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Iranian Presidential Election Turning into a Circus

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani issued a press release Tuesday denying reports that he received a letter from Secretary of State John Kerry that said the United States would support him if he chose to run in Iran’s presidential election next month.

Whether his denial will carry any weight, however, may be moot, as Iranian media is reporting that Rafsanjani and another candidate, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s handpicked successor, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, were disqualified from the race.

In a May 15 exclusive, I reported on WND that a secret message from Kerry was delivered to Rafsanjani of U.S. support, according to a source affiliated with the office of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Over 100 of the regime’s media outlets, including Channel 1 TV, immediately picked up WND’s report, which forced Rafsanjani’s office to post a denial on his official website.

“After the false publication of internal media quoting American WND regarding a secret letter by John Kerry to Ayatollah Rafsanjani and on the threshold of the presidential elections,” Rafsanjani’s press release said, “some vengeful media in Iran, without considering the national interest of the country and with the goal of character assassination, have expanded on news and rumors of anti-revolutionary foreign media.”

The press release said it’s unfortunate that some “internal media,” based on their political tendencies, have chosen to become aligned with WND’s report.

After a warning that Rafsanjani might reveal some official regime secrets, the release asks, “Are (the media) willing to publish reports against all officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran!?”

The release said Rafsanjani’s office regretted this “anti-human and anti-moral” behavior by the “internal media” that have become the “loudspeaker” of the anti-revolutionaries and he reserved the right to take legal action against those in regime media who expanded on the WND report.

The outreach to Rafsanjani goes back to what led to the Iran-Contra Affair in the 1980s in which a direct channel of communication was established with Rafsanjani, who was then the speaker of parliament.

Rafsanjani had promised the American administration that once Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the Islamic Revolution, died, then relations between the two countries could improve, but his promises then and after continued to be hollow as he bought time for the regime to progress in various fields.

My reports of April 30 and May 2 on WND also revealed that Ahmadinejad had been arrested and detained for several hours recently and warned by regime officials to keep his mouth shut.

Earlier, the regime’s media outlet Baztab reported that Ahmadinejad had warned associates that if Mashaei was rejected as a candidate, then Ahmadinejad would reveal recordings confirming that the regime defrauded the voters in the 2009 presidential election.

Our revelation of the news caused a firestorm inside the regime, which then arrested the editor of Baztab for publishing the report. They then attacked WND and me for publishing the report of the arrest and the revelation about the recording, which reportedly quotes officials telling Ahmadinejad in 2009 that they would announce his total winning tally as 24 million votes where, in fact, the actual number was much lower.

The source who provided the information about Ahmadinejad’s arrest then revealed the content of the tape (which is a bit longer than 11 minutes) as being between Ahmadinejad and Vahid Haghanian, the head of the supreme leader’s office. The two discuss the fraud in which Haghanian said election officials added millions of votes to Ahmadinejad’s tally to declare him the winner.

During that phone call, the two argued as Haghanian told Ahmadinejad what Khamenei expected of him. Haghanian told him that they had to add millions of fake votes to declare him the winner despite having all the Guards and Basij personnel voting for him.

The actual results of the election, as provided by the source were:

• Mir Hossein Mousavi won the election with over 19,250,000 votes.
• Ahmadinejad was second with a little over 13,000,000 votes.
• Mohsen Rezaei had approximately 3,700,000 votes.
• Mehdi Karoubi had approximately 3,200,000 votes.

Millions of Iranians took to the streets after the 2009 election results were reported, calling Ahmadinejad’s reported 62 percent tally of voters a fraud and demanding a free election.

Thousands were arrested, with many tortured and executed. Mousavi and Karoubi have been under house arrest ever since.

It will be interesting to see if Khamenei steps in to get both Rafsanjani and Mashaei on the approved list for the presidency and if not what the reaction of the two factions will be but one thing is for sure and that is Khamenei to pick his own candidate out of the hat, as the regime always does, and as they did with Ahmadinejad himself, to keep the clerical regime alive longer.

It is important to point out that, the Iranian presidential election next month will not be free. The candidates have all been selected to run because they are loyal to the Islamic dictatorship.

Most of the candidates are criminals, including three with arrest warrants issued against them by either Interpol or Argentinian courts for the 1994 Jewish Community Center bombing in Buenos Aires: Mohsen Rezaei, the ex-chief commander of the Revolutionary Guards, and two former regime officials, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani and Ali Akbar Velayati.

Another candidate, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, current mayor of Tehran and former police commander, has said of the 1999 student protests:

“I was the commander of the Revolutionary Guards Air Force at the time. Photographs of me are available showing me on the back of a motorbike, with Hossein Khaleqi, beating them (the protesters) with wooden sticks. … I was among those carrying out beatings on the street level and I am proud of that. I didn’t care that I was a high-ranking commander.”

Recently an audiotape surfaced on the Internet revealing his 2003 speech to the Basij paramilitary forces bragging about his role at the Supreme National Security Council meeting to get the authorization to attack the student protesters: “I spoke very harshly. Didn’t observe proper protocol, and I told them as head of the police, I will demolish anyone who would show up tonight on the campus to protest … with my behavior I intimidated them to get the permission to enter and also to shoot (at protesters).”

Under the Islamic Republic’s constitution, the 12-member Guardian Council decides the eligibility of who can run for office, and anyone with any history of opposing the regime is barred from participation. The council is made up of six Islamic faqihs (experts in Islamic law) appointed by the supreme leader and six jurists nominated by the head of the Judiciary (who is himself appointed by the supreme leader), and then approved by the parliament.

The last report by the source is that the security forces are present in Tehran and wide arrests are underway of associates of Mashaei and Rafsanjani.

Related links:

By: Reza Kahlili / May 21 , 2013

American Thinker
Iranian Presidential Election Turning into a Circus
By: Reza Kahlili / May 21, 2013

The Guardian Express
Iran Elections and American Influence as Ahmadinejad Reaches term limits.
By: James Turnage / May 16, 2013

Source: U.S. taking sides in Iran’s election
By: Reza Kahlili / May 15 , 2013

The Washington Times
KAHLILI: Teetering on the brink
By: Reza Kahlili / May 08, 2013

By: Reza Kahlili / May 05 , 2013

Hurriyet – Turkey
Iran Official Statement: Ahmadinejad Arrested
May 03, 2013

The Guardian Express
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Election was Counterfeit
By: James Turnage / May 03, 2013

Iran Denies Ahmadinejad Arrest
May 03, 2013

Source: Tape proves Ahmadinejad lost 2009 election
By: Reza Kahlili / May 02 , 2013

Haber – Turkey
Detained Ahmadinejad?
May 02, 2013

Memleket – Turkey
Iranian President arrested?
May 02, 2013

by AWR HAWKINS / May 02, 2013

Report: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Arrested
By JPOST.COM STAFF / May 02, 2013

UK DailyMail
Was Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrested by the Revolutionary Guard?
By: Steve Nolan / May 01, 2013

The Daily Beast
Iranian President Ahmadinejad Arrested
May 01, 2013

IRNA – Iran
US website publishes false counter-security news item against Iran
May 01, 2013

The Guardian Express
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Arrested – Source Update
By: Randy Rose / April 30, 2013

Officers disarm guards, take him to secret location before releasing
By: Reza Kahlili / April 30 , 2013


Sunday, April 28th, 2013

April 27 2013- Counter-terrorism expert, Reza Khalili, accepted an interview with Alexander Backman where he gave Conciencia Radio his input into the Boston Bombings and how Iran could be related to the attacks. Khalili explained the type of bombs used, how the Tsarnaev brothers were really used as pawns or ‘burned assets’ and that these attacks were planned well in advance. The interview sheds light into the aim and scope that proxy state-sponsored terrorism has on America and the West.

Islamic Regime’s Media Attack Hollywood Over “A Time to Betray”

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Iran media, in an attack on Hollywood, blasted away at the book “A Time to Betray” by Reza Kahlili, which will be made into a TV miniseries about Kahlili’s spying for the CIA in Iran.

Since the release of “Argo,” several Iranian officials have criticized the movie. Regime media reported this week that Iran has hired a French lawyer, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, to sue the movie’s producers in international court, although the media did not say on what basis.

The regime’s media, since the production of “Argo,” have attacked Hollywood for what they call the production of “anti-Iran” movies. Citing “unrealistic portrayal” of the Iranian people, they attacked actor George Clooney as one of the two writers of “Argo” and for his producing the “anti-Islam” movie “Syriana.” They also cite the “Zionist company” Warner Brothers for filming “Argo” and the “anti-Iran” movie “300.”

Regime media also point to the upcoming production of a miniseries based on “A Time to Betray” by Kahlili, who in his youth traveled to America to continue his education. Upon his return after the 1979 revolution, he lost hope in the direction of the country, returned to America, hooked up with the CIA and became a spy in the Revolutionary Guards.

This “anti-Iran” miniseries, the regime media said, is to be produced by actor William Baldwin and Warren Kohler.

The regime media published an image of Kahlili alongside former CIA director James Woolsey that mistakenly referred to Woolsey as Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., the former candidate for the Republican Party presidential nomination.

Gerdab.Ir, a Revolutionary Guards media outlet, attacked Kahlili for his call for support of the Iranian people to bring about regime change in Iran.

Also read:

Los Angeles Times
Former CIA spy advocates overthrow of Iranian regime
By: David Zucchino / July 6, 2012

A horrifying journey from Iran to freedom

Friday, February 8th, 2013

A must read for everyone to understand the truth about the evil regime ruling Iran:

Hooman Musavi fled Iran upon being released from prison after several years of incarceration for “acting against national security.”

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

By Vahid Pour Ostad

February 06, 2013

Born In An Iranian Prison — And Into A Lifetime Of Consequences

A young prisoner sat blindfolded, facing a wall in Tehran’s Evin prison. It was April 2010, nearly a year after the disputed presidential victory of Mahmud Ahmedinejad sparked massive street protests and thousands of arrests. The room was silent, but suddenly he heard a voice, closer than he would have expected.

“What’s your name?”

“Hooman Musavi.”

The prisoner felt a powerful blow to the back of his head. The man standing over him opened a briefcase and took out a pile of papers. “Sign them,” he said. He struck the prisoner again, this time in the face.

“The session took 18 hours,” says Musavi, 26, who recently fled Iran and shared his account of the experience with RFE/RL’s Radio Farda. “The entire time, the interrogator threatened me and insisted I sign everything — documents describing whom I had been in contact with, which demonstrations I had participated in, what reports and footage I had prepared, and to whom I had sent them.”

Musavi, who had been arrested for participating in and documenting the Green Movement protests, cried throughout the incident. “I felt so much pressure,” he says. Finally, the interrogation ended and guards took him back to his cell in the prison’s infamous Section 209, the solitary confinement ward where he was to spend the next seven months.

Any relief at the interrogation ending was short-lived. Within minutes, two men had entered Musavi’s cell and handcuffed his hands to a radiator affixed to the prison wall, so high that Musavi, already exhausted, could not sit down. As the hours passed, he watched as his hands turned purple from the pressure of the handcuffs and lack of blood.

“I was so weak, and the guard would open the cell door, put some food on the floor and close the door. I couldn’t move a muscle, let alone reach for the food,” he says. “I lost consciousness for some time, and when I came to, I panicked when I looked at my hands. They had turned black and purple by then. It was a very strange condition. My shoulders were numb; I couldn’t move them.”

