Israel determined to attack Iran (and draw US into probable WWIII)

FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley sent through the following:

Stop the presses.  Call your US Senators and Congresspersons to see if they are ready to back up the destruction Israel is planning and make Israel their number one priority over the interests of their own country. 

We may be taking our “Don’t Bomb Iran ” banners onto the footbridge over 35W in the near future—will keep you posted!

Is the economic misery domestically inside the U.S. getting bad enough to overcome its citizens’ apathy about costly wars of aggression including launching an even more costly one?    

Coleen R.

Israel abuzz with talk of a strike against Iran

http://www.startribune.com/world/133126483.html 

  • Article by: ISABEL KERSHNER , New York Times
  • Updated: November 2, 2011 – 9:49 PM

Media reports said moves were afoot to get approval from the Cabinet.

JERUSALEM — Israel tested what experts said was a long-range ballistic missile Wednesday, firing it out to sea from an air force base south of Tel Aviv.

The test put an exclamation point on nearly a week of feverish reports and speculation in the Israeli media about whether the country’s prime minister and defense minister had decided to attack Iran ‘s nuclear complexes.

The Ministry of Defense would not specify what kind of missile was being tested, saying only that the launch was long planned. Yiftah Shapir, an expert in nonconventional weapons at Tel Aviv University , said he believed it most probably was a new satellite launcher, which would use basically the same technology as a ballistic missile with a range of thousands of miles.

The flurry of speculation about possible plans to attack Iran began with a column Friday by one of Israel ‘s most prominent journalists, Nahum Barnea, on the front page of the popular Yediot Aharonot newspaper. Barnea posed the question of whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak had already privately decided on a military strike, a question that Barnea said was preoccupying many in the Israeli government and elsewhere.

As the highly competitive Israeli media began trying to outdo one another with Iran-related articles, all based on anonymous sources, a debate arose over the merits and dangers of a public airing of such a sensitive matter of state security.

Barak told Israel Radio this week that no decision had been made and that “one did not have to be a great genius to understand that such a decision would not be taken by only two people.” On Wednesday, the Haaretz newspaper reported that Netanyahu and Barak were trying to muster a majority in the Cabinet in favor of military action against Iran .

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking cabinet support for a military strike on Iran, the Haaretz newspaper reported on Wednesday, after days of speculation about plans for an attack.

The report, citing a senior Israeli official, said Netanyahu was working with Defence Minister Ehud Barak to win support from sceptical members of the cabinet who oppose attacking Iranian nuclear facilities.

It came after days of renewed public discussion among Israeli commentators about the possibility that the Jewish state would take unilateral military action against Iran.

Israel has also successfully tested what local media called a “ballistic missile”, which a defence ministry official described to AFP as a long-scheduled “test firing of the rocket-propulsion system”.

Haaretz said that Netanyahu and Barak had already scored a significant win by convincing Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to throw his support behind a strike.

But the newspaper cited the senior Israeli official as saying those opposed to an attack still held “a small advantage” in the cabinet.

Media reports say there is also opposition from army and intelligence chiefs.

But such action by Israel would not be without precedent.

In June 1981, Israeli planes bombed and destroyed an uncompleted French nuclear reactor in Iraq, arguing it could have been used to make atomic weapons. The attack provoked an international outcry.

The United States, which like Israel has declined to rule out military action to prevent Iran developing a nuclear weapons capability, refused to be drawn on the Israeli media reports.

“I’m not going to respond to that kind of speculation,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

“We remain focused on a diplomatic channel here, a diplomatic course in terms of dealing with Iran.”

Iran’s military chief, General Hassan Firouzabadi, warned on Wednesday that his country would “punish” any Israeli strike against it.

“We consider any threat — even those with low probability and distant — as a definite threat. We are on full alert,” he said, Fars news agency reported.

“With the right equipment, we are ready to punish them and make them regret (committing) any mistake,” he said.

On Monday, Barak was forced to deny media reports that he and Netanyahu had already decided to launch an attack against Iran over the opposition of military and intelligence chiefs.

“It doesn’t take a great genius to understand that in 2011 in Israel, two people cannot decide to act by themselves,” he said.

On Tuesday, Barak appeared to suggest in remarks to parliament that Israel could be forced to act alone against Iran.

“A situation could be created in the Middle East in which Israel must defend its vital interests in an independent fashion, without necessarily having to reply on other forces, regional or otherwise,” he said.

Haaretz said no decision had yet been taken on any military strike, and that a November 8 report from the International Atomic Energy Agency nuclear watchdog would have a “decisive effect” on the decision-making process.

The newspaper also cited Western specialists as saying any attack on Iran during the winter would be almost impossible because of thick cloud cover.

A report from London’s Guardian newspaper meanwhile suggested Britain’s armed forces were looking at contingency plans in the event the US opted for military action against Iran.

Thursday’s edition cited unnamed defence ministry contacts as saying they believed Washington might rush forward plans for missile strikes on Iranian facilities — and might ask for British military help.

The Guardian’s sources had also been told that the IAEA report could be a “game changer”.

Israel has consistently warned all options remain on the table when it comes to Iran’s nuclear programme, which the Jewish state and Western governments fear masks a drive for nuclear weapons.

Iran denies any such ambition and insists its nuclear programme is for power generation and medical purposes only.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Israel+speculation+over+strike+Iran+grows/5648828/story.html

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James Morris and FBI Whistleblower Coleen Rowley about coming war with Iran  

 

Coming Israeli attack on Iran: http://tinyurl.com/IsraeliAttackonIran

AIPAC Pushes Hard for War With Iran (but doesn’t want the blame):
 

http://america-hijacked.com/2011/06/15/aipac-pushes-hard-for-war-with-iran/

Following youtube says it all about Governor Rick Perry just telling CNN’s John King that he would give Israel permission to start WW3 via giving Israel the green light to bomb Iran:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYYtE42bddQ

Israel warns West: Window of opportunity to thwart Iran nuclear program is closing

 http://america-hijacked.com/2011/11/01/israel-warns-west-window-of-opportunity-to-thwart-iran-nuclear-program-is-closing-netanyahu-wants-to-bomb-haaretz/

28 Responses to “Israel determined to attack Iran (and draw US into probable WWIII)”

  • James David says:

    If Iran made a pre-emptive attack against Israel just as Israel did against the Arabs to start the 1967 war I’ll bet we wouldn’t hear any justification that Iran has a right to defend itself like we heard of Israel having the right to defend itself in 1967. Nothing like a double standard as we have had so many other times.

  • Dave says:

    Another launch after years of threats of annihilation?
    Israel is the threat, not Iran, not North Korea, not the boogieman.
    The biggest hope I have is that Israel does attack Iran and China & Russia both vaporize that wicked, parasitic, troublemaking nation.

  • Brian says:

    While I’d like to see that too; the problem would be that if China and Russia hit Israel, they will also hit us figuring; most likely correctly, that we would retaliate when our masters were vaporized. On the other hand, they’ll probably just have us attack everyone else first.

  • lili says:

    I think the writer of this article has forgotten that the members of the congress and senate think that they will financially profit from supporting Israel in war. What will phone calls do? Their kids won’t be going.

  • gmathol says:

    I do think they will attack Iran, Syria and afterwards Russia. Russia is so resourceful so its resources have to be stolen.

    We will watch never experienced genocides in the coming years. Makes one think – was the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler resurrected in Washington D.C.?

