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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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JohnGish

John Gish

آقای داعی، شما ادعا می‌کنید که مخالفِ جنگ هستید، البته در صداقت شما شکی نیست. در اینکه دکتر دانیل پایپز از طرفدارانِ پروپا قرصِ حملهِ نظامی به ایران هستند نیز شکی نیست: مقالات متعددی در این زمینه موجود هست بخصوص نامه سرگشاده‌ای که ایشان پرزیدنت اوباما را موردِ خطاب قرار داده‌اند.

در اینکه شما با ایشان روابط حسنه دارید الزاماً تناقضی نمی‌بینم، چه بسا من هم دوستان و همکارانی دارم که در برخی موارد با ایشان متفق الفکر نیستم. سوالِ من از شما این است: در همنشینی و همکاری با این آقایان تا چه حد سعی‌ می‌کنید ایشان را از اتخاذِ این مواضعِ سهمگین بر حذر دارید؟ تا چه اندازه از مضرات حمل نظامی به ایشان گوشزد می‌کنید؟

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

I am not against either Daioleslam or NIAC, I'm just as skeptical about both of them. NIAC for its obvious connections, but Daioleslam for his connections and past, as well. I understand his position makes him have to deal with some unsavory players, but he's really feeding into the wrong people that have the wrong plans for Iran. I sure pray its not carelessness but rather pure naivete on his part.

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.

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.

ab5097

abass

Mr. Dai, I, as a member and supporter of NIAC causes am very proud of this organization success in the USA. You on the other hand seem to miss no opportunity to go to bed with sworn enemy of Iran and Iranian everywhere ( including mujaheddin Khallgh). So your rabid anti NIAC is very well understood within this context. Siding with and getting support from MEF is a big red flag for me. It exhibit lack of principle in your part.

divaneh

divaneh

Let's have your view ab. The IRI funded NIAC is trying to crush a journalist wih legal expenses. The journalist ask another forum to help with legal costs while defencing his case using the very legal system that NIAC has used to bring charges. Now what is your solution?

HassanDai6

HassanDai

I understand your feeling. However, if it is a genuine one, why would you easily tolerate NIAC president's relation and coordination with Iranian oil mafia and Iranian officials.
Why don't you ask Parsi to disclose his meetings in Europe with Hashemei Samareh (Ahmadinejad's deputy) when he facilitated these meetings?
You easily accept that Parsi, a Swedish-Iranian became president of NIAC and at the same time was paid by Atieh Bahar in Tehran, a company with multiple ties to the regime.
Just ask NIAC's president why he did not inform NIAC members and board of his relation, contact and meetings with Iranian officials.
Is this normal that president of NIAC is a guest at Javad Zarif's good by party?
And so many other issues that should frustrate you more.

faraway

faraway

The lackeys of NIAC don't seem to be disturbed by Trita getting paid by the CIA either. What gives?

Demo

Demo

Proving that Trita is a 'devil,' is not going to turn Hassan to an 'angel.' Or does it?

Demo

Demo

Hassan, Listen!
Your credibility is at serious stake here dear. Please answer the questions & do not be evasive. You know better that the US judges won't allow the hearsay into the one's testimonies, don't you? Then rather talking about Trita & NIAC, answer the questions straightforward. We are going to question them & to bring up charges against them separately if that becomes necessary later. Understood?

Demo

Demo

Not to worry at all ab dear, as you see crystal clear below who are the ones supporting him, DIVANEH & alike!

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.

choghok

choghok Your enemie's enemy is necessarily not a friend.

It is funny that you describe you have won the case when in the court your tactic was that you were not aware you were lying and you have now been ordered by the court not to repeat your lies.

Also in the VOA you lied openly once you were asked how is your relationship with your brother and sister in Camp Ashraf and you said good, the next question was when you talked to them and you said you have not talked to them in something like 20 years.

Now I do not know why you contradicted yourself so easily and showed you lie so easy but the fact of the matter is that you do. And just like your brother and sister that are stooges of foreign powers (Saddam and now US and Israel) you are also stooge of Neocons.

