Something Spotted In A Satellite Picture Could Totally Change The Iran Nuke Debate

New satellite images indicate Iran may be trying to scrub evidence of its activities at one of its most controversial military sites ahead of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspection in the fall.

Recent photographs of the Parchin military complex – long believed by intelligence experts to be the site of Iranian nuclear weapons experiments – shows an increase in activity since the nuclear deal was signed.

“David Albright, the president of the Institute for Science and International Security, obtained a commercially available image of the Parchin site taken by satellites on July 26 that shows renewed activity at the Parchin site. He told us there are two new large vehicles, alterations ongoing to roofs of two of the buildings and new structures near two of the buildings,” according to Bloomberg View.

“You have to worry that this could be an attempt by Iran to defeat the sampling, that it’s Iran’s last-ditch effort to eradicate evidence there,” he said. “The day is coming when they are going to have to let the IAEA into Parchin, so they may be desperate to finish sanitizing the site.”

PARCHIN MILITARY COMPLEX, IRAN - JULY 26, 2015:  Institute for Science and International Security analysis using DigitalGlobe imagery is showing renewed activity at a site at the Parchin military complex that has been linked to high explosive work related to the development of nuclear weapons.  Photo DigitalGlobe/ISIS via Getty Images.

PARCHIN MILITARY COMPLEX, IRAN – JULY 26, 2015:  Image Credit: DigitalGlobe

The IAEA and Iran have negotiated a secret “side deal” regarding the past military dimensions of the nation’s nuclear program. The deal requires Iran to give the IAEA access to Parchin no later than October 15. The two side deals have become one of the points of contention among members of Congress, who have 60 days to review the Iranian nuclear deal.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has introduced legislation for the clock not to start on review of the Iran deal until Congress has knowledge of what the side deals entail.

Regarding the new satellite imagery, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said on Tuesday: “I am familiar with it. I think it’s up to the administration to draw their conclusions. Hopefully this is something they will speak on, since it is in many ways verified by commercial imagery. And their actions seem to be against the grain of the agreement.”

A senior intelligence official, when asked about the satellite imagery, told Bloomberg View that the IAEA “was also familiar with what he called ‘sanitization efforts’ since the deal was reached in Vienna, but that the U.S. government and its allies had confidence that the IAEA had the technical means to detect past nuclear work anyway.”

Secretary of State John Kerry has stated that the United States has “absolute knowledge” about what Iran has done in the past, but lawmakers lack that confidence.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said on Tuesday that Iran’s apparent activity at Parchin may not technically be a violation of the overall deal, but calls into question how forthright the nation will be in revealing the full extent of its past nuclear activities.

“The intel briefing [from the Obama administration regarding Parchin] was troubling to me…some of the things that are happening, especially happening in such a blatant way,” he said. “Iran is going to know that we know.”

Democratic Senator Chris Coons, D-Del., a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said on Tuesday that what Iran is doing at Parchin is one of the reasons he is undecided on the overall deal.

“I have concerns about the vigorous efforts by Iran to sanitize Parchin,” he stated. “I’ve gotten some reassurance about how difficult it is for them to effectively conceal what we know to have been their illicit nuclear weapons developments there.”

As reported by Western Journalism, Congress has 60 days to review the deal, with a vote anticipated in September. The Republican majority is expected to reject it, but will need 44 Democrats in the House and 13 in the Senate to override President Obama’s promised veto.

Some Democrats in the House and Senate have already come out against the deal, including Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), who is slated to be the party’s next senate leader and is perhaps the most prominent Jewish-American lawmaker. Fellow Jewish Democrat Reps. Eliot Engel, Steve Israel, Nita Lowey (all from New York), and Rep. Ted Deutch (Fla.) have also said they oppose the deal. Additionally, Democrat Reps. Juan Vargas (Ca.) and Grace Meng (N.Y.) will vote against it.

