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CBS News' Kimberly Dozier speaks with Robert Baer, who recounts his unique experiences as a CIA operative and discusses the future state of diplomacy between the U.S. and Iran.


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Posted: Jul 13, 2011 10:27am
Jun 23, 2009
OOPS! We rigged the Iran/Florida-Ohio vote count AGAIN!! 
by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
June 23, 2009

Iran's Ayatollahs have just admitted that in some 50 cities there were 
as many as 3 million more votes cast than there were voters in the 
recent presidential election. 

But, they say, that's not enough to change the outcome. So, like Florida 
in 2000 and Ohio 2004, there will be no total recount and no new 
election. Election theft should be opposed, whether it's sanctioned by a 
supreme Ayatollah or the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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In peace...

The Free Press
My comment; 
Is it really a 'democracy' when votes are rigged, elections are stolen, and moneydetermines the outcome rather than peoples choice? Why not just give the political office to the person who raises the most money from corporations?
Essentially CASH is the system we have in the US presently. Money determinesthe outcome in almost all cases. That money most often comes from hugecorporations who are then owed 'favors', which then translates into perks,social corporate welfare, laws written by those same corporations, and lobbyistsinfluencing politicians so they get what they want, such as bailout money, secretdeals, etc... I find it hard to figure out how democracy fits into this greed basedsystem, where corporations are in control.
How can votes be stolen and then people have no say in what happens next?In Iran and the US, elections are rigged but the people have no say in the matter. This has happened here in the US and in other countries. How do we create a system where that cannot happen. How can we have transparency and oversight by citizens?
Spiritually speaking, everything is perfect the way it is, and everyone is learningtheir lesson. I think the lesson is; greed does not work long term, sustainably. Do we have to endure a complete and utter collapse of the whole financial systemto learn that lesson? Capitalism is not any better than Communism, or Fascism, or any other ism.. We need a new system based on spiritual laws, not on corporaterules and cash saying what happens. 
How would a sustainable system look?
Could it be a system where every politician gets a certain amount of cash from taxpayers and then debates the other candidates with free airtime? After all, we the citizens OWN the airwaves, not the corporations that have claimed them.
How would a transparent and verifiable voting system look? Paper ballots still are my favorite, because PEOPLE like you and I can verify each ballot. Electronic votes aretoo easy to steal, rig and manipulate. Corporations are in control of those votes, electronic counting and etc.. People are kicked out of the system using electronic voting.Anyone have a better idea?
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Posted: Jun 23, 2009 7:12am
Feb 24, 2009
FCNL: Friends Committee on National Legislation, A Quaker Lobby in the Public InterestFCNL: Friends Committee on National Legislation, A Quaker Lobby in the Public InterestABOUT USGIVETELL A FRIENDCONTACT USWrite a 
to the Editor

Two Questions for Obama

Tonight, President Barack Obama will lay out his priorities for the nation in his first address to Congress. The president has a lot on his plate right now. One of the key questions for him is how to make good on his promises to end the killing in Afghanistan and initiate a new U.S. diplomatic initiative with Iran.

As you listen to the president's speech tonight, we hope you'll pay particular attention to how he answers two key questions.

When will the United States begin talking with Iran?
Iran's cooperation is essential to peace in Iraq, to stabilizing Afghanistan, to helping advance Israeli-Palestinian peace, and to rebuilding nuclear nonproliferation. The president has pledged to open diplomatic talks with Iran. The news that Iran is close to opening its first nuclear power plant makes the need for talks all the more urgent.

How will the United States help bring peace to Afghanistan?
Expanding the U.S. war isn't the answer. Instead, our government should expand U.S. diplomatic reach (including talks with the Taliban), invest in that country's long-term development, and provide aid for Afghan refugees, who with Iraqi refugees make up half the world's refugee population.

Take Action

Listen to the speech or read the text. Then 
write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in response. We've provided a sample letter that focuses on the two questions above.

To increase the chances that your letter will be published, you should submit it tonight or first thing tomorrow morning.


