Skip to comments.Operation Merlin: Bill Clinton and CIA Blunder Gave Iran Blueprints for Nuclear Bomb
Posted on 11/03/2006 12:34:25 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Last night, radio talk show host and former US Justice Department official Mark Levin shocked many listeners when he reported that President Bill Clinton gave nuclear technology to the Iranians in a harebrained scheme.
He said that the transfer of classified data to Iran was personally approved by then-President Clinton and that the CIA deliberately gave Iranian physicists blueprints for part of a nuclear bomb that likely helped Tehran advance its nuclear weapons development program.
The CIA, using a double-agent Russian scientist, handed a blueprint for a nuclear bomb to Iran, according to a new book "State of War" by James Risen, the New York Times reporter, who exposed the Bush administration's controversial NSA spying operation, claims the plans contained fatal flaws designed to derail Tehran's nuclear drive.
But the deliberate errors were so rudimentary they would have been easily fixed by sophisticated Russian nuclear scientists, the book said.
The operation, which took place during the Clinton administration in early 2000, was code named Operation Merlin and "may have been one of the most reckless operations in the modern history of the CIA," according to Risen.
It called for the unnamed scientist, a defector from the Soviet nuclear program, to offer Iran the blueprint for a "firing set" -- the intricate mechanism which triggers the chain reaction needed for a nuclear explosion.
He had been told by CIA officers that the Iranians already had the technology detailed in the plans and that the ruse was simply an attempt by the agency to find out the full scope of Tehran's nuclear knowledge.
But, contrary to orders not to open the packet, he added a note which made it clear he could help fix the flaws for money.
Risen states in his book, "It's not clear who originally came up with the idea, but the plan [to give Tehran nuclear blueprints] was first approved by Clinton."
This is just another chapter in the Bill Clinton saga of giving weapons technology to enemies of the United States. He's provided missile technology to the Chinese, which increased the accuracy of their ballistic missiles, and he provided nuclear technology to the North Koreans that eventually enabled them to develop nuclear weapons.
Risen said the Clinton-approved plan ended up handing Tehran "one of the greatest engineering secrets in the world, providing the solution to one of a handful of problems that separated nuclear powers such as the United States and Russia from rogue countries such as Iran that were desperate to join the nuclear club but had so far fallen short."
Mark Levin, director of the Landmark Legal Foundation, said that thanks to Clinton Iran was able to "leapfrog one of the last remaining engineering hurdles blocking its path to a nuclear weapon."
Ironically, Risen's New York Times has declined to cover Mr. Clinton's Iranian nuclear debacle -- concentrating instead on his book's dubious claims that the National Security Agency was first authorized to commence domestic wiretapping by President Bush, according to NewsMax and Levin.
NewsMax stated that Risen's report could also have a serious implications for Sen. Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. Mrs. Clinton has been sharply critical of President Bush's handling of the Iranian nuclear crisis, complaining that a nuclear-armed Tehran would be a much more serious threat to the US than Iraq. However, NewsMax may be proven wrong about Sen. Clinton if the news media continue to ignore this story.
"Don't hold your breath waiting for the elite media to create a frenzy over this story. They will never hurt either Clintons with such a damning report," says former intelligence officer Sid Francis.
Beautiful. Hey, I'll bet the ex-POTUS was more destructive to this country than JOHN WALKER.
--NewsMax stated that Risen's report could also have a serious implications for Sen. Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.--
So this will come out again as a 2008 November Surprise.
The MSM death timetable will be stepped-up considerably....at least.
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A former 1960s radical, Horowitz is well-acquainted with the Leftist mindset. In this book, he strives to explain the modern alliance between left wing progressivists and radical Islamofascists. He argues that this alliance is based on a common desire to destroy Western capitalism. Leftist sympathy with Islamofascist ideas makes no sense from an intellectual point of view, given that countries ruled by radical Islamists are among the most racist, sexist, theocratic states in the world today. However, Leftists have recognized that they can benefit politically from destructive terrorist attacks on the Western world. A West under attack can be made to turn on its leaders in fear and desperation (as they did in Spain after the Madrid train bombings). Only once people reject current government structures can the Left execute its anti-capitalist revolution and build a new reality that mirrors the Leftist view of utopia. The complete and utter idealogical hypocrisy of the Islamofascist-Leftist alliance is distressing, but as Horowitz reminds us, Leftists radicals truly believe the ends justify the means.
For all the talk about how complicated the firing block on a nuclear weapon is, nobody in the nuclear club (with the possible exception of North Korea) has had a first test of a nuclear device fail. All it is is a device that makes sure electrical impulses get to detonators at the correct time. It's about as complicated as a distributor cap. Why, a competent shade-tree mechanic could probably build one.
I just told my classmates I hate that SOB. As if I need a reason to hate him even more...
