Obama anti-Israel Obama-Gate


When treachery turns to schadenfreude.

UPDATE: Mirabelle over at Israellycool (h/t Brian of London) has found some interesting aspects to the case, it appears that the Reagan admin. had never classified the document in question, so it couldn’t legally be held for any longer than the three years after the initial enquiry to release it.

Beyond that, people who want to cast blame have two places to look: First, US President Reagan’s Department of Defense, for unknown reasons, never labeled the report “Classified” to begin with, despite the fact that it contains the nuclear secrets of several other US allies in addition to Israel. Second, the existence of the report was first disclosed by the Jerusalem Post in 1990. If the Post had never mentioned the report in an article about supercomputers, Smith would never have asked for it first in a FOIA request and then in court.

NOTE: I still keep the picture of Obama in the piece, because we all know well and good that he’s doing high fives over this turn of events. Do take note, that this is an administration that stonewalls on a whole host of issues, being the least transparent in recent memory. They just couldn’t somehow manage to do the same with this information about Israel.

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US Declassifies Document Revealing Israel’s Nuclear Program

Obama revenge for Netanyahu’s Congress talk? 1987 report on Israel’s top secret nuclear program released in unprecedented move.

By Ari Yashar, Matt Wanderman

First Publish: 3/25/2015, 8:00 PM

Dimona nuclear reactor circa 1960s

Dimona nuclear reactor circa 1960s
National Security Archive/Flash 90

In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel’s nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.

But by publishing the declassified document from 1987, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel’s nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth.

The timing of the revelation is highly suspect, given that it came as tensions spiraled out of control between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama ahead of Netanyahu’s March 3 address in Congress, in which he warned against the dangers of Iran’s nuclear program and how the deal being formed on that program leaves the Islamic regime with nuclear breakout capabilities.

Another highly suspicious aspect of the document is that while the Pentagon saw fit to declassify sections on Israel’s sensitive nuclear program, it kept sections on Italy, France, West Germany and other NATO countries classified, with those sections blocked out in the document.

The 386-page report entitled “Critical Technological Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations” gives a detailed description of how Israel advanced its military technology and developed its nuclear infrastructure and research in the 1970s and 1980s.

More here.

According to a reliable TT source: ”In response to a lawsuit by Grant Smith and his “IRmep,” or Institute for Research: Middle East Policy, filed in 2012, the 1987 report in question was both declassified and redacted.  Though the IRmep may sound innocuous, but there’s virtually nothing “Middle East Policy” about it.  It’s all paranoia about Israel and “the Israel lobby.””

1. A decision for a document’s declassification and release doesn’t take three years to decide.
2.  It’s in keeping with government policy for any Top Secret document less than 30 years old, to be rejected for public use.  The material isn’t due for a declassification review at that point.  You can sue for TS material, but there is no obligation whatsoever for the federal government to give it to you.
3.  Based on these facts alone, the decision to release the document was due to timing and an ulterior motive.
4.  Add to that the fact that only the Israel section was released (the classified info on the other country sections was redacted), and it does look awful darn particular.

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