A new Quinnipiac poll finds that Americans oppose the deal by a margin of 2-to-1 (57-28 percent). It garners lukewarm support from Democrats (52 percent for to 32 opposed) and strong opposition from Republicans (86 to 3 percent) and independent voters (55 to 29 percent).

h/t: Breitbart

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EXPOSED: Obama Administration Hides Crucial Information On Nuke Deal As Iran Refuses To Cooperate With IAEA Again

On Wednesday, Western Journalism reported how the U.S. Administration is using half-truths and outright lies to sell the Iran deal to Congress and the American public.

Today, new information became accessible that shows the administration deliberately hides important information about the deal from the public and Congress.

A question and answer session in the Senate Banking Committee focused on the secret side deals that have been worked out between Iran and the IAEA. The administration says it can’t provide the documents to Congress because they don’t have them, and they don’t have them because they can’t get them. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a previous hearing that he didn’t even know if anyone in the administration had read the documents, that “it’s possible (US Chief Negotiator) Wendy Sherman may have,” but that he definitely had not. Today, Sherman told senators that she hadn’t seen the final copies either, though she had seen some rough drafts.

The so-called side deals consist of documents that are part of a ‘roadmap’ that addresses key concerns about any prior work on a nuclear weapon by Iran. Iran needs to come clean on this so that the IAEA can determine how close Iran is to obtaining a nuclear weapon.

In fact, it is about two documents. One of these documents is about the arrangements on Iran’s past weaponization work; and the other deals with IAEA inspections of Parchin, the military base where Iran is suspected of having conducted tests with detonators for nuclear warheads. Last week, after a classified briefing, Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark, and Congressman Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., revealed that under the arrangements in one of the side deals, Iran would not grant access to IAEA inspectors at Parchin but instead would take its own samples and send them to the IAEA for investigation.

The senator and congressman had received this information from IAEA officials but had not seen the documents. Apparently the Senate Banking Committee now wants to see the documents, but the administration says it can’t get them.

Not true, says former IAEA inspector Olli Heinonen. He wrote to Business Insider in an e-mail:  

IAEA rules and practices dictate that the IAEA secretariat cannot disclose its agreements to other member states on its own initiative. But there are ways for U.S. diplomats to access them.

Another form of manipulation by the White House that aims to hide important details of the deal from the public was revealed by The Daily Beast. The administration deliberately mixes classified and unclassified information into documents so that lawmakers and their staff cannot make them public.

The Obama administration delivered 18 documents to Congress on July 19, in accordance with legislation requiring a congressional review of the nuclear deal. Only one of these documents is classified, while the remaining 17 are unclassified.

Yet many of these unclassified documents cannot be shared with the public or discussed openly with the press. The protocol for handling these documents, set by the State Department and carried out by Congress, is that these unreleased documents can only be reviewed ‘in camera’—a Latin term that means only those with special clearance can read them—and must be held in various congressional SCIFs.

Most staffers were hesitant to discuss—let alone share—a number of these documents, even though they’re not classified, because they require security clearances to view. By mixing a classified document with unclassified documents, critics of this arrangement contend, important facts are being kept from the public just as Congress is deciding whether to support or oppose the Iran deal.

The Daily Beast interviewed a Senate aide who said: “This is the administration that once said it would be the most transparent administration in history. They’re not acting like it.”

There was more devastating news today about the crucial IAEA investigation into the possible military dimensions (PMD) of Iran’s nuclear program under the deal.

The Wall Street Journal reported that after refusing to grant the IAEA access to military sites like Parchin, the regime in Tehran also refuses access to scientists and others who are working on the nuclear program.

IAEA director-general Yukiya Amano said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that Iran “still hasn’t agreed to let Mr. (Mohsen) Fakhrizadeh or other Iranian military officers and nuclear scientists help the IAEA complete its investigation.”

“We don’t know yet if someone who has a different name to Fakhrizadeh can clarify our issues, that is fine with us,” Amano said about the agency’s requests for interviews with Iranian scientists.

