Washington waging it.

He supports it. His hardline views haven't softened. He's committed to regime change. 

On May 14, Wall Street Journal editors featured him and Albright. They gave them prominent op-ed space. They headlined "Making Iran Come Clean About Its Nukes."

They lied about a non-existing program. No evidence whatever suggests one. It doesn't matter.

"Alarm bells should be going off in the West," they claimed. P5+1 countries "have been trying to negotiate a deal to end sanctions against Iran in return for drastic reductions in its nuclear program."

"If Iran is able to successfully evade questions about a weapons program now, when biting sanctions on oil exports and financial transactions are in place, why would it address them later when these sanctions are lifted?" 

"What use will an agreement be if Iran can hide a capacity to secretly build nuclear bombs?"

"(T)he 'world' wouldn't be so concerned if Tehran had never conducted activities aimed at building a nuclear weapon."

"(A) final agreement must ensure that any effort by Tehran to construct a bomb would be sufficiently time-consuming and detectable that the international community could act decisively to prevent Iran from succeeding." 

"It is critical to know whether the Islamic Republic had a nuclear-weapons program in the past, how far the work on warheads advanced and whether it continues." 

"Without clear answers to these questions, outsiders will be unable to determine how fast the Iranian regime could construct either a crude nuclear-test device or a deliverable weapon if it chose to renege on an agreement."

"After nearly a decade of talks…Iran has resisted answering…primary questions about a weapons program."

"Now a July 20 deadline looms…Tehran may be betting that if it stalls long enough, its negotiating partners will significantly soften their demand for information about militarized nuclear activities in order to keep the negotiating process on track."

"To ensure that the Iranian regime doesn't benefit from running down the clock, (P5+1 countries) should make clear that no agreement is possible" without full disclosure - of what's non-existent.

Otherwise, "more crippling sanctions" will be imposed. "Much more than diplomacy is at stake."

Iran justfiably claims no "nuclear weapons aspirations." Ayatollah Ali Khamenei fundamentally opposes them. He wants a militarized nuclear free Middle East.

Albright and Tertrais claim "his denials are not credible."

"Unless Iran…address(es) concerns about past military-nuclear efforts, (it'll) have established a powerful precedent of no-go zones…to conduct clandestine, prohibited activities, such as uranium enrichment and weaponization," they said.

"If the West fails to demand that Iran verifiably fess up to the military dimensions of its nuclear program, the odds are good that Ayatollah Khamenei would be able to build the bomb without fear of discovery."

Fact: Washington has at least 16 known intelligence agencies.

Fact: They're unanimous about Iran annually.

Fact: They affirm no evidence whatever about an Iranian militarized nuclear program.

Fact: In late January, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper discussed Iran's so-called "WMD capabilities."

Fact: He presented no evidence suggesting a nuclear weapons program.

Fact: "We continue to assess...Iran's overarching strategic goals," he said.

Fact: It pursues "civilian goals," he stressed.

Fact: He claimed Tehran has "the ability to build missile-deliverable nuclear weapons, if it chooses to do so."

Fact: It bears repeating. Nothing suggests it, he stressed. 

Fact: "We do not know if Iran will eventually decide to build nuclear weapons," he said.

Fact: No programs exist to do so. 

Fact: Clapper claimed Tehran progressed technologically in "uranium enrichment, nuclear reactors, and ballistic missiles."

Fact: Its "advancements strengthen our assessment that Iran has the scientific, technical, and industrial capacity to eventually produce nuclear weapons," said Clapper.

Fact: So do Germany, Japan and numerous other countries. 

Fact: Clapper ignored Israel's threatening nuclear, chemical and biological arsenals. 

Fact: US ones weren't mentioned. 

Fact: Nor US and Israeli long-range delivery systems. 

Fact: They threaten humanity. 

Fact: Clapper ignored what matters most.

Fact: Despite Iran's technological capabilities, he said, it won't "be able to divert safeguarded material and produce enough weapons-grade uranium (WGU) before such activity would be discovered."

Fact: If Iran "fully implements" interim Joint Plan of Action terms,  its transparency will "provide earlier warning of" any violations, he added.

Fact: Netanyahu lied saying the "whole world knows Tehran is after nukes."

Fact: The "whole world" world knows otherwise.

Fact: The "whole world" includes America.

Fact: It includes Europe.

Fact: It includes virtually all countries except Israel and some other rogue states.

Fact: So-called "alarm bells going off" aren't ringing.

Fact: Throughout multiple nuclear talk rounds for years, Iran negotiated responsibly.

Fact: Claims otherwise are false.

Fact: No secret Iranian weaponized nuclear program exists.

Fact: No evidence suggests one.

Fact: Nothing indicates Iran wants one.

Fact: Plenty shows it believes nuclear weapons are abhorrent.

Fact: It wants a militarized nuclear free Middle East.

Fact: It wants all nuclear weapons eliminated.

Fact: It's the world's most heavily inspected country.

Fact: It's nuclear facilities are monitored round-the-clock.

Fact: Washington and Israel prohibit monitoring theirs.

Fact: They're off-limits.

Fact: Pressure enough to matter isn't brought to bear to demand openness. 

Fact: Israel never signed NPT.

Fact: Iran was one of its first signatories.

Fact: No evidence suggests Tehran provision violations.

Fact: Plenty shows Washington systematically breaches treaties, conventions and other agreements.

Fact: So does Israel. 

Fact: It's a nuclear outlaw.

Fact: It's been so for decades.

Fact: If all nations were governed like Iran, nuclear weapons wouldn't exist.

Fact: Wars wouldn't be waged.

Fact: Peace would be prioritized.

Fact: So would rapprochement among all countries.

Fact: Imperial adventurism wouldn't be tolerated.

Fact: Rule of law principles would be respected.

Fact: So would national sovereignty.

Planet earth would be safer to live on. Humanity could exhale.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

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An excellent, must-read in it's entirety, explaining how Barack Obama is preparing to smash the BRICS, all in an attempt to save the dollar. That is what Ukraine is about, that is what all the chaotic, confusing, illogical decisions from the Obama administration has been about. 

The BRICS are Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. 

Via Madsen:

Make sure to read the entire piece, but it is the concluding paragraph that should underscore the dangerous game Barack Obama and the West are playing: 

It is all about the glocal economic reset, the postponement of the collapse of the dollar that we have been warned about and staving it off as long as possible. Barack Obama and the West would rather start a nuclear war, killing millions, than to allow this to happen.


Bilateral and multilateral discussions among the five emerging economic powers aimed at decoupling BRICS economies from the U.S. dollar as a reserve and trading currency have met with the only power Washington can muster on behalf of itself and its foundering allies – military force. The problems between Ukraine and Russia over Crimea and federalism within Ukraine are a mask designed to cover Obama’s true intentions, which are the smashing of the BRICS as a viable alternative to the neo-colonialist financial systems of the West and subsuming the economies of the BRICS to the whims of the United States and the ever-teetering European Union.


By trying the smash BRICS, Washington and its lackeys are playing with fire. And, keeping in mind that Russia, China, and India are nuclear weapons powers, and Brazil is reportedly emerging as one, the West is playing «Russian roulette» with a nuclear trigger.






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Clear evidence proved a false flag. Terror gangs launched others earlier. At the time, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich said:

"We’re getting more new evidence that this criminal act was of a provocative nature."

"In particular, there are reports circulating on the Internet, in particular that the materials of the incident and accusations against government troops had been posted for several hours before the so-called attack. Thus, it was a pre-planned action."

It reflects "another anti-Syrian propaganda wave." Calls for force "heard from EU capitals (are) unacceptable."

Assad demonstrated a "constructive approach." He did so by letting UN experts investigate sites of previous chemical weapons attacks.

Insurgents reject a similar cooperative approach, Lukashevich added.

Al-Jaafari said information obtained revealed Jabhat al-Nusra plans striking the suburban Damascus Adra area Sukkar site.

Video evidence showed a BMP armored vehicle loaded with 7,000 kilograms of TNT and C4. Another car was loaded with explosives. Both contained chemical weapons.

"There's nothing called the international community, unfortunately," al-Jaafari said.

"We directed two letters to the Security Council to have the countries that keep talking about the threats of chemical weapons to pressure the countries sponsoring and funding these terrorist groups - specifically the Turkish, Saudi, and Qatari governments - to prevent such terrorist acts by pressuring these terrorist gangs." 

This matter is now in the hands of Security Council members. They've got it before an attack occurs. Whether it will now remains to be seen.

Al-Jaafari raised concern about Turkey's involvement in terrorist attacks. In the past week, Damascus sent five letters to Ban Ki-moon and Security Council President Joy Ogwu. 

Terrorist groups "c(ome) from Turkish territories and were covered by Turkish artillery, tanks and aircrafts so that they aren't engaged by the Syrian Army in that area, with the purpose of the Turkish military involvement being an attempt to distract the Syrian Army form these terrorist groups so that they may commit their heinous acts," said al-Jaafari.

