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U.S. Names Iranians in Alleged Assassination Plot

Posted on Oct 11, 2011
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Marked: Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir was the target of the alleged bomb plot.

As if relations between Tehran and Washington weren’t troubled enough, Tuesday brought news of a purported plan by Iranian government operatives to kill one Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi ambassador to the United States. The alleged bomb plot was shut down by American authorities after two agents apparently recruited the wrong third party to help their cause, unknowingly zeroing in on a DEA informant in Mexico for a consultation about explosives.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton helpfully noted that this latest development didn’t improve Iran’s diplomatic standing with the Obama administration, and Attorney General Eric Holder chimed in with his equally obvious point that the plot flew in the face of U.S. and international law. And now, more key details from The Associated Press’ report.  —KA

AP via Google News:

Alizreza Miryusefi, the press attache at Iran’s mission to the United Nations, said Tuesday that the accusation was “totally baseless” and that a full statement would be issued shortly.

Manssor Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old U.S. citizen who also holds an Iranian passport, was charged along with Gholam Shakuri, who authorities said was a Quds Force member and is still at large in Iran. The complaint filed in federal court says Arbabsiar confessed that his cousin, Abdul Reza Shahlai, was a high-ranking member of the Quds Force who told him to hire someone in the narcotics business to target Al-Jubeir and that Shakuri was his cousin’s deputy who helped provide funding for the plot.

Arbabsiar, Shakuri and Shahlai and two others were sanctioned Tuesday by the Treasury Department for their involvement in the alleged plot.

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By diman, October 13, 2011 at 6:42 am Link to this comment

BULLSHIT is written all over this story, but docile masses will unfortunately buy it.

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By SteveL, October 12, 2011 at 9:59 pm Link to this comment

Amazing!  Twelve years ago you would have never seen so many calling B.S. on this kind of story.

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By radson, October 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm Link to this comment

Mr. Holder : Weapons of Mass Destruction——WHAT , are you trying to tell the people that the Iranians payed a Mexican drug dealer a hundred grand ,in order to buy an Atomic Bomb
to blow away an Arabian Diplomat ,that works for Rockefeller .You got to be kidding right ? Things are not going so well between the Likudniks and the PA also things are not going
so well in Syria ,because of the Russian and Chinese veto and things are starting to stir at home with the OWS movement .But to blame the Iranians for all the ILLS is ludicrous isn’t
it . 

Do you plan on working for FOX NEWS when you leave the White House ?

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By PatrickHenry, October 12, 2011 at 5:30 pm Link to this comment

Must be a slow day in the booga booga department for them to come up with this tripe.

I guess with so much government overhead ‘protecting us’ they have to come up with something to justify their existence.

I rely on my 45.

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By Mark S, October 12, 2011 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment

Right here in the U S of A, we have mass murdering terrorists, using weapons of mass destruction against our own people. Like the people of Crossett, Arkansas, being poisoned by Koch Industries and Georgia Pacific. Don’t believe me, go to the Koch Brothers Exposed site, or go to Crossett and see for yourself. The US Gubment wants you to be angry about some alleged suspect, plotting to take out some alleged Prince of Oil. And they want you to pay no attention to the US Oil Barons, killing Our People, right here in My Country, while That Gubment acts as co-conspirator to Terroristic Mass-murders of our own Brothers and Sisters! Shut-up Hillary Clinton! Throw the Koch brothers in jail, and then you come to me waving your International Law! I take that back. Don’t just throw the Kochs in jail, throw in jail all the politicians, past and present, who have enabled the Kochs to do all the damage they have done to this Land.

Ever been to jail Hill?

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By bEHOLD_tHE_mATRIX, October 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment
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I guess we’ll now hear that the assassin was to use a “Operation Fasttrack” weapon and a Solendra-powered cellphone.  That’s about as believable as the rest of this contrivance that has occurred barely a week after the hikers were released from Iran.

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By brewerstroupe, October 12, 2011 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment

Hiring an assassin? How backward. Civilised countries just send a drone.

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By GoyToy, October 12, 2011 at 10:50 am Link to this comment

And the cow jumped over the moon. Yeah, sure. But glad AG Eric Holder is on top of things. LOL.

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By Oceanna, October 12, 2011 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

Why was my previous comment not allowed to be submitted? 

It certainly didn’t violate any comment policy or terms and conditions.

