Live blog: FBI, DEA thwart terror plot in U.S. involving Iran, officials say
Two men are accused of conspiring to murder Saudi Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir.
October 11th, 2011
05:57 PM ET

Live blog: FBI, DEA thwart terror plot in U.S. involving Iran, officials say

Editor's note: The FBI and the DEA have disrupted a plot involving Iran to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States and commit other attacks, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Two men - one arrested, the other at large - have been charged in connection with the plot, which the Justice Department says was directed by elements of the Iranian government.

The Justice Department says one of the men - Manssor Arbabsiar, a naturalized U.S. citizen holding an Iranian passport - arranged to hire for the assassination someone in Mexico who he thought was an associate of a drug trafficking cartel. The person in Mexico actually was a DEA confidential source who was posing as a cartel associate, the Justice Department says.

Follow below for the latest developments and read the Justice Department complaint (PDF).

[Updated at 8:09 p.m. ET]  In their investigation into an alleged plot to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, federal agents interrogated suspect Manssor Arbabsiar for 12 days, a senior counterterrorism official said Tuesday.

Cooperation from Mexican officials played a key role in the investigation, the official said. U.S. authorities arranged with Mexican officials for Arbabsiar to be denied entry into Mexico, the official said.
From there, he was placed on an airplane to New York, where he was taken into custody and quietly taken to a U.S. government facility, the counterterrorism official said. U.S. authorities interviewed him there every day and compiled dozens of intelligence reports.

[Updated at 8:04 p.m. ET] Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss released a statement Tuesday, congratulating the FBI, DEA and other federal agencies involved in the case.

"While I believe our justice system will deal appropriately with the defendant in custody, our government must also deal with the Iranian regime," Chambliss said. "In addition to allegedly sponsoring this plot, Iran has supported and provided weapons for attacks on our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. This has continued far too long with no repercussions."

[Updated at 7:41 p.m. ET] Iran's UN Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee responded to U.S. accusations that the Iranian government was involved in a murder-for-hire plot Tuesday night, telling CNN's Erin Burnett that the whole thing was "a lie."

“The whole issue is a provocation against Iran," Khazaee said. "We strongly reject this accusation," he said, suggesting that the narrative was a "blatant" ploy by Washington to terrorize the American public.

[Updated at 7:41 p.m. ET] Tom Kean, former chairman of the 9/11 Commission said the alleged plot "surprises me." Speaking to CNN's Erin Burnett, Kean said the plot is "pretty close to an act of war. You don’t go in somebody’s capital to blow somebody up.”

[Updated at 7:07 p.m. ET] New York Rep. Peter King, speaking to CNN’s Erin Burnett, said the alleged Iranian plot should be taken seriously by U.S. officials. “This would have been an act of war [if carried out]. It has raised this relationship, between the United States and Iran, to a very precipitous level,” King said.

“This violates all international norms, it violates all international laws. ... We can’t allow this to go without a strong reaction," King, who chairs the Homeland Security Committee," told CNN.

After saying he would back whatever action the administration might take, King said “we should at least consider a sign of military action.  ... something to indicate how seriously we're taking this." He added that U.S. officials should even consider removing Iranian diplomats from the country. “I think everything should be kept on the table.”

[Updated at 6:52 p.m. ET] A spokesman for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that the alleged plot was "a child's story" and "a fabrication."

The Iranian government was awaiting details about the accusations, spokesman Ali Akbar Javanfekr said. He suggested U.S. authorities were attempting to distract American citizens.

"They want to take the public's mind off the serious domestic problems they're facing these days and scare them with fabricated problems outside the country," he said.

[Updated at 6:40 p.m. ET] Mexican immigration officials blocked Manssor Arbabsiar, now accused of plotting to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, from entering Mexico last month, Mexico's foreign ministry said in a statement released Tuesday.

Mexican immigration authorities blocked his entry because of an arrest warrant issued by the United States, the foreign ministry said. U.S. authorities later arrested him in New York, it said.

[Updated at 5:57 p.m. ET] U.S. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon in recent weeks went to Saudi Arabia to brief Saudi King Abdullah on the terror plot, a senior administration official familiar with the terror plot said, according to CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.

The Saudis were “outraged" not only because of the plot, but because the ambassador is "someone who is close to the king,” the official said.

The Obama administration has specific information tying senior officials in Iran's Quds Force - a special unit of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - the official said. One question, according to the official, is whether the Quds officials were freelancing or got approval from senior officials in the Iranian regime.

