2/3/12 Stop US War on Iran: join street protests and spread truthful information

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Day of Mass Action to Stop U.S. War on Iran
NO war! NO sanctions! NO intervention! NO assassinations!

February 4, 2012: Rally 1:30 PM Westlake Center, 400 Pine St. march to military entrance processing station at 2901 3rd. ave. sea. 98121.
Facebook for February 4th

Street protests, other events and outreach will happen in many places around the world: in Ireland at Shannon Air Base (forward NATO base); in London; in Dacca, Bangaldesh; in Calcutta and other cities in India. Search this page for actions in Canada.
Endorsers include (not too late to join endorsers):
Afghans for Peace * American Iranian Friendship Committee * Americans Against the Next War *ANSWER Coalition * Antiwar.com * Anti-War Committee, Minnesota * Bail Out The People Movement * Buddhist Peace Fellowship * Campaign Against Sanctions & Military Intervention in Iran * Center for a Stateless Society* CODEPINK * ComeHomeAmerica.us * ComeHomeAmerica.us, Boston * Dallas Peace Center * Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality-Virginia * Future Freedom * Gay Liberation Network, Chicago * Granny Peace Brigade* Iowans for Diplomacy With Iran* International Action Center (IAC) * Libertarians for Peace* Liberty for America * Malcolm X Center for Self Determination * March Forward! * Midwest Anti-War Mobilization * Minnesota Peace Action Coalition * Mobilization Against War & Occupation, Vancouver * Moorefield Storey Institute * Movement for a Democratic Society * Occupy Wall Street, NYC * Occupy Boston * Oklahoma Center for Conscience and Peace Research * Outright Libertarians * Pace e Bene * Peace Action New York State * Peace Action Staten Island * Peace House Oklahoma City * Peace of the Action* Raging Grannies * Refugee Apostolic Catholic Church * Rochester Against the War * Shannon Watch, Ireland* SI! Solidarity with Iran * Stanford Says No to War * St. Pete for Peace* Twin Cities Peace Campaign * United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC) * Veterans for Peace * Veterans for Peace – NYC Chapter 034 * Vigil for Peace, Florida * Waco Friends of Peace* WAMM, Women Against Military Madness* We Won’t Fly* WESPAC Foundation* Western Mass Coalition for Palestine * Women for Peace * Workers World Party * World Can’t Wait *David Swanson, Author of When the World Outlawed War * Phil Wilayto, Author of In Defense of Iran: Notes from a U.S. Peace Delegation’s Journey through the Islamic Republic * Ramsey Clark, Former US Attorney General, awarded UN Human Rights Award * Cindy Sheehan, National Co-ordinator of Peace of the Action * Ray McGovern, Veterans for Peace * Karla Hansen, Producer/Director “Silent Screams” * George Phillies, Editor for Liberty for America * Larry Everest, correspondent for Revolution Newspaper, author of Oil, Power & Empire: Iraq and the US Global Agenda

Voice of America (VOA) 'public diplomacy', basis 'mainstream news', is also a revealing window into US lies, like suggesting US sanctions, actually acts of war, against non-existent Iranian 'nuclear weapons and ambitions', may 'succeed'; attempts to revive the 'failed plot to attack Saudi ambassador in D.C.', so absurd even state-sponsored media barely gave it play; 'US intelligence community's' list of major * 'top security concerns' expose casus belli pretexts mirroring GWOT for the bipartisan global domination National Security Agenda.

US: Iran “More Willing” to Conduct Attack on American Soil
CIA Director David Petraeus (r) listens as Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, left, testifies on Capitol Hill, Washington,
America’s top intelligence official says Iran is increasingly willing to conduct attacks in the United States or against U.S. interests overseas, but does not appear to have decided to build a nuclear weapon. James Clapper, said last year’s foiled plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington shows that some Iranian officials “are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived actions that threaten the regime.” He said such officials could include the country’s supreme leader. Iran has denied taking part in assassination plots and insisted it has no intention of building nuclear weapons. On that second point, Clapper told senators Iran could be telling the truth, at least for now....Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon said only the toughest of sanctions have a chance of succeeding.The U.S. recently boosted economic sanctions on Iran. The National Intelligence director expressed hope such pressure will curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Petraeus and Clapper acknowledged recent consultations between U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies concerning Iran, but did not elaborate.

