Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year. May this Christmas be magical and may you all become overwhelmed by love and joy with this special season. I pray for peace on earth and for the world to witness a new beginning in which evil ceases to exist and where we will joyfully celebrate the freedom of people of Iran from this brutal regime. Wishing you all good health, happiness and prosperity.
Despite President Obama’s outreach to the new president of Iran, Islamic radicals walked over a U.S. flag and spat on Obama’s image on their way to Friday prayers last week.
Mashregh, the media outlet of the Revolutionary Guards, published a photo of the image of Obama alongside the U.S. flag laid on the ground and radicals walking over them. The picture shows one individual spitting on Obama’s image.
In an effort to emphasize the Islamic Republic’s view of the United States as the “Great Satan,” mass rallies will be held across Iran to shout “Death to America” and assail worldwide Zionism on the anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover of Nov.. 4, 1979, Brig. Gen. Seyyed Masoud Jazayeri, deputy chief of the Joint Armed Forces Headquarters, announced on Saturday.
“The crimes of leaders of America and international Zionism in their confrontation with the Iranian nation will never be erased from the public’s memory,” he said.
Jazayeri stated that ever since the Islamic Revolution, America has engaged in aggressive policies of blocking Iran’s wealth, helping Iraq in its war with Iran in the 1980s and espionage. Referring to the embassy takeover, he said, “If the American spies in Tehran under the cover of diplomats who were hatching plots were not arrested, today we would have witnessed 10 times more damage to our country and the surrounding countries.”
While the efforts of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was lauded by regime leadership and Guards commanders, his telephone call with Obama drew criticism.
The supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, referring to the call, stated that some aspects of Rouhani’s efforts in New York were “not proper” and said the Islamic regime has no trust in America. The chief commander of the Revolutionary Guards in an earlier statement criticized Rouhani for taking the call and said he should not have spoken to the U.S. president.
Rouhani in interviews after returning home had stated that the White House had requested the call five times and he decided to take it while en route to the airport.
At the Friday prayers, Mohammad Hossein Safar Harandi, a member of the Expediency Discernment Council of the regime, said the new approach by Rouhani is a tactical approach and referred to the Sureh Al-Fath in the Quran: “God in the Sureh Al-Fath points to a condition which is similar to the current condition … a situation where the hand of the infidels and nonbelievers is restrained from the believers.”
Harandi said that Allah for the “final victory” sees engaging the U.S. as necessary.
According to a Guard member who recently defected to Turkey, Iran’s economy is teetering on the brink and that soon the government will not be able to even pay its employees. He said the regime fears a massive uprising not only by most Iranians who resent the regime and its ideology but also from the poor, which would then assure the downfall of the regime. Thus this new approach by regime leaders to engage the U.S. in seeking sanctions relief without giving up their nuclear program.
The same tactic was used by the regime in 2003. A recently revealed video of Rouhani before the Iranian June presidential elections shows Rouhani boasting about deceiving the West and advancing Iran’s nuclear program during his tenure as the head of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear negotiating team in order to jumpstart the program while promising cooperation.
Referring to the image of radicals walking over the U.S. flag, one prominent Iranian pro-democracy advocate, Shabnam Assadolahi, sent a tweet to Obama: “A must-see photo: @BarackObama are you still open to dialogue and communication with this dangerous regime?”
Despite several United Nations resolutions and sanctions by the U.N., United States and European Union demanding a halt to Iran’s illicit nuclear program, the Islamic regime has significantly expanded the program and currently has over 18,000 centrifuges, with enough enriched uranium for more than six nuclear bombs. At the same time it is set to complete its heavy-water plant, which would give the regime a second path to nuclear weapons by acquiring weapons-grade plutonium.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani openly bragged of shepherding a major expansion of Iran’s uranium enrichment programs a decade ago, when he led Iran’s negotiations with the West that were seeking to limit those programs. He still serves the continuing objectives and policies of Iran’s same supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that call for destroying the “little Satan” Israel and the “great Satan” America. Rouhani’s current approach, which many describe as “moderate,” actually promises more of the same under Khamenei. Thus, Iran’s alleged moderate approach provides cover for achieving a uranium and/or plutonium nuclear capability—possibly within months. Will U.S. and other Western Diplomats again be taken in by Rouhani’s softer diplomatic approach than the bombastic pronouncements of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who also served the wishes of Khamenei? Stay tuned.
