The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

News for 08-30-05

08-30-05 - U.N. Names Lebanon Assassination Suspects The United Nations named four pro-Syrian generals and a former legislator as suspects Tuesday in the February assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri

08-30-05 - The War Party Unhinged

Monday, August 29, 2005

News for 08-29-05

08-29-05 - Chirac urges disarmament of Hizbullah

08-29-05 - Bolton wants '11th hour' changes to UN reform plan

08-29-05 - Iran claims new nuclear breakthrough

08-29-05 - Chirac urges Iran to reconsider EU nuclear offer

08-29-05 - Army official who questioned Halliburton deal reported demoted A top US Army contracting official who criticized a large, noncompetitive contract with the Halliburton Company for work in Iraq has been demoted for what the Army called poor job performance

08-29-05 - Iran's oil gambit - and potential affront to the US The Iranian government's plans to create an oil exchange fit into a strategy of weakening US economic hegemony.

08-29-05 - Iraq charter a 'recipe for chaos' the Arab League shared Sunni Muslim concerns over federalism and the fact the charter does not identify Iraq as an Arab country.

08-29-05 - High-stakes showdown looms on Iran

08-29-05 - Martin Sheen, Rev. Al Sharpton Visit Iraq Mom In Crawford?

08-29-05 - Israel asks EU to shun contacts with Hezbollah, Hamas

08-29-05 - Pollack named in AIPAC probe Pollack said he did not give the two men any classified information.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

News for 08-28-05

08-28-05 - Iran Rejects Negotiations With Europe

08-28-05 - Assad says Syria to cooperate fully in Hariri probe

08-28-05 - U.S. sanctions still in place in spite of military exports deal The Chinese are certain to demand compensation in the hundreds of millions of dollars, as was the case when the U.S. forced Israel to rescind its sale of Phalcon reconnaissance aircraft to China. Well, evidently they didn't learn their lesson the first time. And thus have nobody to blame but themselves.

08-28-05 - Hizbullah expects U.S. and Israeli pressures to continue

News for 08-27-05

08-27-05 - Iran promises 'breakthrough' in nuclear talks

08-27-05 - Drone crashes in Iran It was not clear if the plane was Iranian or foreign, although the influential Kayhan newspaper pointed out that "usually these sort of planes are used for spying on other countries".

08-27-05 - Iraq reconstruction shows 'limited progress' Problems with audit and transparency continued after the handover of power on June 28 [2004] and after the elections in January [2005]. They are well recognised by the new regime. Major western NGOs are finding the lack of transparency is a greater problem than security when operating in Iraq. They have seen significant amounts of money spent with few appreciable results, except in the Kurdish north

08-27-05 - Britain heads for clash with US A source close to the UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan said it was too early to declare the UN plan dead. "Bolton wants to knock down the plan and start from scratch," the source said. "He will find that his opinions are not shared by most of the rest of the world."

08-27-05 - Iran hopes to present new nuclear plan in a month

08-27-05 - Egypt Turns Down Nuclear Treaty Request Egypt's foreign minister on Saturday turned down a request from the world's nuclear watchdog to sign a treaty banning the testing of nuclear weapons, saying Israel should first join a separate agreement calling for a halt to the spread of atomic bombs.

08-27-05 - It's not Israel that's driving Tehran to nukes

Saturday, August 27, 2005

News for 08-26-05

Friday, August 26, 2005

News for 08-25-05

08-25-05 - The US vs The UN American ambassador seeks to scupper UN's global strategy with 750 amendments after just three weeks in the job

08-25-05 - Iran promises new nuclear proposals

08-25-05 - IAEA to meet Iran nuclear broker

08-25-05 - With Bush's man installed, is this the end of diplomacy? judging from his few weeks in New York, Mr Bolton is not at the UN to negotiate

08-25-05 - UN Security Council urges Syria to fully cooperate in probe of Hariri murder

08-25-05 - Taking Iran to UN not seen as magic solution to nuclear crisis

08-25-05 - US and EU to make no early move over Iranian nuclear programme

08-25-05 - Killing the dollar in Iran Weaned off the almighty commodity, the US dollar can have a deeper impact on the US economy than a direct nuclear attack by Iran

08-25-05 - Recanting the War The neocons can't keep their troops in line

08-25-05 - Hizbullah denies firing rocket into Israel

08-25-05 - Dying for Israel

08-25-05 - CBS Affiliate Will Not Air Sheehan Ad Because There Is ?No Proof? Of Absence Of WMD In Iraq...

