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Iranian Alert - March 10, 2006 - Poll: Iranian Support for nuclear technology weakening
Regime Change Iran ^ | 3.10.2006 | DoctorZin

Posted on 03/10/2006 11:44:52 PM PST by DoctorZIn

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Poll: Iranian Support for nuclear technology weakening.

  • Countdown reported on a confidential poll in Iran that claimed, 69% of the Iranians do not recognize the nuclear issue a matter of national aspiration and 86% do not believe that nuclear technology is worth a military conflict.

 

US Iran Policy

  • U.S. Department of State published the congressional testimony of R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, where he outlined the long overdue US policy toward Iran.
  • Reuters reported that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Iran is probably the No. 1 challenge to the United States.
  • U.S. Department of State reported that Secretary Condoleezza Rice said: "We do not have a problem with the Iranian people. We want the Iranian people to be free. Our problem is with the Iranian regime and these programs are intended to help us reach out to them."
  • The International Herald Tribune reported that the State Department is preparing for a "long struggle" against Iran.
  • The New York Sun reported that the State Department stressed the importance of plans to station at least 10 diplomats in Dubai to monitor the Tehran regime and support Iran's pro-democracy movement.

 

UK: Iran just months from the bomb.

  • The Guardian reported that a senior UK Foreign Office official said that Iran might gain the technical know how within months to build a serviceable nuclear weapon.

 

Iran's Supreme Leader: "We will resist!"

  • Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported that Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said: "We will resist ..." 'If we give in this time, then the Europeans will come up next with new excuses to deprive us from scientific achievements."

 

UK takes Iran's threat seriously.

  • Reuters reported that Britain said it was taking seriously threats from Iran that it could inflict "pain."

 

Iran may have over played it hand.

  • Reuters reported that Iran may have misjudged its recent confrontational tactics in the nuclear standoff.

 

Iranian Secrets.

  • Ha'aretz reported that intelligence services in the West are convinced that Iran is taking covert means to develop nuclear weapons and that there is a secondary, smaller covert channel that is making steady progress.
  • The Weekly Standard reported that Iran secretly agreed to assist the Taliban in its war against U.S. forces in October 2001.

 

The Nuclear Sites Targeted in Iran.

  • Mehran Riazaty reported on the nuclear sites that would be targeted in an attack on Iran.

 

Videos of Iranian Security Attacks on Demonstrators.

  • Reuters reported that Iranian police and plainclothes agents yesterday beat hundreds of women and men who had gathered to commemorate International Women's Day. Plus 4 videos.

 

Here are a few other news items you may have missed.

  • Knight Ridder reported why the US shouldn't expect any bold initiatives from Arab rulers in the escalating nuclear standoff with Iran: They're paralyzed by fear of the United States, fear of Iran and fear of their own citizens.
  • Deutsche Welle reported that German newspapers are divided on the issue of Iran's nuclear activities now that it has been passed on to the United Nations Security Council.
  • Amir Taheri, The New York Post warned of the danger of a Jihad war in Thailand.
  • Radio Free Europe reported that Iran arrested more than 50 people involved in recent bombings in the Southwestern province of Khuzestan.
  • And finally, Iran Watch Canada is counting down the release of Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji from prison, with just 8 days to go (March 17th).


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1 posted on 03/10/2006 11:45:08 PM PST by DoctorZIn
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2 posted on 03/10/2006 11:46:27 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Try this.
Iran Freedom and Democracy Support Act (Introduced in House)

HR 2466 IH


108th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2466

To encourage democratic reform in Iran and to strengthen United States policy toward the current Government of Iran.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


June 12, 2003
Mr. SHERMAN (for himself, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey, Mr. WAXMAN, Mr. SOUDER, Ms. BERKLEY, Mr. KING of New York, Mr. ISRAEL, Mr. WEINER, Mr. CROWLEY, Mr. HOLDEN, Mr. NADLER, Mr. DEUTSCH, and Mr. ENGEL) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned











A BILL

To encourage democratic reform in Iran and to strengthen United States policy toward the current Government of Iran.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Iran Freedom and Democracy Support Act'.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

(1) The Government of Iran is currently seeking to develop nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and has an active and successful ballistic missile program.

(2) Recent revelations have shown that Iran is further along than previously believed in enriching uranium and developing nuclear weapons, and may only be months away from developing the capability to manufacture nuclear weapons.

(3) There is currently not a democratic government in Iran. Iran is an ideological dictatorship presided over by an unelected `Supreme Leader' with limitless veto power, an unelected Expediency Council, a Council of Guardians capable of eviscerating any reforms, and a President elected only after the Council disqualified 234 other candidates for being too liberal, reformist, or secular.

(4) The April 2003 Department of State report on terrorism indicates that Iran remained the most active state sponsor of terrorism in 2002.

(5) That report also states that Iran continues to provide funding, safehaven, training, and weapons to known terrorist groups, notably Hizballah, HAMAS, the Palestine Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

(6) Human rights have failed to improve in Iran under the pseudo-reformers. Torture, executions after unfair trials, and censorship of all media remain rampant throughout the country. Stoning and beheading are used as methods of punishment.

(7) While the Government of Iran remains overtly hostile to the United States, the people of Iran have demonstrated that they wish for improved relations with the United States.

(8) The people of Iran have demonstrated their desire for a democratically-elected, more secular government, committed to protecting the human rights of all of its citizens. The people of Iran have also demonstrated their desire to see such changes come about through an internationally-monitored referendum.

SEC. 3. POLICY.

It is the policy of the United States to--

(1) support transparent, full democracy in Iran;

(2) support an internationally-monitored referendum in Iran by which the Iranian people can peacefully change the system of government in Iran;

(3) support the aspirations of the Iranian people to live in freedom; and

(4) help the Iranian people achieve a free press and build an open, democratic, and free society.

http://www.venusproject.com/ecs/Bill_HR_2466_IH.html


3 posted on 03/11/2006 12:34:26 AM PST by madconserv (Proud to be FReepin--Support Our Troops)
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4 posted on 03/11/2006 9:19:39 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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