Last Sunday’s New York Timeshopeful editorial projected that all eyes at today’s United Nations General Assembly will be on Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, hoping he will provide “concrete evidence” that he is more willing than his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to engage more constructively with the West. Ahmadinejad, you may recall, insisted on proceeding with Iran’s nuclear program, denied the Holocaust and seemed unconcerned as his country slipped into deeper economic distress. Now, the economic pain of effective sanctions may have persuaded the Ayatollah to change horses midstream without actually changing course.
The Times correctly noted that Rouhani has a sophisticated, Western-savvy team including his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who received degrees from American universities and spent most of his adult life in the United States. They have raised expectations for a more constructive role, via a charm offensive in full swing with policy wonks, journalists and business people at invitation-only breakfasts, dinners and meetings during this week. As a prelude, they included signals to the Jewish community (including world-wide Rosh Hashana greetings via Twitter) suggesting peaceful future relations with Israel. In setting the stage for his speech today, he—allegedly a “moderate conservative,” announced yesterday that he will present a new “true face of Iran.”
In warning of things to come, I joined Reza Kahlili in noting that Rouhani had openly boasted that when he led Iran’s negotiations with the West on Iran’s nuclear programs, between October 2003 and August 2005, Iran’s 150 centrifuges grew to over 1,700. (Reza Kahlili is a pseudo name of a counterterrorism expert who served in CIA Directorate of Operations as a spy in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. He currently serves on the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, an advisory board to Congress, and the advisory board of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran.) Click here for Reza’s latest report, including a link to the video of Rouhani’s interview—watch his body language, which illustrates his obvious pride in deceiving the West.
The high points of his comments on his 2003-2005 progress are summarized below. In the video, Rouhani summed up the purpose of his negotiations and his strategy—which should provide some insight for his current charm offensive: “We needed time” to complete the uranium enrichment. Iran invited Britain, France and Germany to engage in the so-called E-3 talks and successfully sought to get them to block U.S. efforts to transfer the Iranian nuclear dossier to the United Nations, which might have provided more scrutiny of Iran’s programs and inhibiting sanctions.
Rouhani called Iran’s widely publicized claim that it stopped its nuclear program in 2003 a statement for the uneducated and admitted that the program not only did not stop, it significantly expanded during and after his tenure as Chief Negotiator. By 2005, there were over 3000 spinning centrifuges, growing to over 10,000 today.
The Past as Prologue?
Fast forward to today—in view of Rouhani’s record of deceit and his recent offer to negotiate on Tehran’s nuclear program—and his reported exchange of letters with President Obama as we have approached today’s “crunch time” at the United Nations. Will they meet? To what end? And to quote a previous Secretary of State in a somewhat different example of deception in high places (Benghazi), “What difference does it make?”
Last August 9th in the New York Times, Amos Yadlin and Avner Golov argued regarding “Iran’s Plan B for the Bomb” that “it would be dangerous to think that Iran’s proposal for negotiations alone would pave the way for a deal”—and that any effective negotiation must deal with three dimensions:
Uranium enrichment from a low level (3.5 percent to 19.75 percent) to weapons-grade level (90 percent);
Iran’s progress toward a quick “breakout capability” through the stockpiling of large quantities of low-enriched uranium that could be further enriched rapidly to provide weapons-grade fuel; and
Iran’s parallel track to a nuclear capability through the production of plutonium.
Yadlin, a former chief of Israeli military intelligence and now director of Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies (where Golov is a researcher), and Golov acknowledge Iran’s thousands of centrifuges and enough low-enriched uranium permits Iran to produce several nuclear bombs if it chooses to further enrich the fuel. At the same time they might not cross what is perceived as Israel’s red line: 240 kilograms (about 530 pounds) of uranium enriched to a level of 19.75 percent. And they quoted Western experts Graham T. Allison Jr. (Director of Harvard’s Belfer Center and a Former Assistant Secretary of Defense), Olli Heinonen (Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center and a former deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency) and a recent Institute for Science and International Security report to note that:
If Iran decided to develop a bomb today, it could do so within three to five months—and at the current pace of installation, Iran could reduce its breakout time to just one month by the end of this year, and by mid-2014 to less than two weeks.
