Monday, October 24, 2005

Terrorist Frontman Prof. Raymond Tanter, 202-742-6517 Makes Lunatic Untrue Charges

"Iranian Intelligence Agents Sow Seeds of Terrorism in America Says Iran Policy Committee

10/24/2005 8:18:00 AM

To: International and Assignment desks

Contact: Prof. Raymond Tanter, 202-742-6517 or rtanter@iranpolicy.org

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Today, intelligence agents of the Iranian regime are holding a news conference in Washington, DC, according to the Iran Policy Committee (IPC).

IPC said this panel is a disinformation ploy mounted by the new president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is mobilizing Iranian intelligence services in a world-wide series of probes against the United States.

Professor Raymond Tanter, co-Chair of the IPC stated that, "Ahmadinejad is following Lenin's principle: `You probe with a bayonet. If you encounter mush, proceed. If you strike steel, withdraw.'" Tanter added that, "Steel rather than mush should meet Iranian intelligence agents sent to this country to probe for opportunities and exploit our vulnerabilities."

Since the accession to power of Ahmadinejad as president, Iran is more aggressive in its nuclear weapons program and negotiations with the European Union. He resumed activities at the Uranium Conversion Facility in Isfahan and appointed Iranian Revolutionary Guards commanders in charge of overseeing the country's nuclear program.

Ahmadinejad also stepped up Iran's activities in Iraq, sending arms, explosives, and funding to support pro-Iran groups. It is noteworthy that Iranian intelligence operations in Iraq preceded insurgent attacks killing American and British forces.

Clare Lopez, former CIA official and Executive Director of the Iran Policy Committee, stated that, "Just as Ahmadinejad's intelligence activities came before insurgent attacks in Iraq, so Iranian intelligence actions in the United States may signal terrorist attacks on the American homeland."

Bruce McColm, former Executive Director of Freedom House and co-Chair of the Iran Policy Committee stated that, "As part of a global campaign, Ahmadinejad accelerated attacks against Iranian dissidents abroad. Traditionally, intelligence operations by Iran's

Ministry of Intelligence and Security preceded assassination attempts by its agents."

Because Americans of Iranian heritage are the dissidents of today and are bound to become leaders of Iran tomorrow, McColm stated that, "The Iranian regime's agents are casing the dissidents for possible assassination." McColm added that, "If Tehran succeeds in establishing a beachhead for assassination in America, Iranian Americans would be first; and any of us could be next."

Who are the agents who would seize the beachhead in the American homeland?

-- Karim Haqi: Iran Policy Committee exposed veteran Iranian intelligence agent, Karim Haqi, in its June 30, 2005 White Paper, "U.S. Policy Options for Iran: Sham Elections, Disinformation Campaign, Human Rights Abuses, and Regime Change." The White Paper demonstrates that in Spring 2005, Haqi ran an intelligence operation that succeeded in duping Human Rights Watch, the New York City-based American nongovernmental organization, into fronting as a mouthpiece for Iranian intelligence.

-- Mahrukh (Parvin) Haji: An agent of Iran's intelligence service according to IPC, Haji maintains active links with a network of agents in Canada and Europe. The Pars-Iran association, which is the organizer of the October 24, 2005 press conference in Washington, is a front for Iranian intelligence in Canada, IPC said.

-- Amir-Hossein Kord Rostami: An agent of Iran's intelligence service in Ottawa according to IPC, Rostami was officially a member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps along the Caspian Sea since 1979.

What is to be done by the U.S. Government?

-- The Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services should block entry into the United States of additional Iranian agents.

-- The Department of State should revoke visas and expel three Iranian intelligence agents-Karim Haqi, Mahrukh (Parvin) Haji, and Amir-Hossein Kord Rostami, who are in Washington for a press conference on Oct. 24.

-- The FBI should assign additional agents to monitor activities of Iran's intelligence officials on American soil, with a view toward eliminating such presence.

