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Forum Post: Top US Nuclear Expert Tells Obama: There Is No Weapons Threat From Iran

Posted 12 years ago on Jan. 17, 2012, 3:32 p.m. EST by sovaye (259)
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Top US Nuclear Expert Tells Obama: There Is No Weapons Threat From Iran

LaRouchePAC January 17, 2012

The former director of U.S. programs for production of nuclear materials and components for nuclear weapons, Clinton Bastin, sent an open letter to President Obama the morning of January 13, explaining that there is no weapons threat from Iran’s fully safeguarded nuclear power and research programs. A copy of the letter, which the nuclear scientist also sent to the Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations, was made available to 21st Century Science & Technology magazine yesterday. It is reproduced below in full.

Bastin, who has served in leading positions in government since the 1950s, laid out the case on Iran in greater detail in an interview with 21st Century Science Nov. 18, 2011. The interview, which devastates the arguments for an Iranian nuclear weapons threat, is available at the 21st Century Science and Technology website.


There is no weapon threat from Iran’s important, fully safeguarded nuclear power and research programs. Sanctions based on false claims of a threat have disrupted Irans economy and Iranians’ day to day lives, preclude effective negotiations with Iran to resolve problems and increase world dangers.

The ultimate product of Iran’s gas centrifuge facilities would be highly enriched uranium hexafluoride, a gas that cannot be used to make a weapon. Converting the gas to metal, fabricating components and assembling them with high explosives using dangerous and difficult technology that has never been used in Iran would take many years after a diversion of three tons of low enriched uranium gas from fully safeguarded inventories. The resulting weapon, if intended for delivery by missile, would have a yield equivalent to that of a kiloton of conventional high explosives.

Drawings of weapons found in Iran by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors are fakes, prepared by dissidents to harm Iran. Any drawing for a nuclear weapon program would be stored in a top secret vault and never seen by inspectors. Please share this information with your cabinet, Members of Congress, all Americans, and leaders of other nations, and the United Nations; end sanctions against Iran’s nuclear programs and support strengthening Iran’s economy.

(Clinton Bastin directed U.S. programs for production of nuclear materials and nuclear components for weapons and the successful U.S. nonproliferation initiative with India. He was a consultant to U.S. national security agencies on proliferation threats in other nations and a leader in the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign. He reviewed in detail 1970 U.S. and Iranian plans for nuclear cooperation, and has maintained cognizance of Iran’s plans since that time.) MR AMBASSADOR, PLEASE SHARE WITH OTHERS AT UN AND OTHERS AS APPROPRIATE, AND LET ME KNOW OF ANY SUGGESTIONS OR COMMENTS. BEST WISHES! I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE HELP FROM YOU AND OTHERS CORRECTING THIS GREAT WRONG. CLINTON BASTIN Chemical Engineer/Nuclear Scientist, U.S. Department of Energy (Retired)



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[-] 3 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 12 years ago

The secretary of defense, Panetta, has also said that Iran is not trying to build a nuclear weapon.

Just shows how fucking out of control the US is with war mongering.

[-] 1 points by sovaye (259) 12 years ago

Yep! Off the rails.

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 12 years ago

The worst part is that after saying that, he went on to justifying the potential of war with Iran using the nuclear program as a reason as well as any action taken against the straight of hormuz. Which Iran only threatened to close if the US either attacks or puts further sanctions on them. We called their bluff and put more sanctions on them. Most likely hoping that would get them to close the straight allowing for war. Standard war mongering and deception.

[-] 1 points by sovaye (259) 12 years ago

They're criminally insane! Its the only explanation I can think of. They've been trying to push Ahmadinejad's buttons for over eight years now, to no avail. I'm sure they'll have to resort to a false flag of some kind. It wouldn't be the first time.

[-] 1 points by Nordic (390) 12 years ago


Disturbing images from Iran you rarely see

[-] 2 points by TobiGrand (35) 12 years ago

Beautiful! Great pics. I've seen equally beautiful pics and videos of Libya. The western media never show us anything that looks like normal people living normal lives, but that is the way it is over there. Normal people, living normal unassuming peaceful lives, just like us. Our media has done a real number on them.

[-] 1 points by rayolite (461) 12 years ago

Aren't we tired of religious wars yet? I had no idea it was so expensive to maintain christian good will:)

[-] 1 points by sovaye (259) 12 years ago

I sure as hell know that I am! Hello, my friend. Long time since we spoke of the elite and the rosicrucians. I wonder if they're sick of the wars yet.

[-] 2 points by rayolite (461) 12 years ago


I would imagine the rosicrucians prefer paying for enigmatic piles of etched stone to warn of nwo plans over wars on muslims. The elite of the nwo are just getting started if we let them.

I wonder if Americans are catching on to the fact that we are still paying for crusades like we did 800 years ago?

[-] 1 points by sovaye (259) 12 years ago

I see glimmers of it here and there, but for the most part, the media mind control over the masses still has a stronghold that unfortunately stops them from opening up a history book. I wish I knew what to do to shake them loose.

I thought it would be great to start "The People's Network". An entire television network, paid by the people, for the people.

I had a post up the other day asking if people would pay a dollar a day to make sure that we had complete true reporting on a separate network so that it couldn't be infiltrated. Response was overwhelmingly good.

[-] 1 points by rayolite (461) 12 years ago

Interesting idea. I can see where news would be easy to do well. The entertainment side would be harder. Off the shelf productions are not very evolved.

It would need a production company to make its own full length features, and then it would do well Once an audience was defined I bet a number of series could be very effective at teaching sustainable lifestyles. Two to 3 years operating capital would be needed before you'ld know if you were succeeding or not. Risky, but worth it. I'm betting it happens after America wakes up to the scam its been through, if it does.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 12 years ago

And as long as people keep screaming this at the top of their lungs the less likely they are to go forward.