Yadlin and Golov also emphasized the near-term possibility of an Iranian plutonium bomb—via a heavy-water reactor in Arak that could become operational in time to produce weapons-grade plutonium next summer. Note that of the three countries that have publicly crossed the nuclear threshold since the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty entered into force in 1970, two — India and North Korea — did so via the plutonium track.
At his last United Nations session (September 2012), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu focused on uranium enrichment, reinforcing the wide perception of the Iranian nuclear program. This year’s update of his “red line” analysis should include Iran’s potential to attain such a swift breakout capability using uranium—and should add a concern about Iran’s possible ability to build a plutonium bomb without detection. Time is running out.
An inescapable bottom line is that, despite U.N., U.S. and European sanctions, the Islamic regime never halted its nuclear program and have inched ever closer to production of nuclear bombs—they are now dangerously close to their goal. Its decade of negotiations with the West bought time to make gains in both its nuclear and missile programs. As the world community—and especially the United States—considers Rouhani’s charm offensive including a Washington Post OpEd companion to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s lecture to the American people in the New York Times, it should also carefully consider what might be next in the unfolding events of the Middle East—where U.S. recent dithering leadership seems to have given the baton to Russia and undertaken a cheerleader role. Certainly, Israel will.
It seems like eons ago that the President’s alleged outrage over Assad’s alleged use of Chemical Weapons to kill innocent civilians and especially children warranted an “unbelievably small” but remarkably effective attack on Syria—which it is claimed so impressed the leaders of Russia and Syria that Russia’s Vladimir Putin took the baton from a seemingly off-hand comment by Secretary of State Kerry and shifted attention to an alleged historic agreement that allegedly would eliminate in record time the chemical weapon stockpile of his client Syrian President Bashar Havez al-Assad. Is this a comedy or a tragedy?
To be sure, such an achievement would historic indeed if ever realized—and most of the world’s media is eagerly anticipating such good news. Seemingly forgotten is the long standing alliance between Russia, Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and other unsavory elements—an orchestra now being directed by Putin. Surely, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not been fooled—his comments at the U.N. General Assembly should be interesting.
In about a year or so Assad and Putin will announce that they “think” they might have in theory rounded up a lot of the WMD, and will soon make plans to turn it over to “authorities,” subject to further negotiations.
John Kerry will periodically announce that “his” plan has worked and that Assad still cannot kill with WMD any of those he kills by other means, as Obama adds that Putin still “owns” the crisis and that the U.S. keeps all options on the table.
Assad will stay in power, given his own ability to use Russian weapons to stalemate the insurgents, who increasingly become even more unsympathetic and up the profile of Islamist groups in their midst. We may see 200,000 total casualties, to the extent they are reported, by this time next year.
Europe and the U.N. will decide that they really don’t much care what Assad or his enemies do.
Most in the region will still argue over who is the new outside arbiter, a militarily and economically stagnant Russia under a canny and audacious authoritarian, or a once overwhelmingly strong U.S. led by Hamlet.
Iran will follow the Assad model—welcoming Russian support, and, like Assad, swearing off any intention to ever use WMD, as it requests new rounds of negotiations, and its leaders give TV interviews to showcase their new moderate and engaged attitude.
Obama will reference “Bush” and “Iraq” if ever asked about what’s up in Syria.
The American public will have a vague idea that about a year earlier something happened sometime to someone in Syria, but what and when and where and why they are not quite sure.
A periodic op-ed in the New York Times will deplore the ongoing violence in Syria.
Ignore the above if Assad is stupid enough to use WMD yet one more time just to embarrass further the U.S.; the pressure on Obama would be such that he really would have to order an unbelievably small shot across the Syrian bow.
I would also recommend the discussion of why we should be skeptical of Rouhani’s charm offensive by my fellow Independent Working Group member, Ilan Berman.
In any case, if negotiations with Iran should resume, Western leaders should increase their current leverage — sanctions and credible military threats. They should ensure that any future agreement with Iran addresses all the above three dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program, and we should increase our support for programs to defend against the growing possibility that Iran may succeed in getting nuclear-armed ballistic missiles that can attack the U.S. homeland as well as our overseas troops and allies.
