In June of 2004, a neo-crazy media sycophant at
reported that unidentified "diplomats and nuclear experts" had told
him that "an experimental high-tech intelligence technique developed by
the United States" had detected what sounded like the whine of gas-centrifuges,
spinning at supersonic speeds, operating "somewhere" in Syria.
Furthermore, the unidentified "diplomats" had told him such gas-centrifuges,
operating supersonically, in cascades, are effectively required in order to
enrich large quantities of uranium to weapons-grade quality, and "could
only have come from" the AQ Khan network.
(It is, perhaps, possible that Bonkers Bolton was not one of the unidentified
"diplomats" telling these outrageous tales.)
True, metallurgist AQ Khan had returned to Pakistan in 1978, with stolen Urenco
industrial secrets, and established a uranium-enrichment program at Kahuta,
based upon his P-1 gas-centrifuge, a modification of Urenco's first generation,
subsonic aluminum-rotor design.
But Khan had trouble producing aluminum rotors which would pass even the subsonic
reliability "spin" test.
So, in the 1990s, Khan developed the P-2, his modification of Urenco's second-generation
design, which had maraging steel rotors, capable of sustained operation at supersonic
According to Jane's
Defense Weekly, by the time Pakistan held its first international arms
bazaar in 2000, there was available at the booth of Khan Research Laboratories
a brochure for the KRL-developed second-generation, supersonic, maraging steel
rotor P-2, as well as an associated 10-page catalog of specialty vacuum pumps,
gauges, high-voltage switches, power supplies, and other equipment.
According to KRL representatives, all the listed items were available for sale
and had been approved for export by the Pakistan government.
And, by the time of the high-pitched whine in Syria, Iran had signed – and
begun complying with in advance of its ratification – an Additional Protocol
to its Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Hence,
Iran voluntarily shared with Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei its nuclear
acquisition records, which included – in addition to all the P-1 aluminum-rotor
junk – some P-2 components and design information.
ElBaradei was very interested to know everything possible about what Iran had
done with those P-2 designs/components. The Iranians claimed that they turned
them over, circa 1995, to a private-sector entity in Tehran, who got nowhere
because he was unable to obtain (because of U.S. sanctions on Iran) any maraging
steel with which to fabricate the rotors.
But, last week an unidentified "diplomat" told another Reuters neo-crazy
media sycophant (Heinrich),
Iran is now mechanically testing – not yet having introduced into them any uranium-hexafluoride
feedstock – upgraded P-2 supersonic gas centrifuges, reportedly employing third-generation
"composite" rotors, at its Natanz plant.
ElBaradei is expected to report the details – voluntarily provided him by the
Iranians – of the Iranian P-2 research and development program to the IAEA Board
of Governors later this month.
Okay, now back to Syria.
The Israelis apparently were unable to find, in 2004, whatever it was that
was alleged to be somewhere in Syria, giving off a high-pitched whine.
But, according to Seymour
"Sometime after midnight on September 6, 2007, at least four low-flying
Israeli Air Force fighters crossed into Syrian airspace and carried out a secret
bombing mission on the banks of the Euphrates River, about ninety miles north
of the Iraq border. The seemingly unprovoked bombing, which came after months
of heightened tension between Israel and Syria over military exercises and troop
buildups by both sides along the Golan Heights, was, by almost any definition,
an act of war."
Hersh spent the next three months, attempting to find out what was bombed and
why – making several trips to Syria and Israel, interviewing military, intelligence
and other government officials in both those countries, and in the United States.
Within weeks of the disclosure by the Syrians of the seemingly unprovoked bombing,
neo-crazy media sycophants at the New
York Times and the Washington
Post were "reporting" that U.S. and Israeli officials had
concluded that the North Koreans were constructing at the site a weapons-grade
plutonium-producing nuclear reactor – similar to the one constructed for the
Koreans by the Soviets at Yongbyon.
Someone apparently then commissioned David Albright (who claims to be a "physicist"
and a former "UN inspector" in Iraq) to "analyze" the satelitte
photo-imagery of a 2000 square kilometer area of Syria, in an attempt to identify
a site that was consistent with the earlier Times and Post nuclear-reactor
"The fact that we independently found this site by searching for a reactor
either is one of the world's most remarkable coincidences or is further evidence
that the site could be a reactor."
However, ElBaradei insists
"Our [IAEA] experts who have carefully analyzed the satellite imagery
say it is unlikely that this building was a nuclear facility."
Nevertheless, Hersh reports that;
"On October 3rd, the London Spectator, citing much of the same
information, published an overheated account of the September 6th raid, claiming
that it 'may have saved the world from a devastating threat,' and that 'a very
senior British ministerial source' had warned, 'If people had known how close
we came to World War Three that day there'd have been mass panic.'
"However, in three months of reporting for this article, I was repeatedly
told by current and former intelligence, diplomatic, and congressional officials
that they were not aware of any solid evidence of ongoing nuclear-weapons programs
Now, Albright has taken
issue with Hersh's article, claiming that he took one quote "out of
its original context," and used it to imply that Albright had "backed
away" from his original identification of the site as almost certainly
a nuclear reactor under construction.
But, Albright did not take issue with Hersh's attribution of this absolutely
mind- blowing quote to Albright;
"I can understand the Israeli point of view, given the history with Iran
"Both nations had nuclear-weapons programs and, after being caught cheating,
declared their reactors to be civil reactors, for peacetime use.
"The international groups, like the U.N. and the I.A.E.A, never shut them
Both Algeria and Iran had nuclear weapons programs?
Involving IAEA-Safeguarded nuclear reactors?
Both were "caught cheating"?
Caught doing what?
Caught by whom?
One last question: did Bonkers Bolton commission Albright's search for that
Syrian "reactor" site?