Warning: this is going to be one long post, with lots of links.
Maybe you have noticed the latest news coming out on the IAEA? Most of it revolves around alleged "dissident" groups in Iran and the news (?) that there is a secret underground atomic site.
Where have we seen this same scenario play out previously?
Think about it....... Iraq. Yes, Iraq. Remember the The Iraqi National Congress?
They too were a dissident group, alleged, that supplied the US with "intelligence". The very "intelligence" that was needed to attack Iraq.
Turned out all that intelligence was wrong, as was expected, not that it really mattered. The US got their war on, as was the goal.
The Iraqi National Congress (INC) was created at the behest of the U.S. government for the purpose of fomenting the overthrow of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. The INC has been funded since 1992. An unnamed INC offical told the New York Times in 2004 that INC had received $27 million in the last four years. .
But what of our so called dissident Iranian group? The People's Mujaheddin Organization of Iran. The providers of the latest information so beneficial to the US and of course, Israel.
U.S. officials have greeted some of the organization's other claims with skepticism, and note that it has for years been on a State Department list of designated terrorist organizations.What of this group, the People's Mujaheddin Organization of Iran? Lots of information available linking them to covert CIA funding. Also curious? This group is based in Iraq.
A more usual name for them is the MEK. An interesting article here on them and their funding
So a group based in Iraq, funded by the CIA is providing intelligence that the US (Israel) needs to justify their attack on Iran? Convenient. Yes, they can cause a lot of damage.
"They could never overthrow the current Iranian regime but they might cause a lot of damage."
Something else very curious about this group, this from a 2008 article, the same dissident group and some other very curious intelligence. The 'laptop of mass destruction'
The George W Bush administration has long pushed the "laptop documents" - 1,000 pages of technical documents supposedly from a stolen Iranian laptop - as hard evidence of Iranian intentions to build a nuclear weaponTo quickly rehash the so called intelligence from this group has been spoon fed to them either by US or Israeli intelligence services. The US then passes it along to the IAEA without identifying their sources. This is Iraq redux. This is the same scenario. The ends justify the means. The end is an attack on Iran, the means are whatever is necessary including falsified intelligence.
But those documents have also been regarded with great suspicion by US and foreign analysts.
German officials identified the source of the laptop documents in November 2004 as the Mujahideen e-Khalq (MEK), and the National Council of Resistance in Iran (NCRI).
There are some indications, moreover, that the MEK obtained the documents not from an Iranian source but from Israel's Mossad.
The German source said he did not know whether the documents were authentic or not. However, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)analysts, and European and IAEA officials who were given access to the laptop documents in 2005, were very skeptical about their authenticity.
The Guardian's Julian Borger last February quoted an IAEA official as saying there is "doubt over the provenance of the computer".
A senior European diplomat who had examined the documents was quoted by the New York Times in November 2005 as saying, "I can fabricate that data. It looks beautiful, but is open to doubt."
The overall record of the MEK on the Iranian nuclear program has been very poor.
Despite that fact, the CIA continued to submit intelligence from the Iranian group about alleged Iranian nuclear weapons-related work to the IAEA over the next five years, without identifying the source.
But that intelligence turned out to be unreliable. A senior IAEA official told the Los Angeles Times in February 2007 that, since 2002, "pretty much all the intelligence that has come to us has proved to be wrong".
But, lets move on from the world of fabrication, falsities and lies to start wars....
Let's move over to reality and facts.
What is barely getting covered amidst all these wild allegations and very likely falsified intelligence reports ? I touched on it last week in a post here. The UN curtailing the probe of Israel's nuclear arsenal.
The latest has the US dictating to the Arab nations " Don't make Israel a "pariah" at IAEA"(btw: pariah means outcast). Which should have been followed by Only we (US and Israel) can make pariahs out of the countries we choose.
-The U.S. envoy to the U.N. atomic watchdog urged Arab states on Monday to withdraw a resolution calling on Israel to sign an anti-nuclear arms treaty, warning it would send a negative signal to Middle East peace talks.
Arab countries are seeking to build on a victory at an assembly meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency last year when they narrowly won support for a non-binding resolution calling on Israel to join the Non-Proliferation treaty.
They are expected to propose a similar text to this year's meeting of the 151-nation assembly starting on Sept. 20, diplomats say.
The United States says that zeroing in on Israel, widely believed to be the region's only nuclear power, could jeopardise an Egyptian-proposed conference in 2012 to discuss creating a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction.
Glyn Davies, the U.S. ambassador to the IAEA, said it may also have an impact on the relaunched, U.S.-backed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
"We need to send a positive impulse to that broader peace process, not a negative one," he told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of the IAEA's 35-nation governing board, which takes place in the week before the assembly session.
Israel and the United States (see phony intelligence above) see Iran as the region's main nuclear proliferation threat, accusing it of seeking to develop atomic weapons. Tehran rejects the charge.
Israel has never confirmed or denied having atom bombs under a policy of ambiguity.
It condemned last year's resolution urging it to accede to the 40-year-old nuclear NPT, saying it was backed by adversaries that question its right to exist.
Israel, which would have to forswear atomic arms and place all its nuclear facilities under the IAEA's watch if it signed the NPT, says full Middle East peace is a condition for it to join. (to wit, Israel will ensure there never will be peace in the Middle East)
The United States alarmed Israel in May by backing Egypt's initiative for the 2012 conference, but the Obama administration has since pledged to keep the Jewish state from being singled out.
Davies said the priority was to make the 2012 conference possible and this would not happen by continuing to "bludgeon" one member state, referring to Israel.
"In order for 2012 to succeed all countries have to show up ... right now there is one country that has very little incentive to do that because of the way they are being made a pariah in this process," he said.
"We have been working with the Arab League but also other partners to urge them to withdraw the Israeli nuclear capabilities resolution to spare the (IAEA assembly meeting) another fight," Davies added. (Additional reporting by Sylvia Westall; Editing by Charles Dick)
I have read a lot of outright baloney in my time blogging. These excuses used by the US administration, the Nobel peace prize winning Obama administration no less, are about as much baloney contained in one article as I can stomach for today. Israel and their nuclear arsenal need to be held accountable. These excuses are simply not credible.