posted on Feb, 26 2005 @ 06:24 AM
After a Washington Post article earliar this year reporting flights of U.S. spy drones over Iranian nuclear sites fears were raised that Washinton was
preparing for an attack on Iran.
Now Pentagon chief spokesman,Lawence DiRita catagorically denies that the U.S. military or other U.S. goverment entities are conducting spy flights
The US military is not conducting spy flights over Iran and "to the best of our knowlege" neither are other elements of the US government, a Pentagon
spokesman said Tuesday, denying Iranian and US reports to the contrary.
DiRita said he could not speak for the US government as a whole, but he said the Defense Department was not flying reconnaissance missions over Iran
and he was satisfied they were not being flown by others in the government, an allusion to the US intelligence agencies.
"Nothing I'm saying here is meant to leave any other impression than it's not happening in the Department of Defense and to the best of our knowledge
it isn't happening period," he said.
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The claim of no spy flights by DiRita defy common sense, military doctrine and intelligence gathering methods especially when one considers the large
exposure of U.S. forces in Iraq.
Not withstanding news reports to the contrary this late denial by the Pentagon stretches the imagination and damages credibility.
The only explanation I can come up with is if the U.S. is supplying and allowing operation of the drones in question by a third country such as Israel
out of Iraqi territory or sea based platforms in the persian gulf, then plausable denial can come into play making the claim technically true but very
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