Western-backed death squads are desperate. They'll try anything. They've done it many times before. Assad was wrongfully blamed for chemical weapons attacks they launched.

Saudi Arabia is directly involved. So are CIA operatives, US special forces and Pentagon contractors. Terrorists are trained in CW use in Turkey and Jordan. Perhaps in Israel.

Syria is Obama's war. He bears full responsibility for over three years of horrific death, destruction, mass displacement and human misery.

State terrorism is official US policy. Humanity is targeted globally. Syria is in the eye of the storm. Obama wants another imperial trophy. 

Israel wants a regional rival eliminated. Isolating Iran is planned. Perhaps attacking it. Dick Cheney is an unindicted war criminal multiple times over.

Last weekend, he addressed a closed-door Republican Jewish Coalition annual spring meeting. He did so in Las Vegas. 

Former Florida Governor/perhaps 2016 Republican presidential aspirant Jeb Bush attended. So did Republican Governors Chris Christie (NJ), Scott Walker (WS), and John Kasich (OH).

Cheney ridiculed Obama's foreign policy. He's not tough enough, he said. He rejected ongoing P5+1 Iranian nuclear talks. 

He voiced support for Israel attacking its facilities. Attendees responded with applause.

Sheldon Adelson is a gaming tycoon multi-billionaire. He's one of America's richest. He's ideologically over-the-top. 

He's militantly hard right. He advocates nuking Iran. He did so last October. He wants an atom bomb detonated in an Iranian desert area. He wants it "serv(ing) as a shot across the bow." 

"Then you say, 'See! The next one is in the middle of Tehran. So we mean business.' "

Neocon extremists want pro-Western puppet regimes replacing legitimate Iranian and Syrian governments. They endorse destroying both countries to achieve their objective.

They're mindless about potentially millions of lost lives. Imperial priorities alone matter. Wars of aggression persist. 

Peace and stability are systematically spurned. Chemical, biological, radiological, and other illegal weapons are used. Anything goes is official policy.

No verifiable evidence shows Syrian forces used chemical weapons against anyone at any time throughout years of conflict. Claiming otherwise is willful, malicious lying.

Clear evidence proved terrorists used sarin and other chemical weapons multiple times. 

UN investigators confirmed their sarin use. They did so before equivocating on their initial statement. Waffling followed heavy Western pressure.

In March 2013, credible evidence showed insurgents used chemical weapons. Home-made rockets fired contained CL 17. 

It's a form of chlorine. It induces vomiting, fainting, suffocation and seizures. People nearby were affected. 

Civilians are harmed most. Western-backed death squads target them. Assad loyalists are most vulnerable.

A no longer accessible January 29, 2013 UK Daily Mail report headlined "US 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad's regime,' " saying:

"Leaked emails have allegedly proved that the White House gave the green light to a chemical weapons attack in Syria that could be blamed on Assad's regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country."

"A report released on Monday contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence where a scheme 'approved by Washington' is outlined explaining that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons."

In May 2013, Turkish police arrested 12 suspected Al Nusra fighters. They were seized in southern Turkey. They were caught red-handed with a two gm cylinder of sarin nerve gas. 

Initial Turkish media reports said four and a half pounds of sarin were seized. Handguns, grenades, bullets and various documents were found. 

In December 2012, a Syrian insurgent video surfaced. It showed terrorists testing chemical weapons on lab rabbits. Threats to use them against Assad loyalists followed.

Lab equipment and chemical containers were shown. Some bore the Turkish chemical company Tekkim name.

An Arabic text wall poster read, "The Almighty Wind Brigade (Kateebat A Reeh Al Sarsar)."

A man was shown mixing chemicals in a beaker. It emits gas. Rabbits in a glass box have convulsions, collapse and die. The audio states:

"You saw what happened. This will be your fate, you infidel Alawites. I swear by Allah to make you die like these rabbits, one minute after you inhale the gas." 

Death squads use terror tactics. They're no match against Syria's superior military. It's routing insurgents effectively. Impressive victories were achieved.

Terrorist leader Abdullah Ghazal was killed. An insurgent al-Batra position was destroyed. Many foreign fighters were killed or injured.

Numerous terrorist pockets were eliminated. Ones in areas around al-Zabadani, Douma, Bilal Abdelhaq, Deir al-Asafir, Ein Tarma, al-Mleiha, al-Masri, Pnoq al-Hawa, Abu Hawadid, Jeb al-Jarrah, al-Ghassebiyeh, al-Dar al-Kabira and elsewhere were destroyed.

In recent days, scores, perhaps hundreds, of terrorists were killed or wounded. Their weapons and munitions were eliminated or seized.

An al-Hosen Homs area explosives factory was discovered and destroyed. Terrorists sustain heavy losses daily.

What they plan next remains to be seen. Will US-led NATO Libya 2.0 follow? Is destroying Syria entirely planned? 

Is eliminating the Syrian Republic altogether? Is replacing it with another subservient pro-Western puppet regime coming?

Does Israel plan its own direct intervention? Will perhaps hundreds of thousands of Syrians perish? Will horrendous more war crimes be committed?

Obama is a serial killer. There's no telling what he'll do. Anything is possible on his watch. At stake is humanity's survival. 

Whether Americans awaken to the threat and act responsibly remains to be seen. They're largely dismissive. 

Their welfare and future are at stake. They lie in their own hands. Passivity is no longer an option.

Resisting tyranny is a universal right. When governments act lawlessly, replacing them is a moral imperative. 

It's obligatory. It's vital. World peace hangs in the balance. The alternative is police state repression. It's potential mass annihilation. Preventing it matters most.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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According to Turner Radio Network, Russia has amassed 30 nuclear bombers at an airfield adjacent to Russia's Borisoglebsk national level nuclear weapons storage facility and US satellites have seen "numerous transfers from the storage facility to the aircraft."


Is this Russia's way of visibly showing they will strike out with nuclear weapons if attacked? Are they preparing for a retaliatory attack or their own offensive attacks?


As of March 4, 2014, according to the satellite imagery, there were only two bombers parked at that airport and now there are 30, loaded up and ready to strike, as evidenced by Auxiliary Power Units (APU's) attached.


Via TNR:


Clearly, Ukraine poses no threat whatsoever to Russia, which begs the question: What is Russia preparing for? They certainly are not going to bomb Ukraine with 30 nuclear bombs, so what other targets do they have in mind; western Europe? 
Just days ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made clear to the west that Russia would retaliate if the west imposes sanctions upon Russia, and in a cryptic message, Lavrov stated that such retaliation "would be asymmetric." The definition of "asymmetric" is: having parts that fail to correspond to one another in shape, size, or arrangement; lacking symmetry. Launching multiple nuclear attacks against multiple countries in western Europe would certainly be asymmetric. 
Perhaps this is why ham radio operators have been reporting a very unusual number of Emergency Action Messages (EAM's) being broadcast to U.S. Naval Vessels worldwide today, on frequency 8992.0 KHz.

 

Things just went from hot to explosive folks and Putin does not appear to be blinking but instead is taking this to the next level, as the US slaps sanctions on "unspecified individuals responsible for “undermining” stability in Ukraine."


Funny, that should mean Obama slapped sanctions on the US because the US spent over $5 billion to "undermine the stability of the Ukraine" by facilitating and supporting the ouster of the Ukraine elected president, which started this whole mess.

[Update] WuA note- Previous note removed since I have been informed those are bombers... so, for show or preparing for a major conflict?

Obama Includes Iranian Missiles in Nuclear Talks

Obama Includes Iranian Missiles in Nuclear Talks

by Stephen Lendman

Netanyahu obsesses over a nonexistent Iranian nuclear threat. At his Sunday cabinet meeting, he railed again saying:

"Iran will practically realize its plan to become a nuclear threshold state, with enrichment (capability), and the ability to develop intercontinental missiles." 

"This combination of enrichment, weapons, and the ability to launch missiles creates a situation where Iran gets everything and gives nothing."

Reality is polar opposite his rant. Tehran's program is entirely peaceful. It has no military component.

Washington knows it. So do EU partners. Netanyahu manufactures threats. He claims an ballistic missile one. Doing so serves his agenda.

Tehran has missiles able "to target Europe and the US (with) a nuclear payload," he railed.

He replicates Obama. Both leaders are serial liars. Nothing they say has credibility. They know Iran poses no existential threat.

They know its nuclear program is entirely peaceful. It doesn't stop them from lying. 

Israel wants unchallenged regional dominance. Iran is its major rival. It's gaining influence at Israel's expense. 

Netanyahu wants things reversed. He got Obama to include Iranian missiles in nuclear talks.

Doing so violates agreed on Joint Plan of Action (JPA) terms. Obama already violated them twice. Demanding missiles be discussed is a third time.

It remains to be seen how Iran reacts. Its government has gone all-out to negotiate responsibly. It's put up with more US abuse than most others ever would.

It'll take so much and no more. It wants genuine rapprochement. It won't sacrifice its sovereign rights pursuing it.

Odds favor it rejecting this demand. Or others violating JPA agreed on terms. Obama has other ideas. 