Moderate messages from Tehran should not be allowed to camouflage Iran’s continuing progress toward their goals—especially given President Rouhani’s record of deception coupled with his image of moderation.
Implications for America.
A nuclear armed Iran is far more important to our national security interest than other distractions associated with the above unfolding pattern of events. Don’t imagine that Israel is the only nation threatened by Iranian nuclear arms. The United States is as well—particularly when such weapons are mated to ballistic missiles that can be launched from Iran or off our coasts to attack us. And as we have repeatedly pointed out we have significant vulnerabilities—particularly from a high altitude nuclear explosion over the United States that creates an electromagnetic pulse (EMP).
I again repeat for emphasis, if/when Iran gets nuclear weapons and can mate them to ballistic missiles that they already have, they will pose an existential threat to the United States in any of the following ways:
Nuclear-armed ICBM attacks over the North Pole—we need to strengthen our current defenses, especially for the Eastern Seaboard; congress is aware of this problem and pressing for improvements—though recent statements by Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, suggest that funding for these programs may not be available in the appropriations currently being considered.
Nuclear-armed satellite attacks over the South Pole—we are vulnerable to this mode of attack, which Iran (and North Korea) may have practiced; and this clearly possible threat appears to be being ignored.
Nuclear-armed short, medium, or intermediate range missiles launched from vessels off our coasts—we are vulnerable to this mode of attack, but could employ Aegis ships normally near or on our coasts to provide limited defenses if we trained their crews to do so. Aegis Ashore sites, like those to be built in Romania and Poland, also could address this problem. The administration is supposed to address this issue next year in response to a congressional directive.
Nuclear-armed short, medium or intermediate range missiles launched from the south—from the vessels in the Gulf of Mexico or from Latin America—and we are totally vulnerable and will require the deployment of effective defenses to counter such attacks. Aegis Ashore sites could provide this defense. The administration is also supposed to address this issue next year in response to the same congressional directive.
Any of these attack modes can detonate a nuclear weapon above the United States to create an EMP that could cause irreparable damage to the key large transformers of the electric power grid—and under certain well known conditions that could cause a complete failure of the electric power grid for an indefinite period. The ultimate result anticipated by credible experts could be that the consequent chaos would lead to the death of several hundred million Americans within the following year.
Thus, it is very important to harden the electric power grid so that if an attacking missile gets through the defense and detonates its nuclear weapon high above the United States, we will not lose our electric power indefinitely. If we can accomplish this hardening of the electric power grid, then we will have a good chance of reinstating other critical infrastructure upon which our survival depends. Such hardening will also protect us against EMP from the solar storms. For a more complete summary of these issues, see our August 2ndemail.
In addressing these concerns, it should be emphasized that the federal government’s first duty is to provide for the common defense. Providing effective missile defenses and hardening the electric power grid as quickly as possible should be a national priority.
High Frontier Plans.
We at High Frontier will continue to stick to our knitting, by seeking as quickly as we can to inform “the powers that be” of existential threats to the American people—as we have discussed in our emails for many months—and to urge them to “provide for the common defense” as charged by the Constitution they are sworn to uphold. Hopefully, key federal authorities and members of congress will soon begin to deal more effectively with the existential threat posed by natural and manmade electromagnetic pulse.
But frankly, we have come to doubt that Washington will act in an expeditious way. Thus, we are also taking the message to grass roots America. Our local and state authorities need to understand these issues and what they might do if their federal representatives continue to fail “to provide for the common defense.” The end of this month, I will be in the Florida panhandle, seeking to advise the folks there of their absolute vulnerability against ballistic missiles launched from the Gulf of Mexico—and what can be done about it if only their representatives do their jobs.
In particular we will be observing that it would be wise for the Florida state legislature to follow Maine’s initiative and harden the electric power grid in Florida, while holding the Washington authorities accountable for their oath to provide for the common defense. Hopefully, in joining such an effort, other states will be encouraged for follow them.
And what can you do?
Join us at High Frontier in seeking to alert the public and your local and state authorities to the existential threats posed by both man-made and natural EMP events—and what can be done about these threats.
