Friday, February 27, 2009

Iran Dialogue Fear

International Atomic Energy Agency Report 22/2/09
Iran is cooperating well with UN nuclear inspectors to help ensure it does not again understate the amount of uranium it has enriched, the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Sunday.

The IAEA report showed a significant increase in Iran's reported stockpile of low-enriched uranium (LEU) since November to 1,010 kg.

"The (IAEA) has no reason at all to believe that the estimates of LEU produced in the (Natanz) facility were an intentional error by Iran. They are inherent in the early commissioning phases of such a facility when it is not known in advance how it will perform in practice," said IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming.

Nothing alarming, but not according to Israel.

US dialogue with Iran must be limited
Roni Sofer 23/2/09 - ynetnews

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert convened a secret discussion on the Iranian nuclear threat on Sunday evening following the release of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on the matter.

Israel fears Tehran will take advantage of US President Obama's willingness to launch negotiations.

The defence minister Ehud Barak recommended that the US dialogue with Iran be limited for a short period of time, after which United Nations sanctions would be imposed on the Islamic Republic.

Barak only last week, said that "Iran perceives itself as a superpower, its sees all of its nuclear neighbors and views it as a duty to be nuclear as well. There is no doubt that a nuclear weapon in Iran is a threat on any possible world order.”

Should that be “possible New World Order”?

A Previous IAEA Report on Iran - 26 May 2008 included:
Between 28 January and 16 May 2008, Iran fed a total of approximately 19 kg of UF6 into the 20-machine IR-1 cascade, the single IR-2 centrifuges, the 10-machine IR-2 cascade and the single IR-3 centrifuges at PFEP. All nuclear material at PFEP, as well as the cascade area, remains under Agency containment and surveillance.

The results of the environmental samples taken at FEP and PFEP indicate that the plants have been operated as declared. [4] The samples showed low enriched uranium (with up to 4.0% U-235), natural uranium and depleted uranium (down to 0.4% U-235) particles. Iran declared enrichment levels in FEP of up to 4.7% U-235. Since March 2007, fourteen unannounced inspections have been conducted.

A US National Intelligence Estimate of November 2007 found:
We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program.

We assess with moderate confidence Tehran had not restarted its nuclear weapons program as of mid-2007, but we do not know whether it currently intends to develop nuclear weapons.

We judge with high confidence that Iran will not be technically capable of producing and reprocessing enough plutonium for a weapon before about 2015.

Why, in the face of all known facts, is Israel constantly disseminating fear of an Iranian nuclear threat? Perhaps the poor people don’t understand the concept of a fact. Perhaps I can help out here by giving them an example of an actual fact:
Iran is a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and has no nuclear weapons. Only four recognized sovereign states in the world are not parties to the treaty: India, Israel, Pakistan and North Korea. All of whom possess nuclear weapons.
Currently Iran is probably the most scrutinized nation on Earth regarding nuclear material. If only the USA were required to be so accountable the world would be a much safer place.

U.S. Energy Department Cannot Account for Nuclear Materials at 15 Locations
By Katherine McIntire Peters -

WASHINGTON -- A number of U.S. institutions with licenses to hold nuclear material reported to the Energy Department in 2004 that the amount of material they held was less than agency records indicated. But rather than investigating the discrepancies, Energy officials wrote off significant quantities of nuclear material from the department's inventory records.

Auditors found that Energy could not accurately account for the quantities and locations of nuclear material at 15 out of 40, or 37 percent, of facilities reviewed. The materials written off included 20,580 grams of enriched uranium, 45 grams of plutonium, 5,001 kilograms of normal uranium and 189,139 kilograms of depleted uranium.

The audit was a follow-up to a 2001 probe that found similar record-keeping problems.

Interesting, 200 tonnes of missing depleted uranium.

According to Dr. Doug Rokke (US Army Health Physicist & Nuclear Medicine Sciences Officer) 350 tonnes of depleted uranium were dispersed over Iraq in munitions during the first Gulf War alone. Who knows how much was scattered around in and after the 2003 invasion. These munitions weapons, utilized for their ability to penetrate armour and bunkers due to the density of uranium, have also been extensively dispersed throughout Afghanistan.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Save the Net

The Federal Government is planning to force all Australian servers to filter internet traffic and block any material the Government deems ‘inappropriate’. Under the plan, the Government can add any ‘unwanted’ site to a secret blacklist.

