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Pentagon Report on Iranian Intelligence agents Who Collaborated with NIAC

Balatarin

Iranian American Forum, 5 January 2013

 

The Library of Congress has released a report prepared by Pentagon on Iranian intelligence ministry, their techniques in recruiting agents in Europe and the US and in infiltrating US academic institutions and Iranian-American organizations. The 64 page unclassified report published by Washington press and Farsi media names two individuals as the agents of Iranian secret services. Both persons have collaborated with National Iranian American Council (NIAC) led by Trita Parsi, a Washington based advocacy group viewed by many Iranians to be the Mullahs' lobby in US. The government press in Tehran calls NIAC the "Iran lobby in US."

 

The Pentagon report names London based Massoud Khodabandeh and his wife Anne Singleton as the recruits of Iranian intelligence services. (pages 26-27). NIAC's internal documents obtained during a defamation lawsuit, (that NIAC lost) show close collaboration between NIAC and these two individuals. In 2008, NIAC organized a Congressional briefing in Washington for these Iranian agents and paid their travel fare but the US Homeland Security intervened and stopped them from boarding the London flight to Washington.

 

 

Furthermore, the report identifies several websites such as Iran Interlink as being operated by the Iranian intelligence agency. (p. 41) NIAC also collaborated with H. Sobhani, editor of Iran Interlink. Sobhani wrote an article and labeled Daioleslam a terrorist. Then, Trita Parsi and NIAC used this article in a large scale campaign against Daioleslam to discredit him and eventually use it in the defamation lawsuit. Parsi further instructed numerous friendly websites to use Sobhani's article and smear Daioleslam.

 

This new credible revelation by the Pentagon and the Library of Congress about NIAC's collaborators raises serious questions about US National Security as NIAC maintains intimate relations with US government. For example, in a series of troubling emails the State Department officials coordinated a joint lobby in Congress to raise funds for an initiative that would allegedly facilitate better relation between Iran and the US.

 

In another series of emails, the US Consular official based in Dubai asked NIAC to help the Consulate in its outreach program towards Iranians. The American official suggests funding NIAC through a detour in order for the funds to be untraceable.

 

In a third example, complicity between the State Department and NIAC is beyond comprehension.   In a series of emails, a State official asked Trita Parsi about the Iranian regime's motivations in foreign policy and how best the US can approach the regime. Parsi burst into an emotional defense of Tehran and presented the regime as a victim of US belligerent policies. Strangely enough, the State Department official agreed with Parsi. 

 

 

NIAC is the administration's main interlocutor on Iran issues, US embassies continue to invite Parsi to speak at events organized and sponsored by their embassy, he is invited to brief the State Department officials, teach classes for them (paid for) and most prominent State's officials speak at NIAC's event.

 

US government may think that they have found a back alley doorway to the Iranian regime.  In reality, it could be Tehran’s Ayatollahs who have found a back alley door to the State Department! 

 

* According to an unverified report, the Library of Congress has announced that "The report was pulled for revisions after the Division staff  identified a passage that should have been caveated but was missed in the initial reviews,"

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JohnGish

John Gish

I have been reading articles on both side of the issue. The articles don't necessarily interest me as much as the comments do. Why? you may ask.
You realize the pro-NIAC commentators, they're just regular guys and gals sitting in some dorm room with a very realistic grasp of the issues. On the other hand, it is easy to pick out the MEK, Dai, Neocon cyber attack team: not many, but they're the same folk with different usernames and repeat the same accusations back and forth. It is as if they're reading talking points from some index card. The idea just hit me that they may actually be paid "shills". The idea came to me as I realized most of these guys must have no real 9-5 jobs, they're just hired hands that log on and "blog" when they're asked to. Then I came across this article:
http://consciouslifenews.com/paid-internet-shill-shadowy-groups-manipulate-internet-opinion-debate/1147073/

MOOSIRvaPIAZ

MOOSIRvaPIAZ

Hassan Daei, the MEK cult propagandist says "viewed by many Iranians to be the Mullahs' lobby in US."

FALSE. This view is propagated by pro-war Iranian Maryam Rajavi lovers only.

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

If these people are indeed spies as you suggest, take it to the Supreme Court. A foreign spy can get their ass canned here in so many ways, especially with the circumstances between the US and Iran. Leave the Iranian people to judge for themselves, Dai. You're trying to influence the pedestrian Iranian conspiracy monger's mind again. Please, go interview with a known, respected news network, write some news articles, publish a book with a good publisher, get these things done. At least Jafarzadeh scored some with FOX News. You are grasping at straws. Perhaps some Iranians on the fringe like what you have to say but to me and many others here it's more of the same finger pointing divisive shit that has ruined our culture since the Qajar period. Go tell your masters to give you funding to make a professional looking site with good grammar, too. With Love, Sayyad.