Thank me, I'm welcome!
Well, with the help of Ross Perot (twice) we had 8 years of CHANGE
And now the same folks are calling for 'change' again???????
I thought Pakistan's first detonations were problematic (partial, due to timing errors).
Yep your right, so why is x-pres bj klinton out walking around????
Excellent post, Ernest!
Too bad we won't be reading it in the NYT or LAT! LOL
BUMP FOR LATER READING!
Have a good weekend, ya'll!
I'm told by a retired nuke-u-leer weapons designer that a timing problem would be a complete fizzle (fractional yield) for an unboosted nuke. If you get a significant partial yield with a timing problem, it means the weapon was boosted--and that in itself means that Pakistan's debut weapon was more advanced than anyone knew.
I'd give AQ Khan and his private Nuclear network more credit for any Iranian bomb than I would Bill Clinton.
I got a feeling WE are gonna see that wagging finger again!
More Clinton tracks.
Folk Bill Clinton and all his friends.
Clinton...!! I'm not surprised that he would do this, just that no one stopped him from doing it. And they blame the Republicans, as always.
Wow, that's quite a "sentence."
Democrat = (D)EVIL
The problem is this is not a scandal ,this was Standard policy under the Bubba administration. Madeline Halfbright was quoted at a forum that it was UNFAIR that the United States was the worlds only superpower .
So what do you expect Bubba to do , he personally set out to rectify that situation.
I am sorry I dont remember where it was that Albright made that statement but I heard it with my own ears. Maybe a nexus search will turn that up ,but I tremble at the thought at what else might not be fair for us to be Number 1 in ,Probably just existing.
Looks like Hillary is gaining on the Democratic nomination.....time to remember some of the achievements of her spouse.,....
Clinton: “We’ll give them a flawed set of plans for a nuclear bomb! That way, it will just blow up when they want to use it!”
Rest of Clinton Administration: “Great idea, Mister President! Cigar?”
Oh, that big 1982 Siberian explosion?
Fort Worth Star-Telegram / The New York Times | 2/3/04 | William Safire
Posted on 02/04/2004 12:13:42 AM EST by Valin
[snip] In our complex disinformation scheme, deliberately flawed designs for stealth technology and space defense sent Russian scientists down paths that wasted time and money... “The pipeline software that was to run the pumps, turbines and valves was programmed to go haywire,” writes Reed, “to reset pump speeds and valve settings to produce pressures far beyond those acceptable to the pipeline joints and welds. The result was the most monumental non-nuclear explosion and fire ever seen from space.” ...Farewell stayed secret because the blast in June 1982, estimated at three kilotons, took place in the Siberian wilderness, with no casualties known. Nor was the red-faced KGB about to complain publicly about being tricked by bogus technology. But all the software it had stolen for years was suddenly suspect, which stopped or delayed the work of thousands of worried Russian technicians and scientists. [unsnip]
From November 2005, this article excerpt seems appropriate:
"Clinton said the U.S. can't kill or jail all of its enemies, and should work to create more partners and fewer foes. He said once China and India become as prosperous as the U.S., they will determine whether America remains the only superpower.
"We should be trying to build a world, at this unique moment in history, that we would like to live in when we're not the only big dog on the block," Clinton said."
He wasn't just referring to the economic ascendancy of China or India (*expletive deleted*).
I am sorry I misquoted Madeline Halfbright, The actual quote was It is unfair that the United States is the Worlds only NUCLEAR power . Bubba set about to rectify that with Loral and all the chinese Commies.Sorry for the Mistake
For some reason, I’m neither shocked nor surprised.
If you are a democrat president of the United States of America, you CANNOT be a traitor. If you have an R behind your name, everything you DO is illegal. Get it now?
BTW, he is only a "hero" to communists and perverts.
The hits just keep on coming out....as hard as the goon tries to hide his unbelievable treason...the more comes out...his legacy will be the most treasonous president of all time...and there just ain’t nothing he can do about it....hildabeast will remain and old hateful lesbian senator...am hoping the citizens of NY state will wake up and get rid of her...
Good point. However, I would imagine that if GHW Bush had been President when the CIA came up with this harebrained scheme, the former CIA Director might have had a second thought about it, and challenged the spooks a little more than Old Slick did.
But we do have to consider the past few years of verifiable evidence pointing to a less then effective CIA. A point is reached where a POTUS must decide if he believes the credibility of his Intel Agencies merit the risk of allowing certain things to be pulled off. We can go back in time and see quite a few royal screw ups by the CIA regardless of who was in the WH.
It has happened already (the al Q attacks of 1990's, WTC & and the 3000+ US losses in Iraq and Afghanistan.) The legacy that just keeps on giving. But I know you're referring to a nuke attack. I think that's only a matter of time also. What a guy that Bubba.
Did you see this thread?