  • Walter says:

    I became curious about the Basis of the Jewish “claim” to Palestine, how they were always saying “God gave it to us”,
    so I read their claim. Their “claim” to Palestine is based entirely on War Crimes and GENOCIDE.
    It is UNFAIR and WRONG to compare Israel to the Nazis.
    The CORRECT comparison is that of the Nazis to the Israelis:
    The Nazis just copied the Jewish “Manual” point by point
    KILL THE SICK and CRIPPLED
    Numbers c.5 v.2-4
    KILL HOMOSEXUALS
    Leviticus c.20 v.13 well, really the whole chapter
    KILL ALL DISSIDENTS:
    Exodus c.32 v.27
    Numbers c.11 v.1-2
    Numbers c.16 all
    Numbers c.21 v.5-6
    Numbers v.26 v.10
    KILL anyone who engages in “DIVERSITY” or “INTEGRATION”
    Numbers v25 v.4-8
    Deuteronomy c.14 v.2
    DEHUMANIZE and then EXTERMINATE ALL NON-MEMBERS:
    Numbers c.21 v.03 Canaanites
    Numbers c.21 v.24 Amorites
    Numbers c.21 v.33-35 Bashan
    Numbers c.31 all Midianites
    Numbers c.32 v. more Amorites
    Deuteronomy c.2 v.34 People of Heshbon
    Deuteronomy c.3 v.6 really the whole chapter. threescore cities
    Joshua c.12 A list of victims of Israeli GENOCIDE
    Where are THEIR “holocaust” Memorials!
    OCCUPY YOUR VICTIM’S DWELLINGS/LAND
    Numbers c.21 v.25
    Numbers c.32 v.39
    Numbers c.33 v.53
    (just to name a FEW)
    GENOCIDE CODIFIED IN THEIR RELIGION
    Numbers c.33 v.31-34
    Deuteronomy c.7 v.2
    Deuteronomy c.12 v.28-30
    Deuteronomy c.20 v.11-16
    TERRORISM CODIFIED IN THEIR RELIGION
    Deuteronomy c.2 v.2
    Deuteronomy c.7 v.1
    Jews SELF-anointed “The CHOSEN People of GOD”
    Nazis SELF-anointed “The GENETICALLY CHOSEN People of God”.

  • sam says:

    Then They will be TOAST if they try something that DUMB,IRAN is loaded to the HILT WORLDWIDE,Don’t these war mongers know this ?

    This WIll Teach them a LESSON I’m SURE

  • Patriot says:

    Anthony Chibbaro responded (via email):

    Makes me wonder – what IF Iran decided to launch a ‘preemptive’ attack on Israel; attacked ALL US and British Navy ships in the Gulf with surface to surface missiles that can sink an aircraft carrier; closed the Gulf to oil tanker shipping – what IF ‘they’ attacked first?

    What happens to the US and world economies with $25+ per gallon gasoline – IF there is any gasoline?

    What IF the rest of the world wakes up to the warmongering of the ‘Master Race’ in Israel that considers ALL other races as mere human excrement? – and turns against ALL of the Master Race?

    What IF the non-Zionist American people wake up one day to how it is ‘The Master Race’ that is destroying America – what then happens?

    Oops – I forgot the words and rightful claim of Ariel Sharon – ‘Jews control America and Americans know it’

    I suspect that Albert Einstein will be proven correct in his prediction that – “WWIII will be fought with nuclear weapons and WWIV will be fought with sticks and stones”

    Bombs away on Iran!

    AC

  • Patriot says:

    Following youtube says it all about Governor Rick Perry just telling CNN’s John King that he would give Israel permission to start WW3 via giving Israel the green light to bomb Iran:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYYtE42bddQ

    Rick Perry and the Neocon Israel firsters: http://tinyurl.com/RickPerryandtheNeocons

  • Trip says:

    One way or the other this stranglehold that Israel and AIPAC have on America is going to have to be broken. We attack Iran, Iran manges to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, oil, gas prices rise to astronomical levels, men in America can’t feed their families due to transportation cost and you will see the sleeping giant awake.

  • Patriot says:

    “Israel would be utterly crazy to attack Iran” – ElBaradei, when head of IAEA. But new IAEA report says otherwise

    (1) Israel’s leading columnist, Barnea, warns of Israeli attack on Iran
    (2) Haaretz screaming headline: Bibi Seeks Cabinet Approval for Iran Attack
    (3) Netanyahu trying to persuade cabinet to support attack on Iran, as debate goes public
    (4) Meir Dagan challenges Netanyahu over leaking attack plan: “prosecute me”
    (5) The Drums of Another WAR: IAEA suspects Iran nuke but silent on Israel’s
    (6) Iran on verge of getting Bomb, time to act – UK Telegraph; no mention that Israel has it
    (7) ElBaradei (former IAEA head) urges ICC trial of Bush for waging war on Iraq
    (8) “Israel would be utterly crazy to attack Iran” – ElBaradei, when head of IAEA
    (9) Turkish PM asks why Israel is allowed to have nukes
    (10) US departure from Iraq is an illusion: 17,000 personnel will be under jurisdiction of US ambassador
    (11) Three Jewish software heads (Brin, Ballmer, Ellison) develop a New and Frightening Stuxnet
    (12) Stuxnet: Screens deceptively said all was ok (By Way of Deception – Mossad motto)
    (13) Aeroplanes could be taken over by remote control and forced to crash – it could be a whole fleet

    (1) Israel’s leading columnist, Barnea, warns of Israeli attack on Iran

    http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2011/10/27/israels-leading-columnist-barnea-warns-of-israeli-attack-on-iran/

    Richard Silverstein

    October 27, 2011

    {photo caption} Barnea column headline: ‘Have Bibi and Barak sealed a deal between them despite the opposition of the security apparatus, and without public debate, to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities before winter?’ {end}

    For those of you seeking a comparison in the U.S. media that does justice to the role Nahum Barnea plays as Israel’s leading political columnist, you might go back to Walter Cronkite or Walter Lippman. In terms of today’s media, you could compare him to Tom Friedman, though Barnea is far more read, known and popular in Israel than Friedman is here.

    In the past weeks, I’ve described an increasing chorus of media warnings from other newspaper columnists that Bibi Netanyahu and Ehud Barak had come to a decision to attack Iran. Not to mention the well-known and repeated warnings of former Mossad chief, Meir Dagan. Though I found them convincing then, the fact that Barnea adds his own crediblity and voice in support of the warnings is critically important. I also note that his newspaper, Yediot Achronot, made this story its lead for the Friday afternoon-Erev Shabbat edition (equivalent to the Sunday paper), a further indication of the importance it gives to it.

    We’re on the road to war, I’m afraid. We have to begin thinking which side are we on, as the old union song goes. There are liberal Israeli parties like Meretz and Labor which always support Israeli wars no matter what. I call on them to determine what their stance will be now and not to dither as Meretz did during Cast and the last Lebanon war. Quick and early denunciation counts far more than faint hearted criticism that comes too little too late. It would be even better for them to announce their views even before an attack so that they lay down a political marker which they may refer back to after war begins. There is nothing like credibility in politics. Most Israeli political parties have little or none. Will they show any backbone now or behave in the same spineless way they have during past military adventures?

    (2) Haaretz screaming headline: Bibi Seeks Cabinet Approval for Iran Attack

    http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2011/11/01/haaretz-screaming-headline-bibi-seeks-cabinet-approval-for-iran-attack/

    Richard Silverstein

    November 1, 2011

    {Caption; photo is of the Hebrew edition} Haaretz front page headline: ‘Netanyahu Seeks Cabinet Majority for Military Action Against Iranian Nuclear Plants’ {end}

    The main headline of today’s Haaretz practically screams out (translation of Hebrew edition):

    Netanyahu Seeks Cabinet Majority for Military Action Against Iran’s Nuclear Plants

    The article continues (from the English edition):

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are trying to muster a majority in the cabinet in favor of military action against Iran, a senior Israeli official has said. According to the official, there is a “small advantage” in the cabinet for the opponents of such an attack.

