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U.S. Accuses Iran of Supplying Militants

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Posted on Feb 11, 2007

Two Defense Department officials and a mysterious analyst held an anonymous briefing for reporters Sunday to offer evidence of Iran’s involvement with hostile forces in Iraq. The three claimed Tehran is supplying militants with sophisticated weapons that they said had been used against U.S. forces for at least two years, but the analyst, whose exact job description was withheld, admitted the evidence was not a “smoking gun.”

“The smoking gun of an Iranian standing over an American with a gun, it’s never going to happen…. It’s plausible deniability, I mean, they invented it,” the anonymous explosives expert said.

The officials were careful to say they weren’t trying to hype the claim, but the timing is troubling. President Bush has been sharpening his rhetoric toward Iran, leading some to worry he’s building a case for military action. Surely he would be aware of such a briefing—this isn’t meeting-in-a-parking-garage anonymity. Furthermore, one of the weapons the expert pointed to as a strong indicator of Iran’s involvement, an armor-piercing device known as an EFP, has been in use in Iraq since 2004, according to the officials. So why wait until now to tell the American people about it?


Washington Post:

The officials said they would speak only on the condition of anonymity so the trio’s explosives expert and analyst, who would normally not speak to reporters, could provide more information. The analyst’s exact job description was not revealed to reporters. Reporters’ cell phones were taken before the briefing, and the officials did not allow reporters to record or videotape the proceedings.

An official at the Iranian embassy in Baghdad dismissed the U.S. officials contentions about Iran smuggling weapons into Iraq.

“This is only propaganda” said the embassy official, who did not identify himself, when asked about the allegations. “If they have any documents or proof . . . they can bring it up to us.”

The defense officials said many of the Iranian weapons components are smuggled through three main border crossings: at Meran, at Amarah and near the southern Iraqi city of Basra. The weapons are typically supplied to what officials called “rogue” elements of the Mahdi Army, the powerful Shiite militia led by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

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By Jon B, February 12, 2007 at 11:28 pm Link to this comment
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Ok ok, I accept the so called the evidence of Iranian involvement after the so called Iraq’s WMD evidence.

It’s my turn to ask Bush to provide evidence that he has indeed spoken to god.

Evidence applies to all without exception, in particular when this involves monumental revelation.

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By Mac McKinney, February 12, 2007 at 9:05 pm Link to this comment
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The Pentagon is manufacturing evidence against Iran, period. There is no doubt that they are determined to attack Iran. Our voices are the only thing stopping them, so it is imperative we all know what’s going on and continue to speak out continuously.

As for phony evidence, please read the following article:

Neocon Flubs Keep On Rolling: Iran Does Not Manufacture 81MM Mortar Shells
BBC
Monday, February 12, 2007  

“Pentagon carelessness fabricating bogus “evidence” against Iran is really quite stupendous. As I wrote here yesterday, the 81mm mortar shell offered up to the complaisant corporate media as “evidence” Iran is supplying weaponry to the Shi’a of Iraq is an obvious ruse, as the date on the proffered shell does not follow the Muslim calendar and other markings are in English when it only makes sense they would appear in Persian script.
But it gets worse.

As a recent email points out, Iran does not manufacture 81mm mortar shells. According to a report offered by the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, connected to the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the neocon Brookings Institute, the smallest mortar produced by Iran is the 107mm M-30. This information is included in the JCSS’s “Middle East Military Balance,” updated last February. It can be read in this PDF file on page 15. According to JCSS, “The Middle East Military Balance has been the most authoritative source on Middle Eastern Armies since 1983.” It is quite fortunate for us the hubris-filled neocons care not to double check their engineered lies—erroneously described as a “machining process”—before unleashing them on an unwitting public.

As Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini told the Associated Press, the “United States has a long history in fabricating evidence,” an undisputed fact more than underscored by the lead-up to the Iraq invasion when the neocons claimed Iraqi weather balloon trailers doubled as biological weapon labs and clumsily recycled a student’s homework as evidence Saddam was dabbling in weapons of mass destruction.

Considering the shoddiness of the mortar ruse, it makes perfect sense so-called “experts” involved in the scam told “a large gathering of reporters” (more accurately described as script readers and errand boys) “they not be further identified,” lest blame be delivered to their doorstep.