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Iranians "have to deal with matters related to their ballistic missile program."

He claimed Security Council Resolution 1929 authority. On June 9, 2010, it imposed new sanctions. It prohibits nuclear weapons ballistic missile capability.

It forbids Iran from "undertak(Ing) any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using ballistic missile technology, and that States shall take all necessary measures to prevent the transfer of technology or technical assistance to Iran related to such activities."

Carney lied claiming Iran agreed in JPA terms. Not according to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Tehran's missile program is excluded from nuclear talks. Demanding it be included is provocative. It violates an Iranian red line.

"Nothing except Iran's nuclear activities will be discussed" in P5 + 1 talks, Zarif stressed. Both sides mutually agreed in Geneva.

Changing procedure in mid-negotiations won't be tolerated. Doing so shows Washington't real intentions.

Obama doesn't want longstanding Iranian hostility ended. He could have done so straightaway when entering office.

In May 2009, he promised "hope," "change," peace, and "a new era of openness" among other pledges.

His June 2009 Cairo speech promised a "new beginning" in US/Muslim global relations. He called it one "based on mutual interest and mutual respect..."

"(B)ased upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, or need be in competition."

"Indeed, they…share common principles...of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings." 

His comments were demagogic boilerplate. Straightaway in office, he declared war on Islam. He waged it ever since. He continues it today. He does so at home and abroad.

Muslims are public enemies number one. Obama exterminated millions in office. His comment about "support(ing) reform throughout the region" was code language for business as usual.

His "historic opportunity" for change belied waging war on humanity. It continues unabated.

His Cairo speech concealed his scheme to exploit this resource-rich part of the world. Iran ranks third in global oil reserves. 

It's second to Russia in gas resources. It's a prize Big Oil predators covet. Ongoing nuclear talks may be more subterfuge than real.

Demanding Iranian missiles be included may end up subverting them. JPA provisions refer only to "addressing the UN Security Council resolutions with a view toward bringing to a satisfactory conclusion (its) consideration of this matter."

They call for forming a "Joint Commission (to) work with the IAEA to facilitate resolution of past and present issues of concern."

They say nothing about Iran's missile program. Or any other weapons system. At issue only are "possible military dimensions" of Iran's nuclear program."

Its Panchin facility activities are mentioned with respect to any potential nuclear connection. No evidence suggests it. 

Israel demands Iran's missile program be included in nuclear talks. On February 20, Haaretz said:

"One of the main issues to be determined is the question of whether to include Iran's ballistic missile program in list of topics to be discussed during the final-status negotiations." 

"While the world powers demand the inclusion of the missile program, saying this falls under the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions, the Iranians insist on excluding the missile program as an area unrelated to the nuclear issue."

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman heads US negotiations with Iran.

On Friday, she briefed Israeli officials. She met with Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz, Security Advisor Yossi Cohen and Foreign Ministry Deputy General in charge of arms control, Jeremy Issacharoff.

Before talks began, she spoke with French and British representatives. They coordinated their positions.

They stressed issues Israel calls most important. Steinitz said Iran's missile program must be part of final status (permanent agreement) talks.

He stressed Israel's opposition to any nuclear enrichment on Iranian soil. He demands what JPA provisions don't stipulate.

So do anti-Iranian congressional hardliners. Robert Corker (R. TN) is Senate Republican ranking Foreign Relations Committee member.

On February 4, he challenged Sherman, asking:

"Why did you not...address (Iran's) delivery mechanisms, the militarizing of nuclear arms?" 

"Why was that left off since (Tehran, he baselessly claims,) breached a threshold everyone acknowledges?"

Sherman accepted his lie saying final agreement discussions will include what he wishes. It "has to be addressed as part of a comprehensive agreement," she stressed.

At the same time, she admitted that preventing an Iranian nuclear weapon "makes delivery systems almost...irrelevant."

Is Washington trying to sabotage final agreement talks? Will EU partners go along.

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybakov said Moscow "considers that a comprehensive agreement must concern only and exclusively with the restoration of trust in a purely peaceful intention of Iran's nuclear program."

In other words, he suggested Russia won't support efforts to include discussions on Iran's missile program. It's not part of JPA. It can't be included belatedly.

In the 1990s, General Uzi Rubin headed Israel's Missile Defense Organization. He remains active at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.

He says claims about Iran's missile program are wrong. Conventional ones are prioritized. They aim to destroy specific targets.

Nothing indicates an Iranian missile program designed to deliver nuclear weapons. Claims otherwise are fabricated. 

Expect lots more from Israel and Washington. Expect Iran to defend its rights. Whether it's enough to agree on final status terms remains to be seen.

Expect Israel to go all-out to prevent it. Obama may have the same objective in mind. By around mid-year, we'll know one way or another.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

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Iran Nuclear Talks Resume in Vienna

Iran Nuclear Talks Resume in Vienna

by Stephen Lendman

On November 24, 2013, Iran and P5 + 1 countries agreed on Joint Plan of Action (JPA) terms. A previous article said hold the cheers. It asked if it matters.

Longstanding hardline US/Israeli policy won't change. Anti-Iranian AIPAC pressure is relentless.

Obama twice breached JPA terms. He did so unilaterally. On February 18, talks resumed. Focus is on agreeing on a comprehensive "permanent resolution." Prospects aren't encouraging.

Longstanding US policy calls for regime change. Iran's nuclear program is entirely peaceful. No evidence suggests otherwise.

It doesn't matter. "My goal is to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon," says Obama. "All options are on the table."

On February 17, an unnamed senior administration official said Obama calls achieving a final agreement "a 50-50 proposition" at best. "(H)igh expectations" don't exist. We're "cautious, very cautious."

Iranians have just cause for concern. US agreements aren't worth the paper they're written on. Washington doesn't negotiate in good faith.

Promises made are broken. Obama broke every major one made. Throughout his tenure, he targeted Iran for regime change. Believing policy shifted now requires a giant leap of faith.

On Monday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said:

"What our officials started will continue. We will not renege…But I will say again: there is no use. (Talks) will not lead anywhere."

"Don't try to dress up America and erase its past record of terror, violence and ugliness."

"The nuclear issue is just hype. American officials are already raising other issues like human rights and missile threat."

Even if a comprehensive deal is reached, "everyone must know that America's enmity is with the core of the Islamic Revolution and with Islam." 

"The enmity will not end with the negotiations" no matter what happens ahead.

Current talks are expected to last three days. They'll focus on how to proceed from here. According to an unnamed senior US official:

"This is the beginning of what will be a complicated, difficult and lengthy process." 

"When the stakes are this high, and the devil is truly in the details, one has to take the time to ensure the confidence of the international community in the result."

The problem with Iran's nuclear program is Washington. It's Israel. Netanyahu is unrelenting.

In January, he addressed the World Economic Forum. He lied saying Arab countries "understand that Iran remains aggressive, supports terror, that it participates in the slaughter in Syria, (and) that (it's) pursuing the development of ballistic missiles and plutonium for nuclear weapons."

He said Rohani's address had "no connection to what's going on on the ground. (He) continues Iran's deception show."

"The goal of the Iranian ayatollahs' regime, that hides behind Rohani's smile, is to ease sanctions without giving up their program to produce nuclear weapons."

He urged the international community "not to be duped."

On February 16, he held his weekly cabinet meeting. He lied saying:

Iran "received a major easing of sanctions...(It's) continuing its aggressive policy both" internally and externally.

It's "execution innocent people. (I)t supports the continued killings by the Syrian regime."

It "continu(es) to arm terrorist organizations with advanced, deadly weapons and, of course, it is continuing to call for the destruction of the State of Israel."

"At the same time, Iran is continuing with advanced research and development of centrifuges. Iran is not prepared to concede even one centrifuge." 

"Israel's policy is clear and is active on two tracks: First, to expose Iran's unchanging aggressive policy. Second, to demand the dismantling of Iran's enrichment capacity."

Fact check

Iran conceded plenty in Geneva. Much more than was warranted. It got little in return. 

Its one success was getting Washington to bend modestly for the first time. Whether it's smoke and mirrors deception remains to be seen. Smart money says so.

Netanyahu said nothing about Israel's formidable nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. It's the elephant in the room routinely ignored.

Iran threatens no one. Israel represents a global threat. It never signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). 

In 1993, it signed the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). It refused to ratify it. It did so for spurious reasons. It wrongfully claims it's surrounded by hostile neighbors. Israel's only enemies are ones it invents.

It never signed the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). Its policy is CBW ambiguity. It fools no one.

Netanyahu is unhinged. He's a world class bully. He shames the office he holds. He's an embarrassment to legitimate governance. He out-Sharon's Sharon.

He knows Iran's nuclear program is entirely peaceful. He knows Tehran threatens no one. 

No Iranian leader ever threatened to annihilate Israel. Netanyahu's comments turn truth on its head. Last October, he said:

"Israel will never acquiesce to nuclear arms in the hands of a rogue regime that repeatedly promises to wipe us off the map." 

