Friday, September 28, 2012

1992 Breaking News:
Netanyahu Says Iran Close 
to Nuclear Weapon

Does This Sound Familiar?

Israel's Prime Minister:
Binjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu

By Michael Chester 

Most of us are aware that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been pressuring the United States to stage a pre-emptive attack on Iran on behalf of Israel. He has been constantly beating the war drum claiming that Iran is near full development of a nuclear weapon.

Apparently, many US congressmen and senators have fallen for this line of [propaganda] or been threatened or blackmailed into cooperating with Israel. This deadly hoax has been repeated so often and so loudly that many Americans have been fooled into believing it is true. All of the world’s major intelligence agencies have unanimously stated that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program and their research is strictly In the area of peaceful uses of nuclear energy. In fact  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has given a fatwa against nuclear weapons. For those unfamiliar with the power structure in Iran, he is the real power broker. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is mostly there for show. His power is quite limited.

What many of us may not recall is that this drumbeat about Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program began many years ago. Netanyahu is on record as early as 1992 claiming that Iran was “close” to having a nuke.

Scott Peterson at the Christian Science Monitor did a useful timeline for dire Israeli and US predictions of an imminent Iranian nuclear weapon, beginning 20 years ago.

• 1992: Israeli member of parliament Binyamin Netanyahu predicts that Iran was “3 to 5 years” from having a nuclear weapon.

• 1992: Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres predicts an Iranian nuclear warhead by 1999 to French TV.

• 1995: The New York Times quotes US and Israeli officials saying that Iran would have the bomb by 2000.

• 1998: Donald Rumsfeld tells Congress that Iran could have an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the US by 2003.

To add insult to injury, recently de-classified FBI reports have been released from a 1985–2002 investigation into how a network of front companies connected to the Israeli Ministry of Defense illegally smuggled nuclear triggers out of the U.S. The newly released FBI files detail how Richard Kelly Smyth, who was convicted of running a U.S. front company, met with Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel during the smuggling operation. At that time, Netanyahu worked at the Israeli node of the smuggling network, Heli Trading Company. In an obvious attempt to cover his illicit past, Netanyahu recently issued a gag order that the smuggling network’s unindicted ringleader refrain from discussing “Project Pinto.”

In his blog post of July 3, 2012 author Grant Smith offered the following synopsis:

Netanyahu Worked Inside Nuclear Smuggling Ring

As revealed in previously released FBI files and the tell-all book Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Milchan, the Hollywood producer was recruited into Israel’s economic espionage division (LAKAM) in his 20s and learned how to establish front companies and secret bank accounts for smuggling operations. Arnon Milchan encouraged Smyth, a California engineer, to incorporate MILCO in 1972 and serve as a front for the Israel-based Heli Trading’s (also known as Milchan Limited) acquisitions of sensitive military technologies on behalf of the Ministry of Defense. 

Smyth fled the U.S. after being indicted for violating the Arms Export Control Act in the mid-1980s. In July 2001, Smyth was arrested in Spain by Interpol and returned to the U.S., and in November, he was convicted of exporting 800 nuclear triggers (called krytrons).

FBI agents interviewed Smyth on April 16-17, 2002, at the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles. The secret interview report details how during a trip to Israel Smyth was “spotted” by Milchan, who claimed he worked as an exclusive purchasing agent for the Ministry of Defense. Smyth was introduced around to high military officials including then-general Ariel Sharon. Smyth was also put in contact with Benjamin Netanyahu, who worked at Heli Trading Company. According to the FBI report, “Smyth and [Netanyahu] would meet in restaurants in Tel Aviv and in [Netanyahu's] home and/or business. It was not uncommon for [Netanyahu] to ask Smyth for unclassified material.”

Milchan pulled Smyth into his glamorous, star-studded movie circuit. “While in the United States [Smyth] met with [Milchan] numerous times in Los Angeles. … Milchan and Smyth would have dinner frequently and would visit one another’s house often … it was quite common for [Milchan] to invite [Smyth] to various Hollywood parties and introduce [Smyth] to celebrities.”