A day later, guards entered his room and removed the handcuffs. Musavi fell to the ground, drained of all strength, as he felt the blood begin to flow back into his hands. The guards dragged him back to the interrogation room. The pile of papers had quadrupled. Musavi, desperate, said he was ready to sign whatever they put before him, but his hands were still too numb to hold a pen. So the guard brought an ink pad, and one by one, Musavi marked each piece of paper with a single fingerprint.

Hooman Musavi’s father, Shantia, was executed as a political prisoner before his son was born. Hooman’s mother died in a wave of mass executions when he was 2.

Day after day the interrogations continued, much as they had since security agents had stormed his Tehran apartment on April 1, posing as gas repairmen. They kicked him in the stomach, handcuffed him from behind, and combed every inch of his home — even the meat in his refrigerator — before taking his computer, camera, and mobile phone to look for evidence of Musavi’s participation in the postelection protests.

But it wasn’t just Musavi’s role in the Green Movement that had made him a target of the authorities. His family history had contributed as well. It was something his interrogator liked to remind him of, every day, as he returned him to his cell. “We’re going to execute you,” the man would say, in a voice that would make Musavi shiver. “Just like your mother and father.”

Repeating History

Hooman Musavi was born in prison, on Yalda, the night of the winter solstice, in 1986.

A month earlier, his father had been arrested on charges of cooperating with the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), which had participated in a series of antiregime attacks in the 1970s and ’80s and had fought alongside Saddam Hussein’s forces in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War.

Musavi’s father, a textile manufacturer in the city of Shiraz, had sold head scarves to female MKO members. He and an in-law were taken to the city’s Adelabad prison and were executed within weeks. By then, Musavi’s aunt and mother had been arrested as well. Musavi’s mother, Haiedeh, gave birth in Adelabad, and Hooman spent the first two years of his life inside the prison.

“My aunt used to tell me how I was always sick during those two years; I cried the whole time,” he says. “I had sores and often caught bad colds. Even when I got older those symptoms stayed with me because of the stress I had endured early on. My aunt said my mother stopped producing milk and she couldn’t feed me. So some of the female inmates would give their food rations to women who were lactating and could still breastfeed children. I used to be fed by five or six different women there in order to keep me alive.”

Hooman Musavi’s childhood was marked by poverty and neglect.

In 1988, Musavi’s mother was executed as part of a five-month wave of mass executions of political prisoners. “My mother was a very simple woman. She didn’t even know what the ideals of organizations like the MKO were,” he says. “She never gave up under interrogation; she remained faithful to my father until the last moment. She was executed for this very reason.”

For the rest of his life, the shadow of his parents’ executions hung over him. Two decades later, struggling to survive in Evin, Musavi began to share his interrogator’s conviction that he would share his parents’ fate.

“I was thinking they might come back and take me to the gallows at any moment,” he says. “It had already happened to my family. I was raised with the understanding that innocent people can be captured and executed.”

Lonely, But Never Alone

Musavi was raised by his aunt after she was released from prison. An older brother and sister had been divided between other relatives and lived far away, in Mahshahr and Tehran. His upbringing was difficult, marked by poverty and neglect. There was no fatherly hand on his shoulder, no motherly affection.

For years the young Musavi harbored a secret dream: “I wished that they would throw a birthday party for me and that someone would buy me a gift,” he said. “But it never happened.”

When attention came, it was unwelcome. Musavi was 12 when he received his first summons to the Shiraz division of the Intelligence Ministry. He had done nothing wrong to attract the gaze of the security services. In his words, he had simply reached the age when authorities saw fit to remind him of his family’s history and urge him, firmly, to mind his manners.

“They questioned me and told me more about my family,” he says. “When I entered high school, the interrogations became more frequent and they would always tell me not to follow politics. ‘Fool around with girls, drink, use drugs — do whatever you want, but don’t get involved in politics. If you have the slightest political inclination we’ll arrest you.’”

The warnings proved ineffective. After entering university in Qazvin to study industrial engineering, Musavi was called before the school’s disciplinary committee numerous times for participating in student protests. “They would ask whether I prayed or why I was absent from visits to religious sites like Qom and Jamkaran. Questions that had nothing to do with the university and were meant to hurt me.” Half a year before he was due to graduate — and just a few days after the 2009 presidential election — he was suspended.

‘We Didn’t Want Much’

Many claims of irregularities were made in the 2009 vote, which officially handed the incumbent Ahmadinejad a 62 percent win, with his reformist rival, Mir-Hossein Musavi, trailing with 34 percent. Outraged, hundreds of thousands of people flooded onto the streets of Iran to support Musavi and a second candidate, Mehdi Karrubi.

Hooman Musavi (no relation to the presidential candidate) was among the protesters, using his camera to shoot photographs and videos of the demonstrations in Iran. When the government responded with a forceful crackdown, dozens of protesters were killed and thousands, like Musavi, were arrested in the weeks and months that followed.

Looking back at the events, Musavi insists his activism had nothing to do with the remorse he still feels for his parents. His aim, he says, was purely rational. “We didn’t want much,” he says of himself and his fellow protesters. “We just wanted someone to answer our question — what happened to the votes we had put in the ballot boxes?”

Friendship, Tears

After a few months in his tiny isolation cell, Musavi says he no longer feared his interrogators’ threats of execution. To the contrary, he longed for it. “I would cry for hours in my cell, and ask God for them just to take me and execute me,” he says. “Just to put an end to the situation.”

After seven months Musavi got a reprieve of sorts, when he was moved out of solitary confinement and into Section 350, the ward reserved for political prisoners. Living conditions remained grim. But Musavi says after months of isolation he was happy to be with other prisoners — especially former protesters like himself.

“They were dissidents of the regime or members of the Green Movement or prisoners of conscience, and there was so much sympathy,” he says. “They gave me a jacket and a knit cap, and my morale began to improve. I really felt like I had no regrets about having gone onto the street to film the demonstrators, to help make sure the world heard their voices. It was a good feeling.”

Hooman (right) was separated from his siblings as a child and they were not reunited until they were older.

Section 350 held some of Iran’s most famous political prisoners, including Hoda Saber, a well-known journalist and activist who had been serving jail time off and on since 2000.

In June 2011, the 52-year-old Saber began a hunger strike to protest the death of a fellow activist. His health quickly failed, and he died just eight days later of a heart attack. Witnesses at Evin complained that prison authorities ignored Saber for hours after his chest pains began, even as he begged for help.

“Mr. Saber was losing weight every day and his situation deteriorated,” Musavi recalls. “During the final days he was left in his bed and he could no longer see. He didn’t recognize his fellow prisoners; his condition was very bad. No one attended to him; when he would lose consciousness we would take him to the prison clinic. But they wouldn’t take him and he’d be returned after five minutes.

“The last time we took him to the clinic we didn’t hear until the next day that he’d become a martyr at the hospital. When the news reached us, the 200 inmates in the ward, there wasn’t a single person who wasn’t crying. It was one of the worst days of our lives.”

No Mercy

Nearly a year after Musavi’s arrest, officials had still not scheduled his court hearing; each month, a prison authority renewed his arrest warrant in order to keep him in detention. Finally, in March 2011, he was taken to court for a closed-door session. His lawyer was barred from attending and the Revolutionary Court judge was preoccupied throughout by workmen who had been brought in to repair the air conditioning.

The trial was over in 20 minutes. The judge, delivering the verdict, referred to Musavi as the son of antirevolutionaries and pronounced him guilty of acting against national security by participating in illegal gatherings and establishing contact with opposition satellite channels. His sentence: three years in prison, prohibition from all state universities, fines, and 74 lashes.

Another 16 months passed before Musavi was taken to be lashed. A total of 14 political prisoners were lashed that day: Musavi was the first. He had taken care to put on several layers of clothing, in the hope of dulling the pain. But a judge observing the proceedings ordered Musavi to strip down to a T-shirt.

“I was the first person to be lashed and I had the feeling that the soldier didn’t know how to do his job,” he says. “The lash consisted of three strands of leather woven together with a knot at the end, to make the tip very heavy and painful. When the soldier was lashing me, it hit me in the chest. My chest was purple, covered with bruises. My entire torso was swollen. I was doing my best not to moan or beg for mercy, but I asked: ‘Why are you lashing my chest? You should hit me on the back.’”

The last prisoner in the group was a dentist who had been sentenced to nine years and 160 lashes for his satirical writing about religion. The remaining prisoners, already reeling from their own lashings, were forced to watch. The strokes of the lashes were so harsh that they peeled away his skin. Blood gushed from his wounds, and the man screamed in pain. Finally, it ended.

“He was quite resilient, but when we took him from the room it was like carrying a corpse,” Musavi says. “His condition was critical. None of the others bled from the lashings. Their skin wasn’t cut, only bruised. But this man’s body was bleeding in several different parts, and his skin was slashed open. We were all crying for him.”

The 14 prisoners returned to the ward. No medical care was provided. The other prisoners brought bowls of water and strips of cotton to make compresses for their injuries. “It was if all the prisoners had been lashed,” Musavi says. “Everyone felt crushed.”

Escape, And Uncertainty

In August 2012, Hooman Musavi was released after 2 1/2 years in prison.
But even once outside he continued to feel trapped by the thoughts of his fellow prisoners still held in Evin. He visited their relatives and went to see the graves of activists who had lost their lives in the Green Movement protests, including Neda Agha-Soltan, the student whose shooting death was captured on video and became a graphic symbol of the brutality of the government crackdown.

But even these quiet activities drew the attention of the security forces. Musavi’s interrogator summoned him with a warning, reminding him of his months in solitary confinement and promising he would not escape the gallows again if he returned to prison a second time.

Left with no other option, Musavi fled the country, carrying only a small pack of possessions. (For his protection, his location has been left unstated.) He is uncertain what the future holds, but hopes that he will finally escape the destiny of the child, born and orphaned in prison, who could never outrun the Iranian regime.

Life under the Shah, the revolution, the mullahs and new revelations on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

A webinar with featured guest Reza Kahlili on Iran; life under the Shah, the revolution, the promises of Khomeini and the suppression of the Iranian people. Also new revelations on Iran’s nuclear program.

Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. Khalili worked for the CIA in the 1980s and ’90s and is the author of the award-winning book, A Time to Betray.  He currently serves on the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and the advisory board of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran.

Kahlili has contacts inside Iran’s revolutionary guards to this day. In the webinar, Kahlili presents an overview of the Iranian Islamic regime’s ideology as well as the latest information on the status on Iran’s program to develop nuclear weapons.

Another Sad Story from Iran

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

It is reported that Sattar Beheshti, a 35 year old worker,  who was arrested for his civil right activities on Facebook, has been killed under torture by the Islamic regime ruling Iran.

Only one week after his arrest by Iran’s cyber police, labour activist Sattar Beheshti has died as a result of torture at the hands of his captors, according to Kaleme, a media outlet close to Green Movement leader Mir Hossein Mousavi.

“According to eyewitnesses who had spoken to family members held at Evin Prison, Beheshti had been severely beaten and tortured while under interrogation. Bruises and torture marks were noticeable on the political prisoner’s body, face and head,” Kaleme reported.

Here is the link to VOA interview (in Farsi) with Sattar Beheshti’s sister talking about her brother’s being murdered by regime :

This is while reports indicate that just last month more than 30 people were executed, some publicly hanged, on the charge of drug possession. The regime often executes political prisoners on bogus drug possession charges, in order to avoid further pressure by the world community.

Recently nine female political prisoners began a hunger strike to protest the conditions in the prison. Maryam Hosseinkhah writing for RadioZamaneh does an excellent job in showing the pain and suffering of those behind bars in Iran:

Hunger strike in the women’s ward & empty frame of Raheleh Zokayi

By Maryam Hosseinkhah

Nine female political prisoners began a hunger strike on October 31, 2012, to protest the “insulting” treatment they suffered at the hands of their guards at Evin Prison in Tehran. In all the photos and posters that have been published regarding the news about these women, only eight of them are pictured.

