Satellite image shows Iran active at controversial site
May 9th, 2012
02:00 AM ET

Satellite image shows Iran active at controversial site

New satellite imagery shows signs of increased activity at a key site in Iran that is the focus of International Atomic Energy Agency suspicions regarding the country's nuclear program, according to an analysis of the image by Washington-based weapons experts.

The DigitalGlobe image of the Parchin site from April 9, 2012 shows a stream of water from the building which is supsected of containing a chamber to conduct explosives testing for potential nuclear weapon, according to the assessment by David Albright and Paul Brannan from the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS). The ISIS analysis also points out items lined outside the building which were not evident in previous satellite images.

The image raises suspicion Iran could be trying to clean out the facility, Albright and Brannan write in the report.

Photo credit: DigitalGlobe-ISIS

"The items visible outside the building could be associated with the removal of equipment from the building or with cleansing it. The stream of water that appears to emanate from the building raises concerns that Iran may have been washing inside the building, or perhaps washing the items outside the building," Albright and Brannan write in their report.

The IAEA wants to inspect the Parchin site, but Iran has refused to grant access.

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  37. Everett Wallace

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    May 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • sam

      Lol... I DIDN'T KNOW YOU COULD WASH AWAY RADIATION WITH 'STREAMS OF WATER" american maniacs really sound pathetic....give anything a go to get the war started and defense contracts rolling out!!!

      when the USA dropped the atom bomb in the river in Nagasaki (Japan for the Numb Nuts) the river didn't exactly wash away the radiation....NOR DO YOU CALL THE FK**G FIRE BRIGADE IN A NUCLEAR EMERGENCY...PFFFFT

      May 9, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
      • Jkhur

        Radiation decontaminants are delivered in a liquid solutiojn fool.

        May 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  38. Wow!

    The board is full of muslims today! Ya know the ones trying to make the arguments that Israel is more of a danger to the US than Iran. That the fact that Israel has nukes justifies Iran having nukes as well. No wait, Iran is enriching uranium for peaceful purposes.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
    • Beefeater

      I think they see Israel more of a danger to themselves than the US

      May 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Reply
    • k. mac mulledy

      That is some weak stuff, hasbro. Regardless, David Albright is ultimately the 'source' here. Why on earth would you think he's anything but a Zionist shill being fed info from mossad>? HA HA HA

      He's been wrong before – about Syrian facilities, about his role in Iraq and the weapons there, and, oh yeah, ABOUT IRAN HAVING WARHEAD READY NUKES....

      sua sponte, brethren. the time is not so far when angels must unfurl their wings.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
      • acutemind

        Well said!

        May 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
      • hmmmm

        I noticed that your name changes slightly (first with caps and then without). How many different people are you logging in as. Are you acutemind or do you have his weiner in your mouth?

        May 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
      • KAC

        Best reply yet!!!!

        May 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • The Chris

      I remember when some Argentinians were pissed about US ties with Britain during Falklands. Different subgroups have their own agendas. Thankfully, muslim agenda not popular in US.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
    • acutemind

      The poster by the name of Wow calls anyone who doesn't submit and fall in line with Lyin' Zionist crap Muslim. It's pathetic. If someone lies and you point it out to him you're Muslim. If someone makes a baseless allegation contradicted by conclusive empirical fact and you point it must be a Muslim. It's beyond Pathetic. When they have no case they resign themselves to name calling.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  39. K. Mac Mulledy

    Correlation is not causation. And coincidence isn't proof.

    However, in my line of work, I always worry about motive, capability, opportunity and benefit.

    Great way to discredit the 9/11 truthers is to put a lot of crazy stuff out there {there were no planes} and to train people to hear 'conspiracy' and have a cognitive bias that it must be 'crazy/false' which stops people from simply asking questions.

    I guess you can believe that out of control fires made WTC7 go into *free fall* for example, but it doesn't seem to me to not necessarily think or suspect a dark conspiracy – but wonder how a building like that – designed to take an airliner crash, could not be hit by a plane, yet collapse, evenly, in free fall, a short while later.

    Funny how every building that came down was owned by Silverstein, close friends with Netanyahu. Silverstein and his 2 kids who worked in the towers were all conveniently absent that say. an Israeli company vacated weeks before, accruing a large fine/fee for breaking the lease. Meanwhile even Israeli papers still have articles about Israeli citizens getting beeper/pager warnings hours before.

    So no – asking whether this Iran stuff isn't all an excuse to get regime change to get a central bank in there, to have Iranian oil sold in US dollars, and to free Likud up to attack Lebanon again and grab more aquafiers.... is not asking crazy questions....

    Believing things, without evidence, is what's crazy.

    Going to war based on the same neocon playbook from Iraq is something, I'm sure, many people find totally nuts – even if they aren't ready to buy all the conspiracy theories.

    Me? I just don't know which lies to believe anymore. I just hope that there isn't a tacit conspiracy by central bankers, oil companies, defense contractors, and religious and secular zionists, to get a lot of regular folks killed for their pet projects.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Reply
    • KAC

      Believing things, without evidence, is what is crazy.

      So... you heard these beepers going off.

      You pull all your "facts" from the internet, not knowing who is presenting the info, and you believe it to be true.


      May 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
      • k. mac mulledy

        You have to try much harder – I'm smarter than you.

        'So... you heard these beepers going off.

        You pull all your "facts" from the internet, not knowing who is presenting the info, and you believe it to be true.'

        1] Did I say I heard beepers? {hint: 'no'}
        2] How can you know which facts I glean from the internet – aren't you assuming some thing X, then treating X qua fact>? {hint: 'yes']
        3] How is it you know that I believe anything is true?

        So, I suspect that you're the sort of feller who "knows" that the Iranians want to 'wipe Israel off the map' and are building a bomb – and you "know" that Israel has a "right" to nukes, and to ethnically cleanse Palestinians – because it's not war crimes when Israel does it.

        Luckily, the sort of tedious, hypcritical ignorance you represent has been and will be the recipient of far more sunlight as we get into October.

        p.s. kindly look up fallacy of the excluded middle and stop doing it, hasbro.

        May 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
      • KAC

        Smarter than me? I'm not the one who believes propaganda from Israel's government (beepers & pagers going off). Again, unless you saw or heard your facts first hand you are pulling your info from the internet or other sources you cannot confirm to be accurate. Even your weak attempt at algebra should have told you that.

        May 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
      • acutemind

        To KAC: It wasn't algebra – it was logic. Algebra is always logic but logic isn't always algebra and if you were smart you would know it wasn't algebra... so YES he is smarter than you. You just proved it.

        May 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
      • KAC

        al-ge-bra = a mathematical system using symbols, esp. letters, (X) to generalize certain operations and relationships.

        Webster's New World Dictionary (Forth Edition) 2003

        log-ic = correct reasoning, or the science of this. (no symbols in this definition)

        Perhaps the both of you should spend some time with a good book instead of believing everything you read online.

        May 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
      • acutemind

        Just because the Webster dictionary's definition of logic didn't mention symbols that in no way shape or form means symbols cannot be used, and conversely just because algebra uses symbols like the letter "X" doesn't necessarily mean wherever the symbol "X" is used it must be algebra. He used logic and used the symbol "X" in his logic. You automatically assumed it therefore had to mean algebra. Well you were wrong. Both he and I are smarter than you.

        May 10, 2012 at 5:41 am |
      • KAC

        You don't win many cases do you "lawyer boy"!!! You can't win in court so you try your pathetic defense tactics on the masses... maybe you should try being a janitor like your high school teachers recommended.

        May 10, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • Mike

      The reason most people don't believe these conspiracies is because most people understand that if they were true, major media, for all its flaws, wouldn't sit by and ignore the biggest story sense jesus christ.

      There are 100's of thousands of reporters who would give anything to find and bring forth real evidence for these conspiracies and real evidence can't be ignored in a society like ours. In such an open and competitive society, it is hard enough to ignore all the fake evidence.

      I really find it hard to believe that anyone can't see this, if these stories were really true, they would be front page news everywhere for months, creating the largest scandal ever and leading to trials that would define the world for decades. The fact that major media has dismissed them, when major media would love nothing but to find actual evidence for it, is pretty good evidence for me.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  40. K. Mac Mulledy

    How many of the columnists at the Times and at Slate and the Atlantic and elsewhere, pushing for war with Iran, talking about non-existent Iranian weapons while never menetioning Israel's nukes and refusal to allow inspections....are Jews with dual american/israeli citizenship?

    Sure – I know this question gets the antisemite slur from the Israel-can't-be-criticized crowd, but the question is if and why a minority {war hawks} of a minority {Jews} might have disproportionate influence, and if their bias is lying us into a preventable war?

    This isn't to say President Crazy Bananas in Iran is a good guy. But it is to say – do they even have a weapons program? Is there any missing uranium? Why can't we propose a nuke free Mid East {because Israel wants to have nukes but let no one else}?

    Funny thing about being for peace, free trade, and not liking what war is really like: well-fed, hypocritical old men who never served will accuse you of "hate" – all while happily supporting blowback-inducing, myopic, intellectually bankrupt policies which have starved, maimed and killed tens upon tens upon tens of thousands of children.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
    • terryrayc

      I think the main issue is the size of Iran's program and how they are going about it.

      If all you are doing is using the technology for peace, you do not hide it in hardened underground bunkers and run missile tests.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
      • acutemind

        Oh yes you do put them in hardened underground facilities if other countries threaten to bomb it, and are an idiot if you don't.