    Netanyahu and Barak recently persuaded Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who previously objected to attacking Iran, to support such a move.

    The article suggests that this month’s IAEA report will be “decisive” in determining Israel’s decision. Since Israeli media have already blared what the supposed substance of the report will be (i.e. that Iran is moving ever closer to processes necessary to create a nuclear weapon), this seems a dubious proposition. What this means is that Bibi wants to bomb Iran and if there is any material in the report that justifies his pre-ordained outcome, then he will seize upon it.

    Much more decisive in the determination will be whether there is a cabinet majority, as the headline notes. Once Bibi has the votes it will hardly matter what the IAEA says.

    The report says that Bibi and Barak currently have a “slight majority.” Opposing are Yuval Steinitz, Dan Meridor, Bogie Yaalon (this is a shocker to me), Benny Begin and Eli Yishai. Maariv too has a screaming headline (Hebrew only):

    Meridor: Iran Deliberations Graver than Anat Kamm Leaks

    I take this to mean that the contents of the materials leaked by Anat Kamm, which revealed that IDF general had approved Palestinian assassinations in violation of Supreme Court rulings, will pale in comparison to the damage that an Iran attack could do to the IDF and Israel.

    This is the first Israeli media confirmation that not only have Bibi and Barak have determined to attack Iran, but that they have attempted to dragoon the cabinet into supporting it as well. This takes the plan one step closer to realization. As soon as there is a cabinet majority, the attack could happen at any moment. Don’t be terribly surprised if you wake up one morning and find pictures of Israeli missiles falling on Iran on CNN and the front page of your local paper. It no longer seems much of a question of “if,” but rather “when.”

    It’s very important that bloggers, journalists and others prepare for such an eventuality. We should try to create open channels of communication among us and Israeli and Iranian bloggers who can tell us in real time what is happening, who’s saying what, and where the bombs are falling. This will be a chilling, savage attack which I imagine will impact not just Iran, but Israel as well.

    In this column, Haaretz columnist Reuven Pedatzur, a former IAF fighter pilot and one of Israel’s premier military analysts, practically begs the current IAF commander to stand lay his body on the railroad tracks to halt the runaway train that is the project for an Iran attack:

    If anyone can save Israel from catastrophe it is the Israel Air Force commander. All Maj. Gen. Ido Nechushtan has to do is whisper to the prime minister and defense minister that an Air Force attack on Iran cannot achieve its goals.

    The force’s airplanes can reach Iran and even drop bombs, he must tell them, but ultimately the operation will not destroy the Iranian nuclear program. At best it will be delay the program by a few months.

    …Such an approach to the policy makers may be opposed to the “Air Force spirit,” but Nechushtan must act with national responsibility. It would not be a display of defeatism, but rather one of supreme responsibility in an era when the decision-making process has gone dangerously haywire. Only he can stop the train speeding to a collision in Iran’s skies.

    …Never, it seems, has an IDF officer been in a position in which his professional recommendation could bring on Israel a disaster of such proportions. We may only hope Nechushtan will rise to the occasion.

    Yet a third Haaretz article portrays (Hebrew) a Knesset speech by Ehud Barak in which he says regarding a possible Israeli strike against Iran:

    Events of the past year in the Middle East lead to the conclusion that there may be situations in which Israel will have to defend its own interests or stand up for things which are vital to it by itself, without being able to depend on regional powers or expecting the help of others.

    This was a clear reference to the fact that Israel, if it attacks Iran will not receive the backing of the U.S. (though whether it receives tacit backing is another question).

    In related developments, Shelly Yachimovitz, the leader of the much depleted Labor Party, actually took a reasonable position warning Bibi and Barak against a “reckless, megalomaniacal Iranian adventure.” Of course, the moment the F-16s take off, Labor will dutifully fall in line and we won’t hear another peep out of them until at least a hundred Israelis are dead. Then we’ll begin to see some finger-pointing and even a charge that Bibi didn’t let the IDF hit hard enough. So goes Israeli politics.

    (3) Netanyahu trying to persuade cabinet to support attack on Iran, as debate goes public

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/netanyahu-trying-to-persuade-cabinet-to-support-attack-on-iran-1.393214

    Published 00:51 02.11.11Latest update 00:51 02.11.11

    Netanyahu trying to persuade cabinet to support attack on Iran

    Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who previously objected to attacking Iran, was recently persuaded by Netanyahu and Barak to support such a move.

    By Barak Ravid, Amos Harel, Zvi Zrahiya and Jonathan Lis

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are trying to muster a majority in the cabinet in favor of military action against Iran, a senior Israeli official has said. According to the official, there is a “small advantage” in the cabinet for the opponents of such an attack.

    Netanyahu and Barak recently persuaded Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who previously objected to attacking Iran, to support such a move.

    Although more than a million Israelis have had to seek shelter during a week of rockets raining down on the south, political leaders have diverted their attention to arguing over a possible war with Iran. Leading ministers were publicly dropping hints on Tuesday that Israeli could attack Iran, although a member of the forum of eight senior ministers said no such decision had been taken.

    Senior ministers and diplomats said the International Atomic Energy Agency’s report, due to be released on November 8, will have a decisive effect on the decisions Israel makes.

    The commotion regarding Iran was sparked by journalist Nahum Barnea’s column in Yedioth Ahronoth last Friday. Barnea’s concerned tone and his editors’ decision to run the column under the main headline (“Atomic Pressure” ) repositioned the debate on Iran from closed rooms to the media’s front pages.

    Reporters could suddenly ask the prime minister and defense minister whether they intend to attack Iran in the near future and the political scene went haywire.

    Western intelligence officials agree that Iran is forging ahead with its nuclear program. Intelligence services now say it will take Iran two or three years to get the bomb once it decides to (it hasn’t made the decision yet ).

    According to Western experts’ analyses, an attack on Iran in winter is almost impossible, because the thick clouds would obstruct the Israel Air Force’s performance. …

    Former Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer said he feared a “horror scenario” in which Netanyahu and Barak decide to attack Iran. He warned of a “rash act” and said he hoped “common sense will prevail.” …

    (4) Meir Dagan challenges Netanyahu over leaking attack plan: “prosecute me”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/04/world/middleeast/israel-is-scrambling-over-news-reports-of-seeking-iran-strike.html

    Israel Faces Questions about News Reports of Eyeing Iran Strike

    By ISABEL KERSHNER and DAVID E. SANGER

    Published: November 3, 2011

    JERUSALEM — Israel’s top leadership has spent the week answering and evading questions about widespread reports that it is once again considering a strike on Iran’s nuclear complexes, while President Obama said Thursday that he and his allies would maintain “unprecedented international pressure” on Tehran to keep it from producing a nuclear weapon.

    Israeli officials would not confirm or deny multiple reports in the Israeli news media that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak were pressing for a decision on whether and when to strike a uranium enrichment facility at Natanz, the centerpiece of Iran’s known nuclear-fuel production, and related sites across the country.

    Several Israeli ministers have publicly placed blame for the leaks on Meir Dagan, the former chief of Israel’s Mossad intelligence service, who after leaving office this year said that Mr. Netanyahu was intent on launching such an attack, and had to be restrained by opposition from top intelligence and military officials, almost all of whom have since left office.

