October 29, 2015
Obama's Iran Deal Yields Fruit on Hostage Situation Iran Detains Another American
Iran has arrested another American holding dual citizenship, bringing to four the number of Iranian Americans imprisoned in Tehran after they came under suspicion by hard-line security forces.Just think how much better a deal the Iranians can get next time if Hillary is elected?!?!
Siamak Namazi, a businessman based in Dubai who is in his early 40s, was arrested earlier this month when he was visiting a friend in Tehran, according to a family friend who did not want to be identified. It is not clear whether any charges have been brought against him or what authorities might allege he did.
Hat Tip: Webradius.
Iran Imprisons Amin Anvari For Supporting Gays on Facebook
That and propaganda against the Iranian regime, but mostly the Homos on Facebook thing.
HRANA News Agency – Amin Anvari has been summoned to the court again and has to go to branch 26 of the revolutionary court.OK suspended sentence, how moderate..... but then.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Amin Anvari Rostami who had been recently summoned by branch 26 of the revolutionary court with chief judge Ahmadzadeh has been sentenced to 30 months in prison, has been again summoned to the court by a phone call made on Wednesday June 28.
The court session of this civil rights activist was carried out recently in which he was charged with propaganda against the regime, insulting the supreme leader and insulting officials (Mesbah Yazdi) in Facebook, and was sentenced to two years and 6 months in prison which is suspended for 5 years.
Amin Anvar Rostami, 21, software engineering student of Amir Kabir University, was arrested on December 30, 2014, by the order of branch number 13 of Evin court, and released after interrogation on 30 million Tomans bail. This is while he was summoned to the court for “administrative formalities”.
According to a close source to him, “propaganda against the regime, insulting the supreme leader and officials in Facebook, supporting LGBTs and apostates like Shahin Najafi and supporting Bahais” are the charges that have been laid on this young student.
Activist rearrested after search and seizure at his home
Amin Anvari, an activist and student at Amir Kabir University, was arrested by Islamic Republic police on Sunday October 4.Hat Tip: His Mother.
The Human Rights Activists News Agency reports that the police arrived at Amin Anvari’s home with a warrant and arrested him after searching the premises and confiscating some of his belongings, including his laptop and cellphone.
How's that Iran deal working out there Mr. Obama?
October 27, 2014
The Last Words of Reyhaneh Jabbari
How optimistic was he who expected justice from the judges! He never questioned the fact that my hands are not coarse like those of a sportswoman, especially a boxer. And this country that you planted its love in me never wanted me and no one supported me when under the blows of the interrogator I was crying out and I was hearing the most vulgar terms. When I shed the last sign of beauty from myself by shaving my hair I was rewarded: 11 days in solitary.
Dear Sholeh, don’t cry for what you are hearing. On the first day that in the police office an old unmarried agent hurt me for my nails I understood that beauty is not looked for in this era. The beauty of looks, beauty of thoughts and wishes, a beautiful handwriting, beauty of the eyes and vision, and even beauty of a nice voice.
My dear mother, my ideology has changed and you are not responsible for it. My words are unending and I gave it all to someone so that when I am executed without your presence and knowledge, it would be given to you. I left you much handwritten material as my heritage.
However, before my death I want something from you, that you have to provide for me with all your might and in any way that you can. In fact this is the only thing I want from this world, this country and you. I know you need time for this. Therefore, I am telling you part of my will sooner. Please don’t cry and listen. I want you to go to the court and tell them my request. I cannot write such a letter from inside the prison that would be approved by the head of prison; so once again you have to suffer because of me. It is the only thing that if even you beg for it I would not become upset although I have told you many times not to beg to save me from being executed.
My kind mother, dear Sholeh, the one more dear to me than my life, I don’t want to rot under the soil. I don’t want my eye or my young heart to turn into dust. Beg so that it is arranged that as soon as I am hanged my heart, kidney, eye, bones and anything that can be transplanted be taken away from my body and given to someone who needs them as a gift. I don’t want the recipient know my name, buy me a bouquet, or even pray for me. I am telling you from the bottom of my heart that I don’t want to have a grave for you to come and mourn there and suffer. I don’t want you to wear black clothing for me. Do your best to forget my difficult days. Give me to the wind to take away.
