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Pentagon Report on Iranian Intelligence agents Who Collaborated with NIAC

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.

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sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

Welcome to Iranian.com.

Users here write (leaving a paper trail) that other users (who's IP's and MAC addresses can be looked up) are Islamic spies, insinuating that they work with groups the U.S. government is after. If war erupts between the U.S. and Iran, every one of those MAC addresses and IP's will be looked up and the people accused will be put under FBI watch. The FBI does not care to research someone thoroughly; they'll just confront them if the clime is hot enough in the case of war or start some other kind of trouble. Yet Iranians here on this site are willing to denounce each other, stupidly, of being Islamic agents. It shows the moral character of some of these people that they do this without considering the life-damaging effects these accusations can have on those people.

This is not a freaking game, but there are some idiot characters here with no conscience that are willing to do that. I bet they wouldn't dare do that to someone in real life. It's on the internet where the sacred aberoo is forgotten about.

AnonymousObserver

Anonymous Observer

I also find it quote ironic that you're complaining about people being called agents of one thing or the other when you, in your comment below, accuse Dai of being an agent of...well, someone...by telling him to get his "paymasters" to do things for him.

sayyad.shaer

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Dai is one of the biggest finger pointers in the Iranian American community. Saying he works for the people he supposedly works for won't get him in trouble at all. But people saying that people here are agents of a government that is a state sponsor of you know what, that can end someone up in an undisclosed prison. This is an Iranian diaspora site, enough of this who's a spy who's vevak insanity. Any smart spy wouldn't waste their time posting on a freaking forum.

Re: Dai, why isn't he taking any of this to major news networks? Why does he have to resort to convincing a bunch of people on a net forum? Doesn't that reek of desperation and lack of professionalism?

AnonymousObserver

Anonymous Observer

Not really. Parsi and his employees / interns are on IDC all the time. In fact, I bet that if you tally up the number of posts by NIAC reps on the old and the new IDC, they far outnumber Dai. Parsi had a recent post here on IDC. Did you tell him the same thing? I'm asking because I know you want to be fair. :-)

sayyad.shaer

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Parsi supposedly had a post about NIAC's efforts in battling an AIPAC sack attempt.

If he posts a website claiming that Dr. Milani, Dr. Dabashi, Karim Sajadpour, Ray Takeyh, etc are all CIA spies, then I'll say something to him too.

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

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

sayyad.shaer

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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

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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

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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.