    Mr. Dagan, who is believed to have played a central role in unleashing the Stuxnet computer worm that set back Iran’s nuclear efforts by disabling about a fifth of its nuclear centrifuges, has argued that military action is unlikely to do enough damage and could set off a new war in the Middle East.

    Speaking to an audience in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night, Mr. Dagan challenged the government to indict him. “Have I violated information security?” he asked. “Then let them prosecute me. Let them say, ‘Dagan has broken the law.’ I’ll get a good lawyer.”

    Israel has debated the viability and effects of attacks many times in the past seven years, often to Washington’s consternation. Obama administration officials, in private conversations with the Israelis, have argued that the combination of economic sanctions and covert sabotage of the Iranian effort has been more effective than an attack could be, without the risk of provoking counterattacks or a war.

    But the most recent debate has been prompted by the confluence of three events that has made the issue seem especially urgent in Israel, according to American officials who have been worried about whether Israel might conduct a surprise attack.

    The first is Iran’s continued production of low- and medium-enriched uranium: it now has enough fuel for roughly four bombs, though producing them would require more time, more enrichment, and more risk of exposure. The second is Iran’s declaration that it is moving much of its production to a well-protected underground site near the holy city of Qum.

    “The Israelis fear that once it’s moved underground they won’t have the ability to see it, or reach it,” one American official said recently.

    But perhaps the most important event is a forthcoming report from the International Atomic Energy Agency, expected next week. For the first time, the agency is expected to describe, in detail, the evidence it has collected suggesting that Iranian scientists have experimented with warhead designs, nuclear detonation systems and specialized triggering devices that can be explained only as work on a nuclear weapon.

    Iran has said the data is fabricated, and vowed to publish its own evidence of Western terrorist plots against Iran.

    Mr. Obama and NATO allies, at a summit meeting in Cannes, France, have steered clear of any talk of military strikes, and said they remained focused on economic sanctions and other forms of diplomatic pressure, including enforcement of several United Nations Security Council resolutions that demand that Iran stop all uranium enrichment.

    The secretary general of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said Thursday that “NATO has no intention whatsoever to intervene in Iran, and NATO is not engaged as an alliance in the Iran question,” according to The Associated Press.

    The British newspaper The Guardian reported on Wednesday that Britain’s armed forces were stepping up their contingency planning for potential military action along with the United States against Iran. The Guardian added that the British Ministry of Defense “believes the U.S. may decide to fast-forward plans for targeted missile strikes at some key Iranian facilities.”

    Mr. Obama discussed Iran on Thursday with the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy. Mr. Obama told reporters that the International Atomic Energy Agency “is scheduled to release a report on Iran’s nuclear program next week, and President Sarkozy and I agree on the need to maintain the unprecedented pressure on Iran to meet its obligations.”

    Isabel Kershner reported from Jerusalem, and David E. Sanger from Washington. John F. Burns contributed reporting from London, and Helene Cooper from Cannes, France.

    (5) The Drums of Another WAR: IAEA suspects Iran nuke but silent on Israel’s

    Date: 4 November 2011 11:05

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/8866022/Iran-the-damning-nuclear-evidence.html

    Iran: the damning nuclear evidence

    Iran is attempting to engineer and test nuclear weapons at a series of banned production sites in defiance of United Nations sanctions, according to a report to be released next week

    By Damien McElroy, Adrian Blomfield in Jerusalem, Duncan Gardham and Alex Spillius

    10:24PM GMT 02 Nov 2011

    The research by the UN’s watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, will add a substantial layer to seven years of investigations that is likely to inflame tensions in the Middle East.

    Yukiya Amano, the organisation’s director-general, is unlikely to draw a definitive conclusion that Iran is making nuclear weapons, but according to Western diplomats the facts will make any other conclusion implausible.

    They believe the IAEA has substantiated evidence from intelligence reports, interviews with Iranian scientists and on-the-ground inspections that Iran is carrying out a nuclear weapons programme in parallel to its civilian energy goals.

    The agency will sound the alarm over Iranian scientists’ work to develop a ballistic missile warhead capable of carrying a nuclear device. It has already uncovered evidence that Iran has been carrying out research into triggers for nuclear weapons.

    Inspectors have also questioned Iranian scientists on simulation programmes that they believe are designed to design and test a potential weapon.

    “This is the product of a vast amount of work by the IAEA which will show the level of evidence they’ve accumulated and make clear a number of supplementary indications they have uncovered,” said a Western diplomat. “It makes an inescapable case that Iran has ambitions to militarise the uranium it has been enriching at its production facilities.”

    Another official said: “The Iranians have been very evasive, and quite clever about it at times. It’s been difficult to discover the smoking gun. But this will be more detailed than before. The director-general will point to black holes in the Iranians’ explanations. It will undoubtedly increase the pressure.”

    The Armed forces are conducting contingency planning for a potential attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities amid concerns of a resurgent nuclear programme, sources have said. …

    But the fear of allowing a country whose president repeatedly has called for Israel’s annihilation to build a nuclear bomb yesterday led Israel to test a long-range ballistic missile easily capable of reaching Iran. The test came just hours after Mr Netanyahu was reported to have stepped up pressure on his cabinet to back military strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

    Indicating that a rapid reassessment of policy was under way, Israeli newspapers suggested that an attack could take place either before the onset of winter or in the summer of next year.

    The dramatic disclosures came as the Israeli defence ministry confirmed that it had fired “a rocket propulsion system” from its Palmach airbase after a white streak was spotted in the skies above the centre of the country early yesterday.

    The ministry, which insisted that the launch had been long planned, censored further details. But Western experts concluded that Israel had fired a Jericho-3 ballistic missile, which is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and could form a component of any attack on Iran.

    It also emerged that Israel’s air force simulated a long-range attack at a Nato base in Sardinia last week.

    The exercise, which was not initially disclosed in Israel, included an air-to-air refuelling component. Potential targets in Iran lie between 950 and 1,400 miles from Israel’s borders. Any mission to destroy them would would require aerial refuelling.

    (6) Iran is on verge of getting Bomb, time to act – UK Telegraph; no mention that Israel has it

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/8867813/Iran-is-on-the-verge-of-getting-the-Bomb.-It-is-time-for-President-Barack-Obama-to-act.html

    Iran is on the verge of getting the Bomb. It is time for President Barack Obama to act

    The US President’s softly-softly approach has failed to deter the ayatollahs in their bid to acquire nuclear weapons.

    By Con Coughlin

    8:28PM GMT 03 Nov 2011

    [… ] As we know from the 1930s, appeasement achieves little when it comes to confronting a determined foe for whom the normal laws of international conduct do not apply. And next week, the full extent of Iran’s duplicity will be laid bare, with the publication of the latest International Atomic Energy Agency report on its nuclear ambitions.

    Unlike previous IAEA reports – which, under the leadership of Dr Mohamed ElBaradei, deliberately sought to obfuscate the true nature of Iran’s activities – this one will demonstrate unequivocally that Iran is well on the way to acquiring nuclear weapons. It will show that the country is seeking to engineer and test components that are only used in the production of nuclear weapons, and that this illegal activity is taking place at sites that would not even exist if Iran was in compliance with its international treaty obligations.

    Why, for example, are Iranian scientists experimenting with triggers that are only used for detonating nuclear weapons? Why are Iranian technicians devoting so much energy to developing a ballistic missile warhead that can carry a nuclear warhead? And why have they designed simulation programmes whose sole purpose is to test nuclear weapons systems? …

    In fact, the only measures that have had any demonstrable effect on slowing Iran’s nuclear progress have been undertaken by Israel, via a skilful combination of targeted assassinations and cyber-warfare. The introduction last year of the Stuxnet computer virus, which was developed at Israel’s Dimona nuclear research centre in the Negev desert, knocked out thousands of the centrifuges used to produce weapons-grade uranium. Iranian efforts have also been hit by the assassination of three of their top nuclear scientists in the past two years.

