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  • Defecting Iranian Cameraman Brings CIA Priceless Film of Nuclear Sites

    10/05/2012 11:17:38 AM PDT · by RobertClark · 31 replies
    DebkaFile ^ | 10/05/12 | DebkaFile
    Debkafile reveals one of the CIA's most dramatic scoops in many years, and epic disaster for Iran. Our most exclusive Iranian and intelligence sources disclose that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's personal cameraman, Hassan Golkhanban, who defected from his UN entourage in New York on Oct. 1, brought with him an intelligence treasure trove of up-to-date photographs and videos of top Iranian leaders visiting their most sensitive and secret nuclear and missile sites. The cameraman, who is in his 40s, is staying at an undisclosed address, presumably a CIA safe house under close guard. He stayed behind when Ahmadinejad, after his UN...
  • Major Powers Demand Urgent Action from Iran

    09/28/2012 3:21:48 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/9/12 | Elad Benari
    Iran must take urgent action to allay mounting international concerns over its nuclear drive, EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said Thursday after talks among the major powers. "We discussed at length the need for Iran to take action urgently as we considered the Iranian nuclear issue," AFP quoted Ashton as having told reporters after the talks with the foreign ministers of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and United States. The European Union's foreign policy chief, who engages with Iran on behalf of the international powers, said she updated the foreign ministers on her talks with Iran's chief negotiator Saeed...
  • Netanyahu promises tough response to Ahmadinejad

    09/26/2012 11:57:08 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/26/12
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday promised a tough response at the United Nations to the latest verbal attacks on Israeli by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and said he was determined to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons. Before boarding a flight to New York to address the annual U.N. General Assembly, Netanyahu issued an open letter to Israelis marking the end of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the most sacred holiday in the Jewish calendar. "On the question of Iran, we are all united in the goal of preventing Iran from achieving nuclear weaponry. On the day on which...
  • Radioactive Japan: Strange Case of 1,660 Bq/kg of Cesium from Ornamental Apple in Abiko City, Chiba

    09/25/2012 9:00:20 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 26 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | September 25, 2012 | Ex-SKF blogger
    When I saw the tweet, I thought it was another prank. The tweet had a link to a PDF file about the high levels of radioactive cesium in one tree in the yard of a resident in Abiko City located on the west corridor of Chiba with relatively high radiation contamination. The web address of the link indicated it was from the city government, but there was no mention of the city in the document. So I went to the homepage of Abiko City, and see if I could find the same document from the links at the homepage. Well...
  • Coming very soon: Spring of Persia

    09/25/2012 12:47:50 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Ashok K. Mehta
    Israeli intelligence believes that March 2013 will be the decisive moment when Israel has to act jointly with the US against Iran, as a de-coupled attack is unlikely to derail Tehran's nuclear programme The mood at the World Summit on Counter-terrorism at Herzliya, Tel Aviv, this month was sombre. Mixed feelings about the Arab Spring —which many called an ‘uprising’ — and what to do about Iran were dominant. While placards on the streets in Tel Aviv read: “Don’t Bomb. Talk”, discussions on ‘deciding on the bomb or bombing’ and ‘preparing for The Day After were plentiful’. The regional scene...
  • OBAMA & Medvedev CAUGHT ON MIC 'After My Election I Have More Flexibility'

    09/24/2012 3:29:39 AM PDT · by Son House · 20 replies
    Youtube ^ | Mar 27, 2012 | by 829speedy
    Obama "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility" Medvedev "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir"
  • Hezbollah Raises Latin American Profile

    09/18/2012 9:27:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies
    Commentary ^ | 09.15.2012 | Michael Rubin
    @mrubin1971Two news stories from recent weeks, if true, should raise a red flag in the United States that Iran is preparing to use Hezbollah to strike at U.S. interests in Latin America, if not in the United States itself.First, this story from the Lebanese news portal Naharnet and sourced in part to Israeli radio. The Naharnet story was taken down shortly after it appeared: Hezbollah is using a training base established by Iran in northern Nicaragua near the border with Honduras, the Israeli radio reported on Thursday [September 6]. “The area is cordoned off and there are around 30 members...
  • Iran Threatens Attack On US Bases in Event of War With Israel

