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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The U.S. has charged two alleged agents of Iran, accusing them of conducting covert surveillance of Israeli and Jewish facilities in the United States and collecting intelligence on Americans linked to a political organization that wants to see the current Iranian government overthrown. Earlier this week, Ahmadreza Doostdar, 38, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen born in Long Beach, California, and Majid Ghorbani, 59, who has lived and worked in Costa Mesa, California, since he arrived in the United States in the mid-1990s, were charged with acting as illegal agents for Tehran. Ghorbani, who denies the charges, became a legal permanent resident of the United States in 2015. Lawmakers and experts have been warning for some time that Iran has stationed what some described as "sleeper cell" agents across the United States. These agents are believed to operate with impunity and could lay the groundwork for a large-scale terror attack on American soil.

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Shocker. We give the Mullahs billions of dollars and they use some of it to insert sleeper cells into the US to plot attacks.

Who would have thought that the largest State sponsor of terrorism would do something like this?

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-08-29 02:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

"We give the Mullahs billions of dollars"

Thanks, Invisible Hand!

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-29 02:27 PM | Reply

"According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, Doostdar allegedly conducted surveillance in July 2017 on Rohr Chabad House, a Jewish student center at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park. The surveillance included security features around the center."

^
That's not a crime.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-29 02:28 PM | Reply

is this a good time to point out that the Iranians, (40%) hate your freedumbz less than Russians, (90%)

#4 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-08-29 02:49 PM | Reply

"the largest State sponsor of terrorism "

YEAH!

Like way back in 1984

19 of the 9-11 hijackers were Saudi. none of them Iranian and 9-11 was in this century, fool

#5 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-08-29 02:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

That's not a crime.

But wait, there's more...

Following the arrest of two Iranian individuals charged with spying on Jewish and Israeli facilities in the Chicago and California area, Rep. Peter Roskam (R., Ill.) told the Tribune that it is likely Iran has stationed multiple regime-tied agents in the United States to conduct intelligence operations.

While the arrest of the two Iranians was met with shock in the press, Roskam said he was not surprised by the arrests, which have unearthed concrete evidence of the Islamic Republic's efforts to foment discord across the globe, including on American soil.

"This is the tip of the iceberg," Roskam said in an interview. "This is not a surprise and this is a result of the Iran regime getting financial support from the Obama administration in the Iran deal."

Iran has been emboldened by the lack of international repercussions on its malevolent behavior and may have increased its intelligence operations in America in the years since the landmark nuclear deal, he said.

Iran is "acting with impunity, that deal emboldened them," Roskam said. "This is an unmasking of that. Unfortunately it's all too predictable. Give a malevolent regime huge amounts of cash with no restraining influence and this is what happens."

The Justice Department announced last week it had arrested two Iranians and charged them with spying on behalf of the hardline regime, a discovery that has refocused attention on the Islamic Republic's global spy operations.

Lawmakers and experts have been warning for some time that Iran has stationed what some described as "sleeper cell" agents across the United States. These agents are believed to operate with impunity and could lay the groundwork for a large-scale terror attack on American soil.

One U.S. official, agreeing with Roskam's assessment, told the Tribune that Iran has been running "vast espionage and information operations in the United States" with virtual impunity. The arrest of the two recently charged Iranians denotes a significant shift in policy that could result in the capture of more agents.

"If there's anything that's become obvious in the last few months, it's that the Iranians are running vast espionage and information operations in the United States," said the source, who could only discuss the situation on background. "The Trump administration has been warning since day one that some of the windfall Iran got from the nuclear deal has been going into malign cyber and spying operations."

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-08-29 04:48 PM | Reply

"which have unearthed concrete evidence of the Islamic Republic's efforts to foment discord across the globe, including on American soil."

Yeah.

You and many others just like you do the same thing on these forums, RightOCenter, for the Russians.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-29 04:51 PM | Reply

Waaaaah, I got nothing to saaaaaay!!!

-SnoofIndy

#8 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-08-29 04:58 PM | Reply

John McCain loved funneling money to the MEK. Is this a problem now?