Iran, perceiving threat from West, willing to attack on U.S. soil, U.S. intelligence report finds
U.S. intelligence agencies believe Iran is prepared to launch terrorist attacks inside the United States in response to perceived threats from America and its allies, the U.S. spy chief said Tuesday.Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. said in prepared testimony that an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington uncovered last year reflects an aggressive new willingness within the upper ranks of the Islamist republic to authorize attacks against the United States... in testimony submitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee in advance of a threat assessment hearing Tuesday Clapper said “We are also concerned about Iranian plotting against U.S. or allied interests overseas.”
The assessment signals a potentially dire new direction in the adversarial relationship between the United States and Iran, at a time there are indications a covert campaign is already underway to thwart Iran’s alleged ambition to develop a nuclear weapon...
Clapper’s warning about Iran was delivered as part of the U.S. intelligence community’s 2012 overview of the nation’s most serious national security concerns. As the hearing got underway, Clapper signaled the US is seeking to avoid a violent confrontation with Iran, pushing more and more sanctions hoping to induce a change in their apparent pursuit of a nuclear capability
while monitoring the possibility of a preemptive strike by Israel. ...Obviously this is a very sensitive issue right now. We’re doing a lot with the Israelis” Clapper said...

US vehicle IAEA's job: illusion of neutrality to cover up US 'nuclear weapon' pretext for overthrowing Iran and any other regime that refuses to bend to US world domination war
" IAEA team did not visit any nuclear sites"
Six International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] inspectors traveled to Tehran Saturday for meetings with Iranian officials about suspicions the country's uranium enrichment program is designed to produce nuclear weapons. Iran says the effort is solely for generating electricity. Iran said Tuesday that three days of talks with U.N. nuclear watchdogs were “constructive,” and the two sides agreed to continue their dialogue... the IAEA team did not visit any nuclear sites, only “technical and legal issues were discussed.” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi offered to extend the IAEA visit. Iran has also said frequently in recent weeks that it is prepared to resume talks with world powers — talks which were suspended more than a year ago...CIA Director David Petraeus said Tuesday sanctions are hurting Iran now more than ever before. Stephen Zunes, Mideast analyst at the University of San Francisco, told VOA sanctions are having an economic impact, but the political impact remains to be seen. “If they end up hurting ordinary Iranians more than the Iranian elites, it may get people to rally around the flag... as with any kind of sanctions, a fine line between putting pressure on the regime and creating an atmosphere that creates a popular backlash..."

Panetta: Iran has not yet decided to build nuclear bomb
1/8/12 AP, http://news.yahoo.com/us-iran-not-yet-decided-build-nuclear-bomb-1401320...
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Iran is laying the groundwork for making nuclear weapons someday, but is not yet building a bomb and called for continued diplomatic and economic pressure to persuade Tehran not to take that step. Panetta's remarks on CBS' Face the Nation, reflect the long-held view of the Obama administration that Iran is not yet committed to building a nuclear arsenal, only to creating the industrial and scientific capacity to allow one if its leaders to decide to take that final step. The comments suggest the White House's assessment of Iran's nuclear strategy has not changed in recent months...
In a December talk at a Brookings Institution forum, Panetta said an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities would "at best" delay Iran's nuclear program by one or two years. Among the unintended consequences, he said, would be an increase in international support for Iran and the likelihood of Iranian retaliation against U.S. forces and bases in the Mideast. Panetta did not discuss the issue directly on Sunday's "Face the Nation." But Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, appearing with the defense secretary, said he wanted the Iranians to believe that a U.S. military strike could wipe out their nuclear program. "I absolutely want them to believe that's the case," he said. Panetta did not rule out launching a pre-emptive strike...
Panetta said if Iran started developing a weapon, the U.S. would act. "I think they need to know that — that if they take that step — that they're going to get stopped."
Dempsey said Iran has the military power to block the Strait of Hormuz "for a period of time" if it decides to, but the U.S. would take action to reopen waterway. "We can defeat that," he said. Panetta said "We made very clear that the United States will not tolerate the blocking of the Strait of Hormuz."...

1/30/12 Defense Secretary Panetta on "60 Minutes" expressed concerns over Iran developing a nuclear weapon within the next year and stated that the U.S. "will take whatever steps are necessary to stop it," there are "no options off of the table."

