< HOME  Friday, March 03, 2006

the art of WAR (based on LIES)

One solitary weekend stands between now and the Security Council meeting that threatens to trigger a cascade of events from which the world cannot retreat.

And just as it did three years ago with Iraq, the mainstream media dutifully delivers, in technicolor, the threadbare evidence needed (and designed) to garner American support for immediate action against Iran.
"All warfare is based on deception." --SunTzu, Art of War

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[A] key Iranian opposition figure said that Iran has ramped up its production of missiles capable of carrying atomic warheads.

Providing what he said were secret details of those missile programs, Alireza Jafarzadeh told the AP Thursday that Iran had "significantly increased the production line'' of its Shahab 3 missiles last year, and was now turning out 90 a year - more than four times its previous production rate.

Jafarzadeh has worked for the political wing of the Mujahedin Khalq, an Iranian opposition group that Washington and the European Union list as a terrorist organization. [the same list Hamas is on]

Jafarzadeh, who heads the Washington-based Strategic Policy Consulting think tank, helped reveal what was then Iran's clandestine nuclear program three years ago. In January he divulged details of Iran's enrichment plans, which were confirmed a few days ago by the IAEA. [the best lies are those mixed with truth]

However, other accusations he has made against Iran remain unproven. There was no independent confirmation of the information Jafarzadeh offered Thursday, which he said he received from unspecified sources inside Iran.
THIS man's bare testimony is the (declared) basis for US hostility towards Iran. (We all know what the REAL one is.)

But, who exactly is this guy Jafarzadeh? And, what's in it for him?

According to this May 2005 Newsweek article by dynamic duo Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball, the Iranian opposition group (MEK) for which Jafarzadeh once worked, has a history of cult-like practices. But, more importantly...
MEK has long been controversial because of its history of violent attacks in Iran, its relationship with Saddam's regime and its background as a quasi-religious, quasi-Marxist radical resistance group founded in the era of the late Iranian shah.

In 1997, the Clinton administration put MEK on the State Department's list of foreign terrorist groups. MEK's U.S. supporters, among whom at one point numbered dozens of members of Congress, charged that the Clinton administration only labeled MEK as a terrorist group as part of an ill-conceived attempt to improve relations with the ayatollahs who currently run Iran. However, the Bush administration added two alleged MEK front organizations to the State Department's terrorist list in 2003.

Despite the group's notoriety, Bush himself cited purported intelligence gathered by MEK as evidence of the Iranian regime's rapidly accelerating nuclear ambitions. At a March 16 press conference, Bush said Iran's hidden nuclear program had been discovered not because of international inspections but "because a dissident group pointed it out to the world." White House aides acknowledged later that the dissident group cited by the president is the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), one of the MEK front groups added to the State Department list two years ago.

In an appearance before a House International Relations Subcommittee a year ago, John Bolton, the controversial State Department undersecretary who Bush has nominated to become US ambassador to the United Nations, was questioned by a Congressman sympathetic to MEK [who, I wonder] about whether it was appropriate for the U.S. government to pay attention to allegations about Iran supplied by the group.

Bolton said he believed that MEK "qualifies as a terrorist organization according to our criteria." But he added that he did not think the official label had "prohibited us from getting information from them. And I certainly don't have any inhibition about getting information about what's going on in Iran from whatever source we can find that we deem reliable." [emphasis added]

However, current and former senior U.S. national-security officials, who asked not to be named because they are not supposed to talk about intelligence-gathering activities, say that all the major revelations MEK publicly claims to have made regarding nuclear advances in Iran were reported in classified formand from other sources—to U.S. policymakers before MEK made them public. [extra emphasis added]

A Western diplomat familiar with the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations component that has been monitoring Iran's nuclear program, said that while the MEK has occasionally come up with accurate information about Iran's nukes, the group has come up with a similar number of other tips that have not checked out.

