The Honorable Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton,
On behalf of the Iranian-American community, I would like to express our outrage and disappointment on your decision to sponsor, Trita Parsi, President of National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), a known lobbyist for the Islamic Republic of Iran and currently under investigation for alleged embezzlement of federal funds, to speak and share his expertise on US-Iranian relations and Iranian politics in Saudi Arabia.
Trita Parsi is not even a U.S. Citizen who is sent by your department to represent America's interests using tax payers' money. Mr. Parsi is disliked by the majority of Iranian-American community and general consensus is that he is a "non-registered foreign agent" representing the interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran and is shunned in Iranian-American circles. Mr. Parsi represents an anti-Semitic and anti-Israel agenda cloaked in dialogue and diplomacy.
Law enforcement experts who have reviewed some of NIAC's internal document released as a result of a lawsuit, offer evidence that the NIAC has operated as an undeclared lobby and may be guilty of violating tax laws, the Foreign Agents Registration Act and lobbying disclosure laws.
Parsi has been the leading lobbyist in America for the Islamic (non)Republic regime and, at least until last year's election, was also an apologist for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
He has been opposed to US sanctions against the Islamic Republic and by such definition is an outspoken opponent of your own foreign policy toward Iran. This is yet another example of many duplicitous and short-sighted policies of the State Department under your leadership and President Obama's administration. We urgently demand an explanation for the wisdom behind sending such a questionable character with known affiliations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, a regime which your own State Department has classified as a "state sponsor of terrorism" and a threat to America's national security.
Dr. Arash Irandoost
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