Here we go again: another scaremongering conspiracy theory mascarading as a news story about Iran that doesn't add up.
George Jahn's AP Exclusive: Graph suggests Iran working on bomb ran all over the MSM, terrifying readers with this opening paragraph:
Iranian scientists have run computer simulations for a nuclear weapon that would produce more than triple the explosive force of the World War II bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, according to a diagram obtained by The Associated Press.
This graph was leaked to AP's George Jahn "by officials of a country critical of Iran's atomic program."
Associated Press? Try, Anonymous Propaganda.
Experts called the graph amateurish and technically incorrect.
theoretical physics professor Dr. M. Hossein Partovi, who teaches courses in thermodynamics and quantum mechanics at Sacramento State, noting that the graph is plotted in microseconds, explains that "the graph depicted in the report is a nonspecific power/energy plot that is primarily evidence of the incompetence of those who forged it: a quick look at the energy graph shows that the total energy is more than four orders of magnitude (ten thousand times) smaller than the total integrated power it must equal!" Partovi added that the actual discrepancy is closer to 40,000 times smaller.The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald wrote AP's dangerous Iran hoax demands an accounting and explanation: Evidence proves that the graph trumpeted by AP as evidence of Iran's nuclear weapons program is an obvious sham.
George Jahn admitted that the graph was flawed three days later in Supposed Iranian nuke graph off; UN still worried, in which he reports the anonymous UN diplomats' explanation:
A leaked diagram suggesting that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon is scientifically flawed, diplomats working with the U.N. nuclear agency conceded Friday. However they insisted that it still supports suspicions that Tehran is trying to build a bomb, especially when combined with other documents that remain secret.An anonymous UN IAEA source credited an assassinated Iranian nuclear physicist, Majid Shahriari, with generating the graphs, and claimed that Shahriari made modifications to the graph's scale, which he quantified in a document they cannot divulge.
As someone who majored in physics, the anonymous IAEA official's explanation that a high level physicist would sloppily and lazily add an ancillary scaling spread-sheet, too secret for the anonymous leakers to leak, to accompany graphs as scientifically questionable as these, so that they make physical sense, just doesn't fly with me.
Scott Kemp, a professor of nuclear engineering at MIT, described the 2-million kiloton figure as ‘‘impossibly high’’ for any nuclear weapon.Yousaf Butt, who originally exposed the flaws in the anonymously leaked graphs, made a very good point in his article, Flawed graph weakens case against Iran nuclear program:
‘‘The numbers don’t add up to realistic weapons values; the axes do not agree with the caption,’’ he told AP. ‘‘At best ... this is an oversimplified theoretical simulation, not a serious model of an actual weapon.’’
Worryingly, the AP story said that this amateurish and technically incorrect graph even made it into official reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency, specifically one from November 2011 citing indications that Iran was trying to calculate the explosive yield of potential nuclear weapons. This raises another interesting issue: What if Iran is right when it says that the IAEA is confronting it with fabrications? And if this graph is a hoax how exactly is Iran supposed to come clean?
The leaked “Iranian” graph doesn’t bolster the IAEA’s case against Iran – it undermines it. The IAEA is rapidly losing credibility. It should stick to its technical mission of nuclear materials accountancy and call off the wild goose chase in Iran.
The propagandists have done an excellent job vilifying Iran with conspiracy theories.
People remember the well publicized, terrifying hoaxes:
1. The anti-Iran hoax alleging that Iranian PT boats were threatening American warships in the Persian Gulf used an audio tape of a man saying, "I am coming to you. You will explode after a few minutes." in an accent that wasn't remotely Iranian. The MSM hardly retracted the story by reporting the actual video of what really happened, so most people don't know that this widely broadcasted "news story" was a fake.
2. These scientifically bogus graphs of an Iranian super nuke simulation.
3. Anonymous military officials' powerpoint presentation blaming Iran for IED cache found in Iraq, even though IEDs were stamped with western dates written month first, then year, unlike Persian dates, year first, then month.
Front page and persistent Anonymous Propaganda is fomenting war with Iran, just in the same way war was instigated with Iraq: unsubstantiated claims about weapons of mass destruction and subterfuge.
The Iraq War was based on Saddam hiding WMDs on semis, attempting to purchase yellowcake from Africa, and having ties to Al Qaeda, none of which was true. War with Iran is based on a nuclear program of which there is no evidence. This is where MSM mouthpieces, such as Judith Miller and George Jahn, come in handy, who publish Anonymous Propaganda without vetting it first.
Phase one of the war against Iran is already in full swing. Draconian sanctions that killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children are now in place to malnourish and murder Iranian children.
Phase two, shock-and-awe, all out war, is right around the corner if we don't call the warmongers on the false stories they're planting in the news media to brainwash us into yet another senseless and immoral war based on propaganda generated fear, not fact.