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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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Mehrban

Mehrban

Of course they know who he is and he is useful to them right now. They probably picked him and brought him from Sweden for this very purpose. But don't hate TP he is just as so accurately put by a fellow blogger he is just an errand boy, if it were not him it would be someone else doing the same job. You know we are not short of traitors. The only thing is that do not be fooled by him and join his organization thinking he is the voice of Iranian Americans or the voice of peace.

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.

I know the answer, the intellectuals and talking heads, were in reality Anti-Intellectuals and were busy selling Cruel Hope with devastating effects on the lives of Iranians.

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.

Yes , that's exactly my view about two of Irans more famous traitors, Mossadegh and Khomeini, very well put. Still today we have too many many misinformed & unsophisticated Iranians who are otherwise educated and who out of goodwill say and think a feudalistic country like Iran can become a democracy just because people want it now. Errand Boy, is so very true. Though so many Iranians followed these traitors because they thought they represented the voice of Iranians while they did not. And where were our intellectuals Warning Iranians to not be fooled then and today, on these more important topics?????

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.

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Roozbeh_Gilani

Roozbeh_Gilani "Personal business must yield to collective interest."

This report has now been widely circulated on Iranian web sites for a few days. It also clearly implies NIAC as a collaborator with Islamist regime. The fate of Trita parsi and his organisation and memebers very much depend on if the regime capitulates to US /Israel demands on nuclear issues or not....
To me the timing of the report is quite telling. Etelaat ministry of the regime has been a lot more active in Europe and US in the past, killing Iranian dissidents and bombing jewish centres, etc than they are now. In fact no major terrorist attack has been perpetrated by regime in Europe/US more recently. So why now?
Finally, my honest advice to any ordinary NIAC supporter on this site who supports this organisation out of good will (peace, anti-War, etc) is to tone it down a bit. I'd hardly be surprised if a site called iranian.com would present more than just a passing interest to western intelligence agencies, specialy at times like this....

faraway

faraway

That would be my advice too. Steer clear from this organization as much as possible. I was once on their mailing list and offered to volunteer...I feel sorry for the younger Iranian-Americans who fell for this organization deceit.

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.

My advice to any anti-iranian anti-monarchist groups who have been used to harm themselves and Iran for over 100 years out of a spirit of good will peace, anti-war, human rights, democracy, is to realize how fake the organizations you have supported are, how decevied you have been and to tone it done 100%. Get with the good Monarchists Iran has and do the hard work and what ever is necessary to make peace, progress, democracy and human rights a reality for Iran with the only Iranian team that has not betrayed Iran and has based on realism been the best alternative for iran.

masoudA

masoudA

I think questions regarding mr. Daei aleged connections with MEK is irrelevant in this thread - it is a usual NIAC tactic to deffer the subject.

Liberated

Liberated

Never seen Trita criticize the Islamic Regime,

Trita all this effort to expose the Neo-Cons and AIPAC but no criticism of the Islamic warmonger and murderers that rule Iran? Who are you representing again. National Iranian American Congress? representing no Iranian I know in past 30 years of living in the U.S.

Is Trita really a Traita?

NahshahnahMullah

Nah shah nah Mullah

well you have been watching too much Zionist funded Persian Media .
Ziomedia /warmongers have sweet faced and smooth talking people like Hassan Dai to promote zionist neocon agendas of war/civil war for Iran.
I have seen Trita Parsi speak out against Velayateh faghih in may interviews.

Fred

Fred

NIAC lobby & its lifetime president need to register under FARA and continue lobbying for their client(s).

NasirKhosrow

Nasir Khosrow Poet, scientist, philosopher, mystic and traveler

As does Daniel Pipes and his Middle East Forum.

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Shirzadegan

Siavash

brother javad, I love your comment

faraway

faraway

brother tavakoli, maybe you should invite teraita to the eslamic society, Perhaps he will repay you by bringing food and drinks in your next meeting. enshallah..

faramarz

Faramarz

Brother Javad,

You may have to wait a long time to get your $60 from brother Trita.

Since he is going out of business soon, you may want to go to DC to NIAC office and get some tables and chairs in lieu of your donation.

Things are tough all around and a man has to do what a man has to do to just get by!

Please let me know if you need any help in carrying the table and chairs out of their office.

NahshahnahMullah

Nah shah nah Mullah

lol, well brother Javad i am a kaffar but still your Iranian brother. Trita Parsi is against velayateh faghih and theocracy just like me.As for your sixty Dollars ,,name your Favorite charity and i will donate 60$ on your behalf .I love you as my Iranian brother Muslim or not and agree with most Iranians that unqualified Mullahs have to go back to Ghome .

faraway

faraway

Given this damning report, I wonder why the State department trusts TP?? Or is it that they just pretend to trust him because they know he is the only trusted liason between them and the clerical fascist regime?

NasirKhosrow

Nasir Khosrow Poet, scientist, philosopher, mystic and traveler

Interesting how hard you Baha'is are beating your chests for the neo-cons and against NIAC and Trita Parsi. I trust NIAC and Trita Parsi are paying attention to this.

faraway

faraway

LOL, I was right about you, tetra maryam joon.

Not that anything is wrong with being bahai, but unfortunately, I was born into a Shia family a la alavi school of islamist.
Your hatred of bahai, given your background is understandable but increasingly boring. Please seek some help as so many people have suggested to you previously on the old IC.

NasirKhosrow

Nasir Khosrow Poet, scientist, philosopher, mystic and traveler

Yes, and the Pope is a hermaphrodite too - not.