    09/23/2012 9:36:15 AM PDT · by lbryce · 59 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 23, 2012 | Staff
    TEHRAN, Iran — A senior commander in Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard has warned that Iran will target US bases in the region should a war with Israel break out. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh says no Israeli attack can happen without US involvement, making all US military bases a legitimate target.
  • Iran's Revolutionary Guard Says Expects Israel To Launch War

    09/22/2012 6:35:02 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9-22-2012 | Reuters
    Iran's Revolutionary Guard Says Expects Israel To Launch War Reuters September 22,2012 DUBAI (Reuters) - Israel will eventually go beyond threats and will attack Iran, the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying on Saturday. As speculation mounts that Israel could launch air strikes on Iran before U.S. elections in November, Mohammad Ali Jafari told a news conference that the Jewish state would be destroyed if it took such a step. "Their threats only prove that their enmity with Islam and the revolution is serious, and eventually this enmity will lead to physical conflict," Jafari said when asked...
  • Obama in Florida: No Nuclear Weapons for Iran

    09/21/2012 12:00:21 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/9/12 | Elad Benari
    U.S. President Barack Obama reiterated on Thursday night that his policy is not to allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons. “We’re still threatened by an Iran that is pursuing nuclear weapons and I’ve been absolutely clear that our policy is not to allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon,” Obama said during a campaign event in Tampa, Florida. .....
  • Iran: We Lie to International Inspectors on Our Nuke Program (the gig is up)

    09/20/2012 9:06:39 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 9/20/12 | David Lev
    Western countries have long suspected Iran of misleading international inspectors over the extent of its nuclear program – and now a top Iranian official has admitted as much. In an interview with the London-based Arabic Al-Hayat daily, Fereydoun Abbasi, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Agency, said that Tehran had on occasion “misled” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors on a number of issues. “At times we submitted false information (to inspectors) in order to defend the nuclear facilities and our achievements, “Abbasi told the paper.” “We had no choice but to mislead the IAEA and other spies.” Abbasi also described...
  • Experts: Only the US can destroy Iran's nuclear program

    09/19/2012 2:50:55 AM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | September 19, 2012 | Staff
    DC-based security think tank says Israel lacks the capability to "do more than delay IranÂ’s efforts for a year or two," says military option should only be used "if all peaceful options have been exhausted." US Air Force F-15E releases a GBU-28 Bunker Buster Photo: REUTERS/Handout The United States is the only country that can carry out a successful, preventative military strike against Iran's nuclear program, according to a study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a well-regarded Washington-based think tank. According to the study published in September, only the United States has the capacity to both...
  • US declassifies Cold War nuclear plan

    09/17/2012 8:44:07 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 52 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Tuesday, September 18, 2012 | IANS
    Washington: The US National Security Archive has fully declassified the most controversial nuclear policy document of the Cold War, the Presidential Directive 59 (PD-59) http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Presidential-Directive-59 , which focused on a possible nuclear war with the Soviet Union. The full text of the document, available on the US National Security Archive page at George Washington University's website, provides insights about the thinking of key US officials about the state of nuclear planning and the possible progression of events should war break out. In a surprising reverse from previous policies, PD-59 called for pre-planned nuclear strike options and capabilities for rapid development...
  • Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable Babur missile with 700 km range

    09/17/2012 8:38:17 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Monday, September 17, 2012 | Press Trust of India
    Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable Babur cruise missile with a range of 700 km that could hit targets deep inside India, with the military saying the launch had consolidated and strengthened the country's deterrence capability. The "fully automated Strategic Command and Control Support System" of the National Command Authority, which controls Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, was deployed during the test which was conducted at an unspecified location, said a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations. "The test consolidates and strengthens Pakistan's deterrence capability and national security," it said. The missile was launched from a multi-tube missile launch vehicle...
  • A Russian Made Disaster in Kyrgyzstan

    06/15/2010 7:23:39 AM PDT · by walford · 18 replies · 542+ views
    Before It's News ^ | June 13, 2010 | Sultan Knish
    The violence unleashed in Kyrgyzstan is being spun as ethnic rioting. The reality is a good deal more complex, and the blame can be laid directly at Russia's door. Russia's coup against the Bakiyev government which took power in the Tulip Revolution leveraged Uzbek separatists in the Osh Province to suppress Kyrgiz nationalist supporters of Bakiyev. Russia had been trying for a while to force out Manas Air Base, a US air force base that serves as a vital link to US forces in Afghanistan. Russia tolerated Bakiyev, so long as he was against the US base. But once Bakiyev...
  • Netanyahu Blasts Those Who Think Military Strike Worse Than Nuclear Iran: ‘New Standard for