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By SarcastiCanuck, October 12, 2011 at 10:03 am Link to this comment
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Lets see,Iranian intelligence contracts out the murder on American soil,to Mexican narcos,of a Saudi ambassador?I’ll finish this comment once I stop laughing…

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By rbrooks, October 12, 2011 at 9:03 am Link to this comment
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Greenwald, as usual, nails it: this is hilarious, or boring, depending on what kind of day you’re having; or it would be if it didn’t sound so wonderfully familiar.

My question is: how do Bush III and his CIA handlers sleep at night?

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By FRTothus, October 12, 2011 at 8:36 am Link to this comment
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Assuming the Saudis or any foreigners had anything to do with 9/11 assumes facts not in evidence.  The evidence points to our own intelligence agencies, a US-designed and run false-flag operation, hiding behind the cover of US military exercises and drills.

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By felicity, October 12, 2011 at 8:14 am Link to this comment

If George II or Reagan (with advice from Britain’s
Thatcher as a sure-fire way to raise one’s poll
numbers) were in power, planting rumbles of possible
war a year before the next election, then following
through on it about 6 months before the election
would be a sure way to get the numbers up.  The
question?  Is the Obama Administration playing the
same card.

George’s war on Iraq:  Ronnie’s war on Grenada: 
Thatcher’s war on the Falklands.  Barack’s war on
Iran - more than likely a massive drone attack.

Anybody come up with a motive for the assassination? 
Since when is Saudi Arabia an overt enemy of Iran. 
If it’s been rumbled in the news, I’ve missed it.

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By rbrooks, October 12, 2011 at 8:05 am Link to this comment
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Key words: “purported.” “Alleged.”

The most terrifying thing about this administration is that they are so confident that they don’t have to care whether the CIA’s fake “attacks” are even marginally believable.

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By Mark S, October 12, 2011 at 7:32 am Link to this comment

Since when does the US Nation’s Corporate Government concern itself with International Law, or any law for that matter?  When it serves the purposes of the Empire, that’s when.

Maybe I’ll just follow this red herring around for awhile.

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By Rehmat, October 12, 2011 at 7:04 am Link to this comment
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The comments by two Israel-Firsters, Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder, proves who is behind this latest Hasbara ‘smoking gun’. We heard from similar source that Ahmadinejad has Jewish roots, Ahmadinejad’s 2009 re-election was a fraud, Iran wants to ‘wipe out Israel from map’, Iran is planning to produce a nuclear bomb to ‘nuke’ Israel which already has 400 nukes…. and the list of Zionist goes on.

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By thecrow, October 12, 2011 at 6:01 am Link to this comment

“Admiral Cosgriff’s caution was well founded: within a week, the Pentagon acknowledged that it could not positively identify the Iranian boats as the source of the ominous radio transmission, and press reports suggested that it had instead come from a prankster long known for sending fake messages in the region. Nonetheless, Cosgriff’s demeanor angered Cheney, according to the former senior intelligence official. But a lesson was learned in the incident: The public had supported the idea of retaliation, and was even asking why the U.S. didn’t do more. The former official said that, a few weeks later, a meeting took place in the Vice-President’s office. ‘The subject was how to create a casus belli between Tehran and Washington,’ he said.”

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By SoTexGuy, October 12, 2011 at 5:09 am Link to this comment

It’s ironic that our officials can thwart the planned killing of one Saudi.. yet they fell flat on preventing a dozen Saudis and their friends from flattening the WTC and killing thousands of Americans.

Is it incompetence? Priorities? Worse?

These questions need real answers.

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By Observer, October 12, 2011 at 1:56 am Link to this comment
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This is nothing but some > Big BS-story to distract
the agitated masses from the current Occupy Wall Street Protest across this country - as anyone with a half-Brain can see that for himself,period.
One should look at this from another source that wrote >
The media was quick to describe the news as “an Iranian terrorist plot,” but the case appears to be another FBI sting operation and perhaps entrapment of a disgruntled citizen.
Asked whether the plot was even known about by the top echelons of the Iranian government, Holder said the Justice Department was not making that accusation.
Arbabsiar allegedly sought out cooperation from the Zetas Mexican drug cartel to kidnap Saudi Arabia’s ambassador, Adel al-Jubeir. He had in fact met with an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agent, after which point the kidnapping turned into an assassination plot.<

It is becoming ever more apparent that there are those sleazy elements,domestic and foreign,> who planing to attack Iran at all cost < stoking the fire relentlessly at every opportunity - watch it.

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By SteveL, October 11, 2011 at 10:05 pm Link to this comment

My bullshit-o-meter is starting to rise.