Russia Rejects Western Sanctions against Iran as Regime Change Bid
Moscow wary of 'regime change' moves after IEAA report, effectively guaranteeing a muted international response
Nov. 9, 2011 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/09/russia-rejects-iran-sanction...
Moscow's reaction to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report was delivered by the deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov during a visit to Moscow by a senior Iranian official, Ali Baqeri. "Any additional sanctions against Iran will be seen in the international community as an instrument for regime change in Tehran. That approach is unacceptable and the Russian side does not intend to consider such proposals."...
Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, attacked the credibility of the IAEA. "Why are you ruining the prestige of the agency for absurd US claims?" he asked, in a speech to a crowd of several thousand people in the city of Shahr-e-Kord in central Iran. Iran has always rejected allegations it had a nuclear weapons programme, insisting that its aims behind its uranium enrichment efforts and extensive atomic research work have been entirely peaceful, and within Iran's rights. "This nation won't retreat one iota from the path it is going," Ahmadinejad said.

Russia rejects further sanctions of Iran over nuclear programme
Jan.13, 2012 http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9010171025
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia's deputy foreign minister Gannady Gatilov strongly opposed US-led efforts to impose new sanctions against Tehran. "Additional sanctions against Iran, as well as any potential military strikes against it, will unquestionably be perceived by the international community as an attempt at changing the regime in Iran. The adoption by western states of unilateral measures outside the frameworks of UN Security Council decisions have a negative effect on the Iranian people and its economy, and undermine international efforts at resolving the problem".

China rejects US-led sanctions on Iran
January 4, 2012
December 31 US President Barack Obama signed into law new economic sanctions against Iran’s Central Bank...that require foreign financial firms to make a choice between doing business with Iran’s Central Bank and oil sector or with the US financial sector. It includes a “waiver” allowing the president to suspend the sanctions if he decides it will adversely impact national security interests of the US. “China has consistently believed sanctions are not the correct way to ease tensions or resolve the issue” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a news briefing in Beijing on Wednesday. “The correct path is dialogue and negotiations. China opposes putting domestic law above international law to impose unilateral sanctions on another country,” he said. Hong also defended China’s oil and trade ties with Iran and criticized the Western sanctions that could frustrate such relations.“China and Iran have normal and transparent trade and energy exchanges that do not contravene UN Security Council resolutions. The dealings in question should not be affected (by sanctions),” the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman pointed out.

Ackerman flaunts his enemy-wired-neoliberal war-mongering
Let’s Hope Iran Tries To Close The World’s Oil Spigot
1/10/12 http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/01/strait-of-hormuz/
By Spencer Ackerman, Danger Room's senior reporter, based out of Washington, D.C., covering weapons of doom and the strategies they're used to implement.
There are few mistakes Iran could make that would be worse for it in the long run.Why? Because Iran would suddenly be responsible for sending world energy prices skyrocketing — perhaps to $200 a barrel — after a disruption of Gulf oil shipping. Washington usually has a hard sell when convincing other countries that Iran’s regional bellicosity and lack of transparency on its nuclear program merits a tough response. But when Iran hits the entire world in the wallet, the argument gets substantially easier.Especially when making that argument in Beijing. The Chinese, in need of Mideast oil to propel their economy, often try to temper hostilities between the U.S. and Iran, lest regional instability stops the flow of crude. Usually that expresses itself in terms of restraining Washington. But if Iran is unilaterally responsible for the oil flow stopping, just watch Beijing move out of Washington’s way for harsher sanctions. Who knows: maybe China would even get on board with an American push to forcibly reopen the strait...

New U.S. Commando Team Operating Near Iran
1/19/12 By Spencer Ackerman, http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/01/jsotf-gcc/
Danger Room confirmed with the U.S. Special Operations Command that a new elite commando team is operating in the region. The primary, day-to-day mission of the team, known as Joint Special Operations Task Force-Gulf Cooperation Council, is to mentor military units belonging to U.S. oil-rich Arab allies, collectively known as the Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC]...
The task force provides “highly trained personnel that excel in uncertain environments,” Maj. Rob Bockholt, a spokesman for special-operations forces in the Mideast, tells Danger Room, and “seeks to confront irregular threats.” The U.S. military has not previously acknowledged the existence of the team, known as JSOTF-GCC...Col. Tim Nye, chief spokesman for the U.S. Special Operations Command, says the task force is responsible “for coordinating all SOF [Special Operations Forces] engagements and training with Gulf Cooperation Council nations.”
The special operations forces of those nations have shown a notable improvement [SIC] over the past year. Qatari commandos quietly traveled to Libya ahead of Moammar Gadhafi’s downfall to prepare Libyan rebels for the successful capture of Tripoli. The United Arab Emirates, another close U.S. ally, has also made its elite forces a priority, even hiring Blackwater’s founder to bolster their training...JSOTF-GCC is built around Naval Special Warfare Unit Three, one of the elite Navy SEAL teams. But “Joint” signals that it also draws from Army, Air Force and Marines special-operations forces....it represents another U.S. military option in the region at a time of escalating rhetoric with Iran threatening to close off the Strait of Hormuz... two U.S. aircraft carrier battle groups nearby...when the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the U.S. could reopen the waterway by force...an elite commando team nearby might help.

