Israel's Ha'aretz Promotes Gareth Porter's Book Showing Claims About Iran Nukes Are False
June 1, 2014 • 6:53AM

The liberal Israeli daily newspaper Ha'aretz carries a review of a new book by American historian Gareth Porter, Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Nuclear Scare, in which Porter disputes the official narrative of the alleged Iranian nuclear threat. “Porter appears to be the only researcher who has read with an unprejudiced eye all the reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency from the past decade. He also had access to American intelligence reports on the Iranian issue from recent decades. In addition, Porter interviewed generations of American officials and analyzed the testimony of senior officials before Congress,” writes Schmuel Meir, a former IDF analyst. “The result is a highly detailed and well-documented book for all interested in understanding how we arrived at the Iranian nuclear crisis, and the `attack scenarios,' and invented facts and intelligence reports whose purpose was to support the preconceptions.”

An interview with Porter is included in the article, in which he reviews the history of the U.S. invention of the Iran bomb story by leading neoconservatives including Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and John Bolton. According to Porter, there was never any solid intelligence on Iran having worked on a nuclear weapons device. The mysterious laptop turned over to U.S. intelligence by the Iranian MEK (Mujahideen e-Khalq) was, according to Porter, a sophisticated forgery devised by Israeli intelligence. Even the 2007 U.S. National Intelligence Estimate that shut off momentum for war by finding that Iran had stopped all work on a nuclear weapon in 2003, was based on the false assumption that Iran was ever developing a nuclear trigger. Thomas Fingar, according to Porter, who was the principle author of that NIE, acknowledged that there were only threads of intercepted conversations by Iranian scientists hinting at possible work on a bomb trigger, but that there was never any substantial evidence gathered. Porter charged that the real objective of the nuclear bomb scare is to halt Iran's work on developing a peaceful nuclear power program to fuel the country's economy.