Sunday, April 9, 2006

Plame, Iran, Nuclear Weapons, US Safety

Who's Sorry Now?

We hope that all Americans are alarmed at the deteriorating state of our national security as a direct result of the untreated alcoholic, the "one-shot" VP, the NeoConArtists bent on some sort of apocolyptic version of a Second Coming, and/or "We-own-the-oil-so-there" scenario.

Just a Reminder - The American news media still insists that it's "no big deal" to out a covert CIA operative (isn't there a law against that - something people are being investigated for...duh). At any rate,
as the IranMania drum beat gets louder and more serious (Sy Hersh's The Iran Plans here), we thought it would be helpful to remind our readers that Valerie Plame was apparently deeply involved in undercover Iran-Watch - the ability to monitor and track the goings-on inside Iran. From The Washington Note:

"An important and provocative report has just been published that suggests that Iran was the target of much of Valerie Plame's covert investigative work and that outing her identity had far worse consequences than has thus far been acknowledged.
This information also dovetails with information TWN has been digging up on Iran's interests in Niger uranium.
Raw Story has just published this piece by Larisa Alexandrovna.
The core of the article is:
The unmasking of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson by White House officials in 2003 caused significant damage to U.S. national security and its ability to counter nuclear proliferation abroad, RAW STORY has learned.
According to current and former intelligence officials, Plame Wilson, who worked on the clandestine side of the CIA in the Directorate of Operations as a non-official cover (NOC) officer, was part of an operation tracking distribution and acquisition of weapons of mass destruction technology to and from Iran.
Speaking under strict confidentiality, intelligence officials revealed heretofore unreported elements of Plame's work. Their accounts suggest that Plame's outing was more serious than has previously been reported and carries grave implications for U.S. national security and its ability to monitor Iran's burgeoning nuclear program.
While many have speculated that Plame was involved in monitoring the nuclear proliferation black market, specifically the proliferation activities of Pakistan's nuclear "father," A.Q. Khan, intelligence sources say that her team provided only minimal support in that area, focusing almost entirely on Iran.
This is rather huge news.