January 14, 2013

Overthrowing the Money Power

FINANCIAL SENSE

BY JR NYQUIST01/14/2013

Oswald Spengler once wrote, “A power can be overthrown only by another power, not by a principle, and only one power that can confront money is left. Money is overthrown and abolished by blood.” One might ask what Spengler meant by this. What was he referring to? What is signified by the power of money opposed by the power of blood? According to Spengler, “Through money, democracy becomes its own destroyer, after money has destroyed intellect.” Next comes the rule of naked force – the power of blood and the ways of war. In the end, this is what Spengler saw overthrowing the power of money. And if we look with a discerning eye we will not see Francis Fukuyama’s “end of history” or the final triumph of democracy. Something altogether different is being played out today.
Today’s news is instructive: A former CIA spy is claiming that Iran has built a nuclear bomb with Russian and North Korean help. Writing for WorldNetDaily, former CIA agent Reza Kahlili has published an article based on “a source in the Revolutionary Guards intelligence unit” with “access to Iran’s nuclear program.” The source claims that Iran obtained weapons-grade uranium and plutonium from North Korea which was used to assemble the weapon at a previously “unknown underground” facility that former CIA analyst Peter Vincent Pry says “is proof that the U.S. is probably underestimating the advancement and sophistication of Iran’s nuclear weapons program.” It is alleged that Russian and North Korean technicians are assisting the Iranians at the facility. (See the WND article titled Iran’s Nuclear Bomb Program Complete.)
Meanwhile, as if an Iranian nuclear weapon were not enough, China continues to push for dominance of the South China Sea and the East China Sea, with Japan targeted by Beijing’s war rhetoric. Yet it is more than rhetoric, since Japan and China have both sent aircraft into the disputed oil-rich Senkaku islands (see China and Japan one step closer to war). Some observers feel that a military clash is likely, with unpredictable financial and political consequences. As the United States has not backed Japan’s claim, China feels emboldened to ratchet up tensions. The Japanese defense forces, of course, should not be underestimated. Yet Japan has no nuclear weapons. How then will Japan stand up to China without the promise of American nuclear support?
National security reporter Bill Gertz published an article on Friday titled War Preparation Indicator: Beijing hardens subways for nuclear, gas attacks. Apparently Beijing’s subway system doubles as a nuclear blast shelter and is part of a larger Chinese nuclear modernization program. In fact, China has been “tunneling and hiding its nuclear forces since the early 1950s,” and only revealed the extent of its long-term preparations in 2010. At the same time, says Gertz, Russia is also “expanding its nuclear forces…. Moscow announced last year that it is also constructing some 5,000 underground bomb shelters in Russia’s capital in anticipation of a possible future nuclear conflict.”
Given these facts, what nuclear enemy are the Russians and Chinese preparing to face?
According to an article by Pavel Felgenhauer titled Putin Activates Anti-American PR Campaign, “anti-Americanism is a strong public trend in Russia….” And so is anti-capitalism. According to a January 10 story in the Barents ObserverCold War rhetoric worries Norwegian Foreign minister, Russia’s Vice Premier and former ambassador to NATO posted a twitter message in response to the commissioning of a new submarine, theYury Dolgoruky. Vice Premier Dmitry Rogozin’s twitter reads, “Shiver, bourgeois! You’re done for!” The Norwegian Foreign Minister expressed dismay at this. He said that Russian officials use Cold War rhetoric “too often.” Of course, one should not complain if a fish has gills. It is merely, in this instance, that fish have been presented as having lungs for twenty years – and the Norwegian Foreign Minister is disappointed to find out otherwise.
In the battle between capitalism and socialism, we can see how socialism continues to subvert economic freedom. What triumphed in Russia in the 1990s was not capitalism or democracy, but a show of capitalism and democracy. I should like to remind readers of Richard McGregor’s book, The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers. In this book we find that despite outward appearances the Communist Party is actively guiding all major companies and all financial institutions in the People’s Republic of China. We in the West can hardly imagine the extent of secret government controls over the economies in Russia and China. These countries are led by former and present communists who do not believe in economic freedom at all. For these autocratic rulers, capitalism is a pretense in the same sense that democracy is a pretense. Meanwhile the West is being undermined by socialism from within. And as Oswald Spengler said, “Through money, democracy becomes its own destroyer, after money has destroyed intellect.” Perhaps it is our wealth or perhaps it is our prosperity that has corroded our values and our intellectual integrity. Whatever the cause of our woes, we do not effectively resist them. Instead, we are diverted and we succumb.
The war preparations of Iran, Russia and China go forward, year after year. The United States continues to crawl into socialism. Does anyone think we’ll be allowed to crawl back out of it?
http://www.financialsense.com/contributors/jr-nyquist/overthrowing-money-power