    09/16/2012 10:12:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/15/12 | Erica Ritz
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed Iran’s nuclear ambitions during an interview with NBC’s David Gregory recently, and had some harsh words for those who don’t recognize the threat a nuclear Iran poses. When Gregory asked Netanyahu why a policy of containment won’t work on Iran the way it did on the Soviet Union, the prime minister explained: “I think Iran is very different. They put their zealotry above their survival. They have suicide bombers all over the place– I wouldn’t rely on their rationality. Since the advent of nuclear weapons, you had countries that had access [that] always made...
  • PM to 'Post': Clear lines must be set to Iran nuclear march

    09/15/2012 4:45:24 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/16/12 | Herb Keinon
    Congressman Mike Rogers [R-Michigan] gave an interview recently and said he walked out of a meeting a few weeks ago between you and US Ambassador Dan Shapiro with a sense that you were at wit’s end over American policy toward Iran. Are you? No, I am not at wit’s end. I believe we have to stop Iran, I believe we can stop Iran, and I think certain things are needed to do that. One of them is setting clear, designated limits to Iran’s nuclear weapons programs activities. I think that has not yet been done, but I am an old...
  • Netenyahu: We Can't Rely On Obama Admin To Take Part In Strike Against Iran

    09/15/2012 8:59:21 AM PDT · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 24 replies
    Weaselzippers.us ^ | September 14, 2012 | AP
    <p>JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insinuated in an interview published Friday that Israel cannot entirely rely on the U.S. to act against Iran’s suspect nuclear program, a sign that the Israeli leader is not backing down from the sharp rhetoric that strained relations this week with the Obama administration.</p>
  • US Official: Nuclear Bomb Is Our Red Line

    09/14/2012 5:19:26 PM PDT · by edpc · 49 replies
    YNet ^ | 14 Sept 2012 | YNet
    US President Barack Obama rejected an appeal by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to define a specific “red line” that Iran could not cross in its nuclear program, The New York Times reported Friday, citing an unnamed senior administration official. According to the report, in an hour-long conversation on Tuesday Obama deflected Netanyahu’s proposal to make the size of Iran’s stockpile of close-to-bomb-grade uranium the threshold, that, if passed, would trigger a US military strike on the Islamic Republic's nuclear facilities. While Obama reiterated the assurance that the US won't allow Iran to manufacture a atomic bomb, he was unwilling to...
  • Canada turns page, wants to sell nuclear reactors to India

    09/13/2012 12:25:27 AM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 13 September 2012 | indrani Bagchi
    Canada wants to sell nuclear reactors to India. Putting behind a troubled nuclear history with India, Canadian foreign minister John Baird said, "We have turned the page with India. India is a very different country today." With Canada emerging as an energy superpower, buoyed by a thriving economy, the minister said, "We value and welcome Indian investment in natural resources and energy." Baird is in New Delhi to meet foreign minister S M Krishna and prepare for a November summit visit by Canadian PM Stephen Harper. A nuclear deal between Canada and India signed in 2010 is yet to be...
  • Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant sues over new state tax

    09/12/2012 10:42:00 AM PDT · by matt04 · 3 replies
    The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the state over taxes on the plant that the Legislature passed this year. Vermont Yankee had already won a round in federal court over the state's efforts to close the reactor in Vernon, 120 miles south of Montpelier. That case is now on appeal at the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. The new lawsuit, by New Orleans-based plant owner Entergy Corp., targets taxes that increase the reactor's annual state tax levy from about $5 million to about $12.8 million, according to a statement released by...
  • This Is What A US Strike On Iran's Nuclear Facilities Could Look Like

    09/09/2012 6:28:50 AM PDT · by blam · 59 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-9-2012 | Robert Johnson
    This Is What A US Strike On Iran's Nuclear Facilities Could Look Like Robert JohnsonSep. 7, 2012, 10:50 AM Washington D.C. foreign policy think tank the Center For Strategic & International Studies took a long hard look at what it really means to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions, what it would take, and what it could lead to in a report released yesterday. The speculation that Israel can go it alone against Tehran remains, but the specifics of what's required by a US attack to put the nuclear program in the dust is outlined in detail. At least 16 F-18s, and...
  • Obama Admin Tells Iran: We Won’t Join An Israeli Attack On Your Nuke Sites…