“Why are US officials hiding behind the cloak of anonymity when presenting the most detailed evidence yet that Iran is supplying anti-US forces in Iraq with weaponry?” muses Eason Jordan. “After weeks, if not months, of US official planning to present a damning ‘dossier’ of incriminating evidence against Iran, and after this same US administration presented us with lopsided, erroneous information about the capability and evil intentions of the Saddam Hussein regime, the best the US government can give us today is incendiary evidence presented at a Baghdad news conference by three US officials who refuse to be quoted by name?…. The American people deserve straight talk from identified US officials.”

Of course, such “straight talk” will not be forthcoming—not now or after Iran is destroyed, as Iraq was destroyed before it.

Maybe, if we are lucky, at some point in the future, the names of these “experts” will emerge in the course of a new Nuremberg trial.” (see: http://www.propagandamatrix.com/articles/february2007/120207_b_Neocon.htm)

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By Chaseme, February 12, 2007 at 8:40 pm Link to this comment
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Still waiting for the “ah-ha” moment to justify the Iraq war!

http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/20060913_snow_bother_lying/

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By Louise, February 12, 2007 at 7:28 pm Link to this comment
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Once again, Main stream media delivers a load of poop! And once again, we are expected to convince ourselves it really smells good.

EFP, explosively formed penetrater.

I suggest you visit http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/

Scroll down for an excellent photo of one of these EFP’s, along with an explanation (copied below) about the language on them.

“HOW LUCKY FOR THE US MEDIA THAT THIS BOMB SUPPOSEDLY MADE IN IRAN BEARS ENGLISH MARKINGS”

“Also, Iran gets its weapons, including mortars, from Russia. Russian mortars do NOT use 81MM rounds! They use 82mm.”

“AND, Modern Iran uses a solar Hijri calendar that is 621 years less than the Western solar calendar, so if this munition were really made in Iran. the date should read 1384 or 1385 (Their new year starts in March). The letters in the center appear to be “HE”. “High Explosive” is a common category of mortar shell. But “High Explosive” is English, not Farsi.” WRH

Then, you might want to refresh your memory. Back to the time we heard lie after lie, night after night, day after day from unidentified Senior U.S. military officials, defense analysts, explosives experts, intelligence (?) people and the ever present Anonymous.

You remember Anonymous, the main source of leaks that lead to misinformation that Congress bases so many of their wrong-headed decisions on. The ever present Anonymous.

Oh, and Condi. The only woman in America who can say with 3,987 words what most of us struggle to say in twenty.

So, we are told these weapons are being supplied to and used by the Iraqi insurgents, or somebody who looks like them by Iran. Iran? Come on main-stream-media, haven’t you learned anything yet?

Having sold us the Saddam WMD fiction with such unbridled passion, you look plain foolish standing there with your skivvies down. Does Anonymous really expect us to fall for fabricated evidence again?

Never mind, you did!
For gosh sakes, if you’re going to keep running around butt necked, at least turn off the lights!
You certainly don’t need them.

And, while you’re in the dark, have you figured out yet why it was so important for Bush to attack Iraq?

Because George wanted to be a “War President” (U.S vs Bush et al)

Geez!

While most of us learned truth and consequence by the time we graduated Kindergarten, you all, just like George seem to have flunked that class. But George always had someone to clean up after him. What’s your excuse? And, who’s going to clean up after George this time?

Might be a good idea to teach those
unidentified Senior U.S. military officials, defense analysts, explosives experts, intelligence (?) people and Anonymous, basic cleaning up after skills. And, while we’re at it send you, main stream media to a memory development seminar.

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By Viva, February 12, 2007 at 6:54 pm Link to this comment
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Never attack a revolution.

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By Rickinsf, February 12, 2007 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment
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What does it matter where the ammunition is coming from?

If one is against our occupation of Iraq, their origin should be irrelevant.

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By Ben, February 12, 2007 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment
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Regarding Comment #53101 by Frank on 2/12 at 9:08 am:

Frank is obviously very ignorant or - if he actually knows what’s going on and thinks its fine - very evil.

