Media Prepares Basis For Claiming Iran Has Nukes
As news surfaces that Israeli soldiers are already on the ground in Iran, the media is now making preparations for the inevitable announcement that Iran is building a nuclear weapon.
When the announcement is made we will not know if the evidence was planted during these covert operation or just outright fabricated like it was prior to the invasion of Iraq.
What we do know is that the media is now setting up the narrative for the announcement which will most likely come this summer.
Considering 1) The windows of opportunity to attack Iran 2) Netanyahu’s statement an attack on Iran is ‘not a matter of weeks but also not a matter of years’ 3) Isreal’s cabinet has the majority of votes needed to attack 4) Statements the US will assist if Israel attacks Iran and 5) The media has already made preparations to cover the war the media needs to layout the groundwork now To prevent the backlash that will occur given the public’s overwhelming opposition to an attack.
To do this the media is now reporting on the variety of ways through which we will come to learn that Iran is building nuclear weapons.
So let’s go through this CNN article and expose the propaganda it is.
Outlining the basis to declare Iran has nuclear weapons.
Iran nukes: How would the world know?
American officials are adamant. The U.S. will respond – possibly with military force – if Iran crosses a red line and decides to actually make nuclear weapons.
But will the U.S. know with a degree of certainty that a line has been crossed?
As the title and and lead in reveal, this article is being used to foreshadow the means the US government will later use to to declare Iran has a nuclear weapon.
Before we get into the Iran’s weapons, the public needs to be convinced that the intelligence mishaps over Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction was not our fought, which I will address later, but instead were Saddam’s fought because he wanted everyone to believe he had WMDs.
Really? Saddam wants us to believe he had WMDs!
[…]“People sometimes say and do things that are at variance with what one might expect,” the secretary of state said. “It’s still quite bewildering to me why Saddam Hussein wanted everyone to believe that he had chemical, biological and even nuclear weapons of mass destruction when apparently he did not.”
Ephraim Asculai, a retired Israeli nuclear scientist, said there are three ways the world will know if Iran has decided to break out and make a dash to nuclear weapons: Iran tells everyone, the the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) discovers it, or the intelligence community figures it out. But he is not terribly confident any intelligence service – whether it’s the United States’ or Israel’s or some other nation’s– will discover it.
“Depending on the intelligence community – this is not very good,” Asculai said.
I find it laughable this article claims that Saddam Hussein wanted the US to believe he had chemical, biological and even nuclear weapons of mass destruction when the truth is western intelligence sources went way out of their way to fabricate intelligence reports.
As Glenn Greenwald notes: “There are obvious similarities [between run-up to war with Iran as we saw in 2003 during the lead-up to our attack on Iraq]. The claims basically are the same… that Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction, specifically nuclear weapons. …That is the same claim being made about Iran — that they are too developing nuclear weapons, even though American intelligence agencies and virtually everybody else, including Israeli intelligence, says there is no evidence that Iran has actually decided to build a nuclear weapon.”
Greenwald also point out that there is one notable difference between the Iraq war and the current lead up to the war with Iran, in his article titled U.S. media takes the lead on Iran: “Many have compared the coordinated propaganda campaign now being disseminated about The Iranian Threat to that which preceded the Iraq War, but there is one notable difference. Whereas the American media in 2002 followed the lead of the U.S. government in beating the war drums against Saddam, they now seem even more eager for war against Iran than the U.S. government itself, which actually appears somewhat reluctant.”
Considering this, Asculai’s comment should be rewritten to read it “”Depending on the intelligence community or the corporate media – this is not very good,” Asculai said.”
But now that the public is convinced the fabricated Iraq intelligence was really Saddam’s fault and we can trust U.S. intelligence, let’s continue with the various methods they will use to declare that IRAN has nuclear weapons.
The IAEA as an intelligence source
The first source that may be used to declare that Iran is building a nuclear weapon is the International Atomic Energy Association.
The IAEA is able to keep tabs on Iran’s uranium enrichment efforts. Although Iran is not believed to be enriching to weapons-grade, it is churning out stockpiles of lower-enriched uranium that could be rather quickly – within two to three months – enriched to the 90% needed for a weapon.
Current and former intelligence officials agree that IAEA inspectors play an instrumental role.
Of course there are many fallacies with using the IAEA, the first being the corporate media and US government often twists the agencies reports to make it support their narrative.
For example, Reuters reports that US intelligence has found the Iran nuclear threat is not imminent and their program has actually been shutdown and dismembered back in 2003, most likely because they did not want to suffer the same fate as Iraq.
Yet the media will twist IAEA reports, which have been used to justify sanctions against Iran, and run sensational headlines such as “Harsher IAEA report expected on Iran nuclear programs next month”.
On prominent example is recent reports that Iran refused to tell the IAEA everything it needed to know and refused to allow the IAEA to inspect a military base.
CNN followed up showing satellite photos which showed Iran cleaning up the military site to cover up its nuclear weapons program.
Watch Cenk explain how the media twists the IAEA reports.