According to Human Rights Watch, several members of Congress, including both Republicans and Democrats, only last month attended a Washington meeting of a legal "MKO-backed" group called the National Convention for a Democratic, Secular Republic in Iran. In February, the group says, a think tank co-chaired by retired U.S. military officers [I wonder who] called for MEK to be dropped from the State Department terrorist list and recommended that the U.S. government actively support MEK in its campaign to bring down the Iranian theocracy. [surprise, surprise]

According to administration officials, some Pentagon officials want to recruit former MEK members as U.S. secret agents who would infiltrate Iran on intelligence missions. The Pentagon has emphatically insisted that it has no plans to work with the MEK or any of the group's members. [I guess they changed their minds]

The new Human Rights Watch report offers no insight into the validity or inaccuracy of MEK information about Iranian's nuclear program but it does allege strange and sometimes brutal behavior by the group’s leaders and internal security apparatus. According to the report, MEK, formed in 1965 by three political activists, originally was an "urban guerilla group" which participated in the struggle against the shah that resulted in the 1979 Iranian revolution and produced the current theocratic regime in Tehran. [well, well]

In an early schism following the revolution, the MEK and Abolhassan Bani Sadr, briefly Iran's president during the 1980 U.S. Embassy hostage crisis, split away from the main revolutionary movement led by Ayatollah Khomeini and went into exile. Later, Bani Sadr in turn split from MEK after a disagreement with Massoud Rajavi, who, with his wife, Maryam, subsequently became the movement's unchallenged leader.

During the Iran-Iraq War, Saddam allowed MEK to set up several military camps in Iraq—with a headquarters encampment near Baghdad known as Camp Ashraf—and the group proceeded to conduct paramilitary operations against the Tehran regime, the largest of which was mounted—unsuccessfully—shortly after Iran agreed to a U.N.-brokered ceasefire in the Iran-Iraq War. MEK reportedly lost more than 1,000 fighters in this attack. [These people have a SERIOUS axe to grind!]

According to Human Rights Watch, following this 1988 military defeat, the Rajavi's leadership of MEK became increasingly authoritarian and cultlike. According to an MEK defector's memoir, Rajavi claimed to have a mystical relationship with a prophet known as Imam Zaman, who is Shia Islam's version of the long-awaited Messiah. [AND, they have VERY grand plans.]
It is from a man who used to work for THIS group that we get the following:
The most advanced Shahab has a range of nearly 1,200 miles, Jafarzadeh said. That is enough to target arch-foe Israel.

Working together with North Korean experts at the Hemmat Missile Industries complex in Tehran, Iranian engineers also were "70 percent" finished on prototype Ghadar 101 and Ghadar 110 missiles, which have a range of up to 1,800 miles, he said, putting central Europe within reach. These missiles also were "ready for launch" within 30 minutes, compared to several hours for the Shahab, he said. [compare Colin Powell, mobile weapons lab]

U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte told lawmakers Wednesday in Washington that the risk of Iran acquiring nuclear arms and merging them with ballistic missile systems was "a reason for immediate concern." [compare Condi, mushroom cloud]
And so we see, reincarnated, precisely the same technique employed three years ago by the Bush administration to secure the phony "intelligence" it used to make its case against Saddam.

Find a disgruntled political dissident, give him the information you want released, then fire away, ad nauseam; on every news channel, every talk show.
Newsweek reports that the INA—a group with a vested interest in seeing the downfall of the Baathist regime—has confirmed that it originated the leak about alleged pre-war WMD deployments by Iraq. It also supplied the equally flimsy and uncorroborated evidence supposedly linking Saddam to 9/11 hijacker Muhammad Atta.

INA leader Allawi’s representative in Washington, Nick Theros, told Newsweek that Lieutenant Colonel al-Dabbagh was a member of the group. He admitted that al-Dabbagh never saw what was in the supposed weapons crates, and that the claim now “looks like it could have been a crock of s—t.”

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The admission that al-Dabbagh was an INA spy who was making up his claims from whole cloth confirms once again that the Blair government dragged Britain to war based on a tissue of lies.