    But as the IAEA report will demonstrate, a combination of ingenuity and determination has enabled the Iranians to overcome these setbacks, to the point where their uranium enrichment activities have been fully reconstituted. Moreover, to ensure they do not suffer any further such attacks, they are relocating much of their nuclear equipment to underground bunkers. This includes the facility at Qom, which is buried deep below a mountain range, safe from foreign meddling.

    If Iran continues at its present rate, it is estimated that all the key nuclear components will be safely hidden away within 12 months, which would make it impossible for either the US or Israel to launch pre-emptive strikes. For this reason, a more bellicose response can be expected from the major Western powers when the IAEA presents its report.

    In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already sought Cabinet support for a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities while they are still visible. By way of underlining the seriousness of his intent, the Israeli military earlier this week test-fired a missile capable of hitting Iran.

    Given the appalling repercussions that a unilateral attack on Iran would have on regional stability, it is highly unlikely that even Mr Obama can distance himself from the coming storm. The Iranians have made it abundantly clear that, if attacked, they will respond by trying to wipe Israel off the map. Mr Obama does not enjoy the best of relationships with Mr Netanyahu, who has been accused of constantly undermining Washington’s attempts to revive peace talks with the Palestinians. But he also knows that America cannot afford to stand by when Iran threatens the very existence of its closest regional ally.

    (7) ElBaradei (former IAEA head) urges ICC trial of Bush for waging war on Iraq

    Date: 06.05.2011 10:00 AM

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/176217.html

    ElBaradei urges ICC trial of Bush

    Sat Apr 23, 2011 5:34AM

    Former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei says former US President George W. Bush and his administration’s officials should be put on trial in the “International Criminal Court” (ICC) for waging war on Iraq.

    ElBaradei in a new memoir, “The Age of Deception,” says that the Bush administration officials should face international criminal investigation for the “shame of a needless war” in Iraq.

    He accused then-President George Bush and his administration officials of “grotesque distortion” in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq with an excuse to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

    The so-called hunt for WMD in Iraq, however, yielded no results.

    The then US administration claimed that Iraq possessed WMD despite contrary evidence collected by ElBaradei’s and other arms inspectors inside the country.

    ElBaradei, who was the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 1997 to 2009, says his inspectors in Iraq have found certain aluminum tubes that were designed for artillery rockets, not for uranium enrichment equipment to build nuclear bombs, as Washington claimed.

    He reported the conclusion to the UN Security Council on January 27, 2003, and yet on the next day Bush, in a “remarkable” response, delivered a State of the Union address in which he repeated the unfounded claim about aluminum tubes, ElBaradei wrote.

    ElBaradei called the invasion of Iraq “aggression where there was no imminent threat,” and suggested that international courts should investigate it as a possible war crime.

    “Should not the International Criminal Court investigate whether this constitutes a ‘war crime’ and determine who is accountable?” the former IAEA chief stated.

    ElBaradei wrote that the Iraq war taught him that “deliberate deception was not limited to small countries ruled by ruthless dictators.”

    SB/MGH/HRF

    (8) “Israel would be utterly crazy to attack Iran” – ElBaradei, when head of IAEA

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohamed_ElBaradei

    In an interview with CNN in May 2007, ElBaradei gave one of his sternest warnings against using military action against Iran, a state signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Referring to “the extreme people who have extreme views” he said that “you do not want to give additional argument to some of the ‘new crazies’ who want to say let us go and bomb Iran.”[33]

    The New York Times columnist Roger Cohen interviewed ElBaradei in April 2009. ElBaradei is quoted as saying, “Israel would be utterly crazy to attack Iran.” He states that an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities would “turn the region into a ball of fire and put Iran on a crash course for nuclear weapons with the support of the whole Muslim world.”[34] ElBaradei believes that the nuclear non-proliferation regime has “lost its legitimacy in the eyes of Arab public opinion because of the perceived double standard” in relation to Israel’s nuclear-weapons’ program.[35]

    In an interview with French newspaper, Le Monde, ElBaradei said that he wants “to get people away from the idea that Iran will be a threat from tomorrow and that we are faced right now with the issue of whether Iran should be bombed or allowed to have the bomb. We are not at all in that situation. Iraq is a glaring example of how, in many cases, the use of force exacerbates the problem rather than [solves] it.”[13]

    In an interview published on July 12, 2010, in the German magazine Der Spiegel, ElBaradei said “I do not believe that the Iranians are actually producing nuclear weapons. . . .[I]n general, the danger of a nuclear-armed Iran is overestimated; some even play it up intentionally.[36]

    References

    33. ^ “Transcript of Interview with IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei” . CNN Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer. 28 October 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-21.

    34.^ Realpolitik for Iran

    35.^ “Israel seen undermining disarmament ElBaradei” . Reuters. 2009-02-16. Retrieved 2011-03-22.

    36.^ Der Spiegel: Interview with Mohamed ElBaradei, 12 July 2010 . Accessed 15 July 2010.

    This page was last modified on 1 November 2011 at 16:53.

    (9) Turkish PM asks why Israel is allowed to have nukes

    Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 16:21:11 -0400 (EDT) From: IHR News

    http://www.presstv.com/detail/201329.html

    ‘Why is Israel allowed to have nukes?’

    Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:40PM

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the West practices double standards in regard to Israel’s nuclear arsenal.

    In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Erdogan noted that Israel is the only player in the Middle East that has nuclear weapons and asked, “Why is it that countries banning Iran from having nuclear weapons don’t also ban Israel from having nuclear weapons?”

    Turkey downgraded ties with Israel after Tel Aviv refused to apologize for its attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, which left nine Turkish citizens dead on May 31, 2010.

    Earlier in September, the Turkish Economy Minister said Ankara would continue its “normal” economic ties with Tel Aviv. From January 2011 to July 2011, trade between Turkey and Israel reached $2.3 billion.

    Erdogan also commented on Turkey’s decision to host one component of a missile shield system, calling it a “NATO concept.”

    He advised against “different interpretations” of Turkey’s decision and urged everyone to look at “what is actually the reality” in the issue.

    But Turkey’s move was still censured in some circles, with Iran describing it as “a cause for concern” and “questionable.” Russia criticized Turkey for collaborating with NATO.

    Turkey could earn as much as $4 billion from the missile shield system. It has been reported that a Turkish defense company is holding negotiations on a $2 billion contract in connection with the project.

    HMV/HGH/HGL

    (10) US departure from Iraq is an illusion: 17,000 personnel will be under jurisdiction of US ambassador

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/oct/25/us-departure-iraq-illusion

    The US departure from Iraq is an illusion

    39,000 soldiers will leave Iraq this year, but US military control will continue in such guises as security and training

    James Denselow guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 25 October 2011 16.00 BST

    Barack Obama has announced that US troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of this year. Photograph: Khalid Mohammed/AP Barack Obama has made good on one of his election promises, announcing: “After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over.” The Iraqis’ assertion of their sovereignty – meaning no legal immunity for US troops – was the deal-breaker, and 39,000 US soldiers will leave Iraq by the end of the year.

    Jonathan Steele wrote that the Iraq war was over and the US had learned “that putting western boots on the ground in a foreign war, particularly in a Muslim country, is madness”. Yet this madness may continue in a different guise, as there is a huge gap between rhetoric and reality surrounding the US departure from Iraq. In fact, there are a number of avenues by which the US will be able to exert military influence in the country.

