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The U.S. is ramping up pressure on the American public to accept an attack on Iran, with not one but two stories in today's news. It wasn't enough to accuse Iran of producing nuclear weapons based on no evidence, now we're throwing into the mix accusations of cyberattacks and hostage taking as well.

In perhaps the more serious charge, an AP story accuses Iran of holding retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in 2007 on an Iranian island. Iran has repeatedly denied holding Levinson, which would seem reasonable on two counts — one, they never denied holding the three American hikers, nor journalist Roxanna Saberi; why would they deny holding Levinson? And two, considering they have made no demands for a "spy swap" or anything of the sort, to what end would they be holding him?

Logic, of course, doesn't deter the U.S. authorities who planted this story. And what exactly is their "evidence"? "The tradecraft used to send those items [videos and pictures of the hostage] was too good, indicating professional spies were behind them." An example of that "professional tradecraft"? They used a cybercafe to send the video and never used that email address again! Oh, the amazing professionalism! The wondrous "tradecraft" of anyone who could pull off such a daring feat! Yes, you read right, this is the evidence on which "the U.S. government's best intelligence analysis" says that Iran is holding Levinson.

The second story comes with an equal lack of significant evidence. The U.S. government (through the accommodating auspices of the New York Times) is accusing Iran of being behind recent DDoS attacks on American online banking sites. And here comes the "evidence":

American officials have not offered any technical evidence to back up their claims, but computer security experts say the recent attacks showed a level of sophistication far beyond that of amateur hackers. Also, the hackers chose to pursue disruption, not money: another earmark of state-sponsored attacks, the experts said.

Again, two things. One, amateur hackers are pretty much capable of doing anything these days. And two, many amateur hacking attacks, probably most of them, are done for the purpose of disruption, not money.

The most interesting aspect of this story is actually this admission:

American intelligence officials...claim Iran is waging the attacks in retaliation for Western economic sanctions and for a series of cyberattacks on its own systems.

Needless to say, Iran would be perfectly justified in doing so, given that the U.S. is waging an all-out non-military war against Iran. It's no accident that sanctions are referred to as "tightening the noose." U.S. "officials" even admit that the sanctions are "designed to...threaten the country with economic collapse." This is war, and Iran would be perfectly justified in retaliating by a lot more serious means than these cyberattacks. That said, it must be noted again that the "evidence" that Iran is behind these attacks borders on the laughable.

But the U.S. government is not laughing. It is deadly serious in its intent to bring down the Iranian government, and remove from the world one more pole of independence from imperialism.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    Eli Stephens
    Left I on the News
    "Stand Up, Fight Back!"

    by elishastephens on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:31:18 AM PST

  •  So what do you propose we should do about Iran ? (0+ / 0-)

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:39:21 AM PST

  •  iran has our oil. (5+ / 0-)

    that is why we must attack them.

    The drums have never ceased for this and all the horseshit about Iran being a threat to the US is just the same stupid shit Team Bush fed us about Saddam.

    Iraq WAS about oil; Iran IS about oil.

    Nothing more, nothing less.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:42:55 AM PST

    •  No, it is not "nothing more" (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Sandino, Dexter, letsgetreal, allenjo

      It is about the power of imperialism and the threat of independent poles in the world, like Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, etc. The U.S., with its allies behind it, wants and needs to reign supreme in the world, without challenge.

      Eli Stephens
      Left I on the News
      "Stand Up, Fight Back!"

      by elishastephens on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:47:25 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Heh? (0+ / 0-)

        I would be looking at China, then... not Iran.

      •  We don't badger NK anything like we badger (2+ / 0-)
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        jrooth, Claudius Bombarnac

        Iran.

        Why?

        (you know the answer......)

        I mean, sure, you're partly correct, as in not being incorrect, but both points - mine and yours - are true and correct.

        The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

        by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:56:01 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Partly because (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Claudius Bombarnac, copymark

          North Korea can actually hurt us.

          The Pentagon estimates 50,000 US casualties in a Korean conflict. South Korean civilian casualties in the millions. Seoul destroyed in the first hours by DPRK artillery.

          And that's assuming the DPRK doesn't use nukes.

          We really, really don't want to go there.

          If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

          by Major Kong on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 10:21:30 AM PST

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          •  No oil. (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            copymark

            The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

            by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 12:17:30 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  Oil is rapidly becoming passé as shale oil (0+ / 0-)

              deposits are increasingly opened up in the US. The new commodity of global interest for the Empire are the rare earth metals. North Korea just happens to be sitting on trillions$ of the materials.

              As China is currently North Korea's largest trade partner, it is a natural for them to get first dibs on the goodies - especially as they already know their strategic value.

              Of course, the US is not going to stand idly by while this is happening. It is moving a fleet of gunboats into the area in preparation for some good ol' American diplomacy.

