Morning Report: January 7, 2005

Debka: Drone crashes over suspected Iranian nuclear site. A recent bulletin from Debka reports that: 'Unidentified drone crashes at Arak nuclear site in central Iran, according to sources close to Iranian Revolutionary Guards ex-commander Rezai. Evidence in wreckage of intelligence-gathering at presumed uranium enrichment site. Last week, Iranian air force commander said mystery aircraft reported by witnesses over sensitive sites would be shot down. UN watchdog inspectors expect early visit to secret Iranian military site at Parchin suspected of dual use of nuclear technology for weapons production. UAEA is coordinating visit with Iranian authorities.' (Debka)

FrontPage: Iran-China axis a growing threat. An article by Frederick W. Stakelbeck, Jr., in FrontPageMag points to increasing ties between Communist China and the Iranian regime as a cause for concern. 'China and Iran have been cultivating an increasingly close relationship in recent months, one borne from China’s need for energy to run its growing economy and Iran’s need for consumer goods to satisfy its young, West-leaning population. Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s former representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recently confirmed this, saying, “We [Iran and China] complement each other. The Chinese have the industry and the Iranians have the energy resources.” ' Dreams Into Lightning has previously reported on these emerging economic and security ties. (FrontPage)

White supremacist charged in 1964 murders. "It is never too late to do what is right," said Lawrence Guyot, a spokesman for Veterans of the Southern Civil Rights Movement, of the arrest of 79-year-old Edgar Ray Killen in connection with the 1964 murders of three civil rights activists - Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman - in Mississippi. CNN reports that 'Schwerner, 24, and Goodman, 20, were volunteers sent to Mississippi as part of the "Freedom Summer" drive to register black voters in the state. Chaney, 21, was a black Meridian resident who participated in the drive.' Killen is scheduled for arraignment Friday in Neshoba County Court, and no bail amount has been set. (CNN)