September 27, 2007
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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.
Yesterday, the Washington Post attempted to explain away the fact
that America's nuclear command and control system broke down in an
unprecedented manner by reporting that it was the result of
"security failures at multiple levels."
It is now apparent that the
command and control breakdown, reported as a BENT SPEAR incident to
the Secretary of Defense and White House, was not the result of a
command and control chain-of-command "failures" but the result of a
revolt and push back by various echelons within the Air Force and
intelligence agencies against a planned U.S. attack on Iran using
nuclear and conventional weapons.
The Washington Post story on BENT SPEAR may have actually been an
effort in damage control by the Bush administration. WMR has been
informed by a knowledgeable source that one of the six nuclear-armed
cruise missiles was, and may still be, unaccounted for.
that case, the nuclear reporting incident would have gone far beyond
BENT SPEAR to a National Command Authority alert known as EMPTY
QUIVER, with the special classification of PINNACLE.
Just as this report was being prepared, Newsweek reported
that Vice President
Dick Cheney's recently-departed Middle
East adviser, David Wurmser, told a small group of advisers
some months ago that Cheney had considered asking Israel to launch a
missile attack on the Iranian nuclear site at Natanz.
reasoned that after an Iranian retaliatory strike, the United States
would have ample reasons to launch its own massive attack on Iran. However, plans for Israel to attack Iran directly were altered to an
Israeli attack on a supposed Syrian-Iranian-North Korean nuclear
installation in northern Syria.
WMR has learned that a U.S. attack on Iran using nuclear and
conventional weapons was scheduled to coincide with Israel's
September 6 air attack on a reputed Syrian nuclear facility in Dayr
az-Zwar, near the village of Tal Abyad, in northern Syria, near the
Turkish border. Israel's attack, code named OPERATION ORCHARD, was
to provide a reason for the U.S. to strike Iran.
neo-conservative propaganda onslaught was to cite the cooperation of
the George Bush's three remaining "Axis of Evil" states -
Syria, Iran, and North Korea - to justify a sustained Israeli attack
on Syria and a massive U.S. military attack on Iran.
WMR has learned from military sources on both sides of the Atlantic
that there was a definite connection between Israel's OPERATION
ORCHARD and BENT SPEAR involving the B-52 that flew the six
nuclear-armed cruise missiles from Minot Air Force Base in North
Dakota to Barksdale.
There is also a connection between these two
events as the Pentagon's highly-classified PROJECT CHECKMATE, a
compartmented U.S. Air Force program that has been working on an
attack plan for Iran since June 2007, around the same time that
Cheney was working on the joint Israeli-U.S. attack scenario on
PROJECT CHECKMATE was leaked in an article by military
analyst Eric Margolis in the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper,
the "Times of London", is a program that involves over two dozen Air
Force officers and is headed by Brig. Gen. Lawrence Stutzriem
and his chief civilian adviser, Dr. Lani Kass, a former
Israeli military intelligence officer who, astoundingly, is now
involved in planning a joint U.S.-Israeli massive military attack on
Iran that involves a "decapitating" blow on Iran by hitting between
three to four thousand targets in the country.
Stutzriem and Kass
report directly to the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Michael
Moseley, who has also been charged with preparing a report on
the B-52/nuclear weapons incident.
Kass' area of specialty is cyber-warfare, which includes ensuring
"information blockades," such as that imposed by the Israeli
government on the Israeli media regarding the Syrian air attack on
the alleged Syrian "nuclear installation." British intelligence
sources have reported that the Israeli attack on Syria was a "true
flag" attack originally designed to foreshadow a U.S. attack on
After the U.S. Air Force push back against transporting the
six cruise nuclear-armed AGM-129s to the Middle East, Israel went
ahead with its attack on Syria in order to help ratchet up tensions
between Washington on one side and Damascus, Tehran, and Pyongyang
on the other.
The other part of CHECKMATE's brief is to ensure that a media
"perception management" is waged against Syria, Iran, and North
Korea. This involves articles such as that which appeared with
Joby Warrick's and Walter Pincus' bylines in yesterdays
The article, titled "The
Saga of a Bent Spear," quotes a number of seasoned Air
Force nuclear weapons experts as saying that such an incident is
unprecedented in the history of the Air Force. For example, Retired
Air Force General Eugene Habiger, the former chief of the
U.S. Strategic Command, said he has been in the "nuclear business"
since 1966 and has never been aware of an incident "more
Command and control breakdowns involving U.S. nuclear weapons are
unprecedented, except for that fact that the U.S. military is now
waging an internal war against neo-cons who are embedded in the U.S.
government and military chain of command who are intent on using
nuclear weapons in a pre-emptive war with Iran.
CHECKMATE and OPERATION ORCHARD would have provided the cover
for a pre-emptive U.S. and Israeli attack on Iran had it not been
for BENT SPEAR involving the B-52.
In on the plan to launch a
pre-emptive attack on Iran involving nuclear weapons were, according
to our sources:
Cheney, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley
members of the CHECKMATE team at the Pentagon, who have close
connections to Israeli intelligence and pro-Israeli think tanks in
Washington, including the Hudson Institute
Secretary David Miliband, a political adviser to Tony Blair
prior to becoming a Member of Parliament
Israeli political leaders
like Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Likud leader Binyamin
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner,
who did his part last week to ratchet up tensions with Iran by
suggesting that war with Iran was a probability. Kouchner retracted
his statement after the U.S. plans for Iran were delayed
Although the Air Force tried to keep the B-52 nuclear incident from
the media, anonymous Air Force personnel leaked the story to
'Military Times' on September 5, the day before the Israelis
attacked the alleged nuclear installation in Syria and the day
planned for the simultaneous U.S. attack on Iran.