During the 2002 Smyth counterintelligence debriefing, the FBI learned that the Ministry of Defense ordered and paid Heli Trading for krytrons. Heli in turn sourced them from MILCO in a clandestine operation codenamed Project Pinto. The report reveals how MILCO illegally shipped prohibited articles under general Commerce Department export licenses rather than smuggling them out via Israeli diplomatic pouches. The last time Smyth saw Milchan was in 1985. The Ministry of Defense issued a burn notice on Smyth after discussions with U.S. officials about the krytron smuggling. According to the FBI report, “Shortly thereafter, [Smyth] fled the United States.”

A March 2012 statement by the co-authors of Confidential claims that “Hollywood mega-producer and former secret agent Arnon Milchan has been asked directly by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres to avoid any public discussion of the book Confidential, asserting that the matter is too sensitive at this time.” Although the book’s authors point to the escalating tensions over Iran’s nuclear program, Netanyahu’s own hands-on involvement in nuclear weapons–related covert action against America is presumably a far more compelling reason for the gag order.

* The FBI referred an additional 164 pages of the Mandatory Declassification Review to another government agency — presumably the CIA — for further review. The additional pages will likely never be released. The CIA has refused requests for similar documents in order to preserve intelligence sources and methods abroad.

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  1. And don't forget, Freethinker, Iraq was only months from a nuclear device.
    Auntie Condo Rice told us so.

    The suckers will believe anything. But it is very important to Israel to continue this image of the poor little defenseless put upon country. Keeps the welfare checks flowing to the words biggest welfare queens.

  2. There has been quite a history of crying wolf.

    But, one day, the wolf does arrive.

  3. "Auntie Condo Rice told us so."

    So did EVERYONE ELSE including ALL the intelligence services worthy of the name. They ALL told the SAME story in the run up to the Iraq war.

    And don't forget the Invasion of Iraq was supported and officially endorsed by BOTH parties.

    So please spare us the sneering silliness from the peanut gallery.

    ~ FT

  4. Yes, all the intelligence services reputedly told the same story.

    Now, if you have a brain you knew than and certainly know now that intelligence services RARELY commit the error of attributing a capability to a nation when that capability doesn't exist. So what happened?

    There was a press blitz that convinced the American sucker that a country that didn't have a reliable uninterruptable power source actually had an enrichment program in progress. High school physics might have been needed to understand why that was necessary.

    Which gets us to the scare about yellowcake and the public's lack of knowledge about the lengthy enrichment process.

    It was really quite stunning. Stupid fools believing that Hussein shipped his weapons of mass destruction to Syria.
    Beautiful. How did he do that under satellite reconnaissance, where were the weapons stored and why would he ship WMD to a freaking ally of Iran?

    Yeah, the suckers ate everything on the plate and they are stilling lapping it up. Didn't learn a freaking thing. The fringe right wanted Condo Rice for VP.

  5. I came across some interesting advice on this from Iranian ex-patriots living in the claiming that taking this advice to attack Iran would be wrong because the current regime is popular with only about 10% of the Iranian population. If open support was given in the court of public opinion this itself would undermine the current Iranian ruling clique and the Iranians could themselves look after the problem themselves.

    Not bad advice, IMO.

    I've been thinking looking back on how the Shah of Iran was deposed, apparently with the able assistance of the United States: Wasn't it Zbigniew Brzezinski who told us that the Shah was thrown into the trash "like a dead mouse"? If that doesn't indicate another instance of outside interference, what does? After all the Shah himself was put in place by the United States so replacing him seems believable. It's the idea that the Ayatollah Khomeini may have as well been put there by those that had done something similar that may be hard to accept ... but I'm coming to that point of believing that possibility. It makes a lot of sense in the context of the globalist rhetoric today.

