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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:06 PM
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Intelligence Agencies Say No New Nukes in Iran
Source: Newsweek

The U.S. intelligence community is reporting to the White House that Iran has not restarted its nuclear-weapons development program, two counterproliferation officials tell NEWSWEEK. U.S. agencies had previously said that Tehran halted the program in 2003.

The officials, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive information, said that U.S. intelligence agencies have informed policymakers at the White House and other agencies that the status of Iranian work on development and production of a nuclear bomb has not changed since the formal National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran's "Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities" in November 2007. Public portions of that report stated that U.S. intelligence agencies had "high confidence" that, as of early 2003, Iranian military units were pursuing development of a nuclear bomb, but that in the fall of that year Iran "halted its nuclear weapons program." The document said that while U.S. agencies believed the Iranian government "at a minimum is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons," U.S. intelligence as of mid-2007 still had "moderate confidence" that it had not restarted weapons-development efforts.

One of the two officials said that the Obama administration has now worked out a system in which intelligence agencies provide top policymakers, including the president, with regular updates on intelligence judgments like the conclusions in the 2007 Iran NIE. According to the two officials, the latest update to policymakers has been that as of nowtwo years after the period covered by the 2007 NIEU.S. intelligence agencies still believe Iran has not resumed nuclear-weapons development work. "That's the conclusion, but it's one thatlike every otheris constantly checked and reassessed, both to take account of new information and to test old assumptions," one of the officials told NEWSWEEK. It is not clear whether U.S. agencies' confidence in this judgment has grown at all since the 2007 statement.

This latest U.S. intelligence-community assessment is potentially controversial for several reasons, not the least of which is that it is at odds with more alarming assessments propounded by key U.S. allies, most notably Israel. Officials of Israel's conservative-led government have been delivering increasingly dire assessments of Irans nuclear progress and have leaked shrill threats about a possible Israeli military attack on Iranian nuclear facilities.

Read more: http://www.newsweek.com/id/215529
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Wizard777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:01 PM
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1. I am impressed with Iran's self restraint. They are making Israel look like paranoid fools.
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:45 AM
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3. There's a reason for that ...
> They are making Israel look like paranoid fools.

:think:
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Prometheus Bound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:42 PM
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2. I see they use Judith Miller clones Bruno Schirra and David Albright to present the balanced view.
Those two sure work hard to whip up hysteria about Iran.
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