The world did not love us. It did not want my fate. And now I am giving in to it and embrace the death. Because in the court of God I will charge the inspectors, I will charge inspector Shamlou, I will charge judge, and the judges of country’s Supreme Court that beat me up when I was awake and did not refrain from harassing me. In the court of the creator I will charge Dr. Farvandi, I will charge Qassem Shabani and all those that out of ignorance or with their lies wronged me and trampled on my rights and didn’t pay heed to the fact that sometimes what appears as reality is different from it.
Dear soft-hearted Sholeh, in the other world it is you and me who are the accusers and others who are the accused. Let’s see what God wants. I wanted to embrace you until I die. I love you.
October 22, 2014
Meanwhile in Iran
Large crowds numbering in the hundreds have demonstrated in Tehran and Isfahan against several recent acid attacks on women that apparently occurred because they were not properly veiled.
Hundreds gathered in front of the parliament building in Tehran on October 22, while eyewitnesses said hundreds came to the Justice Ministry building in Isfahan, the central-western city where the acid attacks took place.
Demonstrators carried signs against the vicious attacks while calling on the state to protect women against violence.
"Where is my face," read a sign held up by a woman. While another sign said: "A secure street is my right."
"Don't allow crimes against women to become legal in the name of religion and Islam," said another sign, which also called for an end to violence against women.
"Acid attacks are a crime, security, security," chanted protesters, including many men.
October 18, 2014
What? No Death to America?
Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei released a statement about the goals of the Iranian regime. No where did he mention Death to America or Israel.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in a decree issued on Saturday communicated the outlines of cultural and scientific policies to the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution, and underlined the need for the strategic management of the challenges facing the cultural arena.Which if you actually read it carefully seems to indicate Iran will continue nuclear development and might replace the phrase "Death to" with "Cultural Engineering".
Ayatollah Khamenei reminded the council in his decree to keep a watchful eye on its main duties in such "key and fundamental areas as science production, lifestyle, education and research, public culture and cultural engineering".
The Supreme Leader reiterated that the council should prioritize full and swift execution of decisions and their follow-up until achieving the desired results.
Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the council is also responsible for improving the quality and quantity of cultural products through proper policy-making.
"Serious pursuit into the country's progress and expediting Iran's scientific and technological movement is one of the top most priorities of the country with regard to which the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution plays a serious role," Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding, "The pace of the country's scientific growth should not witness even the slightest reduction on any pretext, rather it should speed up everyday and the council should play its role in supervising, improving and directing this momentum."
The Supreme Leader urged the council to deal more seriously with the issue of cultural engineering and renovation of Iran's educational and scientific system, including education and higher education as well as change in humanities.
Which bums be out, I mean if we don't say "Death to America" it takes a lot of the fun out of Jawa Report.
October 09, 2014
Iranian Nuclear Triggers Working a Bit Too Well?
This is the Parchin site before and after images, the facility is believed to be testing triggers for nuclear detonations.
The photos “clearly show damage consistent with an attack against bunkers in a central locality within the military research complex at the Parchin military compound,” Israel Defense wrote.
The images were taken by the French satellite Pleiades the morning following the blast, the source of which remains unknown
Looks like a work related accident to me.(wink wink, nod nod).
October 01, 2014
Iran Hangs Mohsen Amir Aslani
Iranian Authorities added a charge of rape to the list that included heresy, insulting Prophet Jonah and immoral acts just so they could hang him.
Now let hold on for a minute. Try to consider this. In western Christian society its no longer acceptable to call someone a Heretic or an Apostate simply because they don't adhere so some state approved doctrine. Its considered an insult.
But every day we accept the derogatory, or racist term, Kaffir or Kufr from Muslims describing non-Muslims, People of the Book (Christians and Jews) and other non-believers in Islam.
Why do we accept less from the followers of Islam? Why do we pay once ounce of respect to a system that not only executes people for making free choices about their religion but also treats those outside of it as a second class "race" for lack of a better term. If being against Islam is "racist" then can adhering to the more fundamental teachings of Islamic radicals be any less racist.
For those of you who will say, "Islam is not a race." True, but neither was Catholic a race during the darker periods of Inquisition. We no longer accept that, neither should we accept the exact same kind of behavior from Islam.
We could coin a new term such as religionist, but it doesn't have the same negative connotation as racist.