08-25-05 - Ambassador Bolton?s Very Exclusive Reception

08-25-05 - Chinese Presence Grows in Russian Far East

08-25-05 - Fitzpatrick departs on weeklong visit to Israel And the Israelization of the United States continues.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

News for 08-24-05

08-24-05 - Navy Captain Backs Able Danger Claims

08-24-05 - Returned Iraq soldiers face 'physical, mental risks' US combat troops, traumatised by their experiences in Iraq, may suffer long-term damage to their physical health, as well as known risks to their mental well-being, the British magazine New Scientist warns.

08-24-05 - US dismisses Iran nuclear report

08-24-05 - Iran Set to Offer New Nuclear Proposals

08-24-05 - 'Peace Mom' Returns to Texas War Protest

08-24-05 - An Islamic Republic of Iraq? Under Saddam Hussein, Iraq was a centralised and largely secular state.

08-24-05 - Is Cindy Sheehan "Anti-Semite"?

08-24-05 - IMI to supply ammunition to U.S. army in $300 million deal The Yitzhak factory produces light ammunition principally for American forces operating in Iraq, the Israel Defense Forces, the police and the Israeli defense establishment, as well as various western European clients.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

News for 08-23-05

08-23-05 - Iraq Draft Could Sow Seeds of Conflict

08-23-05 - US says Iran cannot be let off hook over nuclear charges

08-23-05 - EU calls off nuclear meeting with Iran

08-23-05 - Chinese, Russian Troops Join War Games Nearly 9,000 Russian and Chinese troops began a mock assault on the beaches of northern China Tuesday in the final stage of unprecedented joint war games between the two former Cold War rivals

08-23-05 - Bush: Iraq withdrawal would weaken US At a Pentagon briefing, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was asked about Sheehan's vigil and what he would say to her if he had the chance.

08-23-05 - Why Are We In Iraq?

08-23-05 - Plea reinstated in JDL case A U.S. judge reinstated a plea deal in the case of a Jewish radical accused of bomb plots against Muslim targets.

08-23-05 - Douglas Feith, radical Zionist

08-23-05 - New questions on AIPAC case The defendants and AIPAC supporters see the new revelations as evidence that federal prosecutors are targeting the powerful pro-Israel lobby for simply conducting the normal Washington practice of trading sensitive information. It's got to be anti-Semitism, not the fact that AIPAC is a foreign lobby. That's it!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

News for 08-22-05

08-22-05 - Republican senator likens Iraq war to Vietnam A decorated Vietnam War veteran, Hagel also said the war in Iraq had further destabilized the Middle East and the White House needed to find an exit strategy for Iraq.

08-22-05 - The Iraq war 'tipping point'?

08-22-05 - Two wounded as blast rocks Christian suburb near Beirut

08-22-05 - September 11 panel received no Pentagon data on key hijacker: ex-chairman The panel investigating the September 11 attacks in the United States was not given details of a Pentagon program that allegedly marked suspected ringleader Mohammed Atta as an Al-Qaeda member a year before the attacks, the commission's ex-chairman said.

08-22-05 - 4 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghan Assault

08-22-05 - Lord Howell says Hizbullah's weapons are Lebanon's affair

08-22-05 - UN investigator seeks more time for Hariri probe

08-22-05 - Iraqi draft says laws must conform to Islam

08-22-05 - Sharon: Hero and Goat of Gaza by Patrick J. Buchanan Who do these people think they are? Were it not for the Israeli army, they would not have lasted a week in Gaza. Gratitude isn't the long suit of the Zionist fanatic, two of whom murdered Palestinians to protest the removal of Jews from lands that do not and have never belonged to Israel.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

News for 08-21-05

News for 08-20-05

08-20-05 - Soldier 'instructed' to abuse Abu Ghraib prisoners

08-20-05 - Iran says open to new EU nuclear proposals, but will not resume freeze

08-20-05 - Sino-Russian war games move on to China

08-20-05 - Bush invokes Sept 11 to defend Iraq war President George W. Bush launched a counter-offensive against growing public discontent over Iraq on Saturday, when he defended the war as a way of protecting Americans from another September 11 attack, a message he will reinforce when he takes to the road next week.

08-20-05 - High-Ranking Military Officer Warns Of Major Terrorist Attack Looming; Cheney Consumed Day And Night With Nuclear Retaliation In Iran

08-20-05 - NY Times: Satterfield named in AIPAC indictment According to the Times, another American official cited in the indictment has since resigned from government service. However, the Times did not give this official's name.