The access to PMD sites and the scientists has become increasingly crucial after the administration folded on demands that would have physically precluded the Iranians from cheating: dismantling centrifuges, shuttering facilities, and so on. All the administration had left after these collapses was the claim that verification would catch the Iranians as they cheat, and resolving PMDs is a prerequisite to a robust verification regime.

Administration officials have always said that this issue must be solved.

John Kerry, for example, said in April of this year about the unlimited access for inspections and verifications: “They have to do it. It will be done. If there’s going to be a deal; it will be done.”

State Department spokesman John Kirby said in June 2015: “We have to resolve our questions about it with specificity. Access is very, very critical. It’s always been critical from day one; it remains critical.”

So it is clear that even the administration’s officials acknowledged: no access means, no reliable verification regime.

Numerous experts have said that this is one of the most important elements of the nuclear deal.

Former IAEA inspector David Albright said in November last year:

A prerequisite for any comprehensive agreement is for the IAEA to know when Iran sought nuclear weapons, how far it got, what types it sought to develop, and how and where it did this work. Was this weapons capability just put on the shelf, waiting to be quickly restarted? The IAEA needs a good baseline of Iran’s military nuclear activities, including the manufacturing of equipment for the program and any weaponization related studies, equipment, and locations. The IAEA needs this information to design a verification regime… Without information about past military nuclear work, it cannot know where to go and who to speak to.

In May 2015, he addressed the issue again:

It is critical to know whether the Islamic Republic had a nuclear-weapons program in the past, how far the work on warheads advanced and whether it continues. Without clear answers to these questions, outsiders will be unable to determine how fast the Iranian regime could construct either a crude nuclear-test device or a deliverable weapon if it chose to renege on an agreement.

Today, it became clear that apart from blocking IAEA access to military sites and nuclear scientists, Iran is again destroying evidence of its past nuclear activities at Parchin.

“The U.S. intelligence community has informed Congress of evidence that Iran was sanitizing its suspected nuclear military site at Parchin, in broad daylight, days after agreeing to a nuclear deal with world powers… Intelligence officials and lawmakers who have seen the new evidence, which is still classified, told us that satellite imagery picked up by U.S. government assets in mid- and late July showed that Iran had moved bulldozers and other heavy machinery to the Parchin site and that the U.S. intelligence community concluded with high confidence that the Iranian government was working to clean up the site ahead of planned inspections by the IAEA,” Bloomberg reported

Iranian state-funded Press TV reported that Iranian officials at the UN had dismissed the report as “ridiculous.” The officials claimed that the heavy machinery in the vicinity of Parchin visible on satellite images was used to build a road near the complex.

The Iranians then made things even worse when they claimed that Parchin has already been inspected by the IAEA. It was a lie that made clear Iran has not changed its ways and continues to cheat on its nuclear program.

Omri Ceren contributed to this report

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Shock Claim: See Why Krauthammer Just Demolished ‘Delusional’ Obama With 3 Stunning Words

Syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer has never been one to shy away from criticizing President Obama for what he does and what he says. Many times in print and on TV, Krauthammer has called out Obama; so it’s certainly worth noting when the commentator cites what he claims is a “new low” for the president with whom he so frequently and passionately finds fault.

And the focus of Krauthammer’s charge in an appearance on The Kelly File Wednesday night was certainly a stunning moment of demonization in Obama speech-making — the president’s claim in a major speech in defense of his Iran nuke deal that directly compared Republicans in Congress with terror-sponsoring hardliners in Tehran.

Western Journalism pointed out the jaw-dropping charge by a president seemingly so desperate to make his case for congressional approval of the deal that he would resort to such a shocking insult, accusing his critics in Congress of being aligned with America’s declared enemy. Of course, it must be pointed out that Obama chose to target his GOP critics, ignoring the fact that many prominent Democrats in Congress are also lining up against the nuclear pact.