So yes Virginia, Islam is RACIST against the Kuffar, Kuft, Kaffir. No matter how you spell it the term is bigotry and unacceptable in a *civilized world.
*The Arab world, in case you haven't noticed, is not very civilized.
September 17, 2014
Sunnis and Shia Really Not All That Different
The Iranian regime is intensifying domestic repression by allowing a new paramilitary force patrol the streets of Iran, especially in the capital Tehran, "to promote virtue and prevent sinning" as a pretext.Yes lest the Iranians or the Saudis or the Syrians actually become free people. Nothing scares Islamists more than freedom. Why is that?
The new repressive initiative which will be implemented by plainclothes agents will specifically target the Iranian women and youth in an attempt to quell popular discontent and prevent anti-government protests.
Commander of the new paramilitary force "Ansar-e-Hezbollah" announced this week that his forces will conduct "extensive patrols, especially in Tehran to promote virtue and prevent sins." The mission of his thugs will be to harass ordinary people on the streets across Iran, especially women, under the pretext of "bad veiling".
Abdol Hamid Mohtasham promised that "the corrupt and their supporters to be knocked down and cleared from the scene despite nightly and daily attacks from enemies and hypocrites." He warned at the same time that "if we do not address them, they will stand up to Hezbollah."
Besides, I've been kind of pissed at the Iranians since the Supreme Asshole insulted the USA on 9/11. So maybe interfering with ISIS and Iran killing each other has a down side?
July 03, 2014
Lawfare, the Good Kind: Terror Victims Sue for Iranian Domain Names
This is an interesting way at getting back at them:
Victims of Iranian-sponsored terror attacks are using a new legal tactic to win justice, and fight back: seizing Iranian domain names through U.S. courts. The sixty victims, who are collectively owed $1.2 billion in damages by terror-sponsoring countries, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in Washington, D.C. against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), seeking seizure of Iranian domain names as assets.I wish them the best of luck.
The victims' attorney, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, is the founder of Shurat HaDin, an Israel-based organization that uses private legal action to retaliate against terror groups and their sponsors when western governments cannot or will not do so.
Darshan-Leitner told the New York Post this week: “This is the first time that terror victims have moved to seize the domain names, IPs and Internet licenses of terrorism-sponsoring states like Iran....The Iranians must be shown that there is a steep price to be paid for their sponsorship of terrorism. In business and legal terms it is quite simple--we are owed money, and these assets are currency worth money."
June 19, 2014
Its On Like Donkey Kong
Shiites upset that ISIS is busy in Iraq and hasn't killed all the Jews yet.
Islamic Jew hatred its multi-sectarian.
June 12, 2014
Iran Deploys Forces to Fight al Qaeda-Inspired Militants in Iraq
Iran has deployed Revolutionary Guard forces to fight al Qaeda-inspired militants that have overrun a string of Iraqi cities, and it has helped Iraqi troops win back control of most of Tikrit, Iranian security sources said.Will this open the door for other parties to enter the fray?
Two battalions of the Quds Forces, the elite overseas branch of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps that have long operated in Iraq, have come to the aid of the besieged, Shiite-dominated government...
May 29, 2014
Iran Blames US and Zionists For Brainwashing Sunnis With Shiite-O-Phobia
Addressing several foreign ambassadors of Islamic countries to Tehran on Tuesday, Ayatollah Khamenei underscored that the bullying powers are seeking to sow discord among Muslims to cover up their own problems.Yes but did you know that Sunni-o-phobia? Yep, Da Jooos!
The Supreme leader further underscored that the hegemonic powers are trying to create Shiiteophobia and Iranophobia to safeguard the Zionist regime.
Please, pass the popcorn.
May 14, 2014
Iran to Hang Woman For Defending Herself
A young Iranian woman by the name of Reihane Jabari, 26, is on the verge of execution. She was a decorator and in an act of self-defense wounded the shoulder of a man who intended to drug and rape her. After some time the man dies to his wounds.When Iran executes women by hanging, not a proper hanging mind you. They put a noose around the neck and lift with a crane to shouts of approval by the Shia Muslim crowd. She the suffocates while kicking and struggling. A broken neck and quick death ruins the show. Since she is not accused of adultrey stoning her is not likely.
Reihane is then arrested and after being placed under torture the mullahs’ torturers and interrogators forced her to confess that the murder was meditated and political because the man was the same age as Reihane and after his morning prayers he intended to rape her. He was also a former Ministry of Intelligence agent.
