Getting orders from the top

The US press love quoting “US officials“. One would think that since these “US officials” lie as part of their job, a little scepticism is in order. For some, however, the addiction is simply too tough to beat:

U.S. intelligence officials, already focused on Iran’s potential for building nuclear weapons, are struggling to solve a more immediate mystery: the murky relationship between the new Tehran leadership and the contingent of Al Qaeda leaders residing in the country.

Some officials, citing evidence from highly classified satellite feeds and electronic eavesdropping, believe the Iranian regime is playing host to much of Al Qaeda’s remaining brain trust and allowing the senior operatives freedom to communicate and help plan the terrorist network’s operations.

These same “US officials” are part of an administration that is threatening Iran. Perhaps the journalist and editor would like to keep this in mind. Besides, who really believes these “US officials” anymore?