Just as Tehran increases its own intelligence operations within the United States, Iran might also task its surrogates to engage in additional intelligence activities prior to terrorist operations within the American homeland. Because Iran is a state sponsor of such terrorist groups as Hizballah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad, U.S. intelligence services should allocate additional resources to monitoring these organizations.

To prevent Iran's intelligence services from sowing the seeds of terrorism within the American homeland, U.S officials need to act against those who seek to probe our vulnerabilities and exploit our freedoms.

http://www.usnewswire.com/"

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Most-Favored Terrorists - Newsweek World News - MSNBC.com

Most-Favored Terrorists - Newsweek World News - MSNBC.com
Most-Favored Terrorists
What’s behind the French arrests of Iranian freedom fighters?

Newsweek Web Exclusive
Updated: 8:49 a.m. ET July 19, 2003
June 27 - It’s the same season now in the French village of Auvers-sur-Oise that it was when Vincent Van Gogh spent his last days here. Crows fly above cornfields and the narrow streets are made for strolling in the sultry early-summer heat. “Really, it’s seriously pretty; it’s open countryside, characteristic and picturesque,” the painter wrote to his brother Theo in 1890. And it hasn’t changed so very much since then, except for the coils of razor-wire, the riot police, the Iranian flags and the scores of hunger strikers on Rue des Gords.

UNTIL THE EARLY morning of June 17, when French SWAT teams went over the walls, the riverside compound on this quiet street served as a political headquarters for the most famous (and infamous) group trying to overthrow the government of Iran: the Mojahedin e-Khalq (People’s Mojahedin), which is listed by the United States and the European Union as a terrorist organization. For years the outfit was a pawn of Saddam Hussein. But now the Muj, who are some of the Iranian ayatollahs’ oldest enemies, may be America’s new friends and thus, perhaps, France’s new enemies.

As I walked down the street past the hungering protesters, recumbent beneath signs pleading for the release of their leaders, a weird rush of memories came over me. Probably you’ve seen members of the Mojahedin yourself, now and then, collecting anti-ayatollah petitions on city sidewalks, as insistent and as in-your-face as cult members. Usually they show off grotesque photographs of torture victims mutilated by the regime, but sometimes they hand out flyers with a picture of Maryam Rajavi, the green-veiled, green-eyed wife of their founder, Massoud Rajavi. Her smiling visage is pinned up all over the Rue des Gords. She’s the kinder, gentler, more matronly face of the movement. She’s also the most important member now jailed in France.

Who are these people? You might have asked yourself as you edged by their petition tables. If there’s no simple answer, it’s because they seem to keep reinventing themselves.

I first saw the Muj in action more than a quarter-century ago on the streets of Washington, D.C., where their ranks were made up of Iranian scholarship students raging against the Shah. (Clouds of tear gas filled the air around the White House, and President Carter and the Iranian monarch had to wipe the fumes from their eyes.) A little more than a year later, when the Shah was toppled back in Tehran, the Muj were one of the most powerful forces on those riot-torn streets, collaborating with Ayatollah Khomeini’s leadership of the revolution even as they maneuvered to usurp it.

Historian Shaul Bakhash describes the ideology they preached in those days as “drawing on Islam, social Darwinism, Marxism and critiques of capitalism.” An Iranian royalist acquaintance of mine, who did some jail time with members of the organization, describes them in two words: “Pol Pot.” “They would have killed hundreds of thousands if they took over,” he says. “Even more than the ayatollahs.” But these days they talk a lot about pluralism and democracy, elections and constitutions, women’s rights and secularism.

The Rajavis fled to exile in France in 1981 after a powerful bomb evidently planted by their minions wiped out several of their theocratic enemies. The blast killed the secretary general of the Islamic Republic Party, four cabinet ministers, six ministerial undersecretaries and 27 members of parliament—but failed to bring down the clerical regime. Nor did a succession of other bombings later in the year. Retribution on their followers was horrific. And the uprising they’d hoped for never materialized.

