Issues with Iran; Windy weather to Tri-State...

Behind The News
December 3, 2007 2:09:33 PM PST
There are those political analysts who are quickly jumping to the conclusion that the latest bombshell about Iran is akin to the contradictory U.S. claims made about Iraq before the invasion.And on the surface it's hard to argue against the comparison.

American intelligence agencies today released a new assessment about Iran -- chiefly that it halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003.

Perhaps we should repeat that: IRAN HALTED ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM FOUR YEARS AGO.

This is in such complete opposition to the claims by the Bush Administration that Iran was pushing ahead with its plan to build a nuclear bomb -- claims that at times sounded a lot like saber rattling and a prelude to war. Publicly, the White House says that the new intelligence proves that Iran was exploring the production of nuclear weapons. But the drumbeats of war occurred in the past two years -- two years AFTER Iran halted that effort.

So what now? We'll have the fallout -- no pun -- tonight at 11.

Also at 11, the wind is a story tonight. It's blowing hard, and, as I write this, our phones are jumping off the hooks with reports of damages. We'll have the latest, and Lee Goldberg is tracking the system -- which is bringing frigid temps.

And speaking of cold weather, tonight in the Bronx, 50 families who have been without gas service and water since September -- are having the Thanksgiving dinner they "missed" -- thanks to a local health center.

They'll eat their dinner -- but then they'll return to their homes without services. Lucy Yang tonight looks at why this is happening to them.

There may be something of a crisis brewing for the NYPD. Its lab has apparently botched the testing of several drug cases - and by botched I mean they didn't test at all.

There are at least 19 cases so far where the drugs seized were never tested. Cops say the lab workers involved have either been removed or left their positions.

The problems were discovered by state inspectors. The big issue now: how many convictions will be overturned? We're following developments.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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