    These can be divided into four main categories:

    Embassy, consulates and private security contractors

    The US embassy – the largest and most expensive in the world – is in a green zone of its own in Baghdad, supplied by armed convoys and generating its own water and electricity, and treating its own sewage. At 104 acres, the embassy is almost the same size as Vatican City. It is here that the US is transforming its military-led approach into one of muscular diplomacy.

    State department figures show that some 17,000 personnel will be under the jurisdiction of the US ambassador. In addition, there are also consulates in Basra, Mosul and Kirkuk, which have been allocated more than 1,000 staff each. Crucially, all these US staff, including military and security contractors, will have diplomatic immunity. Essentially, the Obama administration is reaping the political capital of withdrawing US troops while hedging the impact of the withdrawal with an increase in private security contractors working for a diplomatic mission unlike any other on the planet.

    This “surge” of contractors has even raised the possibility of controversial firm Blackwater, now known as Xe, returning to the country. The firm was responsible for the deaths of 17 Iraqis in 2007 in the infamous Nisour Square massacre, yet president and chief executive Ted Wright told the Wall Street Journal recently that he would like to do business in Iraq again.

    In 2008, much was made in of the fact that as part of the Status of Forces Agreement (Sofa) between the US and Iraq, contractors would lose their immunity. However, as a congressional research report noted: “The term defined in the agreement, ‘US contractors and their employees’, only applies to contractors that are operating under a contract/subcontract with or for the United States forces. Therefore, US contractors operating in Iraq under contract to other US departments/agencies are not subject to the terms of the Sofa.”

    Congressman Jason Chaffetz questioned the replacement of military forces with contractors, asking: “Are we just playing a little bit of a shell game here?” There is some irony in the fact that a decision by the Iraqi government to deny US soldiers immunity will result in an increase in the numbers of much hated and unaccountable security contractors.

    Military trainers included as part of arms deals

    There are an estimated 400 arms deals between Baghdad and Washington, worth $10bn, with an additional 110 deals, worth $900m, reportedly pending. Many of these, as part of the deal, require US trainers, who would be working through the Office of Security Co-operation in the embassy. Bloomberg news reported that this “newly established office will have a core staff of 160 civilians and uniformed military alongside 750 civilian contractors overseeing Pentagon assistance programmes, including military training. They will be guarded, fed and housed by 3,500 additional contract personnel”, working in 10 offices around the country .

    In September, Iraq made the first payments in a £1.9bn deal to buy 18 F-16s. The agreements mean that despite the claim that Iraq took full responsibility for its airspace in October, effective aerial sovereignty will be in the hands of the Americans for years to come as they help to patrol the country’s skies and control its airspace, and train its air force. A senior Iraqi politician explained to me last week: “We are absolutely incapable of defending our borders. We don’t even have one fighter jet to defend our airspace.”

    US moving under the Nato umbrella

    Nato has a training mission in Iraq that will stay through 2013. The alliance is providing expertise in logistics and policing and Iraqi lawmakers are currently discussing an extension of the Nato mission that could see US military trainers move under the jurisdiction of an agreement originally made in 2004.

    Drones and targeted assassinations

    With the US in de facto control of Iraq’s airspace, Obama is likely to increase his reliance on drones and targeted killings as a means of attacking al-Qaida targets. As the US is still at war with al-Qaida, it can find justification in self-defence and article 51 of the UN charter.

    With continued concern over a potential conflict with Iran, it is perhaps unsurprising that the US is unwilling to surrender the ability to influence events on the ground in Iraq. Hillary Clinton told reporters on Sunday: “No one, most particularly Iran, should miscalculate about our continuing commitment to and with the Iraqis going forward.”

    In his speech on Friday, Obama said the US sought “a normal relationship between sovereign nations, an equal partnership based on mutual interests and mutual respect”. Whatever shape the relationship between the US and Iraq takes in the long term, for the short term the US is definitely remaining in the country.

    (11) Three Jewish software heads (Brin, Ballmer, Ellison) develop a New and Frightening Stuxnet

    http://www.isssource.com/a-new-and-frightening-stuxnet/

    A New and Frightening Stuxnet

    By Richard Sale

    Industrial Safety and Security Source (ISSSource)

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011 @ 11:10 AM

    Facing mounting concern about Iran’s nuclear program, a top U.S. and Israeli technical team has developed a computer “malworm” designed to take down all of Iran’s computer software.

    ISSSource has learned leaders of the three major software companies, Sergey Brin at Google, Steve Ballmer at Microsoft and Larry Ellison at Oracle have been working with Israel’s top cyber warriors and have now come up with new version of a Stuxnet-like worm that can bring down Iran’s entire software networks if the Iranian regime gets too close to a breakout, according to U.S. intelligence sources. Google, Microsoft and Oracle had no comment on the issue.

    {Comment (Peter Myers) – the three above-named IT heads are all Jewish}

    “Cyber warfare is a lot like biological warfare. It’s hard to stop. It’s uncontrollable. It can bite you in the ass,” said one U.S. official.

    This new version of Stuxnet was, until recently, seen as a tool to derail any notions of an Israel military surgical strike on Iran with the United States in a supporting role. During his visit to Israel, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta carried a U.S. message to Tel Aviv that President Barack Obama would not support a military strike on Iran, said a U.S. official, who spoke under the condition of anonymity. Israeli plans for an attack had alarmed the National Security Council and the Senate foreign policy committee when briefed on the Israeli proposal.

    “They were in shock afterwards,” the U.S. official said.

    Since early June, U.S. intelligence experts have warned of an Israeli attack on Iran before the UN meeting on the question of Palestinian statehood. Those warnings came at the same time as when then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates left office in June or when Joint Chiefs of Staff head Adm. Mike Mullen was preparing for his September retirement.

    Throughout the summer, U.S. officials have strenuously resisted the urgings of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a preemptive strike. Several senior U.S. intelligence officials confirmed large contingency planning drills for an intervention if Israel attacked Iran. Planning for such an intervention was seen as “pretty far advanced,” a U.S. official said in August.

    These officials reported they were resisting such notions with all the force they can. But one cautioned, “This is no drill.”

    Matters became more complicated when the FBI uncovered an Iranian terrorist operation targeted in Washington, DC, that could have supported long-time American hard liners as well as Israeli supporters of some type of military attack on Iran.

    Compounding that is the Saudi position informing President Obama the Saudis strongly support a military campaign against Iran. Saudi officials are now signaling the Israelis Saudi King Abd’allah is in favor of a strike on Iran.

    This new Stuxnet worm is being advanced by administration and intelligence officials as a more powerful tool with more range and a stronger capability than the previous version. Officials want this new cyber capability to derail any military action that could result in a regional war.

    The Stuxnet attack on Iran’s nuclear plants in Bushehr and Natanz in 2010 was the result of a joint effort between the United States and the cyber warfare experts of Israel’s Mossad and the IDF Unit 8200. The attack wrecked havoc on Iran’s nuclear program for 11 months, U.S. officials confirmed.

    These officials verified Israeli assertions that Iran never overcame the disruptions caused by Stuxnet nor did it manage to restore its centrifuges to smooth and normal operation as was claimed.

    U.S. intelligence sources current and former, said Iran finally was forced to scrap tainted machines and replace them with new ones.

    Iran provided confirmation of this July 19 when a senior Iranian official said improved and faster centrifuge models were being installed.

    Sources differ on the number of centrifuges replaced. One former U.S. intelligence official said at least 1,000 machines had been replaced. Israeli intelligence sources put the number as high as 5,000. U.S. sources believe the actual estimate to be lower.

