Stop an attack on Iran

The following was received from Nebraskans for Peace & Justice, which has
been working for more than 35 years to alert the public about U.S. Strategic
Command.

Contact your senators and congress people and demand that they take action
to prevent Bush and his cohorts from attacking Iran. This is the WMD
scare all over again.

February 15
For Immediate Release

International Media Advisory on U.S. Strategic Command
And the Impending Attack on Iran

Reports of a possible U.S. air assault against Iranian nuclear facilities
have been circulating in the media for more than a year and a half now.
Former CIA agent Philip Giraldi (The American Conservative, 8/1/05),
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh (New Yorker Magazine,
4/17/06) and most recently, investigative reporter Craig Unger in the March
2007 Vanity Fair, have all warned of the White House¹s plans for an air- and
sea-based strike against Iran.

But such an assault has been in the planning since before November 2003,
when U.S. Strategic Command near Omaha, Nebraska completed its preparations
for waging offensive and preemptive strikes against Iran and North Korea
(William Arkin, Washington Post, 5/15/05). Under ³CONPLAN 8022²
(Contingency Plan 8022), the Omaha-based command center is now commissioned
to strike anywhere in the world within minutes of detecting a target deemed
a threat to the United States¹ national security. And the projected attack
against Iran‹which could well include nuclear as well as conventional
weapons‹will be planned, launched and coordinated by StratCom.

For over half a century, the seemingly remote Omaha Air Force Base in the
American heartland served exclusively as the command center for the U.S.¹s
nuclear deterrent. After 9/11, however, StratCom underwent a significant
transformation of its role and mission, becoming in effect the Œwar room¹
for waging the White House¹s ³War on Terror.² StratCom retained its
historic responsibility for overseeing the largest nuclear weapons arsenal
in the world. But it acquired the additional charges of ³full-spectrum
global strike² (staging offensive, preemptive attacks); combating weapons of
mass destruction; space and computer warfare; ballistic missile defense; and
surveillance and reconnaissance (the ³warrantless wiretaps² conducted by the
National Security Agency, for instance, were a StratCom project).

According to the Vanity Fair article, StratCom could be ready to launch a
³massive² aerial attack against the hundreds of nuclear facilities in Iran
as soon as the end of this month (February). The possibility of using
tactical nuclear weapons to penetrate the reinforced bunkers protecting the
Iranian nuclear research facilities is also apparently real.

Today, U.S. Strategic Command in Bellevue, Nebraska (a suburb of Omaha) is
the most dangerous place on the face of the earth. To thwart this
wrong-headed and potentially catastrophic assault on Iran by StratCom will
require nothing less than a mobilization by the world community. The
Bush/Cheney Administration must be publicly challenged in the court of world
opinion, and international media coverage of StratCom¹s leading role is
integral to rallying opposition.

Can you imagine the public reaction‹particularly in the Muslim world‹if the
war plans taking shape at StratCom were common knowledge?

Here we have the command center for the world¹s largest nuclear arsenal
orchestrating an unprovoked attack (possibly even with nuclear weapons) on a
non-nuclear Muslim nation, in order to prevent that country from even
developing nuclear power for civilian purposes, for fear it might someday
make a bomb.

StratCom¹s policy promotes a morally repugnant double standard. And it is
begging to be turned into a Œbully pulpit,¹ from which opponents can expose
its hypocritical behavior.

Under international law, were the United States again to launch an
unprovoked attack against a Muslim nation‹ as it did with Iraq‹it would be
acting illegally. But if the U.S. were also to use tactical nuclear weapons
on Iran, it would be only the second time in over 61 years that a nuclear
weapon has been used militarily. And on each of those occasions, it will
have been the United States that used them.

The role and mission of StratCom has changed so dramatically in the past
five years that most of the world has little idea of what is currently going
on there. At this critical moment in history, the international media could
provide no greater service to the world community than to publicize the acts
being plotted at StratCom.

We urge you to give this Œnews tip¹ your full consideration. We may not
have much time before something irrevocable in human affairs occurs.

I would personally be willing to assist you any way I can in getting this
story out to an international audience. I can be reached directly at
402-475-7616 and at my personal email address of WalteRinne@neb.rr.com.

Thank you for your prompt attention.

Tim Rinne

State Coordinator, Nebraskans for Peace

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