We can use your help in spreading this information to the grass roots and to encourage all “powers that be” to provide for the common defense as they are sworn to do. Will you do your part?
Originally broadcast on NBC, the Emmy-nominated ancestry show “Who Do You Think You Are?” has just kicked off its fourth season on TLC. Each week a celebrity embarks on an eye-opening journey to trace his or her roots. This official companion guide will help you to do the same. It offers everything for charting your family history, from how to find clues from old photographs, to tracking down legal certificates and which online resources are best for what purpose.
A TIME TO BETRAY
2 By Reza Kahlili (Simon & Schuster, $16)
After returning to his beloved Iran from studying in the United States, Kahlili became concerned about the changes under Ayatollah Khomeini‘s dark regime. With the hopes of being able to make a difference, Reza joined the elite Revolutionary Guards of Iran, where he witnessed first-hand the horrors and took drastic action to save his country. “A Time To Betray” is the deeply moving and exhilarating memoir of a man who led a double life spying for the Americans to save the Iranian people.
DARWIN’S GHOSTS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF EVOLUTION
3 By Rebecca Stott (Spiegel & Grau, $17)
Stott explores the history of the natural philosophers whose works contributed to Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection. After being accused of taking credit for an idea that others began developing before him, Darwin tried to trace those who laid the groundwork for his theory, but many already had been forgotten by history. Stott recounts the evolving discoveries of these brilliant minds, from Aristotle, Al-Jahiz and da Vinci to Alfred Wallace and Darwin himself.
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This story is being circulated around the world~~~please keep it going.
Please, think twice before complaining.
We take so many things in life for granted.
We have been so blessed in our country…
Freedom is not free and never has been. It is earned and fought for.
When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard……to listen to his son whine about being bored.
….to keep a straight face when people complain about potholes.
To be tolerant of people who complain about the hassle of getting ready for work.
…to be understanding when a co-worker complains about a bad night’s sleep.
..to be silent when people pray to God for a new car.
..to be compassionate when a businessman expresses a fear of flying.
….to keep from laughing when anxious parents say they’re afraid to send their kids off to summer camp.
….to keep from ridiculing someone who complains about hot weather.
….to control his frustration when a colleague gripes about his coffee being cold.
….to remain calm when his daughter complains about having to walk the dog.
…..to be civil to people who complain about their jobs.
…..to just walk away when someone says they only get two weeks of vacation a year.
….to be forgiving when someone says how hard it is to have a new baby in the house.
The only thing harder than being a Soldier… Is loving one.
I was asked to pass this on and I will gladly do so!! Will you??? No one has been able to explain to me why young men and women serve in the U.S. Military for 20 years, risking their lives protecting freedom, and only get 50% of their pay on retirement. While Politicians hold their political positions, in the safe confines of the capital, protected by these same men and women, and receive full-pay retirement after serving one term. It just does not make any sense.
If each person who receives this will forward it on to 20 people, in three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.
Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”
Will you pass on this request and support such amendment?
“If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice,” and these brave soldiers have given you that choice.
On this 4th of July, let us remind ourselves of the sacrifices made by courageous souls to give us freedom and let us salute all the men and women who throughout history have put their lives on the line for the value of liberty to keep America the shining light of freedom.
Independence Day represents the spirit of those courageous souls, with their deep devotion to God, who made great sacrifices to make America the greatest nation on earth. People from all parts of the world came to America to pursue the dream of freedom, justice, equality and dignity for humankind. America became the land where the impossible became possible and the sky became the limit for the aspirations of its people; where the desire for freedom and innovation changed the world forever.
Let us remember the sacrifices of those before us who plowed through hardship, pain and hopelessness to help America rise up above all and who gave the world a reason to look forward. Let us remember on this day that, as an American, we bear the responsibility to carry on our duty to the very principles that made this country the shining light for freedom and democracy. Let us remember that in greatness, we must be great; that through our devotion to Almighty God, we will never sidestep our principles; that we will leave a better America, for the future generations and for the world, than the one we inherited.
God bless America and God bless those who sacrifice their lives to defend freedom, not only for America, but for all humankind.
