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Friday, November 19, 2004

Mr. Crediblity Does It Again

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell shared information with reporters Wednesday about Iran's nuclear program that was classified and based on an unvetted, single source who provided information that two U.S. officials said yesterday was highly significant if true but has not yet been verified.

According to one official with access to the material, a "walk-in" source approached U.S intelligence earlier this month with more than 1,000 pages purported to be Iranian drawings and technical documents, including a nuclear warhead design and modifications to enable Iranian ballistic missiles to deliver an atomic strike. The official agreed to discuss the information on the condition of anonymity and only because Powell had alluded to it publicly.

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Here's how it's going to play out: Already, the right-wing Washington Times is hyping the intelligence cited by Powell, and omitting the part about a single, unvetted source. Without a doubt other papers will follow suit. For the next few weeks, we'll read in the mainstream media how this is frightening, shocking news if it's true. Eventually more "evidence" will emerge of Iran's treachery, and military action of some sort will be deemed necessary. Iran will plead the case that they are cooperating fully with UNSCOM, but the U.S. will insist otherwise and eventually use military force in Iran.

The timing of Powell's comment was very interesting.
On Monday, UNSCOM inspectors came to an agreement with Iran to halt its nuclear program:

The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency Monday endorsed Iran's agreement to suspend all uranium enrichment within a week, the key element of a deal worked out with European countries.

But the apparent victory for diplomacy falls short of U.S. demands for a permanent suspension -- or scrapping -- of Iranian activities that Washington asserts are meant to make nuclear weapons. Iran insists it only wants to generate electricity.

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Any high school girl can tell you what type of intelligence is generated by a single, unvetted source. It's called a rumour.

I have it from a single, unvetted source that Colin Powell has no dick. Unlike Colin Powell, I take that sort of information with a grain of salt, even if it is from his wife.

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