The administration intends to “go to other countries and say this is a serious escalation of Iran’s use of political violence,” the official said. “Some may build on their sanctions; some could cut off relations with the IRGC.”

[Updated at 5:37 p.m. ET] Mexico's foreign ministry, explaining why Arbabsiar was denied entry into Mexico on September 28, says Mexican immigration officials blocked him because of an arrest warrant issued by the United States.

U.S. authorities arrested Arbabsiar a day later in New York, where he had flown after being denied entry into Mexico, the U.S. Justice Department has said. The Justice Department says Arbabsiar had intended to go to Mexico to guarantee final payment for an assassination of the Saudi ambassador to the United States. Arbabsiar had arranged to hire someone for the assassination that he thought was a drug cartel associate, but actually was a DEA confidential source, the Justice Department says.

"In strict compliance with domestic and international law, Mexico was able to neutralize a significant risk to Mexico’s national security, while at the same time reinforcing bilateral and reciprocal cooperation with the United States," the Mexican foreign ministry said in a statement released Tuesday. "This operation confirmed that adequate mechanisms and procedures are in place to anticipate and prevent the presence in Mexico of individuals that pose a risk to national security and interests."

[Updated at 5:03 p.m. ET] U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that the United States "will be consulting with our friends and partners around the world about how we can send a very strong message that this kind of action, which violates international norms, must be ended."

She also said the United States would consult with nations about possibly taking measures to "further isolate (Iran) from the international community."

[Updated at 4:52 p.m. ET] A preliminary hearing has been set for October 25 for Manssor Arbashiar, who is alleged in a federal complaint to be involved in a terror plot to kill the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, according to CNN's Jason Carroll.

The U.S. Justice Department alleges that Arbashiar, a naturalized U.S. citizen who holds an Iranian passport, arranged to hire someone in Mexico he thought was a drug cartel associate to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States. That person in Mexico actually was a DEA source posing as a cartel associate, the department says.

Arbashiar, 56, was arrested on September 29 at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, where he flew to after being denied entry into Mexico a day earlier, the Justice Department says. The department says Arbashiar had intended to go to Mexico to guarantee final payment for the assassination.

The Justice Department alleges that the second man who has been charged - Gholam Shakuri, who the department says is an Iran-based member of Iran's Quds Force - and other co-conspirators were aware of and approved of the plan. Shakuri is at large, the department says.

With Shakuri's approval, Arbashiar arranged to wire about $100,000 to a U.S. bank account for the DEA source as a down payment for the assassination, according to the Justice Department. The total price was set at $1.5 million, according to the department.

According to the Justice Department, Arbashiar and the DEA source discussed carrying out the assassination with explosives, possibly by bombing a U.S. restaurant that the Saudi ambassador frequented. When the source told Arbashiar that others - including U.S. senators that visit the restaurant - could be killed, Arbashiar allegedly dismissed those concerns as "no big deal," the department says.

[Updated at 4:42 p.m. ET] The chairman of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Mike Rogers, released a statement condemning the alleged plot.

"This is dangerous new territory for Iran," Rogers said. "It is the latest in a series of aggressive actions - from their nuclear program to state sponsorship of terrorism, from complicity in killing our soldiers in Iraq to now plotting hostile acts on U.S. soil. This episode underscores the need for concerted international unity to confront Iran.”

[Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET] The Saudi embassy in the U.S. has released the following statement relating to the alleged plot:

"The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia would like to express its appreciation to the responsible agencies of the United States government for preventing a criminal act from taking place. The attempted plot is a despicable violation of international norms, standards and conventions and is not in accord with the principles of humanity."

[Updated at 3:52 p.m. ET] Ali Akbar Javanfekr, a spokesman for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, told CNN he had never heard of those accused in connection with the alleged plot.

“I think the U.S. government is busy fabricating a new scenario and history has shown both the U.S. government and the CIA have a lot of experience in fabricating these scenarios and this is just the latest one,” he said. “I think their goal is to reach the American public. They want to take the public’s mind off the serious domestic problems they’re facing these days and scare them with fabricated problems outside the country.”

Javanfekr says if the Iranian government verifies that these individuals are Iranian citizens, the Iranian government will make every effort to help them.

[Updated at 3:44 p.m. ET] A senior defense official said there has been no change to U.S. military posture in reaction to the terror plot allegedly backed by Iran. The official says American Navy ships in the region have not been re-positioned, and at this point there are no plans to do so.

