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Tell the Washington Post Ombudsman to fact-check the publication's claim that Iran has "a quest to possess nuclear weapons."

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A key way that US media - in particular, the New York Times and the Washington Post - helped railroad the nation into war with Iraq in 2002-3 was by treating as "fact" key allegations about Iraq's alleged WMD program which had not been proven - and which, following the US invasion of Iraq, turned out to be false.

Now we're seeing some of the same behavior in the US media about allegations that Iran is seeking to acquire a nuclear weapon. As Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting observed on November 16, "Much of the corporate media coverage of a new UN report on Iran strongly asserts that Iran is close to building nuclear weapons. But the International Atomic Energy Agency report does not actually arrive at that conclusion, and many critics contend that the speculations that are in the report are misguided." [1]

A particularly egregious example is a "photo gallery" published by the Washington Post headlined, "Iran’s quest to possess nuclear weapons." [2] Of course, the claim that Iran has a "quest to possess nuclear weapons" is not a fact but an allegation. By making the claim a headline, the Washington Post treats it as a fact.

As Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh noted in the New Yorker on November 18, there is still no definitive evidence of an Iranian nuclear-weapons program. [3]

Join us in urging the Washington Post's Ombudsman to "factcheck" the Washington Post's treatment of the allegation that Iran has a "quest to possess nuclear weapons" as a fact.

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References:

1. "Iran, Nukes and the Failure of Skepticism: Iraq all over again?" Media Advisory, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, 11/16/11, http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=4430
2. "Iran’s quest to possess nuclear weapons," Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/irans-quest-to-possess-nuclear-weapons/2011/11/07/gIQAEZaZvM_gallery.html
3. "Iran and the I.A.E.A.," Seymour M. Hersh, New Yorker, November 18, 2011, http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2011/11/iran-and-the-iaea.html

 



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STOP THE BUILD UP TO WAR ON IRAN

STOP THE WAR COALITION
Newsletter No.1227
2 December 2011
Email office@stopwar.org.uk
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1) STOP THE BUILD UP TO WAR ON IRAN
2) NEARLY 400 DEAD... BRING THE TROOPS HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN
3) A GRAPHIC HISTORY OF STOP THE WAR TEN YEARS ON
4) NO TO INTERVENTION IN SYRIA

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1) STOP THE BUILD UP TO WAR ON IRAN

The western powers seem to be doing everything possible to increase tension
with Iran. Yesterday EU ministers imposed new sanctions on top of those agreed

Slanting the Case on Iran’s Nukes

Special Report: The U.S. news media shows no skepticism as it accepts the toughly worded report by the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program. Ignored is the fact that the IAEA’s new chief appears to have joined the U.S./Israel camp, reports Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry, Consortium News

As Washington’s political/media class rises up in arms over new WMD allegations against Iran, it might be worth recalling how a similar process played out nearly a decade ago when the U.S. public was drawn into a war with Iraq. It wasn’t just that George W. Bush told some lies; it was more complicated than that.

Iran and the IAEA: Truth or War?

From Dennis Kucinich

Kucinich Cites Iraq, Warns Colleagues Against War Based on Misinformation

Washington D.C. (November 22, 2011) – Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who led the opposition to the war in Iraq, is today warning his colleagues about misinformation being used to support a possible attack on Iran. In a letter to colleagues, Kucinich calls for a significant shift in U.S. policy toward Iran away from threats of war and indiscriminate sanctions against the Iranian people and towards "a serious diplomatic track."  

Kucinich’s letter follows.

BREAK THE SILENCE ON AFGHANISTAN

STOP THE WAR COALITION
Newsletter No.1226
21 November 2011
Email office@stopwar.org.uk
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1) BREAK THE SILENCE ON AFGHANISTAN
2) DON'T ATTACK IRAN
3) STOP THE WAR FUNDRAISING DINNER

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1) BREAK THE SILENCE ON AFGHANISTAN

There is a conspiracy of silence about the war in Afghanistan, despite the fact
that the occupation is in growing trouble. Five British soldiers have died in
the last ten days but their deaths have barely been reported. Britain and the

Ex-Inspector Rejects IAEA Iran Bomb Test Chamber Claim

By Gareth Porter, IPS

WASHINGTON, Nov 19, 2011 (IPS) - A former inspector for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repudiated its major new claim that Iran built an explosives chamber to test components of a nuclear weapon and carry out a simulated nuclear explosion.

Our future depends on stopping an attack on Iran

By Harvey Wasserman

The global Occupy Movement has come to life just in time. 

War is the health of the corporate state. The 1% needs its endless cash flow to stay in power. 

As the slaughters in Iraq and Afghanistan transform into something less visible, the 1% war machine must have a new profit center. The pretext for this latest war is the spectre of a nuclear-armed Iran. It's a tawdry re-run of the lies George W. Bush used to sell the 2003 attack on Iraq. It's no surprise those "Weapons of Mass Destruction" were never found---or that Bush could later joke about it. 

