Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Seymour Hersh: Propaganda Used Ahead of Iraq War Is Now Being Reused over Iran’s Nuke Program

If I post nothing else today, this is the one post that I really want to publish.

The night before last in the small hours, I listened to this fairly lengthy Democracy Now report that for the main featured an interview between Amy Goodman and Seymour Hersh.

Hersh went into quite exacting detail regarding Iran's nuclear program. To save me furnishing all the details, I shall just give you the bottom line according to Hersh.

Iran has no capacity whatsoever to manufacture a nuclear weapon. None, period.

I found the whole thing quite essential viewing, because let's face it, as it is with many others, the excuses for invading Iraq are still crystal clear in my mind, and what we are witnessing now with Iran, is deja vous, pure and simple.

Far too much detail in that particular department for me to write about, but I thought I might bring your attention to this little nugget concerning my old friend, the IAEA.


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Seymour Hersh: The big change was, in the last few weeks, the IAEA came out with a new report. And it’s not a scientific report, it’s a political document. It takes a lot of the old allegations that had been made over the years, that were looked at by the IAEA, under the regime or the directorship of Mohamed ElBaradei, who ran the IAEA for 12 years, the Egyptian—he won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work—somebody who was very skeptical of Iran in the beginning and became less so as Iran went—was more and more open.

But the new director of the IAEA, a Japanese official named Amano, an old sort of—from the center-right party in Japan—I’m sure he’s an honorable guy, he believes what he believes. But we happen to have a series of WikiLeak documents from the American embassy in Vienna, one of the embassies in Vienna, reporting on how great it was to get Amano there. This is last year.

These documents were released by Julian Assange’s group and are quite important, because what the documents say is that Amano has pledged his fealty to America. I understand he was elected as a—he was a marginal candidate. We supported him very much. Six ballots. He was considered weak by everybody, but we pushed to get him in. We did get him in. He responded by thanking us and saying he shares our views. He shares our views on Iran. He’s going to be—he’s basically—it was just an expression of love. He’s going to do what we wanted.

Nice Huh?

But it was another clip from another organisation, ABC News, a clip that somehow and only by accident, I watched immediately after the Democracy Now. It was this consecutive timing that enabled me to compare the two views on Iran. Such was the contrast between the two that I have captured the ABC piece and upped it to Youtube, and now is embedded below.

Having watched Hersh, in a calm and collective manner, parse all the bullshit emitting from the White House, to then watch Brian Ross present his little piece, was to put it mildly, quite a jaw dropper.

...Especially with the country (Iran) on the verge of building a nuclear weapon. - Brian Ross ABC


But it was the tone of the whole thing that showed it up further, you could be forgiven if you came away with the impression that Hezbollah and Iran were going to pile over the Mexican border the day after tomorrow and rape the women and eat the children.

That could have been your impression, or you might have seen the story for what it really was, the burning of a dozen CIA assets due to SNAFU by the CIA.

Have at it and see what you think.

Seymour Hersh: Propaganda Used Ahead of Iraq War Is Now Being Reused over Iran’s Nuke Program

While the United States, Britain and Canada are planning to announce a coordinated set of sanctions against Iran’s oil and petrochemical industry today, longtime investigative journalist Seymour Hersh questions the growing consensus on Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program. International pressure has been mounting on Iran since the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency revealed in a report the "possible military dimensions" to Iran’s nuclear activities, citing "credible" evidence that "indicates that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device." In his latest article for The New Yorker blog, titled "Iran and the IAEA," Hersh argues the recent report is a "political document," not a scientific study. "They [JSOC] found nothing. Nothing. No evidence of any weaponization," Hersh says. "In other words, no evidence of a facility to build the bomb. They have facilities to enrich, but not separate facilities to build the bomb. This is simply a fact." Full transcript

Towards the end of the clip, there are a few seconds given over to Obama signing the Kate Pusey whistleblower protection bill. I don't think I need to say more do I?

Although I did cover the subject previously, towards the bottom of the page.

Bradley Manning: The New Mafia - US Army

Link to the ABC page, you will have to add an haitch at the front, I'm not too sure about the copyright of the clip.



su said...

Himself said...


su said...

ooops was going to link to the senator who has voted on removing the death penalty whilst in office.
now can't find the link.

Himself said...

He features in the first minute or two here.

Listen to Sonia Jacobs and Peter Pringle who went on to marry after surviving death row

America doesn't have a monopoly on injustice, the Pringle part of the saga was in Ireland.