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The Parchin lie becomes a "social fact" through mindless repetiton by unqualified idiots
Some idiot named Robert Beckhusen has written an article for Wired Danger Room about Parchin, entitled "Watch Iran make this nuke site disappear", promoting the idea that Iran is cleansing Parchin to hide its "secret nuclear weapons program" based on ISIS satellite imagery which shows on-going construction work there. The author has no particular qualification to opine on the subject matter, and based on what's he's written it is obvious that he isn't really familiar with the details of the conflict either.
What the idiot doesn't realize, amongst other things:
1- The allegation isn't that Iran is currently engaged in "secret nuclear work" there but that it did so prior to 2003/2004. However Iran allowed IAEA officials to visit the site in 2005 -- twice -- and nothing was found. This fact seems to always go missing from the reports like this one, or is downplayed. Read below to see what the IAEA had to say about these previous inspections.
2- A REAL nuclear inspector has discussed the bullshit claims about Parchin, especially the claim that nuclear evidence can be "washed away" -- again, a link that is not cited.
3- Parchin a large site where there always has been constant construction work going on -- buildings built and taken down, and this isn't something new.
I tried to post this in the comments but again, not getting past the mods. Maybe you folks can try.
A few months ago some experts started asking why the IAEA was pushing so hard on Parchin (when they had already visited the site) and thereby were placing their own credibility at stake. I suspect the goal here is obvious: Once the IAEA officials do again visit Parchin, and again find nothing there, ISIS can claim that the evidence has been cleaned up. The goal is to maintain the constant stream of baseless scaremongering and innuendo, that's all.
As I mentioned before, the whole reason why Parchin was made into an issue was by repeated innuendo and speculation promoted by David Albright at ISIS, who has made a career scaremongering about Iran's nuclear program. Just read his paper and see how many times he hedges with "may be" and "could be" statements. It all essentially boils down to his opinion that IF there was a secret nuclear program in Iran, Parchin would be a "logical candidate". No proof or evidence or anything -- just pure speculation.
Lets remember some facts about Parchin, folks. This site falls outside of the IAEA"s legal inspection authority and so Iran is under no legal obligation to allow inspections. However, if the IAEA has justificaton to think that this is a nuclear site, all it has to do is present the evidence to the IAEA Board and get a "special inspection" permit which Iran would be legally obligated to allow -- and yet this has never happened, because in reality the IAEA has no actual evidence to justify inspections of Parchin. In fact, officials at the IAEA later openly complained that much of the "intelligence tips" on Iran have turned out to be bogus.
However in January 2005, Iran allowed the IAEA to visit the site. Specifically, Iran allowed the inspectors to pick any 5 building of their choice, and to conduct environmental sample-taking (which can sense mere atoms of illicit nuclear material.) But nothing was found.
So, did Albright show some shame and retract his ongoing claims against Iran? NOPE. He demanded that the IAEA go back and inspect the site some more. Why? Because there was excavation of a hilly site...that's it. An excavation in a hilly site was the sum total of the justification claimed by Albright for another IAEA visit to the site. According to this sort of reasoning, every construction site in Iran should presumably be inspected since it could be hiding nukes.
But Iran did allow the IAEA to visit the site again, in November 2005 -- and again, nothing was found. But Albright wasn't about to drop this and ever since then his ISIS group has been busy shopping around satellite imagery as proof of an Iranian nuclear weapons program to any credulous moron -- Robert Beckhusen, I'm looking at you -- who was willing to listen.
Lets take a look at what the IAEA itself has said about Parchin:
"GOV/2005/67, dated 2 September 2005, paragraph 41, “As described by the DDG-SG in his 1 March 2005 statement to the Board, in January 2005, Iran agreed, as a transparency measure, to permit the Agency to visit a site located at Parchin in order to provide assurance regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities at that site. Out of the four areas identified by the Agency to be of potential interest, the Agency was permitted to select any one area. The Agency was requested to minimize the number of buildings to be visited in that area, and selected five buildings. The Agency was given free access to those buildings and their surroundings and was allowed to take environmental samples, the results of which did not indicate the presence of nuclear material, nor did the Agency see any relevant dual use equipment or materials in the locations visited.” "GOV/2005/67, dated 2 September 2005, paragraph 49, “Iran has permitted the Agency, as a measure of transparency, to visit defence related sites at Kolahdouz, Lavisan and Parchin. the Agency found no nuclear related activities at Kolahdouz.” "GOV/2005/87, dated 18 November 2005, paragraph 16, “On 1 November 2005, following a meeting held on 30 October 2005 between Mr. Larijani, the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, and the Deputy Director General for Safeguards (DDG-SG), the Agency was given access to the buildings requested within the area of interest at Parchin (see para. 41 of GOV/2005/67), in the course of which environmental samples were taken. The Agency did not observe any unusual activities in the buildings visited. Its final assessment is pending the results of the environmental sample analysis.” "GOV/2005/87, dated 18 November 2005, paragraph 21, “The Agency welcomes the access provided to the Parchin site.”
"GOV/2006/15 dated 27 February 2006 paragraph 32, “On 1 November 2005, the Agency was given access to a military site at Parchin where several environmental samples were taken. The Agency did not observe any unusual activities in the buildings visited, and the results of the analysis of environmental samples did not indicate the presence of nuclear material at those locations."
And yet the stream of allegations continue unabated because really, this isn't about facts but about propaganda and perception control. And as long as morons like Beckhusen and "Danger Room" are around, they're happy to act as willing mouthpieces for the propagandists.