    09/03/2012 1:03:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | September 3, 2012
    Disgusting.Via INN: Senior officials in the Obama Administration sent a message to Tehran in the past few days, according to which the U.S. does not intend to join Israel’s side if it decides to attack the Iranian nuclear installations on its own, reports Israel’s second-largest paper, Yediot Aharonot.According to the report, the U.S. sent the message to Iran in order to avoid an Iranian response military response that would target U.S. installations in the Gulf region.The message was reportedly conveyed to Iran through two European countries that serve as a conduit of communication between Iran and the U.S. in times...
  • Why Israel Doesn't Trust Obama

    09/02/2012 2:59:05 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Barack Obama is fond of insisting that he "has Israel's back." Maybe he should mention that to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. In remarks to journalists in London quoted by the Guardian, General Martin Dempsey warned that any Israeli attack on Iran would "clearly delay but probably not destroy Iran's nuclear programs." He also said economic sanctions on Iran were having an effect and needed more time to work, but that the good they were doing "could be undone if [Iran] was attacked prematurely." And to underscore the firmness of his opposition to an Israeli strike, the Chairman added...
  • Israel About To Go Nuclear, Iran to Re-enter Stone Age

    09/01/2012 5:45:27 PM PDT · by Bob Leibowitz · 31 replies
    Leibowitz's Canticle ^ | 9/1/2012 | Leibowitz
    Dateline: Tel Aviv, sometime in the next six weeks From this moment the State of Israel declares a state of war exists between the State of Israel and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Because Israel views the threats by the government of the IRI in conjunction with its efforts to develop nuclear weapons and means of delivery as existential threats, Israel will take all actions necessary, specifically including unilateral and preemptive military action, to protect its citizens from the threats posed by representatives of the government of the IRI and to assure Israel's continued survival. To minimize...
  • Russia says Iran's nuclear power plant is fully operational

    08/31/2012 1:00:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/31/12 | Staff
    Moscow - Iran's first atomic power plant, a symbol of what the Islamic Republic says is its peaceful nuclear ambition, is now operating at full capacity, Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom said on Friday. The Russian-built 1,000-megawatt reactor near the Gulf city of Bushehr, was plugged into Iran's national grid last September, ending years of delays and suspicions that Moscow was using the project as a diplomatic lever. Oil-rich Iran says electricity generation is the main motivation for nuclear work that its adversaries say is really aimed at getting atomic weapons capability.
  • (Israeli PM) Olmert struck Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007 immediately after Bush refused to do so

    08/27/2012 7:09:13 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 26 Aug 12 | Yoel Goldman
    ‘If you’re not going to act against the reactor, then we are,’ PM told president, says advisor Elliot Abrams. Then, as now on Iran, the US favored Ehud Olmert ordered the 2007 strike on a Syrian nuclear reactor immediately after former US president George W. Bush informed him that the Americans would not attack the facility, according to a Channel 10 report aired on Sunday evening. Bush’s deputy national security adviser Elliot Abrams was present when the president called Olmert on September 6, 2007 and made clear that the US would not take action, and that then-secretary of state Condoleezza...
  • "What If" hypothetical question for those who are familiar with world politics.

    08/24/2012 2:39:24 PM PDT · by America_Right · 31 replies
    My Brain | August 24th, 2012 | America_Right
    Heya Freepers, I have a problem. I started writing a book, and I am getting in over my head, here. I am at a point in the notes for the book where the Middle East is broke because oil is pretty much worthless.Will the Mid East population roll over Europe? Will they get control of European nukes? Will they immediately use those nukes on Israel and the US? What would our reaction be? Would we defend ourselves or try to appease them with more Muslim outreach programs a la NASA? Would Russia and China help us?Believe it or not, this...
  • North Korea could have fuel for 48 nuclear weapons by 2015