Testing has already begun on systems that will slow our internet by up to 87%, make it more expensive, miss the vast majority of inappropriate content and accidentally block up to 1 in 12 legitimate sites. Our children deserve better protection - and that won't be achieved by wasting millions on this deeply flawed system.

Sign the petition below:

Senator Conroy,

I don't want draconian government restrictions on the internet that will hold back the digital economy and miss the vast majority of unwanted content."

Friday, February 20, 2009

Geronimo To Sue Obama

from ABC News

Geronimo's relatives sue to get skull back

Twenty descendants of Apache warrior chief Geronimo have filed suit in a US Federal Court in Washington asking that his spirit and remains be freed.

In around 1918, members of Yale University's Order of the Skull and Bones society, including George W Bush's grandfather, allegedly took Geronimo's skull and other bones and items buried with him from the warrior's tomb at Fort Sill.

"It's been 100 years since the death of my great-grandfather in 1909 - It's been 100 years of imprisonment," Geronimo's great-grandson Harlyn Geronimo said.

The suit names US President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defence Robert Gates among its defendants. In addition, the complaint cites as defendants army secretary Pete Geren, Yale University, and the Order of the Skull and Bones.

Mr Geronimo said he had written to George W Bush to ask that his great-grandfather's remains be returned to his Apache homeland for burial, but never got a reply.

from Bush family election special 2004

An attempt to negotiate a settlement to this shameful issue with Jonathan Bush, President George H. W. Bush's brother, in NYC in 1986 ended without agreement, and the Skull and Bones Society lawyer Endicott P. Davison then blandly denied all, despite the existence of substantial physical evidence supplied by a "Bonesman" with a conscience. In the Bush world, truth is what you can get away with.

Prescott Bush graduated BA from Yale in 1917. He had enlisted in the Connecticut National Guard in 1916 and then attended US Army Officer training. He joined the army as a captain of field artillery, and in 1918 was posted to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. There, with fellow Skull and Bones members Neil Mallon, Ellery James and four other novice captain accomplices, he led a grave-robbing incident involving the remains of the famous Chiricahua Apache chief Geronimo, who had been buried at Fort Sill in 1909.

Geronimo's skull, elbow bone and some belongings were taken to the Tomb (Skull & Bones HQ) in New Haven, and are evidently still there, on display in a glass cage. Despite Apache grievance, law enforcement officers have never entered the Tomb to reclaim them, so powerful is the Skull and Bones in the legal and judicial worlds (most members in any case regard it as their duty to deceive outsiders to protect their secrets).

see also - An Introduction to Skull & Bones by Antony Sutton

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Nuclear Politics in the Middle East

In a recent article from the Australian -
Iran will soon pose N-threat, says Israel (January 31, 2009)

Angus Hohenboken writes:

Israeli ambassador Yuval Rotem told a meeting of Sydney's Jewish community yesterday that he expected Iran would soon pose a major nuclear threat.

Seven News reporter Sarah Cummings reported that after telling a camera operator to turn off his camera, Mr Rotem told those gathered he expected Iran to stockpile enough uranium over the next 14 months to "be at the point of no return".

"(He said) the country's recent military offensives were a preintroduction to the challenge Israel expects from a nuclear-equipped Iran within a year," Cummings said.

During the meeting, held in a relaxed breakfast setting, Mr Rotem spoke about the war in Gaza, which has killed more than 1300 Palestinians.

Cummings said Mr Rotem made the point that "Israel's efforts in Gaza were to bring about understanding that we are ready to engage in a decisive way."

Does Israel fear an attack by Iran? On the contrary, there is much evidence in general that Israel does not fear a nuclear strike by Iran.

For many decades, Israel has employed military “pre emptive strikes” as an official defence force strategy. In September 2007, they bombed a site in Syria said by US officials to have contained a nuclear reactor built with the help of North Korea.