08-20-05 - Bush's 'bruiser' squares up to UN in row over Palestinian propaganda How are America's interests being served here? Who do our government officials represent?

08-20-05 - U.S. sheriffs learn from Israel JINSA's mission is to elucidate the important role Israel can play in bolstering American interests as well as the link between American
defense policy and the security of Israel. Following the September 11 attacks

08-20-05 - David Horowitz Gloats Over Cindy Sheehan's Mom's Stroke

08-20-05 - Bolton's Back Bolton's back - serving the interests of whom? Israel.

08-20-05 - Antiwar Populism: The Floodgates Open

Saturday, August 20, 2005

News for 08-19-05

Friday, August 19, 2005

News for 08-18-05

08-18-05 - Iran advancing nuclear program despite suspensions

08-18-05 - Putin calls for Iraq pullout timetable

08-18-05 - U.S., Israel sign deal on defense exports

08-18-05 - U.S. Diplomat Is Named in Secrets Case The second-highest diplomat at the United States Embassy in Baghdad is one of the anonymous government officials cited in an Aug. 4 indictment as having provided classified information to an employee of a pro-Israel lobbying group, people who have been officially briefed on the case said Wednesday.

08-18-05 - Success in Gaza could give Bush big lift in region

Thursday, August 18, 2005

News for 08-17-05

08-17-05 - Iran warns EU over nuclear pressure

08-17-05 - Use of force to resolve Iran nuclear row 'dangerous': Russia

08-17-05 - Russia says opposes use of force against Iran Russia warned on Wednesday against using force to stop Iran's nuclear program, saying any such action would have grave and unpredictable consequences

08-17-05 - US right targets anti-war mother

08-17-05 - The military strike option against Iran Experts disagree about possible effect of US or Israeli preemptive strike on Iranian nuclear facilities.

08-17-05 - War takes toll on Iraqi mental health The invasion of Iraq put an end to decades of repression under Saddam Hussein, but it also took a physical toll on the country, with hundreds of thousands killed or wounded.

08-17-05 - The coming war on Iran?

08-17-05 - US sets last-minute drive to scrap UN reform plan

08-17-05 - Mixed Signals On Divestment Front? ?While Democrats are busy making Cindy Sheehan their spokesman and avatar of their views, we see her as yet another example of how critics of Israel within the Democratic Party have taken control of the party?s agenda.?

08-17-05 - Sheehan Reportedly Links Iraq, Israel

08-17-05 - Sheehan reportedly made anti-Israel comments

08-17-05 - In Defense of Cindy Sheehan You don't have to be Jewish to put Israel first, even over and above your own country, as the Christian fundamentalists of the Darbyite persuasion have made all too painfully plain.

08-17-05 - Cindy Sheehan: Anti-war catalyst by Patrick J. Buchanan

08-17-05 - One of the Reasons for the War on Iraq Israel is very clearly one of the reasons for the war on Iraq.

08-17-05 - Palestinian Banners Fuel U.N. Dispute The United Nations is embroiled in a dispute with American Jewish organizations over the funding of Palestinian banners in Gaza, and U.S. Ambassador John Bolton on Wednesday protested the "unacceptable" payments.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The coming war on Iran?

Is this Iran crisis for real?
Patrick J. Buchanan

If the council then rejects sanctions, but America and her NATO allies impose them, the world will be divided between Russia-China-Iran on one side and the United States and its backers on the other. It would be interesting to see how many U.S. allies are willing to support sanctions on the third-largest oil producer on earth when oil is running at $65 a barrel

China, Russia Conduct Military Exercises

Israel wants us to attack Iran for them.

Iran to be nuclear capable in three years: Israel spy chief

August 1, 2005 Issue
Copyright © 2005 The American Conservative

Deep Background

In Washington it is hardly a secret that the same people in and around the administration who brought you Iraq are preparing to do the same for Iran. The Pentagon, acting under instructions from Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, has tasked the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States. The plan includes a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons. Within Iran there are more than 450 major strategic targets, including numerous suspected nuclear-weapons-program development sites. Many of the targets are hardened or are deep underground and could not be taken out by conventional weapons, hence the nuclear option. As in the case of Iraq, the response is not conditional on Iran actually being involved in the act of terrorism directed against the United States. Several senior Air Force officers involved in the planning are reportedly appalled at the implications of what they are doing—that Iran is being set up for an unprovoked nuclear attack—but no one is prepared to damage his career by posing any objections.