    08/22/2012 12:49:57 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 August 2012 | Julian Ryall
    North Korea will have been able to build as many as 48 nuclear weapons by 2015 unless the international community is able to make sanctions already imposed on the regime work. The stark warning about Pyongyang's nuclear stockpile was issued by The Institute for Science and International Security, which projected three scenarios for North Korea's atomic weapons programme. In the best-case scenario for the next four years outlined by the researchers, North Korea will have been able to use the centrifuges at its Yongbyon nuclear plant to produce sufficient low enriched uranium for a maximum of 25 nuclear weapons. That...
  • Haunting 1950 images imagine the effects of an atomic bomb attack on the Big Apple

    08/21/2012 8:00:36 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 21 August 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    It wasn't a movie poster for a monster or disaster film. It was an illustration of America's worst nightmare - that an atomic bomb would strike a major U.S. metropolis. The harrowing image of the New York City skyline marred by a giant mushroom cloud splashed the cover of Collier's magazine on August 5, 1950 - at a time of heightened American anxiety. The Collier's issue was spotlighted recently on Smithsonianmag.com, which ran the same pictures that appeared in the same 1950 issue of the magazine. While recent films like The Avengers, Independence Day and Cloverfield touched on a fictional...
  • Navy to repair nuclear-powered sub badly damaged by fire in dry dock in Maine

    08/19/2012 11:14:52 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 14 replies
    Washington Post/Associated Press ^ | 19 August 2012 | Staff
    PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Navy intends to repair a nuclear-powered attack submarine that was severely damaged by a fire while in dry dock and then return it to the fleet, Navy officials Friday. While engineering assessments are ongoing, the Navy has decided to repair the USS Miami and is committed to doing so, Navy spokeswoman Lt. Courtney Hillson told The Associated Press. “Our goal is to return the Miami to the fleet because this makes sense operationally and fiscally,” Hillson said. There had been lingering questions over whether it would make financial sense to repair the 22-year-old submarine, which...
  • Pentagon Denies Reports of Russian Sub near U.S.

    08/17/2012 4:51:36 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 45 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 16 August 2012 | Staff
    Pentagon denied on Thursday media reports that a Russian nuclear powered submarine cruised unnoticed for several weeks in the Gulf of Mexico near the shores of the United States. “I don't know what that information was based on, but it was not correct,” Wendy Snyder, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon, said. The Washington Free Beacon reported earlier that Russia’s Akula class nuclear powered submarine (Project 971) freely traveled in June and July in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico undetected by the U.S. Navy.
  • [Ended 4 Hours Ago] Gunmen have attacked and entered a Pakistani Air Force Base thought to house nuc

    08/15/2012 9:23:04 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 41 replies
    Six hours old twitter post from Reuters reposted by Business Insider ^ | Wednesday, August 15, 2012 | reposted by Adam Taylor
    Gunmen have attacked and entered a Pakistan air force base, according to Reuters. The target is the Minhas Air Base in the town of Kamra, located around 40 miles outside Islamabad. The attacked is believed to be conducted by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) — reports in the Pakistan press have suggested they were planning attacks in retaliation for upcoming military action. A three hour gun battle is reportedly raging between security guards and attackers.
  • Iran can build an N-bomb by Oct. 1. Cairo coup hampers Israeli action

    08/13/2012 2:28:03 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 19 replies
    DebkaFile ^ | August 13, 2012 | Staff
    At its present rate of enrichment, Iran will have 250 kilograms of 20-percent grade uranium, exactly enough to build its first nuclear bomb, in roughly six weeks, and two-to- four bombs by early 2013, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report. Hence the leak by an unnamed Israeli security source Sunday, Aug. 12, disclosing Iran’s progress in developing the detonator and fuses for a nuclear warhead which can be fitted onto Shehab-3 ballistic missiles capable of reaching Israel. Since 20 percent refined uranium is a short jump to weapons grade fuel, Iran will have the capability and materials for building an...
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki: the reckoning

    08/13/2012 7:59:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 63 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | August 13, 2012 | Dan Jones
    ‘There are no civilians in Japan.” This was the judgment of a US Air Force intelligence report produced before the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during August 1945. The meaning was clear. The global conflict that had raged since 1939 had become a total war. London, Coventry, Berlin, Dresden, Tokyo and many other cities had all suffered “strategic bombing”. The leading participants in the Second World War did not view civilian population as pure collateral. By 1945 they were the principal targets. The bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9 respectively were the...
  • M65 Atomic Cannon ("Atomic Annie")

