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"Disinformation" on Iran; the NIE Aftermath; Kenneth Timmerman; Eleana Benador; Conrad Bla

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Whose Disinformation?
By Gareth Porter

High-level officials in the Bush administration, including Vice President Dick Cheney, bottled up the explosive new NIE on Iran, arguing that Iran was deliberately leaking disinformation and that Israel had intelligence pointing to a clandestine Iranian nuclear program. Read full story.

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Kenneth Timmerman
The intelligence community has been duped into thinking Iran has abandoned its nuclear weapons program,and "shadow warriors" are undermining the Bush administration from within, according to conservativewriter Ken Timmerman.

Eleana (Eliana) Benador
A publicist who helped promote a plank of neoconservative writers after 9/11, Benador has more recentlysaid that she aims to get out of politics because of the "uncertain political situation in America."

Conrad Black
Once a major media mogul closely aligned with rightist and hardline political factions in the UnitedStates, Black was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison in early December for bilking his shareholders outof millions.

Benador Associates
This now largely defunct speakers bureau and PR firm played an important role promoting neoconservativevoices in the U.S. media after 9/11.

Office of Special Plans
The new intelligence estimate on Iran might have been made possible because many of the neoconservativeofficials behind the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans, which bypassed established intelligence channels,are no longer in the administration.

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NIE Aftermath
By Khody Akhavi

Though the intelligence community has downgraded the threat of Iranian nukes, Bush administrationpolicy is unlikely to change course. Read full story.

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Haim Saban is a media mogul and major donor to the Democratic Party known for his hardline stance on Israel and opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.


Nikki Haley, Donald Trump’s first U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, is known for her lock-step support for Israel and is widely considered to be a future presidential candidate.


Brian Hook is the director of policy planning and senior policy advisor to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and is the head of the Iran Action Group.


Josh Rogin is a journalist known for his support for neoconservative policies and views.


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While the notion that criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic is decades old, it has been bolstered in recent years, by the campaign to add to the definition of anti-Semitism any criticism that singles Israel out and doesn’t apply the same standard to other countries. The bottom line is that this entire effort is designed not to combat anti-Semitism but to silence criticism. 


Short-term thinking, expedience, and a lack of strategic caution has led Washington to train, fund, and support group after group that have turned their guns on American soldiers and civilians.


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The United Nations has once again turn into a battleground between the United States and Iran, which are experiencing one of the darkest moments in their bilateral relations.


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