Four Day War

The Iran/Israel conflagration, a history

Day One: Wednesday

In a pre-dawn raid, undisclosed numbers of Israeli warplanes, taking off from military airbases in the Negev, destroy Iran’s main nuclear facility at Bushehr. Israel’s armed forces have released no details, but it is believed the planes flew over parts of Jordan, northern Saudi Arabia, and Iraq, refueling in mid-air before reaching their target. Military analysts speculate that the planes must have refueled somewhere over Iraq.

During the one-hour raid, Iran claims to have shot down “several” Israeli fighters. Television images show pilots being lynched by furious mobs before Iranian authorities could reach them. The after-effects of the raid shake the Arab and Islamic world. Millions take to the streets demanding immediate action against Israel.

In planning the attack, Israel weighed the threats of Arab and Muslim reaction. The only other nuclear threat, and a possible danger to Israel, is Pakistan. Israel considered striking Pakistan’s nuclear sites, too, but Indian intelligence reports that Pakistan lacks long-distance delivery for its warheads. Bombay is the farthest they can reach. Additional reassurance from American intelligence convinced Israel that as long as Musharraf remains in power, Pakistan does not represent an imminent threat. The decision was made not to hit Pakistan.

Day Two: Thursday

Believing that Israel would never undertake such actions without U.S. approval, or at least a tacit nod from the American administration, Iran retaliates. Thousands of Revolutionary Guards are dispatched across the border into Iraq with orders to inflict as many casualties on American troops as possible. Fierce clashes erupt between coalition forces and Iranians. Within hours, more than 400 U.S. troops are killed, and many more wounded in heavy fighting. Iranian sleeper agents, who have infiltrated Iraq since the downfall of Saddam, urge Iraqi Shi’ites into action. They cut major highways and harass coalition troops, preventing reinforcements from reaching units under attack. Several helicopters are shot down.

Tehran orders the Lebanese Shi’ite movement, Hezbollah, into action against northern Israel. Hezbollah launches scores of rockets and mortars against kibbutzim, towns, and settlements. Israel retaliates. Casualties are high on both sides of the frontier. Tension in the Middle East reaches a boiling point. In Washington, the Cabinet convenes in an emergency session.

Massive demonstrations erupt all over the Arab and Islamic world. Crowds of gigantic proportions take to the streets, ransacking Israeli embassies in Cairo, Amman, and Ankara. American embassies in a number of other cities are burned. With police overwhelmed, the military is called in. Armies open fire, killing hundreds, adding to the outrage.

Day Three: Friday

Following Friday prayers across the Islamic world, crowds incited by fiery sermons in mosques from Casablanca to Karachi take to the streets in the worst protests yet. Government buildings are ransacked, and clashes with security forces result in greater casualties. Martial law is declared, and curfew imposed, but this fails to prevent further mayhem and rioting. Islamist groups call for the overthrow of governments and for immediate military action against Israel.

In Saudi Arabia, Islamist militants engage in open gun battles with security forces in several cities. The whereabouts of the Saudi royal family are unknown. In Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt, and a dozen other countries, crowds continue to run amok, demanding war on Israel.

Day Four: Saturday

A longstanding plan to overthrow Musharraf is carried out by senior Pakistani army officers loyal to the Islamic fundamentalists and with close ties to bin Laden. The coup is carried out in utmost secrecy.

Pakistan’s intelligence service, the ISI—a long-time supporter of the fundamentalists—in agreement with the plotters, takes control of the country’s nuclear arsenal and its codes. Within hours, and before news of the coup leaks out, Pakistan, now run by pro-bin Laden fundamentalists, loads two nuclear weapons aboard executive Lear jets that take off from a remote military airfield, headed for Tel Aviv and Ashdod. Detouring and refueling in east Africa, they approach Israel from the south. The crafts identify themselves as South African. Their tail markings match the given identification.

The two planes with their deadly cargo are flown by suicide pilots who, armed with false flight plans and posing as business executives, follow the flight path given to them by Israeli air traffic control. At the last moment, however, the planes veer away from the airfield, soar into the sky and dive into the outskirts of the two cities, detonating their nuclear devices in the process.

The rest of this scenario can unfold in a number of ways. Take your pick; none are encouraging.

News for 08-16-05

08-16-05 - Survey reveals US concerns on Iraq, Muslim relations They believed the Bush administration deliberately misled Americans over Iraq's weapons capabilities when it went to war in 2003.