“The act is already done. One of the people involved is still at large, but the other principal is in custody. So what does changing military posture do?" the official said.

The official says while the Pentagon continues to concentrate on keeping an eye on the Quds Force and Iran’s actions in the region, especially Iraq, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf, this incident is “much more of a law-enforcement matter.”

The official was not surprised at the level of cooperation apparently given by the Mexican government to foil the terror plot.

“We’ve got a very good working relationship with the Mexican military in a number of ways, especially counter-narcotics. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are very involved with their Mexican counterparts, and work together in several ways, including training.”

[Updated at 3:42 p.m. ET] Senior U.S. officials tell CNN that the U.S. will impose further sanctions against Iran in the wake of the alleged foiled terror plot.

[Updated at 3:36 p.m. ET] Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Robert Jordan told CNN that he believes the current ambassador would be a target for Iran because he is a man who can "be counted on to be a collaborative and positive force between the United States and Saudi Arabia."

"It is also an attack on the United States to attack this ambassador," Jordan said, because of the ambassador's relationship with the United States.

Jordan, who said he is a close friend of Saudi Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir, said he has impeccable credentials and is a consummate diplomat."

"Its very important to understand that the Saudis and the Iranians believe that they are in a mortal battle for supremacy in the Middle East," he told CNN. "The Saudis view Iran as a threat to their hegemony in the Arab world and Iran has been insinuating itself into many of the struggles in the Middle East that is in the contrary to the Saudi national interest."

It is because of the ambassador's position as well as the struggle in the region that Jordan believes he may have been a target.

"I think he is a target [that] there is credibility to this story," he said. "The Saudis have viewed Iran as a threat."

[Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET] Here's how the alleged plot began according to the Justice Department:

In the spring of 2011 through October 2011, Manssor Arbabsiar and his Iran-based co-conspirators, including Gholam Shakuri of the Quds Force, began plotting the murder of the Saudi Ambassador to the United States.

At one point Arbabsiar "allegedly met on a number of occasions in Mexico with a DEA confidential source who has posed as an associate of a violent international drug trafficking cartel," according to the Justice Department.

In May 2011, Arbabsiar met with the confidential source in Mexico and asked about explosives. There he allegedly expressed a specific interest in attacking an embassy in Saudi Arabia. The informant allegedly said he had knowledge about C-4 explosives. It was in  a meeting in June that Arbabsiar allegedly explained to the information that he and his associated in Iran had "discussed discussed a number of violent missions" that included "the murder of the Ambassador."

[Updated at 3:06 p.m. ET] A senior Obama official said the administration won't tolerate the targeting of a diplomat on U.S. shores, CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin reported.

The official said the administration believes the alleged plot is a dangerous escalation by Iran and a flagrant violation of international law. The official said the U.S. will work with other international partners to isolate the government, specifically the Islamic Revolutionary Guard and the Quds force.

The official said overall, the impact of the plot, means that the U.S. will continue to isolate Iran.

The official added that the administration has been talking and coordinating with Saudis and remains in close touch with the Saudi government. They have also been in touch with the ambassador at the center of the plot.

[Updated at 2:55 p.m. ET] CNN's Peter Bergen said that based on his knowledge of the region the Saudi ambassador to the United States may have been targeted because he is a key foreign policy adviser to Saudi King Abdullah.

[Updated at 2:41 p.m. ET] National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor released the following statement regarding the plot:

“The President was first briefed on this issue in June and directed his Administration to provide all necessary support to this investigation. The disruption of this plot is a significant achievement by our intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and the President is enormously grateful for their exceptional work in this instance and countless others.”

[Updated at 2:35 p.m. ET] Attorney General Eric Holder, when asked how Iran would be held "accountable" in an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, said he expected action from the White House, the State Department and Treasury within the next few hours.

A U.S. official expanded more about how the U.S. might hold Iran accountable.  The official told CNN's Elise Labott that there are likely to be more sanctions and the U.S. will be taking this up with to the United Nations Security Council and other members of the international community.

[Updated at 2:32 p.m. ET] One of the suspects, Manssor Arbabsiar, allegedly discussed bombing a restaurant in the United States that the Ambassador frequented, according to the complaint.

The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York said Tuesday there had been a "discussion of using explosive devices" to carry out the alleged Iranian-linked terror plot against the Saudi ambassador to the United States.

