Thursday, February 02, 2006

"Al-Qaeda top threat, but Iran key concern too"

LONDON, February 3 (IranMania) - Iran and North Korea are "states of highest concern" because of the danger of nuclear proliferation but Al-Qaeda remains the top US security threat, the chief of US intelligence said, AFP reported.

... or something like that.

Ambassador John Negroponte, director of national intelligence, said Al-Qaeda is a "battered but resourceful" organization that has expanded its reach through affiliates and is actively plotting attacks against the United States.

This Negroponte?

"Attacking the United States homeland, United States interests overseas and United States allies in that order are Al-Qaeda's top operational priorities," Negroponte said.

Of course, let's see in the memory hole... it's just one of the latest examples.

Did Al-Zarqawi Really Bomb Amman?

The real targets of the bombings were Palestinian high ranking officials and Chinese military personnel.

The commander of the Palestinian West Bank intelligence Chief Basheer Nafe’, his deputy Abid Allouni, the Commercial Attaché at the Palestinian embassy in Cairo Jihad Fattoh, the brother of Palestinian Legislative Council speaker Rawhi Fattoh, and Mus’ab Kharma deputy chairman of Cairo-Amman Bank in Palestinian territory. The Chinese victims were three “students” from China’s University of National Defense. It was reported that these “students” were members of a delegation invited by the Royal Jordanian National Defense College on an academic exchange program. They were staying at the bombed Days Inn. It is interesting to note that these “students” were not young, but were over 40 years old. It was reported that these Chinese “students” were meeting with the Palestinian officials when they all were killed by the bombing.

Ok. Let's continue..

"The group will attempt high-impact attacks for as long as its central command structure is functioning and affiliated groups are capable of furthering its interests," he said.

The central structure: does he mean those Al-Ciaeda boogeymen always resurfacing at the right time?

Al-Qaeda Propagandizes For Bush On Eve Of State of the Union

Al-Zawahri and bin Laden seem to be amazingly adept at releasing statements at the most politically expedient times that benefit the Bush administration.

On the eve of the Iraq war before Colin Powell's infamous presentation to the UN, an audio tape in which bin Laden claimed he was allied with Saddam Hussein surfaced, a gift-wrapped present for the Neo-Cons who had consistently been proven wrong in their assertion that there was a connection between Iraq and 9/11.

Four days before the 2004 presidential election, bin Laden appeared with Bush's 'October surprise' - claiming he ordered 9/11 and appearing to goad Americans with threats of more attacks. The tape enabled Bush to recover vital approval ratings that he had lost to John Kerry in the weeks before and win re-election.

Even veteran newsman Walter Kronkite went public to suggest the tape was a set-up masterminded by Karl Rove.

A Cornell University study confirmed that whenever a terror alert or a terror threat is issued, Bush's approval ratings show a significant jump.

Previous bin Laden tapes were proven to be fraudulent by voice analysis labs in Europe.

Al-Qaeda is more likely to use conventional weapons in any attack on the United States but it continues to be interested in acquiring chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological weapons, he said.

They don't have nookular anymore. But they are interested.
Maybe this story embarassed someone...

Negroponte made the assessment in an annual report to Congress on worldwide threats, ranging from the war on terrorism, to Iraq, Iran and North Korea.His report labeled Iran and North Korea "states of highest concern" because of their nuclear programs."The ongoing development of dangerous weapons and delivery systems constitutes the second major threat to the safety of our nation, our deployed troops, and to our allies," he said.

From Eisenhower, to Negroponte: the decline of Western civilization:

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Let's go on...

"We are most concerned about the threat and destabilizing effect of nuclear proliferation," he said.

Many people are concerned about nuclear... really.
You can't miss this one.. please spread it around.

He cited a nearly two-decades old clandestine uranium enrichment program as evidence that Iran seeks nuclear weapons despite its claims to the contrary.

"We judge that Tehran probably does not yet have a nuclear weapon and probably has not yet produced or acquired the necessary fissile material," he said.

"Nevertheless, the danger that it will acquire a nuclear weapon and the ability to integrate it with the ballistic missiles Iran already possesses is a reason for immediate concern," he said.

Sure...

Iran Incapable of Building Nuclear Bomb — Russian Expert

Iran is not capable of building its own nuclear weapons, the former head of a nuclear power plant and current regional leader in southern Russia said Wednesday.

“In reality, the U.S. is provoking Iran, accusing it of aiming, along with the implementation of its peaceful nuclear programs, to create its own nuclear weapons,” Governor of the Saratov Region Pavel Ipatov was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying.

Ipatov, who was head the Balakovo power plant for almost 20 years, said that currently, in view of the methods in place for controlling the proliferation of nuclear weapons,
“Iran is in no state to create a nuclear bomb secretly.”

Let's go on again..

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Iran's policies toward Iraq were a "particular concern," Negroponte said, saying Tehran seeks a Shiite-dominated Iraq but wants the United States to suffer setbacks in its efforts to establish democracy and stability.

On the other angle, Anglo-American attitudes toward Iraq are kind.

He accused Iran of providing weapons and training to Shiite militias to enable attacks on US forces, including the capability to make shaped explosives that have increased the lethality of roadside bombs in Iraq.

Iran also is enhancing the ability of its military to project force in the Persian Gulf with an eye to disrupting US military operations and reinforcements in the region, and intimidating US allies in the Persian Gulf, he said.

Turning to North Korea, Negroponte said its claims to have nuclear weapons are "probably true."

Probable. As an internet statement by Al Ciaeda...

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