08-16-05 - Getting the story straight on Plame case The pundits are wrong, however, and their casual summaries of the requirements of the 1982 statute betray a fundamental misunderstanding regarding proof of criminal intent

08-16-05 - Rumsfeld reiterates Iran weapons smuggling claim US forces have found Iranian weapons inside Iraq on more than one occasion over the past couple of months, US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says.

08-16-05 - Russia and China meld muscle for war games Refer back to what Buchanan said in yesterday's article a few links down.

08-16-05 - Iran nuclear chief vows to press on with fuel work

08-16-05 - Tehran rules out resumption of ties with US

08-16-05 - Iranians form human chain at disputed nuclear plant

08-16-05 - Crosses vandalized at antiwar mom's Texas camp site A pickup truck ran over wooden crosses erected at anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan's campsite on Monday night, in the latest sign of tension over the peace vigil outside vacationing President George W. Bush's Texas ranch.

08-16-05 - The Judy File: Miller?s UN-likely Visitor Bolton apparently has a warm spot in his heart for at least one journalist: none other than Judy Miller.

08-16-05 - Syrian president plans to visit U.N. for first time

08-16-05 - Bush Against the Generals If the troops are going into Iran ? or, as some say, Syria ? then bringing them home is out of the question. Is the president facing an officers' rebellion as he ratchets up the rhetoric against Tehran?

08-16-05 - Pro-Israeli lobbyists, U.S. analyst plead not guilty

08-16-05 - Iran to be nuclear capable in three years: Israel spy chief Our intel says something different. Who are you going to believe this time - who provided the 'intel' on Iraq's WMDs? Same camp.

08-16-05 - Israel, US resolve row over China arms deal "Further measures will be taken in the coming months to reestablish confidence," the statement added without giving details.

08-16-05 - U.S. Nuclear Weapons Being "Guarded" by Israel

Monday, August 15, 2005

News for 08-15-05

08-15-05 - Is this Iran crisis for real? Patrick J. Buchanan If the council then rejects sanctions, but America and her NATO allies impose them, the world will be divided between Russia-China-Iran on one side and the United States and its backers on the other. It would be interesting to see how many U.S. allies are willing to support sanctions on the third-largest oil producer on earth when oil is running at $65 a barrel

08-15-05 - How Bush would gain from war with Iran War with Iran next spring can enable them to win the mid-term elections and retain control of the Republican party, now in partial rebellion over Iraq

08-15-05 - Reality check for Bush administration in Iraq The Bush administration is "significantly" lowering expectations about what it can achieve in Iraq, finally admitting that its prewar plans were "unrealistic," the Washington Post reported on Sunday

08-15-05 - Responding to Bush, Iran says has more war options than U.S. Iran notched up the rhetorical battle with the United States on Sunday, declaring its options, if attacked by Washington, far exceeded those of the Americans

08-15-05 - NY assemblyman sneaks into Gaza This is his fifth trip to the area since January. He said he came to stand in solidarity with the residents in their most difficult hour.
Dov Hikind is the same individual that called for racial profiling in NYC. That he is a settler-supporter should come as no surprise.

08-15-05 - Get Ready for World War III Israel, which is loaded with nuclear weapons and is not a signatory to the nuclear pacts, is the accuser against Iran, asserting that Iran's nuclear energy program is just a veil behind which to produce weapons.

08-15-05 - Israel calls for end to hostility at United Nations Why Bolton was REALLY nominated to his post - his unwavering support of the Jewish State.

News for 08-14-05

08-14-05 - UN tests back Iran on nuke traces: diplomat Tests by the UN nuclear watchdog appear to confirm that traces of weapons-grade uranium found in Iran came from abroad, reinforcing Iran's assertion it does not seek atomic weapons.

08-14-05 - Hundreds join anti-war protest at Bush ranch

08-14-05 - Iran Seeks Talks With Europe on Uranium

08-14-05 - Iran accuses US, Britain over ethnic clashes "We have information that the United States is interfering in the northwest of Iran. That is unacceptable and we are going to protest,"

08-14-05 - McCain: Iran Military Option Must Be Kept Here is McCain on Hardball in December of 2001 telling Chris Matthews how America should take care of threats to Israel (Saddam), halfway down the page.

08-14-05 - US urges Iran, Syria to stop flow of insurgents, weapons undermining Iraq Khalilzad told NBC television that "Syria is the most serious troublemaker with regards to Iraq. Iran is the second one."