        May 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
      • terryrayc

        Really...strange I didn't see the news flash that someone told Iran they were going to bomb their bomb making locations. You must have access to information the rest of the world does not.

        May 9, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
      • acutemind

        That's because you're willfully ignorant, or have been in a coma for the past decade, or just being plain disingenuous. Israel has been making veiled threats to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities if Iran doesn't stop enriching uranium for the past 2 years. Iran is just being prudent. A four year old could've explained that to you.

        May 10, 2012 at 5:44 am |
    • Jkhur

      Iran agreed not to develop nuclear weapons. If there is any question as to the nature of their program, it is incumbent on the Iranian's to demonstrate those concerns are groundless. Isreal has made no such agreement and has never admitted to having nuclear weapons. How do you know they have any?

      May 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
      • acutemind

        The Iranians have already demonstrated it by NOT enriching uranium to 95+% or diverting uranium to non civilian uses, and which have been confirmed by the IAEA. Unless these things are done a bomb cannot be made so since said things aren't being done then by definition Iran is not making a bomb. Furthermore you have that bass ackwards. If you're accusing someone of some impropriety, the burden of proof is on the accuser not the accused, so if there is any question as to the nature of their programs it is incumbent upon the ACCUSER to demonstrate the truth in his allegation. You're full of crap. Case closed.

        May 10, 2012 at 5:51 am |
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  42. Oh Come On

    You always hear how our satellite images can read the license plate on a car, yet they always show us crappy pictures that look like they're old VHS.

    May 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
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      May 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Reply
      • KAC

        So true.

        May 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  43. PauseForThough

    And these arrows here point to the mobile chemical weapons labs....

    May 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Reply
    • Voice of Reason

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      May 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  44. Big_D

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    May 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  45. educatedguess

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    May 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • K Mac Mulledy

      May 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Reply
      • K. Mac Mulledy

        Having Ex-Nazis send you to the moon is one thing; having people primarily loyal to Israel doing their utmost to cook evidence to get America into wars that don't actually involve American security, and passing secrets and technology (what do you think Scooter Libby and Perle and countless others have been doing?) to a country which has constantlly invade its neighbors while claiming "defense" – is another.

        King David Hotel, Lavon Affair, USS Liberty and maybe, just maybe, "running" the Al Qaeda cells that did 9/11 {check the wikispooks site}.. which is not so crazy given the plain facts of the first few things listed, and oh yeah, the recent effort by Mossad to pose as CIA agents in Iran.

        Israel is a terror state. Many right wing neocons {a minority of us jews} were disproportionately in power and lied us into Iraq. Read "The Lie Factory" by Kev Drum. Learn about the clean break policy paper: Ask how a minority of a minority which itself is 2.6% of the population came to be in such positions of power in the White House under Bush and to a large extent under Obama.

        Rahm Emauel's dad was a terrorist {if the IRA were terrorists – so was Irgun} yet it was never really discussed in the Press.

        During Gulf War 1, he went to Israel to volunteer for *their* military... yet to assert that he might be dually loyal... someone will, with a straight face, claim this is an 'antisemitic canard' – a rhetorical trick amazing for how overused yet effective it is.

        Again, most Jews were against the Iraq war, and intelligent people know that no group is a monolith, but chickenhawk, Likudnik neocon Jews, while vastly *underrepresented* in the US military, happily become Israeli citizens, join *their* army, and disproportionately comprise the presidencies of the fed reserve banks {7 of 12 or so) as well as the open market committee and federal reserve board of governors and any position in the Executive going to financial planning or the economy.

        Maybe this isn't even a 'bad' thing.

        But why is it never talked about? How does Iran threaten the US? Why is news about Jewish "settler" violence almost never covered, but any bottle rocket fired by Hamas {almost always in response to some attack with hellfire missiles and choppers} get the front page?

        You tell me – I only ask questions.

        May 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
      • madams12

        dont know who did the "Translations" but frankly if NOTHING else, notice that Netanyahu HAD HAIR...this was filmed YEARS ago...and the old geezer with the beard he's visiting has been dead for a few years...was ALLEGED to have been their Messiah!!! LOL....Schneerson is that dude's name. Though it seems the issues are unchanged....yes they are war mongering lunatic extremists....this particular clip does no justice...and who are those blonde beyatches? what do they have to do with the topic?? odd.

        May 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
    • John N Florida

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      May 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
      • Mary

        Fox: Fair and Balanced. You get both sides and make your own verdict, alot like a juror in the adversarial courtroom process.

        John N Florida, when you seek out confirmation bias having like-minded people agree with you and you all pat each other on the backs and delude yourselves that you're informed and smart ... you're not.

        May 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
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      • PauseForThough

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        May 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • KAC

      If you do not believe the accuracy of the news CNN provides... why do you follow it?

      May 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • KAC

      Again, if you do not believe the accuracy of the news CNN provides, why do you follow it?

      May 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  46. educatedguess

    oh yea, we the masses hold on to every word out of CNN like they are Bible.

    May 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  47. a disgrace

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    May 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • James

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      May 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  48. CityOfSinGuy

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    May 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • KAC

      If you do not believe the reports and the pictures, I guess you only believe what you can see with your own two eyes. See... I knew there was no God! If you believe in God, you are relying on reports and descriptions from others.

      May 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
    • K Mac Mulledy

      Sure. And I'm sure if Israel – with its hundreds of undeclared, uninspected nukes and nuke facilities, we'd have been told about it


      Go back to sleep....

      May 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  49. K. MacMulledy

    How many dual Israeli-American citizens are in Obama's administration?

    Think loyalty to Israel played a role in how Douglas Feith, richard Perle, and Paul Wolfowitz treated 'evidence' of Iraqi WMD? What about when they worked for Netanyahu and lived/worked in Israel.

    The Zionist Occupied Govt was once a canard used by thoughtless anti-semites.

    Now it's obvious to anyone with the capacity to be honest and observant. This doesn't mean all Jews {or anyone else} are per se less trustworthy than anyone else – but when you have people who are dual citizens, with personal ties to Israeli government...

    maybe you shouldn't be so trusting when the same largely Jewish neocons who largely brought you Iraq try to push you into war with Iran – a country which does not threaten the US and would very much like to sell us their oil.

    But Israel and the petrodollar, and the Likudnik plan to eliminate Hezbollah and Hamas to expropriate more Arab water and land lay behind all this propaganda.

    Let's hope the Iranians aren't planning to target Dimona pre-emptively, eh?

    May 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • Pypuan

      I didn't know the US allowed dual-citizenship people to hold high sensitive government jobs!
      What a pathetic country the US has become!!!!!

      May 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
      • Cooze

        Cry me a river. Ex-Nazis helped to send us to the moon. To the moon, Alice.

        May 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Thinker23

      I can assure you that NOT A SINGLE PERSON in the US government holds dual US-Israeli citizenship.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
      • K. Mac Mulledy

        Ha! You're either too lazy to google it or another Ziocon troll. There have been a number of Israeli/american dual citizens.

        You have to try harder, hasbro...

        May 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
      • acutemind

        Your assurances are WORTHLESS Thinker23 as are your posts. There are many dual Israel/US citizens in the US government. This is a LONG KNOWN FACT. Go and invent some new lie – that one's waaaay past it's shelf life.

        May 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  50. JV

    Per the brilliant Joe Biden, this is all the US's fault.. What a Dumb @ss.. Prez is a real smart guy surrounding himself with idiots and activist. Speaks volumes about his judgment and intellect or lacking of.....This really explains why he has failed across the board.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • harshtruth8

      it takes a real man to acknowledge his mistakes ...

      May 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
      • JV

        It takes a real man to lead and make tough real life decision. All of which is missing from this administration. More about bending over, appeasing, and apologizing.

        May 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  51. StLou

    Charity car wash for the local Madrash.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  52. Grey

    Poor bastard washing his car outside doesn't realized he almost started World War III.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
    • stan

      that is funny

      May 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  53. FreddysAces

    I thought we had satellites capable of reading license plates. These images and the stuff that's pointed out remind me of every Bigfoot picture anyone has ever taken. If you draw an outline around it and draw some hair all over it and all of a sudden it's Bigfoot.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • True

      They do. But they will never release them for public consumption. The last thing you do is show your enemy of what you are capable of.

      May 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
      • Cooze

        Oh, I'm pretty sure the rest of the world is well aware.

        May 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • John N Florida

      CNN isn't privy to images from the KH-12 satelites.

      May 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  54. harshtruth8

    Each time oil drops $10; the pro-war rhetoric starts again. Follow the money trail, and often you will find the truth ...

    May 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
    • melvinslizard

      true dat. I don't trust the Iranians, and I don't trust our government, either.

      May 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • Phishwi

      So true on the money trail

      May 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  55. stan

    "Items lined up outside building"..."streams of water"..Oh the horror, quick bomb them right now those blurry pictures are terrifying

    May 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  56. David M

    Looks like they finally got all the toilets unclogged.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  57. onestarman

    ANOTHER Baby Food Factory in the Making.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  58. KC

    This is a cat and mouse game with no end in sight.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  59. Matt

    I have another Sattelite Pictures sent by Isralis secret service. They are now collecting garbages. Hold on, there is newsflash,.... They are throwing a circular object by their foot, could be a secret weapon. No, they are palying soccer outside. They are measuring temperatures of radioactive materialis by throwing soccer ball. Hold on, I got another news from our agent in Isralis propoganda machines, they are now washing their cloth. That is amazing. UN is also involved. We are closing our Satelite to see how they are washing their cloth.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
    • Truth

      Propoganda? What planet are you living on... Jeesh the islamic madness we have to go through is pathetic. And this is the 21st CENTURY!!! If we dont stop Iran soon we are lost...