#9 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2018-08-29 06:55 PM | Reply

Every other country in the world has to worry about a large scale attack by the USA. We learned on 9-11 that the USA may not be immune from attack, which was shocking to most Americans. But a large scale attack is an absurd scenario. Especially by a small distant country like Iran.

On the other hand, Iran lives under constant threats from the United States for the last 70 years including engineered coups which killed their best people and left the poor Iranians under the rule of really awful Mullahs.

#10 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-08-29 06:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"the Islamic Republic's efforts to foment discord across the globe, including on American soil."

They wouldn't be as successful if they didn't have people like RoC supporting and helping spread their unAmerican propaganda.

#11 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-08-29 07:01 PM | Reply

Reagan gave arms to the Ayatollah.

Reagan is revered by right-wingers.

But by all means, keep clutching your faux pearls, RightOCenter.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-29 07:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"the Islamic Republic's efforts to foment discord across the globe, including on American soil."

We do the same to Iran.

So what's the big deal?

Especially to Trump supporters like RightOCenter who shrug off Russian efforts to foment discord in America, what's the big deal?

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-29 07:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Who would have thought that the largest State sponsor of terrorism would do something like this?

What did America do this time? Or are you talking about the Saudis? The Russians?

#14 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-08-29 07:10 PM | Reply

Looks like SnoofIndy and IndSnoofy are reading from the same playbook...

#15 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-08-29 07:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

A few years ago there was an article of an American born Iranian who was arrested in Iran because their government assumed America had sent him there to "Spy".

What a ------ life Iranians have. We murdered their president. Installed a dictator. And when they retaliated. We attacked them and blamed everything on them.

Now we're living under a puppet, wannabe dictator, and we're furious about it!

#16 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-08-29 07:14 PM | Reply

Spies, OMG, the CIA is a benevolent fraternal organization that raises money for blind kids.

The only way I would have watched Trumps military parade is it Jonathen Pollard was hanging from a prominent light poll. Speaking of folks who get people killed.

#17 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-08-29 07:16 PM | Reply

"Looks like SnoofIndy and IndSnoofy are reading from the same playbook..."

Looks like you can't explain why Iraninan influence is anything to be concerned about.

Which is no surprise, since you likewise can't explain why Russian influence is a concern.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-29 07:18 PM | Reply

#6 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

You do know you are quoting a Republican Representative, not a CIA, FBI or NSA agent, right? It's not even an expert. It's a US House Rep.

Come on, man. You are better than this.

#19 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-08-29 07:21 PM | Reply

He's not better than this.

No Trump supporters are better than this.

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-29 07:22 PM | Reply

Looks like you can't explain why Iraninan influence is anything to be concerned about.

Naw, he just likes making up stupid names for people. And news outlets.

#21 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-08-29 07:22 PM | Reply

Gets him those Nulli flags every time.

#22 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-08-29 07:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Gets him those Nulli flags every time.

Considering Nulli has been flagging Sniper's posts as Newsworthy.

It seems more of an insult than a complement.

#23 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-08-29 07:28 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

he just likes making up stupid names for people. And news outlets.

#21 | POSTED BY REDIAL

The deplorable doesn't fall far from the dotard.

#24 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-08-29 07:28 PM | Reply

You do know you are quoting a ... US House Rep.

RoC doesn't expect anyone to read the article and was hoping Boaz would join in with the horribly racist ---- he normally spews against Middle Easterners.

RoC loves being a troll.

#25 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-08-29 07:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Considering Nulli has been flagging Sniper's posts as Newsworthy."

Whwn Andrea, a mattress walked out on Nulli, Nulli did what comes natural to classic liberal Buddhists: He lowered his standards.

Sniper and Nulli can agree on which bathroom Andrea was supposed to use. It's comforting for Nulli to know someone takes his side.

#26 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-29 07:38 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

RoC loves being a troll.

And blowing his own horn. Should be any minute now.

#27 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-08-29 07:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I predict at least three victory laps.

#28 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-29 07:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Good to see my fan club has turned out in force with insightful comments, as usual.

Tools.

#29 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-08-29 07:42 PM | Reply

I rest my case.