The leaking of
classified information on U.S. nuclear weapons disposition or
movement to the media, is, itself, unprecedented. Air Force
regulations require the sending of classified BEELINE reports to
higher Air Force authorities on the disclosure of classified Air
Force information to the media.
In another highly unusual move, Defense Secretary Robert Gates
has asked an outside inquiry board to look into BENT SPEAR, even
before the Air Force has completed its own investigation, a virtual
vote of no confidence in the official investigation being conducted
by Major General Douglas Raaberg, chief of air and space
operations at the Air Combat Command.
Gates asked former Air Force Chief of Staff, retired General
Larry Welch, to lead a Defense Science Board task force that
will also look into the BENT SPEAR incident. The official Air Force
investigation has reportedly been delayed for unknown reasons.
is President and CEO of the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA), a
federally-funded research contractor that operates three research
centers, including one for Office of Science and Technology Policy
in the Executive Office of the President and another for the
National Security Agency. One of the board members of IDA is Dr.
Suzanne H. Woolsey of the Paladin Capital Group and wife of former
CIA director and arch-neocon James Woolsey.
WMR has learned that neither the upper echelons of the State
Department nor the British Foreign Office were privy to OPERATION
ORCHARD, although Hadley briefed President Bush on Israeli spy
satellite intelligence that showed the Syrian installation was a
joint nuclear facility built with North Korean and Iranian
assistance. However, it is puzzling why Hadley would rely on
Israeli imagery intelligence (IMINT) from its OFEK
(Horizon) 7 satellite when considering that U.S. IMINT satellites
have greater capabilities.
The Air Force's "information warfare" campaign against media reports
on CHECKMATE and OPERATION ORCHARD also affected international
reporting of the recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
resolution asking Israel to place its nuclear weapons program under
IAEA controls, similar to those that the United States wants imposed
on Iran and North Korea. The resolution also called for a
nuclear-free zone throughout the Middle East.
The IAEA's resolution,
titled "Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East," was
passed by the 144-member IAEA General Meeting on September 20 by a
vote of 53 to 2, with 47 abstentions.
The only two countries to vote
against were Israel and the United States. However, the story
carried from the IAEA meeting in Vienna by Reuters, the Associated
Press, and Agence France Press, was that it was Arab and Islamic
nations that voted for the resolution.
This was yet more perception management carried out by CHECKMATE,
the White House, and their allies in Europe and Israel with the
connivance of the media. In fact, among the 53 nations that voted
for the resolution were China, Russia, India, Ireland, and Japan.
The 47 abstentions were described as votes "against" the resolution
even though an abstention is neither a vote for nor against a
measure. America's close allies, including Britain, France,
Australia, Canada, and Georgia, all abstained.
Suspiciously, the IAEA carried only a brief item on the resolution
concerning Israel's nuclear program and a roll call vote was not
available either at the IAEA's web site -
www.iaea.org - or in the media.
The perception management campaign by the neocon operational cells
in the Bush administration, Israel and Europe was designed to keep a
focus on Iran's nuclear program, not on Israel's. Any international
examination of Israel's nuclear weapons program would likely bring
up Israeli nuclear scientist Mordechai Vanunu, a convert from Judaism
to Christianity, who was kidnapped in Rome by a Mossad "honey trap"
named Cheryl Bentov (aka, Cindy) and a Mossad team in 1986 and held
against his will in Israel ever since.
Vanunu's knowledge of the Israeli nuclear weapons program would
focus on the country's own role in nuclear proliferation, including
its program to share nuclear weapons technology with apartheid South
Africa and Taiwan in the late 1970s and 1980s. The role of Ronald
Reagan's Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency Ken Adelman in Israeli's nuclear proliferation during the time frame
1983-1987 would also come under scrutiny.
Adelman, a member of the
Reagan-Bush transition State Department team from November 1980 to
January 1981, voiced his understanding for the nuclear weapons
programs of Israel, South Africa, and Taiwan in a June 28, 1981 'New
York Times' article titled, "3 Nations Widening Nuclear Contacts."
The journalist who wrote the article was
Judith Miller. Adelman felt that the three countries wanted nuclear
weapons because of their ostracism from the West, the third world,
and the hostility from the Communist countries. Of course, today,
the same argument can be used by Iran, North Korea, and other "Axis
of Evil" nations so designated by the neocons in the Bush
administration and other governments.
There are also news reports that suggest an intelligence
relationship between Israel and North Korea. On July 21, 2004, New
Zealand's 'Dominion Post' reported that three Mossad agents were
involved in espionage in New Zealand.
Two of the Mossad agents,
Uriel Kelman and Elisha Cara (aka Kra), were arrested and imprisoned
by New Zealand police (an Israeli diplomat in Canberra, Amir Lati,
was expelled by Australia and New Zealand intelligence identified a
fourth Mossad agent involved in the New Zealand espionage operation
in Singapore). The third Mossad agent in New Zealand, Zev William
Barkan (aka Lev Bruckenstein), fled New Zealand - for North Korea.
New Zealand Foreign Minister Phil Goff revealed that Barkan,
a former Israeli Navy diver, had previously worked at the Israeli
embassy in Vienna, which is also the headquarters of the IAEA. He
was cited by the 'Sydney Morning Herald' as trafficking in passports
stolen from foreign tourists in Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and
Cambodia. New Zealand's One News reported that Barkan was in North
Korea to help the nation build a wall to keep its citizens from
The nuclear brinkmanship involving the United States and Israel and
the breakdown in America's command and control systems have every
major capital around the world wondering about the Bush
administration's true intentions.