Another nation threatened by the Iranian regime, of course, is Israel. That country’s top official has reacted to Obama’s pro-deal enthusiasm with the same sort of outrage and indignation shown by some GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill after Wednesday’s attack on them by the president. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that when the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, agrees with thousands of Iranians as they chant “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” he and they should be taken seriously.

Krauthammer also believes the Iranian extremists — including the Muslim nation’s radical leadership — should be taken seriously when they repeatedly call for the destruction of the United States and its most loyal Middle East ally. Speaking with Megyn Kelly Wednesday night, “The Hammer” ripped into Obama for refusing to acknowledge that the mullahs in Iran are themselves hardliners who lead the “death” chants.

Krauthammer said Obama is both divisive and “delusional” as he explained why the president’s comparing “Death to America” Iranian hardliners with Republicans in Congress who oppose his Iran nuke deal is a “new low” for Obama’s presidency. You can watch the powerful Krauthammer interview by clicking on the video above.

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Look How Kerry And Obama Got Caught In Their Own Lies While Selling Iran Nuke Deal

A couple of hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu spoke to American Jews via a live webcast on Tuesday, President Obama met with Jewish leaders in the White House to sell the Iran nuke deal.

According to some present at the meeting, Obama behaved like a lawyer for Iran and said that a Congressional rejection of the nuclear agreement would lead to a war in which Iran would use asymmetrical warfare. The President also warned that rejection of the deal would lead to rockets on Tel Aviv.

“They will fight this asymmetrically. That means more support for terrorism, more Hezbollah rockets falling on Tel Aviv, I can assure that Israel will bear the brunt of the asymmetrical response that Iran will have to a military strike on its nuclear facilities,” Obama was quoted as saying.

In Obama’s thinking, the only alternative to the current deal is war because the regime in Iran would not return to the negotiation table to discuss changes in the deal. Opponents of the deal would then pressure the administration to launch a military strike on Iran–and that would be answered by Iranian rockets on Tel Aviv, the President argued.

The notion of war as the only alternative to the Vienna agreement has been rejected by Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders who say that the alternative to this deal is a much better deal. Netanyahu said yesterday that the current deal will bring war with Iran.

“This deal will bring war Iran can keep the deal or Iran can cheat on the deal either way, it will have the bomb, hundreds of bombs,” Netanyahu said.  He also said Iran has been building intercontinental ballistic missiles in order “to hit you,” not Israel.

Obama claimed during the meeting in the White House that the critics of the deal are the same ones who proposed the U.S. should go to war with Iraq over its alleged arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in 2002 and 2003. He singled out Netanyahu as one of these critics and noted that the Israeli PM was in favor of an American invasion of Iraq and now vehemently opposes the deal with Iran.

Obama said that he was ready to meet Netanyahu to discuss “in more than general terms” an increase of military assistance to Israel after the acceptance of the agreement. Netanyahu has ridiculed this proposal and argues that if the agreement is a good deal that will make the Middle East more secure (as Obama claims), there would be no need for an upgrade in US military assistance to Israel.

The President also complained about the AIPAC campaign against the deal and said that the lobby group used incorrect fact sheets last Friday during meetings with members of Congress. He had to spend 45 minutes with each congressman to dispute the claims in the AIPAC factsheet, the president said.

Today, Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry stepped up their campaign to sell the deal to Congress and the American public.

The President delivered an address at American University in which he claimed that the whole world has expressed support for the deal with Iran except for Israel. This claim was immediately refuted by Ehud Yari, the Middle East expert of Israeli Channel 2, who said that Obama knows that all the Arab Gulf States and other Arab countries in the region oppose the deal.

The President also made light of the frequent chants during recent manifestations in Iran in which the masses called for the destruction of Israel and the United States.