#30 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-08-29 07:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Andrea, a mattress.

Damn Snoofy, that was hilarious!!🤣

#31 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-08-29 07:44 PM | Reply

It is utterly hilarious.
I believe it's ClownShack's.

#32 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-29 07:46 PM | Reply

Good to see my fan club has turned out in force

What can be said, other than, we adore you!

#33 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-08-29 07:46 PM | Reply

Well first time I heard it.

Kudos CS

#34 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-08-29 07:48 PM | Reply

--Sniper and Nulli can agree on which bathroom Andrea was supposed to use.

Sounds rather transphobic.

#35 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-08-29 07:52 PM | Reply

I'm curious Nulli, was the issue that you couldn't accept Andrea, a mattress as a man, or as a woman?

#36 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-29 08:01 PM | Reply

I suppose it could have been that you couldn't accept either...

#37 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-29 08:01 PM | Reply

Reagan gave arms to the Ayatollah.
Reagan is revered by right-wingers.
But by all means, keep clutching your faux pearls, RightOCenter.

#12 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

You are wasting your time. I seriously doubt FakeLawyer/Joe Dirt even knows who Reagan was.

#38 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-08-29 08:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Are the Iranians hiring?
Why should the trump crime family be the only ones making money selling secrets.

#39 | Posted by bored at 2018-08-29 08:18 PM | Reply

Q: What's the difference between Reagan and ketchup?

A: Ketchup is still a vegetable.

#40 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-29 08:23 PM | Reply

Iran has it's spies. Putin has Trump.

#41 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-08-29 08:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

19 of the 9-11 hijackers were Saudi. none of them Iranian and 9-11 was in this century, fool

#5 | POSTED BY CHIEFTUTMOSES

What else did they have in common?

Oh, I KNOW!! They were Musl.....Oh, that's racist, right?

#42 | Posted by boaz at 2018-08-29 09:03 PM | Reply

I know. They were men!

Is that sexist, Boaz?

#43 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-29 09:04 PM | Reply

Who would have thought that the largest State sponsor of terrorism would do something like this?

You don't really believe this started because we returned their money, do you?

#44 | Posted by jpw at 2018-08-29 10:26 PM | Reply

What else did they have in common?
Oh, I KNOW!! They were Musl.....Oh, that's racist, right?
#42 | POSTED BY BOAZ

Only if you believe Muslim is a race.

#45 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-08-29 10:40 PM | Reply

I believe it's ClownShack's.

Oh. No. Not me.

I mean. I enjoy being funny. But that wasn't me.

Maybe Corky or someone.

#46 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-08-29 10:43 PM | Reply

I doubt Corky could be that clever and vulgar at the same time.
Maybe it was Chairborne then, I dunno.
Whoever did it, please come forward and accept your award for DR name edit of the century.

#47 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-30 12:10 AM | Reply

Corky has a nickname for Andreà, the Mattress, loofah boy or something similar.

#48 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-08-30 04:07 AM | Reply

Only if you believe Muslim is a race.

#45 | Posted by ClownShack

So is black a race?

#49 | Posted by boaz at 2018-08-30 10:30 AM | Reply

--So is black a race?

When it's convenient for the particular argument. Otherwise, it's a "social construct."

#50 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-08-30 10:38 AM | Reply

"Shocker. We give the Mullahs billions of dollars and they use some of it to insert sleeper cells into the US to plot attacks."

We gave them nothing. We ended sanctions that prevented them from accessing their own money when they agreed to the Obama deal on nuclear weapons which egomaniac Trump cancelled which basically told the rest of the world that the United States does not abide by the treaties we make. I suspect that his cancellation of that agreement will go down in history as one of the worst decisions ever made. Meanwhile this clown is playing Kissy Face with Kim Jung Un. Come on ROC, ever you can see the stupidity of this, don't deny it, you see it but you need to lie about it to defend it. When you said, in your first sentence, that we gave the Mullahs billions of dollars, did you even know that it was untrue or were you just lying? Many of us here would like to know. Are you just stupid or are you just a liar?