AnonymousObserver

Anonymous Observer

Shaer jaan - speaking of finger pointing, wasn't it Trita Parsi who sued Hassan Dai in that Shakespearean tragedy of a lawsuit?!!! Who was doing the finger pointing at that time? Plus, isn't it Parsi who is accusing Dai of all kinds of things, such as being a neocon this and MEK that?!! For Darwin's sake, he even had one of his interns write a blog on the old IDC talking about Dai being arrested for selling perfumes or something! I know you want to be fair, so why don't you copy and paste this comment on Parsi's next blog? Just to be fair. Because between you and I, you're not the first person who has jumped on Parsi's critics with a claim of "fairness" and "I don't take sides with either person." But then we usually see the same person oohin and aahing Parsi, and handling him with kid gloves when he posts something. I know you're different though. That's why I'm suggesting you copy and paste the same comment when Parsi posts a blog, just to prove your neutrality.

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

Every Iranian-American professor, pundit, and journalist that is famous for writing about politics, sociology, culture and history **

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

I'm waiting for Parsi to post a finger pointing blog so I can service his dahan, it just irks me that Dai works with Pipes. That's a huge red flag; in my opinion they both can tickle each other's balls for our amusement.

My issue with Dai is that on one of his websites (iranpoliticsclub) he is listed as the author of an article that implicates literally every Iranian American professor as regime agents. It smacks of muffling the Iranian diaspora intellectuals to me. It reeks of an ulterior motive.

AnonymousObserver

Anonymous Observer

You really don't have to wait. His lawsuit was one giant finger pointing tragedy. Why don't you write a blog about it and question him? While you're at it, perhaps you can ask him a few questions, such as: 1) why did he use hundreds of thousands of dollars of his [loyal to the death] followers' membership fees to pay lawyers for that personal vendetta (the lawsuit); 2) why did he lie to the court to get fined almost $200,000.00 --which again he must have paid from his members' fees; 3) in light of the hundreds of thousands of dollars of the organization's money that he wasted on the lawsuit, and in light of the embarrassment that he caused for the organization by lying to the court and getting caught--and fined, and then losing the lawsuit--- why hasn't he resigned? Any other reputable, honest and ACCOUNTABLE president or CEO of an organization would have stepped aside. Why hasn't he? Why don't you start by asking him those character questions like you're asking Dai? You don't have to wait for TP to post something. Blog it yourself if you're interested in transparency and honesty of these characters.

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

I'll take your word for it. I'm not particularly fond of Parsi. I won't comment on Dai after this post any longer, either. My problem with him is related to who he supposedly is connected to (let's say that wasn't true- then at least his work with AIPAC). They don't want whats best for Iran. They could care less. And I'm sure you, like me, have family in Iran that would be adversely affected by war, and as someone from our culture, you probably feel emotional ties to the land.

There are plenty of people here posting TP blogs. I've counted five in the past days. It seems he's a celebrity on this site. I won't post a Diaoleslam or TP blog. I don't feel these people need more publicity or attention. Let them fight their own personal war and drown each other in law suits.

AnonymousObserver

Anonymous Observer

I agree. Let them duke it out. Parsi did himself a lot of damage by filing that stupid lawsuit. In fact, a few days before the court's decision came out, I posted a comment somewhere on IDC saying he should withdraw it. He should have taken my advice. He's also doing a lot of damage to himself by not responding to the very people--here on IDC--where he has posted a blog asking for donations. His deletion of comments and blocking of commenters is really disturbing. And before someone points the finger at me and say 'you do it also,' remember this: I'm don't call myself the president of "National Iranian American Council," and I'm not here asking for donations. If I did, and I was, I would be deleting comments and blocking commenters from my blogs.

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

So he seems insecure, narcissistic, and amoral. Neither are savory characters. I am tired of seeing Daioleslam/TP blogs on this site. This is a site where people should give their opinions, not a site where lobbyists from all spectrums should duke it out. Let them continue their crap, and we as Iranians interested in our culture and nation, leave them alone. They are both shady.

farhangpooya

farhangpooya In all situations, in or outside power, social problems require social solutions (در همه شرايط، در حاكميت و يا خارج از حاكميت، مشكلات اجتماعى راه حل هاى اجتماعى طلب مى كنند)

زهى خيال باطل
ز اوباش و اراذل
يا جمهورى اسلامى
يا كه از اون محافل
يه عده شعبان بى مخ
يا حزب الله قاتل
حرفا همه يكى هست
حرف امام راحل
پروفسوراى مفت خور
به دنبال مشاغل
با شدن سوريه
در توافق كامل
داره طى ميشه الآن
يك يك اون مراحل
به دنبال قدرتند
يه مشت افراد جاهل
راى مردم هيچ و پوچ
راى به افراد عادل
اين كشتى و ميبرن
به اين يا به اون ساحل

choghok

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

NIAC is pretty open with their contacts with IRI and how can you try to establish contact if you do not make contact with IRI people and some of them are of course working with Intelligence.

