US proposes to let Iran operate fortified nuclear site – reports *(IS THIS THE BEST DEAL THAT MUSLIM OBAMA COULD GET?)*

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Washington is considering letting Iran operate hundreds of centrifuges at a formerly secret bunker, in exchange for limiting research at other sites, US officials taking part in the nuclear talks in Geneva told AP.

Instead of uranium, any centrifuges permitted at the Fordo facility would work on isotopes used in medicine, science or industry, the officials said. In return, Iran would scale back the number of centrifuges it currently operates at the Natanz facility, and accept inspections and other restrictions.

According to AP, the total number of centrifuges currently operating at Natanz is 10,000. If the leaked proposal is accepted, the combined number of centrifuges at both sites would be under 6,500. The formerly secret site at Fordo, which Iran revealed in 2009, is controversial because it is dug into a mountainside and fortified against air attacks.

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Officials, who spoke to AP on condition of anonymity, said the goal since the beginning of the talks was to have the Fordo facility converted “so it’s not being used to enrich uranium.”

All of the proposed options are designed to keep Iran at least a year away from producing a nuclear weapon for the 10-year duration of the agreement, the officials said.

Meanwhile, the White House has said that the US expects “tangible commitments” from Iran, but refused to confirm the agreement would be in writing.

Led by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, the negotiators are trying to reach a preliminary agreement before the end of March. Deadline for the final agreement is June 30.

Tehran disclosed the existence of the Fordo Fuel Enrichment Plant, unfinished at the time, to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in September 2009. Iran said the purpose of the facility was the production of uranium enriched up to five percent of U-235, the isotope capable of sustaining a fission reaction. According to the Iranian disclosure, the facility was being built to operate approximately 3,000 centrifuges in 16 cascades. It is dug into the mountainside near the Shia holy city of Qom, 78 miles (125 km) southwest of Tehran.

The extensive facility at Natanz, whose existence was revealed in 2002, is in the Isfahan province, 204 miles (328 km) southeast of Tehran. It is reportedly eight meters (approx. 26 feet) underground and extends over 100,000 square meters, with a capacity of 19,000 centrifuges.

We will continue 20 percent enrichment at Fordo and Natanz to meet our needs,” Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Director Fereydoun Abbasi told the Tehran Times in January 2013, a year after one of the Natanz scientists was killed in a car bombing that Iran blamed on Israel.

The US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany – known as the “P5+1” – are trying to reach an agreement with Iran to restrict the country’s nuclear program in return for lifting the economic blockade imposed by the UN.

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The Obama administration has come under criticism by the Republican-led Congress over the Iran talks. Earlier this month, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu was invited to address Congress without White House approval, and blasted the talks in his speech. Days later, 47 Republican senators sent a letter informing Iran that any deal would be invalid without their approval. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has likewise come under criticism by political opponents who do not trust the US to honor any agreement.

Politics: Iran talks stalled, which means those 47 ‘treasonous’ Republican senators might have saved the day

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BY DAN CALABRESE

Wonderful stalemate. Here’s to more non-progress.

It’s way to early to start celebrating, of course. I would never underestimate the willingness of Barack Obama and John Kerry to agree to a bunch of foolishness that compromises America and its allies in the quest for a “legacy.” But the self-imposed deadline of March 31 is fast approaching, and it doesn’t appear the U.S. and its European allies are anywhere near nuclear deal with Iran.

Reuters reports that it all comes down to economic sanctions, which the Iranians insist must be lifted completely as a pre-condition for any deal whatsoever:

“This is the position that the government has insisted on from the start,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying. 

The United Nations, United States and European Union have imposed a wide array of sanctions on Iran to try to curtail its nuclear programme as they fear Tehran wants to develop an atomic weapon. Iran insists its aims are peaceful. 

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the last word on all matters of state in the Islamic Republic, said in a speech last week that the immediate lifting of sanctions must be a part of any nuclear deal. 

Western officials have consistently rejected that demand, and a senior European negotiator last week said the immediate lifting of all sanctions was “out of the question”. 

 

I’d actually be surprised if this is the only sticking point. It’s unimaginable that they’ve really worked out all the inspection and enforcement questions to both sides’ satisfaction. And if they have, then the U.S. delegation is an even bigger bunch of fools than I thought, because that would require them to either trust Iran implicitly (which would be insane), or convince the Iranians to submit to an inspection regime beyond anything the world has ever seen (which is not going to happen).

But on the matter of the sanctions, and the lifting thereof, let me ask you a question: What do you think would cause Obama and Kerry to hesitate on lifting them? They’ve known all along that this was the only thing motivating Iran to talk in the first place. Since Obama is desperate for a deal with Iran, why not just agree that as the deal is being announced, the sanctions will be lifted?