US continues to intensify provocations: USS Enterprise "will steam through the Strait of Hormuz in a direct message to Tehran".
US 11 aircraft carriers to show sea power
AP http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/21/us-to-keep-11-aircraft-carrie...
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told sailors aboard the USS Enterprise the ship is heading to the Persian Gulf region and will steam through the Strait of Hormuz in a direct message to Tehran...."That's what this carrier is all about," said Panetta. "That's the reason we maintain a presence in the Middle East ... We want them to know that we are fully prepared to deal with any contingency and it's better for them to try to deal with us through diplomacy."
Iran warned [the U.S. ITS THREAT TO EXTEND SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN'S CENTRAL BANK & OIL INDUSTRY WOULD BE AN ACT OF WAR] it will block the Strait, a major transit point for global oil supplies, and bluntly told the U.S. not to send carriers into the Gulf. The U.S. said it would continue to deploy ships there....
Panetta's remarks came amid the roar of fighter jets taking off and landing on the flight deck above, as the Enterprise conducted training operations about 100 nautical miles (160 kilometers) off the coast of Georgia. "The Big E is going to be an important symbol of power in that part of the world," said Panetta...the 'Big E', the first nuclear powered warship, and the other six ships in the carrier strike group will deploy to the Middle East in March... to maintain two U.S. carrier strike groups in the Gulf region, where they can support battle operations in Afghanistan, anti-piracy efforts and other missions in the area. The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group includes the Carrier Air Wing...which includes more than 50 aircraft, ranging from fighter jets and helicopters to electronic warfare aircraft.
Destroyer Squadron 2, guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg, guided-missile destroyers USS Porter, USS James E. Williams and USS Nitze. Together they carry more than 5,000 personnel, about 4,500 on the USS Enterprise...with fewer than 400 women.
In October 1962, the USS Enterprisw helped set up a blockade around Cuba during the Cuban missile crisis...and also was dispatched to the North Arabian Sea after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, unleashing more than 800,000 pounds of ordnance during the early days of the Afghanistan war...

12/29/11 Mossad chief Tamir Pardo: A nuclear-armed Iran wouldn't necessarily constitute an existential threat to Israel's existence. Israel will continue using various means to foil Iran's nuclear program, but if Iran actually obtained nuclear weapons, it would not mean destruction of Israel.

U.S. official: Iran willing to attack U.S. targets if threatened.
1/31/12 http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/secret-u-s-meetings-on-ira...
Mossad chief Tamir Pardo held secret talks with top U.S. officials in recent days.The clandestine Washington visit was exposed during a broadcasted hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence with CIA Director David Petraeus, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Dianne Feinstein, Senate panel Chair. Feinstein asked Clapper whether or not Israel intended to strike Iran's nuclear facilities, Petraeus said he would discuss the issue behind closed doors...Petraeus said it was important to note Israel considers a nuclear Iran an existential threat.

Explains why US keeps its proxy exposes absurd lie that israel controls US
Ensuring Israel's Qualitative Military Edge, QME
Andrew J. Shapiro, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs Remarks to The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Wa. D.C.
11/4/11 http://www.state.gov/t/pm/rls/rm/176684.htm
posted 1/2/12 http://burbankdigest.com/node/380
The cornerstone of America’s security commitment is to ensure Israel's Qualitative Military Edge [QME]...As Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, one of my primary responsibilities is to preserve Israel’s QME....I want to talk about why Israel's QME is important to the United States, why it benefits our national security, and the steps we are taking to ensure Israel’s security in these turbulent times. A Strong Partnership Supports U.S. National Security... The most direct tool the United States uses to ensure Israel’s QME is security assistance. For some three decades, Israel has been the leading beneficiary of U.S. security assistance through the Foreign Military Financing program, or FMF...each year Israel accounts for 60 percent of U.S. security assistance funding distributed through FMF.The Obama Administration...is carrying this legacy to new heights...
Ensuring Israel’s military strength and its superiority in the region, is critical to regional stability and as a result is a fundamental core interest of the United States...” Israel is a vital ally and serves as a cornerstone of our regional security. From confronting Iranian aggression, to working together to combat transnational terrorist networks, to stopping nuclear proliferation and supporting democratic change and economic development in the region – it is clear both our strategic outlook, as well as our national interests are strongly in sync...
Preserving Israel’s QME is therefore a multi-faceted endeavor above and beyond the $3 billion in Foreign Military Financing we provide...that includes more than just security assistance or ensuring Israel's access to technologically advanced defense systems. It also involves building operational capability through exercises, training, and personnel exchanges. It involves a close bilateral relationship with constant consultations. It includes taking Israel’s QME into consideration when conducting defense cooperation with other countries in the region. And it involves maintaining and strengthening our very close ties with countries throughout the region..