Here’s what he said:

Just because hardliners chant death to America doesn’t mean that’s what all Iranians believe. Those hardliners have been opposed to the deal. They’re making common cause with the Republican caucus.

The majority of the Iranian people have powerful incentives to urge their government to move in another direction. We should offer them that chance, that opportunity.

It should be noted that the “death to America” chanting is encouraged by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Al Khamenei, who recently praised the Iranian masses for the chants and even participated in them.

It is also unclear what Obama meant by saying that the Iranian people should be given the chance “to urge their government to move in another direction.” In 2009, the Iranian people voted for another direction and took to the streets when the regime denied them the reforms they wanted. The U.S. administration, however, remained passive when the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps violently oppressed the popular uprising.

Meanwhile, Kerry succeeded in drawing the ire of many in Israel today when he downplayed Iran’s repeated desire to destroy Israel.

In an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, Kerry said that while “they have a fundamental ideological confrontation with Israel at this particular moment” that doesn’t necessarily mean “that translates into active steps.”

He then claimed that Iran has not yet ordered Hezbollah to use its arsenal of 80,000 missiles in Lebanon against Israel.

This claim too was factually incorrect. In his new published book, Palestine, Ayatollah Khamenei boasted that it was Iran that ordered Hezbollah and Hamas to start a missile war against Israel in 2006 and the summer of 2014.

The book lays out Khamenei’s vision of the slow but total annihilation of Israel, as Western Journalism reported on Monday.

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Watch: John Kerry Gets Asked Very Simple Question About Iran Deal, Gives Very Scary Answer

While testifying before the House Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday concerning the Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a response to a congressman’s question that raised red flags for some.

When Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., pressed Kerry on whether or not he would follow the “law” if Congress decided to override a presidential veto to block the Iran deal, Kerry was non-committal, TheBlaze reports.

“Will you follow the law even though you think it violates this agreement clearly and even if you think it’s absolutely terrible policy?” Sherman asked.

“I can’t begin to answer that at this point without consulting with the president and determining what the circumstances are,” Kerry responded.

“So you’re not committed to following the law?” the Democrat said.

“No, I said I’m not going to deal with a hypothetical, that’s all,” Kerry shot back.

The future of the Iran nuclear deal in Congress is uncertain, with members from both parties voicing major concerns.

The Associated Press reports that “Congress is expected to vote in September to prevent Obama from lifting sanctions imposed previously by lawmakers, a step that would likely cause Iran to walk away from the agreement.”

Obama has promised to veto any bill along those lines, meaning those opposed to the deal will need a two-thirds majority in both houses to override his objections and keep the economic sanctions in place.

In today’s hearing, California Republican Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, called the deal “a financial windfall” for Iran, “a cash bonanza, a boost to its international standing, and a lighted path toward nuclear weapons,” according to NBC News.

“This deal guts the sanctions web that is putting intense pressure on Iran. Virtually all economic, financial, and energy sanctions disappear. And where does all that money go? To the largest terror network on earth,” Royce said in his opening statement.

Royce later asked Kerry: “So when I look at this and I see that Iran’s neighbors who know it the best, trust it the least I just ask …we are presuming Iran is going to change its behavior?”

“No we’re not,” Kerry responded.

Apart from Royce, the panel’s senior Democrat expressed reservations about the plan. Rep. Eliot Engel of New York said he has “serious questions and concerns about this deal.”

“Engel is a strong supporter of Israel, which vociferously opposes the deal. Iran has said it wants to wipe out Israel,” according to the Blaze.

As reported by Western Journalism, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has called the deal a “stunning, historic mistake.” The Israeli leader listed three troubling aspects of the agreement in an interview with NBC News:

  1. It lifts economic sanctions against the rogue regime, allowing hundreds of billions of dollars to flow into Iran.
  2. It keeps Iran’s nuclear infrastructure in place.
  3. It gives Iran 24 days to respond to any inspection of facilities by the U.N.

Congress began its 60 day review of the deal on July 20.

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