|Author Dan Speers in captain's chair aboard the Ticonderoga
class guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City during his research
on the military operations in the Persian Gulf and Middle East. In
March 2002, USS HUE CITY was part of the USS JOHN F.
KENNEDY (CV 67) Carrier Battle Group at it relieved the USS
THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) Carrier Battle Group, in
support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Speers is emulating the pose taken when President Bill Clinton
sat in the same chair during ceremonies aboard the vessel
while Mr. Clinton was President.
“Since this comes directly on the heels of the Bush
administration’s granting of authorization for nuclear
armament on all of Israel’s U.S.-provided advanced
military aircraft currently conducting flights over Iran
from an American base in Turkey, this new order
confirms significant parts of the secret war plan
strategy I described in my new book last fall,” Speers
In an interview published Sunday in Newsweek
magazine, Cheney said the warships were sent to the
Persian Gulf to counter the growing dominance of Iran
and to oppose what he termed an Iranian “threat.”
As of today, the USS John C. Stennis is steaming to
the Persian Gulf with a group of American warships to
join the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in
February. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs
Nicholas Burns, speaking earlier in Ubai, United Arab
Emirates reportedly said that the stationing of two
carrier battle groups in Gulf for the first time since the
Iraq invasion in 2003 was to protect American
interests if Iran sought to confront the U.S.
“The key isn’t just the fact that additional elements of
the U.S. fleet were ordered to the Gulf this week but
the indication that this order is part of a larger war
plan,” Speers said. “I don’t believe that anyone can
continue to doubt that there is and has been a secret
war plan for some time, especially if you compare the
rhetoric on the Iranian situation to what the
administration said prior to the invasion of Iraq.”
Echoing Speers’ assertion, Wayne White, a former
state department analyst also confirmed the existence
of the Iran war plan on MSNBC’s Scarborough
Country last week, adding that he had actually seen
the plan himself.
Speers outlined what he called the administration’s
plan to provoke Iran into a military confrontation in his
book, Master Spies and Muzzy Spooks, pre-
publication copies of which were released late in
2006. Using the code name for the war plan, Pars
Rez, Speers revealed that the plan called for a series
of escalating events that could used as justification for
American military strikes.
Among these were Iran’s threat that a full-scale
embargo against its country would provide sufficient
justification for blocking the Strait of Hormuz, an
assertion used by U.S. officials this week to begin
searching busy Gulf shipping lanes for anti-ship
mines. The U.S. Navy has confirmed that the USS
Gladiator has just joined three other American and
two British minesweepers to patrol the Gulf and
protect the oil lanes.
Approximately 20 percent of the world’s daily oil
production, or about 16 million barrels of oil, pass
through the Strait of Hormuz daily, according to the
U.S. government’s Information Administration.
Speers says that the intelligence sources he used for
his book revealed that “what the U.S. is really gearing
up for is to block the Iranian Navy’s contingency plan.
I can’t say how, but our government has learned that
Iran drafted a plan in September or October of 2005
that combined surface and underwater naval vessels,
Chinese supplied C-801 and C-802 anti-shipping
mines, strike aircraft, hidden coastal artillery,
Revolutionary Guard missile units and now, the new
Tor-M1 mobile missile launchers designed to defend
Tehran’s major nuclear facilities.”
According to Speers, a high-level Iranian defector has
also told U.S. intelligence officials that potential
Iranian targets not only include Israel using
approximately 50 Shahab-3 and Shahab-4 missiles,
but Saudi oil production and oil export centers.” The
plan is not only to defend Iran but to interdict U.S.
“You have to look both at the events and timing,”
Speers said. “We already have reports that the
Saudi's are arming themselves, and it isn’t just for a
possible incursion into Iraq. They’re looking at both at
self-defense and the potential of a wider war.”
Bush Reversal of NSA
Boston, MA--A decision by the Bush administration to subject its
warrantless wiretapping program to judicial review is merely an attempt to
lend an air of legitimacy to a program that was and remains legally
questionable, according to Dan Speers, author of a book that not only
disclosed the program but detailed how it actually worked.
"Despite the White House's impression of compliance, the truth is that we
have no idea what sort of agreement it made with the Foreign Intelligence
Service," Speers said, adding that "Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
has refused to provided the U.S. Senate with copies of the agreement."
Speers pointed out that Bush has not pledged either compromise or
compliance, but only hinted at a general approval for a wiretapping
program. "Since the court works in secret, there is no way to confirm
compliance with the law that requires individiual warrants. In any case,
individual warrants require specific data that can only be obtained
through broad-based and indiscriminate eavesdropping."
As the inventor and patent holder on technology for identifying long
distance call information going back the 1970s, and as director of the ISIS
lab at GBS AT&T in Parsippany, NJ, in the 1990s, Speers knows the
intimate details on how and why calling data is recorded and how it can
utilized by the FBI, Homeland Security, and other agencies.