#51 | Posted by danni at 2018-08-30 11:13 AM | Reply

"So is black a race?"

To "racists" yes. To the rest of us there is only one race, the human race. But, don't pretend that there aren't racists out there who seen thing differently. Um....White Nationalists....Nazis.....which side are you on BOAZ????

#52 | Posted by danni at 2018-08-30 11:16 AM | Reply

So is black a race?
#49 | POSTED BY BOAZ

Is White? What about Brown?

Nope. None are a race.

Guess there's no such thing as white supremacy or black power or dirty lazy brown guy.

#53 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-08-30 12:08 PM | Reply

Based on the headline, I assume the comments include all of the Liberals asking for these guys to receive the Medal of Honor and be given millions of dollars and Conservatives are asking they be sent to GBay without due process and waterboarded for years.

I bet I'm not far off...

#54 | Posted by humtake at 2018-08-30 12:46 PM | Reply

"So is black a race?
#49 | POSTED BY BOAZ"

It's the same race as monkey.

#55 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-30 01:24 PM | Reply

#6 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER
You do know you are quoting a Republican Representative, not a CIA, FBI or NSA agent, right? It's not even an expert. It's a US House Rep.
Come on, man. You are better than this.
#19 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT
Good to see my fan club has turned out in force with insightful comments, as usual.
Tools.
#29 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

No legit response to quoting a political source citing talking points rather than someone with acknowledge or policy expertise?

#56 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-08-30 02:05 PM | Reply

which side are you on BOAZ????

I'm on America's side.

I try my best not to see things in the view of race. But liberals keep bringing it up.

#57 | Posted by boaz at 2018-08-30 02:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"I try my best not to see things in the view of race. But liberals keep monkeying it up."

Edited for accuracy.

#58 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-30 02:14 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I'm on America's side.
I try my best not to see things in the view of race. But liberals keep bringing it up.

POSTED BY BOAZ AT 2018-08-30 02:11 PM | REPLY

LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You bring it up all of the time. Geezus.

#59 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-08-30 02:17 PM | Reply

I bet most of the Iranians on the Beverly Hills city council should be on this list. They have a problem with how many pink flamingos someone can put on their front yard. It's my damn property. 3 is okay, but 5 is too much?

#MAGA

#60 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2018-08-30 02:25 PM | Reply

1 pink flamingo is too many.

#61 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-08-30 03:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"I bet I'm not far off..."

No more than usual...

(rolls eyes)

#62 | Posted by Angrydad at 2018-08-30 10:46 PM | Reply

No legit response to quoting a political source citing talking points rather than someone with acknowledge or policy expertise?

#56 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT AT 2018-08-30 02:05 PM

I wasn't talking about you, but if you want to find a (D) Congressman quoted by the Tribune go nuts.

#63 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-08-30 10:53 PM | Reply

These Iranians are not here to conduct intelligence operations. They are here to commit acts of terrorism. They were looking at potential targets, as it is unlikely they could glean any useful intelligence from a Jewish school. Inserting agents to conduct terrorism into another country is defined an act of war if you are interested.

#64 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-08-31 09:41 AM | Reply

No legit response to quoting a political source citing talking points rather than someone with acknowledge or policy expertise?
#56 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT AT 2018-08-30 02:05 PM
I wasn't talking about you, but if you want to find a (D) Congressman quoted by the Tribune go nuts.
#63 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

If I did, I wouldn't quote them as a definitive source. Sorry, I prefer my sources to be experts in the material and not solely motivated to get re-elected.

Also, I prefer them not to lie, especially outrageously so like this one did.

#65 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-08-31 12:47 PM | Reply

" Inserting agents to conduct terrorism into another country is defined an act of war if you are interested."

Pretending they are and then using it as an excuse to start a war is also an act of terrorism. We did that twice in Iraq and caused the deaths of 1,000,000 people.

#66 | Posted by danni at 2018-08-31 01:10 PM | Reply

If I did, I wouldn't quote them as a definitive source

Take it up with the Tribune, I just repeated what they said...I know that you don't like the implications of what he said but that is really not my problem.

#67 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-08-31 01:19 PM | Reply

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