In 1986, no longer welcome by the French, the Rajavis and their troops moved to Iraq under the patronage of Saddam Hussein. He’d been at war with Iran for six years at that point, killing hundreds of thousands of Iranian troops, some of whom were would-be martyrs, many of whom were simple conscripts. Today, the Muj say they were just trying to make peace, and encouraged Saddam to do so. They say the Iranian people understood and see them as heroes. The Iranians I’ve met in Tehran, especially former conscripts who found themselves up against the Muj on the battlefield, see them as traitors.

What’s clear is that to the the mullahs, the Muj were a threat; so much so that in 1987 Iran started sending hit teams to Europe to kill as many major figures in the organization as they could find. They gunned down Muj leaders in Germany, in Switzerland and in Italy. Among the victims was Massoud Rajavi’s younger brother Kazem, killed near Geneva in 1990. France eventually offered asylum again and qualified protection within its borders for political activities, and the Muj settled once more into a quiet life by the slow-moving waters of the Oise. They were so innocuous as far as their neighbors were concerned that the Auvers town council is now lobbying for Maryam Rajavi’s release.

What’s hard to understand, given this history, is why the French suddenly decided now to move against the people they’d been sheltering all this time.

One key could be the U.S. connection. When the American military conquered Iraq, it gave the little Mojahedin army of 5,000-or-so fighters special treatment. Never mind the group’s official terrorist label and its long ties to Saddam, the 4th Infantry Division’s commander, Gen. Ray Odierno, spent two long days negotiating a truce with the organization. When the talks finally ended and he spoke to the press, Odierno was more than charitable. “It is not a surrender. It is an agreement to disarm and consolidate,” he said, adding that “on the surface they appear to have some of the same goals the U.S. has in forming democracy and fighting oppression.”

U.S. officials won’t say if they intend to use the Muj as a means to attack the Iranian regime, especially at a time when that government faces mounting protests (for which the Muj try to claim responsibility). But the French are floating suggestions that the group could be Washington’s most-favored terrorists. An internal document from France’s security police, leaked to the daily Le Figaro, claimed that “in case of an Anglo-American attack” on Iran itself, the Muj were organizing operations against Tehran’s consulates and embassies in Europe as well as “the physical elimination of former members of the movement collaborating with the Iranian intelligence services.” At recent meetings, some in the group supposedly talked about resorting to “suicide operations (self-immolation),” according to the report. In the event, after the arrests at Auvers several Muj partisans set themselves ablaze in Paris, Rome, London and Bern to protest.

Over coffee and sweets inside the headquarters in Auvers, spokesmen for the Mojehedin e-Khalq scoff at the notion their group would carry out terrorist attacks in Europe. They never have, they say, and never would. Some suggest that the arrests and threatened extraditions back to Iran are just France’s way of currying favor—and perhaps winning lucrative contracts—with the Tehran regime. “We condemn this shameful haggling with the mullahs,” proclaim the posters on Rue des Gords.

It’s a muddle, this case. Could the French government be so cynical that it would stage these arrests just to win contracts for oil deals and airplane sales? Or does it really believe the Americans might invade Iran, and thus set off a wave of terror in Europe? As I mulled all this over on the drive back to Paris, I kept thinking about the name the French interior ministry gave the raid on the Mojahedin headquarters: “Operation Théo.” It’s a reference to Van Gogh’s art-dealer brother, who is buried beside him on a hilltop overlooking Auvers. But what perverse sense of culture or history inspired such a rubric for such an action?

When I got home I pulled a copy of Vincent’s letters off the shelf and looked at the last lines—the very last lines of the very last unfinished note to Theo. If there was no clear answer, there was an odd reflection of the question some of the French may be asking themselves right now: “You’re not in the business of selling men as far as I know, and you can take a side, I find, really acting with humanity, but what do you want?”

