Dec 4, 2007

Iran No Nuclear Threat: U.S. Intelligence Estimate Refutes the Propaganda

Iran is not a nuclear weapons threat. Below is the report of the same "intelligence estimate" that Cheney worked so hard "to fix" reported earlier (see our previous article), since it came from CIA and other agencies instead of neocon contractors (e.g. Booz Hamilton) or the rogue Office of Special Plans. Yet Cheney managed to get this "redacted" as well, to state that Iran was pursuing weapons until 2003 (no evidence is cited), and halted due to international (UN) pressure. Those statements were made to flatter UN authorities and reward them for following the neocon propaganda. But despite Cheney's attempts to change this report there is now no credible evidence sustaining the cries for military action by the neoconservative and Israeli sycophants in the media and talk radio or by Israeli and Zionist fronts such as John Hagee's Christians United For Israel (CUFI). Military action should be "off the table" entirely, including for the 2008 candidates who (excepting Ron Paul) all followed a war policy based upon the neoconservative lies.

Watch the video from Countdown about this posted at Crooks & Liars (linked):

Countdown: Bush’s Nukyular Credibility Meltdown

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MSNBC’s David Shuster filled in for Keith Olbermann today on Countdown, and spoke with Air America Radio’s Rachel Maddow about the revelations today from the NIE report that Iran halted its nuclear program back in 2003. As Shuster and Maddow point out, the Bush administration has no shame, which is why they had no problem trotting out National Security Adviser, Stephen Hadley, to float the ridiculous notion that the report wasn’t completed until Tuesday of last week and that President Bush only learned that Iran halted its nuclear program four years ago — the following day.

This story has been spun three ways from Sunday, and unfortunately bogus and misleading headlines now litter the internets. You have FOXFacts at FOXNews (yes, it goes to their site), hackery from the Associated Press, a statement from Senate Democrats and a few Democratic presidential candidates have weighed in on the matter with varying degrees of spin. President Bush is holding a press conference tomorrow, this should be interesting…

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US report plays down Iran threat

Iranian MPs at Isfahan uranium conversion facility 24/10/204
The report says Iran is several years away from building a bomb

Iran appears "less determined" to develop nuclear weapons than previously thought, US intelligence officials say.
Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 but is continuing to enrich uranium, a National Intelligence Estimate assessment has concluded.
The declassified summary of the report, which draws together information from the US's 16 intelligence agencies, says with "high confidence" that Iran stopped its nuclear weapons programme in 2003 "in response to international pressure".
This is a turnaround from previous assessments, when US intelligence agencies believed Iran was trying to develop a nuclear weapon.
BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera says the estimate is in stark contrast to the alarmist and hawkish language coming from some parts of the administration.