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    my wingnut outreach program is only in its infancy..., 2007-08-20 13:08:48 | Main | the wonders of anti-capitalist trade..., 2007-08-20 18:06:06

    a country that was supposed to be within days or weeks of building a nuclear weapon couldn't possibly have the technical prowess to add a copper plate to a homemade bomb:

    The NYT defends Michael Gordon's piece accusing Iran of being the source of Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFP), a variation on the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) where a concave copper plate is installed opposite the charge, giving the IED armor piercing capabilities.. Somehow this defense comes without any additional evidence that Iran is behind the EFPs than offered by Michael Gordon, which was and continues to be not "strong evidence" but "no evidence".

    The NYT's definition of "strong evidence" apparently means that "just because we’re not finding them doesn’t mean they’re not there". The utterly misleading reporting on Iran's involvement in Iraq is compounded all the more as the NYT has never covered the numerous instances in which US soldiers have discovered Iraqi "factories" producing EFPs domestically using technological expertise exported worldwide by the IRA, not Iran, over 15 years ago.

    update: silly me for not reading myself, the New York Times reported on an Iraqi EFP factory April 7, 2007:

    An Iraqi unit, aided by American advisers, caught militants in the act of constructing devices known as explosively formed penetrators on Saturday in a house in Hilla, south of Baghdad, according to the American military.

    Why, then, would the NYT's public editor Clark Hoyt say he would have "started [Gordon's article] something like this: Shiite militants using E.F.P.’s supplied by Iran"? Because he doesn't read his own rumor mongering journal, either.


:: posted by buermann @ 2007-08-20 14:07:53 CST | link





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