FCNL calls for diplomacy with Iran

FCNL calls for New Strategy toward Afghanistan

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Posted: Feb 24, 2009 1:13pm
Sep 30, 2007
B-52 Nukes Headed for Iran, Not For Decommissioning: Airforce Refused
Air Force refused to fly weapons to Middle East theater
By Wayne Madsen
Sept. 24, 2007 
National Press Club 

WMR has learned from U.S. and foreign intelligence sources that the B-52 transporting six stealth AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missiles, each armed with a W-80-1 nuclear warhead, on August 30, were destined for the Middle East via Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

However, elements of the Air Force, supported by U.S. intelligence agency personnel, successfully revealed the ultimate destination of the nuclear weapons and the mission was aborted due to internal opposition within the Air Force and U.S. Intelligence Community.

Yesterday, the Washington Post attempted to explain away the fact that America's nuclear command and control system broke down in an unprecedented manner by reporting that it was the result of "security failures at multiple levels." It is now apparent that the command and control breakdown, reported as a BENT SPEAR incident to the Secretary of Defense and White House, was not the result of a command and control chain-of-command "failures" but the result of a revolt and push back by various echelons within the Air Force and intelligence agencies against a planned U.S. attack on Iran using nuclear and conventional weapons.

The Washington Post story on BENT SPEAR may have actually been an effort in damage control by the Bush administration. WMR has been informed by a knowledgeable source that one of the six nuclear-armed cruise missiles was, and may still be, unaccounted for. In that case, the nuclear reporting incident would have gone far beyond BENT SPEAR to a National Command Authority alert known as EMPTY QUIVER, with the special classification of PINNACLE.

Just as this report was being prepared, Newsweek reported that Vice President Dick Cheney's recently-departed Middle East adviser, David Wurmser, told a small group of advisers some months ago that Cheney had considered asking Israel to launch a missile attack on the Iranian nuclear site at Natanz. Cheney reasoned that after an Iranian retaliatory strike, the United States would have ample reasons to launch its own massive attack on Iran. However, plans for Israel to attack Iran directly were altered to an Israeli attack on a supposed Syrian-Iranian-North Korean nuclear installation in northern Syria.

WMR has learned that a U.S. attack on Iran using nuclear and conventional weapons was scheduled to coincide with Israel's September 6 air attack on a reputed Syrian nuclear facility in Dayr az-Zwar, near the village of Tal Abyad, in northern Syria, near the Turkish border. Israel's attack, code named OPERATION ORCHARD, was to provide a reason for the U.S. to strike Iran. The neo-conservative propaganda onslaught was to cite the cooperation of the George Bush's three remaining "Axis of Evil" states -- Syria, Iran, and North Korea -- to justify a sustained Israeli attack on Syria and a massive U.S. military attack on Iran.

WMR has learned from military sources on both sides of the Atlantic that there was a definite connection between Israel's OPERATION ORCHARD and BENT SPEAR involving the B-52 that flew the six nuclear-armed cruise missiles from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to Barksdale. There is also a connection between these two events as the Pentagon's highly-classified PROJECT CHECKMATE, a compartmented U.S. Air Force program that has been working on an attack plan for Iran since June 2007, around the same time that Cheney was working on the joint Israeli-U.S. attack scenario on Iran.

PROJECT CHECKMATE was leaked in an article by military analyst Eric Margolis in the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper, the /Times of London/, is a program that involves over two dozen Air Force officers and is headed by Brig. Gen. Lawrence Stutzriem and his chief civilian adviser, Dr. Lani Kass, a former Israeli military intelligence officer who, astoundingly, is now involved in planning a joint U.S.-Israeli massive military attack on Iran that involves a "decapitating" blow on Iran by hitting between three to four thousand targets in the country. Stutzriem and Kass report directly to the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Michael Moseley, who has also been charged with preparing a report on the B-52/nuclear weapons incident.