On this Memorial Day weekend, let us remember our heroes whose sacrifices have protected our right to live in freedom. Let us salute all those serving our country, for without them the world would be a darker place. Let us pray for their safe return from frontlines around the world, and let us vow that they will never be forgotten and that we will always be there for them and their loved ones. Let us vow that each and every one of us will uphold the principles of this great nation that help defend freedom and democracy around the world.
God bless America and our armed forces, our heroes.
The Islamic regime’s scientists are working on nuclear warheads – and trying to perfect them – at an underground site “Quds” unknown to the West, according to our source within Iran’s Ministry of Defense, corroborated by other sources in the Ministry of Intelligence.
The source provided the coordinates and chilling details of the regime’s operation out of this site;
The regime has succeeded in not only enriching to weapons grade but has converted the highly enriched uranium into metal,
It has succeeded in making a neutron reflector which indicates the final stages for a nuclear weapons design that would be a two-stage, more sophisticated and much more powerful nuclear bomb,
The site has a capacity of 8,000 centrifuges and currently has three operational chambers with 19 cascades of 170 to 174 centrifuges enriching uranium. As of three months ago, the source said, there were 76 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium stock at the site and 48 kilograms of over 40 percent enriched uranium,
It has in its possession 24 kilograms of plutonium, which is sufficient for several atomic bombs and that the scientists are at the last stage of putting together a bomb warhead,
The scientists in their design for a plutonium bomb are using polonium and beryllium, which would serve as the trigger for the bomb,
The regime is working on 17 Shahab 3 missiles in preparation of arming them with nuclear warheads, the source said. The operational and technical aspect of the delivery system is 80 percent completed,
This site has over 380 missile depots and launching pads, facilities that can house large ballistic missiles, most likely Shahab 3 and possibly North Korean Taepodong II (ICBMs),
This facility provides the missiles for Hezbollah and with the help of North Koreans, is mass producing a new generation of napalm bombs to be shipped to the terrorist group while at the same time working on white phosphorus bombs to be used for terrorist acts.
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, an expert on nuclear strategy and weapons who served on several strategic congressional commissions and in the CIA, reviewed the imagery and human intelligence (HUMINT) and called for a congressional hearing.
“The newly discovered underground complex looks like the kind of enormous complexes built by the U.S.S.R. during the Cold War and by Russia today,” Pry said. “One can infer from the (HUMINT) descriptions some design characteristics of parts for making implosion plutonium weapons and two-stage atomic weapons,” Pry said. “The latter is a design far more sophisticated than the Hiroshima bomb that could have a much higher yield and possibly produce an explosion 50 times greater than Hiroshima.”
Fritz Ermarth, who served in the CIA and as chairman of the National Intelligence Council, reviewed the imagery. “Taken as a package, this imagery strongly suggests that Iran is working on what we used to call an ‘objective force.’ That is the objective of a deployed force of nuclear weapons on mobile missiles…”
The paperback edition of “A Time to Betray” hit the market today with a new cover. The book has been optioned for a TV miniseries and more good news will soon be released.
Winner of the 2011 International Book Awards
for Autobiography/Memoir & Best New Non-fiction; Finalist for Nonfiction Narrative
Winner of the National Best Books 2010 Awards
for Nonfiction Narrative; Finalist for Autobiography/Memoir
Chosen as Book of the Month for January 2011
by Magazine of the Marines/Leatherneck
“GENUINELY POWERFUL. . . . A VIVID FIRST-PERSON NARRATIVE.”
—David Ignatius, Washington PostBook World
“A fascinating and crucial window into a world the rest of us cannot access.”
“Astonishing and disturbing. . . . [A] gripping journey.”
—The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA)
“So riveting, so moving. . . . I literally couldn’t put it down.”
—Joel C. Rosenberg, New York Times bestselling author of Implosion
“A fascinating and crucial window into a world the rest of us cannot access.”
—World Net Daily
“A spy thriller for the ages. It has the chilling impact of a skillfully written novel. However, the author is not a fictional character. . . .”
—Magazine of the Marines/Leatherneck
“A very important contribution to the understanding of contemporary Iran and the role of intelligence in the struggle against Islamic fundamentalism.”