I can only think of one thing that would cause them hesitation, and that’s the fact that the American public – as a result of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress and as a result of the open letter signed by 47 Republican senators – will be scrutinizing the terms of the deal far more closely than would otherwise have happened without these events taking place. What Obama wants is to announce that he’s worked out a nuclear deal with Iran without a bunch of annoying people asking questions about whether we gave up too much to get it.

Because of course we’re going to give up too much. He just doesn’t want people paying attention to that. Now that Netanyahu and the Republican senators have put these questions into the minds of the public, Obama and Kerry probably can’t give away the store as would be their natural inclination without facing questions about it.

So that’s the real reason Obama was so enraged by Netanyahu’s speech, and by the Republican senators’ letter, and by Netanyahu’s re-election. Not only did these things make it harder and less advantagous for him to get a deal, it made it harder for him to sign off on a bad deal without being called to account for it. This would explain why he tried so hard to keep details of the negotiations secret from Congress. The more they know, the more substantive reasons they have to oppose what he’s trying to do.

So if Obama is really forced to hang tough on sanctions – against his true preferences – and as a result there is no horrendous deal, then it can be said that Bibi and those 47 “treasonous” senators saved the day.

Having said that, I’m not going to celebrate until the talks really end with no deal. Obama is such an appeaser, and such a sympathizer with our enemies, I’m not sure even this is enough to stop him from giving away the store.

Iran isn’t providing needed access or information, nuclear watchdog says *(DID THEY REALLY THINK THAT IRAN WAS GOING TO GIVE THEM NEEDED ACCESS?)*

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By Steven Mufson March 24 at 2:23 PM

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The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran has failed to provide the information or access needed to allay the agency’s concerns about the weapons potential of the country’s nuclear program.

With the deadline nearing for international talks on constraining Iran’s nuclear program, Yukiya Amano, director general of the IAEA, said in an interview that Iran has replied to just one of a dozen queries about “possible military dimensions” of past nuclear activities.

Amano said that Iran has provided only “very limited” information about two other issues, while the rest have not been addressed at all.

“Recently, the progress is very limited,” he said.

The IAEA is the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, and its inspections are considered a key safeguard against countries using civilian nuclear energy technology to produce weapons. Failure by Iran to comply with IAEA demands would undermine the country’s efforts to win the lifting of U.N. sanctions.

Graphic: Iran’s potential nuclear capability

[Kerry on Iran nuclear talks: ‘We have the opportunity to do this right’]

Amano said that the six global powers negotiating with Iran should insist that the country implement the additional protocol that would allow IAEA inspectors to go anywhere at any time to examine sites suspected of harboring secret nuclear weapons development.

He said that he spoke to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Feb. 7 in Munich but noted that Iran has not yet provided the information the agency needs.

Amano met early Tuesday with U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry. He was scheduled to meet later with President Obama’s national security adviser, Susan E. Rice.

That additional protocol, Amano said, will be “very much needed. It will give us more powerful tools to look at activities not declared to us.” He said that in the past the agency has had two to four inspectors in Iran, but that recently there have been as many as 10.

Iran signed the protocol in December 2003 and initially implemented it, Amano said, but the country ended its compliance in 2006.

Amano said that near the top of his list of unanswered questions about possible military dimensions of Iranian nuclear activities was the Parchin military complex. He said that the IAEA has information that Iran conducted experiments in a high-explosive chamber there.

Kerry challenges critics of Iran talks(1:25)

Secretary of State John Kerry pointed a finger at critics of the Iran nuclear negotiations and challenged them to come up with a better plan. (AP)

“We would like to have access, and we would like to clarify,” Amano said. He said Iran had twice given IAEA inspectors access to the base, but he added that Parchin “is a huge area with many buildings.” Now, he said, the IAEA thinks it has identified “the right place to visit,” but its access has been blocked.

After the agency requested admittance to that area in late 2011, it observed by satellite extensive landscaping, demolition and new construction there.

[Exile group accuses Iran of secret nuclear weapons research]

Amano said that looking at sites with military nuclear potential was “like a jigsaw puzzle.” He said, “As we have a better understanding of one issue, we have better understanding of another issue.”

Amano said that the IAEA’s failure to detect Iraq’s nuclear weapons program in the 1980s had forced the agency to demand unfettered access to countries suspected of building weapons in secret.

In openly declared sites, he said, the agency places cameras and seals in strategic places so that it can “detect abnormalities in a timely manner,” ranging from a day to a week.

Amano’s comments come after a Feb. 19 report the agency sent to member governments that complained about Iran’s lack of responsiveness. The report said: “The Agency remains concerned about the possible existence in Iran of undisclosed nuclear related activities involving military related organizations, including activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile.”

Although Iran has declared to the IAEA 18 nuclear facilities and nine other locations where nuclear material is used, the agency said in its report that it “is not in a position to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran, and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.”

