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January 1, 2012 By Joseph P. Farrell

Once again, the folks at Russian Television, RT TV, have done the reporting and analysis on the Iran-Drone "shoot down" that See No News, See BS, and Faux News in this country are failing to do:

Debka: Whoever hacked the drone, hacked the CIA

From where I sit, the central paragraphs in this important article are these:

"Ongoing reports from RT have revealed that Iranian intelligence officer claimed in recent days that the recovery of America’s RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone on December 4 was not due to an equipment malfunction, as US authorities say happened with another craft last days later, but rather the handiwork of Iranian engineers.

"As RT reported yesterday, overseas officials speaking on condition of anonymity say that they were able to crack the computers of the drone to hijack the craft and lead it to a safe landing after it caught the drone creeping over from a mission in Afghanistan. Now military sources speaking to Israel-based news outlet Debka insist that Iranian officials made their way into the drone commander centers at CIA headquarters outside of Washington in Langley, Virginia. Debka has close connections with the Israel intelligence community and in the past has been known for correctly reporting on issues of importance to the American intelligence community before US outlets.

"According to the report, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s insisting to Fox News this week that the Pentagon will 'absolutely' continue drone missions over Iran was a falsity, as those inside the DoD have actually suspended those stealth missions out of Afghanistan as American authorities fear that a second craft will be apprehended as well by Iran.

"Less than two weeks after Tehran intercepted the Sentinel, another US-manned drone crash-landed at an American base in the Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles."

Let's look at the implications.

(1) If it is true that Iran hacked into the Sentinel's operating system, then it seems to me that Iran would have had to have "help," and here is where the possibilities become rather intriguing. Most obviously, at the head of the list, we would have to assume that Russia and/or China offered this 'help' in return for access to the drone and its technology, which we may be assured that Iran will only too willingly give them. But, as I mentioned on the Jeff Rense show on Dec. 28, it is possible that this help may have come from within the US military-industrial-intelligence complex itself, from a faction that may be disgusted with the war rhetoric and scenarios being advanced in some western political circles against that nation. In support of this, there are increasing internet rumors that officers of the US military are increasingly alarmed at the direction things are taking, and we already know of soldiers expressing dismay with the "war on terror."

(2) The RT TV article also states that, in spite of Secretary Panetta's assurances that drone missions would continue, RT is flatly contradicting the Secretary by maintaining that the missions have been suspended, presumably as the Pentagon and intelligence services of the USA track down the breach and render it inoperable. They follow this up by noting that another drone crashed at a US base in the Indian Ocean.

Now, put this into the context of those 69 Patriot missiles that were apprehended in Finland, ostensibly bound for China. We have, again, a technology transfer, the question is, who, and why? On Rense's show, he mentioned the possibility of Israel as either the origin of this transfer, and I mentioned the possibility that it could be a cut-out. The why here is as important as the who, and again we are left, in my view, with two general possibilities: (a) the Powers That Be are trying to beef up the technological capabilities of China in an effort to create a new Cold War, or (b) the same rogue elements are deliberately giving technology to balance the playing field and upset the war timetable that seems to be in play.

If the latter, it wouldn't be the first time that such rogue elements have acted on their own. Indeed, as I outlined in LBJ and the Conspiracy to Kill Kennedy, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 flight over Sverdlovsk appears to have been deliberately sabotaged by a rogue element in an effort to sabotage the Eisenhower-Khrushchev summit, which, of course, was duly canceled by the incensed Soviet Premier.

My point is, the "bad guys" did it back then, but who's to say there may not be  a rogue element of "good guys"?  That may be pie in the sky, but either way, if RT TV is correct about its statements concerning the Sentinel drone, and if this did not originate within that rogue element, then it means the American defense establishment is badly compromised, and no major military action could conceivably be contemplated with compromised systems.