Hat Tip: Freedom Messenger.
March 12, 2014
Stop Iran from Going Nuke Ad
It's an ad but it's pretty good and can I really call it an ad if I'm not getting paid to run it?
February 26, 2014
Iran + Sabres = Rattle Rattle
Yeah yeah yeah, don't you have enough problems?.
Fact Checking FARS
US Removes Syria’s Al-Nusra Front Leader from Terror ListBut if you check the SDN list there he is.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The United States in a shocking move removed the Al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front militant group in Syria from its blacklist of most wanted terrorist organizations.
The US Justice Department removed Abu Mohammad al-Julani, head of the al-Nusra Front, the branch of Al-Qaeda fighting against President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, from its most wanted terrorist list, the report said, press tv reported.
FARS, sucks to be them.
February 18, 2014
Syrian War Ends al-Qaeda Refuge in Iran
I mean that's pretty good news, that Iran is deporting senior al-Qaeda members who they had been providing safe haven.
A senior al-Qaeda figure with close ties to the terrorist group’s current leader has left Iran, where he had lived for years after fleeing American forces in Afghanistan in 2001, according to former and current U.S. intelligence officials.Even if the safe haven provided was for Iran's own self interest as a bargaining chip the fact they are no longer welcome is um, good, yeah?
Thirwat Shihata is the latest terrorist suspect to leave Iran, raising questions about the country’s motives for allowing or forcing the departure of a string of al-Qaeda members that it had sheltered over the past decade.
So where would senior al-Qaeda leader who had been hiding in Iran for ten years go? Where could he find safe passage to?
It was not clear when Shihata departed Iran, but a former U.S. official, who also requested anonymity, said he was believed to have traveled to Libya. The CIA declined to discuss Shihata’s whereabouts.
February 11, 2014
Iran Hangs Poet Hashem Shabani
The Iranian poet Hashem Shaabani was reportedly executed last month as an "enemy of God," according to human rights groups. Shaabani was a founder of the Dialogue Institute, which promoted Arab culture in Iran. In a statement last week, the human rights group Freedom House condemned the execution, saying: "His judicial murder underscores two important trends in Iran: Violent repression of ethnic minorities, of which Shaabani's execution is only one among many examples, remains government policy. And the government's human rights record has not improved under President Rouhani. During the first two weeks of January, some 40 individuals were executed; Iran is believed to be second only to China in the number of executions." Al-Jazeera adds that Shaabani was reportedly hanged along with another man on Jan. 27 and that, "according to BBC Persian, officials from the Ministry of Information informed the condemned men's families that they had been hanged, and they would be subsequently informed on the location of the men's burial site."More here and here.
The Mullahs Are Coming! The Mullahs Are Coming!
By now most of you have heard about the vaunted Iranian naval force of two ships steaming straight for our Atlantic coast in an attempt to make us make fudge in our pants.
Yeah, not so much.
“From a tactical perspective, neither one of these ships are any good; they are an afterthought to the U.S, Navy from a warfare perspective,” said Christopher Harmer, senior naval analyst at the Institute for the Study of War. “From a strategic standpoint, they are very important.”
If the ships make it across the ocean to U.S. maritime waters, they wouldn't even be a match for Coast Guard cutters, Johnson said.
“The point would be that the world is a much smaller place,” Johnson said, perhaps leading to expanded political pressure stateside to increase American presence in the region. “It’s a message to their population that we’re a conventional power.”
So, it's nothing more than a publicity stunt for the Iranian people. A sizable portion of whom probably don't care because they hate their government.
February 04, 2014
Executions Up Under 'Moderate' Iranian President
As long time readers know, I find the word 'moderate' particularly annoying when applied to Muslims. Most so-called 'moderate' Muslims would be way outside two standard deviations of normal on an American values scale. There are liberal Muslims who do fit perfectly within our secular and tolerant values, and it's to these we should be reaching out to, not to the so-called 'moderates'.
Anyway, here's the story. It's not that I have a problem with executions per se. It's just that in Iran they execute you for things like apostasy, homosexuality, and political dissent. And, yes, the guy in power is more 'moderate' than the last guy. This is what 'moderation' looks like in the Iranian context:
After Amnesty International’s claim that 33 people were hanged in a single week last month, the top human rights office at the United Nations noted that “28 women and a number of political prisoners” were among those executed in 2013. The office also said the killings were based on convictions that do not meet the “most serious crimes” threshold under international law.You can read the rest here.