OBAMA’S ‘SIGNATURE ACHIEVEMENT’ WILL BE BYPASSING THE CONSTITUTION

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Obama’s single most notable achievement will be circumventing checks and balances with more regularity than any president in history

BY DAVID HARSANYL

For a guy who’s not a fan of certain foreign leaders, Barack Obama sure does place a tremendous amount of trust in the good will of other nations. For legacy-building purposes, for example, the administration trusts that Iran will police its own nuclear ambitions—or, as John Kerry might put it, we’ve entered into a nonbinding agreement that is also not based on trust. The same goes for the Chinese government, whom we will soon have to trust so the president can get his legacy-building global-warming deal.

As it’s been reported, Obama is working hard to nail down what he hopes will be one of his “signature achievements”: a wide-ranging global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If all things go according to plan, the agreement will be signed in December. And as with most of the president’s triumphs since 2010, this one will be nonbinding and unenforceable, accomplished with unprecedented executive fiat. If he keeps this up, Obama’s single most notable achievement will be circumventing checks and balances with more regularity than any president in history.

All for a good cause. Brian Deese, Obama’s new senior adviser in charge on negotiating the climate-change deal for United States, had this to tell Politico: “When the United States leads, we can inspire other countries to work with us and lead with us. The argument that we should hold our fire, or we should rein in our ambition on climate because only a global solution is going to solve it is backwards.”

This is an irrelevant statement. Mostly because the word “we” is imprecise. Turns out that there are millions of voters, represented by numerous senators, who don’t very much like the idea of the United States leading a charge on anti-growth, climate alarmism, which has the potential to slow economic progress across the globe—especially in poor and developing nations. Let’s call this a disagreement about the future; one that pits economic reality against environmental idealism. It’s the sort of disagreement that tends to break out in places where Supreme Leaders aren’t around to tell citizens what to think. So we rely on a process, one crammed with checks and balances, to ensure we can come to some sort of consensus—or not.

This must seem like a massive waste of time to our clairvoyant president, who told Vice recently that “the Republican Party will have to change its approach to climate change because voters will insist upon it.” That’s not the case right now. And it’s not only Republicans. The president, who believes that climate change is the greatest threat facing mankind, was unable to rally Democrat majorities in both houses to pass cap-and-trade legislation when he had a chance. So now Obama just uses the Environmental Protective Agency as his personal legislative branch. Because, evidently, the only democratic events that really matter are the ones that transpired in November of 2008 and 2012.

Obama can’t have it both ways. Politico says the president is hoping for the “broadest, farthest-reaching deal in history, reworking environmental regulations for governments and corporations around the world and creating a framework for global green policy for decades,” which sounds like a huge deal. The sort of consequential long-term international agreement that no one person should be able to agree to without the consent of the American people.

The deal itself is one that will be expensive for developed nations and potentially disastrous for developing ones. In content, it sounds preposterous. While the United States will almost certainly try to hold up its end, the idea that China—which will not have to do anything until year 2030 when that nation’s carbon emissions are expected to peak—would follow through is more far-fetched as your average fearmongery climate-change prediction.

Some liberal pundits have suggested that Obama’s deal might force Republican candidates to take unpopular positions on climate change in the 2016 cycle. It might. But Republicans have a far more powerful case to make about the Democrats’ disregard for the norms of American lawmaking. It’s too bad that the GOP has done so little to stop him. We live in a political environment where progressive goals are treated as moral endeavors and Constitutional constraints are treated as procedural inconveniences that can be bypassed for the good of the nation—nay, the world. No president has been as openly contemptuous of checks and balances as this one. If there are no repercussions, he might only be the first in a long line of presidents we say that about.

Muslim Teen terror suspects attended exclusive elite school

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“… Because we saw something that had never come to our mind, that young boys, just excellent children who are very intelligent … just normal like anyone, suddenly went to Syria or Turkey”

How many thousands of these stories must I run? Once again, further proof that it is a lie (as if we needed more) that Muslims wage jihad for any reason other than Islam. Poverty, disaffection, illiteracy, joblessness, insanity — any other reason will do so hellbent are the elites from facing the truth.

Thousands of Muslims from Europe and North America who are flocking to the Middle East to wage jihad grew up in the West, went to the finest  schools, and came from affluent homes.

This war is ideological. It’s religious and political. Because Islam is political. Nationality, race, sex, ethnicity, borders, hair color, shoe size are irrelevant. It is Islamic jihad. That is the common thread. Holy war. Period.

The leftist/Islamic lie that is rammed down our throats by Islamic supremacists like Hamas-CAIR and Islamic apologists like President Obama, John Kerry, the media and academics across the world that this has nothing to do with Islam absurd, false, fatal. The will attribute jihad to poverty, illiteracy, culture — anything but its true origins.