WND EXCLUSIVE

IRAN'S NUCLEAR BOMB PROGRAM COMPLETE

Source reveals secret site, last obstacle is to arm missiles




Early nuclear explosion on Bikini Atoll
Iran successfully has built a nuclear bomb with the help of Russia and North Korea and has enough weapons-grade uranium and plutonium for more, according to a source in the Revolutionary Guards intelligence unit.
The source, who has access to Iran’s nuclear program, said the Islamic regime is working out of seven nuclear sites, most unknown to the IAEA, and that its nuclear bomb program is complete.
North Korea has provided the regime with plutonium for nuclear warheads, the source verified, and the last obstacle to overcome is arming missiles with those warheads.
The source, who revealed the existence of the regime’s microbial plant and its effort on biological weapons as published on Jan. 1 by WND exclusively, now has provided information on two of the seven secret sites.
The first is in the town of Khondab near the city of Arak in central Iran where Iran’s heavy-water plant reactor is located, which, once operational, will provide enough plutonium for several bombs just in its first year. WND will soon publish information on the second secret nuclear site, which has direct Russian participation involving laser technology for uranium enrichment.
The Khondab site, according to the source, expands on the activity at Iran’s previously secret site in Fordo, about 80 miles away. When the existence of Fordo was revealed in September 2009, much of the nuclear bomb research and equipment was later transferred to Khondab.
Google Earth - FEB 2009 - Initial start of the work at Khondab
DigitalGlobe SEPT 2012 - Khondab secret nuclear facility
The new site, in the belly of a mountain, is immune to airstrikes. It has three levels accessible by three elevators. The first level is security, where personnel check in, cell phones, arms and other items are confiscated, IDs are checked and passage allowed. The second level houses the centrifuges and the third level the lab, where work is ongoing on both uranium and plutonium bombs.
The uranium enrichment on the second level is in two phases: The first phase has eight cascades of centrifuges into which uranium hexafluoride gas has been fed for enrichment; the second phase has 12 cascades with six already operational and six more being readied.
The planning of the site was approved under former president Mohammad Khatami, but the project was approved by the current president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and completed over two years ago.
Several high-power towers, visible in images, have been installed near the site to provide much-needed electricity for the centrifuges. The electricity flows only to the bottom of the mountain, where entrances have been dug out.
DigitalGlobe SEPT 2012 - All high power towers installed since work on Khondab - Several marked
DigitalGlobe SEPT 2012 - Power polls extend only to the bottom of the mountain where entrances are
“The imagery clearly shows some kind of highly sensitive and fortified installation supporting a deep underground facility inside the mountain,” stated Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, a former CIA analyst and executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, an advisory board to Congress.
“The exterior facility has a huge security gate and guard post, the entire installation is surrounded by miles of deep trench and berm, like a medieval fortress, with modern security fences and guard posts.
DigitalGlobe SEPT 2012 - Security parameter of the site as marked
“And there are clearly two enormous underground entrances surmounted by a building that may power elevator shafts, escalators or a subway to the underground complex inside the mountain,” he said.
DigitalGlobe SEPT 2012 - Underground entrances & Air vents on top of the mountain
Of particular interest, Pry said, are the high-tension power lines at the facility.
“Whatever is going on inside needs a lot of electricity. Chemical and biological weapons programs have very modest power needs, compared to nuclear weapons programs, which consume enormous amounts of electricity.”
Pry said that Russia, China and North Korea are helping Iran’s nuclear and missile programs and that it is probably no accident that Iran’s underground facilities closely resemble those countries’ setups, which were intended to deceive the West during and after the Cold War.
“The discovery of previously unknown underground facilities of such size and potential significance in Iran is further proof that the U.S. is probably underestimating the advancement and sophistication of Iran’s nuclear weapons program,” Pry said. “The present policy of negotiation until Iran is caught red-handed moving toward nuclear weaponization is a policy doomed to fail – probably already has failed inside one of Iran’s underground nuclear installations.”
The site is supervised by Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, the father of Iran’s nuclear bomb program. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s representative, former defense minister Ali Shamkhani, routinely visits the site.
There are 60 personnel working at this site, with four Russian and three North Korean scientists helping the Iranian scientists.
Iranian scientists Massoud Ali Mohammadi and Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, who worked on this Khondab project, were assassinated, Mohammadi in 2010 and Roshan last year.
Because of those assassinations, Khamenei has ordered the Ministry of Intelligence and National Security to keep a close eye on all employees at various sites and monitor their movement and communications.
Two missile sites in the vicinity of this nuclear site are hidden underground to protect the site from an airstrike.
Currently more than 2,000 centrifuges are enriching uranium at this facility, with more to be operative shortly.
With the failure in three rounds of talks since last April between the world powers 5+1 and Iran over its illicit nuclear program and the regime’s defiance in stopping its enrichment and preventing the International Atomic Energy Agency from inspecting suspect sites, the West is running out of options, the source added.
He said the regime believes that ultimately America will have no choice but to accept a nuclear-armed Iran.
WND last October revealed that regime scientists at another secret site were working on a neutron detonator for a nuclear weapon and warhead design for ballistic missiles.
Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and author of the award-winning book “A Time to Betray” (Simon & Schuster, 2010). He serves on the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and the advisory board of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (FDI).
Reporters wanting to interview Reza Kahlili on this issue should email media@wnd.com.

