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A Bush in Obama's Clothing? UPDATE: Qom Site Clean

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At the last meeting of the antidemocratic Group of 20 (G20) in Pittsburgh on September 25th, 2009, US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy - the leaders of three of the four countries conspiring to attack Iran - announced to the world that they had exposed a "secret Iranian nuclear installation", an enrichment site called Fordo in the city of Qom that proved the country was engaged in deceptive and nefarious activities. They falsely claimed that Iran had violated its obligations under the NNPT, and demanded that Iran respect the law "or face the consequences".

Obama accuses Iran of building secret nuclear plant

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http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSSUM00011520090925

The media that dutifully parroted the same sort of lies about Iraq from Bush and his few "allies" repeated these hysterical claims without question, failing to ascertain or mention that the week previous, Iran had informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN's nuclear watchdog, about the site at Qom, and not only that, had made it a part of its new agreement with the IAEA, which allows for full inspections and permanent monitoring of the entire atomic energy program. Both actions exceeded the country's legal obligations.

This episode proved that these politicians - like their predecessors - are willing to deceive the public in order to push us closer to war, and that the same media that not long ago apologized for the "mistakes" it made in the run-up to the Iraq war would once again act as a willing conduit for the lies emanating from the Extremists who've created the illusion of this crisis for the sole purpose of starting another senseless war of aggression.

Although these revelations did finally come out, the media did nothing to address its earlier failing, instead simply adjusting its wording in future reports - that remained just ambiguous enough to continue the deception - and acted as if the episode simply had never taken place.

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When the IAEA's report on Qom was finally released to the IAEA Board, the Associated Press, and those media outlets that either regurgitate its stories reacted with hysterical headlines like these:

"Iran's nuclear secrecy concerns UN watchdog"

http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2009/11/16/iran-nuclear.html

"Official warns Iran may start enriching uranium in 2011"

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/official-warns-iran-may-start-enriching-uranium-in-2011/article1364875/

If you didn't read the stories, and only glanced at the headlines - or even if you did read them, but failed to pay close attention - you wouldn't know that these fears came not from the report itself, but rather, from an "unnamed Western/senior international official" claiming that the report stated "Fordo's capacity was enough to produce a little more than a tonne of enriched uranium annually, too little to fuel a nuclear plant but enough for a nuclear warhead".

Sounds pretty scary ...

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However, those media outlets that held the story until they had actually read the report found that it said quite the opposite, and the IAEA Chief himself, Mohamed ElBaradei said that,although some technical equipment had been moved, there was virtually nothing there and that it was "nothing to be worried about". This is the same man who has repeatedly called the Iranian nuclear threat "hyped" (had his phones tapped by the US Government, and his post threatened by the Israeli Government) but has gone largely ignored by the press.

Despite being the world's current go-to guy on all nuclear matters ...

Confirming what former weapons inspector Scott Ritter offered as the most likely scenario when the story first broke in September (sadly ignored by 99% of the press), ElBaradei and the IAEA found that the site had been constructed as a way of protecting vital elements of the economically-vital energy program in the event of an attack by Israel or the United States.

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