AnonymousObserver

Anonymous Observer

Funny thing Faraway jaan-- these clowns beating their chests for Trita Parsi. Perhaps one day he;l take them in as a pet. :-) Seriously, I dare these numb nuts to post one single, polite critical comment of TP on his next blog (like I and may others did). See how quickly their beloved lifetime leader will delete the comment and block them.

NasirKhosrow

Nasir Khosrow Poet, scientist, philosopher, mystic and traveler

Trita Parsi will get criticism when criticism is warranted. You people are not interested in valid criticism of NIAC and Trita Parsi. Based on your allowances by the neo-con anti-Iran lobbies who wheel you out here, your only pursuit on this score is an ideological and political vendetta against Trita Parsi and NIAC.

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.

Not true.

NasirKhosrow

Nasir Khosrow Poet, scientist, philosopher, mystic and traveler

Absolutely true, and there are five and a half years of records from the old IC archives to prove it ten times over.

AnonymousObserver

Anonymous Observer

Perhaps they know who he is and his actual connections to the IR. Perhaps they're actually negotiation with the IR through him. Hopefully, when this whole ordeal with the IR is over someday--and when TP's usefulness ends-- he will either be investigated and prosecuted for espionage, or deported back to the IR.

NasirKhosrow

Nasir Khosrow Poet, scientist, philosopher, mystic and traveler

At least Trita has a motherland to go back to. You, on the other hand, and the rest of your native informer sellout friends here will never see Iran again.

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.

Trita's motherland doesn't want him, just like it doesn't want the IRI and that is the point. Trita's motherland will be very slow to forget his crimes against it as it will not forget the Ayatollahs crimes against it or anyone who sold Iranians out like the IRI.

NasirKhosrow

Nasir Khosrow Poet, scientist, philosopher, mystic and traveler

Propaganda. We might not want the IRI who are sitting on our exiled butts in the West. A tiny segment of modernized middle-class Iranians in urban centers don't want the IRI. But the entirety of rural and non-urban Iran are solidly behind the regime -- and this is why this regime continues to endure even with its bad record. Don't believe me, go to Iran and see for yourself. But don't just hang out in posh northern Tehran suburbs if you do. Go to the real Iran.

Trita has served his people and his nation well, whatever a bunch of rightwing, proto-fascist and spoiled neo-con and socially marginal post-Iranians in Tehrangeles North America think about it.

AnonymousObserver

Anonymous Observer

Sorry, Wahid. No bone for you today. Keep barking though...it may get you somewhere.

NasirKhosrow

Nasir Khosrow Poet, scientist, philosopher, mystic and traveler

Oh, really? What do call that, then, Mr Veterinarian? ;-)

faraway

faraway

You also sound like that paranoid professor, Hamid Dabashi!

NasirKhosrow

Nasir Khosrow Poet, scientist, philosopher, mystic and traveler

I'll let Hamid know what you think of him so the next time you Baha'is opportunistically run to him for a sound bite for your Baha'i Institute for Higher Education he will make a more informed decision based on such views.

faraway

faraway

Only a deranged hateful rac i st views everybody as Haifan Bahai. You need some serious help.

NasirKhosrow

Nasir Khosrow Poet, scientist, philosopher, mystic and traveler

Whatever. By the way, what happened to I won't be replying to you anymore? Perhaps a dosage of the serious help should first come your own way.

tetrapharmakos

tetrapharmakos

"when this whole ordeal with the IR is over someday"....."deported back to the IR"..................stupid me..I always thought the ordeal could only be over by the removal of IR..............it's getting more interesting in Hussein jan's second term..........

faraway

faraway

Excerpts from the report:

"MOIS’s recruitment of Christians, Sunnis, and even Jews, shows that it is possible to hire agents who do not subscribeto velayat faqih.6414.

METHODS OF OPERATION AND TACTICS 14.1 OperationsThe Ministry of Intelligence and Security operates through a variety of methods andtactics. Agents may operate undercover as diplomats in Iranian embassies or in other occupationsin companies such as Iran Air, branches of Iranian banks, or even in private businesses. It isthought that many Iranians who are employed in foreign educational organizations such a suniversities also may work for MOIS; because they have to go back to Iran often—perhaps for immigration issues or scholarships given by the Iranian government or for other reasons—theymay cooperate with MOIS. To transfer money for operations, MOIS usually uses state-controlled banks with branches in foreign countries.65Lebanese Hezbollah and the Quds Force are also organizationally linked to MOIS (seefig. 1, above). ""

yolanda

yolanda

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"US government may think that they have found a back alley doorway (Trita Parsi) to the Iranian regime. In reality, it could be Tehran’s Ayatollahs who have found a back alley door to the State Department!"
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Wow! The last paragraph of the blog is tantamount to the description of a double agent!

NasirKhosrow

Nasir Khosrow Poet, scientist, philosopher, mystic and traveler

That would also describe almost every active operative of AIPAC and the assorted think-tanks you people here answer to.

faraway

faraway

That is the most likely scenario dear Yolanda.

yolanda

yolanda

Hi Faraway,
Maybe we should come up with a survey like the ones on www.iroon.com. Unfortunately, we don't have the feature on IC that people can vote by clicking on "buttons". I am just curious what percent of people think NIAC is pro-IRI and what percent pro-Iranians?
Euphemistically speaking, NIAC has "image" problem!

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.

@SaidAmin hey sir, can we get survey feature here?