Tellingly, Newsweek reports that “Officials close to the CIA and MI6 say that while the agencies believe the INA’s tales are unfounded, they still regard the group as a reliable ally” (emphasis added). [compare with Bolton's statement on Iran]

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“In al-Dabbagh’s case the presumption should be that his evidence is not to be believed, given that he is a man with a definite political agenda. His aim is not only to support Blair’s claims that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, but also to insist that they are a continued threat that can be employed by remnants of the old regime. In this way he hopes to justify further repression by the occupation forces and their puppet government, for which he functions as an advisor.

“As was so often the case, if al-Dabbagh’s claim of origin is to be believed, then the intelligence cited in the September dossier came from forces anxious to bolster the case for war against Iraq and with a vested interest in the Bush administration’s plans for regime change.”
So, there you have it folks. History repeats itself. Two WARS, Two LIES. Spread it far and wide. There may yet be hope to stop this thing.


At Friday, March 03, 2006, Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

Bush's breaking of the NPT for this deal with India ramps up everything. This is either the start of Cold War II or WWIII, take your pick. India's gonna start turning out nukes by the carload and line 'em up facing China and Iran. They're gonna get nervous and ratchet up their own programs and here we go again, girls. Serious, serious stuff. We're not talking a handful of terrorists. We are talking nations now.

At Friday, March 03, 2006, Blogger jc said...

funny fact, or not as may be, this meeting at the UN Sec council next week?

guess what's also up next week? Patriot Act II review.

looks like it might go through, eh?

At Friday, March 03, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

neil, unfortunately, I think it's the latter (WWIII).

We must make a last ditch effort to increase the noise. If anyone can stop these madmen (or at least give them pause,i.e., buy time), it would have to be us (American public).

jc, that's not all that's happening this month. M3 data is no longer public. And unless they've already increased the legal debt ceiling, we've surpassed it.

These are very dangerous times.

At Friday, March 03, 2006, Blogger jc said...

“Officials close to the CIA and MI6 say that while the agencies believe the INA’s tales are unfounded, they still regard the group as a reliable ally”

Read: "Even though they're liars we trust them. They're our liars, dammit!

At Friday, March 03, 2006, Blogger Left of Center said...

Regarding lies... The best lies are not only mixed with truth, but the best ones are really big ones. The bigger the fewer people will question.

At Friday, March 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that the Patriot Act, otherwise known as the Police State Act, has passed hands down, with nary a bleat of protestation on the part of our cowed and bought-off Congress critter-whores, we can expect the Straussian neocons to be emboldened to further carve up the Bill of Rights, slathering barbeque sauce on large sections, and roasting the document wholesale. In fact, thanks to the NSA’s vacuum cleaner approach to snooping at the very portals of the electronic communication grid—with enthusiastic telecom participation—the Bill of Rights is more or less a dead letter, little more than a “g.d. piece of paper,” as our court appointed ruler declared a few weeks ago with little corporate media commentary.

No longer do the people enjoy the right to “peaceably to assemble”—unless you consider being corralled in a “free speech zone” encircled in concertina wire a right—and the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures” is effectively down the tubes, as the above mentioned vacuum cleaner approach makes painfully obvious, a subversive plot completely destroying the concept of “probable cause” (our rulers and their minions believe this has mysteriously vanished from the Fourth Amendment, as Gen. Michael Hayden actually attempted to argue at the National Press Club in Washington in January, a fact ignored by the corporate media, not that it particularly matters—sadly most Americans know more about the Simpsons than the First Amendment).

Considering the widespread violations of the Bill of Rights literally spanning over many decades and numerous presidents, the renewal of the Patriot Act is no big deal and may even be considered anti-climatic. Forget the Sedition Act, the Palmer Raids, the Smith Act, COINTELPRO, Operation Chaos, Cable Splicer, Operation Garden Plot, Rex-84, ad nauseam—the Bill of Rights was tenuous from the beginning. Thomas Jefferson, away in France in December 1787, wrote James Madison that he was concerned about “the omission of a bill of rights…. providing clearly…. for freedom of religion, freedom of the press, protection against standing armies, and restriction against monopolies.” Jefferson was worried “that a succession of artful and ambitious rulers” would eventually subvert the Bill of Rights because all governments seek an “augmentation of power at the expense of liberty.” Fact of the matter is our rulers harbor a deep hatred and mistrust of natural rights, social contracts, and universal rights, disagreeing with John Locke that these rights are integral to the very idea of what it means to be human.

