“No serious analyst believes that Iran would ever use, or even threaten to use, a nuclear weapon if it had one, and so face instant destruction. There is, however, real concern that a nuclear weapon might fall into jihadi hands—not thanks to Iran, but via US ally Pakistan. In the journal of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, two leading Pakistani nuclear scientists, Pervez Hoodbhoy and Zia Mian, write that increasing fears of ‘militants seizing nuclear weapons or materials and unleashing nuclear terrorism [have led to]… the creation of a dedicated force of over 20,000 troops to guard nuclear facilities. There is no reason to assume, however, that this force would be immune to the problems associated with the units guarding regular military facilities,’ which have frequently suffered attacks with ‘insider help.’ In brief, the problem is real, just displaced to Iran thanks to fantasies concocted for other reasons.”

Noam Chomsky on “The Iranian Threat.”

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Five Congressmen call for investigation into Latin America-Iran connection

Sen. Robert Menedez from New Jersey, is one of 5 congressmen who have called for an investigation into Latin America’s connection with Iran. (Flickr: transportworkers)

Channel: Latin American Affairs

Five U.S. congressmen, including three Republicans and two Democrats, made calls to investigate the extent of Iran’s influience in Latin America and the U.S., in part due to the revelations of Univision’s documentary, “The Iranian Threat” (La Amenaza Iraní).

Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey and chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, said he wanted to organize a hearing previously planned for February 2012 “as soon as posible,” in part because of the Univision documentary.

“The Univision investigation presented well-documented information, including videos, audio recordings and interviews showing a conspiracy involving the governments of Iran, Venezuela and Cuba to launch cyber and other attacks against U.S. territory,” read the statement released by Sen. Melendez’s office.

“As the Chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, I plan to conduct a hearing as soon as possible to investigate these very serious allegations and the U.S. response to Iranian aggression.”

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Venezuela: Closure of Miami consulate may cost Chávez votes

There’s some 19,000 Venezuelans who were registered to vote in next October’s elections at the Miami consulate. The nearest consulate to Miami is in New Orleans. (Naharnet)

Channel: Latin American Affairs

The full weight of the closure of the Venezuelan consulate in Miami following the expulsion of Livia Acosta, a diplomat whose links to alleged Iranian plots to attack several targets in the U.S. were revealed in Univision’s documentary The Iranian Threat, is beginning to be felt now. 

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Univision airs The Iranian Threat on Sat. 14 - as Venezuela shuts down its Miami consulate

Following The Iranian Threat's premiere in December, the Venezuelan government has yet to respond to the allegations presented.  

Channel: Latin American Affairs

Back in December,the combined units of Documentales Univision and Univision Investiga premiered La Amenaza Iraní (The Iranian Threat), a 50 min. documentary directed by Gerardo Reyes, head of Univision’s investigative unit, which illuminated the alleged links between the Iranian government and several attempts to attack targets in the U.S. using connections in Venezuela and Cuba.

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Univision Documentales premieres “The Iranian Threat”

Channel: Latin American Affairs, International Affairs

Documentales Univision premieres its latest production, “The Iranian Threat” (La Amenaza Iraní), a one-hour documentary about Iran’s growing ties in Latin America and its effects in the region and the United States. Tune in on Thursday, December 8, on Univision at 10 p.m E.T./9 p.m. Central

“The Iranian Threat”, produced in conjunction with Univision News’ Investigative Unit, uncovers evidence of an alleged Iranian-backed cyber-attack against the United States from Mexico. The documentary also features unseen footage linked to Iran and an undercover journalist who infiltrated clandestine military training camps in Venezuela.

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