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Iran building secret army in Latin America?

Post by Dennis324 on Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:30 am


Iran is building an “extensive intelligence and terrorist network” in Latin America that the Obama administration is negligent in ignoring, claims a U.S. congresswoman.  Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., is chair of the House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee and, incidentally, as a Cuban immigrant, the first Hispanic woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

According to a report from the National Council of Resistance to Iran, a coalition originally founded in Tehran to counter the country’s Islamist regime, Ros-Lehtinen blasted the Obama administration for putting “politics over national security” in refusing to “get serious” about Iran’s growing infiltration of Latin American nations.
Ros-Lehtinen cited the 1994 bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina, a Jewish community center, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which Argentine prosecutors blamed on Iranian and Hezbollah operatives, as an example of Iran’s terrorist ambitions.
“I came into Congress in 1989 and was here 19 years ago when the AMIA attack occurred,” Ros-Lehtinen reportedly said in a statement to the subcommittee. “Fast-forward to today, and the Iranian presence in Latin America is on the rise and poses a greater threat to our national security.
“Two months ago the Special Prosecutor for AMIA, Alberto Nisman, released a 500-page report citing extensive evidence of Iran’s intelligence and terrorist network alive and well in various Latin American nations,” she added. “This report reaffirmed that Iran continues to use its diplomatic and cultural centers as a facade to infiltrate the region.”

In June, however, the State Department issued a congressionally mandated report on Iran’s influence in the Western Hemisphere, claiming the Islamist nation’s activities in Latin America are waning, Rolling Eyes  citing broken agreements between Iran and some Bolivarian countries.
Yet on Monday, Ros-Lehtinen tweeted, “Don’t be fooled by the @StateDept report that failed 2 assess the #Iranian influence in the West Hemisphere.”

Her tweet linked to a Washington Free Beacon report in which several other lawmakers and analysts blasted the State Department dismissal of Iranian influence.

“There was a reasonable expectation that the State Department would draft a thorough and thoughtful report in response to legitimate concerns that Iran and its proxies maintain influence throughout our hemisphere,” Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., said. “Unfortunately, the State Department delivered a dismissive report that lacked the depth and seriousness that this very important national security issue warrants.”
Washington Institute for Near East Policy senior fellow Matthew Levitt, who testified at a House Foreign Affairs joint subcommittee hearing on Thursday, blasted the report as appearing to be “written by an intern.”

“Time and again we have seen the Obama administration fail to hold oppressive regimes accountable for the human rights violations, constitutional violations and a breakdown of rule of law in the region,” Ros-Lehtinen added. “The [socialist-aligned nations] of Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Bolivia, and to a certain extent now sadly Argentina, continue to undermine U.S. efforts in the region, and it is not surprising that those same countries have opened their arms to embrace the Iranian regime.”

She quoted former U.S. Ambassador to the United nations John Bolton as saying this week: “The largest Iranian diplomatic facility in the world is in Caracas, Venezuela, because they are laundering their money through the Venezuelan banks.”

Ros-Lehtinen continued, “In order for the Obama administration to get serious about this issue, it cannot ignore the close ties between Venezuela and Iran. … But it has become abundantly clear that the administration continues to put politics over national security.”
House Foreign Affairs Committee member Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., who wrote the legislation mandating the State Department’s June report, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry last week along with Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Salmon an Ros-Lehtinen requesting more information from the department.

“We write to formally express our deep concerns that the State Department failed to fully analyze and assess Iranian involvement in the Western Hemisphere and produce a strategy to address Iran’s growing presence and activity,” the letter reads.

As WND has reported, a former Iranian official with knowledge of the nation’s terror network targeting the West revealed that more than 40,000 of the regime’s security, intelligence and propaganda forces successfully have been placed over time in Bolivia, Brazil, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Venezuela.

According to the source, many of these forces have flown directly from Tehran to Caracas, Venezuela, whose president, Hugo Chavez, had been an ally of Tehran. Many also have been placed in Bolivia. Their duties are to expand the regime’s ideology, gather intelligence and be ready for operations against the West.

And according to classified cables released by WikiLeaks and reviewed by WND, government officials have been concerned Iranian-backed militants may attempt to infiltrate the U.S. or use Latin America as a staging ground for anti-American attacks.

Concerns were heightened after the U.S. caught Iran shipping explosives to Venezuela, the cables revealed.

“Washington analysts assess that Tehran is reaching out to Latin American countries in order to reduce its diplomatic isolation and increase ties to leftist countries in the region that Tehran perceives may share its anti-U.S. agenda,” read a cable from the State Department.

A separate cable dated March 2009 revealed the U.S. had information Iran was attempting to transfer to Venezuela unmanned aerial vehicles in violation of U.N. resolutions.

So Iran has been placing security and propaganda forces throughout Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil and other nations in Latin America.
Iran has been caught shipping explosives to Venezuela.
And they tried to ship unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to Venezuela.
Furthermore the largest Iranian diplomatic facility in the world is sitting in Caracas.
And they are laundering money through Venezuelan banks.
Still think we have nothing to fear from our neighbors to the south?
I'm reminded of the Cold War where the Soviet Union tried to do the very same thing in Southeast Asia, South America and the Islands of the Caribbean.  They would send in these agents to spread propaganda and anti American rhetoric in the hopes of turning them against the United States.  In some cases it worked and these nations and Islands are right in our backyard so to speak.  They aren't located halfway around the world like the Middle East. 
And no real progress is being made to secure our borders. 
Imo, this is almost as bad as the Cuban Missile crisis.  What happens if Iran does get the bomb and Russia helps them develop a way to deliver that payload with missiles.  And Iran decides to install those missiles in Guatemala or Nicaragua?  What happens if Russia gives Iran the technology the ability to build a suitcase dirty bomb and Iranian agents smuggle it across our Southern border?
This isn't science fiction.  There is a very real danger that this could easily happen. 
We better stop wasting time with the leftist activists over Immigration reform and get control of our  Immigration reform can wait.  The border needs to be secured now.  Also we need to spend our time and resources on developing good relations with our neighbors to the south rather than funneling money and weapons to Egypt and Syria.

 Good Lord where is Andrew Jackson when we need him?  Heck, Id even settle for a JFK.  At least he was concerned about our National Security.



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