The estimable Dennis Myers, a former Tribune staffer now news editor of the Reno News & Review, sent an e-mail bulletin on Labor Day captioned “news that doesn’t make it across the ocean.”
It contained a Web link to a story in the Jerusalem Post that reprinted and expanded upon a report from the Aug. 29 edition of De Telegraaf, the largest newspaper in the Netherlands.
The Dutch version of the British Secret Service has pulled its spies out of Iran. Apparently, agent James Van Bond has been supplying our CIA with intelligence about who’s been doing what, with which and to whom — and where they’ve been doing it.
“The Dutch intelligence service, the AIVD, has called off an operation aimed at infiltrating and sabotaging Iran’s weapons industry due to an assessment that a U.S. attack on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program is imminent,” the JPost wrote.
“The report claimed that the Dutch operation had been ‘extremely successful,’ and had been stopped because the U.S. military was planning to hit targets that were ‘connected with the Dutch espionage action.’
“The impending air-strike on Iran was to be carried out by unmanned aircraft ‘within weeks,’ the report claimed, quoting ‘well placed’ sources.”
Knowing that the Texas cowboys were coming, the Dutch got out of Dodge before they were reduced to Hollandaise sauce.
I went on the air Tuesday and started talking about it. I asked viewers to let me know if they saw any domestic news reports about all this.
I did a Web search yesterday. Nothing in any major American medium, just on a few specialty Web sites.
It gets worse. “On (Aug. 29), Ma’ariv (another Israeli daily newspaper) reported that Israel had made a strategic decision to deny Iran military nuclear capability and would not hesitate ‘to take whatever means necessary’ to prevent Teheran from achieving its nuclear goals.
“According to the report, whether the United States and Western countries succeed in thwarting the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions diplomatically, through sanctions, or whether a U.S. strike on Iran is eventually decided upon, Jerusalem has begun preparing for a separate, independent military strike.”
“Iran’s Deputy Chief of Staff, General Masoud Jazayeri, warned that should the United States or Israel attack Iran, it would be the start of another World War,” the J-Post noted.
The only voice of sanity in all this comes from Israeli President and 1994 Nobel Peace Laureate Shimon Peres, who said Friday in Italy, “I do not support military action against Iran, but the world must become a united front and impose harsh economic sanctions on Iran.”
Can you say October surprise? This is Karl Rove’s 2004 strategy on steroids. Remember when the Department of Homeland Chicanery leaked “Las Vegas under imminent threat of Al Qaeda attack” five days before the last presidential election? It was enough to carry Dubya to a narrow Nevada electoral win. The report, of course, was bogus.
Give war a chance
Dubya’s going to open a fourth front in our current worldwide conflict. The Cold War was WWIII and still isn’t over now that Bush’s buddy Vlad the Impaler is busily reconstituting the Soviet Union. World War IV is now at hand and corporate media are ignoring it.
But there is at least consensus that Sarah Palin is a stone fox.
Bombing your wallet
Charter Communica-tions’ Vice President in Charge of Looking Out the Window asked for a meeting with Sierra Nevada Community Access Television (SNCAT) producers regarding the cable company’s plan to assassinate local public, educational and governmental (PEG) channels. I predicted that the Dragon Lady herself would fail to show and I was proved correct. Her absence provided plausible deniability in case one of her underlings made a promise they would later break, as usual.
Government representatives from the Reno-Carson strip attended, including Sen. Randolph Townsend, R-Reno, Assemblywoman Bonnie Parnell, D-Carson City, and Councilman Dave Aiazzi of Reno. The Tribune was the only local newspaper to cover the event. Jessica Garcia and photo editor Debra Reid did a great job of reportage.
I asked the only pertinent question: Was Charter’s statement to the Reno Gazette-Journal still operative — that moving the community channels to the high-cost, low-audience digital tier remains non-negotiable? Alas and alack, the answer was not only yes, but hell yes.
Mr. Aiazzi likes the idea of Charter providing free digital boxes to all ratepayers until the whole system converts to digital sometime in the next two to five years. Cable monopolies have done so in other markets. The Dragon Lady’s lackies would not budge, offering only their previously stated bait-and-switch of a 90-day free trial.
“After a two-hour meeting with Charter, SNCAT public access producers and viewers remain unconvinced of the genuineness or value of the offer presented by Charter,” SNCAT executive director Les Smith stated in a subsequent press release.
So it looks like we still sue. My consumer group, ReSurge.TV, will proceed at full speed to prepare legal filings to seek a restraining order against Charter before its 90-day stay of execution expires on Thanksgiving. I hope the Reno City Council and Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., stay strong in their commitments to also go to court.
Community television is important. So far, my show is the only report local viewers have had regarding the impending U.S. attack on Iran.
Late last week, I got a credible report that the Nevada National Guard, on alert for the past six months to prepare for departure to war with Iran, is becoming increasingly nervous about the situation.
Be well. Raise hell.
Andrew Barbano is a 39-year Nevadan and editor of NevadaLabor.com. He hosts live news and talk (682-4144) Monday through Friday, 2 to 4 p.m., at Barbwire.TV and Reno-Sparks-Washoe Charter cable channels 16 and 216. E-mail barbano@frontpage. reno.nv.us. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since Aug. 12, 1988.