The ninth prisoner cannot be seen in any of these pictures, and searching the internet does not yield any images of her. In some reports, she is referred to as: “The Unknown Prisoner.”

On the two posters circulating among social networking sites, alongside the frames holding the faces of the other eight women, an empty frame can be seen with the name Raheleh Zokayi beneath.

Thursday November 22, 2007 – Evin Prison, Oblivion Ward

I met Raheleh Zokayi for the first time five years ago, when I was arrested for my activity with women’s rights defenders. It was the birthday of a prisoner in the financial offences section, and her cellmates had organized a surprise party with two tarts put aside for them by Shahla Jahed1 and 22 cheese sticks pressed into the tarts as candles. The room was one of the smallest in the ward, but more than 20 people were there that night. The washbasin was turned into a drum, and the girl who had been arrested the previous night was singing. Every once in while someone would go to the centre of the room and take a few dance steps and then, suddenly, as if the weight of the prison walls was crushing down on everybody and they would all fall silent.

I saw Raheleh there for the first time, with her short straight hair, pale face and big dark eyes. Her arms were covered with needle marks and tattoos.

The birthday party ended with the guard’s reprimand as the lights were turned off. Raheleh approached me and pointed to the book I was holding: “Hey sis, let’s have a look at your book!”

I asked: “You like poetry? It is Forough Farokhzad, the young poetess who died young in an accident.”

She took it in her hands and began reciting “Another birth” from memory:

A dark and chanted verse is what I am
Forever bearing you
In myself imbued with you
Forth to the morning of eternal burgeonings and blooms

Forough’s book was the only thing I had sneaked into prison. Raheleh also loved Forough and knew many of her poems by heart. We became friends that very night. As the women began to return to their cells one by one, we sat side by side under the dim light of the corridor, relating the stories of our lives.

She was 24, and I had heard that she was in for “armed robbery.” She said her uncles would carry out armed robberies and, since she was 11, she had to accompany them as a cover to throw off suspicion.

At 13, she was married off to one of the gang leaders at the Iran-Pakistan border region. He was violent and rough and had made Raheleh hate and fear all men. Her husband was killed a few years later in a shoot-out and left her with a son. At the time of her arrest, he was one year old. After the death of her husband, she had returned to her father’s home and once again had to accompany her uncles on their armed heists.

Once when she was telling me that story, I asked: “Couldn’t you have refused and run away?”

With a bitter smile she answered: “They would have cut off my head. Run away…what about my son?”

Raheleh Zokayi was arrested in 2002 at the age of 19 for the charge of “participating in armed robbery” and was sentenced to four years in jail. Later, when drugs were found in her cellmate’s belongings, she took responsibility for possessing some it in order to save her friend from hanging. The sacrifice added another 10 years to her sentence. She said, however, that she did it for the sake of friendship: “Friendship has a price!” Raheleh paid the heavy price, but the price turned out to be even heavier when her cellmate was once again found in possession of crack and ended up being executed.

Later, Raheleh herself resorted to drugs in order to relieve some of the pain, or, as she put it: “When you’re full of pain, when you have no way out, and drugs can be in your hand in a blink of an eye, it is the easiest way to bear the misery.”

When I saw her, she had just given it up. She said it was a tough struggle but she had done it for the sake of her son and for Asal. Asal was her five-year-old niece from a sister whose husband had been executed, after being arrested on charges similar to Raheleh’s. Her sister had then committed suicide. So Asal and Raheleh’s seven-year-old son were now living with Raheleh’s 20-year-old sister, who was also looking after their 11-year-old twin brother and sister.

Raheleh didn’t say much about her son. More than missing him, she was concerned that he had reached school age and lacked the birth certificate needed to register in school, and there was no one to face the bureaucracy for him. Her 20-year-old sister had enough on her plate taking care of four children, let alone coming all the way from Mashhad to visit her or chasing down her son’s paperwork.

Raheleh had spent all of these years without any visits. At Evin Prison, having visits is not just a matter of seeing relatives and relieving some of the pain of separation. More significantly, having visitors means getting some cash to be able to buy some of the basic necessities of life inside prison. While all prisoners get three meals a day, the meals are so low in nutritional content that those prisoners who rely only on prison meals for nutrition and have no money to buy some milk or fruit will soon perish.

Prisoners who have no visitors will usually try to make money doing odd jobs for other prisoners such as washing dishes or clothes or standing in the long line-ups to buy fruit, dairy or tuna. Instead, Raheleh would go to the doll workshop. It was more work, but Raheleh preferred the workshop because it was some time away from the ward. Drugs were easily available in the prison ward, and she was afraid of getting caught up in it once more, so the doll workshop was a kind of refuge for her. She earned 100,000 rials a month for working from dawn till dusk everyday, and in the evening she would go to the library to get a book for her sleepless nights. She said she had read the Harry Potter novels at the library four times and was dying to read the next installment and see the films.

She was young, very young. If you ignored the tattoos and needle marks on her arms, she wouldn’t even seem 24. Her eyes were full of life before she relapsed into drug abuse.

One night, when she asked me why I was in jail, I told her about the One Million Signatures Campaign to End Discriminatory Laws and the women who were struggling on the other side of the prison walls to change the laws and attain some degree of justice. She listened carefully, and later I heard she was telling other women about the campaign and the struggle for women’s rights. On the day when Parliament approved equal inheritance rights for husband and wife, I was still in jail. I had just returned from an interrogation session when I heard women cheering and applauding in the lower ward, and later I saw Raheleh running up the stairs, saying she had good news.

She told me with childlike excitement: “It’s on the news; they are going to fix the inheritance laws to give husbands and wives equal rights. I was just telling my cellmates about the campaign and they were all telling me, ‘Get out of here! These laws can’t be changed.’ And then we suddenly hear this on the news and we all cheered.”

Then, with a kind of hope I had never seen in her eyes before, she asked: “By the way, sis; do you have one of those petitions for us to sign?”

She had begun studying and kept saying that she wanted to get rid of the tattoos on her arms. She had heard that some prisoners may be pardoned and she was caught up in the fever of getting out. She wanted to get her diploma, as she had only gone to school as far as seventh grade, then studied up to tenth grade at nights on her own and passed the exams. She wanted to get a job and take charge of her son and niece and twin brother and sister. She said Asal was only five but she was a handful, and her sister could not handle her, so her husband had sent her to live with her uncles. Raheleh was afraid that she too would be taken on their heists and would fall into drug abuse.

Then she would suddenly break off from these musings and say: “These are all just a bunch of useless fantasies. In 10 years, when I get out, I’ll be a 34-year-old illiterate and unemployed woman who cannot even feed her 16-year-old son. That’s, of course, if he can even remember me then.”

“Well, this is my lot. I shouldn’t think of it too much. I am used to prison. I have almost forgotten how it is out there. I don’t even know what to do if I get out.”

A few weeks later, the authorities began separating prisoners based on their offences, so Raheleh was moved from the financial offences ward, which was relatively safe and had less overt drug use, to the ward specifically for drug offenders, where drugs were to be openly found in all the cells and most of the 35 prisoners in each room were addicted.

Raheleh and her friends protested against the move, saying she had been clean and a return would make her very prone to a relapse; the authorities did not listen. Within two weeks, Raheleh fell back into her old habit. She had lost all hope and had no strength to fight it anymore.

I couldn’t see her much after that, and the few times I did, her eyes had lost their little rays of hope. She did not care for books anymore and was mostly drowsy. Once when I gathered all my determination to talk to her, she looked at me demoralized, saying: “What could I change? You know what it means to be here for eight years? Do you know that even when I get out I have to return to the same house and go back to robbery and smuggling? A lonely addicted woman with no education or skill, even if she is released..what’s she gonna do? With a young boy who god knows how old he’s gonna be then…”

She said these things and got going. I didn’t see her again until the day I was released. She did not look well. She had shaved her eyebrows but her eyes had regained some hope. I heard she had once again stopped using drugs. She was studying again and had even started painting. I heard this from others who served time later. The last I heard, she was transferred to a prison in a small provincial town, and then I never heard from her again.


She was, however, always on my mind; maybe because she was the same age as my sister. I always wondered if she could turn her life around with all those natural aptitudes and zest for life. Maybe it was our shared love for Forough… or knowing her dreams… I don’t know.

The last time I saw her, I gave her my copy of Forough’s poetry and wrote in it: “For days that may be brighter and free”; she whispered: “Perhaps…”

September 15, 2012: Dublin

It was September, and the Dublin sun was still strong enough to allow breakfast on the balcony. I was eating with a friend whose sister had been recently released from prison, and she was telling me recent tales from the political ward of Evin Prison.

Her sister had told her especially about a girl who had been given a death sentence. She had told her that the girl was in love with Forough and wanted to learn English; that she had no visitors and was funny and decent.

I thought of Raheleh. I said I also had met someone in the general ward who was like that, and soon she told me that she was called Raheleh.

I thought: had Raheleh been given the death sentence? Raheleh who was lost and anonymous behind prison walls? The more she told me, the more I was sure that it was the same Raheleh. She had been sentenced to death, and no one had heard about it. I heard that she had gone on a hunger strike in protest against the unreasonable sentence they had handed her. I heard she had sewn her lips together, and no one had even heard of it.

She said: “In the first days after the 2009 election protests, political prisoners in Evin Prison were first being taken to the general ward, and Raheleh had helped some of them circumvent their restrictions on getting phone calls, and the prison authorities had used this as an excuse to slap her with a death sentence. They had accused her of links to the People’s Mojahedin Organization and charged her with enmity against God.”

Her hunger strike had forced them to reconsider the sentence, and they reduced it to an additional one-year jail term, which landed her in the political ward of Evin Prison. I emailed a few people in Iran; no one had heard of Raheleh and did not know that she had almost been executed.

Now, after months of no news, Raheleh Zokayi’s name appears alongside those of the other eight women in the political ward of Evin Prison who are refusing food. But she remains the “unknown prisoner” whom no one has heard of. No one knows what she is in jail for or where she came from, and there are no pictures of her.

Raheleh is not a prominent human rights activist or journalist or political or social activist, nor does she have a family to be her voice on the outside.

Her vacant frame is being passed around in the poster of the women on hunger strike, and sometimes even the empty frame is omitted. She is perhaps the symbol of all the men and women who now and for many years before have been incarcerated, tried or even executed without anyone seeing their picture or hearing their voice.

Men and women who have suffered alongside others but with voices never heard, only to become another cipher in the endless procession of prisoners and the executed of these past years.

1- Shahla Jahed was an Iranian woman jailed in 2004 accused of murder of her boyfriend’s wife. Human rights organizations campaigned to have her death sentence commuted and insisted that she did not get a fair trial. She was executed in December of 2010.

U.S.-Iran talks report may impact Presidential debate

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

The Washington Times

U.S.-Iran talks report may impact Monday debate


U.S.-Iran talks report may impact Monday debate

The former CIA operative and Iranian Revolutionary Guard member known by the pseudonym Reza Kahlili, reports that the Obama administration has cut a deal with Iran that would end many of the sanctions against the Islamic Republic.Photo Credit:AP

On the eve of the last presidential debate – focusing, of course, on foreign policy – the White House is flat-out denying there are any plans for one-on-one talks between the U.S. and Iran on its uranium enrichment program.