      May 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
      • acutemind

        Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh!!! It must be true because a poster who calls himself the "TRUTH" said it and squeezed his sphincter really hard when he did!! Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh we're lost if we don't listen to him...oh my gosh!!!

        May 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
      • Truth my behind

        You must have a very big nose

        May 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
      • Grey

        That may be true, but I believe alot of us would like something more to go on than a stream a water coming from a building. Just saying... I don't want to us to get involved in a wild goose chase. Our "free ticket" to go in without any solid info was used up when we shifted our focus from Afganistan to Iraq for the bare minimum of reasons and its likely we will not get another one for sometime.

        May 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
      • Cooze

        We're fine. If anyone's 'lost'.........................

        May 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • JMB

      Possibly the most stupid post I have ever started to read.. awful............

      May 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Reply
      • Cooze

        You must be new to these blogs.

        May 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Dennnn

      If you are going to pretend to be American at least have the decency NOT to write in Hinglish, or if you are american....people who speak Farsi or Arabic don't use hindi-english diction.

      May 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  60. Dupper

    Bath~day! everyone actually got to wash off!

    May 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply
  61. reality

    Hey CNN , stop propaganda now, Every knows that you are the culprit here.

    May 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • ABCD

      I believe this also.. I mean sure it could likely be a spot of nuclear threat. But there are no confirmed reports so its all speculation and readers are going to eat it easily and accept it for truth everytime.......

      May 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Reply
      • acutemind

        Only the gullible brain dead ones. This is not taking into account the Israel Firsters who don't base their opinions on fact but rather on how hard they really want to believe something sans conclusive empirical evidence.

        May 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
      • JLV

        Huhn??? Are you saying that CNN is running Iran's Nuclear Program, or that they are leaking water out of the building in the picture and stealing Iran's equipment from their semi-covert Nuclear Program. I say semi because they think that the whole world doesn't know what they're up to.

        May 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
      • acutemind

        JLV just proved my point for me. Apparently he believes he was in the building assisting in the construction of a nuclear weapon and as such "knows" what's going on.

        May 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Truth

      What is propaganda? Are you brain dead? They are actively seeking to build nukes and wont let the IAEA in their building. The insane president stated he wanted Israel whiped from the map... You are either clueless or a sick person who wants to hide the facts...

      May 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
      • ABCD

        All im saying is that the news will put out there whatever they want you to think they are our only outlet to information... Media has corrupted society in many ways. Im not saying that this isnt probable, but stop and THINK before you assume on any article you read whether its about your health, PHARMACEUTICALS, POLITICS, oil, and more.. Dont be arrogant.

        May 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
      • Truth my behind

        That is a LIE.

        May 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
      • acutemind

        TRANSLATION of Truth's post: If you don't believe my established LIES about "wiped off the map" and non proven claims about an Iranian nuclear weapons program and the fact that Iran doesn't let the IAEA into a NON NUCLEAR facility where they have no business going in the same way the US wouldn't let the IAEA into one of it's NON NUCLEAR stealth aircarft manufacturing facilities – then you're clueless and sick.

        It's really interesting when the clueless and sick call others "clueless and sick" for not submitting to their "intuition" based diatribe.

        May 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  62. goodegyptian

    Oh Iran is actually making water bomb not nuclear bomb!

    May 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
    • JLV

      Hydrogen bomb, very devastating. It's a fusion type atomic weapon.

      May 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  63. roed

    Price of oil is dropping too quick.

    May 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Reply
    • JLV

      So your saying this activity is to scare up the price of oil because its been going down?

      May 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  64. Yakobi

    I think it's pretty obvious by now that "acutemind" is just a shill for the nuclear bomb-building, Israel-hating, terrorist-sponsoring, ayatollah-controlled Iranian Islamo-fascist government.

    May 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • acutemind

      And all this time I thought I was an American Catholic who hates lying hypocrites who argue for wars based on nothing but LIES, false sense of precognitive ability, intuition, and gut instinct and NO FACT.

      The only thing that's "pretty obvious" is that you're an anti-American Israel Firster who hurls invective at anyone who counters your warmongering nonsense with salient argument.

      May 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply
    • Really

      Acutemind: Once again, why is Iran enriching uranium? The US government believes it is for weapon development. Personally my "gut" says the same thing. What do you believe?

      May 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply
      • acutemind

        Iran is enriching uranium for the same reason everyone of the other NPT signatories who's doing it for purposes not conclusively proven to be for anything other than civilian purposes is doing it. Asked and answered.

        Furthermore I don't go with "gut" when it comes to important matters especially ones where lives could be lost. I wouldn't fly a aircraft over the water in the dead of night on "gut" but would use the instruments which base readings on conclusive empirical methods. I go with conclusive empirical evidence of which the warmongers and Israel Firsters are in ZERO supply. Everybody and their uncle has 'gut instinct' which is based on their life experiences and everyone's life experience is different. That's why some people are more gullible in some matters than others and vise versa. CONCLUSIVE EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE like enriching uranium to 95+% doesn't LIE and is not subject to false or subjective interpretation. Everything else is a convoluted theater of smoke and mirrors and sleight of hand.

        "Gut instinct' is precisely why we went into Iraq. There was never any CONCLUSIVE empirical evidence of WMD in Iraq, but the Bush Admin were sooooo sure their "instinct" was right that they went in anyway. Bush even said "just wait – the truth will come out." because he was sooo sure in his gut. Supplanting conclusive empirical evidence is a FOOL'S ERRAND.

        May 9, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
      • Really

        Wow! I guess you have no idea what intelligence is. There was no CONCLUSIVE EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE that Osama was in Pakistan there was intelligence. This was no CONCLUSIVE EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE that Osama was even behind 9/11 it was intelligence. I assume the government should not compile intelligence on Iran, huh?

        I used "gut" for your benefit. I just did not think that there were actually people out there that thought Iran's nuclear ambitions are only civilian. I guess there is you!

        BTW, you keep mentioning Syria. You do know what the Israelis bombed don't you?

        May 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
      • acutemind

        You Really (pun intended) don't seem to understand the situation do you. The NPT ALREADY has built in mechanisms for conclusively determining via empirical methods whether or not a signatory is building a bomb. When the NPT was being drawn up some of the major countries involved (US, Russia) were concerned about IAEA inspections and spying and an elegant solution was arrived at. The IAEA (the NPT's inspection regime) mandate would extend as far as nuclear facilities and NOT non nuclear facilities (e.g. our Stealth aircraft manufacturing facilities) because it was understood that as long as the nuclear fuel (the substance that causes the REALLY BIG BOOM in nuclear weapons) was accounted for that in itself is a LITMUS TEST as to whether or not bomb making was going on. If not countries wanting to learn our stealth aircraft secrets could "claim" they have intelligence which shows possible nuclear weapons work in the stealth aircraft manufacturing plants as a way to get IAEA inspectors containing spies to have access to said sites.

        In short you cannot make a bomb (a practical one at that) without first diverting uranium away from its stores for non civilian usage or enriching uranium to 95+%. Unless those two LITMUS test criteria are met then we know a bomb is not being made REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH WATER IS RUNNING FROM A NON NUCLEAR MILITARY SITE. And so anything else is just smoke and mirrors and theater. The IAEA has confirmed using the same criteria it uses for every other signatory of the NPT that all of Iran's nuclear fuel is constantly monitored 24-7-365 with cameras with seals on them and the nuclear fuel is weighed measured and tested for isotopic fingerprints and other conclusive empirical methods that the Iranian nuclear stockpiles haven't been diverted to bombmaking and never claimed Iran was enriching uranium to the level required for bombmaking.

        Intelligence gathering is used in lieu of a mechanism for obtaining conclusive empirical evidence. Your Osama Bin Laden analogy is faulty because in this case Iran's nuclear stockpiles are being weighed and measured and monitored via empirical methods. Furthermore neither you nor I know enough about the OBL case to know if they had determined before hand via some DNA method (i.e. conclusive empirical method) that Bin Laden was in the house, and notice how we didn't drop a bomb but actually went in to get visual evidence before killing or extracting him. Even your attempt at arguing intelligence is faulty.

        May 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
      • Really

        You are funny!!!

        You do know IAEA is concerned about Iran, right? Have you seen the reports? You know that the point of the article is that Iran MAYBE "cleaning" a facility before inspectors are let back in. I repeat, let back in as they are not allowed in at this point!

        But you believe that Israel, an ally to the United States, is a greater threat to the US than Iran. How can I argue with such logic!!!

        May 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
      • acutemind

        Yes I know the IAEA claims to be "concerned" about Iran. You being "concerned" about something is not proof of wrongdoing by the party you claim to be concerned about. My being concerned that one day I could have a daughter who could grow up to be a porn star is likewise proof of nothing. In fact the IAEA (which happens to be under pressure from the West) claiming that it is concerned whilst simultaneously having no conclusive evidence that Iran is doing anything illegal is laughable. Furhermore Parchin is a NON NUCLEAR military facility. Iran is under NO LEGAL OBLIGATION to EVER let them in and if they CHOOSE to do so (regardless of if it's back in or not) it is a COURTESY. The IAEA have NO mandate to visit whereever they feel like. That was NEVER their charge. They do not have carte blanche.