Kass' area of speciality is cyber-warfare, which includes ensuring "information blockades," such as that imposed by the Israeli government on the Israeli media regarding the Syrian air attack on the alleged Syrian "nuclear installation." British intelligence sources have reported that the Israeli attack on Syria was a "true flag" attack originally designed to foreshadow a U.S. attack on Iran. After the U.S. Air Force push back against transporting the six cruise nuclear-armed AGM-129s to the Middle East, Israel went ahead with its attack on Syria in order to help ratchet up tensions between Washington on one side and Damascus, Tehran, and Pyongyang on the other.

The other part of CHECKMATE's brief is to ensure that a media "perception management" is waged against Syria, Iran, and North Korea. This involves articles such as that which appeared with Joby Warrick's and Walter Pincus' bylines in yesterdays /Washington Post/. The article, titled "The Saga of a Bent Spear," quotes a number of seasoned Air Force nuclear weapons experts as saying that such an incident is unprecedented in the history of the Air Force. For example, Retired Air Force General Eugene Habiger, the former chief of the U.S. Strategic Command, said he has been in the "nuclear business" since 1966 and has never been aware of an incident "more disturbing."

Command and control breakdowns involving U.S. nuclear weapons are unprecedented, except for that fact that the U.S. military is now waging an internal war against neo-cons who are embedded in the U.S. government and military chain of command who are intent on using nuclear weapons in a pre-emptive war with Iran.

CHECKMATE and OPERATION ORCHARD would have provided the cover for a pre-emptive U.S. and Israeli attack on Iran had it not been for BENT SPEAR involving the B-52. In on the plan to launch a pre-emptive attack on Iran involving nuclear weapons were, according to our sources, Cheney, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley; members of the CHECKMATE team at the Pentagon, who have close connections to Israeli intelligence and pro-Israeli think tanks in Washington, including the Hudson Institute; British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, a political adviser to Tony Blair prior to becoming a Member of Parliament; Israeli political leaders like Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu; and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who did his part last week to ratchet up tensions with Iran by suggesting that war with Iran was a probability. Kouchner retracted his statement after the U.S. plans for Iran were delayed.

Although the Air Force tried to keep the B-52 nuclear incident from the media, anonymous Air Force personnel leaked the story to /Military Times/ on September 5, the day before the Israelis attacked the alleged nuclear installation in Syria and the day planned for the simultaneous U.S. attack on Iran. The leaking of classified information on U.S. nuclear weapons disposition or movement to the media, is, itself, unprecedented. Air Force regulations require the sending of classified BEELINE reports to higher Air Force authorities on the disclosure of classified Air Force information to the media.

In another highly unusual move, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has asked an outside inquiry board to look into BENT SPEAR, even before the Air Force has completed its own investigation, a virtual vote of no confidence in the official investigation being conducted by Major General Douglas Raaberg, chief of air and space operations at the Air Combat Command.

Gates asked former Air Force Chief of Staff, retired General Larry Welch, to lead a Defense Science Board task force that will also look into the BENT SPEAR incident. The official Air Force investigation has reportedly been delayed for unknown reasons. Welch is President and CEO of the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA), a federally-funded research contractor that operates three research centers, including one for Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President and another for the National Security Agency. One of the board members of IDA is Dr. Suzanne H. Woolsey of the Paladin Capital Group and wife of former CIA director and arch-neocon James Woolsey.

WMR has learned that neither the upper echelons of the State Department nor the British Foreign Office were privy to OPERATION ORCHARD, although Hadley briefed President Bush on Israeli spy satellite intelligence that showed the Syrian installation was a joint nuclear facility built with North Korean and Iranian assistance. However, it is puzzling why Hadley would rely on Israeli imagery intelligence (IMINT) from its OFEK (Horizon) 7 satellite when considering that U.S. IMINT satellites have greater capabilities.

