Just sixteen days after the UK Times' published a blockbuster article, For sale: West’s deadly nuclear secrets, about how certain top US government officials were enabling Turkish and Israeli interests in supplying the nuclear black market, President Bush quietly announced on Tuesday that he wants Congress to approve sales of nuclear technology to Turkey.
Is this a reaction to the Times article? It sure looks like it. I wouldn't be surprised if we soon start hearing about retroactive immunity for the guilty parties, just as we are seeing in the illegal spying case currently in the Senate.
It appears as though certain administration officials have been illegally supplying the Turkish nuclear program for years, and now that they've been publicly outed, the Bush administration will simply make the entire program legal, just as they are trying to do with the illegal spying.
Congress has 90 days to amend or block this legislation, otherwise it automatically becomes law.
We need public open hearings to determine which officials have been supplying the nuclear black market before this becomes law.
Luke Ryland's latest update above gives a conjectural, but plausible reading of the behind the scenes maneuvering and public posturing about U.S. sponsored nuclear proliferation for Turkey, and its connection to the recent uptick of activity regarding the Sibel Edmonds case. Well worth reading.
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My only objection would be to the headline which speaks of "White House panic": to me it seems more likely that it is just a bit of ordinary daily business for the Bush administration, namely, once again legalizing retroactively what, for mere mortals, would be criminal activity.