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May 7, 2009

VOA video: Iran engagement in the US Senate

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If you’ve followed the coverage of yesterday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Iran, you might have seen reports like this:

Time running out to stop Iran nuclear pursuit, investigator says

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A man who spearheaded financial investigations of Iran said Wednesday the Islamic republic is “deadly serious” about developing nuclear weapons and long-range missiles — and there’s not much time to stop it before it does.

How exactly does a financial investigator know that Iran is “deadly serious” about developing missile technology and nuclear weapons?  Shouldn’t we be listening more to people who are actually in the field of missile proliferation and nuclear technology?
I mean, I’m sure he’s very knowledgeable about Iran sanctions, and the activities of groups like the Alavi Foundation which had its offices seized last year by the Feds…but is it really prudent to disregard the recently upheld consensus opinion of all 16 federal intelligence agencies because the man in charge of financial investigations against Iran says they’re developing nukes?
Sorry.  My rant for the day.  (Artin started it.)

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