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The historian, investigative journalist, and author Gareth Porter specializes in U.S. national security policy. He was one of the speakers on Panel 2 at the National Summit: “Does Israel and its lobby exercise too much influence on U.S. decisions to wage war in the Middle East?”
His talk on the "manufactured crisis" and drive for U.S./Israel military actions against Iran was seen by many as an expose of government malfeasance - going as far back as the George Herbert Walker Bush and Clinton administrations and maintained through Bush Junior and the Obama White House.
Porter researched for his book, the Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, published in February 2014, what he calls the false evidence that Iran had a nuclear weapons program. In his book and this talk Porter shows that the documents used to prove the existence of the weapons program were fabricated and that those who presented the evidence, as well as other intelligence agencies such as the German BND knew that they came from sources that could not be trusted.
To the magazine, Washington Report, in cooperation with the Institute for Research:Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep), the Council for the National Interest (CNI) and If Americans Knew (IAK)
Gareth Porter is an investigative journalist, historian and the author of five books. He writes regularly for Inter Press Service, Salon.com, the Nation, Truthout, the Huffington Post, and Counterpunch.
Porter's work goes back to the time of the war on Vietnam. He was an anti-war activist and served as Saigon Bureau Chief for Dispatch News Service International from 1970-1971, and later as co-director of the Indochina Resource Center.