        As far as you not being able to argue with the logic of me believing that Israel is a greater threat to the US than Iran ever was – you can't... because I use facts and statistics to form my logic and you just hold onto the arbitrary position of siding with Israel by default and NOT with who's in the right on any particular issue. That's the difference between you and me. I use facts to objectively form my conclusions and you adopt the position you're told or conditioned to adopt

        May 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
      • Really

        One last time so I can repeat it to myself over and over: Israel is a greater threat to the security of the United States than Iran.
        If you don't believe this you a preconditioned robot of the US government!!!!!
        Also, remember that South Korea is the real enemy not North Korea. All of our other allies: England, France, etc. they are evil!!!! Stop being a robot!!!

        May 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
      • Really

        BTW, "Iran is enriching uranium for the same reason everyone of the other NPT signatories who's doing it for purposes not conclusively proven to be for anything other than civilian purposes is doing it. Asked and answered." is NOT answering the question.

        May 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
      • acutemind

        "Iran is enriching uranium for the same reason everyone of the other NPT signatories who's doing it for purposes not conclusively proven to be for anything other than civilian purposes is doing it." IS ANSWERING THE QUESTION. It just not the answer you want to hear, but it's a salient one nonetheless. You don't like the way it was constructed because if you want to challenge it it puts the burden on YOU to contrive/conjure up some false counter reason that I can easily knock down with empirical fact.

        May 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • Brathead

      @Acutemind- When Iran decides to set off a nuclear bomb, we'll make sure to tell them to aim directly for your house. Since you are soooo sure that they are not doing anything wrong. You sound like a over educated idiot that reads too much into peoples BS. You have to use your big fancy words to sounds like you are soooo smart. Sounds like you have little man syndrome to me.

      May 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
      • acutemind

        "Oh when this thing I can't prove will ever happen happens I will blah, blah, blah...." "Oh you use big words so it mean you have a complex blah, blah, blah...."


        May 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  65. jim

    Hanker....Are you for real?

    May 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  66. Spectator

    Looks like an accident happened and they had to decontaminate a lot of people. Or, maybe a coolant leak. Perhaps they today was super happy fun day with free slip n slide rides.

    May 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  67. AlCourts

    May 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  68. acutemind

    What does water emanating from a building and "items" line up outside said building mean? It means I'm going to speculate about what it means. It means I'm going to draw conclusions based on the inconclusive...well not me per se but the warmongering Israel Firsters. Yes to the Israel Firsters running water is the smoking gun. It must mean Iran is building a bomb. And so exposed is the deranged sense of reasoning of Firsters for ALL to see.

    May 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • Really

      So we should not gather intelligence on Iran's nuclear facilities? Based on you previous comments I guess you ulitmately believe Israel is a greater threat to US security than Iran, right?

      May 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
      • acutemind

        I never said we should never gather intelligence on anyone. That's just some distraction nonsense you're making up. I said this article is a non issue because it doesn't prove anything to the reader one way or another. The fact that a NON ISSUE or NON POINT is being made by an article is a waste of time.

        May 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • cybercmdr

      If the IAEA is going to inspect the building, they will be taking samples off of everything. They will be looking for particles of dust containing Uranium to see if it was enriched enough to be used for bombs. Think of it as criminals cleaning up before forensics can visit the crime scene.

      May 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Reply
      • acutemind

        Why should anyone "think" of it like that? Are you one of the so called "criminals" participating in it and have inside knowledge? Oh I'm sorry... you're one of those "if I imagine it to be so it must be so" clowns, even though no one can make conclusions based on the inconclusive. My apologies.

        May 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
      • JLV

        acutemind you speak like someone that has something to hide. people normally think that where theres smoke theres fire. are you afraid that maybe they are up to something, if people don't look when someone acts suspicious, and pulling the equipment out and cleaning it is a suspicious act, then bad people get away. If there's nothing wrong then so what, but if iran suddenly lets the IAEA in after this cleaning it certainly is suspicious, if they don't it might mean nothing or it could be because of an accident. The cleaning might be innocuous it might not.

        May 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
      • JLV

        Oh and acute mind people think of things that way because that is a common behaviour. Bad people often try to cover up their crimes. At least the competent ones do. And unless your trying to call Iran incompetent, if they do have a weapons program then this is the type of behaviour you would expect to cover it up.

        May 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
      • acutemind

        To JLV: I speak like "someone that has something to hide"?? Who do you think you are Sigmund Freud??

        Yes people normally think where there's smoke there's fire and then there are some that claim to see smoke where NONE exists. Pulling equipment out and cleaning it IF it's something that's normally done once in a while does NOT indicate suspicion. That's just you coming to conclusions based on the inconclusive.

        Secondly the IAEA has no legal claim to inspect Parchin NOR is Iran legally obligated to let them in since Parchin is NOT a nuclear facility but a military one and the IAEA has no mandate there. Countries guard their military research facilities for good reason. They don't want spying. If some international body that contained Russian scientists wanted to examine our stealth manufacturing or research facilities or DARPA we would tell them to get lost. And if we decided as a courtesy to let them in you can bet your life we would either restrict their access within the facility OR remove military classified items that we didn't want them spying on. In such a case what you call suspicious, others can call prudent. Again you're drawing conclusions based on the inconclusive – because that's what you do and you do it so well.

        If the police wants to search your house to eliminate you as a suspect in a murder but can't get a search warrant due to lack of any evidence and you out of COURTESY NOT OBLIGATION allow them in I wouldn't call removing any pictures around your home of your naked self in compromising sexual positions with your girlfriend which you don't want the police to see suspicious. It's your business and the police should be happy enough you acquiesced to their wishes when you weren't even legally obligated to. That is not suspicious.

        When Iran gave the names of their nuclear scientists to the IAEA some of their scientists started ending up dead. That's what unnecessary un-mandated cooperation with a hostile west gets you. IIf I were Iran I would do no more than I was obligated to under the NPT.

        May 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
      • KAC

        JLV: Looks suspicious to me, and anyone else who does not believe the law can protect them. Hiding behind the law makes you look like you are hiding something. Allowing law enforement to do their job eliminates you as a possible suspect, which allows them to focus their efforts on other possibilities.

        May 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
      • acutemind

        I'll spell it out for you. They may have classified secrets or research having nothing to do with nuclear weapons in their NON NUCLEAR military facility that they STILL don't want others to know about.

        We wouldn't do it, Russia wouldn't do it, Israel CERTAINLY wouldn't do it and likewise Iran isn't doing it! Concluding from the CLEARLY INCONCLUSIVE that Iran is somehow acting suspicious by not letting you see their military secrets which you are not entitled to see and which they're under NO obligation to show you is just your predisposition towards Iran choosing your words for you. In other words YOU doing the same as everyone else in the same position is NOT suspicious in the least, and you claiming such is just "sour grapes".

        May 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
      • JLV

        acutemind you keep asking for conclusive empirical evidence, but those things are found after the fact and quite often evidence disappears because life is costantly in motion and when people are dealing with blame or possible guilt people attempt to cover or destroy the empirical evidence that you demand. Science has quite often theorized about things before empirical evidence was even possible. You have tried to argue people down and even resorted to name calling, and I realize your detractors have done like wise, but that hasn't made it anymore right for you to do it. We fought nazi germany and could see bad things about them even before we had empirical evidence of death camps. You have attacked our views of what we are looking at, and tried to say that we don't have the credentials to evaluate what we are looking at amongst other things. But I know people that work at a nuke plant and you don't take equipment outside to clean it because that spreads contamination. On top of that if its a secret non nuke military base, you wouldn't want to take equipment outside for foreign powers to see. I know I've been in the military, they are very clear about those kinds of things. Also you haven't to my knowledge offered an alternative theory as to what is going on in the picture. And finally not all psychatrists are/or have to be Sigmund Freud, besides we know he wasn't right about everything and new theories of mental health have developed since his time. Nothing is static.

        May 10, 2012 at 11:37 am |
      • acutemind

        JLV you are demonstrably WRONG about the conclusive empirical evidence. For Iran to develop a bomb it MUST (i.e. it is required and cannot happen without it being done) enrich uranium to 95+%. For Iran to develop a bomb it MUST (i.e. it is required and cannot happen without it being done) divert it's uranium stockpiles from where they are being stored and constantly monitored to do so. Every time uranium fuel is moved from one place to another it is monitored weighed measured and tested for isotopic fingerprints so that it is always accounted for AND whatever is done with said uranium fuel is recorded and also monitored. So the conclusive empirical evidence is RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU NOT SOMETHING TO BE FOUND OUT LATER. So conversely if Iran is NOT enriching uranium to 95+% or diverting it to non civilian usage then by definition the CANNOT be building a bomb. This is as common as common sense gets and the most basic of logic. If you are claiming someone is making apple pie but just without apples THEN BY DEFINITION they are NOT making apple pie. And if you claim they are then you're not going by the conclusive evidence but by something else...intuition perhaps, gut instinct maybe, or some sense of precognitive ability perhaps...but whatever it is it isn't conclusive evidence. And when conclusive evidence doesn't support your claim and what you rely on (as you just did) is the inconclusive (like watching water run out of a military facility which could mean any number of things), and you STILL come to a conclusion, then that says a lot about your motives.


        Even in your own post you said "But I know people that work at a nuke plant and you don't take equipment outside to clean it because that spreads contamination. On top of that if its a secret non nuke military base, you wouldn't want to take equipment outside for foreign powers to see. I know I've been in the military, they are very clear about those kinds of things." So you just proved my case for me. Parchin isn't a nuclear plant, and we already know that. The article said they have items outside and that water that seems to be emanating from the building is running outside – so these things in view of what you said in quotes above lends credence to what we already know.. which is that Parchin is NOT a nuclear facility and the IAEA as such has NO PURVIEW there.