            •  Who says it can't be both (0+ / 0-)

              Not to mention that North Korea isn't in the same neighborhood as Israel.

              If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

              by Major Kong on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 02:09:32 PM PST

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    •  Iran is about more than oil.... (4+ / 0-)

      It's also gas. (/snark)

      Iran has 16% of world's gas reserves in the South Fars gas fields. It has recently done a deal with Iraq and Syria (the Shia crescent) to build a pipeline to the Mediterranean and thence to gas hungry Turkey and Europe.

      BUT, US backed Qatar (who share the same field) want a pipeline to go though Jordan, Syria, Turkey (the Sunni crescent) and then to Europe.

      Just another reason why the US/GCC is involved in overthrowing the Syrian regime. Any bets this pipeline will be bombed by "terrorists" faster than it can be built?

      U.S. brushes off Iran-Iraq-Syria gas line
       Nov. 20, 2012

      WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. government said plans by Iran to build a natural gas pipeline through Iraq to Syria may run into problems with economic sanctions.
      ...
      Nuland said Iran was "bragging" about the pipeline with the latest report.

      "I would simply say that the construction of any kind of an Iranian-Syrian pipeline could potentially raise sanctions issues under U.S. law on either Iran or Syria, including for international entities who might decide to participate in it either by financing or by construction," she said.

      Ever wonder why the US spent over a decade in Afghanistan playing whack-a-mole with a bunch of ill equipped ragtag Taliban in the name of bringing "democracy" and women's rights to the country? The US had plans to topple the Taliban well before 9/11.
      India, China & the IPI pipeline

      The Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline has  been constructed to the border of Pakistan. The US is pressuring Pakistan and India to go with the Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India (TAPI)

      A string of threats and complaints emanating from Washington have fallen on deaf ears in Pakistan, a country that will be suffering energy shortages as soon as 2012 if new sources are not found. U.S. officials have gone so far as to hint that U.S. aid to Pakistan will be affected if Islamabad goes ahead with the IPI pipeline.  For Pakistan, threats of lowered financial assistance pale in comparison to the threat that energy shortfalls could pose to an already beleaguered Pakistani government.

      American diplomats have not been able to scuttle the IPI project and push through their favored TAPI pipeline, an indication of American decline in the region.  States like China, India and Russia are not only increasingly viable alternatives to provide aid, technology, and investment in the region, but are also willing to do business with anyone.

      The US fills coffins while China fills coffers.
      •  Iran is about more than oil and gas... (1+ / 0-)
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        Claudius Bombarnac

        Its also electricity.

        Irans electricity generaton from solar, wind, geo-thermal, gas, coal, and nuclear power plants is designed not only to service Iran's own needs, but as a product Iran has for sale to neighbouring countries...

        Iran exports annually 5.5 TWh of electricity to seven countries surrounding Iran. Iran's electricity grid is currently connected to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.
        ...the real issue for the West may be that these countries are not paying in US dollars or Euro's for Iran's oil, gas, and electricity.
  •  I'm laughing so hard, I'm almost crying (0+ / 0-)

    "remove from the world one more pole of independence from imperialism."

    But it's ok, now I have an essay topic for my upcoming test.

    Look, I tried to be reasonable...

    by campionrules on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:46:03 AM PST

  •  Sanctions are an act of war and can have a (8+ / 0-)

    devastating effect on the populace as seen with Iraq during the 90's.  Remember Madeleine Albright's famous "We think it was worth it" line when asked about the half million children that died because of the sanctions put on Iraq.  Of course supporters of this war strategy blame that on the evil dictator for not giving in to the imperialists.   But "austerity" always falls on the masses.  
    Same thing is happening in Iran now.  Certainly the neocons and Israel want Iran taken down, it remains to be seen how the Obama admin proceeds.  He's got a whole new term now.  

    "The Global War on Terror is a justification for U.S. Imperialism. It must be stopped."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:57:53 AM PST

  •  I HATE the fact that we've imposed sanctions (4+ / 0-)

    on Iran that make it almost impossible for the Iranians to have access to Western-style medicines.  This is cruel and unfair.  We're not making war on the sick, are we?

    But who knows.  We drop bombs on babies (drone strikes), so I suppose warring against the sick is just one more list of chores to get through on a given day.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 10:13:23 AM PST

  •  what (0+ / 0-)

    I'm sorry, but isn't there a dailykos rule against posting conspiracy theories? You have zero evidence that they aren't holding Levinson and you're using strawman arguments as reasoning for why they wouldn't hold him.

    I don't get why you want to post this pro-Iran garbage. Being a liberal does not mean supporting a country that gives the death penalty for LGBT and uses hardline sharia to oppress its people. In the 70s and during the reign of the shah, Iranians were peaceful democracy-loving people and their women wore western clothing and they lived in a happy secular world. Present day Iran is a religious fundamentalist hell hole.