08-14-05 - Cindy Sheehan: I won't pay tax Mother of slain soldier labels Bush 'maniac,' calls for impeachment, Israel out of Palestine

Saturday, August 13, 2005

News for 08-13-05

08-13-05 - UN nuclear watchdog rebuts claims that Iran is trying to make A-bomb

08-13-05 - Germany's Schroeder rejects military option on Iran

08-13-05 - Three Syrian officers questioned over Hariri murder: report

08-13-05 - Bush Turns The Screw In Iran Row German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, launching an election campaign, urged him to reconsider. Mr Schroeder, a leading critic of the Iraq war, said: "We have seen that (force) is not suitable."

08-13-05 - Fearing backlash, Pentagon moves to block new Abu Ghraib photos

08-13-05 - Deep Background The Chalabi connection is also a major element in the FBI investigation of AIPAC, which led to the recent indictment of Department of Defense analyst Larry Franklin

08-13-05 - Report: Militants will move from Lebanon to Gaza after pullout The report states that the transfer of the militants will meet international calls to dismantle militias operating in Lebanon, as demanded by United Nations resolution 1559.

08-13-05 - Is Bolton the unnamed individual in the AIPAC scandal?

08-13-05 - Bush: U.S., Israel united in making sure Iran doesn't get nuclear weapons

08-13-05 - Israeli hawks circle Iran's N-plants

Deep Background

June 6, 2005 issue of the American Conservative. Author Philip Giraldi. Once again, typed up
by me from hard copy issue.

Deep Background

Pentagon protege Ahmad Chalabi who lied about WMD and leaked U.S. intelligence to Iran, is back on top and has been congratulated by Condoleeza Rice over his appointment as Iraq's deputy prime minister and acting oil minister. Chalaabi has brought his friends along with him. Arras Habib Karim, his chief of intelligence, who had fled to Tehran after an Iraqi judge issued an arrest warrant for him, has returned to Baghdad. The Iraqi Justice Ministry's file on Arras has mysteriously disappeared, and there is no longer any danger of him being arrested. Arras orchestrated the alleged Iraqi defectors to European and American intelligence services prior to the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. The "defectors" routinely fabricated information about weapons of mass destruction programs. The U.S. intelligence commmunity also believes that Arras is an Iranian intelligence agent working for the Iranian Ministry of Information and Security. He was the conduit for a number of classified U.S. government reports passed to Iranian intelligence, many of which were originally given to Chalabi by Pentagon officials without authorization.

The Chalabi connection is also a major element in the FBI investigation of AIPAC, which led to the recent indictment of Department of Defense analyst Larry Franklin. The bureau has determined that the recently disbanded Office of Special Plans, headed by Doug Feith, was the source for the leaks both to Israel and Iran. Several of Feith's dozen handpicked employees have reportedly been polygraphed in an attempt to trace the document trail. An FBI source also notes that a number of the staff working most closely with Feith do so without security clearances that have been issued in the normal fashion, i.e., after a background investigation and a vetting process. They have reportedly received godfathered clearances in which senior Defense Department officials intervene in the process to overrule FBI objections. Feith himself should never have received a clearance after having been fired from the National Security Council in 1982 over allegations that he passed classified material to Israel, but he was reportedly godfathered by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz.

Is Bolton the unnamed individual in the AIPAC scandal?

"A source close to the defense said that one of the U.S. officials involved, who has not been indicted, was recently appointed to a senior Bush administration post. The source, who asked not to be identified, would not name the official"

Jewish Telegraph Agency August 4, 2005

"Bolton has had a long-standing sympathy for Israel and has taken pains to develop friendships with Israeli officials. One of his close Israeli friends is Ron Prossor, the director-general of the Foreign Ministry, who served previously in Washington. "
Haaretz August 11, 2005

"Perle today chairs the Defense Policy Board, Feith is an Undersecretary of Defense, and Wurmser is special assistant to the Undersecretary of State for Arms Control, John Bolton, who dutifully echoes the Perle-Sharon line. According to the Israeli daily newspaper Ha’aretz, in late February,

U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton said in meetings with Israeli officials … that he has no doubt America will attack Iraq and that it will be necessary to deal with threats from Syria, Iran and North Korea afterwards.

On Jan. 26, 1998, President Clinton received a letter imploring him to use his State of the Union address to make removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime the “aim of American foreign policy” and to use military action because “diplomacy is failing.” Were Clinton to do that, the signers pledged, they would “offer our full support in this difficult but necessary endeavor.” Signing the pledge were Elliott Abrams, Bill Bennett, John Bolton, Robert Kagan, William Kristol, Richard Perle, and Paul Wolfowitz. Four years before 9/11, the neocons had Baghdad on their minds."