Rappers in Germany, doctors in Glasgow, chemical engineering students in Canada, heart surgeons in Saudi Arabia, university students in Britain, imams in America, herdsmen in Nigeria and so forth – what brings these wildly different people together? Jihad. From the Sahara to the Kalahari, London to Lisbon, Manhattan to Madrid, Bali to Boston, Tiananmen Square to Thailand, Myanmar to Malaysia, Nairobi to Nigeria ….. no matter what the background, upbringing, schooling, wealth or poverty, color, what have you, it doesn’t matter. The understanding of Islam and jihad is the same, and it is the motive, the incitement to this monstrous war on the West and the East and all points in between.

If the world was as concerned with the mass slaughter of non-Muslims by jihadists as they are about the fictional narrative of “islamophobia,” we might begin to defeat this enemy of humanity

Teen terror suspects attended exclusive Sydney school, By James Thomas, March 18, 2015

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The Middle East-bound teens were stopped at Sydney Airport. Photo: AAP

FIRST ON 7: Two teenage Australian boys who were stopped on suspicion of attempting to travel to join foreign fighters in the Middle East were star pupils at one of Sydney’s most exclusive schools, a 7News investigation has revealed.

Customs officials detained the two boys, who Seven has chosen not to name, at Sydney Airport two weeks ago on suspicion of attempting to travel to Turkey to engage in hostile activities.

7News has exclusively reported that the two boys, stopped under the Foreign Fighters Act last month, were star pupils at the prestigious Sydney Boys High School.

The boys, 16 and 17, were perfect students who excelled at debating, sports and studies.

But over time their appearances and possibly their values underwent transitions. The eldest grew a beard last year, possibly to fit in with strict Wahhabi beliefs.

Their online footprints reveal they watched videos by former firebrand preacher Sheikh Feiz Mohammed and commented on a Facebook post from Syria.

Principal Kim Jaggar declined to be interviewed, but parents from the Sydney Boys High School community told Seven they were shocked by the revelation – and terrorism experts are worried.

Intelligent Risks Group CEO Neil Fergus said it was greatly concerning when smart kids with strong academic and sporting records, and strong families were being seduced by extremist messages.

Star pupils: The Sydney Boys High community has been stunned by the revelations. Photo: 7News

“It’s not the schools. The schools, in the main, have been incredibly responsible,” Mr Fergus said. “The issue we’ve had locally is a couple of these hate preachers, self-styled preachers.

“We have a lot of material on the internet that is very confronting, very violent and that is attracting a certain style of person.

“But there is other much more subtle propaganda going out there which is showing footage of the refugee camps … and appealing to … the wider Islamic population to come and do their duty.”

From the south-west of Sydney, the boys attempted to board Malaysian Airlines flight 122 to Kuala Lumpur and then Turkey two weeks ago.

They were stopped by customs officials who suspected they intended to travel to conflict zones in the Middle East.

The boys were released into the custody of their parents, whose names Seven has also chosen not to publish. They were seemingly oblivious to their sons’ intentions.

A search of the boys’ electronic devices retrieved a deleted file coaching them on how to beat questioning by border control – a primary tip was to know the tourist attractions in Turkey.

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One of the boys being interviewed by Customs officials. Photo: AAP

“They need a cover story,” Mr Fergus said.

“The facilitators are telling them: “Be ready and prepared to give these answers, otherwise, you run the risk of being stopped by the Turkish authorities and turned around”.

A search warrant was also planned for Sydney Boys High, with authorities keen to discover anything that might reveal what set the two bright boys on the path to radicalisation.

Muslim cleric Imam Imin Hady said that was something that concerned everyone.

“… Because we saw something that had never come to our mind, that young boys, just excellent children who are very intelligent … just normal like anyone, suddenly went to Syria or Turkey,” he said.

In a statement, the Australian Federal Police said the investigation was ongoing.

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Obama Lying About ISIS Terrorist’s Casualties, No High Ranking ISIS Killed in 6 Months (YES HE’S LYING. HE IS NOT GOING TO KILL HIS MUSLIM BROTHERS)*

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In fact, according to Bloomberg, there hasn’t been a high profile ISIS member killed by US-led efforts in over six months.

These officials and other experts tracking the terror group tell us that the Islamic State’s Shura and Sharia councils, the advisory bodies that help inform the major decisions of the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, remain intact, notwithstanding one close call in November for Baghdadi. Although airstrikes and military campaigns have killed several regional administrators and designated “governors,” the Islamic State has quickly replaced them and maintains its command-and-control capabilities.

This assessment of progress against the Islamic State differs sharply from public statements by top Obama administration officials as recently as last month, including Secretary of State John Kerry and retired General John Allen, the president’s special coordinator for the coalition against the Islamic State. In February, Allen said that half the group’s leaders in Iraq had been killed.