The Air Force's "information warfare" campaign against media reports on CHECKMATE and OPERATION ORCHARD also affected international reporting of the recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) resolution asking Israel to place its nuclear weapons program under IAEA controls, similar to those that the United States wants imposed on Iran and North Korea. The resolution also called for a nuclear-free zone throughout the Middle East. The IAEA's resolution, titled "Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East," was passed by the 144-member IAEA General Meeting on September 20 by a vote of 53 to 2, with 47 abstentions. The only two countries to vote against were Israel and the United States. However, the story carried from the IAEA meeting in Vienna by Reuters, the Associated Press, and Agence France Press, was that it was Arab and Islamic nations that voted for the resolution.

This was yet more perception management carried out by CHECKMATE, the White House, and their allies in Europe and Israel with the connivance of the media. In fact, among the 53 nations that voted for the resolution were China, Russia, India, Ireland, and Japan. The 47 abstentions were described as votes "against" the resolution even though an abstention is neither a vote for nor against a measure. America's close allies, including Britain, France, Australia, Canada, and Georgia, all abstained.

Suspiciously, the IAEA carried only a brief item on the resolution concerning Israel's nuclear program and a roll call vote was not available either at the IAEA's web site -- -- or in the media.

The perception management campaign by the neocon operational cells in the Bush administration, Israel and Europe was designed to keep a focus on Iran's nuclear program, not on Israel's. Any international examination of Israel's nuclear weapons program would likely bring up Israeli nuclear scientist Mordechai Vanunu, a convert from Judaism to Christianity, who was kidnapped in Rome by a Mossad "honey trap" named Cheryl Bentov (aka, Cindy) and a Mossad team in 1986 and held against his will in Israel ever since.

Vanunu's knowledge of the Israeli nuclear weapons program would focus on the country's own role in nuclear proliferation, including its program to share nuclear weapons technology with apartheid South Africa and Taiwan in the late 1970s and 1980s. The role of Ronald Reagan's Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency Ken Adelman in Israeli's nuclear proliferation during the time frame 1983-1987 would also come under scrutiny. Adelman, a member of the Reagan-Bush transition State Department team from November 1980 to January 1981, voiced his understanding for the nuclear weapons programs of Israel, South Africa, and Taiwan in a June 28, 1981 /New York Times/ article titled, "3 Nations Widening Nuclear Contacts." The journalist who wrote the article was Judith Miller. Adelman felt that the three countries wanted nuclear weapons because of their ostracism from the West, the third world, and the hostility from the Communist countries. Of course, today, the same argument can be used by Iran, North Korea, and other "Axis of Evil" nations so designated by the neocons in the Bush administration and other governments.

There are also news reports that suggest an intelligence relationship between Israel and North Korea. On July 21, 2004, New Zealand's /Dominion Post/ reported that three Mossad agents were involved in espionage in New Zealand. Two of the Mossad agents, Uriel Kelman and Elisha Cara (aka Kra), were arrested and imprisoned by New Zealand police (an Israeli diplomat in Canberra, Amir Lati, was expelled by Australia and New Zealand intelligence identified a fourth Mossad agent involved in the New Zealand espionage operation in Singapore). The third Mossad agent in New Zealand, Zev William Barkan (aka Lev Bruckenstein), fled New Zealand -- for North Korea.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Phil Goff revealed that Barkan, a former Israeli Navy diver, had previously worked at the Israeli embassy in Vienna, which is also the headquarters of the IAEA. He was cited by the /Sydney Morning Herald/ as trafficking in passports stolen from foreign tourists in Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia. New Zealand's One News reported that Barkan was in North Korea to help the nation build a wall to keep its citizens from leaving.

The nuclear brinkmanship involving the United States and Israel and the breakdown in America's command and control systems have every major capital around the world wondering about the Bush administration's true intentions.

NOTE: WMR understands the risks to informed individuals in reporting the events of August 29/30, to the present time, that concern the discord within the U.S. Air Force, U.S. intelligence agencies, and other military services. Any source with relevant information and who wishes to contact us anonymously may drop off sealed correspondence at or send mail via the Postal Service to: Wayne Madsen, c/o The Front Desk, National Press Club, 13th Floor, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, DC, 20045.

