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Oct-18-2007 09:32printcomments

Air Force Refused to Fly Weapons to Middle East Theater

"Lost" B-52 nuke cruise missiles were on way to Middle East for attack on Iran. Was the plan thwarted by Air Force officers?

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B-52 bomber Courtesy: aerospaceweb.org

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Wayne Madsen Reports says they have learned from U.S. and foreign intelligence sources that the B-52 transporting six stealth AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missiles, each armed with a W-80-1 nuclear warhead, on August 30, were destined for the Middle East via Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

However, elements of the Air Force, supported by U.S. intelligence agency personnel, successfully revealed the ultimate destination of the nuclear weapons and the mission was aborted due to internal opposition within the Air Force and U.S. Intelligence Community.

The Washington Post attempted to explain away the fact that America's nuclear command and control system broke down in an unprecedented manner by reporting that it was the result of "security failures at multiple levels." It is now apparent that the command and control breakdown, reported as a BENT SPEAR incident to the Secretary of Defense and White House, was not the result of a command and control chain-of-command "failures" but the result of a revolt and push back by various echelons within the Air Force and intelligence agencies against a planned U.S. attack on Iran using nuclear and conventional weapons.

The Washington Post story on BENT SPEAR may have actually been an effort in damage control by the Bush administration. WMR has been informed by a knowledgeable source that one of the six nuclear-armed cruise missiles was, and may still be, unaccounted for. In that case, the nuclear reporting incident would have gone far beyond BENT SPEAR to a National Command Authority alert known as EMPTY QUIVER, with the special classification of PINNACLE.

Just as this report was being prepared, Newsweek reported that Vice President Dick Cheney's recently-departed Middle East adviser, David Wurmser, told a small group of advisers some months ago that Cheney had considered asking Israel to launch a missile attack on the Iranian nuclear site at Natanz. Cheney reasoned that after an Iranian retaliatory strike, the United States would have ample reasons to launch its own massive attack on Iran. However, plans for Israel to attack Iran directly were altered to an Israeli attack on a supposed Syrian-Iranian-North Korean nuclear installation in northern Syria.

WMR has learned that a U.S. attack on Iran using nuclear and conventional weapons was scheduled to coincide with Israel's September 6 air attack on a reputed Syrian nuclear facility in Dayr az-Zwar or at a site near the village of Tal Abyad, in northern Syria, near the Turkish border. Israel's attack, code named OPERATION ORCHARD, was to provide a reason for the U.S. to strike Iran. The neo-conservative propaganda onslaught was to cite the cooperation of the George Bush's three remaining "Axis of Evil" states -- Syria, Iran, and North Korea -- to justify a sustained Israeli attack on Syria and a massive U.S. military attack on Iran.

WMR has learned from military sources on both sides of the Atlantic that there was a definite connection between Israel's OPERATION ORCHARD and BENT SPEAR involving the B-52 that flew the six nuclear-armed cruise missiles from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to Barksdale. There is also a connection between these two events as the Pentagon's highly-classified PROJECT CHECKMATE, a compartmented U.S. Air Force program that has been working on an attack plan for Iran since June 2007, around the same time that Cheney was working on the joint Israeli-U.S. attack scenario on Iran.

PROJECT CHECKMATE was leaked in an article by military analyst Eric Margolis in the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper, the Times of London, is a program that involves over two dozen Air Force officers and is headed by Brig. Gen. Lawrence Stutzriem and his chief civilian adviser, Dr. Lani Kass, a former Israeli military intelligence officer who, astoundingly, is now involved in planning a joint U.S.-Israeli massive military attack on Iran that involves a "decapitating" blow on Iran by hitting between three to four thousand targets in the country. Stutzriem and Kass report directly to the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Michael Moseley, who has also been charged with preparing a report on the B-52/nuclear weapons incident.

Kass' area of speciality is cyber-warfare, which includes ensuring "information blockades," such as that imposed by the Israeli government on the Israeli media regarding the Syrian air attack on the alleged Syrian "nuclear installation." British intelligence sources have reported that the Israeli attack on Syria was a "true flag" attack originally designed to foreshadow a U.S. attack on Iran. After the U.S. Air Force push back against transporting the six cruise nuclear-armed AGM-129s to the Middle East, Israel went ahead with its attack on Syria in order to help ratchet up tensions between Washington on one side and Damascus, Tehran, and Pyongyang on the other.