—Hayden B. Peake, CIA, The Intelligence Officer’s Bookshelf
“Compelling. . . . Thrilling, exciting, and also very disturbing. A very important new book.”
—Milton J. Rosenberg, host of WGN Radio’s “Extension 720”
“Fantastic. . . . The secrets revealed make the reader feel like a fly on the wall. . . . 5 out of 5 stars.”
—The Right Truth Book Club
“Written in a simple yet sincere and touching manner, this book brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion (not an easy thing to do.) The revelations are interesting and serve as a remainder of the brutal human rights violations committed by the Islamic Regime against the Iranian people.”
—Sayeh Hassan, Canada Free Press
“This is the first inside account by someone so strategically placed. Without embellishing, Khalili manages to convey the horror of Iran’s regime after the downfall of the Shah. Everyone with an interest in the region or in U.S. foreign policy or in real-life espionage will be interested.”
—Marcia L. Sprules, Library Journal
“It’s a compelling read, one that not only talks about the true nature of the Iranian regime but also of the Iranian people, who have now twice tried to free themselves from the yoke of lunatic mullahs trying to destroy the entire world for their dreams of eternal power.”
—Ed Morrissey, Hot Air
“A perfectly crafted memoir. . . . An enthralling portrait of a country impacted by religious and political extremism. What makes A Time to Betray so powerful is two fold: First, the story reads like a John Grisham novel. Second, the narrative is refreshingly objective. Throughout his gripping journey, Kahlili ping-pongs between being a devoted son of Iran and a U.S. supporter.. . . . An astonishing read that will have you rethinking what you know about the Middle East.”
—Nicholas Addison Thomas, The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA)
“One of those rare books that grabs you from the very first page—from the very first sentence, in fact—and will not let you go until it is over.”
“A Time To Betray is certainly a thriller, with Iranian intelligence always only one step behind Kahlili’s next move. But Kahlili also writes about an idyllic
childhood and illustrates the Iran that disappeared after Ayatollah Khomeini’s revolution.”
“Far and away the best book I’ve read this year. . . . I literally couldn’t put it down. It’s a spy story so riveting and a love story so moving that at times I found myself having a hard time breathing, and other times was wiping away tears.”
—Joel C. Rosenberg, New York Times bestselling author of Implosion
“The story Kahlili tells—of the Iranian revolution and how he came to despise it—is genuinely powerful. . . . Indeed, people in the Iranian operations division at the CIA should welcome A Time to Betray as a virtual recruitment poster.”
DEBKAfile in its report on a mysterious twin-car bomb explosion at Syrian regional intelligence headquarters, has also covered my report on an explosion at the Iranian nuclear site,the Fordo facility. Interestingly, DEBKAfile refers to CIA’s involvement and distances Israel from such covert operation but at the same time in the last paragraph of the report, talks about a promotion to Israel’s Military Intelligence Director Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi for outstanding covert operations!
…Meanwhile in Iran itself, the Fordo underground uranium enrichment plant was again reported targeted for sabotage, according to an unconfirmed report published by Reza Kahlil, who is described as a former Iranian Revolutionary Guards officer who worked under cover as a double agent for the CIA until he escaped to the United States.
Kahlil reported that at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 21, the day before Israel’s general elections, a large explosion occurred 100 meters deep inside the underground plant, trapping 240 nuclear staff in the third centrifuge chamber. Among them, he said, were Iranian and Ukrainian technicians.
There was no information about casualties or the extent of damage to the 2,700 centrifuges which have been turning out 20-percent enriched uranium.
Khalil cited his source as Hamidreza Zakeri, a former Iranian Intelligence Ministry agent, who said the regime believes the blast was sabotage and the explosives could have reached the area disguised by the CIA as equipment imported for the site or defective machinery.
None of the information about an explosion at Fordo has been verified either by US officials or regime sources in Tehran.
Thursday, Jan. 24, Israel’s Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz and Military Intelligence Director Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi ceremonially promoted Col. G., commander of the elite Sayeret Matkal, to the rank of major general in recognition of his unit’s “outstanding covert operations.”
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.
Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. May you be blessed with good health, happiness and prosperity. During this joyous season, I pray for peace on earth and that soon we joyfully celebrate the freedom of Iranians from this brutal regime and the end of this evil in Tehran.