"Against such a threat, Israel will have no choice but to defend itself. I want there to be no confusion on this point. Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons."

On February 17, Netanyahu addressed the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations (CPMJO) in Jerusalem.

He urged "more pressure on Iran, not less." He lied saying Joint Plan of Action terms set Iran's program back "four weeks. That's what Iran has given to the world, which means it's given practically nothing."

"But Iran received a great deal," he claimed. "It received the easing of sanctions. It received nations that are cuing up...to do more business with Iran."

Netanyahu wants talks demanding "zero centrifuges and zero enrichment." He wants Iran having no "capacity to produce a nuclear weapon."

He claimed Tehran is developing new centrifuges "50 times better than the ones they have now." They have missiles able to "target Europe and the US (with) a nuclear payload," he said.

He replicates Obama. Both leaders are serial liars. Nothing they say has credibility. They know Iran poses no existential threat.

They know its nuclear program has no military component. Israel wants unchallenged regional dominance. Iran is its major rival.

It's gaining influence at Israel's expense. Netanyahu wants things reversed. 

Malcolm Hoenlein is CPMJO executive vice chairman. His views are entirely one-sided. He calls "educating" the world about the "dangers of Iran" his top objective.

Former Senator Joe Lieberman heads a special CPMJO Iran task force. Its purpose is bashing Tehran. It's spreading malicious propaganda.

Hoenlein lied saying "(w)e do not believe that things have changed under Rohani. He continues with the same threats, the same rhetoric."

"There are more executions under him, human rights violations and support for terrorists, and it is outrageous that the world doesn't challenge this."

Fact check

Israel is by far the region's most egregious human rights violator. It threatens its neighbors. It's waging slow-motion genocide against Palestinians. 

It's done so for over 66 years. Its policies are ruthless. Edward Said once called Palestine an isolated prison. An entire population is being suffocated out of existence.

Israel impoverishes, starves and slaughters Palestinians. It does so unaccountably. State terrorism is official policy.

Artillery, tanks, F-16s, helicopter gunships, and banned terror weapons attack defenseless civilians.

Others are assaulted, arrested, imprisoned, tortured, humiliated, and otherwise abused.

For decades, they've endured every imaginable indignity, degradation, and crime against humanity.

Thousands of Palestinian political prisoners languish in Israel's gulag. It's one of the world's worst. Treatment Israel inflicts is horrific by any standard.

Palestinians wanting to live peacefully on their own land in their own country are called terrorists. Unrelenting Israeli viciousness targets them.

An unending cycle of violence persists. Netanyahu heads Israel's most extremist ever government. Fascists infest its Knesset.

Hoenlein supports what demands condemnation. So does Lieberman and likeminded scoundrels. They call legitimate Israeli critics anti-Semites.

They ignore longstanding Israeli high crimes doing so. They make overt threats to attack Iran. Imagine if nuclear weapons are used. Imagine the potential devastating toll.

Netanyahu wants punishing sanctions maintained. He wants new ones imposed. He wants Iran politically isolated. 

He wants its economy crushed. He wants its legitimate nuclear program eliminated. He wants the right to dictate its policy.

He wants millions of Iranians grievously harmed. He wants them treated like he treats Palestinians. 

He wants the Islamic Republic destroyed. Perhaps he has an Iranian holocaust in mind to do so. Don't bet against Obama not being likeminded.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.


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Israel's Secret Nuclear Program

by Stephen Lendman

It's an open secret. It's been known for years. Media scoundrels suppress it. They pretend none exists. 

It's real. It's menacing. Imagine ignoring what threatens humanity. Imagine pretending Iran's peaceful nuclear program does so. Imagine risking regional or global war by doing it.

London's Guardian is an establishment broadsheet. It's usually conformist. Once in a while it's not. 

It wrote many times about Edward's Snowden's revelations. It told readers what they need to know. On January 15, it headlined "The Truth about Israel's secret nuclear arsenal."

Rarely ever would US establishment publications suggest one. Or Israel's chemical and biological weapons. 

They're used freely against Palestinians and other adversaries. Doctors discover injuries never saw before seen. Media scoundrels ignore them.

Israel's nuclear program is one of the world's best known open secrets. It's still not publicly acknowledged. It's hard refuting indisputable evidence. 

Israel began developing nuclear technology decades ago. It did so "deep beneath desert sands," said the Guardian. 

It "us(ed) technology and materials provided by friendly powers…" It did it the old-fashioned way. A "clandestine network of agents" stole it.

It's the "stuff of pulp thrillers and the sort of narrative often used to characterise the worst fears about" Iran's nuclear program. One's military, the other entirely peaceful.

"In reality…neither US or British intelligence believes Tehran has decided to build a bomb..." Its program is the world's most closely monitored. 

Israel's is entirely clandestine. It's illegal. Iran's fully complies with NPT provisions. Israel won't sign the landmark treaty. It wants nothing about its program revealed. It wants freedom to enhance it.

Its open secret reflects "an extraordinary feat of subterfuge," said the Guardian. It produced a powerful arsenal. It's enhanced by long-range delivery systems.

Israel threatens to use all its weapons if threatened. It's used chemical, biological and radiological ones against Gaza and Lebanon. It'll do it again in future conflicts.

Despite open knowledge of its nuclear program, Israel's position is never confirm or deny. In December, former Knesset speaker, Avraham Burg, broke the taboo.

He said Israel has nuclear and chemical weapons. He called official non-disclosure "outdated and childish." He called for "open and brave public discussion."

He said only "regional dialogue, including with Iran" could create a nuclear-free Middle East. Burg is a former Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee member.

He has direct knowledge of Israel's nuclear program. The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel is a right-wing group. It wants Burg investigated. It accused him of "treason."

He revealed a key national security secret, it said. He disclosed what's increasingly common knowledge. Israel's nondisclosure policy is nonsensical.

Western governments play along with Israeli "opacity." Obama won't discuss it. Nor other US officials. Nor media scoundrels. They pretend none exists.

Britain is largely silent. In November, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi was asked about it in the House of Lords. She tried being circumspect.

She said what's rarely heard. "Israel has not declared a nuclear weapons programme. We have regular discussions with the government of Israel on a range of nuclear-related issues," she said. 

"The government of Israel is in no doubt as to our views. We encourage Israel to become a state party to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty."

According to the Guardian, countries conspiring with Israel's nuclear program include America, France, Germany, Britain and Norway. It omitted South Africa.

Israeli agents were involved. So was a Hollywood billionaire. Arnon Milchan admitted his role. He did so last month.

He was born in Israel. He supported Israel's nuclear program decades ago, saying:

"Do you know what it's like to be a 20-something-year-old kid (and your) country lets (you) be James Bond? Wow! The action! That was exiting."

He operated in 17 countries. He worked with 30 companies. He brokered deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

It was a challenge overcoming his arms dealing reputation, he said. He had to convince people he didn't "live off selling machine guns and killing."

He risked his life aiding Israel. Israeli President Shimon Peres was its unacknowledged nuclear weapons architect.

He recruited Milchan. Actor Ben Affleck calls him "a very mysterious, exotic figure in Hollywood." Actor Robert De Niro asked about his clandestine activities for Israel. 

"He (said) he was an Israeli and that of course he would do these things for his country," De Niro said.

He had no qualms about being a secret agent. He wasn't concerned about its illegal nuclear program.

He didn't consider its potential harm. He ignored its destructiveness. Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, secretly ordered developmental activities.

It began after Israel's creation. Ehud Avriel was a European operative. He was a later MK. He recruited East European Jewish scientists.

Avraham Marcus Klingberg was enlisted. He later became an Israeli chemical and biological weapons (CBW) expert. He was Israel Institute of Biological Research deputy director.

Ernst David Bergmann was the father of Israel's bomb. He later headed the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC).

In his farewell address to the Israeli Armaments Development Authority (RAFAEL), Ben-Gurion defended his agenda, saying:

"I am confident, based not only on what I heard today, that our science can provide us with the weapons that are needed to deter our enemies from waging war against us."

He and Peres were the leading forces behind Israel's nuclear and CBW programs.

By the early 1970s, Israel had advanced nuclear technology. It had world class scientists. It had several dozen ready to launch bombs. It had delivery systems able to hit distant targets.

France and South Africa were Israel's main collaborators. Washington supplied a five-megawatt research reactor.

It was part of Eisenhower's "Atoms for Peace" program. Washington became complicit in Israel's illicit development.

Israeli scientists were trained at US universities. They had access to domestic weapons labs.

They got advanced technology transfers. They included supercomputers able to design sophisticated nuclear weapons and delivery systems.

Mordechai Vanunu became a heroic whistleblower. He did so long before term gained prominence. He exposed Israeli nuclear secrets. He revealed what everyone has a right to know.

He was unjustly punished. Israel dispenses it ruthlessly. He spent 18 years imprisoned. He was isolated brutally in solitary confinement.

He's been harassed ever since. His fundamental civil and human rights are denied. He's prevented from leaving Israel. He wants to do so to live free.

