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Greenwald writes: "Uncritical, fear-mongering media propaganda is far too common to take note of each time it appears, but sometimes, what is produced is so ludicrous that its illustrative value should not be ignored."

Greenwald: 'But as long as media outlets like AP continue to blindly trumpet whatever is shoveled to them...facts will be suppressed and fear levels kept sky-high.' (photo: unknown)
Greenwald: 'But as long as media outlets like AP continue to blindly trumpet whatever is shoveled to them...facts will be suppressed and fear levels kept sky-high.' (photo: unknown)

AP Believes It Found Evidence of Iran's Work on Nuclear Weapons

By Glenn Greenwald, Guardian UK

28 November 12


A primitive graph provided by 'a country critical of Iran's atomic program' indicts the news outlet more than Tehran

ncritical, fear-mongering media propaganda is far too common to take note of each time it appears, but sometimes, what is produced is so ludicrous that its illustrative value should not be ignored. Such is the case with a highly trumpeted Associated Press "exclusive" from Tuesday which claims in its red headline to have discovered evidence of "Iran Working on Bomb".

What is this newly discovered, scary evidence? It is a "graph" which AP says was "leaked" to it by "officials from a country critical of Iran's atomic program to bolster their arguments that Iran's nuclear program must be halted before it produces a weapon" (how mysterious: the globe is gripped with befuddlement as it tries to guess which country that might be). Here's how AP presents the graph in all its incriminating, frightening glory:

AP Graph

This, says AP, shows that "Iranian scientists have run computer simulations for a nuclear weapon that would produce more than triple the explosive force of the World War II bomb that destroyed Hiroshima." Moreover, "an intelligence summary provided with the drawing" - provided, that is, by the mysterious "country critical of Iran's atomic program" - "linked [the graph] to other alleged nuclear weapons work - significant because it would indicate that Iran is working not on isolated experiments, but rather on a single program aimed at mastering all aspects of nuclear arms development."

Where to begin? First, note that AP granted anonymity here not merely to an individual but to an entire country. What's the proffered justification for doing so? The officials wanted it, so AP gave it: "officials provided the diagram only on condition that they and their country not be named." That's very accommodating of AP.

Second, this graph - which is only slightly less hilariously primitive than the one Benjamin Netanyahu infamously touted with a straight face at the UN - has Farsi written under it to imbue it with that menacing Iranian-ish feel, but also helpfully uses English to ensure that US audiences can easily drink up its scariness. As The Atlantic's Robert Wright noted: "How considerate of the Iranians to label their secret nefarious nuke graph in English!". It's certainly possible that Iranian scientists use English as a universal language of science, but the convenient mixing of Farsi and English should at least trigger some skepticism.

Third, even if one assumes that this graph is something other than a fraud, the very idea that computer simulations constitute "evidence" that Iran is working toward a nuclear weapon is self-evidently inane. As John Glaser extensively documents, "experts from across the spectrum have agreed with the military and intelligence consensus [from the US and Israel] that Iran has no nuclear weapons program and presents no imminent threat." Buried in the AP article is a quote from David Albright explaining that though "the diagram looks genuine [it] seems to be designed more 'to understand the process' than as part of a blueprint for an actual weapon in the making."

The case for the attack on Iraq was driven, of course, by a mountain of fabricated documents and deliberately manipulated intelligence which western media outlets uncritically amplified. Yet again, any doubts that they are willing and eager to do exactly the same with regard to the equally fictitious Iranian Threat should be forever dispelled by behavior like this.

As always, the two key facts to note on Iran are these: 1) the desperation to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon has nothing to do with fear that they would commit national suicide by using it offensively, but rather has everything to do with the deterrent capability it would provide - i.e., nukes would prevent the US or Israel from attacking Iran at will or bullying it with threats of such an attack; and 2) the US-led sanctions regime now in place based on this fear-mongering continues to impose mass suffering and death on innocent Iranians. But as long as media outlets like AP continue to blindly trumpet whatever is shoveled to them by the shielded, unnamed "country critical of Iran's atomic program", these facts will be suppressed and fear levels kept sky-high, thus enabling the continuation and escalation of the hideous sanctions regime, if not an outright attack. your social media marketing partner