    The Iranian regime needs to be overthrown, preferably by its own people. Stop thinking that there's some kind of imperialism plot going on because last time I checked, we have a democrat in the white house.

    •  Is this a joke? (8+ / 0-)

      The "conspiracy theory," if there was one, would be the media's claim without evidence that Iran IS holding Levinson. However that's not really a "conspiracy theory" either. It's just bullshit.

      Eli Stephens
      Left I on the News
      "Stand Up, Fight Back!"

      by elishastephens on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 10:39:49 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Have you bothered to find out why Iran changed (5+ / 0-)

      from a "peaceful democracy-loving people and their women wore western clothing and they lived in a happy secular world".

      The Iranian regime needs to be overthrown, preferably by its own people.
      You desperately need a history lesson. Blow-back is a bitch. You looking for more?
    •  As far as "peaceful" (4+ / 0-)

      Iran hasn't started a war since its 1979 revolution (and actually for hundreds of years before that). Don't you wish you lived in a country that could say the same?

      Eli Stephens
      Left I on the News
      "Stand Up, Fight Back!"

      by elishastephens on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 11:16:47 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Iran didn't start the Iran/Iraq war (0+ / 0-)

        It was started by Iraq with the US's blessing and overt/covert help. The US spent over a billion to foment war against Iran.

        In the meantime, Israel was arming Iran (remember the Iran contra affair?).

        It's the age old empire tactic of keeping the restless natives fighting each other. The idea was to knock both countries back to the dark ages.

        Spider’s Web: The Secret History of How the White House Illegally Armed Iraq

        We hear a Democracy Now! interview from last year with global economics correspondent Alan Friedman about how the United States helped illegally arm Iraq in the 1980s in a scandal involving George Bush Sr., James Baker, Donald Rumsfeld, Robert Mueller and others.

      •  Yes, I wish I lived in a country that cared more (2+ / 0-)

        for its people, that it did for wars, than it does for a ever growing MIC that is destroying this country.

        Instead we live in a country where too many in DC are calling for safety net cuts, as billions upon billions are given to the MIC.

        We live in a country where the DOD cannot account for the billions it spends, nor does it seem there is pressure in DC for them to do so. The only federal agency to fail an audit.

        When will we ever have candidates running for office that will run on a platform of peace, peace and prosperity?

        We lurch from one war to another.

        "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

        by allenjo on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 12:45:14 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  and that has what to do with the subject? (2+ / 0-)
      last time I checked, we have a democrat in the white house.
      ???????

      "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

      by allenjo on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 12:37:25 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  No imperialist "conspiracy" or "plot" (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        elishastephens

        With a "democrat in the white house", it's all out in the open. Iran is guilty. With Democrats like this who needs Republicans?

        It’s Official: Iran’s Presence in the Western Hemisphere a Threat to US, According to Congress and Obama
        Monday, 07 January 2013 11:30

        While Congress struggled to approve legislation to avert the much-hyped “fiscal cliff”, a bill addressing “Iran’s growing hostile presence and activity in the Western Hemisphere” quietly and smoothly swept through both houses before the end of the legislative session.  The bill, which requires the State Department to develop a strategy to address the Iranian regional “threat”, was signed into law by President Obama on December 28th.

        If you haven’t heard of the “Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act of 2012” (H.R. 3783), that may be because you aren’t a faithful reader of the neoconservative Commentary Magazine, which urged President Obama to sign the bill; or of theweb page of the Heritage Foundation.  Nor did you receive the press release of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) that applauded the bill’s passage and noted that it would help “turn back Iranian attempts to establish bases, subvert the economic relationships between the US and Latin America, and the establishment of covert abilities to promote terrorism in countries close to our own US borders.”  The ZOA is an organization with links to Israel’s far right and counts among its members rightwing billionaires Sheldon Adelson and Irving Moskowitz, best known for their hardline pro-settlement and anti-Iran positions and their generous donations to Republican super Pacs during the 2012 presidential campaign.

        Indeed, though the bill was approved nearly unanimously in both chambers, only far right organizations appear to have openly supported it.
        ...
        Over the last four years, the Obama administration has essentially recycled the Latin America policy espoused by George W. Bush during his second term in office.  By approving H.R. 3787, both Congress and the administration are ceding even more terrain to the far right.  In doing so, they contribute to further perpetuating the hawkish Cold War era vision of the region that links independent, left-wing political movements and governments in Latin America to distant perceived enemies, whether they be the Soviet Union or Iran.  It’s time for cooler heads in Washington, and throughout the country, to take action to prevent U.S. policy in the region from sinking into a toxic morass similar to that of the 1980s.

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