Daniel Ellsberg once called him "the preeminent hero of the nuclear era." Vanunu says he's neither traitor nor spy. "I only wanted the world to know what was happening," he said.

From 1988 - 2004, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize each year. His heroism is recognized worldwide.

Israel has destructive chemical and biological weapons arsenals. In 1993, it signed the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). 

It refused to ratify it. It did so for spurious reasons. It wrongfully claims it's surrounded by hostile neighbors. Israel's only enemies are ones it invents.

It never signed the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). Its policy is CBW ambiguity. It uses banned weapons in all its conflicts.

They include chemical, biological, and radiological ones. Monstrous new weapons are tested. Victims attest to their potency.

Corpses bear witness to hideous wounds, malformations and toxicity. Official policy prohibits discussing anything related to Israel's nuclear, chemical or biological programs. Doing so is considered treason.

Israel's destructive weapons threaten world peace. So do America's. Both countries partner in crime.

Daily events should scare everyone. Warmakers win peace prizes. Peacemakers are vilified. Criminality is rewarded. 

Permanent war is official US policy. Israel is a warrior state. Both countries threaten humanity. It may not survive Obama's second term.

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This follows disturbing reports from October and November 2013 after China released maps which made it clear they could strike US cities and the the radiation from those strikes would devastate the West Coast and do serious damage all the way into the midwest states.


Photo above -The Washington Times included this map from the Global Times report showing what could represent the range of radiation if a nuclear missile were to be launched against the western United States. (Image source: Washington Times via Global Times)



An H-6K would be able to take off from the air base of the PLA's 10th air division in Anqing, Anhui province and "strike at all US military bases in South Korea." In November, Chinese media released a map showing the locations of major US cities and how they would be impacted by a nuclear attack launched from China's strategic submarine force. In addition, major cities in India, Russian, Vietnam,Malaysia and the Philippines are within the range of the Chinese nuclear bomber. The United States is gravely concerned about China's new long-range nuclear bomber. The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission warned in its annual report in November that China is "rapidly expanding and diversifying" its ability to strike US bases, ships and aircraft throughout the Pacific, even places like Guam that were previously out of reach.

(Photo above- China’s H-6K strategic bombers can target US military facilities and those of its allies in the Western Pacific)

Tensions are increasing between the US and China, both are capable of utterly destroying each other and yet the implicit threats and ratcheting up of rhetoric and warnings is causing concern amongst those observing, about the possibility of sparking World War III.





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by Stephen Lendman

"Now the really hard part begins," said John Kerry. The hardest part is getting Washington to stick to agreed on terms. 

It's believing America negotiates in good faith. It's thinking longstanding US imperial aims changed. It's imagining decades of anti-Iranian sentiment will fade.

Critics wasted little time. Netanyahu was most outspoken. He called the Geneva deal "a historic mistake. Israel is not obligated by this agreement," he stressed.

He lied calling Iran the "most dangerous regime in the world." 
America and Israel are by far. They prioritize war. They deplore peace. They threaten humanity's survival.

Moshe Feiglin is Deputy Knesset speaker. He compared Geneva to Munich 1938. Other Israeli hardliners warned of a regional nuclear arms race.

Obama's rhetoric was mixed. On the one hand, he said "diplomacy opened up a new path toward a (more secure) world…"

On the other, he'll "do what is necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."

"The burden is on Iran to prove to the world that its nuclear program will be exclusively for peaceful purposes."

US options going forward include war. Plans were readied years ago. They can be implemented straightaway if ordered.

AIPAC has been largely silent so far. Spokesman Marshall Wittmann said he's "not authorized to speak on the record."

At the same time, AIPAC president Michael Kassen praised Senate efforts on new sanctions. He called Democrat and Republican "resolve" important "to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability."

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) "expressed deep concern about flaws in" the Geneva deal.

National chair Barry Curtiss-Lusher and national director Abe Foxman lied claiming Iran's "record of noncompliance."

"(T)his interim agreement allows them to continue enrichment and maintain a nuclear breakout," they said

"Iran has not earned these concessions and has, in the past, used respites from international pressure to surreptitiously make progress in its nuclear program."

Curtiss-Lusher and Foxman want sanctions "rigorously enforce(d)." They want international community pressure sustained.

"Promises and partial measures by Iran (aren't) enough," they stressed. They urged joint US/Israeli efforts "toward a solution that will meet their shared goals."

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is the oldest pro-Israel group in America. It roots date from 1897. It's militantly anti-Iranian. It supports Israel's worst crimes.

President Morton Klein "commend(ed) and supports (Netanyahu's) lucid and decisive repudiation of (Obama's deal) with Iran where by (it) enjoy(s) an easing of international sanctions while retaining the basic, vital components of its nuclear weapons program."

"It is nothing short of astounding that President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry are willing to conclude a deal that so obviously amounts to a collapse of will for the West and a victory for Iran, a country whose nuclear program, as President Obama himself has stated often, poses an unacceptable security risk to the US, Israel and indeed the world."

"…Netanyahu was obviously right in repudiating this deal and indicating that Israel reserves the right to initiate military action to prevent Iran becoming a nuclear power."

Israeli Lobby pressure exerts enormous influence on Capitol Hill. US administrations bow to its will. It's a force to be reckoned with. It's going all out to undermine Geneva.

Politico headlined "Early skepticism, caution on nuclear deal," saying:

Obama "is running into deep skepticism - and harsh criticism - from officials in Israel and on Capitol Hill."

"Democrat and Republican lawmakers ripped it on Sunday morning talk shows."

House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R. MI) said:
"We have just rewarded very bad and dangerous behavior."

Stalwart Obama allies remained silent or offered conditioned support. Top House Foreign Affairs Committee Democrat Eliot Engel (D. NY) said:

"It's disappointing to me that Iran is still going to be allowed to enrich. We could have played good cop, bad cop, and Congress really believes that sanctions should happen."

"(S)anctions should always be hanging there. I don't think you make them bargain in good faith by going squishy."

House Speaker John Boehner (R. OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R. VA) expressed opposition to the deal. They're strongly against letting Iran enrich uranium to any level.

Boehner said "we will look back on the interim deal as a remarkably clever Iranian move to dismantle the international sanctions regime" while maintaining its ability to pursue nuclear weapons.

Senator Charles Schumer (D. NY) said he's "disappointed because (the deal) does not seem proportional...Iran simply freezes its nuclear capabilities while we reduce the sanctions." 

"This disproportionality...makes it more likely that Democrats and Republicans will join together and pass additional sanctions when we return in December."

Senate Foreign Relations chairman Robert Menendez (D. NJ) expects "a six month window to reach a final agreement before imposing new sanctions on Iran." 

At the same time, new ones are "immediately available should (Iran) fail to implement or breach the interim agreement," he added.

Senator Marco Rubio (R. FL) blasted the agreement. It "makes a nuclear Iran more likely," he said.

"There is now an even more urgent need for Congress to increase sanctions until Iran completely abandons its enrichment and reprocessing capabilities."

The Wall Street Journal headlined "Iran Pact Faces Stiff Opposition," saying:

"A groundbreaking deal to curb Iran's nuclear program faces towering obstacles at home and abroad to becoming a permanent agreement, starting with the US Congress and two of America's closest allies."

Democrat and Republican leaders threaten "to break with (Obama) and enact new punitive sanctions on Iran."

Doing so would kill the fragile deal. Another way would be by falsely claiming Iran violated key provisions.

Tehran knows the risk. It's mindful of longstanding US duplicity. It's got everything potentially to gain and much to lose by not sticking strictly to what was agreed on.

Washington and Israel benefit by fabricating Iranian violations. Perhaps it's planned going forward. Israel and Saudi Arabia falsely claim agreed on terms threaten their security.

Journal editors were unequivocal. They headlined "Iran's Nuclear Triumph," saying:

The deal "takes Iran a giant step closer to becoming a de facto nuclear power."

"Under this deal Iran gets sanctions relief, but it does not have to give up its centrifuges that enrich uranium, does not have to stop enriching, does not have to transfer control of its enrichment stockpiles, and does not have to shut down its plutonium reactor at Arak."

Obama "glossed over these canyon-sized holes. Why does Tehran need so may centrifuges if not to make a bomb (any) time it pleases?"

Sanctions relief opens the door to ending them altogether, they added. They expect additional temporary deals as well as more sanctions relief in return for fewer Iranian concessions.

Iran will "continue to cheat and explode a bomb whenever it is strategically convenient to serve its goal of dominating the Middle East," they claimed.

Stiffer sanctions are "the only way now to stop (Obama) from accommodating a nuclear Iran."

Fact check

Journal editors are militantly right wing. They support Washington's worst crimes. They endorse its imperial agenda. They oppose sovereign independent countries like Iran.

They want pro-Western puppet regimes replacing them. They favor war to achieve policy aims. They lied about Iran's nuclear program.

It's peaceful. It has no military component. Annual US intelligence assessments say so. So do intrusive IAEA inspections. No credible evidence suggests otherwise.

