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Trita Parsi's "anti war" business

Balatarin

Once again, Trita Parsi of NIAC has asked for money. As usual, he presents himself as a genuine defender of peace and frames his critics (including me Hassan dai) as the stooges of warmongers and neocons who seek the invasion of our country. Parsi's new writing reveals his true nature and deceit.

 

The lawsuit that he and NIAC filed and finally lost, showed one thing clearly that he lies as easily as we breath. He and NIAC were punished for these lies and will have to pay hundreds of thousands of Dollars. They lied to the court, their expert lied (and was disqualified) and their attorney was disbarred. In its ruling, the court sanctioned NIAC for discovery abuses and untrue declarations to the court. The judge wrote: "There is no question that plaintiffs have repeatedly tried to evade their discovery obligations... In awarding sanctions, the Court is mindful not just of the need to compensate defendant, but also of the need to deter plaintiffs from future discovery abuses." (Ruling, p. 23)

 

Let me explain Parsi's deceit in two parts, first his campaign to present himself as a peace defender.

 

Parsi's lobby has always been about business and opening up trade between US and Iran. The peace mantle is just a disguise and human face for his lobby. In his letter to his partner and Washington lobbyist Roy Coffee, Parsi explained the real nature of his lobby:

"Although the mission of the proposed lobby should be to improve relations between the US and Iran and open up opportunities for trade, the initial targets should be less controversial issues such as visas and racial profiling/discrimination...  Despite its predominantly business oriented constituency, it is essential that the lobby creates a “human face” for its aims and goals. AIPAC successfully painted the opponents of the Iran Libya Sanctions Act as “greedy businessmen who had no scruples when it came to doing business with terrorist regimes.” The oil companies failed to characterize their campaign with “human concern for the well-being of innocent Iranians stuck with a dictatorial regime” or “support for the poor mid-Western family father who lost his job due the sanctions.  The human element is essential both when it comes to attracting support among Iranian-Americans and when it comes to winning the debate and the votes on the Hill."

 

The NIAC internal documents released during the lawsuit show that Mr. Parsi was working for and being paid by Atieh Bahar, an Oil consulting company in Tehran with close ties to the regime. Parsi coordinated his lobby with Siamak Namazi, who was Atieh Bahar's partner and managing director.

 

NIAC and Parsi have continued a joint lobby with USAEngage representing large US corporation to lift the sanctions against Iran.

 

Trita Parsi has used his contact with the Iranian regime's officials as a business asset. In 2006 after meeting Javad Zarif, the regime's ambassador to the UN, he launched "Iran negotiation project" for which he asked nearly $100.000 to be shared with Gareth Porter (another so-called anti war activists). In an email explaining his project, Parsi wrote: "Few analysts in Washington have the access of Dr. Parsi to decision makers in Iran."

 

Parsi contacted US politicians and asked them to meet Ahmadinejad's deputy in Europe. He participated in these secret meetings led by Mojtaba Hashemi Samareh and held in Europe.

For more clarification about NIAC's lobby, I ask the readers to study NIAC's internal documents released by the court and judge by themselves.

 

Now, a quick response to his allegation that I was coached by neocons or funded by warmongers to attack NIAC.

I started to investigate about NIAC in 2005-6 after the Jack Amramoff's scandal was revealed and Parsi's boss Bob Ney was indicted and jailed. Ney had received bribes from a London based arm dealer who tried to buy a VIP airplane for Khamenei.  First time I contacted Middle East Forum was in August 2008, several years after I started my reports about NIAC.

 

NIAC sued me in April 2008 to break me under financial burdens. I took a lawyer and paid from my own pocket until I had no more money. I asked for help and in September 2008, MEF contacted several law firms and Sidley Austin LLP, led by Senior Litigation Partner and 2012 Best Lawyers’ Chicago Products Liability Lawyer of the Year Mr. Timothy Kapshandy graciously accepted to defend me pro bono. Michele Obama worked for Sidley Austin's Chicago office as well.

 

MEF helped my legal defense and as of today, I have not received a dime from them. They paid directly to my lawyers for court expenses, as they have not billed their work. I am grateful to MEF, to Dr. Pipes and Sidley Austin for their courage to defend my freedom of expression.

My email to Michael Rubin (editor of ME Quarterly) was in December 2008, several years after I had started to write about NIAC and therefore, he did not coach me to attack NIAC. In fact, I had sent my articles to MEQ  for publication and they refused to publish it. In response to my request, Rubin explained the MEQ's policy and what they can publish so that I modify my article. I did not modify it and it was never published.

 

Regarding MEF and Sidley Austin's help to my legal defense, I repeat what I told Eli Clifton:

“I reiterate my deepest gratitude toward MEF and Sidley Austin for supporting my legal defense. Every American and anyone who seeks peace and democracy should be grateful to them as their support helped me and others to confront NIAC’s bullying and we were able to continue writing and show the deception behind NIAC’s lobby. This lawsuit is a victory for peace lovers and real progressives whose criticism of American foreign policy do not turn them into advocates of Tehran rulers.”

Balatarin

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Roozbeh_Gilani

Roozbeh_Gilani "Personal business must yield to collective interest."