The other part of CHECKMATE's brief is to ensure that a media "perception management" is waged against Syria, Iran, and North Korea. This involves articles such as that which appeared with Joby Warrick's and Walter Pincus' bylines in yesterdays Washington Post. The article, titled "The Saga of a Bent Spear," quotes a number of seasoned Air Force nuclear weapons experts as saying that such an incident is unprecedented in the history of the Air Force. For example, Retired Air Force General Eugene Habiger, the former chief of the U.S. Strategic Command, said he has been in the "nuclear business" since 1966 and has never been aware of an incident "more disturbing."

Command and control breakdowns involving U.S. nuclear weapons are unprecedented, except for that fact that the U.S. military is now waging an internal war against neo-cons who are embedded in the U.S. government and military chain of command who are intent on using nuclear weapons in a pre-emptive war with Iran.

CHECKMATE and OPERATION ORCHARD would have provided the cover for a pre-emptive U.S. and Israeli attack on Iran had it not been for BENT SPEAR involving the B-52. In on the plan to launch a pre-emptive attack on Iran involving nuclear weapons were, according to our sources, Cheney, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley; members of the CHECKMATE team at the Pentagon, who have close connections to Israeli intelligence and pro-Israeli think tanks in Washington, including the Hudson Institute; British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, a political adviser to Tony Blair prior to becoming a Member of Parliament; Israeli political leaders like Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu; and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who did his part last week to ratchet up tensions with Iran by suggesting that war with Iran was a probability. Kouchner retracted his statement after the U.S. plans for Iran were delayed.

Although the Air Force tried to keep the B-52 nuclear incident from the media, anonymous Air Force personnel leaked the story to Military Times on September 5, the day before the Israelis attacked the alleged nuclear installation in Syria and the day planned for the simultaneous U.S. attack on Iran. The leaking of classified information on U.S. nuclear weapons disposition or movement to the media, is, itself, unprecedented. Air Force regulations require the sending of classified BEELINE reports to higher Air Force authorities on the disclosure of classified Air Force information to the media.

In another highly unusual move, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has asked an outside inquiry board to look into BENT SPEAR, even before the Air Force has completed its own investigation, a virtual vote of no confidence in the official investigation being conducted by Major General Douglas Raaberg, chief of air and space operations at the Air Combat Command.

Gates asked former Air Force Chief of Staff, retired General Larry Welch, to lead a Defense Science Board task force that will also look into the BENT SPEAR incident. The official Air Force investigation has reportedly been delayed for unknown reasons. Welch is President and CEO of the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA), a federally-funded research contractor that operates three research centers, including one for Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President and another for the National Security Agency. One of the board members of IDA is Dr. Suzanne H. Woolsey of the Paladin Capital Group and wife of former CIA director and arch-neocon James Woolsey.

WMR has learned that neither the upper echelons of the State Department nor the British Foreign Office were privy to OPERATION ORCHARD, although Hadley briefed President Bush on Israeli spy satellite intelligence that showed the Syrian installation was a joint nuclear facility built with North Korean and Iranian assistance. However, it is puzzling why Hadley would rely on Israeli imagery intelligence (IMINT) from its OFEK (Horizon) 7 satellite when considering that U.S. IMINT satellites have greater capabilities.

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Chris October 29, 2007 5:56 am (Pacific time)

I believe it, missing nuke, mistake of flying nukes over the US please ? Six fly out five nukes land, sitting for hours, sure right. Six dead Minot crew during that week. Israel fly over Syria the next day. Hush, hush by Bush and Israel government. Something is up and it was big, big I tell you. I would not put anything past them.