The topic is sure to generate fireworks at Monday’s final debate. Is there a secret deal on the table or not?

Reza Kahlili, a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and author of the award-winning book “A Time to Betray,” has been reporting for WND that Obama administration officials have already cut a deal with Iran that would end many of the sanctions against the Islamic Republic in exchange for the promise of a temporary halt to uranium enrichment.


Also Read:

By: Reza Kahlili / November 03, 2012

The Washington Times
KAHLILI: Obama’s re-election deal with Iran
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By: Reza Kahlili / October 28, 2012

By: Reza Kahlili / October 24, 2012

By: Reza Kahlili / October 23, 2012

By: Reza Kahlili / October 19, 2012

By: Reza Kahlili / October 04, 2012

The Daily Caller
Obama, Iran in secret nuclear deal
By: Reza Kahlili / February 27, 2012


The Islamic regime’s media coverage on this story:

Keyhan (Monday OCT 29)- Keyhan (Wednesday OCT 31) - Keyhan (Sunday NOV 04) –  Mashregh - Farhikhtegan - Fararu - IRdiplomacy - Ebetekar News - Khabar Online - Tabnak - Inn IR

Opposition Site: Kaleme - Kaleme (Thursday NOV 01)

Also: BBC Farsi


Iran open to negotiations with America ‘even in hell:’ top official
By MASOUD AL-ZAHID / November 08, 2012

It’s Official! Iran Fulfills Obama Surprise
November 05, 2012

New English Review
Kahlili: Iran’s Supreme Leader Continues Secret Discussions
By: Jerry Gordon / October 30, 2012

Renew America
Part 12 – 2012: America’s last free election?
Behind the Iranian “October surprise”: attack on the U.S. homeland?
By: Wes Vernon / October 25, 2012

The Record
Dick Morris: An election year deal with Iran
By: Dick Morris / October 23, 2012

October 23, 2012

Israel National News
US-Iran Secret Nuclear Deal tied to US Elections
By: Dr. Joe Tuzara / October 22, 2012

Iran Deal: The October Surprise?
By Dick Morris on October 22, 2012

October Surprise: Direct Talks with Iran?
By: Joseph Klein / October 22, 2012

Did Obama Cut a Nuke Deal with Iran?
By: Daniel Greenfield / October 21, 2012

October 20, 2012

The October Surprise
By: Michael Ledeen / October 20, 2012

NY Times
U.S. Officials Say Iran Has Agreed to Nuclear Talks
By HELENE COOPER and MARK LANDLER / October 20, 2012

October 20, 2012
BREAKING – Obama Springs His Iran Nuke Negotiations October Surprise As Predicted
By WILLIAM MAYER / October 20, 2012

New English Review
New York Times Confirms Obama Iran Nuke Deal October Surprise
By: Jerry Gordon / October 20, 2012

The Washington Times
Dick Morris predicts an Obama-Iran ‘October surprise’
By: David Eldridge / October 20, 2012

New English Review
Obama’s October Surprise Nuke Deal with Iran Emerges
By: Jerry Gordon / October 19, 2012
Is Team Obama Secretly Negotiating With Iran In Ploy To Influence Election?
By WILLIAM MAYER / October 15, 2012

Northern Colorado Gazette
Could Obama, Iran make secret deal prior to election?
by: Matt Lacy / October 14, 2012

BY: F. MICHAEL MALOOF / October 14, 2012

Iran Protests and The Way Forward

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012


In my article “U.S. must actively work for regime change in Iran” published in the Christian Science Monitor on September 12th, I revealed that the Iranian Intelligence Ministry had warned the officials of the possibility of riots due to the devaluation of the Iranian currency and the increasing inflation because of the recent sanctions against the Iranian Central Bank and the Iranian oil industry.

I suggested a path forward showing how the West could support the Iranians change from within this time around. This could help solve the Iranian nuclear problem without having to go to war.

Today riots are taking place in Tehran’s Bazaar to protest against the devaluation of the Iranian currency and the dire economic situation in the country. People are under immense economical pressure. In 2009, it was students and activists who dared to come out and demonstrate against the Islamic regime, which the majority resented. Now they are joined by the hungry masses from around the country.

This is an opportunity for the West to assist with a regime change in Iran, which would not only benefit the Iranian people, but the entire region and the world.

Without the Islamic regime,a moderate Iran would help stabilize the Middle East, weaken Hezbollah in Lebanon, Assad in Syria, Taliban in Afghanistan and would halt the spread of terrorism around the world.

The Iranian people are some of the most Westernized in the region. Tens of thousands have given their lives to the cause of freedom and democracy. If we fail to help and support them this time, the radicals will get the bomb, will use the bomb, and humanity will see the greatest destruction and depression in its history.

A nuclear exchange in the Persian Gulf will stop all oil flow from that region and collapse the global economy. This will create chaos, havoc and provide the exact environment which the fanatics ruling Iran believe will accommodate the coming of Shiite’s twelfth Imam, “Mahdi,” who in their belief will then conquer the world and raise the flag of Islam across the globe. This, in effect, will create the Caliphate they are working toward.

I also believe that due to the current environment in the Middle East and the situation with the global economy, it is highly unlikely that America and the European Union will have the stomach for a conflict with Iran. Russia and China, Iran’s long term allies, have already objected to any action in response to Iran’s pursuit of the bomb, suggesting that the only viable solution is through negotiations.

Although a nuclear-armed Iran is an existential threat to Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fully knows the consequences if Israel goes at it alone.

Any attack on Iran by any entity, if not combined with a goal of regime change, will prove unfruitful. Hence the importance of getting the people of Iran informed and involved in a movement for regime change.

Today, it is imperative that we provide secure communications to the Iranian people so that information can be sent to them to help them get united and ready. They need to know that the West will stand by them and their aspirations for freedom.

Action Needed:

1= Start a HD radio program into Iran

Taken into consideration that the majority of Iranians get their news from the state-run media which is directly controlled by radicals ruling Iran and that the Internet communication is under the ultimate control of the Islamic Republic, it is of utmost importance to provide Iranians with a channel of information which is less likely to be blocked by the regime and which provides less of a risk to Iranians to access.

2= Provide secured communication to the Iranians.

  • Provide technological tools to Iranian opposition which will allow them to independently unite every segment of Iranian society in their pursuit of a better life.


  • Utilize those tools to overcome current communications restrictions by the Iranian government including oppressive monitoring and imprisonment.


  • Enable free exchange of information on threats of Iranian leadership, and empower the opposition to independently guide the populace for a peaceful transition to full democracy.

3= Promotion of civil rights in Iran.

4= Promotion of civil disobedience, peaceful protests and national strikes.

5= Taking the Iranian leaders to International courts for crimes against humanity.

6= Promoting defection of the current officers in the regime.

Many within the regime are ready and willing to defect and provide valuable information. However there is no one certain channel that they can rely on or trust, we need to establish that channel and help the defectors with a safe passage to a secure location. Every defection will widen the current existing crack within the regime and will help with the fall from within.

7= Formation of a temporary government in Exile.

8= Openly supporting the aspirations of the Iranian people for freedom and democracy.

Videos of the protests today:

Anti-regime bazaar protest, “If you have dignity then close your shops”

“Stop supporting Assad, Do something to support us”

Security forces attempt to control strike in Tehran bazaar

“Death to this government”

Anti-regime protest in Tehran “Death to Dictator”

Is The War Against Islamic Terrorism Over? Essays in Commemoration of 9/11

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

New English Review

edited by Jerry Gordon (September 11, 2012)

Today is the 11th anniversary of 9/11;  the “Pearl Harbor of the 21st Century.” On September 11, 2001, Islamic terrorists, well educated young men – Saudi,  Egyptian, and Yemeni nationals – hijacked four airliners (American Airlines Flight 11 and United Flight 175 from Boston’s Logan airport, American Airlines Flight 77 from Dulles airport and United Airlines Flight 93 from Newark Airport). With captive passengers aboard, they flew into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Brave actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard Flight 93 led to the first counter-attack within thirty minutes of the sky-jacking. The Flight 93 heroes overcame the Islamic terrorists and diverted the aircraft from its ultimate target the Capital building in Washington, crashing into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania instead. All told 19 Jihadi hijackers and more than 2,977 innocent victims including the 246 air passengers on the four planes seized were killed as a result of the murderous jihad airborne attacks in lower Manhattan, northern Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania.

Nearly 3000 innocent victims perished  in a Jihadic holocaust masterminded by the late Osama Bin Laden. Bin laden, who founded Al Qaeda, was killed by US Navy Seal team six on May 2, 2011 in a raid on a compound in Abbattobad, Pakistan, virtually within sight of the Pakistani Military Academy. The special operations, known as Operation Neptune Spear, is chronicled in a new book, No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Ladenpublished today, by one of the Seal team commanders, who adopted the nom de plume Mark Owens. As the author said on a CBS 60 Minutes interview, “we were just doing our job” in an operation long in the planning stages and fraught with daunting difficulties, including the crash of one the stealth Black Hawk helicopters. According to the author’s account, the operations yielded a treasure trove of intelligence in the long war against Islamic Jihadism. This despite Pentagon accusations that No Easy Day may have violated Pentagon security reviews, although the author insists that no real secrets were revealed.

Within days of arrival of Seal team Six back in the US, a tableau was organized by President Obama at Fort Campbell Kentucky, home of the famed Screaming Eagles, the 101st Airborne to celebrate this victory in the counterterrorism war against Al Qaeda, the murder of Bin Laden, the creator of an Islamic terror enterprise that has morphed into a global jihadist network. The Seal Team Six team involved was flown to Fort Campbell in an old C-130 aircraft that survived the failed attempt during the Carter Administration to rescue the 44 hostages taken by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards at the US Embassy in 1980. President Obama congratulated the Seal Team Six raiders at the Fort Campbell event and, according to No Easy Day author Owens, asked who pulled the trigger that killed  Bin Laden. As Owens said during the 60 Minutes interview, no one stepped forward, because they viewed these successful special operations as a team effort.

President Obama has promoted the view that the death of Bin Laden marked the end of the war against Al Qaeda after years of intelligence gathering and a lucky break that identified the Al Qaeda courier that lead to the Seal Team Six raid on the Abbattobad compound. He has always maintained that the US counterterrorism effort following 9/11 was not a war on Islam. Both he and former President Bush propounded the catechism that the US was engaged in a war against Al Qaeda and not against Islam, “a religion of peace.” The Obama Administration in cooperation with Muslim Brotherhood affiliates in America undertook a thorough purging of Islamic jihad doctrine underpinning of the credo of Al Qaeda as exemplified by the radical Sunni ideologue Sayyid Qutb in his book Milestones. Qutb helped foster an unrelenting violent Jihad war against unbelievers so as to impose a world Islamic Caliphate governed under Sharia law.

The Obama counterterrorism doctrine led to a selective drone war involving targeted assassinations of Al Qaeda leaders of affiliates across the Muslim Ummah in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen. The Administration finds itself in a quandary, while trying to foster a peace deal with former Afghan enemy the Taliban, the State Department ponders designation of the Haqqani network in neighboring Pakistan as a foreign terrorist group. Haqqani is allegedly supported by Jihadist cadres of the nefarious Inter-Service Intelligence agency.