[Updated at 2:27 p.m. ET] "The criminal complaint unsealed today exposes a deadly plot directed by factions of the Iranian government to assassinate a foreign Ambassador on U.S. soil with explosives,” Attorney General Eric Holder said. “Through the diligent and coordinated efforts of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies, we were able to disrupt this plot before anyone was harmed.  We will continue to investigate this matter vigorously and bring those who have violated any laws to justice.”

[Updated at 2:25 p.m. ET] The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York called the alleged Iranian-linked terror plot against the Saudi ambassador to the United States "well-funded and pernicious."

"Details of that murder plot are chilling," Preet Bharara said in a news conference Tuesday.

[Updated at 2:22 p.m. ET] The criminal complaint filed Tuesday in the Southern District of New York names Manssor Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen holding both Iranian and U.S. passports, and Gholam Shakuri, an Iran-based member of Iran’s Quds Force, which is a special operations unit of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that is said to sponsor and promote terrorist activities abroad, according to the Justice Department.

Arbabsiar was arrested on September 29, 2011, at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. He will make his initial appearance on Tuesday before in federal court in Manhattan, the Justice Department said. He allegedly confessed to his participation in the murder plot, according to the Justice Department.

Shakuri remains at large.

The men are charged with the following crimes according to the Justice Department: "conspiracy to murder a foreign official; conspiracy to engage in foreign travel and use of interstate and foreign commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire; conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives); and conspiracy to commit an act of international terrorism transcending national boundaries. Arbabsiar is further charged with an additional count of foreign travel and use of interstate and foreign commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire."

[Updated at 2:19 p.m. ET] FBI Director Robert Mueller said the alleged terror plot involving Iran "reads like the pages of a Hollywood script."

"This case illustrates that we live in a world where borders and boundaries are increasingly irrelevant," Mueller said.

[Updated at 2:14 p.m. ET] An alleged plot - involving Iran - to commit terrorism inside the United States "is a fabrication," Ali Akbar Javanfekr, spokesman for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said Tuesday.

Javanfekr said the Iranian government is awaiting details, but suggested U.S. authorities are attempting to distract American citizens from "domestic problems" by convincing them there is an outside threat.

[Updated at 2:12 p.m. ET] An FBI agent's affidavit obtained by CNN Tuesday accused two men of conspiring to murder Saudi Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir.

The complaint alleges that Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri began a plot this past spring to kill Al-Jubeir.

Attorney General Eric Holder said in a news conference that the terror plot was a $1.5 million dollar "murder-for-hire" plan.

Officials also said one of the suspects told an informant that killing civilians, including senators, during the attack was "no problem" and "no big deal."

[Posted at 2:00 p.m. ET] The FBI and the DEA have disrupted a plot involving Iran to commit terrorism inside the United States, a senior U.S. official told CNN.

The official said the alleged plan was directed by elements of the Iranian government and involved a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as soon as we get it.

soundoff (1,853 Responses)
  1. tonyS

    We Americans are getting more and more stupid with our stupid comments and conspiracy theories, Keksi.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keksi

      You are...Iranian hiring Mexican drug mob to kill Saudi ambassador.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthspeaks

      Its not stupid comments and conspiracy theories its called questioning the media, its no wonder why 100% of all time all people are sheeps, who believe whatever the media tells them, they never the question there great media, people like you tony would rather let the media think for you rather then you starting to think for yourself for once.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce Cutlass

      Keksi......NO, you are And my dad is bigger than your dad....and you're a childish goof

      October 11, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • malcolmscott

      AMEN brother!

      October 11, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      the scary part is we are all stupid, but the stuff happening is real. It's not all conspiracy theories. People are being killed in the streets of mexico, disemboweled on the streets of mexico, and a nuclear weapon capable country has attempted not just an assassination, but a visible explosion of an assassination that if it had happened, would have delivered a message.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keksi

      And what message is that???

      October 11, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      i'm not sure, but it would at the least be a declaration of some sort of aggression by iran. Maybe they're going after israel, this was the opening salvo in a string of events, again, i don't know. Maybe it's the opening of a play of shiite vs shia, since saudi arabia was involved. The potential of them having capable nuclear weapons is scary, on top of a U.S. economy might not be able to support another war, our military numbers can't, that's for sure, we're looking at a draft.
      That would embolden any enemy of the united states to strike now, if they were thinking of making a play for it, now's a good time to strike.
      but again, i don't know. I only know people that kill people professionally don't blow people up unless there's a reason for it, you want someone to know they were killed. You want everyone to know they were killed.
      ...unless it's a gas stove accident looking plan, it's a message

      October 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jobs Act?