Iranian sanctions are illegal. They target Iran's economy and population. They're based on fraudulent pretexts. 

They have no legitimacy whatever. Tehran has every right to want them all removed. They never should have been imposed in the first place.

Christopher Griffin is Foreign Policy Initiative's executive director. Robert Zarate is its policy director. FPI is the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) successor organization.

It sells war. It deplores peace. It promotes US global dominance. It targets independent governments. It urges replacing them with pro-Western subservient ones.

On November 25, FPI headlined "While US dismantles sanctions, Iran Keeps Its Nuclear Program."

Doing so "represents a diplomatic triumph. Tehran’s nuclear program is poised to emerge in six months from the Geneva pact stronger than ever."

It's entirely peaceful. It's legal. It deserves rights no different from dozens of other countries operating nuclear reactors. Iran alone is unjustifiably targeted for doing so

The deal "provides a fig leaf of international legitimacy to Iran’s illicit uranium enrichment efforts," said FPI.

It "harms decades of US-led efforts to halt further international spread of enrichment, reprocessing, and other nuclear fuel-making activities that can bring a country within months or days of building a nuclear bomb."

Iran has no intention of doing so. No evidence suggests otherwise. FPI lied claiming Washington is "obligate(d) to begin dismantling (Iranian sanctions) without any corresponding obligation by Iran to dismantle its nuclear weapons-making capability."

Iran sacrificed plenty. It got too little in return. It's temporary and reversible. It's subject to Washington's whims. 

It's dealing with a duplicitous negotiating partner. Its agreements aren't worth the paper they're written on. America has a long history of violating treaties and other agreed on obligations. 

Is this time different? Don't bet on it. Don't expect letup in hostile congressional, Israeli and media bashing.

Chicago Tribune editors headlined "Hope trumps experience in Iran deal. (It) gravely worries some of America's strongest allies."

Washington and other P5+1 countries "appear to have put only a speed bump in front of Iran, a speed bump in a very dangerous place."

Washington Post editors highlighted a "deal worth trying - risks and all." They stopped short of expressing enthusiasm. 

The deal buys time, they said. When all provisions are implemented, "the time Iran would theoretically need to produce enough enriched uranium for a bomb, which is now about a month away, would extend by no more than a month or two - or as little as 24 days."

Obama made "troubling concessions. The risks of the deal are consequently substantial." At the same time, they urged giving diplomacy a chance.

Right wing WaPo (wacko) columnist Charles Krauthammer called Geneva a "sucker's deal. The mullahs" love it, he claimed.

"Regime survival is the only thing (they) value above nuclear weapons." Respectable editors wouldn't publish this trash. WaPo ones feature it.

New York Times editors tried having things both ways. On the one hand, they called Geneva "an important step."

On the other, they repeated the canard about the importance of "resolving the increasingly dangerous dispute over Iran's progress on production of a nuclear weapon."

"As with any deal between adversaries, caution is warranted," they added. For sure on the part of Iran. 

It knows what it's up against in dealing with Washington. It's had 34 years of disturbing experience. It knows full well this time may be no different. 

It's going all out to fulfill its obligations. President Hassan Rohani said "(t)he enemy promote(s) Iranophobia. Confidence is a two-way road."

Iran is doing its part to build it. "(W)e have a long way to go," he stressed. Sanctions don't work, he added.

Iran's rights are inviolable. They're fundamental. They deserve respect. Nothing short of full recognition is acceptable. 

Washington seeks unchallenged dominance. It's all take and no give. It's longstanding Iranian policy remains hardline. It bears repeating. Will this time be different? Don't bet on it!

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

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Mordechai Vanunu, a former Israeli technician at the Dimona nuclear research center in the Negev desert exposed Israel’s nuclear program to the world in the 1986 Sunday Times (UK).  Vanunu was kidnapped in Italy by Mossad agents and brought to Israel to face an Israeli court.  He was convicted and imprisoned for more than 18 years at Shikma Prison in Ashkelon, Israel.  Half of his prison term was in solitary confinement.  He was eventually released in 2004.  Since then, Vanunu has been arrested and even imprisoned for violating his parole.  He was also arrested for trying to leave Israel at one time.  Former Israeli Prime Minister and Noble Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres said “he was a traitor to this country”.

Since Israel is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; the Dimona Nuclear Research center is not subject to inspections from the international community such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  According to the Federation of American Scientists in a 2007 report, Israel has between 75 and 400 nuclear warheads, but some estimates have their nuclear warheads at less than 200. It is also known that Israel has the ability to deliver them by intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a range of 5,500 kilometers or 3,400 miles, the Jericho III missile named after the biblical city of Jericho, various aircrafts and of course submarines.  The report stated the following:

By the late 1990s the U.S. Intelligence Community estimated that Israel possessed between 75-130 weapons, based on production estimates. The stockpile would certainly include warheads for mobile Jericho-1 and Jericho-2 missiles, as well as bombs for Israeli aircraft, and may include other tactical nuclear weapons of various types. Some published estimates even claimed that Israel might have as many as 400 nuclear weapons by the late 1990s. We believe these numbers are exaggerated, and that Israel’s nuclear weapons inventory may include less than 100 nuclear weapons. Stockpiled plutonium could be used to build additional weapons if so decided

Israel’s nuclear program began after World War II.  Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion once said “What Einstein, Oppenheimer, and Teller, the three of them are Jews, made for the United States, could also be done by scientists in Israel, for their own people”.  David Ben-Gurion wanted to establish a Jewish State with a military force that would repel an attack by any of its adversaries especially in the Arab world.  Ben-Gurion’s speech to the elected assembly of Palestine Jews on October 2nd, 1947 made it clear on the intentions of a new Jewish state:

Political developments have swept us on to a momentous parting of the ways – from Mandate to independence. Today, beyond our ceaseless work in immigration, settlement and campaign, we are set three blazing tasks, whereof fulfillment will condition our perpetuity: defense, a Jewish State and Arab-Jewish Cupertino, in that order of importance and urgency.

Security is our chief problem. I do not minimize the virtue of statehood even within something less than all the territory of the Land of Israel on either bank of the Jordan; but security comes unarguably first. It dominated our concerns since the Yishuv [Jewish community in Palestine] began from the start of colonization we knew we must, in the main, guarantee it ourselves. But recent upsets and upheavals in Palestine, in the Middle East and in the wide world, and in British and international politics as well, magnify it from a local problem of current safety into Zionism’s hinge of destiny. In scope, in intensity, in purport, it is entirely different now. Just think of the new factors that invest the problem with a political significance of unprecedented gravity – and I could add a dozen others: the anti-Zionist policy pursued by the Mandatory Government during the past ten years, the obliteration of European Jewry with the willing aid of the acknowledged leader of the Palestine Arabs, the establishment of an Arab League active and united only in combating Zionism, Bevin’s ugly war against the Jews, the crisis in Britain and its political and economic aftermath, the creation of armed forces in the neighboring States, the intrusion of the Arab Legion. And not a single Jewish unit exists.

We can stand up to any aggression launched from Palestine or its border, but more in potential than yet in fact. The conversion from potential to actual is now our major, blinding headache. It will mean the swiftest, widest mobilization, here and abroad, of capacity to organize, of our resources in economics and manpower, our science and technology, our civic sense. It must be an all-out effort, sparing no man.

Several months later on May 14th, 1948, the state of Israel became a reality with David Ben-Gurion as its first Prime Minister.  Ben-Gurion, Executive head of the World Zionist Organization in 1946 until 1956 and the head of the influential Weizmann Institute of Science and Defense Ministry Scientist Ernest David Bergmann recruited Jewish Scientists from abroad during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.  Israel recruited and funded Jewish scientists to help Israel establish a nuclear program.  By 1949, the Israel Defense Forces Science Corps or ‘Hemed Gimmel’ was in search of Uranium in the Negev Desert, but only small amounts were discovered in phosphate deposits.  Hemed Gimmel financed several students to study nuclear technology overseas.  One of the students attended the University of Chicago to study under Enrico Fermi, who developed the Chicago Pile-1, the first nuclear reactor.  Fermi also made scientific contributions to nuclear, quantum and particle physics among others.  By the late 1950s Shimon Peres had established LEKEM, or the ‘Science liaison Bureau’ a new intelligence service that would search for technology, materials and equipment needed for Israel’s nuclear program.  By 1952, Hemed Gimmel was under Israel’s Ministry of Defense to become the Division of Research and Infrastructure (EMET).    By June 1952, The Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC) was established with Ernest David Bergmann as the first chairman.  Hemed Gimmel was renamed Machon 4 which became the “chief laboratory” of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC).  France was a major partner for Israel’s nuclear program.  France also sold weapons to Israel.  The France-Israel relationship was instrumental in the development of the Dimona Nuclear Research Center.  Israel signed American President Dwight Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace, an agreement for peaceful nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and Israel along with Turkey to build a “small swimming pool research reactor” at Nachal Soreq.  It was the first step to building the Dimona nuclear research center in the Negev desert in collaboration with France who faced political turmoil in its former colonies in North Africa.  Israel also faced Arab hostilities in the Middle East, so the cooperation on matters regarding new military technology complemented each other.  On March 20, 1957 a public signing ceremony to build a “small swimming-pool research reactor” took place between France and Israel.  But the reality was that France and Israel collaborated to build a larger facility at Dimona.  In ‘Israel and the Bomb’ by Avner Cohen, he describes Ben Gurion’s ambitious plan regarding Israel’s nuclear program was advanced through the Atoms for Peace Initiative:

With the return of Ben Gurion to power in 1955, nuclear energy became a matter of national priority.  Ben Gurion gave political backing and financial support to those in the Ministry of Defense who were committed to promoting nuclear energy-Peres, Bergmann, Mardor, and the nuclear enthusiasts at Machon 4.  There was also a change in the international climate concerning nuclear energy, in the wake of Eisenhower’s December 1953 Atoms-for-Peace initiative.  Until then, nuclear energy in the United States, Canada, and Britain, the three major countries dealing with nuclear energy, was largely closed to other countries.  The Atoms for Peace Initiative made nuclear energy technology available to the rest of the world.     