Form October 22, 2007 7:59 am (Pacific time)

Mr. Madsen is wrong. At least he has not gone the Dan Rather route and used documents created by modern technology and claimed they were historical. There is no evidence cited to support his assertion that "elements of the Air Force, supported by U.S. intelligence agency personnel, successfully revealed the ultimate destination of the nuclear weapons and the mission was aborted due to internal opposition within the Air Force and U.S. Intelligence Community." Madsen does not support his staggering assertion "fact that the U.S. military is now waging an internal war against neo-cons who are embedded in the U.S. government and military chain of command who are intent on using nuclear weapons in a pre-emptive war with Iran." Madsen claims as a fact some good guys in the US military are in mutiny against "neo-cons." Madsen has published no evidence to back this "fact" up. Madsen incorrectly states "The leaking of classified information on U.S. nuclear weapons disposition or movement to the media, is, itself, unprecedented." Perhaps Madsen needs to review the Wen Ho Lee case and numerous other nuclear espionage cases. Mr W. Pincus of the Washington Post has published items (plural) on nuclear weapons that are properly classified in US government documents according to the Atomic Energy Act and supporting directives. There are a number of other errors in Mr. Madsen's piece. The correct designation is W80-1 not W-80-1 as the author incorrectly states. The correct term is National Command Authorities, not the singular form as the author incorrctly states. PINNACLE is a flagword for operational reporting, not a "special classification" as the author incorrectly states. Project CHECKMATE is not highly classified or "compartmented" as Mr. Madsen incorrectly states; see the US Air Force news release dated June 2007 at url http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123055869. Checkmate is not in charge of planning an attack on Iran. Such planning, if underway, would be the province of the US Central Command, US Special Operations Command, and US Strategic Command. Checkmate does not report dirctly to General Moseley; rather it is part of the Air Staff A3/5 organization (operations and plans directorate). In case the editor wants to impugn my post by claiming I am a shill, I assure him I am not.


Please already October 19, 2007 8:21 pm (Pacific time)

This story was a plant and nothing of the sort happend. Dis-information at it's finest.


Neal Feldman October 19, 2007 5:26 pm (Pacific time)

It amuses me when ex military make such claims. A couple hundred (nuke tipped) cruise missiles could take out Iran? NO DUH genius. Such an act by us would also ensure nuke attacks from around the globe against the US and our territories, bases, and other assets, which we would of course retaliate for. How are you at breathing nuclear fallout oh chest beater? I'm sorry but if even 1% of what was reported in this story is true Cheney and Bush (and their entire cabinet and upper echelons) should be put before firing squads. Ah well...


Henry Ruark October 18, 2007 6:27 pm (Pacific time)

Sgt. et al: Early rptr-days included time with Air Force chiefs at then-largest long-range bomber base in N. Maine. Great guys, lives spent to-keep-flying huge, deadly killing machines; thus with inbuilt special interest in their deadly success. That doth fail miserably to equip them for war-or-no word, at any time, anywheres, with A-bomb hanging over all heads. Best to you Sgt., but you selling wrong product at wrong time, for far too many millions to allow any possible world devastation to occur to prove up our capabilities.


Call me Sergeant October 18, 2007 3:01 pm (Pacific time)

Hey Wayne you can all me Sergeant. I'm a recently retired US Air Force Master Sergeant who worked for NSA and NRO for 18 years. I also served two tours in the Middle East. Like I said, you're an amateur and a hack. On behalf of US military, you’re welcome for your right to be safe and ignorant in Oregon. {EOM}{EOM}


Henry Ruark October 18, 2007 2:39 pm (Pacific time)

Question is really for whom this shill is operating, don't you think ? Given details in Madsen's honestly-derived piece, with authoritative side-ties to WPost piece, seems this guy did NOT earn his small-bit price. Typical-attack technique here to claim high knowledge and furnish nothing to prove it up, while those attacked pile on plenty of detail far beyond what anyone could build without clear knowledge. Don't miss pointed response re issue of attack from Putin, despite NO detailed story as to why so sudden a declaration to back Iraq/Iran by straight warning to Bush conspirators.


Oh Brother October 18, 2007 2:11 pm (Pacific time)

How simple minded and juvenile could this author be? Don't get me started on his ignorance with military operations. Oh brother. Perhaps {shock!} this was a mistake. It wasn’t the first one and won’t be the last. Get over yourself dude and stick with stuff you know something about. Iran’s nuclear facilities, senior leadership, and command-n-control capabilities could be taken out with five B-2 bombers and a couple hundred cruise missiles. What an amateur.

Editor: Hey comment person without a name, the author of this report is Wayne Madsen from Washington D.C. Good try with your sad attempt at a discrediting job, too bad it travels such a short distance. I know shills are hired to place these comments, it must really make you guys writhe when things like this get out


Vic October 18, 2007 11:27 am (Pacific time)

I never thought I'd say this , but perhaps a military coup is our only hope.

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