Monday, November 20, 2006

The Media are the Enemy - "The New Yorker" Edition

Seymour Hersh at the New Yorker magazine has increased the danger to the national security of both the United States as well as Israel. He and The New Yorker are a clear and present danger. I am sickened and at a loss for words. I can not imagine selling out intelligence agents to possibly be captured, tortured and killed, solely for a freakin news story. Disgusting.

The Administration’s planning for a military attack on Iran was made far more complicated earlier this fall by a highly classified draft assessment by the C.I.A. challenging the White House’s assumptions about how close Iran might be to building a nuclear bomb. The C.I.A. found no conclusive evidence, as yet, of a secret Iranian nuclear-weapons program running parallel to the civilian operations that Iran has declared to the International Atomic Energy Agency. (The C.I.A. declined to comment on this story.)

The C.I.A.’s analysis, which has been circulated to other agencies for comment, was based on technical intelligence collected by overhead satellites, and on other empirical evidence, such as measurements of the radioactivity of water samples and smoke plumes from factories and power plants. Additional data have been gathered, intelligence sources told me, by high-tech (and highly classified) radioactivity-detection devices that clandestine American and Israeli agents placed near suspected nuclear-weapons facilities inside Iran in the past year or so. No significant amounts of radioactivity were found.


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