September 20, 2012
Citing a widely debunked “terror plot” against the Saudi ambassador to the United States, officials claim Iran’s “extremist militias and their proxies” pose a “threat beyond the immediate [Middle East] region,” including the U.S. homeland, the Washington Times reports.
Matthew G. Olsen (L) tells the Senate the Iranians are coming.
Appearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, National Counter-Terrorism Center Director Matthew G. Olsen said: “We have seen an uptick in operational activity by the Quds Force over the last year or so.”
In order to make his point that the Quds Force is a threat, Olsen cited the federal prosecution last year of “a senior member of the force” for alleged involvement in “a failed plot to kill the Saudi ambassador.”
People familiar with the alleged terrorist, failed used car salesman and drunkard Mansour Arabsiar, describe him “in most unflattering terms, saying that they doubt Arbabsiar could have had any meaningful involvement in the supposed international ploy,” Steve Watson wrote for Infowars.com in October.
Gareth Porter writes that the “legal document describing evidence in the case provides multiple indications that it was mainly the result of a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sting operation” and that the assassination plan “originated with and was strongly pushed by an undercover DEA informant, at the direction of the FBI.”
In October, Mother Jones revealed that the FBI is notorious for creating supposed terrorist groups from scratch and then framing patsies in order to claim the government is protecting the United States from terrorists. The number of government informants and agents provocateurs has grown exponentially since the 1970s when the FBI claimed it shut down its counter intelligence operation.
Moreover, Iran claims Gholam Shakuri, the man said by the U.S. government to be “a senior member of the force” is in fact an agent of an exiled Iranian opposition group. Interpol, the international law enforcement agency, had discovered that Shakuri was “a key member” of the Iranian opposition group Mujahedeen Khalq (MEK), according to the New York Times. The accusation was subsequently backed up by Massoud Khodabandeh, a former high-ranking MEK leader.
The MEK terrorist group is supported by the CIA and receives “the full panoply of spook training” and assistance from U.S. Special Forces operatives. The United States, Canada, Iraq and Iran have designated it as a terrorist organization.
It is also highly unlikely Iran was responsible for terror attacks in Georgia and India. “Iranian intelligence would never choose India as a venue to launch such attacks. It is the only significant country, barring Russia and China, to not recognize US-imposed sanctions. Its trade volume with India is significant enough for Iran,” writes Tathagata Bhattacharya.
In February, India signed on to a rupee-based oil and gas deal with Iran and fended off pressure to join the western boycott of Iranian oil.
“For Iran it doesn’t make sense to risk alienating India by launching an assassination attempt in the capital of the country,” writes Arshin Adib-Moghaddam for the Guardian. “Similarly, Iran has good economic and political relations with Georgia and Thailand. Why would the leadership in Tehran risk a major crisis with these countries during this sensitive period when IAEA inspectors are moving in and out of Iran to investigate the country’s nuclear program?”
Despite the lack of evidence and the sheer idiocy of the case made by the United States, the FBI argues that Quds Force and the “Lebanese Shiite extremist militia Hezbollah” are “a serious problem, a serious threat” in the United States.
According to New York Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, there are hundreds of Hezbollah operatives in the United States awaiting orders to strike. “We have a duty to prepare for the worst,” King said. He also declared 84 Iranian diplomats at the United Nations and in Washington to be “intelligence officers.”
In order to further exaggerate the threat, the Times of London interviewed a Syrian army leader turned defector who claims al-Assad’s government plans to transfer chemical weapons to Hezbollah.
Hysterical testimony before the Senate arrives as the propaganda war waged against Iran and Syria ramps up in anticipation of an October surprise – a possible attack by Israel against Iran and its unsubstantiated nuclear weapons program prior to the U.S. presidential election.
This article was posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 11:40 am