Sep 7, 2007

Last weekend, the London Times reported that the Pentagon was drawing up plans for a massive wave of air strikes on Iran aimed at wiping out that nation's military forces.

I can understand that leaking this plan is intended to raise the pressure on Iran. But is it credible? And will it have the desired impact? To be effective, such "threats" have to be conveyed -- and not just by exercises and planted stories but by earnest dialogue, the more broad-ranging, factual and non-emotional, the better.

One-dimensional efforts like this usually don't payoff. They arouse fears among friendly nations, and hostility from the intended targets. If anything, they're likely to leave the Administration in a less credible position.

We must let the Administration know that its one-dimensional Iran policy -- threaten, intimidate, coerce -- isn't likely to work. And when it fails, we'll be left with war. War.

Sign my petition at ;"> today to tell the Bush administration that the best way to stop Iran's nuclear program is by engaging in diplomacy -- not by shooting first and asking questions later.

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If there is one mistake that George Bush makes over and over again, it is that he believes that military force is the solution to every problem. The Bush administration refused to engage in any serious diplomacy before the war in Iraq -- and now our nation is entangled in an endless guerilla war in that nation. We cannot make the same mistake again.

Now the Times reports that the Pentagon has drawn up plans for "massive airstrikes" against over 1,200 targets in Iran. Why would the US draw up such plans without engaging in a full--scale diplomatic effort with Iran?

The Adminstration's failure to engage in diplomacy shows its preference for a military "showdown." This violates common sense and experience.

The ideas of national security are to gain objectives and protect interests, without military conflict, if possible. War is costly and permanent. Lives are lost, and outcomes are usually more difficult and have unanticipated consequences.

So why doesn't George W. Bush get it? Why not? Not enough casualties, yet? Not enough pain? Not enough sorrow? And especially, not enough wisdom?

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Jul 1, 2006
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Posted: Jul 1, 2006 9:55pm
Apr 20, 2006
The war mongers are at it again. Now it is Iran's turn to be pummeled. The drum beat for war has started. When you hear Iran is evil, has terrorists, etc. they want nuclear weapons; that is the drum beat. DO NOT LISTEN TO IT.

Few understand or remember that the US installed a dictator in Iran not too many years ago. Remember the SHAH of Iran?

What happens when the US installs a brutal dictator in a foreign country like Iran, Iraq, Vietnam and dozens of other countries?

The result is an extremist government hostile to the US, once they got rid of the dictator we put in there. They hate they dictator, but they hate the country that gave the dictator to them even more.

Is it any surprise that these countries and their present leaders are so mad at us and at Isreal, our blood brother in violence and supression of freedom worldwide? is it any wonder we are breeding terrorists faster than maggots and flies on a rotting corpse? DUH...

We are reaping the whirlwind for our actions... I doubt there is a way to stop it without disarming the whole world, and we need to step up to the plate FIRST, as a good example. Is BUSH offering anything like that? NO; he is threatening the whole world now and making enemies of everyone.

Bush is breaking all kinds of laws and international treaties in part by building even MORE nuclear weapons and biological weapons, threatening even more countries, and invading foreign countries without nuclear weapons, like Iraq.

The US now has OVER 4,000 military bases worldwide; WHY? Could it be that the US is an imperial, brutal, dictator installing, invading, pillaging, violent takeover machine? That is how other countries see us, and that is the truth... Is it any wonder "terrorists" rise up against this? They call themselves freedom fighters...

The lesson the US is teaching to foreign countries is; get nuclear weapons, so you will not be invaded. Then you can break laws and threaten countries at will. Invade who you want and take their oil or other resources, and there will be no repercussions.

Please understand the truly evil nature of the politicians at the top, who feed VIOLENT WAR MONGERING propoganda to willing subjects who then eat it and disgorge it to to others. DO NOT BELIEVE THE LIES. DO NOT PASS THEM ON.



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