American Conservative March 2003

News for 08-12-05

08-12-05 - Audit: Fraud drained $1 billion from Iraq's defense efforts

08-12-05 - Iran ex-president warns IAEA resolution will 'cost' the West

08-12-05 - EU has few options as Iran talks near collapse

08-12-05 - U.S. report warns of China sub threat

08-12-05 - Mother's message eventually sinks in

08-12-05 - Oil tops $67 as US demand soars

08-12-05 - Bush refuses to rule out force against Iran Bush was speaking from his ranch in Crawford, Texas to a reporter from Israeli public television....Israel has been prodding Washington to adopt a tough stance on Iran and charged that Iran resumed its uranium conversion activities because it had sensed the "weakness" of the international community

08-12-05 - Ranks Swelling At Camp Crawford

08-12-05 - New U.S. ambassador to United Nations meets his Israeli counterpart Dan Gillerman Bolton has had a long-standing sympathy for Israel and has taken pains to develop friendships with Israeli officials. One of his close Israeli friends is Ron Prossor, the director-general of the Foreign Ministry, who served previously in Washington.

08-12-05 - Abramoff duo quits U.S. Two former associates of Jack Abramoff, the embattled lobbyist, left the country Monday night en route to a new life in Israel. The relocation comes as a Justice Department taskforce presses forward with an investigation into potential criminal wrongdoing stemming from Abramoff?s business dealings.

Friday, August 12, 2005

News for 08-11-05

08-11-05 - Iran says no to UN call to halt nuclear fuel work

08-11-05 - Iran leader to be granted US visa President George Bush has said Iran's new President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be allowed into the US to attend a UN meeting in New York next month.

08-11-05 - UN watchdog calls on Iran to halt nuclear fuel work; Iran says no

08-11-05 - Envoys: Iran Faces Sept. Deadline on Nukes

08-11-05 - Cheney's Man Slated to Replace Feith A career diplomat and foreign policy operative, Eric S. Edelman has just replaced the controversial Douglas Feith at the Pentagon as the new undersecretary of defense for policy, having been appointed by President Bush during a congressional recess. Feith replaced by yet another neocon. Bad news for America.

08-11-05 - Canadian sent to Syria sues US over rendition policy The New York Times reported that the government lawyers also argued that "foreign citizens who change planes at airports in the United States can legally be seized, detained without charges, deprived of access to a lawyer or the courts, and even denied basic necessities like food ..."

08-11-05 - Iraq Investigates Weapons Allegations

08-11-05 - Mom's war protest gains momentum

08-11-05 - The Real AIPAC Spy Ring Story as the Jewish weekly The Forward reported earlier this year. Americans don't like the sight of their elected officials pocketing campaign cash from foreign governments, and AIPAC fears being forced to register formally as a lobbyist for Israel would thus diminish their clout on Capitol Hill

08-11-05 - Stones target 'hypocrite' patriots in new song

Thursday, August 11, 2005

News for 08-10-05

08-10-05 - Iran Resumes Full Conversion Operations

08-10-05 - Watchdog cancels Iran nuclear meeting

08-10-05 - Iran warns against Security Council referral

08-10-05 - Iraqi: Iran Smuggling Reports Exaggerated Iraq's interior minister said Wednesday that reports of deadly roadside bombs being smuggled into this country from Iran are exaggerated

08-10-05 - Atomic watchdog sticks to diplomacy with Iran

08-10-05 - Iraqis thirst for water and power

08-10-05 - Oil prices return to record highs

08-10-05 - Forces Watch for 'Mule Trains' Along Syria

08-10-05 - AJC: End to Israel Obsession is a Key to UN Reform

08-10-05 - U.S.-Israel Tensions Rising On Eve of Disengagement Last week, Jerusalem said it would not allow its diplomats to be interviewed on the case by FBI investigators. ....Unidentified Israeli sources were quoted in The New York Times last week complaining that Rice had been "forceful and even abrupt in her dealings with senior Israeli officials."

08-10-05 - How Foreign Lobbies Imperil America That the FBI has apparently been investigating this bunch since 1999 sheds light on the enormity of the case; the more we learn, the more it seems that US foreign policy is under the control of those who wish to secure the realm ? the Israeli one, that is.

08-10-05 - Larry Franklin Case: AIPAC Leaders Snared As the result of the blowback from the Pollard affair, according to the U.S. intelligence sources, Israel shifted its espionage operations targetted at the United States to think-tanks and lobbying organizations like AIPAC, which have ongoing "legitimate" contacts with American government officials.

