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October 19, 2007

Little evidence that Syrian target was nuclear reactor

The president won't comment officially, but senior Bush administration officials have been leaking promiscuously in an attempt to convince the elite press that a Syrian military facility bombed by Israeli jets on Sept. 6 was an unfinished nuclear reactor.

Senior officials are assuring the press that the have proof that Israel took out a nuclear site.

As Larisa Alexandrovna of RAW STORY reports, many in the US intelligence community disagree with the bold pronouncements from government sources.  They say there is little evidence that the facility was part of a nuclear program.

The UN nuclear agency may be able to shed some light on this issue. Their experts are examining satellite imagery of the site to assess the merits of the nuclear claims.

Syria is now dismantling the bombed-out shell of a building in its own territory, and US officials are spinning the cleanup as proof of nefarious activity.

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You seem to be implying that Bush officials aren't trustworthy.

But according to Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), if a Bush official told a phone company that it was legal for them to hand over our records, then the phone company should have trusted them.

And that phone company should be immune from lawsuits, even if the Bush official was wrong and the activity was illegal.

No radiation - no reactor. Should be simple enough to end this story with a Geiger counter. OK, maybe more sophisticated sets of sweeps are necessary, to be definitive.

Wow, this "raw story" article is basically a bad re-write of what is already old news, with a ridiculous little ending about Iran-contra being a bad thing (duh, Larissochka, and Chernobyl was bad too. Old news babe.) God, what a bunch of witless dullards : )

many in the US intelligence community disagree with the bold pronouncements from government sources.

It's a bit like the Bible, don't ya think? People just spin it any way they want to spin it.

And then people start dying.

No radiation - no reactor. Should be simple enough to end this story with a Geiger counter. OK, maybe more sophisticated sets of sweeps are necessary, to be definitive.
I think that Israelis claimed that it was an unfinished building intended to house a nuclear reactor, so the presence or absence of radiation wouldn't prove anything either way.

Bush officials haven't given the intelligence to Congress:
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http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=a2TcvJ1bzkCc&refer=us

Representative Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, who is the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee...and Representative Jane Harman, a California Democrat who chairs a subcommittee on homeland security, asked the Bush administration to more fully brief lawmakers on the Israeli bombing of a possible nuclear site in Syria last month.

``If the administration is going to start leaking bits and pieces of this story to the media, at that point all members of Congress should be briefed,'' Hoekstra said. ``I think the American people should know what has gone on.''

``Selective declassification by the administration is very troublesome,'' Harman said.
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I read the theory that the point of the raid was not to destroy a specific target but simply to demonstrate that Syrian air defense (technologically similar to that of Iran) is obsolete and cannot stop an attack.
Source was www.stratfor.com
I have no opinion except that it is an interesting theory.

That is an interesting theory, and one I hadn't heard before. Thanks.

I read the theory that the point of the raid was not to destroy a specific target but simply to demonstrate that Syrian air defense (technologically similar to that of Iran) is obsolete and cannot stop an attack.
Source was www.stratfor.com
I have no opinion except that it is an interesting theory.
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So you think the Israeli's were actually letting them know they should upgrade the system.

``If the administration is going to start leaking bits and pieces of this story to the media, at that point all members of Congress should be briefed,'' Hoekstra said. ``I think the American people should know what has gone on.''

I agree the American people should know. But Hoekstra is not part of the "people" and just because he knows does not mean his constituency would know. I hate when politicians use the "people" as an excuse to gain more info and as a result power.

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