Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Iran Dissidents Who Busted Tehran's Hidden Nukes Say The NIE Is Delusional

Well, they would know...and their track record is better than the CIA or the IAEA on Iran, after all.

Alireza Jafarzadeh, an Iranian dissident and president of Strategic Policy Consulting provided some valuable intel on Iran's nuclear program in an interview with FOX News.

Jafarzadeh, by the way, is the man who exposed Iran's hidden nuclear weapons program in 2002.

He claims that the scientists working on the Iran's `civilian' nuclear centrifuge program are are Republican Guard commanders, and he provided a list of names to the press on December 11th. He also is quite clear that the programs' intention isn't simply civilian energy.

"It's the IRGC that is basically controlling the whole thing, dominating the whole thing," Jafarzadeh told FOXNews. "They are running the show. They have a number of sites controlled by the IRGC that has been off-limits to the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and inspectors, including a military university known as Imam Hossein University. ... That site has not been inspected. They have perhaps the most advanced nuclear research and development center in that university."

According to Jafarzadeh, the regime did briefly stop the program in 2003, after it was exposed, but restarted it again in 2004.

Several sites that Iran had that were exposed could be masked as dual purpose facilities. Lavizan-Shian, located in a suburb of Tehran could not, he said.

"The regime knew that this is not the site that they can invite the IAEA ... this site was heavily involved in militarization of the program," Jafarzadeh said. "They were doing all kinds of activities that were not justifiable. So they decided before the IAEA gets in — and it usually takes four to six months before they can go through the process and get in — use the time and try to basically destroy this whole facility, and that's what they did."

Jafarzadeh claims the Iranians tore down the buildings, carted away the soil, cut down the trees and turned the whole place into a public park..afrter which they allowed the IAEA to inspect it, in June of 2004. Notice that El Baradi and the IAEA gave them plenty of time to camouflage things.

Jafarzadeh said that "in a way it's correct for the NIE to say that in late 2003 the weaponization of the program was stopped, and they said it was due to international pressure. But they failed to say that it restarted in 2004" in a location called Lavizan 2, he said.

Lavizan 2 "has never been inspected by the IAEA," Jafarzadeh added.

I wonder if that could possibly be the code name for this place?

Another Iranian dissident group, the National Council for Resistance on Iran(NCRI) came to the same conclusion that Jafarzadeh did.

Mohammad Mohaddessin, NCRI's foreign affairs chief, told The Wall Street Journal in December 11th's edition ( sorry no link - subscription only) that some of the equipment was moved to another military compound known as the Center for Readiness and Advanced Technology, to Malek-Ashtar University Isfahan and to a defense ministry hospital in Tehran.

The regime broke the facility into 11 fields of research, including projects to develop a nuclear trigger and shape weapons-grade uranium into a warhead. t

"They scattered the weaponization program to other locations and restarted in 2004," Mohaddessin said.

"Their strategy was that if the IAEA found any one piece of this research program, it would be possible to justify it as civilian. But so long as it was all together, they wouldn't be able to."

I think that pretty well covers it.

And of course, we now know that the Bush Administration has no intention of doing anything about it.

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