U.S. Saudi deal assures Israel's QME:
Morris J. Amitay, former head of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, told ABC a chief aim of the $60 billion arms sale is insuring Saudi Arabia can serve as another regional military counterweight to Iran..."to bolster the Saudis when the Iranians are trying to be hegemonic power of the entire region. Our six-decade-long security relationship with Saudi Arabia is a primary security pillar in the region. This package continues that tradition."

If you really want to know: US architect & geostrategist, now Obama 'consultant', spells it out - the reality 'public diplomacy' must transform into patriot - stirring grist
Hegemonic Quicksand
Zbigniew Brzezinski
(Belfer Center Programs or Projects: American Primacy and Its Discontents
deadly joke
* Major Points of US Worldwide Threat Assessment
U.S. intelligence chief said there is an increased threat that Iran could conduct an attack on U.S. soil in the wake of last year's failed plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the United States. U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper presented his annual assessment of the worldwide threats to U.S. national security to the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, with Iran at the forefront of the discussion.Clapper said in prepared remarks that Iranian leaders are “now more willing to conduct an attack on the United States” in the case of a “real or perceived” threat by the U.S. to the regime. In October, the U.S. Justice Department accused two Iranians of conspiring with elements of the Iranian government to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington. Clapper said Iran's nuclear decision making is guided by a “cost-benefit approach” that could be influenced by diplomacy. He said the Iranian leadership is “keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons.” “Among nation states, Iran's tactical advances – particularly in uranium enrichment – strengthen our assessment that Iran is well capable of producing enough highly-enriched uranium for a weapon, if its political leaders, specifically the Supreme leader himself chooses to do so.” The assessment comes as Western powers are toughening sanctions on Iran to stop sensitive nuclear activities they suspect are aimed at developing nuclear weapons. Iran maintains it is for peaceful purposes.
The U.S. listed a growing cybersecurity threat particularly state actors like Russia and China; and the proliferation of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons as top security concerns.
It also says al-Qaida remains a threat despite a decline in the international terrorist organization following the death of several other top leaders, including Osama bin Laden. U.S. intelligence says with a weakening core, al-Qaida will likely turn more smaller and simpler plots against the United States and overseas interests.
Clapper also said it is only a matter of time before Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime falls, saying he does not see how Mr. Assad “can sustain his rule of Syria.”
Clapper said he believes the government of North Korea's young, new leader, Kim Jong Un, will remain cohesive to prevent instability. The intelligence community believes it is unlikely the new regime will use nuclear weapons unless facing possible military defeat. “This would be based on a cost-benefit analysis starting with the Supreme Leader's world view and the extent to which he thinks that would benefit the state of Iran or conversely not benefit.” “Iran is supposedly, reportedly, trying to be more open this particular time. Perhaps trying to reassure countries as it feels the increased bite of the new sanctions, of the Central Bank of Iran sanction and the reduction of the purchase of oil from some of its key customers. And so I look forward, as do others, obviously, to seeing what that public (International Atomic Energy Agency) report will provide this time.”

Some see PBS and NPR as publicly funded alternatives to commercial media. Others see them as "Pentagon Broadcasting System" and "National Pentagon Radio.If we complain to PBS and NPR when they report allegations that Iran has a nuclear weapons program as if these are facts, how will they respond? On Sunday, Defense Secretary Panetta told Face the Nation that Iran is not now trying to develop nuclear weapons. "Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No." Monday, PBS NewsHour deceptively edited Panetta's comments excluding his statement that Iran is not trying to develop a nuclear weapon, then used his comments to suggest that Iran is now pursuing a nuclear weapon.
On NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, reporter Tom Gjelten said, "The goal for the U.S. and its allies ... [is] to convince Iran to give up a nuclear weapons program," implying Iran has a nuclear weapons program...