    08/12/2012 3:45:46 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 61 replies
    US Army Gun, Heavy, Motorized, 280mm, M65 Atomic Annie | 12 August 2012 | Tankograd Technical Manual Series N° 6001
    20 cannons were manufactured from 1951 to 1953. The cannon fired a W9 or W19 nuclear artillery shell with a maximum range of 24-29 miles. 5 Field Artillery Battalions were deployed to the 7th Army in West Germany between October 1953 and April 1954. The units were hosted by the 42nd Field Artillery Group. Each battalion had 3 280mm guns, 30 officers, 7 warrant officers and 401 enlisted men. All of the cannons were retired in December 1963.
  • Iran Could Have Nuclear Weapons Within a Year, Says Expert

    08/02/2012 4:18:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/8/12 | Elad Benari
    Dr. Ephraim Asculai, senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies, said on Thursday that he doubts the sanctions being imposed on Iran will lead its leaders to give up the country's nuclear weapons program. He predicted that Iran could have nuclear weapons within a year. Dr. Asculai told Arutz Sheva that the sanctions imposed so far on Iran, whether by the UN Security Council or by the United States and other Western countries, have yet to have a real effect. “We still do not see that the Iranians are willing to be flexible on critical matters, even...
  • U.S nuclear bomb facility shut [down] after security breach

    08/02/2012 2:46:43 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 13 replies
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | 2 August 2012 | Mark Hosenball
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government's only facility for handling, processing and storing weapons-grade uranium was temporarily shut this week after anti-nuclear activists, including an 82-year-old nun, breached security fences, government officials said on Thursday. WSI Oak Ridge, the contractor responsible for protecting the facility at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is owned by the international security firm G4S, which was at the center of a dispute over security at the London Olympic Games. Officials said that the facility was shut down on Wednesday at least until next week after three activists cut through perimeter fences to reach the outer wall of...
  • Jihadis Online: A Few Thoughts

    07/24/2012 3:24:56 AM PDT · by Cindy · 45 replies
    Society For Internet Research ^ | JULY 5, 2011 | S.O.F.I.R.
    SNIPPET: "I. When considering the matter of jihadis online, remember that most of what we think we know is based on analyses of the comments made by an handful of vocal activists. The vast majority of jihadis online, be they on forums or social networking sites[i], say nothing. Skillful translations and insightful analyses by definition tell us little about this potentially lethal yet silent majority."
  • Russia to get stronger nuclear navy, Putin says

    08/01/2012 1:27:20 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 July 2012 | Gleb Bryanski
    (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin oversaw the start of construction of one of Russia's newest generation submarines on Monday and vowed to boost nuclear naval forces to safeguard the country's position as a leading sea power. Warning that its navy would protect top energy producer Russia's interests in the oil-rich Arctic, Putin led the ceremony to begin building the submarine Prince Vladimir, named after the ruler who founded a precursor state to modern Russia. The vessel is the fourth Borei class submarine, designed to carry one of the country's newest and most powerful intercontinental nuclear missiles, the Bulava, or Mace....
  • Putin Attends Nuclear Sub Ceremony (fourth Borei class sub)

    07/30/2012 5:05:24 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 6 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 30 July 2012 | Staff
    Russian President Vladimir Putin participated on Monday in a ceremony to launch construction of Russia’s fourth Borei-class (Project 955A) ballistic missile submarine. “By 2020, we should have eight Borei-class submarines,” he said. “Two of them - the Alexander Nevsky and one other - are in trials. I am sure the entire project will be implemented.” The ceremony for the boat, the Knyaz Vladimir, was held at Sevmash, Russia’s largest shipyard and sole nuclear submarine maker located in the port city of Severodvinsk on the White Sea. More new-generation warships - both surface ships and submarines - should be built for...
  • Mitt Romney meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (video at link)

    07/29/2012 8:07:19 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 July 2012 | Staff
    US Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agree Israel's greatest danger comes from Iran. The Republican presidential candidate's trip to the region is part of a three-nation foreign tour that has already taken in a somewhat unsuccessful stint in the UK and will finish in Poland, as the Romney campaign team hope to boost their man's foreign policy credentials. Meeting in Mr Netanyahu's office, the Israeli Prime Minister spoke to Mr Romney in front of assembled journalists and photographers. "I have to say that I heard some of your remarks and you said that the...
  • Officials want to turn World War II nuclear-weapon development sites into national parks