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By michael, February 12, 2007 at 1:06 pm Link to this comment
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The one such device shown at the briefing was a cylinder of PVC pipe about eight inches long and about six inches in diameter. Their components require precision machining that Iraq has shown no evidence of being able to perform, the officials said.
These are quotes from the briefings above

Excuse me give me some plastic explosive a copper disk and my farm workshop and I could make you one in a hour or so !!!!!  It is not real hard matter of fact they showed how easy one was to build on a episode of future wepons last week

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By Frank, February 12, 2007 at 10:08 am Link to this comment
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Ben, don’t worry. Your angry teen angst will pass, and maturity will bring more wisdom.  Now turn down the Manson and go take a walk to relax.

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By rabblerowzer, February 12, 2007 at 7:13 am Link to this comment
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By any measure, the Bush/Cheney regime and Republican dominated congress has been the most corrupt and lawless governing body in our nation’s history. Who can count the lies they’ve told and the laws they’ve ignored, capriciously redefined and violated during the last six years? Even now with the Democrats in the majority, they continue to subvert the democratic process. Backed by a plutocratic owned media, they terrorize and herd Democrats like sheep by maligning their patriotism and commitment to our troops.Troops they recycle again and again into battle and treat with utter disdain. When have they ever shown concern and regard for the lives of our troops and their families?

What have we gained by illegally invading Iraq? Our control of Iraqis oilfields is tenuous at best and can only be maintained by an open ended commitment and ever increasing waste of our national wealth to pay for an occupying force surrounded by millions of tribal guerillas intent on slaughtering our troops and each other for control of the oil. That doesn’t seem like a well thought out plan for success.

Not content with the disaster they’ve already created, this junta of war profiteers now seems intent on escalating and provoking wars with Iran and Syria. When will it ever end, and how much will it cost us? Not just in terms of our national wealth, but more importantly, how many more troops are they willing to sacrifice for profits they will never share with the American people. The only trickle down taking place is the drip, drip, drip of our troops’ blood into Iraqi sand.

These are evil men and they should be dealt with according to the Law of the Jungle that they have subjugated us with.

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By Bukko in Australia, February 12, 2007 at 7:05 am Link to this comment
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This is ominous. The Crime Family in the bloody White House is using the same tactics to gin up a war with Iran as it did with Iraq. “They’re terrorists who are killing Americans. Let’s kill them!” President Cheney isn’t actually smart—he only knows one lie, and he keeps repeating it. Are the American people, especially the lapdogs in the conservative mainstream media, going to fall for it? What are YOU going to do, American reader, when you get the news that the United States has just dropped nuclear weapons on Iran?

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By Druthers, February 12, 2007 at 2:17 am Link to this comment
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This sounds like a “Foxie.”  The Fox News Channel and USA are becoming interchangeable.
Is this the first anonymous report?  The first proof of hearsay “evidence” of our Dr. Folamours?
How can Americans accept the disrespect with which the gouvernment treats us?

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By Jon B, February 11, 2007 at 11:10 pm Link to this comment
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The administration should stop talking about “evidence”. We had enough of their “evidence” on Iraq’s WMD. Credibility is a precious commodity which whitehouse has none.

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By J Dray, February 11, 2007 at 9:43 pm Link to this comment
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I am just amazed that our so called leaders did’nt think Iran would do this before they started this fiasco. What poor planning, it is just unreal when you think about it.

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By Quy Tran, February 11, 2007 at 7:23 pm Link to this comment
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Could we trust these guys ?

Once a cheater, always a cheater; is it true ?

Just ask yourself that who’re supporting bombs to Zionist forces to kill Lebanese people, including children and pregnant women ?

Stop playing hypocrite, butcher Gates !

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By Mac McKinney, February 11, 2007 at 7:21 pm Link to this comment
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Here comes the heavy-duty propaganda we have all been looking out for. We are going to be saturated by this BS for weeks now, to hot-botton our emotions for an attack on Iran. Hitler was the first to fully expound on this propaganda principle: TELL BIG LIES REPETITIVELY AND RELENTLESSLY. This story (as in fairy-tales) is part of recycling Iraq as Iran. It is all to justify naked power grabs in the Middle East and beyond, as well as carry on the Fundamentalist Christian Crusade to destroy Islam and kill as many Moslems as they to fulfill their delusional prophecies.

So what do we do? DEBUNK THE LIES, DEBUNK THE LIES, REPEATEDLY AND RELENTLESSLY. We had better all be prepared to work overtime.