No Room for Smugness on Iran

By Elizabeth Murray, ConsortiumNews

I remember thinking smugly to myself in late 2002/early 2003: “Those neocons will never be able to launch their much-desired war in Iraq; their lies are so blatant; their allegations are nonsense; and the world is against them.”

I felt so confident that reason and logic would win out. What a hard lesson the past eight years have been!

Big Media’s Double Standards on Iran

By Robert Parry

Arguably, the most serious ethical crisis in U.S. journalism is the deep-seated bias about the Middle East that is displayed by major American news outlets, particularly the Washington Post and the New York Times.

When it comes to reporting on “designated enemies” in the Muslim world, the Post and the Times routinely jettison all sense of objectivity even when the stakes are as serious as war and peace, life and death. Propaganda wins out over balanced journalism.

We have seen this pattern with Iraq and its non-existent stockpiles of WMD; with the rush to judgment about Syria’s supposed guilt in the killing of Lebanese leader Rafik Hariri; with the false certainty about Libya’s role in the Lockerbie bombing; and many other examples of what everyone just “knows to be true” but often turns out isn’t. [For more on these cases, click here.]

The latest example of this ethical failing relates to reporting about Iran on such topics as the buffoonish plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington and a new set of dubious allegations about Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

In these cases, U.S. mainstream news media happily marshals sources with histories of credibility problems; treats implausible scenarios with utmost respect; jettisons crucial context; and transforms the grays of ambiguity into black-and-white morality tales of good versus evil.

Then, behind these war drums of the U.S. press corps, the American people are marched toward confrontation and violence, while anyone who dares question the perceived wisdom of the Post, the Times and many other esteemed outlets is fair game for marginalization and ridicule.

An example of this propaganda passing as journalism has been the recent writings of Joby Warrick of the Washington Post about a vague but alarmist report produced by the new leadership of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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Iran, Nukes and the Failure of Skepticism

FAIR
Iraq all over again?


Much of the corporate media coverage of a new UN report on Iran strongly asserts that Iran is close to building nuclear weapons. But the International Atomic Energy Agency report does not actually arrive at that conclusion, and many critics contend that the speculations that are in the report are misguided.

A USA Today piece (11/9/11) was headlined "UN Agency Issues Red Alert Over Iran's Secret Nuke Program"--with the "red alert" hype coming from a source in the piece, Rep. Ed Royce (R.-Calif.). On CBS Evening News, Scott Pelley reported (11/7/11), "The U.N.'s nuclear agency is expected to report later this week that Iran is on the threshold of being able to build a nuclear bomb."

On ABC World News, anchor Diane Sawyer announced (11/8/11):

And now, a long-dreaded headline about Iran and nuclear weapons. After a decade of debating whether Iran would build one, a UN report says tonight they will, and it has begun.

ABC correspondent Jim Sciutto added that the IAEA found Iran has "been carrying out activities whose sole purpose can only be the development of a nuclear weapon." Sawyer closed the segment by pleading, "Anything else out there to prevent this, to stop it? Is it too late?" She added: "So much for Ahmadinejad claiming it was only nuclear power plants, always nuclear power plants."

After Republican Debate Demanding Murders of Iranians, CIA Takes Credit for Murdering Iranians

This is from the New York Daily News:

In public Sunday, President Obama was at a summit unsuccessfully leaning on Russia and China to back diplomatic efforts to curb Iran’s nuke program.

In private Sunday, there was more evidence of an efficient and brutal covert operation that continues to degrade Iran’s military capabilities.

Iranian officials revealed that one of the 17 men killed in a huge explosion at a munitions depot was a key Revolutionary Guard commander who headed Iran’s missile program. And the IRNA state news agency reported that scientists had discovered a new computer virus in their systems, a more sophisticated version of the Stuxnet worm deployed last year to foul up Iran’s centrifuges.

B-2 Bomber Gets Boeing’s New 30,000-Pound Bunker-Buster Bomb

Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Air Force has taken delivery of a new 30,000-pound bomb from Boeing Co. that’s capable of penetrating deeply buried enemy targets.

The huge bunker buster, dubbed the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, is built to fit the B-2 stealth bomber. The Air Force Global Strike Command started receiving the bombs in September, Air Force spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jack Miller said in a short statement to Bloomberg News.

The deliveries “will meet requirements for the current operational need,” he said.

The Air Force in 2009 said Boeing might build as many as 16 of the munitions. Miller yesterday had no details on how many the Air Force plans to buy. Boeing in August received a $32 million contract that included eight of the munitions.

Matthew Gould and the Plot to Attack Iran

Craig Murray is at work: read this.

We Are Already at War With Iran and Failing to Struggle to End It

In this past weekend's festival of idiocy known as the Republican Presidential Debate, one of the more idiotic of the idiots Newt Gingrich said that if he were president he would murder Iranians and deny responsibility, while another of the more idiotic of the idiots Senator Rick Santorum said that he was aware Iranian scientists had already been being killed and that he sincerely hoped the United States was behind those murders.