http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/irans-nuclear-bomb-program-complete/


WND EXCLUSIVE

IRAN HAS CRISIS MEETING OVER WND'S NUKE STORY

Ahmadinejad scrambles to cover up exposure of nuclear program



Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is convening an emergency meeting Monday of his cabinet and others from the Supreme National Security Council over WND’s revelation of the Islamic regime’s secret nuclear facility.
The exclusive WND report on Jan. 7 said the secret facility is in Khondab near the city of Arak in central Iran.
DigitalGlobe Sept. 2012 - Khondab secret nuclear facility
According to a source in the Revolutionary Guards intelligence unit with access to Iran’s nuclear program, Iran is scrambling to find out who leaked the information. The regime is concerned about international ramifications of yet another secret site being exposed amid pressure and sanctions by the West and the International Atomic Energy Agency ‘s request for inspection and clarification over illicit nuclear activities. The source is the same person who revealed the site’s existence.
The regime has twice been caught red-handed with its covert nuclear activity – in 2002 when its Natanz enrichment facility was exposed and in 2009 with the exposure of the Fordo underground nuclear facility near the city of Qom.
Upon the revelation of the Khondab site on WND, Ahmadinejad issued two directives, according to the source – one to Heydar Moslehi, the head of the Ministry of Intelligence, and another to Fereydoon Abbasi-Davani, the head of the regime’s Atomic Energy Organization – requesting immediate investigation into the leak.
The source added that the Intelligence Ministry, which oversees the activity of all employees in the Iranian nuclear program, has begun questioning workers in Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization through its Herasat, an internal security force.
The regime fully knows, the source said, that any revelation of its secret nuclear activity under current circumstances will destroy its claim of peaceful nuclear activity and will embolden Israel’s position internationally that the regime is lying about its activity and that it needs to be confronted immediately.
According to the source, the Khondab facility houses over 2,000 centrifuges that are enriching uranium for Iran’s nuclear bomb program. More cascades of centrifuges are being made operational to add to its capacity.
DigitalGlobe images of the site have been given to organizations that specialize in Iran’s illicit nuclear program for further analysis. However, a retired imagery analyst who cannot be named has looked at two of the images and confirms that the imagery shows “a large surface installation showing characteristics of supporting a co-located underground facility.”
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, a former CIA analyst and executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, an advisory board to Congress, said, “The imagery clearly shows some kind of highly sensitive and fortified installation supporting a deep underground facility inside the mountain.”
DigitalGlobe Sept. 2012 - Entrances to the underground facility
The Atomic Energy Organization’s Abbasi-Davani, in a memorial ceremony on Jan. 10 for the assassinated Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, said the regime continues to enrich uranium to the 20-percent level at both Natanz and Fordo. The 20-percent enriched stock could within weeks be further enriched to weaponization grade.
“We will not accept anything beyond the (Non-proliferation Treaty) framework,” Abbasi-Davani said. “We will not answer undocumented claims. We will (only) respond to the documents we get from them that we find acceptable.”
The IAEA, the United Nations nuclear watchdog, has for months requested access to Iran’s Parchin military site, where it is believed that tests took place on the trigger for an atomic bomb. Regime officials have so far refused, even as satellite images show that Iran has for months started cleaning up the test site.
The latest IAEA report last November stated that the regime has expanded its enrichment program, with over 10,000 centrifuges enriching uranium at Natanz and over 2,700 centrifuges at Fordo.
Though Iran is under severe sanctions by the United Nations, United States and the European Union for its illicit nuclear program, it currently has enough enriched uranium for six nuclear bombs if further enriched and is working with North Korea on its intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Meanwhile, WND’s source said Syria has started shipping uranium from Syria to Iran. And according to a Reuters report, Western and Israeli security experts indicate that Syria may have as much as 50 tons of unenriched uranium.
Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and author of the award-winning book “A Time to Betray” (Simon & Schuster, 2010). He serves on the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and the advisory board of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (FDI).
Reporters wanting to interview Reza Kahlili on this issue should email media@wnd.com.

http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/iran-has-crisis-meeting-over-wnds-nuke-story/