MSM—You missed the bus on Hezbollah

By Kerry Patton; SUA ‘Kitchen Cabinet’ Member

This week, main stream media decided to finally report about Hezbollah (Hizballah) inside the United States. The New York City Counterterrorism Division along with the former head of the DEA testified about the Hezbollah crisis before Congress. Why hasn’t the main stream media picked up on this issue earlier—like years earlier?

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) warned Wednesday that there are hundreds — maybe even thousands — of Hezbollah agents inside the United States capable of launching a terror attack if U.S.-Iran tensions continue to escalate.

“The American intelligence community … believes we are very much at risk for an attack by Iranian operatives, which would be Hezbollah, that is a terrorist-trained force in this country. It really is the ‘A’ team of international terrorism — far more sophisticated than Al Qaeda,” the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee said on CNN’s “Starting Point.”

Read this report on “Iran, Hezbollah and the Threat to the Homeland” from the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security.

When Main Stream Media (MSM) has an agenda, one that will do everything and anything to silence the conservative voice and one that will do everything in its power to re-elect one of America’s most dangerous administrations, it is obvious they felt no need to caution the American public about growing domestic Islamic threats.

The threat of Hezbollah inside the United States is nothing new and it should have been reported long ago. Simply put, the MSM failed in their obligations to keep the American public informed. Its simply amazing that it took so long; after all, Hezbollah has been on the State Department list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations since the 1980’s.

Clare Lopez, a retired CIA Officer, had publicly presented evidence of Hezbollah infiltration operations inside the United States for several years, and here at SUA, we have been reporting it repeatedly for years. In fact, while speaking at the 2010 Border Security Expo in Phoenix, AZ, Lopez sat on a panel discussing the Iranian supported “Party of God” terror group operating on our border. She also explained to the audience how those operations have actually crossed into the United States and for years have threatened our homeland.

In 2006, the Justice Department launched urgent new probes in New York and other cities targeting members of the Lebanese Shi’ite terror group. The New York Post published a piece in May of 2006 which claimed that “Law-enforcement and intelligence officials stated that about a dozen hard-core supporters of Hezbollah have been identified in recent weeks as operating in the New York City area (alone).”

Hezbollah, on the Foreign Terror Organization list at State since the 1980's, reported infiltration in the USA for years, just now the MSM reports on the threat!

Between 1996 and 2002, Imad Hammoud, along with his partner, Hassan Makki, ran a multi-million dollar a year contraband cigarette trafficking organization headquartered in the Dearborn, Michigan area. Their operation was intercepted and a total of nineteen Islamic terrorists were indicted for funding terrorism. Makki pleaded guilty in 2003 inside the Detroit Federal District Court to racketeering and providing material support to Hezbollah.

There is absolutely nothing new about Hezbollah operations inside the United States. But again, Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper refused to acknowledge the threat in his most recent National Threat Assessment. Why should he? The MSM refused to acknowledge Hezbollah inside the United States for well over ten years. I guess if we all just close our eyes, the bad guys will go away.

Thankfully, NYPD and some federal agencies have not been corrupted by today’s unprecedented amount of political correctness. Now that the cat is out of the bag will the MSM begin to cover such threats more regularly or will this be another quick snippet on national news? Considering its election season, it is highly probable that the MSM will quickly go back to their old ways and resume their attacks against the conservative voice. And of course, they will close their eyes in hopes that the bad guys will just go away.

Edited by Scott W. Winchell

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Kerry Patton, a combat service disabled veteran, is a senior analyst for WIKISTRAT.  He has worked in South America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, focusing on intelligence and security and interviewing current and former terrorists, including members of the Taliban.   You can follow him on Facebook or at www.kerry-patton.com

MEK – A Free Iran’s Strongest Lobby In USA

PMOI – People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran

By Nooredin Abedian

OpEdNews Website, 16 Sept 2011 – Following events in Arab Spring, Tehran finds that it has to ensure maximum pressure on its opposition. Delisting MEK helps opponents seeking democracy in Iran and will be a blow for the fundamentalist dictator in Iran.
What’s wrong with the so-called lobbying of a group accused of terrorism, in order to repel the nomination, even if the said nomination affects US foreign policy?

More surprising is that an entity known as the Iranian regime’s strongest lobby in the United States, which has been asked several times to register as a ‘foreign agent’ of the clerical regime in the country under the Freedom of Information Act, raise hell about the ‘lobbying to get a terrorist group off State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO)’ list’. 

In spite of having seemingly served as ‘policy advisor on foreign affairs issues’ in the Congress, Jamal Abdi, policy director of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) recommends that ‘lobbying’ for the MEK, the main Iranian opposition movement put in 1997 on the US State Department’s list of FTOs be stopped at any price, as it sees the effort a ‘campaign to manipulate US national security decisions’.

The reasoning that the MEK is a terrorist organization as presented by Mr. Abdi has nothing new to all that has been put forward against the opposition by the clerical regime in power in Iran, that is having killed Americans in 1970s when the Shah was in power in Iran, having tortured its own members, having kept its members by force in Iraq where they are currently under deadly attacks from the pro-Iranian government of Nouri Al-Maliki. The only new element Mr. Abdi has added to the old rhetoric by the clerics is his claim that the ‘UN High Commissioner on Refugees has publicly offered to facilitate a refugee resettlement process but has stated that individuals at Ashraf (camp where 3400 MEK members are staying in Iraq) have refused to renounce violence, a prerequisite to participating.’

As an observer of Iranian politics, I find the above allegations ‘perverse’, as the English special court on proscribed organizations ruling in 2007 on the same issue called them. But just for information: The Americans killed in 1970 were not assassinated by the MEK, but by a splinter group according to a public report of the Rockwell Company, for whom the men worked at the time. The writer refers to RAND corp.’s report on the MEK to reason that members have been kept in Ashraf against there will, but nor him neither RAND do not mention that every member of the MEK was interviewed privately by several agencies of the United States before the RAND report and anybody expressing a wish to leave did actually leave the camp, so how could they have been kept there against their will, in a camp under US surveillance?

The writer is keen to cite Human Rights’ Watch as his source for alleging MEK tortured members, but the whole HRW report has been much discredited because it was only based on telephone interviews with alleged former members several of whom were later shown to be bought by the clerical regime’s security and intelligence apparatus. Apart that, several of the interviewed individuals admitted that the MEK had helped them find refuge in the West. Does that make sense that an organization tortures its members and then send them out to the world to speak about that? Did a single such case exist during the Cold war?   And the part about the UN High Commissioner for Refugees is simply not true. First of all, never does the UN body impose such conditions, as to renounce violence as a prerequisite of being accepted as asylum seeker. Then every member of the MEK has rendered his or her arm to the US forces in 2003 and is categorically considered as having renounced violence, so the allegations is twice untrue.

But what is striking in Mr. Abdi’s article is not the lack of truth. Not only is he repeating allegations put forward by the clerics in power in Tehran, but he recommends that measures similar to those used down there be applied here, that is to prevent people, even famous ex-authorities, from expressing their views, on pretext of ‘national security’. He seems to ignore that before ‘national security’, the Gods have placed the ‘rule of law’, though he knows pretty well that all those people being hanged in public in Iran are hanged under similar allegations, which is having put in jeopardy the national security. I am sure that if it were to the clerics, they would not hesitate to hang people in Washington for having expressed their views freely. Fortunately that is not what the writer is calling for, he just wants them silenced. So would the clerics in Iran.

Nooredin Abedian taught in Iranian higher-education institutions before settling in France as a political refugee in 1981. He writes for a variety of publications on Iranian politics and issues concerning human rights.