The United States under President Eisenhower allowed Israel to seek a nuclear program that would advance its defense capabilities militarily.  By 1958, the construction of the Negev Nuclear Research Center located in the Negev desert in secret through the Protocol of Sevres agreement.   It was a secret agreement between Israel, France and Great Britain at Sevres, France to overthrow Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser through an invasion of Egypt after Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. Four days after the Sèvres meeting, Israeli forces invaded Egyptian territory.  French and British forces invaded shortly after they vetoed a US sponsored UN Security Council resolution under the guise that they would separate both Israeli and Egyptian forces after Egypt refused their call to withdraw from the Suez Canal.

In 1958, Charles de Gaulle became President of France.  Almost immediately after he assumed office, he wanted to end France’s assistance to Israel’s nuclear program.  He would only support Israel’s nuclear program if international inspectors were allowed to inspect Dimona and that Israel would declare that its nuclear program was for peaceful purposes and that under no circumstances reprocess plutonium.  Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres negotiated with the French government allowing a window of opportunity for French companies to continue its work until 1966 with the Israeli government.  Israel also had declared its nuclear program was “peaceful”.  BBC News received secret documents that the British government also supported Israel’s nuclear program by sending illegal and restricted materials that started in the 1950′s.  In 1961, the Ben-Gurion informed the Canadian government that a pilot plutonium-separation plant would be built at the Dimona facility.  By 1962, the nuclear reactor at Dimona went “critical” meaning a critical mass with a small amount of fissile material was needed for a sustained nuclear chain reaction.  Shortly after, Israel secretly acquired more than 90 tons of uranium oxide (yellowcake) from Argentina to fuel the reactor.  By 1965 the Israeli reprocessing plant was completed and ready to convert the reactor’s fuel rods into weapons grade plutonium for a nuclear bomb.  After the Six-Day War, Israel went live producing nuclear weapons.  A new era began in the Middle East.  One that was a dangerous step to a nuclear disaster if Israel decided to use its nuclear weapons against an Arab country.      

In Seymour M. Hersh’s ‘The Samson Option: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy’ stated the concerns Israel’s leaders had, especially Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion if they did not obtain nuclear weapons.  Hersh wrote:

“What is Israel?” he was quoted by an aide as asking. “. . . Only a small spot. One dot! How can it survive in this Arab world?” Ben-Gurion believed that he understood Arab character and was persuaded that as long as Arabs thought they could destroy the Jewish state, there would be no peace and no recognition of Israel. Many Israelis, survivors of the Holocaust, came to believe in ein brera, or “no alternative,” the doctrine that Israel was surrounded by implacable enemies and therefore had no choice but to strike out. In their view, Hitler and Nasser were interchangeable. 

For these Israelis, a nuclear arsenal was essential to the survival of the state. In public speeches throughout the 1950s, Ben Gurion repeatedly linked Israel’s security to its progress in science.  “Our security and independence require that more young people devote themselves to  science and research, atomic and electronic research, research of solar energy . . . and the like,” he told the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, in November 1955.

 Ernst Bergmann explicitly articulated the ein brera fears in a letter two years later: “I am convinced . . . that the State of Israel needs a defense research program of its own, so that we shall never again be as lambs led to the slaughter.” 

Ben-Gurion, Shimon Peres, and Ernst Bergmann believed that Israel’s independent arsenal finally could provide what President Eisenhower would not—the nuclear umbrella.

Israel’s nuclear program was built on the belief that it had “no alternative” but to build a nuclear weapon to deter Arab aggression.  Their experience with the Holocaust justifies their intentions on maintaining their nuclear weapons.  Israel’s believes that another Holocaust can be prevented, this time not from Germany but from Iran.  But many Israeli’s during the development stages of nuclear weapons were not keen on obtaining a nuclear bomb because of the Holocaust:

Less compelling to the military men was the moral argument against the bomb raised by some on the left and in academia: that the Jewish people, victims of the Holocaust, had an obligation to prevent the degeneration of the Arab-Israeli dispute into a war of mass destruction” Stated Hersh.  “ Those who held that view did not underestimate the danger of a conventional arms race, but believed that, as Simha Flapan, their passionate spokesman, wrote, “the qualitative advantages of Israel—social cohesion and organization, education and technical skills, intelligence and moral incentive—can be brought into play only in a conventional war fought by men.”

Another aspect of Israel’s foreign policy one should consider is the ‘Samson Option,’ a policy that calls for a retaliation using nuclear weapons against an enemy who threatens the Jewish homeland of its existence.  Hersh explains:

Dimona’s supporters had convinced most of the leadership that only nuclear weapons could provide the absolute and final deterrent to the Arab threat, and only nuclear weapons could convince the Arabs—who were bolstered by rapidly growing Soviet economic and military aid—that they must renounce all plans for military conquest of Israel and agree to a peace settlement. With a nuclear arsenal there would be no more Masadas in Israel’s history, a reference to the decision of more than nine hundred Jewish defenders—known as the Zealots—to commit suicide in A.D. 73 rather than endure defeat at the hands of the Romans.

In its place, argued the nuclear advocates, would be the Samson Option. Samson, according to the Bible, had been captured by the Philistines after a bloody fight and put on display, with his eyes torn out, for public entertainment in Dagon’s Temple in Gaza. He asked God to give him back his strength for the last time and cried out, “Let my soul die with the Philistines.” With that, he pushed apart the temple pillars, bringing down the roof and killing himself and his enemies.  For Israel’s nuclear advocates, the Samson Option became another way of saying “Never again.”

[In a 1976 essay in Commentary, Norman Podhoretz accurately summarized the pronuclear argument in describing what Israel would do if abandoned by the United States and overrun by Arabs: "The Israelis would fight . . . with conventional weapons for as long as they could, and if the tide were turning decisively against them, and if help in the form of resupply from the United States or any other guarantors were not forthcoming, it is safe to predict that they would fight with nuclear weapons in the end. ... It used to be said that the Israelis had a Masada complex . . .but if the Israelis are to be understood in terms of a 'complex' involving suicide rather than surrender and rooted in a relevant precedent of Jewish history, the example of Sarnson, whose suicide brought about the destruction of his enemies, would be more appropriate than Masada, where in committing suicide the Zealots killed only themselves and took no Romans with them." Podhoretz, asked years later about his essay, said that his conclusions about the Samson Option were just that—his conclusions, and not based on any specific information from Israelis or anyone else about Israel's nuclear capability.] 

In a White House press conference on May 18, 2009, US President Barack Obama’s concern about “the potential pursuit of a nuclear weapon by Iran.”  The United States and other Western nations have not announced any plans to disarm Israel’s nuclear weapons but rather focused its attention on Iran’s nuclear program.  Obama said “Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon would not only be a threat to Israel and a threat to the United States, but would be profoundly destabilizing in the international community as a whole and could set off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.”  Israel already won the arms race in the Middle East.  What is to stop Israel’s “Zealot” mentality from using nuclear weapons in the Middle East?  Israel has threatened Iran in the past.  In a 2006 interview with Reuters former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres “the president of Iran should remember that Iran can also be wiped off the map.” It was a response after a false claim Israel and its allies made on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s comment in a 2005 speech at the Ministry of Interior conference hall in Tehran called “The World without Zionism” when he said Israel must be “wiped off the map” which was misinterpreted.  Earlier this year, former Prime Minister Ehud Barak said that the US and Israel would take action against Iran, “I don’t see it as a binary kind of situation: either they [the Iranians] turn nuclear or we have a fully fledged war the size of the Iraqi war or even the war in Afghanistan,” Barak continued “What we basically say is that if worse comes to worst, there should be a readiness and an ability to launch a surgical operation that will delay them by a significant time frame and probably convince them that it won’t work because the world is determined to block them.”  Rouhani is seeking negotiations that would put Iran, the United States and Israel on a path to a peaceful resolution.  One that will recognize Iran’s right to a “peaceful” nuclear program for its country so that they can export more oil and use the revenues it earned for the benefit of the Iranian people.  But do not expect any significant breakthrough between Iran and the US/Israel alliance that seeks to dominate the Middle East politically, economically and militarily.