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Sunday, October 02, 2005

Iran Daily - Front Page - 10/03/05 - 600 Ex-MKO Members Back Home

Iran Daily - Front Page - 10/03/05: "600 Ex-MKO Members Back Home

KASHAN, Isfahan,
Oct. 2--Director of Isfahan’s office for Freedom Society said on Sunday 600 former members of the terrorist Mujahideen Khalq Organization (MKO) who defected in the past two years are presently living with their families.
Seyyed Mohsen Hashemi also told IRNA that 28 defected people are from Isfahan province.
He thanked the government for accepting the people by saying that the defected MKO members were treated kindly despite the fact they should have faced long jail terms.
“A total of 1,600 Iranian families have visited Iraq to see their relatives in the past two years,“ he added.
Hashemi, also an MKO defector, noted that these families visited Iraq’s Shiite holy sites and their relatives in MKO’s Ashraf Military Camp.
Asked about the Freedom Society, Hashemi said a group of MKO members who defected to Iran in early 2003 gathered at the Foreign Ministry and expressed their willingness to establish the society to help MKO defectors return home.
Hashemi further urged the Islamic Republic to help MKO defectors."

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Regime change in Iran: MKO had to pay students to Protest Ahmadinejad in New York

Regime change in Iran: "The trip to New York

I was par of a 60 people group flying from Los Angeles to NYC together on a red eye flight. Prior to the departure while getting a bite to eat with couple of friends, we ran into a group of college aged individuals who informed us that they were also attending the demonstrations in New York City. To my amazement out of 22 people in the MEK group,only 3 were Iranians. Further chatting with them revealed that they were paid $400.00 per person in addition to Hotel accommodations in Manhattan for three days, topped off by food allowance and site seeing tours in NYC. The Funny thing was that most of these kids did not know which organization has sponsored them although some had attended a previous demonstration in Washington DC.
The next day while demonstrating I noticed a tremendous number of non-Iranians demonstrating among the MEK group. Two Danish gentlemen approached me asking for a cloth Iranian Sun and the Lion flags since MEK had provided their group with a paper one. They too had been flown from Denmark all expenses paid!
Next I ran into Mr. Kenneth R. Timmerman notifying him of the situation. Mr. Timmerman carried his own investigation, took some picture and wrote this article: Outlawed Iranian opposition group rents demonstrators in New York; pro-monarchist groups call for Ahmadinejad arrest
http://marzeporgohar.org/index.php?action=news&n_id=25082&l=1"

Monday, September 26, 2005

Covert ops to overthrow Iran's gov -

Covert ops to overthrow Iran�s gov -: "Covert ops to overthrow Iran’s gov
9/26/2005 6:00:00 PM GMT

"U.S. offers grants to help oppose clerics"
By: Trish Schuh
Like the color-coded terror alert system, the Technicolor Velvet Invasions blink warning. Despite receiving an ugly bruise in Uzbekistan, the CIA and its NGO regime change industry hope to stage another cardboard coup in Iran. But it could be a Black & Blue Revolution.

Citing a 'mission accomplished' in Iraq, President Bush told 25,000 soldiers in Fort Hood, Texas; "The establishment of a free Iraq is a watershed event in the global democratic revolution. That success is sending a message from Beirut to Tehran."

Tasked by the Bush administration with sending that message from America to Tehran, and "winning hearts and minds" is 'swift boat veteran' author Jerome Corsi. On May 16, Corsi's NGO The Iran Freedom Foundation, inaugurated a 12 day "Iran Freedom Walk" from Philadelphia's Liberty Bell to Washington, D.C.

Dipping two fingers in red paint, Corsi waved a peace sign in solidarity "with the blood of oppressed Iranians" and called on "the spirit of Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King." He declared; "I love the Iranian people. America does not hate the Persian people. We love the Persian people. We want peace and we love the Persian people." Corsi's voice then hushed to a whisper; "We stand here today and we pray in the name of the Gods. I embrace Jesus Christ as my savior- and we also pray in the name of Allah, Zoroaster, and the B'hai.""