08-10-05 - No Sympathy for the Neocons Mick Jagger runs with the 'neocon' meme

08-10-05 - Indictment of former AIPAC staffers raises the prospect of a day in court A source close to the defense said that one of the U.S. officials involved, who has not been indicted, was recently appointed to a senior Bush administration post.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

News for 08-09-05

08-09-05 - UN watchdog meets over Iranian nuclear work

08-09-05 - Iran urged to stop nuclear work

08-09-05 - Bomb cache found in Iraq believed to be from Iranian Revolutionary Guard: official

08-09-05 - Iran's wish to return to talks is 'positive' - Bush

08-09-05 - Rep. John Conyers: Why Won't Scooter Libby Grant Judith Miller a Personal Waiver?

08-09-05 - Bush Suspicious of Iran's Nuke Ambitions President Bush said Tuesday he was "deeply suspicious" of Iran but was not ready to seek United Nations sanctions against Tehran for its suspected nuclear weapons program

08-09-05 - Dissident: Tehran Has 4,000 Centrifuges

08-09-05 - Audit: U.S. lost track of $9 billion in Iraq funds

08-09-05 - US may build up force in Iraq for the elections: Pentagon Or is it a pretext for something else?

08-09-05 - Iranian Leader Appoints Nuclear Negotiator

08-09-05 - 'Secret military unit tracked hijackers before 9/11' The secret military team, known as Able Danger, recommended that the identities of the four men be shared with the FBI and other parts of the military, but the recommendation was never taken up

08-09-05 - Officers and Veterans Defy Every American who cares about our troops, our security and our international prestige should know why the J.A.G.?s were so deeply concerned about the direction taken by the Bush administration

08-09-05 - Why AIPAC Indictment Is Bad News for Rove

08-09-05 - Shebaa withdrawal rumors and new UN resolution fail to sway Hizbullah

08-09-05 - Bigger Than AIPAC Buchanan's prediction on the latest edition of the McLaughlin Group: "The Israeli spy scandal will metastasize seriously. " Not sure if this scandal is what he was referring to..

Monday, August 08, 2005

News for 08-08-05

08-08-05 - Iran resumes atomic work, escalates crisis

08-08-05 - US presses UN action against Iran

08-08-05 - Oil prices hit record highs

08-08-05 - Iraqi soldiers fear leaving training base

08-08-05 - The Neocons' Childish Theory

08-08-05 - Top civilian in Army Corps of Engineers blows whistle, and may lose her job She has asked many questions: Why is Halliburton -- a giant Texas firm that holds more than 50 percent of all rebuilding efforts in Iraq -- getting billions in contracts without competitive bidding? Do the durations of those contracts make sense? Have there been violations of federal laws regulating how the government can spend its money?

08-08-05 - Iran: Revolution, Unrealistic

08-08-05 - Israel lobbyist bragged about Pentagon source

Sunday, August 07, 2005

News for 08-07-05

08-07-05 - 'Shared threats' bring Syria and Iran together: Ahmadinejad Iran's new President Mahmood Ahmadinejad welcomed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Tehran, vowing to strengthen ties between the two countries brought together by "shared threats."

08-07-05 - Iran denies Iraqi roadside bomb involvement

08-07-05 - Iran vows no way back from nuclear move

08-07-05 - Iran not worried about Security Council referral

08-07-05 - Iran won't be intimidated, new president says

08-07-05 - Iraq hammers Bush's poll rating The survey by Newsweek magazine indicated only 34 per cent of Americans approved of the way Mr Bush was handling the situation in Iraq, while 61 percent expressed their disapproval.

08-07-05 - Fool me once, shame on you The bizarre report by Jim Miklaszewski of NBC news that US military sources are saying Iran is the source of more sophisticated bombs used by Sunni Arab guerrillas in Iraq seems so unbelievable because it is.

08-07-05 - The Meeting Scooter Libby and Judy Miller met on July 8, 2003, two days after Joe Wilson published his column. And Patrick Fitzgerald is very interested.

08-07-05 - Saudis warned of terrorist threat to London: reports

08-07-05 - Iran, Ledeen, Rove, AIPAC, and more

08-07-05 - For hire: elite Israeli squad who can break you out of jail

08-07-05 - China says Israel ties damaged by US meddling in arms deal "We are angry about the US interference. This is another example of American hegemony. Clearly, this is a breach of international trade laws,"

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