The Obama administration is not seeking any negotiations with Iran unless they stop its nuclear program which will not happen.  Iran will insist that they are signatories to the NPT and have an “inalienable right” to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.  Israel will not be a signatory to the NPT because “This resolution is deeply flawed and hypocritical. It ignores the realities of the Middle East and the real threats facing the region and the entire world” according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  Another reason Israel will not sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty is because they are victims of the Holocaust which is why they have violated hundreds of U.N. Security Council resolutions and has used chemical weapons on the Palestinians.  The talks between Iran and the US that will be held in Geneva will fail come this October because the US wants to dominate Iran.  Iran has its principles it will stand by, but so will the US on Israel’s behalf.  The US and its staunch allies want Syria, Lebanon, the Gaza strip and the West Bank and every nation on earth under their rule.  That is the plan.

The Chemical Weapons Pretext: Paving the Way for a Future US Military Strike on...

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News - An Obama administration official confirmed earlier this Week that Israel conducted a military strike on a Syrian base in Latakia according to a CNN report.  The Israeli government has not confirmed or denied the allegations.  Israel has claimed it was intended to disrupt the transfer of weapons headed for Hezbollah located in Southern Lebanon.  CNN reported the following:

“An explosion at a missile storage site in the area was reported in the Middle Eastern press, but an attack has not been confirmed by the Israeli government” the report also stated that the “the target, according to the Obama administration official, was missiles and related equipment the Israelis felt might be transferred to the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah. The official declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information.   There was some confusion about the timing of the attack, with some reports saying it happened Wednesday, and others saying Thursday.

Israel has launched airstrikes in the past including one in January that targeted a Syrian convoy allegedly “moving weapons to Hezbollah.”  Hezbollah has enough weapons to counter Israeli Defense Forces as they proved in 2006.  The largest Israeli news website www.ynetnews.com reported on October 29th, 2013 that the Shiite group rebuilt its strength, arsenal, now poses acute threat to State of Israel” and that “Hezbollah has thousands and thousands of rockets and missiles pointed at Israel and this is a problem,” Brig. Gen. (res) Amos Gilboa, who spent decades in Israeli army intelligence told The Media Line. “Hezbollah is a major threat to Israel. In the past, its firepower was mainly directed against northern Israel, but now it can also reach Tel Aviv, the heart of our industry and technology.” Did Israel strike Latakia to prevent the export of Russian made weapons from Syria to Hezbollah the real motive?  Or was it part of a plan to weaken Syria’s defense capabilities for a future invasion by the US military?  This attack comes at a moment when Syria has met demands to destroy its chemical production facilities while the US government and Saudi Arabia continue to support the rebels associated with al-Nusrah and Al-Qaeda who are well known terrorist organizations.  Reuters also reported that One Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he thought that Israel had indeed carried out a strike. He stressed that he was not entirely certain, however.  Israel has repeatedly warned that it is prepared to use force to prevent advanced weapons, notably from Iran, reaching Lebanon’s powerful Shi’ite Muslim guerrillas through Syria. It carried out several air strikes on Syria earlier this year.”   The truth is that Israel along with the US is trying to weaken the Syrian government’s ability to defend itself militarily.  When Libya agreed with the West to eliminate its chemical weapons in 2003, plans to oust Muammar Gaddafi were set.  Gaddafi wanted to normalize relations with the United States and the United Kingdom with his decision to eliminate Libya’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).  The Arms Control Association (ACA) released a report titled “Chronology of Libya’s Disarmament and Relations with the United States” stated the following:

On December 19, 2003, long-time Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi stunned much of the world by renouncing Tripoli’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs and welcoming international inspectors to verify that Tripoli would follow through on its commitment.

Following Gaddafi’s announcement, inspectors from the United States, United Kingdom, and international organizations worked to dismantle Libya’s chemical and nuclear weapons programs, as well as its longest-range ballistic missiles. Washington also took steps toward normalizing its bilateral relations with Tripoli, which had essentially been cut off in 1981.

Libya’s decision has since been characterized as a model for other states suspected of developing WMD in noncompliance with their international obligations to follow. Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control Stephen Rademaker stated May 2, 2005 during the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference that Libya’s choice “demonstrates that, in a world of strong nonproliferation norms, it is never too late to make the decision to become a fully compliant NPT state,” noting that Tripoli’s decision has been “amply rewarded.”

Libya should be a lesson.  Although Syria met its deadline by destroying their chemical weapons building capabilities, Western powers in collaboration with Israel and Saudi Arabia will continue to destabilize the Syrian government.  Washington is preparing for a military strike on Syria if President Bashir al-Assad and his government remain in power.  Many in Washington including President Barack Obama and possible future Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton along with Secretary of State John Kerry have publically stated that “Assad Must Go”.

Washington, Riyadh and Tel-Aviv want a compliant government in place that will cut ties to its allies notably Iran and Russia.  It would give Washington a strategic advantage in the region.  Once that happens, the US would then back Israel with a strike on Iran.  Then war with Russia and China can become a dangerous reality.  Washington wants to dominate the Middle East and Eurasia.  Syria is a stepping stone towards that goal.  There will be more strikes against the Syrian government and its military installations by the Israeli government in the coming weeks and months ahead.  Washington’s backed rebels will continue to advance towards Damascus committing more atrocities.  War is on the agenda even if President Assad complies with any demands made by Washington and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the international chemical weapons watchdog that oversaw the disarmament program.  Iran, Russia and China are all well aware of this fact; after all they are surrounded by numerous US military bases.

Iran Nuclear Talks: Remembering the Israeli Attack on Iraq’s Peaceful Nuclear Reactor Osirak. Will...

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News - On June 7th, 1981, Israel launched a surprise attack in the Southeast of Bagdad, Iraq that destroyed the Osirak nuclear reactor under construction.  It was known as Operation Opera, an Israeli plan to destroy Iraq’s proposed nuclear reactor that was intended for peaceful scientific research.  Iraq originally purchased the “Osiris”-class nuclear reactor from France in 1976.  Richard Wilson, a Mallinckrodt Research Professor of Physics at Harvard University at the time spoke to The Atlantic, an American based magazine and said that Osirak was “unsuitable for making bombs”.  He said:

First, the Osirak reactor that was bombed by Israel in June of 1981 was explicitly designed by the French engineer Yves Girard to be unsuitable for making bombs. That was obvious to me on my 1982 visit. Many physicists and nuclear engineers have agreed. Much evidence suggests that the bombing did not delay the Iraqi nuclear-weapons program but started it

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin claimed that Iraq’s nuclear reactor was ready for operational use and that it can produce nuclear weapons at any given moment.  The Israeli government declared Iraq’s Nuclear program a threat to its national security.  Iraq was also a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that allowed international inspections of its nuclear facilities.  Today Iran is also a signatory to the NPT.  It is interesting to note that both countries signed on to the NPT which under international law allows them to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and prevents the spread of nuclear weapons and technology.  Israel on the other hand is not a member of the NPT and has never admitted nor denied that they have nuclear weapons launched a surprise attack on Iraq’s facilities and is now threatening Iran with the same consequences over its nuclear program.  It was reported that the Israeli air strikes killed more than 10 Iraqi soldiers and a French citizen.  Israel released a statement following their actions and claimed that Iraq wanted to produce atomic bombs to attack Israel because they were Saddam Hussein’s main target.  The statement read as follows:

On Sunday, 7 June, the Israeli air force launched a raid on the atomic reactor “Ossirac”, near Baghdad. Our pilots carried out their mission fully. The reactor was destroyed. All our aircraft returned safely to base.

The Government feels duty-bound to explain to enlightened public opinion why it took this decision.

For a long time we have been watching with growing concern the construction of the atomic reactor “Ossirac”. From sources whose reliability is beyond any doubt, we learn that this reactor, despite its camouflage, is designed to produce atomic bombs. The target for such bombs would be Israel. This was clearly announced by the ruler of Iraq. After the Iranians had inflicted slight damage on the reactor, Saddam Hussein stressed that the Iranians had attacked the target in vain, since it was being constructed against Israel alone. The atomic bombs which that reactor was capable of producing whether from enriched uranium or from plutonium, would be of the Hiroshima size. Thus a mortal danger to the people of Israel progressively arose.

Again, from most reliable sources we learned of two dates when the reactor would be completed and put into operation. One: the beginning of July 1981; Two: the beginning of September 1981. In other words, within a short period of time, the Iraqi reactor would have been operational and “hot”. Under such circumstances no government of Israel could contemplate bombing the reactor. Such an attack would have brought about a massive radioactive lethal fallout over the city of Baghdad and tens of thousands of its innocent residents would have been hurt. We would thus have been compelled to passively observe the process of the production of atomic bombs in Iraq, whose ruling tyrant would not hesitate to launch them against Israeli cities, the centers of its population. Therefore, the government of Israel decided to act w