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By squeaky, October 11, 2011 at 8:32 pm Link to this comment
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How convenient!

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By prisnersdilema, October 11, 2011 at 8:21 pm Link to this comment

The corporations want war with Iran….they will pull the strings on their puppet politicians
to say or do what ever it takes to convince us all to spill more blood and spend more
lives…to destroy Iran just like we have done to Iraq…

Why just the other day Huntsman said out loud that if president he would preemptively
attack Iran. Because he could’t live with a nuclear armed Iran.

Undoubtedly there’s a blueprint some where that there working off.  Next up a daily
parade of Iranian atrocities committed against Iranians by Iran, to whip Americans up.
So no one will object when we kill off half the population to save them from their evil

The real question is can Americqns save themselves from mental and physical
enslavement from the corporations, I mean their own government.

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By examinator, October 11, 2011 at 6:02 pm Link to this comment

As I’ve said on anti war.
In the absence of a ‘credible’ trial I’ll with hold my judgement.
this does not mean I condone or accept the US current belligerent and hypercritical foreign policies.
I tend to believe the wisdom “as ye sow so ye reap”.
I’m not convinced that Iran is either the Satan or totally innocent merely acting in it’s own perceived interests. From their perspective the US has been a petulant bully since the “Iranian Spring” when revolutionaries overthrew the US backed brutally, dictatorial Shar and replaced him with a government of their choice. Additionally and not surprisingly they also refused to toe the US line.
Has that government gone the way of all governments once isolated ....dictatorial yes.

Frightened people like politicians abhor a power vacuum i.e. lack of predictability and order(PO).This is a Universal tendency from the rabidly myopic US Christian extremists,  the Chinese peasantry, the Jewish Zionists (regardless where they live) to the Iranian (Muslim) extremists.
The whole point of society is to facilitate group protection by providing Predictability and order for mutual protection.
Naturally the Iranians are going to react hostilely to The US and it’s client states like Israel in their situation you probably would too.

On this basis I’m not convinced either way least of all who is right or wrong.
What I am convinced of is that the US citizens need to take back their country from the selfish, opportunistic who’s real interest isn’t that of the people writ large before it’s too late.

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By Oceanna, October 11, 2011 at 5:31 pm Link to this comment

So we’re to believe that the Iranian operatives’ plot was foiled by serendipity or
perhaps an act of God on our side by the operatives accidentally trying to
recruit a DEA agent in Mexico?  Perhaps I missed something in my reading and
the explanation really doesn’t resemble a bad scenario from adolescents playing
a war video game. 

In the meantime, the Republicans cry it’s an act of war on Iran’s part based on
evidence that somehow and somewhere indicts this apparently elite branch of
the Iranian military.  However, the administration in seeming contrast
responds in a restrained assuring way (considering its military expansion in
the last three years), assessing that it wasn’t an act of war and that instead more sanctions are needed.

Now how efficient, quickly wrapped up,  and no-drama
was that!  And damn those war-mongering Republicans who just can’t wait to
bomb Tehran and the nuclear power facility.

I feel so much safer now.

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By gerard, October 11, 2011 at 4:48 pm Link to this comment

—“The US has so far TURNED DOWN the renewed opportunity to ease tensions and reduce the potential for nuclear proliferation, INSTEAD USING THIS FBI STING TO PUSH FOR EVEN HARSHER MEASURES AGAINST IRAN.” (quoted from the report)
  Stirring up a stink to get another war started?
Nothing better to do?

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By FRTothus, October 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment

Ironic that US officials should cite International
Law.  Where were they when the US violated the
Supreme International Crime of aggressive war, where
are they as it continues to do so?  Where were they
when the US was torturing and kidnapping,
eavesdropping and committing murder by drone? Where
are they as it continues in its lawless practices and
policies?  Why don’t we ask the people of Iraq,
Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, or Pakistan what they
think of the hypocrisy of US adherence to law.  US
officials are self-righteous, habitual liars and
serial criminals.  The US is a lawless State,
respects no law or treaty, even its own Constitution. 
This “plot” was most likely hatched in Langley,
Virgina… a false-flag that was undone by US
intelligence agencies’ incompetence.  The real
terrorists are in the White House, the Pentagon, the
CIA, the NSA, FBI, CFR, the FED, and Wall Street.

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By Robespierre115, October 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment

This comes across like a new scheme plucked out of thin air to justify further aggression against Iran. Isn’t it convenient that the “plotters” are also being linked to the Zetas cartel in Mexico?

Good analysis of this situation by

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