Where does all of this fit?

18 September 2006

Together with other pieces in the news, the following snippet from Bob Park’s email newsletter makes me wonder what information the oh-so-strategic White House is trying to propagate about Iran. I’ll try to find some of the other stories, but since with my news consumption I am nearly a NPR-obligate feeder, that’s probably where I heard them. Also check out the Nuclear Threat Initiative who haven’t posted on this yet, but I think they are a credible source of information.

As an aside, did anyone else hear about the 9/11 Public Discourse Project before just now? Me neither, and I think its a damn shame they closed up shop. Who are they trying to pressure into picking it up?

WHAT’S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 15 Sep 06 Washington, DC

1. PROLIFERATION: IAEA DISPUTES HOUSE COMMITTEE REPORT ON IRAN.
Who would have thought that relations between the U.S. and the
UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency could get worse? The
IAEA complains that a House Intelligence Committee staff report,
“contains erroneous, misleading and unsubstantiated information”
about Iran’s nuclear program. Sound familiar? A caption in the
House report says Tehran is “enriching uranium to weapons grade,”
but the facility shown only enriches to 3.6%, enough for power
production, but far from the level needed for weapons. Before
the U.S. invaded Iraq, the IAEA had insisted, despite American
objections, that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, and
later showed that some White House claims were based on forged
documents. After the fall of the Saddam government, the U.S
blocked IAEA inspections of damage to Iraq’s nuclear facilities.
But in a stunning vindication of the IAEA, Mohammed ElBaradei,
director general of IAEA, was awarded the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize
http://bobpark.physics.umd.edu/WN05/wn100705.html

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