“The persistent execution of individuals for exercising their rights to freedom of assembly, association and affiliation to minority groups contravenes universally accepted human rights principles and norms,” said Ahmed Shaheed, U.N. special rapporteur for the situation of human rights in Iran.
An analysis of statistics compiled by the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center shows that in the six months since Mr. Rouhani took office, 399 people — or 66.5 per month — have been executed. In the 31 months prior, a total of 1,457 — 47 per month — were put to death.
January 14, 2014
Iranian President: Yeah, the US Surrendered to Iran
Out: Cheese eating surrender monkeys.
In: Arugala eating surrender monkeys:
Our relationship w/ the world is based on Iranian nation's interests. In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iranian nation's will— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) January 14, 2014
I've finally figured out why Obama deserves his Nobel Prize. You see, the fastest road to peace is surrender.
QED people. QED.
Obama's America, we're the new France!
January 13, 2014
US Citizen Charged w/ Aiding Iran
Since I grew up in LA I knew a lot of Iranians. Most of whom preferred to be called "Persians" since they detested the Mullahs and didn't want any one to erroneosly associated them with the Iranian regime. Many of them fled Iran because of the regime.
But apparently, not this guy:
The investigation against [Mozaffar] Khazaee opened in November after investigators from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service (CBP) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) noticed a shipment that Khazaee sent by truck from Connecticut to a freight forwarder in Long Beach, Cal. Although the documentation on the shipment said that it contained household goods, inspectors found "numerous boxes of documents consisting of sensitive technical manuals, specification sheets, and other proprietary material relating to the U.S. Air Force's F35 Joint Strike Fighter program and military jet engines," an affidavit attached to the complaint said.I don't think there's much of a fear that the Iranians would be able to replicate the F35. But such specifications could be used to develop weapons against them. And I don't see the Iranians keeping this info to themselves. They could easily sell it to the Russians and Chinese. And they might try to replicate our technology.
December 13, 2013
Iranian PressTV Interviews American "Expert" on Israel .... David Duke
If it wasn't so sad, it would be funny. Apparently the problem is Zionist control of the media. Otherwise, Davd Duke would be hosting Nightline.
Thanks to Golem Bar.
November 27, 2013
Iran's Darth Vader to Obama's Lando Calrissian: "I'm altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further."
I'm just going to cut and paste an email I got from Omri Ceron at the Israel Project. He's never steered me wrong in the past, plus it's the day before Thanksgiving and there's food to be a preparin'. Also, he has an awesome Star Wars analogy thrown in
As you no doubt know, there's already a debate over whether last week's P5+1 interim agreement actually freezes Iran's uranium track the way it's supposed to. The language seems to allow Iranian scientists to continue enriching uranium, as long as they convert anything over their current stock of 3.5% into oxide. But the oxide can easily be reconverted back into material suitable for further enriching to weapons-grade levels: Mark Hibbs over at Arms Control Wonk says it only takes a few weeks, Olli Heinonen and Simon Henderson have similar numbers, etc. So 6 months from now Iran ends up with the same amount of centrifuges (19,000) and more nuclear material than they have now.If Iran is Vader, and Obama is Lando ... then maybe I'm Han Solo because I've got a bad feeling about this.
As far as Iran's plutonium track goes, the interim deal was supposed to halt progress on Iran's Arak facility, which has a heavy water production facility and a plutonium-breeding reactor. Per statements made overnight by Zarif, not so much.
This is becoming like a scene out of Empire. Iran keeps altering the deal and telling us to pray they don't alter it any further.
Of course it could be that they're not altering the deal at all, and they're telling the truth when they say that the initial WH description of the agreement was flat out false - either way it'd be nice to know how the deal can count as a "freeze" when Iran ends up with more uranium enriched and more progress made on its plutonium-breeding facility.
Oh, I also added some underlining and bold for emphasis.
PS -- Also, it looks like Iran is trying to become a player in Somalia of all places.
November 25, 2013
Preparing for a Nuclear Iran
I no longer think the question is if Iran goes nuclear, it's now only when. The idea that we can trust but verify in Iran is about as believable as when Clinton made pretty much the same deal with North Korea. You remember how well that worked out?
