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US Might Not Know If Iran Started Building Nuke
JPost ^ | 11 Mar 2012 | JPOST.COM STAFF

Posted on 03/11/2012 8:00:08 AM PDT by edpc

Senior US officials doubt Washington's ability to properly gauge the progress of Iran's nuclear program and said that the United States would not necessarily know if Tehran had started secretly building an atomic bomb, The Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.

The doubts of the "senior officials familiar with US intelligence and spying capabilities in Iran" contradict Washington's contention that US satellites, sensors and spies will know when Iran has "crossed a red line," marking the failure of efforts to thwart Tehran's nuclear ambitions through sanctions.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iran; middleast; nuclear
Rogers cited the Syrian nuclear reactor at Deir al-Zor, allegedly bombed by Israel in 2007, as an example of a clandestine nuclear facility that the US was unaware of until just prior to its destruction.

Comforting.

1 posted on 03/11/2012 8:00:14 AM PDT by edpc
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To: edpc

If Iran is not building the bomb......why are they so intent on enriching uranium? It seems to me this admin is assisting them in their efforts. We talked and talked and talked about Pakistan and N.Korea prior to them developing Nukes and look what happened. Now both countries have Nukes.


2 posted on 03/11/2012 8:08:51 AM PDT by RC2
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To: edpc
This is the same gutted intelligence service that didn’t even know that Kim Jong-il was dead until a week after it happened, yes . . . ? No good relying on foreign agencies; they’ve been relying too heavily on the BND for a long time, and that’s who gave us Curveball . . .
3 posted on 03/11/2012 8:09:30 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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"State Department analyst as saying Iran's immense size could make it impossible for spy satellites and surveillance drones to spot a secret bomb-making operation..."

4 posted on 03/11/2012 8:11:22 AM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: edpc

As if they have not started.


5 posted on 03/11/2012 8:16:37 AM PDT by sasquatch
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To: edpc

The headline to this story should read:

“US does not want to know if Iran building nuke.”


6 posted on 03/11/2012 8:23:48 AM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: edpc

In 1980, right after the ayatollahs took over, I read an ad in the back of a physics magazine. It was an ad from the new government in Tehran begging physicists and engineers to return to Iran. It had a list of specialties that the new islamic government would pay top dollar for.

I showed the list to a physicist friend of mine and asked what the Iranian government could possibly want to do with the list of specialties.

“Oh, they’re going to try and build nukes.”

How is this a surprise to anyone?


7 posted on 03/11/2012 8:32:32 AM PDT by darth
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To: edpc
might not??? it is to laugh...
8 posted on 03/11/2012 8:40:24 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: darth; All

If Carter had not bungled Iran..


9 posted on 03/11/2012 8:43:33 AM PDT by KevinDavis (Ron Paul called Ronald Reagan a miserable failure.....)
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To: edpc
US Might Not Know If Iran Started Building Nuke...

That might be true; but we know for certain that Israel will clearly and definitively know If Iran Completes Building Nuke.

10 posted on 03/11/2012 8:44:37 AM PDT by C210N
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To: edpc

If our intel is so screwed up we are screwed.


11 posted on 03/11/2012 8:54:26 AM PDT by boomop1 (term limits is the only way to save this country.)
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To: boomop1

Dont worry. Obama wants them to have the bomb and will do everything to conceal it. He wants Israel whacked. Remember he has a masters of hate from Wright, Cone, Farrakhan, Khalad, Bell and countless others.


12 posted on 03/11/2012 9:21:27 AM PDT by himno hero (Obamas theme...Death to America...The crusaders will pay!)
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To: edpc

Israel knows, that we do know.


13 posted on 03/11/2012 9:22:12 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: edpc
Oh, US intelligence may not know, what Iran's doing in building a nuclear bomb. The question is, did they ever get a country's nuclear program right?

Here's a list in chronological order: Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, Communist Russia, Red China, Israel, South Africa, Iraq, Libya, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Iran, Syria and [fill in the blank].

We could probably throw in England and France too. And, and as a result of the Iran and North Korean programs, let's toss in Japan, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the Gulf States and Egypt to get current.

Have they ever got it right? Is there any reason to believe they can monitor Iran's progress today?

On Hannity yesterday, some Lefty was telling us Iran's not a nuclear problem, because 16 US intelligence agencies confirm that Iran has no nuke program. Nothing happening there, move on.

14 posted on 03/11/2012 9:27:51 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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To: edpc
Ya THINK?!??!!?
15 posted on 03/11/2012 9:36:24 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1145 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: edpc

I read somewhere the other day that when anyone putting together nukes cane be discovered through the measurement of nuclear particles that are released. And that the partical is not naturally occurring. And that it could be measured from a far distance. It has something to do with the highly enriched uranium.

I am searching for a source, as this could clearly give us an idea of what is going on.


16 posted on 03/11/2012 9:38:04 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: edpc

If the report is indeed true, this is the most truthful statement I’ve heard out of this government in decades.


17 posted on 03/11/2012 10:26:12 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: edpc

When an American city suddenly is 10 million degrees, 1000 psi of overpressure, and a mushroom cloud begins to form, I guess they might have a clue.


18 posted on 03/11/2012 11:00:45 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: KevinDavis
Yes, but Reagan and his advisors (i.e. Weinberger) secured the situation we now have with Iran.

After the 1983 Marine barracks bombing, we left. US Navy diver Robert Stethem was murdered during the hijacking of TWA flight 847. Colonel William Higgins was abducted, tortured, and murdered.

In each instance, Hezbollah (and therefore Iran) was involved. It was decided it did not serve our national interests to become deeply committed or involved. No serious consequences followed and only emboldened Iran to reach further and become more of a threat.

The early 1980s was the best time to have dealt with them. They had our equipment, but the technical advisors were gone and many former Iranian military leaders were purged, jailed, or killed due to their connections with the Shah.

Carter was inept and ineffective in many areas, but the problems in Iran didn't start or end with his administration. We have the luxury of hindsight, however.

19 posted on 03/11/2012 11:02:12 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: edpc
In each instance, Hezbollah (and therefore Iran) was involved. It was decided it did not serve our national interests to become deeply committed or involved. No serious consequences followed and only emboldened Iran to reach further and become more of a threat.

Of course there was this little problem called "The Soviet Union" back then.

20 posted on 03/11/2012 11:04:17 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator
Not really. The USSR was dying as fast as their Soviet Premiers were in the 1980s. They were just really good at concealing it.

It had already been demonstrated in Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East, the Soviet equipment and doctrine of battle was outclassed when confronted in committed fighting. Desert Storm, in 1991, was simply the clincher.

The horizon was changing to the asymmetrical. Fighting the last war is always a problem, though. Like I said before......hindsight.

21 posted on 03/11/2012 11:16:42 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: Vermont Lt

“I read somewhere the other day that when anyone putting together nukes cane be discovered through the measurement of nuclear particles that are released.”

Google “gamma rays”.


22 posted on 03/11/2012 12:53:14 PM PDT by gandalftb (11th MEU, 2/4 Echo, TRAP Force)
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23 posted on 03/11/2012 9:18:18 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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