Incidentally, former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld who not only armed Saddam Hussein, was also on the board of the Swiss company ABB when they sold the nuclear reactors to North Korea.

In 1981 the world's first attack on a nuclear reactor was carried out by Israel at Osiraq, Iraq.

Israel is thought to be more concerned about the reinforcement that a nuclear Iran would give to its influence in the region and to groups allied with it – such as Hezbollah in Lebanon – than about an actual nuclear strike on Israel.

In an interview with Israeli Military Historian Dr Martin van Creveld, July 2008, discussing Iran's missile tests and their possible threat, he says “They know very well that to attack Israel is suicide. In fact it is the fastest way to put an end to a 5000 year old civilisation. They will be deterred by Israel just as nuclear deterrence has worked everywhere else in the world without one exception since 1945.”

Hang on, is Dr Creveld suggesting that Israel is nuclear armed?

The short answer is; Yes. It’s an amazing quirk that when ever western media references Israel’s nuclear armament it does so using the precursor “rumored”.

Israel has never signed the Nuclear Non proliferation Treaty and has never admitted that it has nuclear weapons. As the Israeli journalist Michael Karpin once wrote, the United States has gone along with this charade because acknowledging the existence of Israel's nuclear arsenal would incite futile demands by Arabs and Iranians to get rid of it.

The 35th president of the U.S. urged Israel not to build the bomb. JFK even sent U.S. inspectors into the Dimona reactor starting in 1961. But Israeli nuclear leaders outfoxed the inspectors, and Washington's resolve faded with Kennedy's death. By Nov. 1966, Israel had the capability to detonate a nuclear device.

In 1967, shortly after the Six-Day War, a key CIA official was told that Israel probably had the bomb; the CIA relayed this information to L.B. Johnson (36th president), but the secretaries of defense and state were kept out of the loop.

Lyndon Johnson, a member of the Disciples of Christ, blessed the enterprise at least in part out of biblical appreciation of the covenant between God and the children of Israel.

It is debatable who poses the greatest threat of nuclear devastation to the world, Israel or the U.S.A. The fore mentioned Dr Martin van Creveld in 2003, believed that the Al-Aqsa Intifada then in progress, threatened Israel's existence and said "I consider it all hopeless at this point. ... We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen, before Israel goes under."

He was of course referring to the infamous Israeli “Samson Option” derived in namesake from a biblical story. Samson, an Israelite with divine strength, was betrayed by his wife Delilah, a Philistine. The Philistines cut off Samson’s hair thus robbing him of strength and imprisoned him. Samson repented his sins, his hair grew back and so did his strength unbeknown to the Philistines. At an assembly of the Philistines with Samson on show, Samson uttered “Let my soul die with the Philistines” and with that he pushed apart the temple pillars collapsing it, killing all the Philistines but also himself.

You will find in most texts mentioning the Samson Option that they are nearly always written from the point of view that Israel alludes to nuking the enemy specifically, in a last dying act of retaliation. However there are rumours that the option is far more sinister, and that Israel has its nukes pointed in all directions with the attitude, if we are to die then so shall the rest of the world. “We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen, before Israel goes under."

Louis RenĂ© Beres who chaired Project Daniel, a group advising former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, argued that the effective deterrence of the Samson Option would be increased by ending the policy of nuclear ambiguity. He recommended Israel use the Samson Option threat to “support conventional preemptions” against enemy nuclear and non-nuclear assets because “without such weapons, Israel, having to rely entirely upon non nuclear forces, might not be able to deter enemy retaliations for the Israeli pre-emptive strike.”

In the 1990 Gulf War, on the second day of the American invasion, Saddam Hussein fired eight Scud missiles at non combatant Israel. Two of the conventionally armed missiles landed on Tel Aviv. Then Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir responded by ordering mobile missile launchers armed with nuclear weapons moved into the open and deployed facing Iraq.

“The Samsonesque strongman of the Middle East had stirred” - Seymour Hersh. Promising Patriot missile batteries and loads of future aid, the United States pressured Israel to keep cool.

see also -