Your masters interests are not good of Iranian people but what is good for them. For example Neocons are now with help of Israel stirring unrest in Azarbaijan and Kurdistan areas. And you through your actions are helping them.

Either you are blinded by your hatred of IRI leaders or you are a Quisling, but you are betraying your people just like MEK.

faraway

faraway

FP: Are you suggesting that we should choose conflict over negotiating with Iran?

Daioleslam: By no means. Nothing could be more disastrous for the United States and the Iranian people than a war between the two countries. However, by negotiating now, not only we will not avoid a military conflict, but we increase its chances tenfold."
http://english.iranianlobby.com/page1.php?id=13&bakhsh=INTERVIEWS
Regarding your second question, please read your question again and read my article as well.

HassanDai6

HassanDai

You should not believe all you hear from NIAC specially about the lawsuit that they lost. They don't even dare use the court's actual ruling in their statement. Here is what I told during the lawsuit:

During the lawsuit, my deposition, our motions, I reaffirmed my belief that Parsi and NIAC lobby for the Iranian regime
Hassan Daioleslam's " Reply to Opp to Motion to Dismiss", granted by the judge:
The Defendant (Dai) properly pled and supported his allegation that he believes that his analysis of the Plaintiffs’ position is accurate. See Def. Motion to Dismiss, pp. 19-27; Afft. of Defendant at ¶¶ 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, and 13.
http://iraniansforum.com/Document/ReplytoOppMotiontoDismiss.pdf

Daioleslam's Motion to dismiss
B. All defendandt's (Dai's) Statements Are Substantially True (p.9)
The statements complained of regarding Parsi and NIAC’s lobbying activity are substantially true. Defendant has opined that Plaintiffs are important players in a lobby enterprise, lobbying on behalf of actions which are in line with the wishes and interests of the Iranian government. 10
It is true that the manner in which NIAC, and by extension Plaintiff Parsi as the President of NIAC seeks to have such legislators vote is in accord with the needs, interests and wishes of
the Iranian regime. (p. 10-11)
The Plaintiffs have not met their burden to show that the alleged defamatory statements
are untrue, (p. 13)
http://iraniansforum.com/Document/MtntoDismiss.pdf

excerpts from Daioleslam's deposition quoted by Judge Bates in his decision
Questioned by Parsi's lawyer:
Q: Do you consider Dr. Parsi to be a political activist?
Hassan: I think so.
Q: Do you consider him to be part of the Iranian regime?
Hassan: I believe that he has worked, he has lobbied in favor of the Iranian regime.
Q: So based upon your prior testimony it would be fair to say that you believe because he is a part of the Iranian regime that you have no obligation to verify the truth of the statement that you make about him?
Hassan: My belief is that of course I would prefer to go to Mr. Parsi and NIAC and ask for help and clarification about what I thought in 2006 when I was working to investigate about them for many questions I had. The thing is that honestly I did not expect the truth from them. Mostly because I thought the first aspect of their work was deception and lie. . . . I mean that mistrust was so that I believed and I still believe for the relation and trust that existed between Mr. Parsi and the inner circle of the Iranian regime.
(Pls.' Opp., Ex. E at 35-36.)
https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2008cv0705-189

Demo

Demo

Hassan Joon:
Your lengthy reply had nothing to do with Choghok's points. The court records are all open to the public and you continue referring everyone to them rather than answering the questions.
Please do not deviate from the specifics of the questions and answer them clearly once for all if you have nothing to hide. OK, Dai Joon?

faraway

faraway

"It is true that the manner in which NIAC, and by extension Plaintiff Parsi as the President of NIAC seeks to have such legislators vote is in accord with the needs, interests and wishes of
the Iranian regime. (p. 10-11)"

Demo dear, what is it about the above statement that you don't understand?

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.

WhyNot

Why-Not

Has Mr. Dai done any interviews with major US news channels? Please post links. Thank you.

JohnGish

John Gish

Probably because Timmerman can't proofread the interviews.

ArtificialIntelligence

Artificial Intelligence

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