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By Ben, February 11, 2007 at 7:08 pm Link to this comment
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Oh please. I can’t stand it.

It’s so f***ing obvious.

The neocons are pulling the same crap they did 4 years ago, and CNN and the New York Times are passing the lies along to our idiot public with hardly a peep of critical examination.

I have come to hate this country. Lazy, ignorant, racist, religion-addled, superstitious, greedy, cruel Americans DESERVE to be bankrupted and destroyed in fighting their stupid wars for Jesus and Israel.

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By deepnews, February 11, 2007 at 6:45 pm Link to this comment
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Big woo if it WERE true, and the evidence presented by ... well, not “the Pope” ... someone trustworthy.

Didn’t “the U.S.” go in there, to pulverize a people without an air force, with half the western nations helping them blow things up? (AFTER bombing Iraq for 15 years, including what’s-her-name’s hubby, Bill Clinton.)

If “the U.S.” should come to confront a coalition of the willing, it could look a lot like . . . justice.

In the meantime, this is pretty small potatoes, and unattributed to boot. Don’t TELL me the comatose Congress is going to go for THIS, too, and turn out for another chorus of the national anthem on the Capitol steps ...

Better impeach these dick-heads, while there’s something left to save.

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By Deb Thoits, February 11, 2007 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment
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The Bush administration and those bunch of jew ass kissing liars have zero credibility with me.  I think Bush and his bunch of fascist henchmen, to include that clown Gates, should be arrested and put on trial for war crimes.

Stop the worst president in history from killing more people. Impeach and then jail Bush & company.

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By Dale Headley, February 11, 2007 at 5:38 pm Link to this comment
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Republicans who complain that the investigations into the manipulation of phony evidence to justify attacking Iraq is “old news”, are dead wrong.  The Cheney machine is once again making escalating allegations about Iranian involvement in the Bush war that have no evidence to support them except the word of Cheney’s Pentagon.  And you know what?  Americans are going to buy it again.  Because we are just THAT stupid!

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By joneden, February 11, 2007 at 4:38 pm Link to this comment
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WHO KNEW! This is so surprising.

And by the way, can you attack whoever sells your enemy weapons.

For example, after we begin attacking Iran, can we then begin an attack on China since we know that they are supplying Iran with missiles?

For another example, if country A attacks country B with made in USA weapons, can country B then attack the US?  You respond, “Sure, let that small country try it, and we will kick their butt.” Since they are small and a conventional attack would be foolish, would not some kind of a 9/11 attack on US then be ethically justifiable?

Or is it that we live in a world where only the US has ethical justification to kick butt—the so called American Exceptionalism?

I wonder if AE may not be wearing a little thin around the world these days. Putin seems to thinks so.

jon
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By particle61, February 11, 2007 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment
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“all options are on the table”

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By Rodney Matthews, February 11, 2007 at 4:00 pm Link to this comment
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Even if it’s true,what can we do about it? We have no more military to send to Iran. How about all of the weapons we supplied to other countries fighting in wars? When you live by the sword you die by the sword. Bush needs to stop complaining about where the weapons came from. He needs to find out how many of our soldiers are dying from weapons made in the US. He won’t tell us that. We sell more weapons than all the other nations combined,Bush won’t tell us that either. We need to get out of Iraq before any more lives are wasted for nothing. Whenever we leave Iraq,it will be no different than it is today. He just wants the next president to end the war so his spin machine can blame losing the war on whoever finally has the balls to end the mess that he made.

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By felicity, February 11, 2007 at 3:33 pm Link to this comment
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If it’s true that Iran is supplying arms to Iraqis by way of “three main border crossings” it might be a pregnant idea to send the “surge” bunch to those three main border crossings? 

It’s pretty obvious that Mr. Bush didn’t quite get off on Iraq (although he does brandish Saddam’s gun when visitors are in the Oval Office) so maybe Iran will do the trick? 

Will the world survive two more years of this mad-man.  Congress seems to think so.  The rest of the world isn’t too sure.

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By dick, February 11, 2007 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment
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Maybe, but Bush&Co;. have no credibility and are consumate liars.

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By John Hanks, February 11, 2007 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment
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Bush and his cronies stab both ways - front and back.  Then, the media drives the getaway car.

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