The Pentagon has unfortunately denied the realities of homegrown Muslim terrorists within the US Military. We have Maj. Nidal Hasan, whose court martial trial is about to begin at Fort Hood Texas on charges of committing a murderous Jihad massacre of soldiers and civilians at a deployment processing center in November 2009. Then there was AWOL 101st Airborne Pvt. Naser Jason Abdo who was tried and convicted at a federal court in Killeen, Texas  on charges of planning another attack at Fort Hood to avenge US military combat against his Muslim brothers in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In the 9/11 Iran Links trial in the Federal District Court in Manhattan, we learned that the Islamic Republic of Iran  was deeply involved in facilitating training and transportation of the 9/11 perpetrators. The Islamic Republic now threatens a super version of 9/11 via a possible nuclear holocaust or Electronic Magnetic Pulse (EMP) attack against the US and its ally, the Jewish State of Israel with nuclear weapons and other forms of WMD. An Islamic Republic whose Supreme Leader and Revolutionary Guard earnestly believe that such apocalyptic acts will make the Imam Mahdi re-appear to lead an Islamic Army to conquer the world.

In commemoration of 11th anniversary of 9/11, we solicited essays in response to a question: “Is the War Against Islamic Terrorism Over? And if not, what remains to be done?”

What follows are selected essays submitted by a diverse group of scholars and experts. From these respondents we selected essays by Dr. Richard L. Rubenstein, noted theologian, former university president and author of Jihad and Genocide, Professor Paul Eidelberg is President of the  Israel – American Renaissance Institute, Daniel Mandel, is a Fellow in History of  the University of Melbourne, Director of the Zionists of America Center for Middle East Policy,  Shoshana Bryan, Director of the Washington, DC based Jewish Policy Center, and Reza Kahlili  former CIA-agent who did undercover work inside Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. We appreciate all of the submissions made.

Dr. Richard L. Rubenstein – On Terrorism

Richard L. Rubenstein is President Emeritus of the University of Bridgeport and Lawton Distinguished Professor of Religion Emeritus at Florida State University and author of many works including most recently, Jihad and Genocide.

It is very likely that there will always be some Muslims somewhere willing to blow themselves up or otherwise inflict harm on the non-Muslim world. According to a 2009 report of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, the total world Muslim population at the time was 1.57 billion and growing (“Mapping the Muslim Population”). We ought to keep in mind Bernard Lewis’ comment that the struggle between Islam and Christendom has consisted in “a long series of attacks and counterattacks, jihads and crusades, conquests and reconquests” that have lasted over fourteen hundred years. (“The Roots of Muslim Rage,” The Atlantic, September 1990) There is no reason to believe that the cycle of attack and counterattack has stopped in our time. There is no such thing as an end to Islamic terrorism.

Terrorism is not a combatant in a conflict. It is a strategy used by combatants. As long as there are Muslims who believe that violent aggression is a legitimate strategy to be employed against unbelievers, the world will be afflicted with Islamic terrorism to one degree or another. When the West is strong and undeceived, there will be fewer terrorists; when the West lets down its guard, terrorism will increase.

Unfortunately, America’s hands have been tied by the Obama administration’s refusal realistically to identify the Muslim motivation of terroristic acts. By no means did all Muslims approved of 9/11 nor do they all approve of terrorism. Nevertheless, this writer believes that President George W. Bush did the country a disservice when, ten days after 9/11, he declared to a joint session of the U.S. Congress that the 19 terrorists were “traitors to their own faith, trying in effect to hijack Islam itself.” Professor Mary Habeck of Johns Hopkins University was closer to the mark when she observed concerning Sayyid Qutb and Hassan al-Banna, the thinkers who inspired Al-Qaeda that “None of these theorists could have had any impact in the Muslim world if their arguments had not found some sort of resonance in the religion of Islam.” (Knowing the Enemy, Yale University Press, 2006, p. 41).

When Islamists find a realistic opportunity for jihad, there is simply no inducement non-Muslims can offer that will move them abandon their efforts. As the Islamic Affairs Department of the Royal Saudi Embassy in Washington posted on its website, the purpose of jihad is “to make the word of Allah supreme in the world.”  The 9/11 terrorists were willing to sacrifice themselves in order to kill thousands and damage both the nation’s financial and political centers. They saw their sacrifice and the death they inflicted on unbelievers as their supreme service of Allah. They were not afraid of death; they welcomed it.

Nevertheless, while there is nothing the West can do to bring terrorism to an end, there are things it can do to minimize the threat. In addition to airport security, immigration control is in need of attention. We must cease to regard all or almost all human beings as equally eligible to become citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Human beings are not numerical abstractions. Some men and women come to our shores passionately committed to transforming our society into one in which Shari’a law governs all Americans either directly or indirectly, whether Muslim or non-Muslim. Something must be done about our immigration policies. Unfortunately, nothing will be done as long as craven politicians regard such newcomers as potential members of their political base. While we cannot control the opinions or commitments of American citizens, we certainly have the right to determine realistically which immigrants are likely to accept our fundamental values and reject those who are likely to seek to overturn our system. We did it during the Cold War. There is no reason why we cannot defend ourselves now.

Unfortunately, as long as our educational and cultural institutions are committed to multiculturalism, we will have neither a moral nor a cultural compass. There is something weird about the current liberal-left alliance with Islam. Should it continue, the day will come when the liberals, who prize their freedom above all else, will find that they no longer have any freedom because the system has been rigged and the “word of Allah” has truly been made supreme in their world.

Finally, a word should be said about the problem of infiltration into our government and prison system. If, for example, persons with connections to the Muslim Brotherhood continue to serve as senior advisors to our government, we are asking for trouble. Admittedly, the situation is worse in Europe but, unfortunately, under Obama we are becoming more, not les,s like Europe.

Paul Eidelberg: The Tragedy of 9/11 and American Exceptionalism

Professor Eidelberg is President of the Israel–America Renaissance Institute and expert in Constitutional Law.

What may we learn from 9/11, the Islamic attack on the United States on September11, 2001? Osama bin Laden had already declared war against the U.S. on August 23, 1996. Al Qaeda forces had already attacked two American embassies in Africa on August 7, 1998 and a U.S. naval vessel on October 12, 2000. So what is so significant about 9/11 when hijacked commercial airliners struck the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon?

Of course, we cannot forget that almost 3,000 innocent human beings were murdered on that day by Muslims terrorists. They were cheered as martyrs throughout the Arab-Islamic world. Let us try to elicit the significance of this tragedy and its relation to American Exceptionalism.

Consider the targets struck on 9/11: the World Trade Center, the pinnacle of commercial wealth, and the Pentagon, the seat of unequaled military power. Juxtaposing these two targets we behold monuments of a secular democratic State whose scientific technology stands in stark contrast to pre-modern, feudal Islam—now on the path to acquiring that technology. Evident here is a theological conflict, which America, steeped in materialism, does not want to face.

America has become the avant guard of pop culture. This pop culture is spreading throughout the world as a result of America’s commercial and military hegemony—indicative of America’s own ambitious albeit benign imperialism.

This benign imperialism has been vulgarizing humanity. It has magnified hedonism. It has undermined spiritual values. It has stultified the mind by removing reverence from the human soul.

Pop culture constitutes the greatest threat to all tradition-based societies whose core is religious. This is one reason why Muslims deem America the “Great Satan”—the great tempter. Let us face the truth: America’s political and intellectual leaders have abandoned America’s Biblical heritage abbreviated in her Declaration of Independence.

That document affirms the Creator of heaven and earth. It proclaims that “all men are created equal.” The same document refers to the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” the basis of man’s unalienable rights to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” The same document appeals to the “Supreme Judge” of the world. This is not only a political document. No, it is also theological document that acknowledges Divine Providence.

Clearly, the Declaration of Independence is based on ideas drawn from the Bible of Israel and should be understood as a Judeo-Christian document. This, dear reader, is the only solid foundation of American Exceptionalism. It is the heart and soul of America which has been abandoned by its political and intellectual leaders.

Let us open our eyes and understand the metapolitical significance of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon—the monoliths of a secular democratic state that has lost its purpose as a nation under God.

America has become a norm less democracy, where freedom and equality have no rational and ethical constraints, where wealth is the measure of human worth, where the here and now is the preoccupation of men and women, where change, change, change devalues all values, shatters personal identity, erodes a sense of community and national purpose.

9/11 should have been a wake-up call, but not merely to an external “Axis of Evil.” That evil was superficially and misleadingly identified as “international terrorism,” when in truth that evil was the most aggressive manifestation of Islamic Imperialism, the successor to Atheistic Communist Imperialism. Yes, this resurgence of evil has to be countered by unrelenting force. Unlike the Soviet Union, however, the threats issuing from Islam are perceived by liberals as a manifestation of a peace-loving religion.

Those threats come from everywhere yet cannot be attributed to anyone. Not that this Hydra-headed evil is invincible; but to vanquish it we need to overcome our own homegrown evil: the erosion of America’s ancient faith. This faith we can find in ourselves; it only needs to be awakened to inaugurate a new chapter of American Exceptionalism.

I mentioned the Declaration, its reference to the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” These laws were understood in colonial America as the Noahide laws of universal morality. These laws enable diverse men and nations to cooperate, to live in peace while cultivating their own personal and national customs. These metapolitical laws, the true foundation of the American Constitution, united the American people. They underlie the tremendous power and accomplishments of American Exceptionalism. They made the American Constitution a viable model for mankind, a model that can reconcile permanence and change by means of the rule of law sustained by a set of institutions designed to maximize reason and deliberation, as well as moderation in public affairs.

No longer does America offer this model for mankind. America’s ruling class has lost sight of the theological and moral foundations of America’s Declaration of Independence, the soul of the American Constitution. What has happened in America? I will tell you in a direct way:

What you most boast of, freedom and equality, are corrupting you. Your unrestrained freedom spawns licentiousness and undermines the family. Your indiscriminate equality undermines excellence and levels all moral distinctions. Your ever-expanding government and entitlements eviscerate personal responsibility and self-government. Your value-free capitalism fosters avarice and envy. Your university-bred doctrine of multicultural relativism erodes national loyalty and fosters atheism and cynicism.

This is the result of turning away from the Noahide laws which the Declaration of Independence abbreviated as the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” This is what bonds Israel and America in the crisis of our times signified by 9/11. We need to redeem that terrible tragedy. We need to engage in serious soul-searching. We must not only redeem ourselves, but we must also make the victims of 9/11 meaningful so that their lives will not have perished in vain.

Let us therefore cease worshiping, without neglecting, wealth and power, which we shall sorely need in the crisis of our times. But let us also cease worshiping the false god of norm less or live-as-you-like democracy and restore the normative and dignified democracy of our Founding Fathers. Let us revive the vision to which American Exceptionalism aspired. Let us build a nation where freedom dwells with virtue, equality with excellence, wealth with beauty, the here and now with love of the Eternal.

Daniel Mandel – The Long War against Islamic terrorism

Daniel Mandel is a Fellow in history at Melbourne University, Director of the Zionist Organization of America’s Center for Middle East Policy and author of H.V. Evatt & the Establishment of Israel (London: Routledge, 2004).

“Is the War Against Islamic Terrorism Over?” The answer is no. A war cannot be said to be over when the aggressor, al-Qaeda, remains a going concern of any size and reach; when its original Afghan base and supportive Pakistani hinterland remain receptive hosts; when Iran, bankroller and controller of several Islamist terror groups, has edged ever closer towards a nuclear weapons capability and the benefits and immunities this would encompass; when the jihadist cause has been taken up in several countries; and when those of its ideological compatriots sophisticated enough to abstain from its trademark terrorism in preference for the careful, patient work of foreign subversion continue to make progress, often undetected at the time. This goes doubly when those ideological compatriots, the Muslim Brotherhood and associated franchises, to give them their name, have risen to power in the most powerful and populous Arab state, Egypt. Still more so, when the formerly most staunchly secular of Muslim states, Turkey, has come since 9/11 ever more firmly under the sway of patient Islamists.