Best case scenario: Iran and Pakistan nuke each other.
Worst case scenario: Iran and Israel nuke each other.
And as often as not, the future probably will be neither extreme. Iran's pursuit of a nuke is probably more linked to their fear of regime change then it is to their fear of a Jewish state. That is, a nuclear bomb is a way for them to prolong their own power when clearly no one -- including their own people -- really thinks Ayatollah Khomeini's particular brand of Islamism has worked out very well.
We need to remember that the Islamic Republic of Pakistan already has nukes and so far has remained in check by the prospects of Indian nukes, despite a good chunk of its own citizens believing the end is nigh so why not nuke a few billion infidels into oblivion. So, I don't see Iran nuking Israel just for spite or out of a dream of an apocalyptic oblivion. People in power generally want to stay in power, despite eschatological fantasies of hidden imams coming to save the day. Jim Jones and David Koresh are the exception, not the rule.
Since Obama's tenure in office is assured until early 2017 I don't see anything we can do to stop this deal from happening. It's a fait accompli.
The biggest irritation here is that just when Obama and the EU's policy of economic sanctions began to work, they folded. As we speak Iran is on the verge of complete economic collapse. The collapse could have actually led to regime change, but even if it didn't do that immediately it would have at least led to chaos. Maybe even the kind of chaos that Syria is going through. A weakened Iran.
But now, holding a straight flush, Obama .... folds?
Yes, elections have consequences. I fear we are about to see just how far reaching those consequences might be.
November 04, 2013
Sandcrawler PSA: Iranian National Death To America Day!
But don't worry, they mean Death to America only as a figure of speech, kind of like when they talk about killing all the Jews on Earth.
Of course long time readers know what this means.
October 25, 2013
Iran May be Close to Nuke Bomb Capability
Remember when we were told not too worry too much about Iran having nuclear ambitions because they were at least five years away from the capability of developing a nuclear weapon? When was that again? Oh, yeah, five years ago:
Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to build a nuclear bomb in as little as a month, according to a new analysis by one of the USA's top nuclear experts. This assessment comes as the White House invited Senate staffers to a briefing on negotiations with Iran as it tries to persuade Congress not to proceed with a bill to toughen sanctions against Iran.I'm actually not all that sure what we should be doing with Iran. The US media almost never reports it, but trade sanctions are really hurting the Islamic Republic. Just yesterday media reports began circulating the family of Mahmoud Ostad-Mohammad, a world renown playwright, was blaming his death on lack of medical supplies due to the sanctions.
The report by the Institute for Science and International Security stated, "Shortening breakout times have implications for any negotiation with Iran. An essential finding is that they are currently too short and shortening further."
It's Iraq in the 1990s all over again. I predict that in the coming months American lefties will begin to be outraged at the sanctions "murdering children". Let's hope Kerry doesn't say something stupid that he'll regret which will be used by crazed conspiracy theorist as "proof" that America doesn't care about killing children. But John Kerry's intellect is a 40w lightbulb to Madeline Albright's 60w, and look how she crammed her foot in her mouth.
It's funny how nearly a decade of increasingly harsh sanctions against Iraq have been lost down the memory hole. It's as if most Americans remember the lead up to the Iraq war as peace and harmony until one day Bush-Hitler woke up and decided to kill some Arabs.
October 17, 2013
Whole lot of practicing going on......shhh!
Talks in Geneva on Iran’s nuclear program are triggering fears within U.S. intelligence agencies that Israel is hardening its stance on Iran and could conduct a military attack to stave off what the Jewish state believes is a delaying tactic for Tehran to buy time to build nuclear weapons.Nothing to see here....move along.
The clearest indicator of growing Israeli concerns, according to defense officials, is the recent large-scale Israeli air force drill Tuesday in the northern part of the country. The exercises along the northern border and over the Mediterranean were considered unusually large.
An Israeli defense source told Israel’s Walla! news outlet: “Changes have recently occurred in the Middle East. The [Israeli Defense Force] is preparing for those changes in both the closer and more distant perimeters, and yesterday’s exercise was intended to signal the IDF’s serious intention of dealing with those problems and thwarting them.”
Additionally, Israeli air forces conducted long-range fighter exercises last week involving in-flight refueling practice.