      This has already happened. They had time to interrogate the guy. Why is this top news? Why was this released just before the president was going to speak on jobs and the senate is to vote on the jobs act? This is another distraction to keep the public from focusing on what's important ... Jobs and our economy.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dirtdan

      Because Tony too many people watch TV..... I don't believe the media. What I do believe is the formal complaint signed by a US judge that is there for anyone to actually READ. People ask WHY did they wait to break the story until now..???? SIMPLE.... They have recorded phone conversations with the defendant and his handlers in Tehran AFTER he was arrested.... DUH..... Just a little MORE proof to try to convince a populace that refuses to believe anything that the Gov't does anymore. People in this country truly disappoint me.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      I am assuming Tony S and the S stands for Stupid? ? ? Moron, our military found Iranian made weapons in Iraq that were supplied by the Iranian regime to murder our soldiers..! How stupid can you be? This regime murders its own citizens!!!

      October 11, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. us1776

    Oh, by all mean we must have FEAR, FEAR, FEAR. We must have more FEAR !!

    .

    October 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheTruth72

      Fear not those which can destroy the body, but the One who can destroy both soul and body. Interesting how you associate this article with fearmongering, but yet, if you have no fear, you wouldn't care and have a need to call it out. I myself look at this article and see that the Lord Jesus Christ will be returning soon. I'm rejoicing in the Lord's return.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      Do us all a favor? Hold your breath while you wait for YOUR lord? The rest of us would appreciate the peace and quiet!

      October 11, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Alberta

      Amen to that, Fred.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce Cutlass

      Oh by all means.....we must have CONTEMPT,CONTEMPT and MORE CONTEMPT......and while we're at it, let's not believe in anything....that way we can call everyone a liar, everyone but those who call everyone a liar......you tin foil hat goofs have an amazing grasp for ........................nothing...................... matches your contribution to society

      October 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      Actually my emotion right now is ....GOT THOSE SOBS! WAHOO! Unlike some I do not FEAR FEAR FEAR. Rather silly I think. However, I do believe we learn caution & wisdom from events. It looks like Iran is being it's usual warlike self. Fortunately. we have some good people in the FBI & the DEA. Thanks to them for preventing a war over the assassination bombing!

      October 11, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jonboy

    Lets invade Iran and put it's leaders on trial for crimes against humanity already!

    October 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • TrojanMan

      Nothing like more wars in nations halfway around the planet to solve all of our problems, right?

      October 11, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • mountaindawg

      Yes, and let's send you there first, perhaps with a suicide vest. C'mon man, be a patriot and go kill those evil sand *******.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • charles ray

      lets not, but send all you internet soldiers instead. then lets see how badly you want a war...

      October 11, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      If we dont stop this regime, we are going to see a nuclear war... Their leadership is sick and twisted..

      October 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Casey

    Here comes the World War!!!!!!!

    October 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • BobcatUSN

      Nobody wants war. In fact that is why Iran always trains and funds Terrorists to attack innocent people all over the world to disrupt thier way of life and peace. I as a veteran of Peace-Keeping in the Middle East to stop war have witnessed the evil Terrorist State of Iran kill our Marines, torture, take a Methodist Minister hostage, and assasinate the Lebanese President. Our Marines were trying to protect Palistinians and Lebanese people from the invading forces from Israel who were goated into responding to the corupt PLO Hezbolla, and Hammas who were all trained, armed, and funded by none other then Iran, and Assad who is on a terrorist rampage to kill his own people because they want freedom. Someone does however have to stand up to Iran, and if we have to get a coolition to attack Tehran, then so be it. I don't like war, but I am all for defending ourselves from this Terrorism that some of you take so lightly while our country's men and women in the American Military protect our way of life along with the freedom you have speak here in the media yesturday, today, and every day. I support our President, and our Military, and Homeland Security to do everything its power to sqwash these Terrorists and Terrorist States like Iran who perpetrate thier evil here in America, and through out the world.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ranger 830

      @BOBCAT the squid,Very well said indeed!!!!!! There is only two ways this ends 1 we win and subdue these islamists.Or two we all convert too Islam. I think you hippy liberals would like choice #1 better.Sharia law is notoriously harsh on dissadents and free thinkers.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      Actually; we have a slight reprieve right now, brought to you by the fine work of the FBI & DEA. The assassination of the Saudi Arabian ambassador could have resulted in a formal declaration of war by both the US & Saudi governments. The US casualties from this bomb probably would have included senators & representatives. Iran would have woken this sleeping giant & reaped the results. Anyone who accuses the US of trying to start a war with this news, should note that a war was PREVENTED by the combined efforts of two fine US government agencies. I thank them for the respite. I sincerely hope the US gets the UN security council to lower stiff sanctions on Iran for this outrage.