According, what remains to be done is, first, to absorb the fact that our victories (Iran, Afghanistan) have been but partial and may prove temporary; second, to understand that the patient, non-violent jihadists remain by far our deepest long-term threat and accordingly require a great deal more of our efforts; third, that the war will be lost, whatever other successes we might enjoy, if we fail in our paramount objective of preventing Iran from going nuclear; and fourth, ensuring that we head off the looming danger of a depleted U.S. military which, shorn of  innovations and numbers as it currently stands to be, would drastically overextend its mission and invite avoidable disasters.

Shoshana Bryen – The Symbiotic Relationship between Terrorists and Sponsors

Shoshana Bryen is the Director of the Washington, DC-based Jewish Policy Center.

“War” against any pathology is doomed. The Wars on Drugs, Poverty and Terrorism have no matrix for success, so you wouldn’t know when you’d won; you could never stop fighting. President Bush’s formulation, “The war against terrorists and the states that harbor and support them,” got to the heart of the symbiotic relationship between terrorists and their sponsors – terrorists need money, territory, arms, passports, etc. that can only be supplied by states; states need the ability to commit mayhem with plausible deniability (i.e., Saudi support for al Qaeda). The war would be won when the territory across the region is governed by sovereigns who decline support for transnational terrorist organizations. Without such support, you would still have isolated incidents – a man in a marketplace with a grenade – but the large-scale, country-changing, spectacular terrorism of 9-11 or Bali or London would be almost impossible. This does not mean those governments would be our friends, be democratic, like Israel, be secular, and/or not have wars.  It simply means that support for al Qaeda and other such would dry up. To the question of whether we’re winning – no. Particularly in the past two years, the Obama administration has withdrawn from Iraq (which was fragile), overthrew the Libyan government (which was anti-al Qaeda and now supports al Qaeda across North Africa and in Mali), and welcomed the Muslim Brotherhood while doing nothing to constrain Iran or Saudi Arabia (who support opposite sides, but both of whose sides hate us). The incentive for governments to withhold support for anti-Western or anti-Israel terrorism has been reduced, not increased by the Obama Administration.

Reza Kahlili – Iran’s Terrorist Threat Exceeds that of Bin Laden

Reza Kahlili is the pseudonymous author of A Time to Betray, an award winning chronicle of his undercover work as a CIA-agent inside Iran’s Revolutionary guard. The following is an adaptation of an opinion article originally published by Fox News in the immediate wake of the death of Bin Laden in may 2011.

The demise of Bin Laden should be the beginning of our search as to how we got into such vulnerable position in the first place. We must make sure that no enemy can ever again be allowed to bring harm upon us because of our own failings.

Bin Laden, who founded Al Qaeda in the late eighties, began terrorizing the world shortly thereafter with bombing attacks in Yemen, Egypt, and the U.S. Embassy in East Africa where over 300 souls lost their lives. The U.S. did not take notice until October, 2000 when the suicide attack on the USS Cole took 17 servicemen’s lives.

Bin Laden was emboldened with each subsequent act of terror because the lack of action by U.S. was seen as a weakness and further verification that he was invincible. Clearly, it appeared to him, Allah was on his side.

He then began his most aggressive act and took it directly from the Koran (8:12): “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.”

His commitment was total and led to the most heinous crime ever executed on America soil 11 years ago. It instigated our fight on terror and the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Billions of dollars have been spent, draining our economy to the point of bankruptcy, and costing the lives of thousands of our heroes. Yet it is our failure to know and understand the enemy and the ideology that drives him that allowed one hateful individual to grow so powerful as to bring us to such profound harm.

There is an eerie similarity here with the radicals ruling Iran. They proudly bombed the Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983 killing over 240 of our best and then boasted about it. Mohsen Rafiqdoost, then the Minister of the Revolutionary Guards, publicly stated that: “Both the TNT and the ideology, which in one blast sent to hell 400 officers, NCOs, and soldiers at the Marine’s headquarters, were provided by Iran.” In response, we removed our forces from Lebanon.

The Iranians formed Hezbollah, helped Islamic Jihad, armed and trained terrorists across the region and took hostages with fatal results. For their efforts, we rewarded them with arms in exchange for the freedom of a few (Iran Contra). Our actions, or lack thereof, again signaled our weakness and affirmed their belief that Allah is the one and only God and that they have his protection.

The Iranian leaders, encouraged with their continuing success, became ever more aggressive carrying out terrorist attacks through their proxies such as the Khobar Tower bombing in Saudi Arabia and the Jewish community center bombing in Argentina. And the West meekly offered negotiations as the only solution to their atrocious acts. The Iranians have for years armed and trained Shiite militias in Iraq with a strategy to bring down our forces, harm them, and drain the U.S. economically. Given the evidence in the 9/11 Links case in New York, we know that Iran was directly complicit in facilitating the training and transportation of the Munich Cell of the 9/11 perpetrators from Al Qaeda Bases in Afghanistan to Iran to Saudi Arabia and eventually on to Europe and  America.

Today the jihadists in Tehran, strengthened by their actions and reassured by their beliefs, know that they are Allah’s chosen ones to bring about the demise of America and the destruction of Israel. They are encouraged to aggressively continue on with their terrorist activities around the world, and their ongoing support of terrorist groups including Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Al Qaeda, Taliban, and others in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen and Africa. All the while, they expand their missile delivery system and achievement of their nuclear bomb project nearly within reach.

The Revolutionary Guards currently hold more than a 1,000 ballistic missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv, Riyadh, U.S. bases in Iraq, the Fifth Fleet headquarters in Bahrain and capitals in Western Europe. At the same time, they are working with the North Koreans and the Chinese on intercontinental ballistic missiles and the nuclear weaponization of their warheads. Iran has tested launch of Scud Missiles from commercial  vessels in the Caspian Sea demonstrating the capability of conducting a possible Electronic Magnetic Pulse attack against the Great Satan, America, and its ally, Israel, the little Satan.

Many of the Iranian leaders are known terrorists and on the Interpol’s most wanted list. This includes the current Iranian defense minister and former Quds Force commander and the chief intelligence officer of the Guards, Ahmad Vahidi, who is wanted for the 1994 Jewish center bombing in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 and injured hundreds. As the defense minister, Mr. Vahidi is directly responsible for the Iranian nuclear bomb and missile programs, and is also in charge of the proliferation of arms to terrorists in the Middle East and the world.

We cannot allow history to repeat itself. Today we are facing an evil much worse than Bin Laden and Al Qaeda.

Appeasement and vacillation do not work. World peace, global stability and millions of lives are on the line. Our first priority should be to stop these radicals in their tracks and to help Iranians free themselves from this evil. A new regime in Iran could transform the world for the better securing global stability and an end to much of terrorism throughout the world.

New English Review – An Interview with Ex-CIA Agent Reza Kahlili

Friday, August 31st, 2012

New English Review
by Jerry Gordon (September 2012)

Recently, I had the occasion to talk about Iran’s nuclear project with a former senior military officer. His initial comment to me brought me up short. “Why does the world care about whether Iran gets the Bomb? Are you telling me that they are as crazy as the North Koreans?” To which I replied, “Yes.” That appeared to jar him. He replied, “then that’s frightening.” If that is any indication then the media and the Obama White House have failed to inform America of how dangerous the Islamic regime’s possession of nuclear weapons is. This is a clear and present danger to Israel, America, the West and Iran’s own people. All the news about US and EU economic sanctions, failed UN negotiations, IAEA and US national intelligence estimates have warned that Iran has accelerated uranium enrichment to weapons-grade levels. Israel is allegedly making preparations for a possible unilateral attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. What is behind the Ayatollahs’ pursuit of this threat to the world?

During our involvement with the recent Electronic Armageddon program of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, we were fortunate to have made the acquaintance of ex-CIA agent, the pseudonymous Reza Kahlili, author of the award winning book, A Time to Betray: the Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran. A Time to Betray made Washington Post’s Book World Bestsellers list in 2012. It was a winner of The 2011 International Book Awards in two categories of: Autobiography/Memoirs and Best New Non-Fiction and Winner of The National Best Books 2010 Awards (category: Non-Fiction: Narrative).

Kahlili had firsthand knowledge of the Shiite Mahdist doctrine that propelled the Islamic revolution of 1979. He obtained information on the 35 year effort by the Islamic Republic to acquire and build nuclear weapons threatening an Islamic takeover of the Middle East and ultimately the world.

In a wide ranging interview Kahlili discusses his idyllic upper middle class background that could afford his education in the US and how Iran went from being a largely secular country under the late Shah to become an Islamic theocracy that returned the country to medieval tyranny under Shiite Mahdism. A tyranny that saw women put behind the hijab, tortured, raped and murdered and hundreds of the Iranian Army leaders summarily executed at the notorious Evin prison in Tehran. A tyranny that saw donkey riding Islamic clerics living off meager contributions and handouts rise to become dictators suppressing Iranians, controlling the nation’s economy and threatening the world with nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Not many Iranian patriots would, as Kahlili did, on a trip to visit an ailing aunt in Los Angeles, reach out to US intelligence to apprize them of the horrors and dangers of the Islamic Republic under founder Ayatollah Khomeini and the Revolutionary Guards. He was compelled to do so after witnessing tortures and executions of innocent fellow Iranians. That encounter in the US led to his recruitment, training in Europe by the CIA and return to Tehran to become an undercover member of the Revolutionary Guards. He secretly informed his handlers on the international and domestic terrorist programs of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Council of Guardians, Revolutionary Guards and its Qod Force. The invaluable information and professional assessment of the personalities and agenda of the Islamic Republic obtained by Kahlili enabled the CIA to maintain a watching brief on the funding, training and arming of terrorist proxies Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad and nuclear and missile delivery programs secretly launched by order of Ayatollah Khomeini.

After spending several years in the 1980’s and 1990’s undercover as a Revolutionary Guard officer, and CIA asset, Kahlili was able to extract both he and his family to Europe and exit to safety in America despite the fact that Kahlili has been a lecturer with the Department of Defense’s Joint Counter-Intelligence Training Academy. A convert to Christianity, Kahlili has recently been attacked in letters sent to Secretary of Defense Panetta by CAIR, for his criticism of Shiite Islamic Doctrine. Fortunately, his valued experiences and insights into Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism globally are reflected in the support he has received from both senior military and Congressional leaders. His commentary and analysis are frequently published in the Washington Times and The Daily Caller. He has been interviewed about his undercover experience and informative views of the Islamic Republic’s leaders. Watch this November 2010 interview with Erick Stakelbeck, CBN’s premier terrorism analyst.

What follows is a portion of our interview with Reza Kahlili providing insights into the overarching Mahdist doctrine of the Islamic regime’s Supreme Leader and others. The dangers of Iran’s nuclear and WMD programs to Israel and America support and funding of terrorist proxies in the Middle East, Latin America and even cells in America are discussed. Kahlili reveals the deepening hatred of many of Iran’s people to both the regime and its Shiite Mahdist doctrine seeking to create worldwide chaos to foster the re-appearance of 12th Imam Mahdi. Iran’s Supreme Leader under this doctrine would hand the flag to Imam Mahdi to lead the conquest and conversion of the world’s infidels to Islam. Kahlili also speaks about the repercussions of any Israeli pre-emptive attack and the necessity for the US and the West to support regime change in his native Iran. Regime change is earnestly desired by many people in Iran who despise its rulers and Islamic doctrine for their lack of basic freedoms and reduced economic status. Surprisingly as we have found from recent debriefings of travelers to Iran, many people still harbor respect for America and Israel, notwithstanding the failure of the Obama Administration to come to their aid during the uprisings following the June 2009 fraudulent Presidential elections.