        Lastly the reason why I asked you if you were Sigmund Freud is because you claimed I act like I have something to hide by merely demonstrating the foolishness used in the arguments of many of the warmongers. I was being sarcastic since you cannot come to such a conclusion based merely on my pointing out flaws in the arguments of others. Again it's another example of people coming to conclusions based on the inconclusive.

        May 11, 2012 at 8:12 am |
    • WAKE UP

      ACUTEMIND. Let me guess you and Iran are in agreement that the holocaust was fake right? Also when a psycopath like the leader of Iran says he wants to wipe Israel and America off the map, I tend to believe him. Go move your arrogant self to Iran. Just to warn you when you get there you will be executed for being a spy.

      May 9, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
      • Rich

        Acutemind doesn't like to think that a country where the people and leaders chant "Death to Israel! Death to America!" before any gathering larger than a bake sale, doesn't actually have any ill will towards us.

        He's dangerously naive, but hey – that's not illegal, yet.

        May 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
      • Rich

        Errr... likes to think they don't have ill will towards us. (I should have edited better.)

        May 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
      • acutemind

        Wrong! I don't believe the holocaust was fake. It was very real. Secondly the leader of Iran NEVER said he wants to wipe Israel off the map. That's just a LIE parroted by you and your LYING ilk. It's a known LIE. Even Deputy Israel Prime Minister admitted that the Iranian leader never said that. So if you tend to believe him in something he never said as you claimed, then you're an idiot. Either you're an unabashed LIAR which means you're full of crap as are your motives, OR you're a day late and a dollar short and shouldn't be attempting to be putting in your two cents. Furthermore if you "tend to believe him" as you claim then you would believe him when he says Iran is not after nuclear weapons. I bet you don't believe him now....because you believe what you want to believe including the ESTABLISHED LIES AND FALSE ACCUSATIONS made by your fellow hasbara.

        By the way are you a board certified psychiatrist? If so where did you do your residency and for how long? And when and for how long did you examine the Iranian leader whom you diagnose to be a psychopath...because lacking those qualifications you calling anyone a psychopath is nothing more than juvenile namecalling and is worthless as me calling you or a member of your family a psychopath. I don't need to go to Iran and I don't care if you think they'd execute me if I went. None of that changes the fact that your points are pure subjective opinions and speculation and NOTHING more i.e. WORTHLESS!

        May 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
      • WAKE UP

        Acutemind, You are seriously trying to tell me that Iran has made no threats? WOW! Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, threatened Israel on Friday, saying the Islamic Republic will help any nation or group that confronts the Jewish State, The Associated Press reported. He affirmed that Iran had provided assistance to terror groups Hizbullah and Hamas, AP reported. I could go on and on but it seems as though you would assist Iran and help them "wipe out the Israel fisters" Change your name from "ACUTEMIND" to "A DANGEROUS MIND"

        May 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
      • acutemind

        Where did I PREVIOUSLY say Iran has made no threats. Please show me! "WOW"??? "WOW" what??? I said the "wipe off the map" line used by the anti Iran posters is AN ESTABLISHED LIE. Up to now I haven't said Iran has made no threats. That's what you people do. You try ever so slightly to seamlessly imply that something that was never done was done.

        What I will say is that I've never been shown a direct threat by Iran against Israel. I've heard all different species of Iran wishing ill will towards the "Zionist regime" and predicting it's demise, but NO ONE has ever show me one quote from either the Ayatollah or Ahmadinejad where they claim Iran is going to destroy Israel or Iran is going to attack Israel. So unless you can show me a specific threat made by Iran against Israel and NOT some statement where Iran predicts the demise of the "Zionist regime" or sees them as a problem that should be removed or some other creatively worded statement where Iran has not explicitly said it will destroy Israel then YES NOW I am seriously telling you that Iran has made no such threats. Now you can say "WOW!"

        May 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
      • WAKE UP

        Straight from his mouth, Video documented PROOF in Iran's presidents own words.

        May 9, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
      • acutemind

        I watched the clip and there is NOTHING in it where Iran said they were going to destroy Israel. It showed Ahmadinejad saying that they will watch as the children of Lebanon and Palestine bring Israel's demise and they hoped that by God's will the countdown to Israel's destruction has occurred (and this is if I believe the translators, but for argument's sake I will) BUT there is NOTHING IN THERE WHERE IRAN EXPLICITLY SAID IRAN WAS GOING TO DESTROY OR ATTACK ISRAEL. NOTHING!


        May 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
      • WAKE UP

        Acutemind, So chanting "Death to Israel" isn't a threat uh? It seems you would like to see Iran deny the Holocaust and bring about a new one. You are stubborn and arrogant to say they are they are not a threat. If Iran is such a friendly and misunderstood place would you dare go visit this country? I don't even know why I'm arguing with you. You would tell me the sky isn't blue, that we all have it wrong.

        May 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
      • Really

        There is no sense in arguing with cutemind but it is sure funny!!!!!!!!

        May 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
      • KAC

        Actually... the greatest part about living in America is that you are free to leave at anytime. If you hate/distrust the American government so much, why live here?

        May 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
      • acutemind

        To WAKE UP: You obviously don't know the difference between a "threat", "wishing ill will" and "predicting or prophesizing doom". If I say "I wish you were dead" you'd say I threatened to kill you. If I say "One day you will die a painful death" you'd claim I threatened to torture and kill you. You're just making up your own nonsense i.e. ranting your own contrivances.

        YOU HAVE NO CASE. Chanting "death to Israel" is not a threat. It's an expression of how they feel and what they would like to see happen, but it's certainly not a threat. Furthermore from a country that has not attacked another in an unprovoked first strike in centuries, chants are the least of my worries.

        May 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Chris

      So are you an expert on how nuclear bomb making/ testing facilities operate or what the signs are when one is being constructed. If I had a dollar for all the things people like yourself didn't know about these things I would be rich. Also if you think this is the only piece of intelligence the government has than your just crazy, I'm certain that our intelligence agencies have been monitoring this site and others for a long time now and have intel that they are not sharing with us. With that said do I think this one satellite image is enough to start a war NO but to think you know more than those that are paid to monitor this activity is just plain ignorant.

      May 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
    • jjb1313

      it means we should blow the Mother up!!!

      May 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
    • HPNIII

      Why would Iran have a "Secret" nuclear plant above ground knowing that every military satellite in the world takes dozens of pictures of it every day.

      May 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
    • kjswartz

      Acute is right – this appears to be Arab Spring cleaning time!!!

      May 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  69. Fred Flinstone

    Okay, now show us the nuclear missile sites of Pakistan. You know, the country that hid OBL?

    May 9, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • Sodomite

      You mean the guy who died of kidney failure 10 years ago?


      May 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  70. JerPell

    I sincerely hope the Iranians have and use nuclear weapons and soon, so we can finally see the demise of the Mideast!

    May 9, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
  71. citizenUSA

    Somebody takes a wizz and the satellites are all over it.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • Ethernet

      My bad, I really really had to go...

      May 9, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
      • citizenUSA

        Awww, that's OK. We've all been there. We appreciate your honesty.

        May 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  72. Avi Shlomo

    why one does not ask Mr Branan where are his aerial photos of Nuclear Israel?

    May 9, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
    • Nelson

      Um, are you alluding that two wrongs make a right or something? Also, by far and large Israel is a WAY more cooperative nation than Iran on absolutely every relevant global topic whereas Iran is asbolutely not. To break this down for you, I would rather see an armed police man over an armed robber. just my opinion.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
      • acutemind

        No he's alluding to Israeli and western HYPOCRISY. Israel cooperative??? What are you...a clown?? Here are the United Nations Resolutions against Iran; UNSC Res 1737, 1747, 1803 & 1929

        The following are the United Nations Security Council resolutions Nuclear Israel has utterly ignored since 1948 to 2012:

        UNSC Res – 57, 89, 93, 100, 101, 106, 111, 119, 171, 228, 237, 242, 248, 250, 251, 252, 256, 259, 262, 265, 267, 270, 271, 279, 280, 285, 298, 313, 316, 317, 332, 337, 347, 425, 427, 446, 450, 452, 465, 467, 468, 469, 471, 476, 478, 484, 487, 497, 501, 509, 515, 517, 518, 520, 521, 573, 592, 605, 607, 608, 611, 636, 641, 672, 673, 681, 694, 726, 799, 904, 1073, 1322, 1402, 1403, 1405, 1435, 1544, 1701, 1860

        Israel is cooperative maybe in the Marvel Universe. Everytime Israel has been asked to have their nuclear facilities inspected they IAEA have rejected that request out of hand. Israel has illegally attacked others unprovoked – like Syria in 2007. I'm not in disagreement with you on your policeman, robber analogy, but in the analogy Israel is CLEARLY the robber.

        May 9, 2012 at 11:56 am |
      • ram

        What about the 52 UN resolutions (important ones regarding 1967 lands etc) that Israel has ignored. and speaking about armed policemen, did you see the clip of a multitude of policemen beating up on a poor man in the usa yesterday and he died in hospital?
        You are a dreamer. Go eat your frankfurter and feed your cat.

        May 9, 2012 at 11:57 am |
      • Really

        Acutemind: So we should conclude that you believe that Israel poses a greater threat to US interest and security than Iran?