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+20 # Activista 2012-11-28 16:04
"It is a "graph" which AP says was "leaked" to it by "officials from a country critical of Iran's atomic program to bolster their arguments that Iran's nuclear program must be halted before it produces a weapon" (how mysterious: the globe is gripped with befuddlement as it tries to guess which country that might be)" great
Wonder if this "only democracy in the Middle East" wants US to attack (as they produced all the "evidence" - yellow cake from Niger, WMD moved from Iraq to Syria to save the World from Iraq.
and Senator Carl Levin, said he was reviewing a draft version of the sanctions and was amenable to the $$$ measures being added to the defense bill.
"It's fine with me," Levin said. "Going in, I favor strengthening any way we can the sanctions against Iran."
The sanctions would end "Turkey's game of gold for natural gas,"
.. how many children will suffer in Iran for Apartheid Israel. STOP WAR ON IRAN. stop blackmail by Israel.
+22 # Activista 2012-11-28 20:16
Levin has received $1,656,735 from Pro-Israel groups in the US, with AIPAC being the largest contributor to the Michigan Senator. Levin has also consistently voted in for legislation that defends Israel, even when Israel commits war crimes, as they did in the 2009 assault on Gaza.
The USA is bankrupted by militarism and our senators are planning to attack Iran!
Looks like the new sanctions and war propaganda against Syria, Iran are well coordinated ...
0 # Ralph Averill 2012-11-30 06:41
Will Carl Levin be replacing the retiring Joe Lieberman as the highest ranking Israeli agent in the US?
+1 # Doubter 2012-11-29 18:51
"Iran Working on Bomb"
"US & Israel Working on Attacking Iran."
They (US & Israel) need to be shown the folly of their ways by massive demonstrations before we are presented with a "fait accompli!"
+34 # sibbaldflats 2012-11-28 21:58
Those cursed Iranians - relentlessly threatening to defend themselves! Is there no end to their chutzpah? They and their menacing self-preservati on must be stopped.
As soon as it's clear the Israelis are finished defending themselves against a defenceless people, it's vital we in the West do their bidding. Time is of the essence.
+12 # maddave 2012-11-29 00:12
Hurrah for the Guardian and Glenn Greenwald! Over the the past 20 years i've been waiting futilely for some news agency to take any one of several phony intelligence item like this and show it for the transparent black propaganda that it is! Finally the day is here. I have two regrets:
1. That it took so long. The Iraq-Niger-forg ed-document yellowcake fiasco was one prime opportunity, and Dan Rather's expose of Bush II's (non) service record was another obvious target. Both got a bye.
2, That he press & news agencies of THE country that will be fighting the wars and carrying the water in the Middle East sit around silently. waiting to be spoon fed. In case after case they demonstrate that that they have no stomach for anything more exciting and challenging than their being "embedding" (read: "control and muzzling") by the largest and most efficient propaganda machine in this world's history: I write, of course, about the U S Government and the U S Military "Public Affairs Offices" and their hirelings.

Take note American Media: The UK's Guardian just ate your professional lunch! For shame!
+10 # grouchy 2012-11-29 01:24
I'd classify this case as truly "lousy propaganda". Sad, considering it's source.
+13 # RMDC 2012-11-29 04:31
Maybe the Iranians were running computer models and simulations to estimate Israel's nuclear bomb development. Since when is a computer simulation illegal?

The Netanyahoo government will do or say anything in order to start a war. This is becoming a farce. The illustration he presented at the UN was a farce. Maybe someone should run a computer simulation of Netanyahoo's propaganda campaign. How long will it take to persuade US politicians that they must start a war against a county that has never demonstrated any hostile intentions toward anyone?

But this is serious. In the eyes of the Israelis, Patraeus' big crime was not his affair with his biographer but his failure to produce CIA intelligence of an Iranian bomb. In fact, the CIA constantly produced the opposite -- reports showing that Iran was not building a nuke. Patraeus was not a cheerleader for another war. His replacement very likely will produce the intelligence that says Iran has a nuke. This will take us back to the George Tenant/Colin Powell totally faked presentation at the UN about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

The fact that the FBI leaked the affair story to Eric Cantor, a radical zionist congressman, suggests some Israeli complicity in outing Patraeus.