It didn’t take long for “artful and ambitious rulers” to begin chipping away at the Bill of Rights. In 1798, Congress passed the Sedition Act, abridging the freedom of speech and the press and devising prison sentences for people criticizing the government. The U.S. Constitution, Art. I, Sec. 9, states the “privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it,” but during the “Civil War” (or the invasion of the South by the North) Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus without consulting Congress, allowing the military to arrest and imprison thousands of civilians, including Clement L. Vallandigham, a Jacksonian Democrat and later a Peace Democrat, an outspoken advocate of states’ rights and a vociferous critic of Lincoln’s war against the South.

In 1917, Congress passed the Espionage and Sedition acts that provided heavy sentences for Americans criticizing the war. “The great liberal Oliver Wendell Holmes himself wrote the opinions affirming the constitutionality of the Espionage Act, sending a man named Schenck to jail for distributing a leaflet criticizing the war and the draft. Two thousand people were prosecuted for speaking or writing against the war, including Eugene Debs,” writes Howard Zinn (the Zinn Reader, Seven Stories Press). It didn’t take long for A. Mitchell Palmer, attorney general under Woodrow Wilson, to use the Espionage and Sedition acts to arrest over 10,000 people, many held for long periods without trial—think José Padilla—and in early 1920 round up an additional 6,000 people and also hold them without due process. Many of these radicals were shipped off to Russia as potential traitors and Stalin had them shot.

In 1940, Congress passed the Smith Act, a law making it illegal to advocate or belong to a group that advocated the violent overthrow of the government, never mind that Thomas Jefferson said the “tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants,” and called for a revolution every ten or so years to purge the “artful and ambitious rulers” who inevitably squash liberty.

There is little time or space to go into later attacks against the Bill of Rights, as enumerated partially above. Suffice it to say the Bill of Rights has weathered attacks since the very inception of the nation. Bush’s Patriot Act is simply the latest outrage against liberty, albeit a potentially fatal one, the final coup de grâce, although no mercy is intended for the Constitution, as tyrants, plutocrats, and autocrats sincerely hate and fear the idea of liberty for common men and women, occasionally rising up and throwing off dictators.

Unfortunately, we now have a sincerely ignorant public, more than likely incapable of Jeffersonian revolution because most people, frightened by manufactured boogiemen and cartoonish Muslim villains, have no idea their birthright is suffering the throes of death. Homer, Marge, Maggie, Santa’s Little Helper, Bart, Snowball, and Lisa Simpson have more relevance.

At Friday, March 03, 2006, Anonymous Mighty Thor said...

Yes, that is my distinct observation: disinfo works still quite effectively, the people remaining obligingly confused--and a lot of them are still employed, their attn well distracted/diverted. Things gotta get quite a bit worse before people begin to "come together" in any large, immediately significant political numbers.

But note we can still inform some folks, as by means of this blogging, providing then for any later "revolution," training a leadership class/cadre, as it were.

And I still think my New Testament Conspiracy theory-analytic-template is outstanding for cultural-psychologic appeal and use for the volk, a major innovation for present propaganda purposes, most effective prop. being based on truth.

Hence the info we blog here about, for example, should always point up the general topic of the Judeo-"Sadducean" conspiracy at the top (see JBS.org), enforced then by Jews in general and the "Judeo-Christians" (JCs) among the gentiles. (For JC analysis, see Whtt.org.)

Always then our main targets for info and expo must be the elders and the JCs, the strength of the present reigning conspiracy. Keep up ur excellent blogging efforts, good comrades. Thor


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