        May 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
      • acutemind

        To Really: That was NOT the point I was making. The point I was making was when you look at the facts, Nelson's claims are NONSENSE. The facts CLEARLY contradicts his claims.

        Now to your off topic question. Yes I do believe Israel is a greater threat to the US than Iran, but for different reasons. Iran has NOT attacked another country in an unprovoked first strike in centuries. Israel has (see Syria 2007) on more than one occasion. Israel has in the past threatened to use nuclear weapons against the Arabs in extortion against the US when Golda Meir was prime minister and Nixon was president so that Israel could get military jets and other equipment from the US, as well as its disdain for international laws as evidenced by the numerous UN resolutions it ignores, as well as its killing of Yitzhak Rabin when FINALLY the Palestinians and Israel came to an agreement and the subsequent scuttling of said agreement demonstrating that it really doesn't want peace, and I haven't even touched upon the daily terrorizing of the Palestinians and the list goes on and on. So YES compared to an Iran that hasn't attacked in an unprovoked first strike any other country in over 3 centuries and Israel that thinks it can attack with impunity whomever it feels like whenever it feels like is an exponentially larger threat to world peace and by extension to the US.

        May 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
      • Really

        Not from around these parts are you, Acutemind?

        So if Iran is not enriching uranium for ultimately weapons reasons why are they doing it? Is it for energy or is it for cancer patients? Please enlighten us.

        May 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
      • Chris

        I guess your not counting the many Iranian backed proxy armies that have attacked other countries. I guess you didn't serve with me in Iraq and see first hand the amount of weapons and fighters that came across the Iranian border and how the Iranian government did nothing to stop it and in many cases promoted these actions? I guess you also didn't spend 3 months with me training along side the IDF in Haifa or the week I spent touring the holy sites and all the sites that were bombed during the first Gulf war when shopping malls and residential area got hit by Scud missiles. Oh no Israel has nothing to fear we should all be scared of them in your mind.

        May 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
      • acutemind

        You've guessed right Chris! And the reason is this. Every major player on the world has used proxies at some point or another and the reason they used proxies is because their is a LEGAL distinction drawn between use of a proxy and a direct attack. If that wasn't the case countries wouldn't use proxies in the first place. They'd just directly attack since the response for assisting said proxy would be the same as if said proxy was never used.

        Case in Point. The US supplied the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan with Stinger missiles and training to shoot down soviet aircraft but didn't shoot them down ourselves, because of said distinction. If the US supplying the Mujahadeen with weapons and training to attack Soviet aircraft was considered the same as the US directly attacking Soviet aircraft then there would be no reason waste time supplying and training the Mujahadeen – not to mention the learning curve. We would have just fired upon the Soviet aircraft directly ourselves – and felt the brunt of a response by the Soviets directly against our troops and military assets.

        History is rife with other numerous examples of this from the Korean war, Vietnam war and countless others. International law and established norms does not consider it illegal to supply a party you have sympathy with with weapons and training. Iran is playing by the same established rules we and everyone else plays by and are playing WITHIN said norms. So your implication that Iran's support of parties hostile to us somehow gives us or Israel some right to attack Iran directly is an example of how you would like the world to work and NOT how is DOES work. It also shows sheer ignorance.

        May 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
      • acutemind

        Oh and Really I answered your same question in another post about the reason why Iran is enriching uranium if it's not for weapons purposes – said answer being:

        Iran is enriching uranium for the same reason everyone of the other NPT signatories who are doing it for purposes not conclusively proven to be for anything other than civilian purposes is doing it. Asked and answered.

        May 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • Jim

      When's the last time you heard Israel's leader threaten genocide against another country?

      Wake-up hate monger.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
      • acutemind

        The last time I heard Israel leaders threatened genocide against another country was around the last time I hear Iranian leader threatening genocide against another country.

        May 11, 2012 at 8:45 am |
    • Ethernet

      They're not the evils like Iran is...

      May 9, 2012 at 11:52 am | Reply
  73. yup

    Should be any time now......baaaaa-Boooooom

    May 9, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply
    • acutemind


      May 11, 2012 at 8:46 am | Reply
  74. Jimi

    Ahmadinejad! You left the faucet running again!!!

    May 9, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
  75. Phillip Anthony Biondo

    Vote Phillip Anthony Biondo for President 2012 of the Fraternity Party! Brandon Gilligan USN for VP. Free College like k-12. Free Healthcare. All safe drugs, prescription and illegal will be legal. Superhuman computer making computer superhuman computer making fusion spaceship. Homeless shelters, Rice, soy sauce, and a multivitamin for the poor, Environmentally intelligent policy, Big Bang in Physics, Evolution in Biology, Strong Military, Technological Singularity in 2045. Alcohol and Tobacco are terrible drugs, go to the psychiatrist they will remain legal use at your own risk.

    May 9, 2012 at 10:57 am | Reply
    • qanerd

      What makes you think that k-12 education is free now?
      You have got to be one of the 48% who pay no taxes (e.g. one of our dependents). The money for all this free stuff comes from me and all the other people who actually pay taxes instead of sitting in mommy's basement beatching about the world and how unfair it is. Get a job and/or pay taxes as the rest of us do or shutup.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:20 am | Reply
      • bczu

        Get off your high horse....

        May 9, 2012 at 11:27 am |
      • Esta muy bueno

        Stay on your high horse. You are correct. America is failing under the extraordinary weight of freeloaders.

        May 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
      • JLV

        What's the matter bczu, did you need his high horse cause the government won't give you one for free.

        May 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  76. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Satellite also showed Iraq moving around and concealing WMD's right? Why don't you people stop the propaganda and allow the sanctions and diplomacy do the job! Eventually Iran would work out a deal with the UN and this conflict would be resolved peacefully! But enough of the fear mongering and propaganda!

    May 9, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
    • US citizen

      Hey CNN – I did cleaning at my house last evening to. Did you get it on photo? Maybe we need more resources to take photos of evey clean-up people do. They cleaned it for $100. US spent $1 million to track it, take photos, and make it public. Stop waisting tax money.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply
    • Really

      Ok, so Iran continues down their path and the sanctions continue to fail and in only 18 months they have a nuke. What do you do now? Please give us your wonderful insight.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
      • No Really

        They are not trying to make nukes because they told us it is against their religion. They want nuclear technology because they want to help treat their cancer patients. They are, after all, very concerned with their people. You don't believe them???

        May 9, 2012 at 11:08 am |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        The sanctions are working! That is why Iran is talking again and meeting with inspectors and consulting with the UN on ways to resolve this conflict! Furthermore, in order for Iran to complete a deliverable nuclear bomb, it must first run tests and if it does, then it would be forcing the UN to re-consider military action! But military action must always be the last resort especially when diplomacy can achieve the desired end results without loss of life!

        May 9, 2012 at 11:11 am |
      • asdf

        Mind our own business, let iran and israel wipe each other off the face of the earth if they choose to?

        *no it's not sarcasm

        May 9, 2012 at 11:21 am |
      • Really

        Oh, they are coming to the table....just like the N. Koreans keep coming back to the table, right? Are you serious? Pretty much everyone, from both parties, knows the Iranians' games. They delay (threat, come back to the table, threat, come back to the table, etc.) each time getting closer to having nuclear capabilities. Why would they want nuclear capabilities? Maybe to ensure the continued survival of their brutal regime.

        I think most people don't want war but to think that the Iranians are not trying to get nuclear weapons just makes you sound like an idiot! They are simply following the model already laid out by India and Pakistan.

        May 9, 2012 at 11:22 am |
      • acutemind

        The only person who sounds like an idiot here is the poster by the name REALLY, who has no conclusive empirical evidence to back up his claim that Iran is building nuclear weapons – thinks his "intuition" or "gut instinct" passes for proof, and then tells others that they sound like idiots for not submitting to his "intuition" and "gut instinct" or "point of view". That's the crux of the arguments of virtually ALL of these warmongers. They have NOTHING...just like this article.

        May 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Nelson

      Hey Idk if you've paid attention or not over the past decade, but surveillance tech has gotten infinitely better since the Iraq incident BECAUSE of the Iraq incident. There is NO ONE in better position to do this than we are. Remember Osama? That's just a single person, nevermind industrial equipment....

      May 9, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • JLV

      You are so right the sanctions are working, China now has cheap oil, and Iran still isn't allowing inspections or quitting its nuke program. Phew glad that worked.

      May 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Reply
      • acutemind

        Iran IS allowing inspection but only where they're obligated to in accordance with the NPT. They're not allowing inspections where the IAEA has no purview and where Iran is not obligated to allow inspections or which has nothing to do with nuclear facilities. And rightly so. The last time Iran gave good faith cooperation and gave the names of their nuclear scientists their scientists started ending up dead.

        May 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  77. Jason

    Or it could simply be a broken water pipe....

    May 9, 2012 at 10:49 am | Reply
  78. DJS

    WHAT?!?! They have water?!?! We must contain this threat to world peace.

    May 9, 2012 at 10:44 am | Reply
    • Ben

      Even if Iran is making a nuclear bomb. We have to ask our selfs mmmmmm we have new clear bomb ourselves. And guess what we killed 66000 people with it in Japan too lol. Its an unfair game

      May 9, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply
  79. J.J.

    Maybe somebody just finished washing their car?