You may listen to the entire interview with Kahlili, here.

Jerry Gordon: Reza Kahlili, thank you for taking time out for this timely interview.

Reza Kahlili: Thank you for inviting me.

Gordon: You have written extensively on the Mahdist Twelver Islamic doctrine of Iran’s form of Shiism. Could you tell us what that doctrine is and how it guides the actions of the Supreme Leader, the President and his cabinet and leadership of the Revolutionary Guard Corps?

Kahlili: You see this is embedded within the philosophy on which they act. The Shiites believe that in the end of time Imam Mahdi, the 12th Imam, will reappear and kill all the infidels and raise the flag of Islam in all four corners of the world. This is taught by the clerics, they believe in it and they promote this ideology because in their eyes it’s the ultimate justification where Islam conquers the world and everybody is a Muslim. In every conversation they have, their statements, their actions are representative of that ideology. The majority of the Iranians don’t believe in this. They don’t even see themselves as Muslims. They see themselves as Persians. Even if they respected Islam before the revolution due to cultural customs, now they openly despise Islam. Despise the religion. Despise the clerics and what they said within the Iranian community now cannot be said in America and Europe. There would be ramifications if somebody talked about Islam the way the Iranian people do inside. So we are talking about the minority who are the true believers in Islam and take everything literally from the Quran and martyrdom is welcomed with open arms. They believe that the Islamic regime was put in place by Allah and that the end of days are at hand and their studies of the Hadiths, which are centuries old sayings by prophet Mohammed and his descendants, are representative of what is going to taking shape in the world. They are very excited with what’s happening in the Middle East because they believe these are signs spoken of centuries ago that the end of times is near. The triggers are needed to create that environment for Imam Mahdi to come. Destroying Israel would automatically trigger the coming per the Hadith and in their mind create chaos, havoc, lawlessness, where wars take place. One third of the world population would die due to wars, another third to hunger and the rest live in lawlessness. This theology drives their actions and policies. That is what I’ve been trying to raise awareness among the public. This is serious. You have to look at the Haghani school and other seminaries in the city of Qom which the founder Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi and the Ayatollah Jannati, the powerful chairman of the Guardian Council have established, they promote this idea. Every minister of intelligence has been associated with the Haghani School and they control almost all of the security institutions in the Iranian government. This is a dangerous element that believes they have a mission to create the environment for the coming of the Imam Mahdi. Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Revolution said it himself. He had three goals for the revolution. One was to topple the Shah and the Monarchy, two was to establish an Islamic state and three was to pass the flag of Islam to Imam Mahdi. It was said that within the circles of the top officials in Iran that Ayatollah Khamenei is the one who is going to pass the flag of Islam to Imam Mahdi so they truly believe in this.

Gordon: What are the relations between the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, the Revolutionary Guard, its Qod Force and the Basij and their respective roles in the Islamic Republic’s Domestic and External Terrorism Programs?

Kahlili: The Revolutionary Guards and the Basij and all of the military and security forces are under the control of the Supreme Leader’s office. There cannot be any action done without the approval of the Supreme Leader. The Supreme Leader has the authority to change any commander at any time as Khamenei has done several times. The Revolutionary Guards though, have great influence in the Iranian economy, a big military force in Iran and have an international operation. Yet, they are under the control of the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader can change commanders at any time. There is a unit within the Revolutionary Guards called Hefazat Etellaat, protection of intelligence. The commander of that unit is chosen by the Supreme Leader and reports directly to his office. The unit acts independent of the Guards command like the SS within the Nazis. This unit is present in every base, in every building and they report directly to the Supreme Leader’s office. Their intention is to have tight control, even over the Revolutionary Guards. I would say every act in Iran right now is an act that has been approved by the Supreme Leader and his office. Even the media outlets. Not a word can be printed without the approval of the security forces.

Gordon: Could you describe for us the range of external activities of the Qod Force in conducting covert operations in the Middle East and globally?

Kahlili: The Qod Force’s major operation is to collaborate with terrorist proxies, arm them, transfer explosives, cash, and fund them. They run a drug program and counterfeiting operation. They export drugs to create increased unaccounted funds for the Qod Force’s activities and counterfeiting to destabilize the Western countries by printing and circulating U.S. bonds and dollars. Now they have a grand project called, “Time for the Collapse” in which according to this plan they intend to destabilize the West through their terrorist campaign, money laundering and drug trafficking. They have many connections in Europe, Latin America and Africa and other areas where they collaborate with Hezbollah and drug cartels. The collaboration with drug cartels is directed at gaining greater access via infiltration such as is happening in Mexico and from there into the U.S. They have a very complex operation at the center of which is terrorism and destabilization of the West. They have many cells along with Hezbollah here in the U.S. who are ready to commit terrorist acts should there be a confrontation between U.S. and Iran. They also collaborate with many other governments including Venezuela and have established numerous entities in that country. These are front companies that host explosive labs and terror cells. From Venezuela they expand into Latin America, Mexico and the U.S.

Gordon: Given that the Qod Force has fought a 30 year terrorist war with Israel’s Mossad, what anti-Semitic doctrine motivates the Islamic Republic to conduct covert ops and what resources and proxies have been used?

Kahlili: I think the central delusion of Western leaders is that they refuse to understand the ideology behind the actions of the Islamic regime. Basically the ideology of the radicals in Iran is to stand against every principle of Western society. The Qod Forces are an element of that radical minority which runs Iran. It is truly committed to its goal of destroying Israel, destroying America and basically creating an environment for the re-appearance of the Imam Mahdi. He will lead them to kill the rest of the infidels and raise the flag of Islam in all four corners of the world. They truly believe in this and that’s why they are so committed. I think that is what the West refuses to understand and it is going to be our downfall. I published several months ago in November 2011 an analysis by the Qod Forces clearly outlining their philosophy. It said the problem facing Americans regarding the Qod Force is but a small example of the core of their problem with the entire Islamic Revolution. The most important fact that America and the West have continuously missed is the ideology behind Iran’s destiny. Its doctrine knows no boundaries and it stands in diametric opposition to the most basic principles and fundamental forms of Western civilization. They are saying to the West that their ideology is in opposition to basic principles of the Western civilization and you can’t change that. There is nothing you can do to bring about a change of behavior and therefore the failure of the approach that every U.S. Administration has taken. They don’t understand that this ideology stands against the West. You cannot change that because if you were able to change that then that ideology no longer exists and that can’t happen.

Gordon: Why has the Islamic Republic pursued the development of nuclear weapons and the means of delivery including wide ranging missiles and what third parties assisted them?

Kahlili: From early on the Soviet Union and then Russia was deeply involved with this regime helping the Guards with their intelligence operators to consolidate power for the clerics. Then the Chinese got involved and they helped with the missile program and even the nuclear program by bringing the Islamic regime and North Korea together which continues the collaboration to this day. The Chinese are helping the Islamic regime with the inter-continental ballistic missile technology that the regime will test very soon. They are sharing data on the nuclear detonations that North Korea conducted. Even that action is being financed by the Islamic Regime. The regime started this project for a nuclear bomb in the mid 1980′s. This is a fact and nobody is talking about it. We had intelligence that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein was looking to purchase actual bombs and he had approached the black market through Pakistan and others. The story was that the chief commander of the Guards asked permission from Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Revolution, to authorize acquiring the nuclear bomb and it was authorized. A document to this effect surfaced many years ago within Iran and then it disappeared, however, there was an actual authorization by Ayatollah Khomeini for the nuclear bomb. At that time the Guards approached the Pakistanis with billions of dollars to buy a bomb. They ended up with centrifuges instead and help from A.Q. Khan with the program. After the fall of the Soviet Union they approached the former Soviet Republics to purchase bombs. The news is they have two nuclear bombs however; there is no confirmation that they have the codes. People here in the U.S. believe that they do but a source within the intelligence unit of the Guards indicated that he is not positive. Recently I published an article saying that the Guards had distributed WMD’s to terrorist groups such as Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad. These are chemical and biological weapons. The article was based on a Revolutionary Guards’ statement within its own organization media outlet. They confirmed that a nuclear bomb was acquired from the former Soviet Republics and that this program has been going on for decades. They currently have enough enriched uranium to produce six nuclear bombs. They are enriching uranium at two facilities that we know of. The intention is once the missiles are armed with nuclear warheads they become untouchable. A single nuclear detonation in the Persian Gulf would stop the oil flow from the Persian Gulf because of contamination. It could take years before a drop of oil could be exported. Thus the world could be taken hostage because the global economy could collapse if such an incident takes place. Their strategy is to attack Israel through proxies, further infiltrate European and American society, commit terrorist acts, and hostage taking, and expand power in the Middle East confronting Saudi Arabia by creating instability in Bahrain, and helping the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Khamenei has recently said that there were events transpiring right now that will affect the political and social environment of the world for good and Islam is the leader of the pact. That is just the bare minimum. I believe that because of their belief in the end of times and that the time is close at hand for Imam Mahdi to re-appear, they will get the bomb. They will use the bomb. They will destroy Israel. They will collapse the global economy. There will be major wars and we’ll see one of the greatest depressions humanity has ever seen. They believe at that time the Shiite 12th Imam will reappear and conquer the world.

Gordon: What is the decision making process within the Islamic Republic for launch of weapons of mass destruction against Israel and the United States?

Kahlili: You have to look deeply into the mind and ideology of Hassan Rahimpour Azghodi and other of Ayatollah Khomeini’s closest advisors. The Supreme Leader and figures such as Mesbah Yazdi and Janniti believe they are mandated to create an environment for the coming of Imam Mahdi. They believe one or two nuclear weapons launched against Israel would destroy Israel. There would be retaliation and millions of Iranians would die, innocent Iranians who oppose this regime and then there would be chaos throughout the world. There would be missile launches against Saudi Arabia and European capitals. They think at that time Imam Mahdi would return. This appears to Westerners who have lived with logic and the consequences of the bad behavior, not to make sense. We all automatically refute this and believe that nobody is that crazy. However, they are. One reason for it is why not give up the program? Why not collaborate with the West? Why not have the sanctions removed and have better ties with the West? You know if you just want to gain power. If you want to hold power, why not provide for the people and you will have power, unlimited power and nobody is threatening to attack anymore. Why hold on to this nuclear program at all costs? They have shown that they are not logical people by Western standards. They are not rational people as some U.S. officials have suggested. If you look at it even from a Western point of view, Iran having the nuclear bomb would automatically create chaos. There would be proliferation, there would be confrontation, and they would become untouchable. The Persian Gulf is going to become a destabilized region. Oil prices are going to go up automatically with every word said. Israel doesn’t know if there is going to be a launch one day or the next. That cannot be allowed. The statement that if Iran has the nuclear bomb then Saudi Arabia and others would want it is simplistic. Look at Pakistan having nuclear bombs. We have to spend billions of dollars to bribe them in order to protect those nuclear bombs. We are worried about that and yet we have the Pakistani government as an ally. Now the Islamic regime is an enemy not only to the Iranian people but to Israel, the US and the West. The Iranians having the nuclear bomb would unhinge the region and the world.

Gordon: You have cited information on existing neutron electromagnetic weapons in the possession of the Islamic Republic that might be used in a possible electronic magnetic pulse or EMP attack on the U.S. and Israel. What is the nature of that threat and does Iran have the capability of launching such an attack?