Yet the truth is even Leon Panetta has even said Iran is not trying to build nuclear weapons.
Yet a further problem is the IAEA is getting fake intelligence.
Even more damaging is Former IAEA Chief Hans Blix has turned whistleblower and challenged the most recent IAEA report revealing that IAEA allegations often rely on unverified intelligence provided mostly by the US and Israel.
Furthermore, the IAEA is clearly not a neutral organization given the fact they have turned a blind eye to US nuclear materials missing overseas and do not police Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program.
Kicking Out IAEA Inspectors
“Convincing evidence the supreme leader had decided to for a bomb would include enrichment of uranium to weapons-grade level or a decision to kick out IAEA inspectors – both actions we would detect,” Kahl said.
Given the clear bias of the IAEA and the media’s misreporting on IAEA reports, I wouldn’t be surprised if Iran did kick out the IAEA.
At the end of the day it is the IAEA that is being used to drum up support to invade Iran and while the IAEA is supposed to conduct its inspections in confidentially, there is always the coincidental leak of information from an unidentified source that wishes to remain anonymous following the IAEA inspections.
Of course, the intelligence information cited comes directly from the IAEA although the media doesn’t come right out and say that.
Let’s also not forget that while Israel and North Korea do not allow IAEA inspections or oversight, nor have signed up for the nuclear non-proliferation treaty Iran has done both, voluntarily, and is trying to play by the rules of international law.
Satellite and Spy Drone pictures.
The problem is we get presented with some grainy photos that have nothing discernible in them, yet have nice arrows and text captions saying “This is a nuclear warhead launcher”
Yes, the world has seen this before and like me, no one else is buying it this time around either.
Maybe if there was clear and convincing evidence in the photos, but that just isn’t the case.
Without getting specific, U.S. intelligence officials have said they are using everything in the spy toolbox to figure out what Iran may be up to. There are numerous technologies and assets that are likely in play.
Satellites are taking snapshots of known and suspected facilities in Iran looking for signs of construction, movements and any other clues which suggest a weapons program.
Hyperspectral imagery from satellites as well as sensors placed near facilities are able to collect information along the electromagnetic spectrum to detect emissions coming from the building and compounds in the soil that could help determine if there are any radiological materials or other elements associated with nuclear weapons.
A CIA stealth unmanned aerial vehicle recently crashed inside Iran. And although the U.S. government said it was on a mission in Afghanistan near the Iran border, U.S. military officials told CNN the Sentinel drone was on a surveillance mission of suspected nuclear sites in the country.
Intercepting communications coming in and out of Iran falls under the purview of the National Security Agency.
Human Intelligence on the ground.
Human intelligence is much tougher for the United States. The lack of diplomatic ties for more than 30 years means there has been no embassy for intelligence officers to use as cover.
But there are signs of human assets on the ground although it is unclear who they might be working for.
Over the past several years, five Iranian scientists associated with nuclear activities have been killed in similar fashion.
Who employed the assassin or assassins is unknown, although many people suspect the Israelis were behind the operations. The Israelis have been mum on any role they might have played.
The unexplained explosions at three sensitive Iranian facilities could suggest a possible sabotage campaign. And cyberexperts say someone with deep knowledge of Iran’s enrichment program contributed to the Stuxnet computer virus that disabled a number of Iran’s centrifuges. Again, who orchestrated the attack is not known.
Then there is the mysterious case in 2010 of the Iranian scientist who defected to the United States, seemed to have second thoughts and ended up returning to Iran. It’s unclear why Shahram Amiri went back to his country, but a U.S official said Amiri had received approximately $5 million for providing the U.S. government with “valuable, original information” on Iran’s nuclear program.
But it does raise the question whether there are other scientists in Iran working for the west.
Other intelligence services have also contributed to the knowledge about Iran according to the IAEA. Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia to name just a few have a vested interest in stopping a potential Iranian nuclear weapons program. Unlike their American counterparts, they have a better ability to blend into Iranian society.
Yes, we have rely on these human intelligence sources before. Remember Iraq anyone
WMD deja-vu Iran replaces Iraq
MEK as an intelligence source?
The Iranian opposition group known as MeK, which took credit for publicly disclosing Iran’s then-secret nuclear facilities in 2002, is a question mark. The MeK is on the State Department’s terrorism list and many U.S. intelligence officials are skeptical about how much the group really knows. But it does have supporters in Iran and as one U.S. official put it, “It’s important to consider all leads in assessing Iran’s nuclear program and the MeK clearly tries to keep a close eye on it.”
The Israelis reportedly work closely with the MeK.
Open source information such as Iranian research papers and academic studies can provide potential clues to Iran’s nuclear knowledge.
And keeping an eye on commercial and industrial goods coming into the country not only gives insights into what Iran needs, but also opens the door to the opportunity to sabotage materials critical to a nuclear program.
While CNN won’t come out in admit, US officials have openly outed the MEK as a terrorist group being financed, ran and operated by Israel.
Watch for yourself.
So, CNN is trying to building up an Israeli front as a possible source to finger Iran for having nuclear weapons. What a surprise!