  6. Bucky, don't you think Paul Ryan is a far better selection that Condi Rice?

  7. Waylon, I'm a leftist (NOT a liberal).
    I think Ryan is a freaking imbecile.

    I do agree with what your Iranian friend said, however. Had the same conversation with an Iranian on the subway quite recently.
    There is a class of educated young people growing in Iran which is very opposed to the current government and will likely change it.
    Of course the dumbest thing we could do would be to join the Likud imbeciles in a bombing attack. That would create solidarity with the present government but the right often doesn't think strategically.

  8. The Left doesn't think strategically. they only think "cowardly".

  9. Ducky, since you are a self-identified leftist why doesn't your man President Obama say something to support the movement in Iran that goes against the religious nut cases running the country today? Any chance that Obama might well be the one selected by the cabal that seems to have a long term fetish for replacement Iranian leaders over the years?

  10. ...for the Left, war is never the A.N.S.W.E.R. They don't even ask the question.

  11. I think FT has it right that all intelligence sources claimed that Iraq had WMD. So if this was so well known why weren't they discovered for the record and public consumption?

    What if they were supplied to Saddam Hussein by Western countries, especially in his supposed "support" of him in his war against Iran ... that would certainly give them a certain amount of certainty, wouldn't it? Maybe they weren't "discovered" when they knew they were there was because it would raise too many questions about who really supplied them to the one who was now declared to be persona non grata and the enemy of choice of the moment.

  12. Waylon, Obama is right/center.

    Right now there is no significant progressive political force in America.

  13. I think you've just shown you're cock-eyed if you think Obama is anywhere near the center and definitely not "right/center".

    Even Andy Williams thought he was following Marxist doctrine. Not sure if he voted for him but it sounded like he wouldn't have this time if he had lived longer.

  14. Andy Williams? Are you freaking kidding me?

  15. Andy Williams was Ethel "Chinless" Kennedy's mistress for a long time (GAG! RETCH! BARF! PHEW!), so he was deeply embedded in D'Rat Doo Doo probably all his life.

    That means Andy would have been "in the know" as much as anyone in that degenerate crowd of bounders, cads, rum-runners, rapists, alcoholics and murderers so long adored by the people of Assachusetts most of whom must have a serious case of OBS.

    EVERYONE -- and I mean EVERYONE -- earnestly believe that Saddam Hussein had WMD salted away in the desert. It was hardly a "right wing thing," although it certainly was NEOCON thing -- and we all know by now what THAT means, I hope.

    HOWEVER, as far as I know, there are still hundreds of quintillions of grains of sand that have yet to be curry combed -- untold thousands of square miles of unexamined desert -- so who knows what may yet be lurking 'neath the sands in that benighted territory?

    ~ FT

  16. Andy Williams had an affair with Ethel Kennedy? I didn't know that!

    No wonder my mother dissed Andy Williams! Mom never separated artistry from politics.

  17. Not having been privy to what was going in between the sheets in Ethel's household I can't say I know for certain Ethel and Andy had an affair, AOW, but it has been well-known for decades that they "kept company" for a very long time after Sirhan Sirhan bestowed his great blessing upon our nation.

    The Saga of the Kennedys seems almost biblical, doesn't it?

    If ever there were a time when God intervened in the affairs of overly ambitious men with a resounding "NO!," it certainly occurred in The Hideous Tale and Dreadful Fate of the Kennedys.

    The law of averages simply does NOT allow for THAT much disaster to hit ANY small group of miscreants.

    ~ FT

  18. As for Iran building -- or not building -- nukes, Silver, think of this:

    WE ONLY "KNOW" WHAT WE ARE TOLD by a thoroughly corrupt media owned and operated by The Oligarchs.

    ~ FT

  19. Interesting how quickly Ducky managed to divert the attention away from present-day Israel and her ongoing war of words with the virulently mouthy Iran to past events that appear to reflect unfavorably on a Republican president, isn't it?

    The question we need to ask ourselves is WHY do we PERMIT these DIVERSIONARY TACTICS to WORK UNOPPOSED?

    ~ FT

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