Phantasmagoria

g̮̗͈̺͚͎͍͐̋͒̔ͅe̴̱̯̞ͮ̔̾̓̀̋̿̃̋͠t̴̥̣͎̻̉̉̑̉͝t̡̧̩̰͓͖̼̓͛̆́i̴̤̜̫͓̥̗̰͓͔̇͂͑͗ͭ͢͞n͓̟̞̯̥̳͎͕̝ͨ͆ͩ̇̾́͡g̴̵̜̫͊͋ͫ̍̊͌̆͑͊ ͔̠̣̣̐̀̀͠ͅȟ̞͖̘̞̖͓ͬ͌̍̉̔ͫ̋ͅí̷̝̚ͅg̢̬̠͈̳ͦ͆̍͛͛́̈̚h̶̰̙͈ͩ͆̑͌̓ͪ͌̐ ̰͕̃ͧͤ̊͌͝ͅȍ̶͍͕͍̠̰̗̣̄̈͒n̶̢̘͖͉̼̣̔ͫ͊ͬ̇͗ͩ̃ ͓̰̌̒v̵̤̠̭̩̦̞̲͛̉͗ͩ͊̽ȋ̴͎͎͉̼̭̓̋̎ͤo̢̲̺̝̺̙̅̅̕͢ḽ̵̰͔̹͎̰͌̍̾̈́͡ē̮̗̩̂ͫ͐̀͛ͬ̍͡n̴̶̤͖͍̤͋̆ͦ̚͠c̥͎̦̫͈̮̫̓ͬ̀̃͑ͯ́e̫̦̬̩͓̭͇̐͗ͧ͋ ̵̯̦̲̟͙̰̖̒̔̒ͦͨ̊͘͠b̶̧̠̯͇̭͖͆ͯ́ȃͩ҉̷͈͓͉b̻̥̫̒ͣ͑̀ͅy̥̦̫̬͔̞̦̤̎́

Netanyahu 'smuggled' nuke triggers out of US

pieceinthepuzzlehumanity:

On June 27, 2012, the FBI partially declassified and released seven additional pages from a 1985-2002 investigation into how a network of front companies connected to the Israeli Ministry of Defense illegally smuggled nuclear triggers out of the U.S. The newly released FBI files detail how Richard Kelly Smyth - who was convicted of running a U.S. front company - met with Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel during the smuggling operation. At that time, Netanyahu worked at the Israeli node of the smuggling network, Heli Trading Company. Netanyahu, who currently serves as Israel’s Prime Minister, recently issued a gag order that the smuggling network’s unindicted ringleader refrain from discussing “Project Pinto.”

As revealed in previously released FBI files and the tell-all book Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Milchan, the Hollywood producer was recruited into Israel’s economic espionage division (LAKAM) in his 20s and learned how to establish front companies and secret bank accounts for smuggling operations. Arnon Milchan encouraged Smyth, a California engineer, to incorporate MILCO in 1972 and serve as a front for the Israel-based Heli Trading’s (also known as Milchan Limited) acquisitions of sensitive military technologies on behalf of the Ministry of Defense. Smyth fled the U.S. after being indicted for violating the Arms Export Control Act in the mid-1980s. In July 2001, Smyth was arrested in Spain by Interpol and returned to the U.S., and in November, he was convicted of exporting 800 nuclear triggers called krytrons.

[Read More]

Netanyahu’s a stupid, old bastard? No way!

(via pieceinthepuzzlehumanity-deacti)

nationalpost:

Graphic: Taking stock of the world’s nuclear missiles 
This week, China urged Russia and the United States to slash their nuclear arms. Top Chinese official Cheng Jingye told a meeting in Vienna, “As countries with [the] largest nuclear arsenals, the U.S. and Russia should continue to make drastic reductions in their nuclear arsenals in a verifiable and irreversible manner.”
View high resolution

nationalpost:

Graphic: Taking stock of the world’s nuclear missiles

This week, China urged Russia and the United States to slash their nuclear arms. Top Chinese official Cheng Jingye told a meeting in Vienna, “As countries with [the] largest nuclear arsenals, the U.S. and Russia should continue to make drastic reductions in their nuclear arsenals in a verifiable and irreversible manner.”

The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with 3 matches, the other with 5.
— Carl Sagan (via aggravatedhooliganism)

(via nutopiancitizen)

When the newspapers were full of alarms about Iran possibly developing a nuclear bomb, Kurt sent me a copy of a very short letter he wrote to The New York Times: “I know of only one nation that has dropped nuclear bombs on innocent people.
Howard Zinn on Kurt Vonnegut (via mutualaddiction)

(Source: tessatest, via eckleburgs-eyes)

The United States says North Korea has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment and a moratorium on nuclear, and long-range missile tests.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland also said Wednesday the North has agreed to alllow International Atomic Energy inspectors to verify and monitor the moratorium on uranium enrichment and confirm disablement of its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon.