October 07, 2013
Obama's Relations With Iran Are so Good
Maybe Obama can call Rouhani and thank him for the nice postcard?
I can't read Farsi so maybe they actually asked his help in "Death to the Jews". Jews, America its all the same to them you know.
October 03, 2013
Cyber War Not so Cyber in Iran Anymore
It couldn't have happened to a more deserving Cyber Commander. It'll probably turn out to be petty crime, but why don't we go ahead and just blame the Juice? They're going to get blamed anyway:
Mojtaba Ahmadi, who served as commander of the Cyber War Headquarters, was found dead in a wooded area near the town of Karaj, north-west of the capital, Tehran. Five Iranian nuclear scientists and the head of the country's ballistic missile programme have been killed since 2007. The regime has accused Israel's external intelligence agency, the Mossad, of carrying out these assassinations.I, for one, hope it was the Mossad.
Ahmadi was last seen leaving his home for work on Saturday. He was later found with two bullets in the heart, according to Alborz, a website linked to the Revolutionary Guard Corps. "I could see two bullet wounds on his body and the extent of his injuries indicated that he had been assassinated from a close range with a pistol," an eyewitness told the website.
If it was the Juice, what does this say about cyber operations? I just had a lengthy argument with a fellow academic about just how bad cyber attacks were. My point was that in a cyber attack no one gets killed, hence there is a lot of overreaction in the security community to the threat.
But if the Mossad thinks your unit is doing enough damage that it merits an assassination (assuming it was an assassination) then maybe the bad guys are getting better at doing harm then I'm giving them credit for.
September 18, 2013
All Your Skyscrapers Are Belong To US
The United States is set seize control of a midtown Manhattan skyscraper prosecutors claim is secretly owned by Iran, the justice department said, though the ruling is to be appealed.
The seizure and sale of the 36-story building, in the heart of New York City on Fifth Avenue, would be "the largest-ever terrorism-related forfeiture," the statement added.
A federal judge ruled in favor of the government's suit this week, saying the building's owners had violated Iran sanctions and money laundering laws.
Manhattan Federal Prosecutor Preet Bharara said the decision upholds the justice department claims the owner of the building "was (and is) a front for Bank Melli, and thus a front for the Government of Iran."
June 15, 2013
"Reformist" Winning in Iran?
The official results aren't in, but word out of Tehran is that the "reformist" candidate has enough of a lead that there might not be a runoff election. But what is glaringly missing from the WSJ article on the Iranian presidential election is the fact that the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, gets to personally approve each candidate on the ballot. And this isn't just some formality, a lot of opposition candidates were "disqualified" from the ballot this year, and each and every candidate must swear loyalty to the Islamic Revolution.
So, rather than being a true reformist, Hassan Rohani is just another Islamist with slightly different views than the current Islamists in power. He doesn't want to separate mosque from state. He doesn't want secular government. He does not believe in freedom of religion, speech, or of the press.
Think of the differences between the "conservative" and "reformist" candidates as the difference between Marxists and Maoists, or between Stalin and Trotsky.
So, no, I'm not hopeful that if this guy's elected things change in a big way. If the guy truly was a reformist, as the media keeps insisting, he simply wouldn't have been on the ballot. The fact that he's on the ballot at all suggests that the the Mullahs in power give him the stamp of approval.
May 29, 2013
US Treasury Targets Iran’s Nuclear and Missile Proliferation Activities
You can read it all at Internet Haganah
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury is taking action today against 20 individuals and entities for their involvement in Iran’s nuclear and missile proliferation networks and Iran’s continued attempts to circumvent sanctions. These networks are responsible for moving supplies and providing essential services to Iran’s clandestine nuclear and weapons programs. These actions are designed to increase pressure on the Iranian regime by tightening sanctions against Iran’s energy sector and exposing key proliferation related networks that span the globe from Europe to Asia.Meanwhile, missiles stand ready in Israel with the the mad mullah's names on them.
“As long as Iran continues to pursue a nuclear and ballistic missile program in defiance of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions, the U.S. will target and disrupt those involved in Iran’s illicit activities,” said Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “We will continue to work with our international partners to intensify this pressure and tighten sanctions on Iran’s energy sector as it provides much needed financial support for the Iranian regime’s proliferation activity.”