    “Iran has an illegal procurement system for the machines and it makes the system vulnerable to attack,” said one former U.S. intelligence official with knowledge of the matter. The reason it is vulnerable to attack is because the CIA has penetrated Iran’s dummy procurement companies in order to plant design and other flaws that will cause the system to malfunction if Iran tries to use it. As a former CIA official said, “When Tehran throws a switch, nothing will happen.”

    In spite of U.S. intelligence operations to hamper or thwart any progress on Iran’s nuclear program, Israel continues to claim in recent months Iran has taken advantage of the West’s fixation with the Arab Spring to forge ahead unnoticed with its weapons program.

    U.S. officials dismissed this claim by the Israelis, pointing out it was hard to argue on one hand that a “malworm” had severely damaged Iran’s system to the point where it has having to replace its machines and then on the other hand boast of ongoing secret progress. “That nonsense is for Israeli hawks like Netanyau,” one source said.

    “Anyone who argues about secret progress in Iran’s program had better come up with hard evidence of it. We do not possess such evidence,” a former senior intelligence official said.

    Richard Sale was United Press International’s Intelligence Correspondent for 10 years and more recently has been intelligence correspondent for the Middle East Times, a publication of UPI.

    (12) Stuxnet: Screens deceptively said all was ok (By Way of Deception – Mossad motto)

    http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Computer_expert_says_US_behind_Stuxnet_worm_999.html

    Computer expert says US behind Stuxnet worm

    by Staff Writers

    Long Beach, California (AFP) March 3, 2011

    A German computer security expert said Thursday he believes the United States and Israel’s Mossad unleashed the malicious Stuxnet worm on Iran’s nuclear program.

    “My opinion is that the Mossad is involved,” Ralph Langner said while discussing his in-depth Stuxnet analysis at a prestigious TED conference in the Southern California city of Long Beach.

    “But, the leading source is not Israel… There is only one leading source, and that is the United States.”

    There has been widespread speculation Israel was behind the Stuxnet worm that has attacked computers in Iran, and Tehran has blamed the Jewish state and the United States for the killing of two nuclear scientists in November and January.

    “The idea behind Stuxnet computer worm is really quite simple,” Langner said. “We don’t want Iran to get the bomb.”

    The malicious code was crafted to stealthily take control of valves and rotors at an Iranian nuclear plant, according to Langner.

    “It was engineered by people who obviously had inside information,” he explained. “They probably also knew the shoe size of the operator.”

    Stuxnet targets computer control systems made by German industrial giant Siemens and commonly used to manage water supplies, oil rigs, power plants and other critical infrastructure.

    “The idea here is to circumvent digital data systems, so the human operator could not get there fast enough,” Langner said.

    “When digital safety systems are compromised, really bad things can happen — your plant can blow up.

    Most Stuxnet infections have been discovered in Iran, giving rise to speculation it was intended to sabotage nuclear facilities there. The worm was crafted to recognize the system it was to attack.

    The New York Times reported in January that US and Israeli intelligence services collaborated to develop the computer worm to sabotage Iran’s efforts to make a nuclear bomb.

    Russia called on NATO in January to launch an investigation into the computer worm that targeted a Russian-built Iranian nuclear power plant, saying the incident could have triggered a new Chernobyl.

    Russia’s envoy to NATO in January said Stuxnet caused centrifuges producing enriched uranium at the Bushehr plant to spin out of control, which could have sparked a new “Chernobyl tragedy,” the 1986 nuclear meltdown in Ukraine.

    “The operators saw on their screens that the centrifuges were working normally when in fact they were out of control,” Dmitry Rogozin told reporters after meeting with ambassadors from the 28-nation Western alliance.

    Russia is helping Iran build a nuclear power plant in the southern city of Bushehr for civilian use.

    Langner said the Stuxnet code was designed to trick human operators by showing them recorded readings indicating machinery is running normally while behind the scenes they are heading for destruction.

    “It’s definitely hard-core sabotage,” Langner said of Stuxnet. “It’s like in the movies where during a heist the security camera is running pre-recorded video showing nothing is wrong.”

    Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency has denied that the Stuxnet attack effected the country’s nuclear program, including Bushehr.

    A terrifying aspect of Stuxnet, according to Langner, is that it is a generic attack that would work well in factories, power plants, or other operations plentiful in the United States.

    “It’s a cyber weapon of mass destruction,” Langner said. “We’d better start preparing right now.”

    (13) Aeroplanes could be taken over by remote control and forced to crash – it could be a whole fleet

    {Peter Myers}

    http://www.news.com.au/technology/remote-control-computer-programs-pose-terror-risks-to-aeroplanes/story-e6frfrnr-1226033003093

    ‘Remote control’ computer programs pose terror risks to aeroplanes

    By Alex Dickinson The Courier-Mail April 04, 2011 12:01am

    AEROPLANES could be taken over by remote control and forced to crash with the use of newly invented computer software.

    Cyber attacks are now viewed by experts as the second-biggest risk to aviation behind natural disasters.

    Representatives from Qantas and Virgin Airlines were warned of the threat at the Asia-Pacific Aviation Security Conference in Hong Kong.

    Australian cyber-security expert Ty Miller, from Pure Hacking, told the conference whole fleets of planes could be affected.

    “The stereotypical Die Hard 2 airport attack, where aircraft controls can be taken over, is no longer just a movie script. It’s an actual reality,” Mr Miller said.

    “Depending on what information was accessed . . . the control of the aircraft themselves could be compromised.

    “You could deal with planes so that when they’re in the air they all of a sudden start dumping all of their fuel, or force the planes to take a nose-dive. And it’s not necessarily one plane it could be a whole fleet of planes.”

    Mr Miller’s firm engages in “ethical hacking”, which involves testing the security of a network by trying to crack its systems.

    Posing as a rogue employee with general access to an airline’s systems, Mr Miller was recently able to take over the airline’s entire network within a day.

    “That would give us full administrator access to the whole computer system and access to potentially sensitive documents and data,” he said.

    He cited the Stuxnet worm incident, where an unknown attacker last year used the software to sabotage one of Iran’s uranium enrichment plants.

    The Stuxnet attack overwhelmed the nuclear facility’s internal network, causing it to go offline.

    “The analysis of the Stuxnet attack (on Iran) showed that it would have required a team of five or ten people working for at least six months,” Mr Miller said.

    “It would have been extremely well funded, and the culprits would have had access to intelligence to conduct several multi-staged attacks on a number of different companies to perform industrial espionage.

    “To compromise the avionics of an aircraft, hackers would have to have the same level of information and potentially need to hack into Boeing, the specific airline and the airport systems.”

    A rogue employee was in fact more of a threat than terrorists, Mr Miller said.

  • Geltmeister says:

    A ‘surprise attack’ against Iran’s nuclear program is hardly going to happen if they keep letting the cat out the bag like this.

    This happens every two years or so, who can forget the Russian General who even felt confident another to give us a propabale date for an attack back in 2009?

    It’s all class A bullshit. I would be more concerned with what the mis-direction is really concealing.

  • Patriot says:

    Gilad Atzmon: Armageddon Ahead

    http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/gilad-atzmon-armageddon-ahead.html

    It does not take a genius to gather that the Israeli aggression towards Iran would endanger every living species on this planet. Devastatingly enough, our Western governments do nothing to stop the Jewish State. That should not take us by surprise: our politicians are largely funded and vetted by Israeli lobbies that openly support attack on Iran.