Kahlili: I received this information from an intelligence officer within the Guards who recently defected to a country in Europe. I passed that intelligence on to U.S. authorities and published it publicly. They have several neutron bombs. Now we know for a fact that North Korea has these super EMP bombs which are neutron bombs. The source told me that in a meeting of the security officials of the Guards a plan was discussed where they would detonate these neutron bombs in the atmosphere. We know that they have successfully launched ballistic missiles off of a ship in the Caspian Sea, detonating the warhead in the atmosphere. The IAEA has confirmed such activity which is in line with an EMP threat, Electromagnetic Pulse attack. I also revealed that many of the Iranian vessels have been armed with long range ballistic missiles. This could be a commercial vessel under a third party flag with containers carrying a ballistic missile. A ballistic missile could be launched in less than 60 seconds. They are expanding this mission to the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico using a scenario involving a commercial vessel enroute to Venezuela, Cuba, or Nicaragua. They could launch a successful Electromagnetic Pulse Attack on the U.S. Studies have been done for Congress showing that the devastation from a successful Electromagnetic Pulse attack on U.S. would be immediate. The U.S. could be sent back to the 18th century because our power grid is not protected. Telecommunication, water supplies and food distribution would be disrupted. Within weeks the study pointed out that Americans would be scavenging for food and water. One year after such an attack, two thirds of U.S. population could cease to exist. The Iranians have practiced a possible EMP ship borne attack. Arming their ballistic missiles with neutron bombs they could launch an Electromagnetic Pulse Attack on any country.

Gordon: Recently you cited sources in IRGC Publications indicating that Iran has transferred WMD to terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas. Could you tell us what that WMD consists of and is that an escalation of threat to Israel?

Kahlili: It is definitely an escalation. Iran has warned about the situation in Syria and made it clear that they cannot afford Assad to be overthrown. They will not allow it and a possible joint war effort looms coordinated by the Islamic Regime in Iran, Syria and Hezbollah. They would attack as a united front against the opposition. What is alarming is they are saying clearly that chemical, biological and nuclear bombs, weapons of mass destruction, could be used against Israel and those involved with the unraveling in Syria. They are blaming it on Israel and so they have said that armed groups have been equipped with such weapons. Once the order is given such weapons could be used against Tel Aviv. They have also talked about nuclear bombs acquired from the former Soviet Republics. This is verification on the information I put out last year about Iran having purchased nuclear bombs after the fall of the Soviet Union from the former Republics, this is a serious threat. We know that the Islamic Regime has a vast stockpile of chemical weapons. They mastered that during the Iran – Iraq war because Saddam was using these weapons against the Iranian Forces. We know Syria has a huge stockpile of chemical weapons and now we have the verification that those chemical and biological weapons have been transferred to Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, said recently that they have weapons and that tens of thousands of Israelis would die. Now we are dealing with weapons of mass destruction with terrorist groups and the seriousness of the threat of the Islamic Regime building nuclear bombs. They will not hesitate to develop and use dirty bombs. Somehow they will transfer them to Hezbollah to equip smaller missiles or suitcase bombs. That is why the proliferation and consequences would create chaos and uncertainty destabilizing the world. We are living in very sensitive times and I think we need to take these threats seriously. We are dealing with chemical and biological weapons and have further concerns because we know they have cells in the U.S. I have passed some of this information to U.S. authorities.

Gordon: There have been extensive reports of the Qod Force and Hezbollah cells in the Western hemisphere. Should this be of concern to both Latin America and North America?

Kahlili: Yes. Many countries in Latin America are being infiltrated by agents of the Islamic regime with money and oil. Venezuela is a major hub for them. They have agents in Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Bolivia. They are arming and training cadres. The regime is using front companies based in these Latin American countries with the goal of helping to build homes, roads and infrastructure. These front companies have approached not only the Islamic community in these Latin American countries but also impoverished indigenous populations. Many Latin American countries are in a dire financial situation. The front companies recruit local assets, send them back to Iran for training, bring them back and give them a mission. In my book, A Time to Betray, I reported on the lawless triangle where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet. There is virtually no police presence there thus the zone enables Iran to infiltrate, transfer arms and provide cash to recruit terrorists. They are currently sending cells to Paraguay, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Bolivia. This is a threat to the Western hemisphere.

Gordon: Sanctions and diplomacy have not forced the Islamic Republic to halt their Nuclear Development Program. Israel appears poised to launch a possible unilateral attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. What is your view on that possibility, the involvement of Iran’s proxies Hezbollah and Hamas and the likely affects on the people of Iran and what alternative actions might achieve the same end?

Kahlili: When President Obama took office I wrote an open letter to him reminding the new President that negotiations and even sanctions will not work; we learned that the hard way. When President Obama took office Iran had barely enough enriched uranium for one nuclear bomb. Today they have enough for over six. They have enriched to the 20 percent level which is 80 percent of the way to weaponization where before they were limited to the 3-1/2 percent level. They have even indicated that they are going to enrich to higher levels reaching closer to weaponization. By appeasing the Islamic Regime we turned our back on the Iranian people’s aspirations. We had a golden opportunity in 2009 to help the Iranian people to overthrow this regime. This regime could have collapsed within weeks. Internal intelligence reports later showed that had the demonstrations continued for several more weeks the regime could have collapsed. We now find ourselves in a confrontation that could create a major war in the Middle East. They are threatening Israel, they are arming Hezbollah, Islamic jihad, and they are expanding into Latin America with immunity. We have a very dangerous situation on our hands. We can help unify Iranian people, provide satellite internet proxy software for them to communicate with the outside world without the fear of suppression. We can provide satellite phones. We can help form a national council in U.S., to represent the Iranian people and provide a voice for the opposition to unite. All of this talk about the Islamic regime being a strong and united power and what they are going to do is really a bluff. The government has so many cracks within it. We have to take advantage of that. This government could collapse and we could save humanity, prosperity and world peace by helping the Iranian people to overthrow this regime. War alone will not do it. At most we may hit some sites that we know of. If Israel does it alone there will be huge repercussions. There would be hundreds of missiles launched against Israel from all sides. The Persian Gulf would become unstable. Oil prices would immediately go up and Afghanistan would be destabilized. In Iraq there would be a lot of things going on. In Egypt, the Israeli attack on Iran would help Muslim Brotherhood to strengthen their power and confront Israel. Overall there will be a huge unraveling in the Middle East which could affect world peace and the global economy. We should immediately take action to help the Iranian people to voice their resentment against the regime. Demonstrate to the Iranian people that we do not want to negotiate with Islamic regime. For starters, let’s not allow Iranian President Ahmadinejad to come to New York for the U.N. General Assembly meetings in September. Why would we allow that for a national leader who openly calls for the annihilation of another state, Israel? President Obama needs to come out openly, criticize the leaders of the Islamic regime and say this is not tolerable. Let us send some strong signals to the Iranian people, to the Iranian Army, the body of which is supportive of Iran, of Persia. They have been looking for an opportunity to take revenge on this brutal regime that killed hundreds of officers after the revolution. These are actions that we can take to bring about change within Iran.

Gordon: The U.S. government from Carter to Bush and now Obama has been complicit in not recognizing the theocratic oppression of Iran’s people. You and other Iranian expats told us that Iranians not only hate the regime but Islamic doctrine. What in your view should our government do to foster civil opposition and regime change in Iran?

Kahlili: It is very true that the majority of the Iranians hate this regime and the ideology it promotes. Every day the Iranians are exchanging text messages and videos and other forms of media mocking the regime, their leaders, their ideology and what they say. Many are converting to Christianity. The intelligence unit of the Guards is suppressing the converts; intimidating, torturing and now Khamenei ordered tens of thousands of Bibles to be burned because it was deemed not a holy book. What we need to do is provide technology to the Iranian people, foster leadership and they will unite. Right now the Iranian people feel that they are leaderless. They have no direction. You see pockets of demonstrations here and there; however, the vast majority of the people despise this regime. Many despise the religion but have no leadership. After the 2009 fraudulent elections they found the opportunity to come together in opposition to Islamic regime. The West turned its back on them. We need to put together an initiative. One example is beaming a High Definition radio program into Iran that every street, house, cab driver, bus driver will pick up. We can help with providing internet servers, satellites links that the Iranians could immediately access without being tracked. We could provide satellite phones; help with a temporary council to represent them here in the U.S to put everything in place. I have sent this proposal to some in the Congress. Even private entities who are interested in the global economy and world peace could help bring change in Iran. We have people who can put together a plan with intelligence on the Islamic government’s operations, their weaknesses, their entities, and an exact plan where we will know what to do. It seems that nobody is listening especially with the elections coming up. Nobody is focused on this one issue that could unravel the world.

Gordon: Reza, I want to thank you for this important interview. You have presented a challenge to America and the West to wake up and understand what warriors like you and others have told us time and time again about dangerous doctrine of the Islamic regime in Tehran. That we must invest in regime change, support the uprising and freedom of Iranian people. There is an expression in Hebrew, Kol Hakavod, which means outstanding that describes your courage in exposing this frightening tyranny of the Islamic regime. I would hope that if America and its ally Israel adopted and implemented your plan that you might become the leading voice of liberation for your fellow Iranians.

Kahlili: Thank you so much for having me. God bless America and God bless you.

What Lies Behind Iran’s Nuclear Threat – An interview with Ex-CIA Agent Reza Kahlili

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

New English Review (September Issue)

What Lies Behind Iran’s Nuclear Threat

An interview with Ex-CIA Agent Reza Kahlili

By Jerry Gordon

An in depth discussion on Iran, The Shah era, the donkey riding mullahs, the revolution, the ideology behind the Islamic regime,  the relation between the supreme leader and the revolutionary guards, Quds forces activities, Covert ups against Israel and the West, The regime’s pursuit of the nuclear program and countries assisting Iran, the decision making for the bomb, possibility of an EMP attack on Israel & US, arming proxies with weapons of mass destruction, Qud Force and Hezbollah cells in the Western hemisphere, the failure of negotiations and sanctions, Possibility of Israel’s preemptive attack, and the steps needed to help Iranians for regime change.

Print version to be published on August 31st, 2012

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The Pentagon statement of support for Kahlili

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012


The Pentagon provided TheDC with a statement of support for Kahlili, Wednesday.

“We can confirm that Mr. Reza Kahlili, who has specialized counterintelligence expertise, occasionally lectures at the Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy (JCITA),” Pentagon spokesman James Gregory wrote in an email to TheDC. “He’s one of many guest lecturers called upon by JCITA for specific subject matter knowledge. His experiences provide valuable insight to trainees, and he keeps his personal religious beliefs out of the classroom. He does not lecture on or about Islam or any religious treatise, and his personal beliefs are his own.”

Please see:

The Daily Beast
CAIR Loses a Fight
By: David Frum / 

CAIR Strikes Out
By: Michael Ledeen / July 25, 2012

The Letter by Kenneth R. Timmerman in support of Reza Kahlili

Unindicted Islamist Co-Conspirator CAIR Asks the Pentagon to Drop Reza Kahlili
By: Bryan Preston / July 25, 2012

By: Reza Kahlili / July 24, 2012

Hamas-Linked CAIR Targets Iranian Dissident/Christian Convert Reza Kahlili
By: Erick Stakelbeck / July 24, 2012

July 24, 2012

The Daily Caller
CAIR pushes DoD to drop ex-CIA operative lecturer, claims anti-Islam
By: Caroline May / July 24, 2012

Islamic Rights Group Wages Battle Against Elkridge Lecturer
By: Elizabeth Janney / July 24, 2012

Counterintelligence on Iran
By: Reza Kahlili / August 29, 2011

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