I know little about Mr. Dai and frankly had not had a chance to read his blog which i certainly am looking forward to reading first thing tomorrow. However having had a glance through the exchanges, I quickly noted one aspect of Mr. Dai's character which differentiates him from Trita: Mr. Dai responds to all the obviously hostile questions directly, honestly and with dignity. The soosool wanabe rahbar, on the other hand, sulks, deletes and blocks any questions not praising him, albeit very polite question like my own, asking him to defend himself against the allegations, with plenty of evidence, that all his talks of "anti_war" being just a smoke screen for his real business of being a facilitator for oil cartel's eager to make business with the murderous, terrorist islamist regime.

faramarz

Faramarz

Well put Roozbeh Jaan and Happy New Year!

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

So true and fairly put, Happy New Year.

divaneh

divaneh

Dear Mr Dai it was a pleasure to see your response to the NIAC here. Yesterday I dared to mention the human rights in Iran on Trita's blog and was slapped for it. I would like to repeat the others and show my appreciation for your commitment to open debate on your blog. While it may be late, I would like to congatulate you for your win over the NIAC and its permanent Rahbar, Trita.

Onlyiran

Onlyiran

Hassan Dai: 100 - Trita Parsi: 0. Thank you Mr. Daie for not removing any of these nasty personal attacks (of usual nature) from NIAC agents. Unlike Trita Parsi you have shown your tolerance of not just opposing views, but also of those who are viciously attacking you at the behest of their boss, Trita. You are also responding to these thugs like a gentleman that you are. Thanks again.

faraway

faraway

Mr. Dai: It looks like Terita's law suit against you has been a blessing in disguise for all Iranians who don't have a vested interest in the IRI's regime's survival. In a free, independent Iran, NIAC et al will always be known as forces of evil who aided and abetted the criminal clerical fascists and as those who prolonged the IRI's reign of terror for a few lousy buck from the oil compnies.

If it were not for the lawsuit against you , we would have had proof beyond the reasonable doubt to incriminate them as IRI's stooges and NIAC et al could have continued their deception in the Iranian-American community.

Sometimes things work out in mystrious ways. Sorry, that you had o be hurt personally in the process.

ShazdeAsdolaMirza

Shazde Asdola Mirza Iranian.Com is not a place for freedom of expression anymore, therefore, I have stopped commenting here. My archived stories are at: http://iranian.com/main/member/shazde-asdola-mirza.html

Mr. Dai:
Thanks for your courage and conviction, in fighting the good fight and defending the victims of IRI and their supporters.
God speed and happy new year!

HassanDai6

HassanDai

mamnoon az lotfetan,
I always enjoy your humor

ShazdeAsdolaMirza

Shazde Asdola Mirza Iranian.Com is not a place for freedom of expression anymore, therefore, I have stopped commenting here. My archived stories are at: http://iranian.com/main/member/shazde-asdola-mirza.html

Well, I am glad that you do - here is 1 for you:
What is the diffference between NIAC and a broken watch?
...
Broken watch tells the right time, twice a day!

faraway

faraway

I think you nailed it SAM. Trita seems to me be a habitual liar without even bein aware of it; hallmark of many personality disorders. The guy just can't help it.

AnonymousObserver

Anonymous Observer


Court documented multiple username Trita Parsi and other NIAC employees are on the attack on this thread. But we don't need to tell you that Mr. Dai. Thanks to you & your excellent legal defense team--who defeated Trita Parsi's suppression of free speech lawsuit--- you know this better than the rest of us. Please keep up the good work and continue to expose these bottom feeding tools of the murderous Islamic Republic in the U.S.

Fred

Fred

I second Faramarz,
Welcome aboard indeed Mr. Dai, your time of confronting the little helpers of the Messianic Islamists and the oil/business lobby all alone is over.
Thanks to your tireless, thankless and reward-less efforts, many people of conscience have now step up to the bat.
NIAC lobby either has to answer legitimate questions or register under FARA and without anyone having any right to ask them what they do for their foreign client(s) continue working withing the law and making a living as they have been doing.

HassanDai6

HassanDai

Thank you Fred for your relentless efforts.

faramarz

Faramarz

Welcome aboard Mr. Dai.

I am glad that you have chosen this site to get your points across, something that Trita Parsi refuses to do.

jockshe

Jockshe American born Iranian (ABI) female and state champion in free style wrestling. Second year law student at the University of Chicago. You can bet your bottom $, I can feetileh-peach you like hulu!

Thank you Mr. Die for not deleting and blocking NIAC's advocates' comments despite their belligerent and accusatory tones towards you!

Right there you just proved that you put your money where your mouth is when it comes to advocating and supporting democracy where NIAC and its representatives resort to the campaign of demagoguery and scorch the Earth policy!

In case, some of the fellow NIAC supporters didn't read my questions to Dr. Parsi/NIAC on another blog - when are NIAC/Parsi/supporters going to formally, publicly, and unequivocally condemn the IRI regime for all of its crimes against the Iranian people?

Thank you

ArtificialIntelligence

Artificial Intelligence

Thank you Mr. Dai for exposing these pro IRI vermon! Shame on NIAC and its life time president Trita Parsi.