Her statement says the U.S. will meet with North Korea to finalize details for a proposed package of 240,000 metric tons of food aid.

motherjones:

This is a map of highways 18-wheelers use to cart atomic warheads and nuclear waste around the country. And this is possibly the most comprehensive map of nuclear sites and facilities in the United States, in case you wanted to know what’s near you.
And this is the shortlist of rejected heads for our new “Nuclear Truckers” story:
Axles of EvilWhat the Truck?A Big Trucking DealHave Bomb, Will TravelNuke Road TruckersIf You Can Read This, You’re in My Blast ZoneDriver Carries No Cash, Just Nuclear WeaponsEvery Which Way But Loose Nukes

fuck yeah Illinois, I </3 Grays.I ain’t no Radium Girl. View high resolution

motherjones:

This is a map of highways 18-wheelers use to cart atomic warheads and nuclear waste around the country. And this is possibly the most comprehensive map of nuclear sites and facilities in the United States, in case you wanted to know what’s near you.

And this is the shortlist of rejected heads for our new “Nuclear Truckers” story:

Axles of Evil
What the Truck?
A Big Trucking Deal
Have Bomb, Will Travel
Nuke Road Truckers
If You Can Read This, You’re in My Blast Zone
Driver Carries No Cash, Just Nuclear Weapons
Every Which Way But Loose Nukes

fuck yeah Illinois, I </3 Grays.
I ain’t no Radium Girl.

(Source: Mother Jones)

Panetta admits Iran not developing nukes | The Raw Story

sageoflogic:

mohandasgandhi:

jonathan-cunningham:

jonathan-cunningham:

randomactsofchaos:

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta let slip on Sunday the big open secret that Washington war hawks don’t want widely known: Iran is not developing nuclear weapons.

Appearing on CBS’s Face The Nation on Sunday, Panetta admitted despite all the rhetoric, Iran is not pursuing the ability to split atoms with weapons, saying it is instead pursuing “a nuclear capability.”

That “capability” falls in line with what Iran has said for years: that it is developing nuclear energy facilities, not nuclear weapons.

“I think the pressure of the sanctions, the diplomatic pressures from everywhere, Europe, the United States, elsewhere, it’s working to put pressure on them,” Panetta explained on Sunday. “To make then understand that they cannot continue to do what they’re doing. Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No. But we know that they are trying to develop a nuclear capability, and that’s what concerns us. And out red line to Iran is, do not develop a nuclear weapon. That’s the red line for us.”

Republicans have been beating the drums of war in recent weeks as tensions in the Iranian gulf have soared. Iran has threatened to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, a key oil transport hub crucial to global industry, if U.S. warships return to monitor their activities.

Iran said it was planning to hols military exercises in the Strait of Hormuz in the coming weeks, and prior wargames saw the Iranians test missiles that are designed to sink warships.

President Barack Obama recently agreed to fresh sanctions on Iran targeting the country’s central bank, in hopes of slowing down their nuclear program. The European Union was also considering fresh sanctions, and details were expected later in January. The U.N., as well, has sanctioned Iran repeatedly over it’s nuclear program.

Iran said recently that it had created the country’s first ever nuclear fuel rod made from domestic uranium enriched at their own facilities.

Nuclear fuel enrichment is much different from enrichment for weapons. Most commercial nuclear reactors use lightly enriched uranium, which is between 3-5 percent enriched. Weapons-grade uranium must be enriched to approximately 85 percent or more of a key radioactive isotopefor it to be usable in an atomic bomb.

Iran added on Monday that it had also enriched uranium up to 20 percent in an underground facility, explaining that the isotopes were to be used to help cancer patients.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said late last year that Iran had carried out tests that suggested they may be making the first steps toward building a nuclear weapon, but former agency insiders disputed the claim as being misleading.

Watch the video from CBS News, broadcast Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 here.

Emphasis added- the thing to remember here is that Iran was a secular, democratic state that was unfriendly to European imperialism (Mosaddegh nationalized the oil industry, for instance). The U.S. under Dwight Eisenhower deposed the democratically elected leader- afterwards Iran was an autocracy under the Shah. We deposed their civilian, elected government and substituted it with a monarchy that exploited all of Iran.

Now that U.S. interference has allowed a theocratic government to come to power under the guise of ‘protecting’ the citizens from the west, we seek to use them as fodder for our military industrial complex. The whole history of US/Iranian interaction is tragic and sorrowful. 

PBS edited this footage, I’ve just learned: they took the words “Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No.” out of Mr. Panetta’s statement, leaving the words, “But we know that they’re trying to develop a nuclear capability, and that’s what concerns us.” Extraordinarily dishonest of PBS.

Well, it’s not all that dishonest. Nuclear capability means that Iran could potentially build nuclear weapons if they wanted to. Many, many nations have nuclear capability but not nuclear weapons. The NPT makes sure of that.

Really having the equipment to harness nuclear energy isn’t anywhere close to being able to build Intercontinental Nuclear Ballistic Rockets. I think everyone needs to be clear on the fact that you don’t make and USE NUCLEAR ENERGY by making mushroom clouds. The process is just a LITTLE bit different and requires difference equipment.

god all these quotations make the article annoying to read. they have a couple good points though.

(via thelunaticyouarelookingfor)

Ultralite Powered by Tumblr | Designed by:Doinwork