Fueled by an unfortunately worded letter by the IAEA about a “technical violation” allegedly made by Iran last week in its civilian nuclear program, CNN’s Rick Sanchez is now speculating about the possibility of Iran “building some kind of nuclear weapon,” even though one of his guests from MIT made it clear this threat was totally illusory.
The IAEA statement, related to Iran’s refusal to indefinitely delay alterations to its civilian enrichment program, included claims that Iran’s attitude “raises concerns about the possible existence in Iran of past or current undisclosed activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile.”
The letter seems to have been an effort to chastise Iran for a technical violation, but did not make any specific allegations that Iran was actually making such missiles, or even had the capability to do so. IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano, responsible for today’s letter, has previously confirmed that the IAEA has absolutely no evidence that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons.
But “technical violations” aren’t a sensational story, and the IAEA letter’s wording gave enough wiggle room for the television media to leap on the story and spin it into an alarmist “breaking story” about a non-existent nuclear payload being mounted into a non-existent warhead. Even after a guest made it clear that Iran did not have any weapons-grade uranium, Sanchez speculated about what we, “as Americans” should expect the government to “do” about it.
Not that the CNN was alone in its alarmism, as George Jahn at the Associated Press was at it again, who ran an article called “UN nuke agency worried Iran may be working on arms,” even though the content of his own article made it clear this was at best a speculative claim.
In reality, the vast majority of Iran’s uranium is enriched to only 3.5 percent, with a much smaller amount, described as “modest” by the IAEA, enriched to 20 percent for a medical reactor. A nuclear weapon would require uranium enriched above 90 percent, and as the IAEA continues to closely monitor the enrichment process, it is clear that the nation is simply not making weapons grade uranium, nor could it without immediately alerting the international community. The technical violation, one must remember was related to the changeover of some centrifuges from 3.5 percent to 20 percent, totally unrelated to anything theoretically weapons-related.
Not that any of this was made clear in CNN’s coverage of the story. Rather Mr. Sanchez lept dexterously between speculating about Iran’s missiles and discussing the “anti-government terrorist” attack in Austin, Texas, complete with footage of a burning IRS building. Pictures of burning US government buildings and speculation about a rival’s non-existent nuclear weapons combined nicely to fuel panic, but they did nothing to clarify the actual meaning behind the IAEA’s Iran statement.
11 thoughts on “IAEA Letter Fuels CNN Alarmism Over Iran”
CNN personalities such and sanchez, blitzer, and cafferty have been very aggressive in trying to vilify iran at all costs. Wolf blitzer, for his part, is an israeli citizen
bunch of idiots. Wool over the eyes or eager accomplices of a fascist regime about to go nuclear. Whatever the consequences, you all deserve it. Twits.
Recall, too, that Sanchez was Johnny-on-the-spot for "our guy" in Georgia, practically defending Saakashvili & Co. against Russian and South Osseti "aggression."
Having no television makes me semi ignorant of Sanchez, Blitzer & Cafferty….. Yaa, the line of shills for the empire stretches as far as the truths they espouse. & when Baz says Wolf is an Israeli citizen, how did he get a German [in most cases] name..?? Every morning I wake up and turn on the news to see if "their" reign has ended….. To see when "dual citizens" start to attract scrutiny…. To see if anyone important has caught on and is asking the hard questions…. Every morning…….I go here… First thing…Though I'm beginning to wonder about everywhere and here too…!!!
Wolf Blitzer comes from Israel by way of the Soviet Union. He was CNN Mideast correspondent, centered in Tel Aviv, for years. No one ever would call him neutral on the subject of Israel.
wolf blitzer is a staunch zionist and financial contributer to israeli settlement activity. he is believed to be trained by mossad in intelligence and propoganda and yet he is working as a "journalist" in the US….
Don't forget the years Blitzer worked for the Jerusalem Post.
Incredible how they all stay right on message – but ongoing kudos, bigtime, to Jason for fighting back against the propaganda!!!!
Did you notice something of importance that the media missed– Why, the IRS building did not fall in less than 8 seconds and all concrete turn into a dust cloud.Did they question if an Arab was on board with a box cutter?
Or bring this witness out http://www.youtube.com:80/watch?v=A0wHeekgPqk&…
SINCE WHEN DID IT BECOME PART OF THE IAEA's MANDATE TO GENERATE ANALYSIS BASED ON BELIEF AND NOT FACT? THE STAKES ARE SUBSTANTIAL HERE AND WAR IS IMMINENT. THE IAEA IS FAILING IN ITS RESPONSIBILITY AND IS BECOMMING IRRELEVANT AS AN INDEPENDANT AGENCY AND INSTEAD BECOMING A POLITICAL HAG OF ISRAEL AND THE US
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