“We could record. track and store every single long distance call in
America,” Speers said. “As far as AT&T was concerned, it was strictly for
billing and expense and tax allocation, which is perfectly legitimate.”
The problem, according to Speers, was that the same information could
be used for other, non-business reasons.
“Aside from divorce lawyers who were subpoenaing telephone records to
see what spouse was calling what girlfriend in Long Island from NYC, we
thought we were getting requests from the FBI for traces on gangsters.
The thing is, they could get any traces they wanted and as far as I was
told, we gave it to them.”
Speers says that one of the things he points out in the prepublication
edition of his novel, Master Spies and Muzzy Spooks, is that while the
administration says it only taps the calls between foreign terrorists and
sympathetic Americans, the truth is that all calls are trapped and run
through various software filters looking for key words and designators in
various languages, and then suspect calls are then evaluated and
interpreted by humans who make judgments calls based on their own
training and biases.
“Terrorists are not listed in any telephone directory,” Speers points out,
“and anyone can buy a prepaid cell phone. The fact is, you can’t a get a
warrant to tap someone until you know who to tap, and that means that
somebody somewhere has to listen to everything.”
As to the recent shift on domestic wiretapping in which the administration
claims that the program would be subjected to judicial review under an
agreement with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Speers points
out that Bush only got broad approval for the wiretapping program, not
for individual warrants are required by law.
“The court works in secret,” Speers said. “That means there is no
oversight and there is no way from their words we can know if Bush is
complying with the law. However, we do know this, the science doesn’t lie.
They cannot tap what they cannot identify and they cannot identify what
they cannot first listen in on, and that’s a fact.”
Speers should know. He not only invented some of the technology, he
helped implement it. In the 1960s, long distance calling data was captured
by Bendix cameras from relay arrays on each bank of telephone relays
and recorded number by number on long rolls of microfilm that had be
processed before being keyed into billing and other data systems.
Speers invented a single-solution chemistry and automated, high-speed
developing system that processed this film within a matter of minutes,
much of which is described at his website, www.masterspies.com. His
photographic process was the forerunner of rapid x-ray machines used
today by dentists and the automated photographic systems now common
in drugstores throughout America.
Model demonstrates the automatic
processing machine invented by Dan
Speers for AT&T in the 1960s for
processing 100-foot rolls of microfilm
containing long distance calling data.
Call Collection Processing
Speers' automated film processing
chemistry and machine are shown
developing film in a single-pass,
high-speed system in the late 1960s.
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Speers Reveals US Plans for Iran War (see below)
Bush Reverses NSA Wiretapping Claim (see below)
Cheney Defends Sending Warships to Gulf;
Author Says It’s Part of Plan to Attack Iran
One of the events that Speers says is the most troubling
is how the U.S. manipulates statements made by the
Iranian leadership in order to support the Pars Rez
scenario, citing Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadineiad’s claim that the U.S. and Israel are trying
to agitate the Azeri nationalist in northern Iran.
“What gives this claim validity is that at this moment
some10 percent of the Israeli Air Force is stationed at a
U.S. base in Eastern Turkey,” Speers said. “Ten
percent, and these Israeli pilots are flying
reconnaissance over Iran.
“There’s no question that the Azeris and Kurds in the
northwest, as well as the Lur, Bakhtiari and Qashqai in
the Zagros Mountains along the Iran-Iraqui border, have
been oppressed for years,” Speers said, “and that
Ahmadineiad blames us for trying to create havoc in
Iran, but this is not the real reason for the flights over
“The real reason is cassi belli, a justification for war.
Like the way America used the Alamo to acquire a large
swath of Mexico, or the sinking of the Maine to declare
war on Spain or the fact that President George W. Bush
sought to trick Iraq into firing on a camouflaged United
Nations plane, according to the Downing Street memos.”
Speers says that while the full war strategy is evolving in
real time as events in the Middle East change, there are
some elements that exist even now that demand a
greater public knowledge and involvement.
In his book and on his website, www.masterspies.com,
Speers reveals that the United States has secretly
granted the top secret “himush myuhad” on all of Israel’s
advanced military aircraft that have been provided by
“Himush myuhad is the authorization for nuclear
weapons,” Speers said. “There is no reason for the U.S.
to grant nuclear authorization to Israel unless there is a
plan to use it. In my opinion, the real question is not
whether the administration is planning an Iranian
offensive, but when.”
Boston, MA--A second aircraft carrier strike group has been ordered to the Middle East as a show of
strength, according toVice President Dick Cheney, but author and espionage expert Dan Speers said
today that it appears to be part of a nuclear-based strategy to trigger a direct confrontation with Iran.