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Wayne Masden Report
"On September 24, 2007, WMR reported the following, "WMR has learned from U.S. and foreign intelligence sources that the B-52 transporting six stealth AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missiles, each armed with a W-80-1 nuclear warhead, on August 30, were destined for the Middle East via Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
However, elements of the Air Force, supported by U.S. intelligence agency personnel, successfully revealed the ultimate destination of the nuclear weapons and the mission was aborted due to internal opposition within the Air Force and U.S. Intelligence Community."
The National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran was revised in August this year, the same month that the Air Force aborted the nuclear mission that may have led to a nuclear strike on Iranian targets. President George Bush said it was in August that Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell first told him that there was some radically new intelligence in the NIE: that Iran scrapped its nuclear weapons program in the autumn of 2003.
US intelligence and top level Pentagon brass, aware of the new NIE and the neocon plans to move to the Middle East nuclear weapons destined for an Iran attack, quickly stepped in to prevent what Bush referred to in an October 17, 2007, speech: "World War III."
The word around the Beltway is that when Bush began talking about World War III and continued to discuss Iran options with traitorous neocons like Norman Podhoretz, the intelligence community and Pentagon brass decided to act once again, by threatening to leak the new classified NIE and face the consequences.
The neocons are now on a vendetta against the principal authors of the NIE, veteran intelligence officers Dr. Thomas Fingar, the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis; Vann Van Diepen, the National Intelligence Officer for weapons of mass destruction; and Kenneth Brill, former US ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
We are witnessing the same neocon tactic used against CIA counter-proliferation agent Valerie Plame Wilson and her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson. The neocons are suggesting that some of the new intelligence on Iran's nuclear weapons program cessation came from General Ali Reza Asgari, a former Iranian deputy Defense Minister and Revolutionary Guard commander who disappeared from an Istanbul hotel on February 7, 2007, in what may have been an effort to salvage an the remains of an intelligence network compromised by the neocons' outing of Plame.
The neocons are also dangerously attacking signals intelligence (SIGINT) intercepts of Iranian communications by the National Security Agency (NSA) and its British counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). Some neocon quarters are suggesting SIGINT analysts, like CIA human intelligence analysts, are acting for political reasons. WMR has, in the past, reported extensively on the retribution meted out to NSA analysts who produced intelligence reports at odds with the neocon propaganda emanating from Vice President Dick Cheney's office and his coterie of pro-Israeli operatives resident at various Washington "think tanks."
The disclosure of the NIE, like the decision countermanding the order to move nuclear weapons to the Middle East, represents what has been termed a "counter-coup" by the U.S. military and intelligence community. The neocons have every reason to be concerned: there are those in the government and military who would like nothing more than to see the leading neocons and their ilk purged from the government and never again pose a threat to the national security of the United States."