BBC Israels Secret Weapons 2003.03.16 mp4 While the United States wallows in its indulgence of an unnecessary war in Iraq, purportedly motivated by WMD never found and were most likely knowingly not there, it is again pumping up the rhetoric against Iran on similar specious grounds. All the while its client state, Israel is an unregulated nuclear power and also in the possession of chemical-biological weapons beyond inspection of any kind, within Israel or by international observers. Mordechai Vanunu, Israel's nuclear whistleblower, was jailed in 1986 for publishing photographs of Israel's nuclear bomb factory at Dimona. Olenka Frenkiel reveals the extent of Israel's nuclear gagging. After evelations hit the press in October 1986, he was lured to Rome where the Mossad abducted him and smuggled him to Israel. Vanunu spent 18 years in jail, 11 of which were in a minute solitary confinement cell. Vananuu is now free but cannot yet leave Israel. Sunday Times journalist Peter Hounam heard rumours in 1986 that an Israeli whistleblower was offering proof of what the world had long suspected. Vanunu was that whistleblower. His revelations confirmed that Israel was building advanced nuclear weapons and other investigations point to chemical and biological warfare weapons developed outside and all remaining outside international inspection procedures demanded of all other countries. He was tried in secret, convicted of treason and spying, he spent 11 years of the sentence under the torturous conditions of solitary confinement. The continuing cloak of absolute secrecy and the intimidation of others are viewed by many as threat to Israeli democracy and is a cancer in Israeli body politic. Meanwhile, chemical gas attacks plague Gaza with untreatable convulsive effects on civilians as Israel withholds possible antidotes.
Dec 22, 2005, 17:12:00
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