Friday, January 06, 2006

Is The Guardian being used by the security services to spread lies about Iran?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/letters/story/0,3604,1680239,00.html

The Guardian is to be congratulated on publishing this letter, by Professor Sloboda, criticising the Guardian's recent article on Iran's nuclear activity:

Iran intelligence is not trustworthy.

Friday January 6, 2006
The Guardian

Your front-page coverage of Iran's alleged nuclear activities (Report, January 4) suggests that you have not learned the important lessons from Iraq. After recent intelligence failures over WMD, editors should be doubly wary of "leaked intelligence", its timing and the motives of those who provided the information.

Your coverage of a secret services report about Iran's nuclear ambitions contains little new. It is mainly rehashed information available from public sources. It is well known that the Iranians are trying to develop long-range missiles that are potentially capable of carrying nuclear warheads. What the article fails to point out is that they are a long way from achieving this. Dual-use companies are also nothing new. If there was one useful purpose the article could have served, it would have been to name the companies listed in the report.

There are many reasons to be concerned about Iran's nuclear programme, but the UK and EU must also be held to account for the failure of their diplomatic efforts to curb Iran's nuclear development. Your publication of this material helps those who seek to demonise Iran, makes peaceful resolution of the dispute even more difficult, and means that proper scrutiny of the failure of EU and US policy has once again been avoided.

Prof John Sloboda
Oxford Research Group

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The Guardian is also to be congratulated for quoting the following from the newsisyphus blog:

http://newsisyphus.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Neo-Cons Push More Phoney Intelligence in Effort to Start Another Useless War.

They're doing it again.

Not content with setting up the American people and the entire world via the U.N. Security Council with false intelligence from the CIA about so-called "Weapons of Mass Destruction" in the hands of the legitimate government of Iraq, a country that never attacked us and had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11, the Neo-Cons are now pushing yet another "intelligence report" in what is a laughably transparent attempt to engage us in another needless and pointless war. This time the gun barrels of the chicken-hawks are pointed at (surprise!) another country that just happens to be full of what makes Halliburton happy: oil. And, as usual, the so-called "intelligence" is vague and speaks of "might" and "may" while presenting no clear evidence.

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According to a Mr Gordon Logan, The Guardian is run by MI6. The MI6 Bombings in Saudi Arabia

Interestingly, the following Guardian story makes no mention of Haroon Rashid Aswat's alleged links to MI6 and the London bombings of July 7.

Clarke to rule on extradition of al-Qaida suspect to US

Gordon Logan?

The following comes from http://www.atsnn.com/story/138992.html

Folks from the UK, and many others, will know of Reg Keys who lost his son in Iraq and subsequently ran against Tony Blair as an independent in Blair's own Labour-strong Sedgefield seat. Recently a letter that was allegedly addressed to Mr. Keys has been making its way around the blogging community, and may shed some light on the Labour government's baffling commitment to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. The letter from one Gordon Logan claims that the U.K.-U.S. 1983 Trident submarine and missile deal and treaty signed by Margaret Thatcher contains a secret clause which states that "the British Prime Minister is required to go to war if he/she gets the order from the President of the United States." Here is the full text of the letter: Source 1 Source 2 Source 3



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