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Iran Daily - World Politics - 08/11/05 - Saudi Ambassador Blasts UK ForIgnoring Terrorist Warnings

Iran Daily - World Politics - 08/11/05 "Saudi Ambassador Blasts UK

Prince Turki Al-Faisal

LONDON, Aug. 10--Saudi Arabia’s outgoing ambassador to Britain blasted the British government for ignoring constant Saudi warnings on Muslim extremists, AFP quoted a British newspaper as saying Wednesday.
Prince Turki Al-Faisal, a former chief of Saudi intelligence, told The Times he had been “going round in circles“ with British authorities over the threat posed by Saudi dissidents in Britain.
The prince, 60, has been ambassador to London since January 2003 but is soon to transfer to Washington.
He said his warnings had been passed around government departments.
The situation got so bad that crown prince Abdullah, now king, warned British ministers relations between the two nations would be damaged if no action was taken, the ambassador said.
“When you call somebody he says it is the other guy,“ the prince told The Times.
“So we have been in this runaround for the last two and a half years,“ he said.
The prince’s chief grievances were over two Saudi dissidents, Saad Faqih and Mohammad Al-Masari.
Faqih is on the United Nations terror list accused by the US of involvement in the 1998 bombing of their Nairobi embassy. Al-Masari runs a “jihadi“ website, posting videos of suicide bombings in Israel and Iraq.
“We have been urging your government to send them back since 1996, if not earlier. During my two and a half years here it was one of the most persistent and consistent topics,“ Prince Turki said.
He said when Abdullah raised the pair with Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2003, the British premier said there was nothing he could do. No action was taken after Blair then promised to change the law on Abdullah’s suggestion.
Eventually, Faqih’s assets were seized once he was placed on the UN terror list in 2004.
“He had 20 pounds (29 euros, 36 dollars), or something,“ Prince Turki said.
“We listed all the obligations now that his name was on the terrorist list. The response we got was ’we are studying your proposals’.
“Basically, ’don’t call us, we will call you’. It was very disappointing.“
Abdullah rammed the message home that relations would be damaged on August 3 when Blair met him at the funeral of the late king Fahd, Prince Turki said, adding he doubted much would be done before his departure in September."

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Pentagon Bars Military Officers and Analysts From Testifying - New York Times

Pentagon Bars Military Officers and Analysts From Testifying - New York Times: "Pentagon Bars Military Officers and Analysts From Testifying

By PHILIP SHENON
Published: September 21, 2005
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 - The Pentagon said Tuesday that it had blocked several military officers and intelligence analysts from testifying at an open Congressional hearing about a highly classified intelligence program that, the officers have said, identified a ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks as a potential terrorist a year before the attacks.

The officers and intelligence analysts had been scheduled to testify on Wednesday about the program, known as Able Danger, at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Bryan Whitman, a Defense Department spokesman, said in a statement that open testimony "would not be appropriate."

"We have expressed our security concerns and believe it is simply not possible to discuss Able Danger in any great detail in an open public forum," Mr. Whitman said.

He offered no other explanation of the Pentagon's reasoning.

Senator Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania and chairman of the committee, said he was surprised by the Pentagon's decision because "so much of this has already been in the public domain, and I think that the American people need to know what happened here."

Mr. Specter said in a telephone interview that he intended to go ahead with the hearing on Wednesday and hoped that it "may produce a change of heart by the Department of Defense in answering some very basic questions."

Two military officers - an active-duty captain in the Navy and a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve - have recently said publicly that they were involved with Able Danger and that the program's analysts identified Mohamed Atta, the Egyptian-born ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks, by name as a potential terrorist by early 2000.

They said they tried to share the information with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the summer of 2000, more than a year before the attacks, but were blocked by Defense Department lawyers. F.B.I. officials, who answer to the jurisdiction of Mr. Specter's committee, have confirmed that the Defense Department abruptly canceled meetings in 2000 between the bureau's Washington field office and representatives of the Able Danger team.

The Pentagon had said that it interviewed three other people who were involved with Able Danger and who said that they, too, recalled the identification of Mr. Atta as a terrorist suspect. Mr. Specter said his staff had talked to all five of the potential witnesses and found that "credibility has been established" for all of them."