    May 9, 2012 at 10:42 am | Reply
    • voice.of.reason

      omg, there is water running from a building...same BS they fed everyone with Iraq and we ended spending trillion of dollars, lost American soldiers, killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, and probably created more hatred for America in the ME... and what did we get out of it?? NOW THEY WANT TO REPEAT THE SAME MISTAKE. Iran is not our problem, it's never been our problem, and i really don't care if they have a nuke or not. They know damn well they can't mess with us ...there are other countries out there with nukes and we don't worry about them, but we live in fear of Iran just having nuclear technology..this is just ridiculous. stop wasting our tax money on this crap and let's focus on America for once. We got economic problems, our infrastructure is falling apart... don't know how we are going to solve the energy problems, our school aren't really turning out geniuses... Future doesn't look too bright for this country....something has to change!

      May 9, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
      • ram

        I agree with you that americans should stay at home and look after their country instead of trying to lick the spoon from every other persons' pot.
        The usa has fallen into the bin laden's trap.
        First, it seems that Bin Laden's objective was to bring america down on its knees economically. This it seems was achieved. Now america is spending more resources, of course borrowed from a communist country, to counter the fear of al q.
        America from now on will, till the end of time, live in fear (engineered) to fill the pockets of the munitions manufacturers.
        America has lost influence in the world
        Americans now have been more unemployed since multitudes of years ago
        America, instead of looking after its people and bringing in democracy that is not controlled by a mighty association like "AIPAC", they are trying to CONTAIN Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, China, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Russia etc. The money that should be spent on education and infrastructure is going to suppress natural growth of countries who work hard for progress, while the americans dream of keeping their position as number uno in the world. Keep dreaming america, the ship is slowly sinking and unless you start to bail out the water, it will sink like the Titanic. Time for america to stop waving the patriotic flag and start taking a look at Harlem, Detroit, Ohio etc. The people who live there are americans.

        May 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
      • BloodNThunder

        @ Ram, Your a blooming idiot.

        May 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  80. Matt

    What stupid article. You are wondering ,who is providing this information to CNN? Why CNN publish every fart Iran Does?
    Let me guess? Israel Propoganda Machine.

    I think CNN missed carpet vaccum process too. They also washed dishes and they had Chichen curruy exported illegaly from India.

    CNN, it is obvious what you are doing and who is spnsoring you. Anything more?

    May 9, 2012 at 10:39 am | Reply
  81. mike

    The "war-whores" never stop with their plots to plunge the world into darkness, and I'm not talking about the Persians.

    May 9, 2012 at 10:35 am | Reply
    • Nelson

      Wow, you're really observational. You should work in foreign policy you'd be great

      May 9, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
  82. John B

    Bah. All they are doing is repainting the nursery for the arrival of the baby.

    May 9, 2012 at 10:32 am | Reply
  83. smokeee

    ahmeninijad used izanagi. don't believe what you see...

    May 9, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply
  84. ccr680

    Total Rubbish propaganda. F**K CNN.

    May 9, 2012 at 10:21 am | Reply
    • Lee

      I tend to agree.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:23 am | Reply
    • Andres

      Did you read who made these findings? This is ISIS who made it and referred to Washington. CNN is just making what it is supposed to do, tell the news the way it is. Great job CNN.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply
    • jj

      CNN didn't make this story...their just reporting it. Why the negative crap?

      May 9, 2012 at 10:35 am | Reply
      • hassani1387

        Because CNN isn't bothering to report ANOTHER side to the story - by getting analyses from non-ISIS related sources, for example– which is what a REAL news organization would do instead of carrying a hyped screaming headline

        May 9, 2012 at 11:24 am |
      • Nelson

        First off, ISIS is the most important body to preside over these matters, they are the authority. Any non-ISIS reports are the equivalent of hearsay, they mean little to nothing. They have no bearing on anything of substance and are highly influenced by the parties in question at times as well depending on who you are thinking should be included in the reporting.

        A key part of reporting is actually being able to trust the source of information. Since Iran refuses to allow the appopriate parties access to do their job and report, the FAILURE of this action is reported. Do you get it yet?

        May 9, 2012 at 11:30 am |
      • acutemind

        "ISIS is the most important body to report on these matters"??? Says who??? YOU??? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH!!!! What? You think if you say it and squeeze your sphincter really hard as you do so it makes it true? Speculation is speculation is speculation regardless of whom does the speculating. NO ONE regardless of their scholarly qualifications can come to a conclusion based on the inconclusive. Only Israel Firster warmongers and their ilk believe otherwise because they form conclusions based on what they want to believe or their "intuition" or "gut instinct" and NOT CONCLUSIVE FACT and call others "idiots" or "stupid" for not falling inline with their "precognitive" nonsense.

        Your entire arguments comprise one subjective opinion built upon another subjective opinion or feigned knowledge of some future event or "intent" of others gleaned from the "arrangement of chicken bones in a pan" witchdoctor ritual. NO CONCLUSIVE EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE SUPPORTS ANYTHING YOU ISRAEL FIRSTERS SAY, so you have to resort to all kinds of convoluted subjective smoke and mirrors opinions in a futile attempt to make a claim in the hopes that some gullible fool would buy into it.

        May 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  85. Any minute now

    Do not be alarmed. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton assured me that we have sanctions in place which will deter the nuclear weapon ambitions of this apocalyptic Shi ite theocratic dictatorship.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:24 am | Reply
    • caeser

      oh! Thank god for that!

      May 9, 2012 at 10:08 am | Reply
  86. JayBee

    Ohhh my goddddd!!!! there is water near this building. They must be making nukes. There are also "items" lines up near this building. This is the most incriminating evidence I've seen thus far. Game over Iran, we've foiled your plot. Nice try. We knew you had "items" and "water streams" all along. You cant hide your items from us. I cant believe the IAEA didnt see these items on their last pass through. We've got you now Iran!!!!!!

    May 9, 2012 at 9:23 am | Reply
    • Joe

      To a weapons analyst, those things mean a lot more than a punchline, wiseass.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:13 am | Reply
      • Tim

        Give him a break joe, he's not too bright.

        May 9, 2012 at 10:30 am |
      • acutemind

        Yeah? So exactly what does that mean to a weapons analyst? Please do tell. It doesn't mean squat. You don't know what they're doing – neither does the weapons analyst. Speculation, speculation, and more speculation. "It could be...blah, blah, blah" "or maybe blah blah blah" Parchin isn't even a nuclear facility, so it doesn't matter what's going on there.

        May 9, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • RdWtNBlu

      You have spoken and only proven you are an idiot. Have a good day!

      May 9, 2012 at 10:16 am | Reply
    • jj

      Gee one seems to think your very bright. It's tuff being you.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
      • acutemind

        Jaybee is right on point. It's your little group of responding hasbara that isn't too bright. Parchin isn't a nuclear facility and as such Iran isn't obligated to give the IAEA access AND claiming that it means something to a weapons analyst without stating what said "something" is is saying a lot of NOTHING.

        May 9, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • acutemind

      LOL. Couldn't put it better myself Jaybee. I think they've found the smoking gun. Water.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:28 am | Reply
  87. Jay

    Really?! Mr. Albright's expert statement is a list of "they could be doing this or that" in a military complex building. We don't know what is in the building, and that is not part of their nuclear programs. For all we know, it could be washing their military equipment, or maybe it is a military industrial site – metal milling – using plenty of water. This sort of nonsense is why no one values expert opinion any longer.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:19 am | Reply
    • JayBee


      May 9, 2012 at 9:24 am | Reply
    • awake

      ...are you really that nieve? Oh I bet you still believe in "hope & change" also.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:21 am | Reply
      • acutemind

        No he's not that naive. He's just intelligent enough to know that short CONCLUSIVE evidence a bunch of speculation is worthless, and so is your opinion.

        May 9, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  88. JayBee

    I think it must be an Above-Ground pool texting facility

    May 9, 2012 at 9:16 am | Reply
    • JayBee


      May 9, 2012 at 9:18 am | Reply
    • acutemind


      May 9, 2012 at 11:34 am | Reply

    they can bring all the current intel to obama by the truck load , but be assured obama will only turn away and view the polls , which will result in more fast talk .

    May 9, 2012 at 6:30 am | Reply
    • your an idiot

      whats your plan genius?? ride in on our tanks with another unfunded war? I am sure you don't want to be taxed to pay for your safety that you claim is in so much danger. Typical for the Republicans. More war but no taxes..

      May 9, 2012 at 10:24 am | Reply
    • WDS

      Yup. That's why Osama bin Laden is still alive and kicking!

      May 9, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
  90. JohnWV

    NO MORE WARS! Israel has ICBM nukes and has threatened Iran's very existence. Israel, not Iran, is the warmonger. Resolution lies with increasingly severe UN sanctions against Israel pending cessation of its cruel and deranged Mideast hegemony. NO MORE WARS!