When will AP show us the graph of Israeli control of the US government. How many in congress or the white house are actually in the control of the Israelis?
+2 # Activista 2012-11-29 17:00
Yes = Pentagon is tired of wars for Greater Israel. I am sure that next CIA chief will find "Smoking gun" like they found in Iraq and bombing of Iran will start.
Check also how Defense Secretary Gates was removed - Gates Warns of Risks of a No-Flight Zone - The New York Times 2, 2011 – “Let's just call a spade a spade,” Mr. Gates said. “A no-fly zone begins with an attack on Libya to destroy the air defenses....
So we got Panneta (Clinton AIPAC foundation) and bombing of Libya started.
In Israel, Leon Panetta threatens Iran with military strike over nuclear ... 1, 2012 – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta raised the threat of a military strike against Iran if the nation develops nuclear weapons -- an effort to reassure ... sick NEOCONS destroyed the USA ..
+7 # reiverpacific 2012-11-29 13:09
Good job that TWIT didn't get ahold of this pre-election, all the nutters who voted for him would have been howlin' "See, told ya so"!!!
And the owner-media, especially "FIX" would ha' had a field day.
Personally, I think it was commissioned by Nutty-Yahoo after a bad night on the booze (I don't even know if he drinks but it has the look of a product of Tremens Delirium in credibility).
+4 # mdhome 2012-11-29 20:57
OK, OK, lets say Iran develops "the bomb", what the hell are they going to do with it? Their lifespan would be measured in minutes if they were to use it against any country outside of their borders. So once again I ask seriously what would/could they do with it except to test it for publicity. Even that would be risky.
+1 # Activista 2012-11-29 22:27
VIENNA (Reuters) - The United States set a March deadline on Thursday for Iran to start cooperating in substance with a U.N. nuclear agency investigation, warning Tehran the issue may otherwise be referred to the U.N. Security Council...
USA (Obama/Clinton) set the RED LINE as told by Benjamin Netanyahu.
+3 # RMDC 2012-11-30 02:50
Yes, Obama does not have the balls to stand up to Netanhahoo. He does what he is told. But Netanyahoo is insane. He will drive the US into another war it cannot win. Iran has about 75 million people and is not in the collapsed state that Iraq and Afghanistan were. Unlike Libya it does have a military.

All of this is pretty sickening.
+1 # Activista 2012-11-30 13:12
Just watched Clinton: "After a decade of threats and stalemates with Iran over its nuclear program, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the U.S. is ready to open door to diplomacy if Tehran can PROVE that it is not a threat."
what a sick logic - ask Iran to prove what is not truth - it has NO Nuclear Weapons program.
The same SICK trick that USA used before bombing Iraq - attacking Syria (to Assad if you leave ..)
+2 # aedha 2012-11-30 08:30
Marvelous, didn't a member of the PMOI leak that decades ago. And how about Eisenhower's promise of six or seven early nuclear plants?
I'm glad we have this information, but it is easy to imagine that it could be used to destroy a nation that may be our greatest ally when the exiles return home and this generation comes of age.

It isn't the information. its what we do with it. The UK, despite its traditions, under the current regime, has gone fascist.
+2 # Activista 2012-11-30 12:45
The USraeli war on Iran poses EXISTENTIAL threat to USA - we do not have resources to fight another phony war.
Not mention another millions to die either due to sanctions or blown to pieces by bombs.
This is huge burden to put on the shoulder of our children - to live in constant prison - fear of revenge.
It is pathetic that Pentagon gets it before Obama/Clinton.
+1 # Activista 2012-11-30 21:11
"The U.S. Senate resoundingly approved on Friday (11/30/2012) expanded sanctions on global trade with Iran's energy and shipping sectors, its latest effort to ratchet up economic pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.
...purchases of Iranian crude oil, would be the third round of sanctions in a year if passed into law.
The existing sanctions have already hurt Iran's economy, but it is uncertain whether the additional measures will stop or slow Iran's nuclear program.
Washington says Tehran is enriching uranium to levels that COULD BE used in nuclear weapons. Iran says the program is for peaceful purposes.
Senators voted 94-0 to make the new sanctions part of an annual defense policy bill."
This is MORE than sick - is there ONE US senator left that is NOT bought with AIPAC money?

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