Also this past weekend, another Iranian scientist was murdered, with sources crediting Mossad.  In other words, the United States is either central to or complicit in and tolerant of at least some of the murders.  Whether Santorum will now endorse Obama for the Republican nomination is still unclear.

Push back here.

War of Words on Iran

  War of Words on Iran - by Stephen Lendman

 

Provocative rhetoric followed release of the IAEA report on Iran's nuclear program, despite baseless allegations in it.

 

In October 2009, the Agency leaked a document titled "Possible Dimensions of Iran's Nuclear Program" to the New York Times. At issue was circumventing then IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei. Allegations in it were spurious. As a result, he wouldn't touch it.

 

Ask U.S. and Israeli Air, Missile, and Drone Crews to Refuse to Attack Iran

 

AN APPEAL TO UNITED STATES AND ISRAELI AIR, MISSILE AND DRONE CREWS TO STAND DOWN FROM ORDERS TO ATTACK IRAN

November 2011 -- Add Your Name!

 

 

Iran: WMDs Redux

  Iran: WMDs Redux - by Stephen Lendman

 

Here we go again. Everything that goes around, comes around. We've seen it all before, each time fake. Nothing's different now. 

 

Previous articles said US intelligence assessments through March 2011 found no evidence of Iranian nuclear weapons development.

 

Washington and Israel v. Iran and Flotilla Activists

  Washington and Israel v. Iran and Flotilla Activists - by Stephen Lendman

 

While high stakes nuclear roulette continues, the fate of Freedom Waves to Gaza activists hangs in the balance.

 

On November 2, Canada's Tahrir and Ireland's Soairse (Freedom) sailed from Fethiye, Turkey. Israel warplanes and naval vessels shadowed them in international waters.

 

IAEA's "Soviet Nuclear Scientist" Never Worked on Weapons

By Gareth Porter

WASHINGTON, Nov 9, 2011 (IPS) - The report of the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA) published by a Washington think tank Tuesday
repeated the sensational claim previously reported by news media all
over the world that a former Soviet nuclear weapons scientist had
helped Iran construct a detonation system that could be used for a
nuclear weapon.

But it turns out that the foreign expert, who is not named in the IAEA
report but was identified in news reports as Vyacheslav Danilenko, is
not a nuclear weapons scientist but one of the top specialists in the
world in the production of nanodiamonds by explosives.

In fact, Danilenko, a Ukrainian, has worked solely on nanodiamonds
from the beginning of his research career and is considered one of the
pioneers in the development of nanodiamond technology, as published
scientific papers confirm.

Fabricated IAEA Report on Iran Released

  Fabricated IAEA Report on Iran Released - by Stephen Lendman

 

Previous articles said US intelligence assessments through March 2011 (the latest one) found no evidence of Iranian nuclear weapons development.

 

During his December 1, 1997 - November 30, 2009 tenure as IAEA director general, Mohamed ElBaradei concurred. He carefully avoided anti-Iranian rhetoric and baseless charges.

 

Tightening the Noose: The IAEA report on Iran's nuclear program

A joint statement by the Campaign Against Sanctions & Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII) and The Virginia Defender newspaper

War Winds Target Iran

  War Winds Target Iran - by Stephen Lendman

 

Anti-Iranian rhetoric and saber rattling is one thing, baseless accusations another if serve as pretext for aggressive war.

 

Whether or not it's coming isn't known. Heated tensions are worrisome if boil over. Leaked information on an imminent IAEA report may or may not precipitate it even though what's coming lacks credibility.

 

Spoiling for Another Fight?

  Spoiling for Another Fight? - by Stephen Lendman

 

American foreign policy is defined by rage to ravage. Lunatics run the asylum. Washington's criminal class is bipartisan. 

 

People have no say. Wealth and power alone matter. It's always been that way, today more than ever. Post-WW II, America lurched from one war to another. 

 

Debunking the Iran "Terror Plot"

By Gareth Porter	

At a press conference on October 11, the Obama administration unveiled
a spectacular charge against the government of Iran: The Qods Force of
the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had plotted to assassinate the
Saudi ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, right in
Washington, DC, in a place where large numbers of innocent bystanders
could have been killed. High-level officials of the Qods Force were
said to be involved, the only question being how far up in the Iranian
government the complicity went.

The US tale of the Iranian plot was greeted with unusual skepticism on
the part of Iran specialists and independent policy analysts, and even
elements of the mainstream media. The critics observed that the
alleged assassination scheme was not in Iran’s interest, and that it
bore scant resemblance to past operations attributed to the foreign

Target Iran

  Target Iran - by Stephen Lendman

 

In the past five years, Iran faced four harsh rounds of sanctions. At issue is its alleged nuclear threat. No evidence proves it.

 

Last May, its Bushehr nuclear plant began operating. In September, it began supplying the national grid with 60 megawatts of electricity, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). 

 

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