How Misread Cables Fed Iran Hysteria


The Consortium News has the Gareth Porter story How Misread Cables Fed Iran Hysteria.

When Western intelligence agencies began in the early 1990s to intercept telexes from an Iranian university to foreign high technology firms, intelligence analysts believed they saw the first signs of military involvement in Iran’s nuclear program. That suspicion led to U.S. intelligence assessments over the next decade that Iran was secretly pursuing nuclear weapons.
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Iran produced voluminous evidence to support its explanation for each of the procurement efforts the IAEA had questioned. It showed that the high vacuum equipment had been requested by the Physics Department for student experiments in evaporation and vacuum techniques for producing thin coatings by providing instruction manuals on the experiments, internal communications and even the shipping documents on the procurement.

For those who are so sure that we shouldn’t negotiate with Iran because they are also so sure that Iran is building a bomb and lying about, I bring up the quote from Mark Twain again.

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

I am not claiming that I know for sure that Iran is telling the truth.  I am just doubting that people can know for sure that they aren’t.

If we start bombing people over what we think we know, we could find out that we were wrong all along, as we have found out many times before.


While you are at it, you might want to read the other Consoritum News article Where the Real ‘Iran Threat’ Lies by Lawrence Davidson

The investigative reporter and author Gareth Porter has recently published a book entitled  A Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare. An impressively written and researched work, it is also frightening in its implications. For if Porter’s allegations are accurate, it is not Iran that the American people should fear – it is their own politicians, bureaucrats and an “ally” named Israel.

According to Porter, there has never been a serious nuclear weapons program undertaken by Iran. By the way, this is a conclusion that is supported by the heads of all American intelligence agencies reporting annually to Congress. Unfortunately, this repeated determination has been scorned by the politicians and poorly reported by the media.

This still involves the reporting by Gareth Porter, so I am not claiming that there are two sources for this information (well, other than our own intelligence agencies).

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