    May 9, 2012 at 5:17 am | Reply
    • Trevor

      Really? Israel has made public statements to "wipe Iran off the face of the earth" to transcript or press release please. We are all waiting for this breaking news. And no, responses from Israel to a threatening statement previously made by Iran doesn't count. Israel is the warmonger? Please list the "wars" that Israel in its history has initiated that were "offensive" in nature. An no, initiating pre-emptive strikes against forces massing on your border that to mitigate the losses that would have been incurred from remaining "defensive" is not "warmongering"...thats called a smart strategic decision to ensure survival when you're outnumbered 3 to 1. These Arab nation forces in the 60's and 70's were clearly posed to launch an offensive campaign to drive Israel into the Med. The whole attempt for anyone to utilize the policies of Israel towards the Palestinians as a legitimate "issue" and attempt to tie it to this confrontation with Iran are seriously grasping for any excuse for Iran's aggressive stance in the region. The Iranians don't give a crap about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and use them only as a diversion away from their own internal conflicts., period.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:43 am | Reply
      • hassani1387

        This is RUBBISH. David Albright and ISIS have made a career out of scaremongering about Iran. Parchin was already inspected by the IAEA - TWICE - based on nothing more than ISIS's hyperventilation and speculation. Nothing was found there. Environmental samples were taken and you can't "Wash" away minute traces of things like plutonium

        May 9, 2012 at 8:30 am |
      • Rob

        Israel has had to fight for its right to survive since its inception in 1949. Jews have the longest standing claim to that land dating back to the time of the Egyptian so it is their land. The jews have been kicked around in every corner of the world for centuries so I think they have a right now to defend thier land and their lives. Iran is the one who threatened to wipe Israel off the face of the earth so Israel has the right to keep them from nuclear weapons and we in the United States need to support them because they are one of our most loyal allies and will save us the trouble of destroying those facilities later.

        May 9, 2012 at 8:53 am |
      • Trevor

        Rubbish? What I stated earlier about countering John's "warmongering" comment about Israel is rubbish or Iran's aggressive stance that is a FACT? I understand that this article is about Iran's nuclear program, but my post wasn't about its nuclear program, the "aggressive stance" comment I made is FACT. The Iranians have made repeated statements that are "aggressive" in nature towards Israel, they have made aggressive statements against ROUTINE U.S. naval movements in the Gulf and have also directed it against shipping in general by threatening to "close the Strait of Hormuz" outside of their internationally recoginized 12 nautical mile territory. Has the U.S. and the Gulf Arab States been "aggressive" in the joint military exercises in the Arabian Gulf? It is "aggressive" by the mere action of conducting these in "Iran's face", yet it what? The U.S., UAE, Qatar, Baharain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have been "aggressive" to counter a perceived threat from Iran to the stability of the region and they don't spend billions of dollars on joint training just because its "fun". BTW, if you want to look at just a little bit of "history" as of late (within the last 18 month or so), this whole recent "ramping up" of U.S. training with Gulf Arab States is a REACTION to statements and actions by the Iranians, not the other way around. Bottom line, there's nothing wrong with "flexing your muscles" through joint military exercises, its a proven deterrent against perceived aggressive behavior...and as of late its been effective. Iran makes "statements" that its going to do "X" if the U.S. does "Y" and NOTHING HAPPENS, and everyone's happy except the one making the "statement".

        May 9, 2012 at 9:21 am |
      • Chuck Long

        Yes 1967 war was preemptive war initiated by Israel and they attacked the USS LIberty and murdered our men. If you refused to believe our soliders account your nothing but a Israeli stooge and your allegiance is to a foreign power, end of stoy. We owe land thieving Israel nothing and get nothing in return. God forbid if you disagree with them, your labeled a antisemite or rish getting a premptive assassignation. They have killed Americans in the US claiming they were terrorist, rubbish!!! What's the difference between a terrorist or freedom fighter? steal my land in America and I will shoot a missile in your backyard everyday too!

        May 9, 2012 at 10:26 am |
      • Lee

        Let's see. If Israel starts a war it's a pre-emptive strike. If the Arabs attack it's war-mongering. The truth is that the Arab countries in 1967 were NOT going to attack and the Israeli politicians and it's military knew this but determined they could gain land by attacking. Israel is a war-monger, Israel has used terrorist activities, Israel has done ethnic cleansing. But you are correct that Israel has not threated to wipe Iran off the map nor has Iran threatened the same against Israel. There is a deliberate mis-interpretation of statements made that over time Israel will fail to exist, not Jews, Israel. I say deliberate mis-interpretation because it is used by Israel and this country to make Iran far more evil that it is.

        May 9, 2012 at 10:30 am |
      • Trevor final "aggressive" action the Iranians have conducted...the surface to surface missile launches that occur regulary as of late. Again, there's nothing wrong with the Iranians conducting these exercises and demos as a "show of force"...the U.S. would do the exact same thing if say, Venezula decided to conduct joint exercies with the Russians and Cubans off the coast of Florida. But, to say that the Iranians are not "aggressive" in their actions and words is flat out false (you may not even be saying this). It all boils down to who has made threats on their own volition (Iran), not counter statements to threats (U.S., Israel), who has threatened to disrupt ROUTINE movements of shipping, be it U.S. military or commercial...that has been Iran.

        May 9, 2012 at 10:46 am |
      • Steve

        "God forbid if you disagree with them, your labeled a antisemite" ??

        Hey Chuck, I give it a 50% chance that you ARE anti-semetic. The other option being you are simply a nutcase conspiracy theorist. So which is it?

        "What's the difference between a terrorist or freedom fighter? steal my land in America and I will shoot a missile in your backyard everyday too!"

        The difference between the two? Perspective, See the problem is you only see your side of the issue. Also, perhaps you and I are lucky that American Indians don't have missles?

        May 9, 2012 at 10:55 am |
      • Steve

        Lee, you need a history lesson. Perhaps you should challenge yourself to learn a little about the world outside your own sphere of existance. You know, try to educate yourself, read some world history, then come back to an adult discussion with some historical knowledge and facts.

        May 9, 2012 at 11:03 am |
      • acutemind

        You have a bunch of LIARS coming up here parroting the long established LIE that Iran "vowed or threatened to wipe Israel off the map". This has long been known to be a lie. Even the Deputy Israeli Prime Minister Dan Meridor acknowledged Iran NEVER said such a thing. Yet you have the Israel Firsters STILL coming up here repeating that known lie. That should be a litmus test as to their motive in that they are being WILLFULLY disingenuous and as such NOTHING they say should be considered truthful. If they have to resort to lying it's because they themselves know the truth doesn't offer any justification or vindication for their evil motives. Once they make the "wipe off the map" claim I don't even bother reading any further since at that point you know it's an orchestrated bevy of lies their post comprises.

        May 9, 2012 at 11:43 am |
      • Trevor

        Lee- There has been so much arguing over the perceived "intentions" of the Arabs and Israel in 1967, that you can easily come down on either choose to "believe" one side I choose to "believe" the other...neither one of us can really "know" because neither of us were involved. So I will re-phrase and insert a key word "believe" into my statement, I have no problem with that, if you do or don't, I don't really care one way or the other.

        To be clear, I NEVER called the Arabs "warmongers". In addition, it we seem to be at odds over the actual definition of "warmongering"...I was talking about utilizing a nation's military in direct nation-state military conflicts, not your presumed and overaching premise of including Israel's ethinc cleansing policies (BTW I do disagree vehmently on their policy, and don't cut Israel any slack) in this definition.

        I've read the statement by Ahmadinejad...who gives a crap if they're only advocating elimination of the "state" of Israel (ie the "regime occupying Jerusalem) and not the actual extermination of the Jewish people? The established "state of Israel" is the whole reason you've have had millions of Jews have flood the area since 1947 and pour the blood out to defend it. If it were about just the survival of the Jewish "people" and they weren't concerned about the "state" itself, they wouldn't have established Israel in the first place and they wouldn't have gone through all this crap would they? It will take the killing of MILLIONS of Jews to eliminate/bring down the "state" of Israel...they won't just "roll over" and become "absorbed" back into a "democratically elected" government of Palestine and the current Iranian regime knows it. Yet they don't have any problem making the statement knowing full well what it would take to accomplish the objective. If someone said they were committed to bringing down a country's government, you can bet the people in that country (unless they're unhappy with the current government) would take that as a "threat" to their very lives. Its called "allegiance" to one's country, not just to one's race or ethnicity. The U.S. with its ethnic and racial diversity is the perennial example of "allegiance" to one's country trumping one's allegiance to their "people". If you don't think "allegiance" to your country is important and worth dying for, I can't help you there.

        Chuck- Your statement has nothing to do with what I stated or claimed. Maybe just venting about Israel in general or you're confused with another post...

        May 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
      • Trevor

        acutemind- If you're including me in your statement: "You have a bunch of LIARS coming up here parroting the long established LIE that Iran "vowed or threatened to wipe Israel off the map", you can stick that assumption where the sun doesn't shine. I never said that, and my statement the goes into this issue was made AFTER your overarching "claim". Yes, the Iranian regime is in favor of the elimination of the state of Israel, they are in favor of the Palestinians making the decision to "keep the Zionists" with no input from the Israelis. Whether or not the Iraninans actually get involved directly (ie: through SSM launches into Israel) or indirectly (ie: supplying Hezbollah with weapons) in the eventual dissolution of the state of Israel is irrrelvant to my statement. I simply said they've made statements that would by any reasonable government be taken as a "threat"...I you want to call it a "non-favorable" statement, whatever floats your boat. Have the Israelis "over reacted", I would say so, and I think that they've backed off their initial statements just like Iran has.

        May 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • hankers

      Rob, so you will be OK when the native Americans claim the NA as their homeland and put walls around white people encampments and limit their freedoms and economic prosperity? (with an occasional bombing of course)

      May 9, 2012 at 10:21 am | Reply
      • hassani1387

        So you're acknowledging that Israel is engaged in a battle of ethnic cleansing, just as the "Whites" did to the Native Americans?

        May 9, 2012 at 11:26 am |
      • Nelson

        Hassani, Israel is no more involved in ethnic cleansing than the Palestinians are. Fact.

        May 9, 2012 at 11:31 am |

    could be trying to clean out the

    May 9, 2012 at 5:12 am | Reply

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