    Here in Britain Defence Secretary Liam Fox had to resign two weeks ago when it became clear that he was ‘breaching ministerial laws’. The British press went out of its way to reduce the issue of his resignation into just another ‘gay-ish mini scandal’. But we actually have strong reason to believe that Fox was working intensively for Israel. He was enthusiastically advocating Israeli interests such as an attack on Iran. Together with his ‘best friend’ Adam Werritty, he was also funded by the Israeli lobby. We know also that Fox and his ‘flat mate’ Werritty were in direct contact with Mossad, and were even warned by MI6 about it.

    But Fox was not alone: with 80% of our leading party’s MP’s being Conservative Friends Of Israel’s (CFI) members, we have good reason to believe that treachery is now institutional amongst UK elected politicians.

    As we brace ourselves while learning from the Israeli press about the IAF’s final preparations ahead for an attack on Iran’s nuclear plants, I would like to share with you a short passage from The Wandering Who.

    In the following extract, I explore the exact genocidal scenario that Israeli pilots are now training to accomplish, in these very days. As much as it is clear that our treacherous elected puppets will fail to restrain Israel, it is equally and tragically obvious that Israel lacks the means to restrain its own madness.

    “…I will try to elucidate this idea through a simple and hypothetical yet horrifying war scenario. We, for instance, can envisage a horrific situation in which an Israeli so-called ‘pre-emptive’ attack on Iran escalates into a disastrous nuclear war, in which tens of millions of people perish. I guess that amongst the survivors of such a nightmare scenario, some may be bold enough to argue that ‘Hitler might had been right after all.’

    The above is obviously a fictional scenario, and by no means a wishful one, yet such a vision of a ‘possible’ horrific development should restrain Israeli or Zionist aggression towards

  • Patriot says:

    Mike Rivero (of http://whatreallyhappened.com) wrote the following response at bottom of: http://america-hijacked.com/2011/11/03/israeli-uk-media-report-increased-planning-for-confrontation-with-iran/

    The reason for the rush is simple. Iraq is kicking the US out end of the year. Israel needs those American bodies to be in Iraq to catch Iranian bullets when Iran retaliates for an attack. So Israel is going to start the war with Iran now while YOUR kids are in position to die to save Israeli lives.

    That is when Netanyahu meant by the “window closing.”

  • Patriot says:

    Syd Walker wrote via Twitter:

    In story about attacking Iran Daily Telegraph doesn’t bother mentioning prospect of horrific number of casualties in Iran:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/8866022/Iran-the-damning-nuclear-evidence.html

  • Patriot says:

    Syd Walker wrote via Twitter:

    In story about attacking Iran DT doesn’t bother mentioning prospect of horrific number of casualties in Iran & environs

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/8866022/Iran-the-damning-nuclear-evidence.html

  • SaudiYouth says:

    If the Israeli people want to commit suicide by giving their Zionist leaders the green light to attack their neighbor Iran (Persia has never threatened Israel and even allowed the Jews who were in exile as punishment from God to return to their homeland), we should not be participants of this evil and insane action!

    To prevent a second holocaust of innocent Jews in Israel and the inevitable destruction of cities all around the world after Israel launches its nuclear armed missiles – part of the second strike capability it has and will use when the State of Israel is about to be destroyed – the U.S. Government must apply pressure to stop this before it is too late for all of us.

    If elected and appointed U.S. Government officials with dual loyalties and citizenships and pro-State of Israel lobbyists and organizations such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) do not give their full support in preventing this war with Iran where everyone will lose and possibly triggers the start of WWIII, then they should all be declared as terrorists and terrorist organizations and everyone be arrested.

    Our inactions to prevent new global wars is a crime against all of humanity and a threat to all human life on Earth. Where are the “blessed peace makers” – the true “children of God” – when we need them the most?

  • Obama promissed Netenyahu we would go into Iran no longer than Oct. 2012. Novemeber following is the election. How convenient.

    Obama Set to Attack Iran’s Nuclear Sites By Fall of 2012 (unless Tehran halts nuclear weaponization)

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2802686/posts

  • Patriot says:

    Israel’s Peres warns attack on Iran getting ‘closer’

    http://news.yahoo.com/israels-peres-says-iran-attack-more-more-likely-022212256.html

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Israel-Peres-Iran-attack/2011/11/06/id/417026?s=al&promo_code=D72E-1

    Peres says Iran greatest threat to Israel

    http://www.presstv.com/detail/208744.html

    Israel Set to Attack Over Iran Nuclear Risk

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29637.htm

    ‘Iran attack will drag ME into total chaos’

    http://www.presstv.com/detail/208707.html

    Vicious triangle forming against Iran

    http://www.presstv.com/detail/208576.html

    US, Israel plan ‘largest’ war games

    http://www.presstv.com/detail/208648.html

    Attacking Iran serious mistake: Russia

    http://presstv.com/detail/208856.html

  • Patriot says:

    “The Guardian of Israel.”

    LOCATION (URL) –
    http://www.redress.cc/global/gatzmon20111106

    SYNOPSIS – Gilad Atzmon argues that, by regurgitating Israeli disinformation
    that the UK is ready to join the US and Israel in attacking Iran but without
    any attribution or substantiation, Britain’s Guardian newspaper has turned
    itself into a mouthpiece of Israeli propaganda.

    FOR THE FULL STORY, GO TO:
    http://www.redress.cc/global/gatzmon20111106

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    STOP THE WAR COALITION
    Newsletter No.1224
    5 November 2011
    Email office@stopwar.org.uk
    Tel: 020 7801 2768
    Web: http://stopwar.org.uk
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/STWuk
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stopthewarcoalition

    IN THIS NEWSLETTER:
    1) DON’T ATTACK IRAN
    2) REMEMBRANCE DAY – NO MORE WARS
    3) WIN TICKETS TO POEMS ON THE UNDERGROUND REMEMBRANCE CONCERT
    4) SUPPORT OCCUPY LSX
    5) STOP THE WAR’S FUNDRAISING DINNER, NOVEMBER 23RD

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    1) DON’T ATTACK IRAN

    Recent reports that the MoD are drawing up plans for military
    action against Iran are deeply worrying. Any attack on Iran would
    risk a wave of destruction across the Middle East. The West is
    justifying tightened sanctions and an increasingly aggressive
    posture with a series of vague claims that Iran is trying to
    protect its nuclear reactors and defying sanctions.

    These claims are about as convincing as those used to justify the
    attack on Iraq. Meanwhile the US is sending more troops,
    warships and arms to the region. All this as they remain silent
    about the well documented strengthening of the Israeli nuclear
    arsenal, the only one in the Middle East.

    Stop the War has produced a statement calling on the British
    government to scrap any plans for intervention and to pledge to
    take no part in any military action against Iran. Go to
    http://bit.ly/uFpHHL

  • Grey says:

    There is no chance the US or Israel is gonna attack Iran. First of all, the US doesn’t want a war with Iran for many reasons such as Iran’s military might, before the US attacked Iraq, Iraq sanctions really worked and they made Iraq to halt its missile program, but Iran sanctions didn’t work at all, and Iran grows stronger and stronger day by day. Secondly Iran would close the strait of hormez, which is a great blow to western economies and will lead to their collapse in months. Iran will destroy Israel in case which the US would have to interfere, that is exactly why the US will never allow Israel to attack Iran. Iran could use its allies to bomb Israel and even the US. http://www.hudson-ny.org/1714/iran-missiles-in-venezuela
    I say this is all psychological warfare in order to prevent people from traveling to Iran.

  • Carolyn says:

    How about little boys learn to sit down and solve their problems like adult men do?

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