The things brought up does not proof that NIAC has known about the activities of these people nor that NIAC has given them any classified info. The other can be said about AIPAC and Neocons with Israel. They have actively spied for Israel. If NIAC had done the same for IRI it would be dismantled by now.

farhangpooya

farhangpooya In all situations, in or outside power, social problems require social solutions (در همه شرايط، در حاكميت و يا خارج از حاكميت، مشكلات اجتماعى راه حل هاى اجتماعى طلب مى كنند)

ببخشيد
چنانكه از اين نوشته بر مى آيد
دايى مدعى است كه پارسى جاسوس جمهورى اسلامى است.

farhangpooya

farhangpooya In all situations, in or outside power, social problems require social solutions (در همه شرايط، در حاكميت و يا خارج از حاكميت، مشكلات اجتماعى راه حل هاى اجتماعى طلب مى كنند)

آقاى حسن دايى مدعى است كه تريتا پارسى جاسوس جمهورى اسلامى است و طرف ديگر دايى را متهم مى كند كه جاسوس CIA ، پنتاگون و رژيم صهيونيستى اسرائيل مى باشد.
اينطور بنظر مى سد كه مردم ايران به جز اين دو نيرو انتخاب ديگرى ندارند.
اينطور بنظر ميرسد كه مردم ايران هيچ حقى در تعيين سرنوشت خود ندارند.
زهى خيال باطل
ز اوباش و اراذل

religionoutofgovernment

religionoutofgovernment

Mr. Dai, Dorood bar shoma

You are not alone.

You have singlehandedly taken on 30,000 spies, mozdoors, Khaens and vatan foroush. You are a brave man. But, please remember there are millions of us who are with you.

Shirzadegan

Siavash

"you wont be happy unless your useless son of Shah gets in power" T.P
As usual the writer is making mistake between me and Iranian people. Yes, the Iranian people wouln't be happy unless the shah's son takes the office and monarchy restores in Iran. That is the only way to go.
We didn't have any problem with our neighbors including state of Israel when shah was on power. We also would have any problem once crown Reza Palavi takes the office. That is the only way our people will be happy to restore the monarchy. Mr. Trita your father and your relatives were happy during shah days. Didn't they? If you don't believe me, ask them. Ask them what bothered them when shah was in charge? All Iranians were happy. Why don't you want to accept the reality?
BTW, we all know that NIAC is "khaen" because the organization is selling our country to a bunch of the stinky rag heads in exchange for some $$$$ they're receiving from them for "Bonyad e Alavi" in NYC. That money is the "blood money" of our brothers and sisters who lost their sweet lives in battle with Islamic devil on streets of Iran. I love to know who is the slave? you or me? I fight for my people's happiness and you fight for $$$$$ from stinky mullahs. So please enlighten me. who is slave?

NahshahnahMullah

Nah shah nah Mullah

Shirzadegan ,why do you write TP with quotation mark of my comments.
do you think i am Trita Parsi??? I am Honored, thaks bud ,,,I love Trita for what he is doing for Iran and advancement of peace.
But I am only a blue collar lisanseh in property management ,Trita Parsi is an academic with PHD ,.
i wish , :-))

Shirzadegan

Siavash

The reason I write TP because you have the same line of thinking as he does. The name is not important, thinking is important. I prefer to say that than comparing shah with criminal mullahs and putting these 2 contradictory terms next to each other.

tetrapharmakos

tetrapharmakos

"All Iranians were happy.".........that seems to be a bit of stretch...to say the least.........Had it not been for the stupid akhunds and the House of VF's incompetence, this exchange would have never occurred.

Demo

Demo

Glad to see you back, Comrade.
You are conscientious as ever.
Salute.

NahshahnahMullah

Nah shah nah Mullah

Shirzadegan
This gos for Iranian brothers in the government of Iran . as well IR,,,,Stop threatening/arresting /killing the opposition.
not everyone against theocracy /IR is a zionist/OR mko ,the core of opposition to IR/ Theocracy are the Iranian Muslims.

Shirzadegan

Siavash

yes, whoever serving criminal mullahs are "Khaen" to their people and Khaen to their country. It doesn't matter if they're in government or receiving money for "Bonyad Alavi" in NYC. They both serve the interest of criminal mullahs,not interest of Iranian people.

NahshahnahMullah

Nah shah nah Mullah

shizadegan,I wanted to leave the house ,,but had to respond to you.
shirzadegan I personally dont wanna go backwards to monarchy and one man rule. But we wont know what majority want , unless the Iranians in Iran get to vote on it. lets together create an atmosphere and climate that we could do that .
by threatening the other side with death and hanging by siding with Zionist enemies of Iran ,,,issues wont get resolved dadash.
Trita Parsi is against velayateh faghih ,and i am sure you have heard Trita say it .if not let me know and i will find and upload the interviews in which Trita clearly says he is for secular democracy in Iran. and not for velayateh faghi.

Shirzadegan

Siavash

"we wont know what majority want , unless the Iranians in Iran get to vote on it. lets together create an atmosphere and climate that we could do that " T.P
I respect that. Let's get united and overthrown mullahs.

NahshahnahMullah

Nah shah nah Mullah

I wish it was that easy to just overthrow the Mullahs my man. .btw stop writing tp ,,, bavar kon ,i am not trita,but i do love the guy.I have a picture with him,he signed his book for me. :-))