Fourteen of the entities and individuals being designated today are part of Iran’s international procurement and proliferation operations. These designations are being made pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, which targets weapons of mass destruction proliferators and their supporters. The designations focus on entities and individuals supporting previously designated entities within Iran’s proliferation network as well as Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Naftiran Intertrade Company (NICO), and Iran’s Ministry of Defense for Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL). These organizations are at the center of Iran’s continued proliferation activities. Today’s designations include companies supporting IRGC attempts to clandestinely ship illicit cargo around the world, including to Syria. They also target the Deputy Defense Minister and Dean of Malek Ashtar University, who is responsible for significant contributions to Iran’s missile program, as well as companies and individuals supporting Iran’s nuclear program.
May 22, 2013
New and Interesting Stuff
From Internet Haganah.
Having previously granted themselves a license to provide services to designated Foreign Terrorist Organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad, cloudflare.com now comes to our attention as service provider for warez.ir:
Explosion at Iranian Military Chemical Complex. Don't you just hate it when that happens?
Ronen Solomon 9/5/2013 - The explosions that occurred two days ago apparently destroyed a facility suspected throughout the past decade as part of an Iranian program for developing chemical weapons and producing fuel for surface-to-surface missiles
April 11, 2013
Sith Lord Steals Laptop
A man in the UK's laptop was stolen, it ended up in Iran in the hands of a Sith Lord!
It is only natural. She stole your laptop and you wanted revenge.
Hat Tip: Robert.
March 21, 2013
Gauss Aimed at Iranian Banking System?
Money in an Iranian bank? Might be safer in Cypress.
Gauss. A novel scheme encrypting one of its main engines has so far defied attempts to crack it, generating intrigue and raising speculation that it may deliver a warhead that's more destructive than anything the world has seen before.Just sayin'.....
Gauss has the ability to steal funds and monitor data from clients of several Lebanese banks, making it the first publicly known nation-state sponsored banking trojan. It's also programmed to collect a dizzying array of information about the computers it infects—including its network connections, processes and folders, BIOS, CMOS, RAM, and both local and removable drives.
But the most intriguing characteristic of Gauss is an encrypted payload that has so far remained undeciphered, despite the best efforts of cryptographers who have already tried millions of possible keys.
"Given how careful the attackers were to make sure the Gauss payload doesn't fall into the 'wrong' hands, we can assume it is very special."
March 15, 2013
Iranian Movie Critic Reviews "Argo," Calls It A 'War Crime'
Wow, I haven't felt that way about a movie since The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn...
March 08, 2013
Former Iranian Official Launches 'Countdown To An Attack On Israel'..
Via the Free Beacon
An ally of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has launched a “countdown to an attack on Israel” following the Jewish state’s launching of an operation to destroy weapons in Syria last month.It would be a shame if Foghani met with a terrible accident or something.
Alireza Forghani, a Khamenei confidant and former governor of Iran’s Kish province, published an article arguing that Tehran and Syria should launch a tag-team attack aimed at the total “eradication [of] Israel from the planet.”
“There remains no excuse for not [waging] a total multipartite attack on Israeli soil, with hopes of completely eradicating Israel from the planet (Allah willing),” Forghani wrote, according to a new translation of his Jan. 29 essay by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
Attacking and completely eradicating Israel from the planet is the only solution to this problem,” Forghani wrote. “If this problem isn’t resolved with this golden opportunity, it is not known when there may be another.”
Iran Sheltered al Qaeda's Management Council
"He was never an operational commander in al Qaeda, but in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, he was the voice of al Qaeda,'' said Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at Georgetown University. His biggest intelligence value now, Mr. Hoffman said, is to provide insight into what he called the "very perplexing and enigmatic" relationship between Iranian authorities and al Qaeda.Also raising an eyebrow is that aspiring NATO member and alleged moderate Islamic state of Turkey, who is the main source of aid to the Syrian rebels, also refused to turn over Abu Ghaith to the US.
U.S. officials have long been trying to figure what Mr. Abu Ghaith and other al Qaeda figures were doing in Iran and how much leeway the Iranian government was giving them to operate their terrorist network.
U.S. officials believe that Iran last year gave new freedoms, including the option to leave the country, to Mr. Abu Ghaith and other members of what was known as al Qaeda's management council in Iran. He was detained in Ankara, Turkey, last month on suspicion of entering that country with a false passport.
With friends like these.....