deja vu all over again...
An Iranian exile group accused Tehran on Tuesday of pursuing efforts to develop nuclear weapons, dismissing as incomplete a U.S. intelligence report that Iran's nuclear arms program was frozen in 2003.remember how we were set up by this group...?
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which first exposed Iran's nuclear fuel program in 2002, said it published information three years ago alleging that Tehran had restarted weapons-related work after a short break.
NCRI officials said they checked back with sources inside Iran after the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) was released, and those informants reported that work on nuclear weapons was still being pursued at three sites.
and this man...?
The Iraqi National Congress (INC) was created at the behest of the U.S. government for the purpose of fomenting the overthrow of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. The INC has been funded since 1992. An unnamed INC offical told the New York Times in 2004 that INC had received $27 million in the last four years. .
In May 1991, following the end of Operation Desert Storm, then-President George H.W. Bush signed a presidential finding directing the CIA to create the conditions for Hussein's removal. The hope was that members of the Iraqi military would turn on Hussein and stage a military coup. The CIA did not have the mechanisms in place to make that happen, so they hired the Rendon Group, a PR firm run by John Rendon, to run a covert anti-Saddam propaganda campaign.
- "The Iraqi National Congress, and its most famous spokesperson Ahmad Chalabi, are entirely the creation of a media strategy company (Rendon Group) doing the bidding of the United States government." 
so, why would we want to pay the slightest bit of attention to THESE people...?
Dr. Ahmed Chalabi (also spelled "Ahmad") is part of a three-man leadership council for the Iraqi opposition group, the Iraqi National Congress (INC), which was created at the behest of the U.S. government for the purpose of fomenting the overthrow of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Chalabi, a secular Iraqi Shiite Muslim and mathematician by training, previously served as chairman of the Petra Bank in Jordan, where he engaged in various cloak-and-dagger operations that ended abruptly in August 1989 when he fled the country "under mysterious circumstances" and in 1992 was convicted in absentia for embezzlement, fraud and currency-trading irregularities, sentencing him to 22 years' hard labour. ,
putting any credence in the "intelligence" of groups like this is absurd... if you ask cheney if the u.s. should bomb iran, what is he going to say...? if you ask israel if the u.s. should bomb iran, what do you think they will say...? when the NCRI (Iraq version) was asked if the u.s. should attack and overthrow saddam, what do you think they said...? if you ask the ncri (iran version) if we should attack iran and overthrow the current regime, what do you think they will say...? the fact that the iran ncri, despite the fact that the u.s. has declared them a "specially designated global terrorist" organization, is being given prime u.s. media space to air their own version of "intelligence," suggests to me the level of desperation of the bush administration... why else would be be seeing an effort, once again, to establish a basis for an attack on iran... it must really suck to be them...
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) was founded in 1981 in Tehran upon the initiative of Massoud Rajavi (Leader of the Iranian Resistance) and is closely linked to the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK); according to their website the NCRI "is the parliament-in-exile of the Iranian Resistance."
- "The NCRI is a broad-based political coalition comprising five opposition political organizations and parties and more than 550 well-known political, cultural and social figures, specialists, artists, intellectuals, sports champions, scientists, and military officers.
- "Every part of the spectrum of Iran's social and political mosaic is represented in the NCRI, including those of religious, secular, liberal and nationalist persuasions, as well as the representatives of ethnic minorities, namely Kurds, Baluchis, Turkmens, and Arabs, Sunni Moslems, and members of smaller religious communities, such as Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians. Half of the members of the NCRI are women." 
In its two-day plenary session in November 2002, NCRI adopted a plan to form the "National Solidarity Front to Overthrow Religious Dictatorship in Iran." :The front was designed as a platform to encompass all Iranian republicans who "are campaigning for a democratic, independent and secular regime." 
In August 1993, the NCRI unanimously elected Mrs. Maryam Rajavi as President.  (She is now president elect)
The President and official spokesman of the National Council of Resistance is Massoud Rajavi. 
In 1992 Mohammad Mohaddessin was assigned chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance, a post he has held ever since. 
On August 15, 2003, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) to the Specially Designated Global Terrorist list.
Labels: Ahmad Chalabi, George Bush, Iran, Iran war planning, National Intelligence Estimate, NCRI (Iran), NCRI (Iraq), nuclear weapons
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