With a possible revival of the Iran nuclear deal on the table, there are many forces at work opposing a US return to the accord, known as the JCPOA. One form this opposition takes is through anonymous leaks to Western media outlets that are happy to publish whatever intelligence officials tell them to. This week, two dubiously-sourced reports came out that accused Iran of plotting an attack in Washington and operating a secret nuclear program. Missing from the stories was any evidence to back up the claims.
On Sunday, The Associated Press published a story that cited “two senior US intelligence officials” who claimed that Iran made threats against Fort McNair, a waterfront Army base in Washington DC. The officials said the NSA intercepted communications of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps discussing possible “USS Cole-style attacks” on Fort McNair, referring to the 2000 attack on a US Navy destroyer off Yemen that was launched using a small explosive-laden boat. The AP story offers no other evidence to back up the claim besides the word of the unnamed officials.
Iran hawks benefit from such stories since it gives the US more reasons not to return to the JCPOA. But another reason to hype a threat to Fort McNair was explained in the AP story. The US Army wants to create a security buffer zone extending 250 to 500 feet into the water of the Washington Channel, the busy waterway that Fort McNair sits on. Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC’s representative to Congress, has been fighting this buffer zone and said the military has shown her no evidence that constitutes a threat big enough to justify it.
“I have asked the Department of Defense to withdraw the rule because I’ve seen no evidence of a credible threat that would support the proposed restriction,” Norton said. “I have a security clearance. And they have yet to show me any classified evidence.” The AP doesn’t explain these doubts until a few paragraphs into the story, so most readers with faith in the outlet that read the headline and skimmed a few paragraphs are left believing Iran is considering attacking Washington.
Following the AP report, on Monday, The Telegraph published a story that cited unnamed “Western intelligence officials” who claimed Iran is “deliberately concealing key components of its nuclear program from UN inspectors that can be used for producing nuclear weapons.” The officials claimed that Iran is hiding equipment that can be used to enrich uranium at 90 percent, which is needed for weapons-grade.
The Telegraph report follows a familiar script. For decades now, Western and Israeli officials have claimed Iran is operating a secret nuclear weapons program. Like most of these claims, the Telegraph offers absolutely no evidence to corroborate the story. All the officials say is that they tracked containers they “believe” this equipment is held in through satellite images.
President Biden claims that he wants to revive the JCPOA but has taken no action to do so. He is demanding that Iran reverse the activity of its civilian nuclear program to comply with the limits set by the agreement before sanctions imposed by the Trump administration are lifted. Since the US is the party that violated the deal, Tehran wants Biden to act first.
While Biden has not lifted sanctions, his administration is calling for talks with Iran to restore the JCPOA. This is enough to evoke a strong response from Iran hawks in Congress. With intense domestic pressure and opposition to the JCPOA from US allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia, it is unlikely that Biden will take a unilateral action like lifting sanctions to revive the JCPOA. Dubiously-sourced reports like the ones from AP and the Telegraph give Iran hawks more ammunition to pressure Biden into not returning to the agreement. In the meantime, Iran’s economy remains under crippling economic sanctions, and ordinary Iranians continue to suffer.
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I am surprised these un-named intelligence officials have succeeded in Linking Iran to 9/11.
Or maybe Santa anna and the Alamo?? Pearl Harbor??
Innuendo of nefariousness in strangely respected news outlets is necessary to set the stage for attacking Iran. That’s a central purpose of the CIA and foreign funded think tanks.
Correct observation. Iran is succeeding with various sanctions’ end arounds . They are increasingly able to source industrial and development needs from China while India and China remain good customers for Iranian crude. So if Uncle Sam wants to crush Iran for israel’s benefit it will probably require an act of war like a blockade or an out right bombing campaign.
America’s enemies have positioned slightly buoyant underwater atom bombs with fins that guide them as they glide slowly upward from the deepest offshore depths. Anonymous sources refuse to divulge how they found out. One says their child has a mysterious game controller that is impossible to figure out.
These people are really grasping. I mean it is one thing to claim that the Iranians are plotting against our troops on the other side of the world that we have surrounded them with, but to claim they have the capability to somehow worm their way into our nation’s capital and successfully pull off a “USS Cole style attacks” is unbelievable. I can just picture scowling Turban wearing bearded Iranians with knives between their teeth(isn’t that how they are always portrayed)secretly boarding their rented speedboats and using the explosives they smuggled in on their commercial flights to blow up an army base. Sure, that’s believable.
war r u.s. Sometimes when you go through an underpass on a road in Washington, DC, you will see a turban wearing terrorist clutching on the support structure and with a knife between his teeth looking for a likely-looking car to drop down onto.
US Lying Machine never stops…! Yeh, some of those Iranian submarines can certainly fit inside the Washington Channel…! lol…!
Iran signed a “deal” in 1968. Iran ratified the same in 1970. It is called the NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons). Something to remember among the war-mongering, lies, fabrications of the nonsense.
While the NPT signatory the UK is making plans to increase the number of nuclear devices it has.
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I think it is a fairly safe bet that anytime, anytime, one sees “intelligence officials,” the narrative is absolutely false and one should try to determine if any facts exist related to the narrative.
Secondly, the motive should be discerned, in this case it is obvious.
The USS Cole was damaged in a suicide, terrorist attack by Sudanese Al Qaeda, it had nothing whatsoever to do with Iran.
Do they think we are stupid, when they try to rewrite history?
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