    07/29/2012 5:53:01 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 28 July 2012 | Darryl Fears
    Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory was such a well-kept secret during World War II that most Americans still don’t know that it sits off one of busiest highways in the South. Every year, streams of vacationers whiz by the complex that enriched uranium for America’s first atomic bomb project. It’s on the way to Great Smoky Mountains National Park — the most-visited U.S. national park. And every year, right about this time, the city of Oak Ridge, just west of Knoxville on Interstate 40, holds a Secret City Festival, crying out to potential tourists. “They don’t even know we’re here,”...
  • Romney would back Israeli strike against Iran, senior adviser says

    07/29/2012 3:05:01 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 20 replies
    Associated Press/Fox News ^ | 29 July 2012 | Staff
    Mitt Romney would back an Israeli military strike against Iran aimed at preventing Tehran from obtaining nuclear capability, a top foreign policy adviser said early Sunday, outlining the aggressive posture the Republican presidential candidate will take toward Iran in a speech in Israel later in the day. Romney has said he has a "zero tolerance" policy toward Iran obtaining the capability to build a nuclear weapon. "If Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing the capability, the governor would respect that decision," foreign policy adviser Dan Senor told reporters ahead of the...
  • Romney: 'Nuclear Iran Represents the Greatest Threat to the World'

    07/26/2012 6:47:31 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 4 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 26 July 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    In an interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney bluntly states that "A nuclear Iran represents the greatest threat to the world." "I have said in the past and I can reiterate now that it is essential that Iran does not become nuclear," Romney says, according to a transcript of the interview. "A nuclear Iran represents the greatest threat to the world, to the United States and to the very existence of Israel. A nuclear Iran would mean that Hezbollah or other actors would potentially someday be able to secure fissile materials which would threaten the...
  • Kansas man selling 'doomsday' missile silo from nuclear age

    07/25/2012 6:18:02 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 25 replies
    KCTV5 ^ | 24 July 2012 | DeAnn Smith and Alice Barr
    ^^ Video is at the link
  • China'a DF-21D Missile Is A One-Shot Aircraft Carrier Killer

    07/24/2012 9:30:33 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 81 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | July 24, 2012 | Andrew Tarantola
    Since the end of WWII, America's naval might has been undisputed and our aircraft carriers have been its crown jewels. However, the days of dominance could end with China's new DF-21D ballistic missile—the only device on Earth capable of sinking an aircraft carrier—four and a half acres of sovereign US territory—with one shot. VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi0d-eFiGN4&feature=player_embeddedThe DF-21D (Dong-Feng 21 variant D) is the world's first and only anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM). It's a two stage, land-launched missile with a maximum estimated range of 2,700 to 3,000 km. Its single fuel-air explosive warhead packs 200 to 500 kilotons. It was developed by...
  • Japan probes alleged cover-up at nuclear plant

    07/22/2012 5:41:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    AP ^ | 22 Jul. 2012 | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    Japanese authorities are investigating subcontractors on suspicion that they forced workers at the tsunami-hit nuclear plant to underreport the amount of radiation they were exposed to so they could stay on the job longer. Labor officials said Sunday that an investigation had begun over the weekend following media reports of a cover-up at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, which suffered multiple meltdowns following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters. A subcontractor of plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co., or TEPCO, acknowledged having nine workers cover their dosimeters with lead plates late last year so the instrument would indicate a lower...
  • 5 men withstand 1.7 kiloton nuclear explosion

    07/19/2012 7:42:23 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 37 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3 November 2011 | atomcentral
    ^^ The link
  • Germany counts the costs as it buries nuclear past

    07/17/2012 6:21:23 PM PDT · by NCjim · 11 replies
    SwissInfo ^ | July 17, 2012 | Christoph Steitz and Tom Käckenhoff
    <p>WUERGASSEN, Germany (Reuters) - Peter Klimmek has spent his entire career at a nuclear plant in Germany. Next year, he will retire -- just months before his workplace does.</p> <p>The nuclear plant in the small and remote village of Wuergassen, halfway between Frankfurt and Hamburg, has been Klimmek's passion for the past 37 years.</p>