      October 12, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. Davethecanuck

    Wierd.... the anti-america/isreal crowd rejecting something before they've even heard the facts.

    It's common sense not to believe everything you hear... it's stupidity to reject ANYTHING you hear.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Well since the US is blaming them they are actually denying it. So its their word vs the Americans.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • RedlineMoo

      A thousand times, this. What's more amazing is the people who scream that there is no way they're going to drink the proverbial kool-aid, yet by doing that... they're drinking the OTHER kool-aid.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthspeaks

      Once Again your just trolling the same comment over and over.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      you're a canuck... you wouldn't understand. we're at the end of our rope.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Notdumb

      Because it's all been done before, people see right through the government/propaganda machine now.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • JMK

      People have a hard time knowing when to be skeptical or not. "The government was behind 9/11? I instantly believe it! A government official said something? It must be a lie! No if and's or but's about it!"

      October 11, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kendra

      How many times are you going to post this? I love America and I really have no opinion on Israel. I'm just sick of being lied into war after war so the global elites can prosper.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • IDontTrustTheGovernmentoftheUS

      I've read the complaint... all hearsay and entrapment.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kendra

      Dude, enough! What, are you getting paid by the post or something?

      October 11, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul Ransom

      So far you are the only person on here that is not pro-Iran!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA and the rest can go fly a kite (if they know how) (LOL)

      October 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • BobcatUSN

      You are so right about our local, national, and international Ant-American/Israel crowd has always had a precense here in our free media. Something they would never be able to say anything against Iran, Syria, Pakistan, or North Korea in thier own countries. The jealous Hate-America crowd are right here in our own country as well as the Socialists Dictatorships, and Communists around the world. They all come here to America to have freedom while they mock it every day.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • extra medium

      Bear with us, Dave. Our government's been crying wolf for so long that anything they say is immediately met with skepticism.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Think

      You do realize that "America" is an ambiguous word, right?

      October 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rei

      You reject this based on the facts that you know! not because you heard it!
      Iran has many internal problems right now, add to this the other international sanctions and etc, plus there is lack of motivation cuz they do want to have good relations with saudi arabia, plus Iran never do such a stupid direct act, they sure give help to others but they never act directly, hell this is ridiculous.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • svann

      The motive is absurd.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isolationist

      At least no one is over reacting. Hopefully they won't.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      If you're anti-Israel then you're PRO-US by definition. Israel INTENTIONALLY ATTACKED a US navy vessel, which is 1000x worse our supposed enemy Iran has ever done.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clinton

      It's amazing isn't it Dave? that they are so into their little tinfoil hat world where they refuse to believe facts and evidence that they immediately dismiss any report from the Government as a conspiracy... there's no hope for these people... they are basically insane. Ignoring facts right in front of your face or choosing to believe a fairy tale of lies they've either heard over the internet or made up in their own mind... that's the definition of being insane.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUHOOD

      Who has Iran attacked in the past say 50 years, no one, I do not beleive we have had any proof of nuclear weapons, or of them actually being involved in Al-Quada, but we do have solid proof Pakistan has attacked other countries and us and they are involved in terror, solid proof, we do nothing to them. Holder is in serious trouble with Fast and Furious, nice deflection, Obama, Holder and Durbin liers always have been there is a way to the means

      October 11, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • garc

      I'm one of those "bleeding heart liberals," and even I smell something fishy about the majority of the comments here too. This feels like a troll attack by a small number of people. I dunno.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      Really? Why even add on Israel to the end of your "anti American" attack on another comment..
      I'm so tired of hearing the same old reaction ("Anti-Semitic" "Anti-Israel" etc) to anyone that speaks out about the atrocities that Israel has allegedly committed. Now, every time someone is skeptical of their government's motives, they labeled "anti-America/Israel", even though our government has given their people good reason for distrust. It has been proven again and again that the US gov. has lied to their citizens.
      Take a minute to research "false flag" strategy. You might not be so kin on blindly following you beloved government.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • AreWeTherYet

      Dave – that all depends on the source....

      October 11, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • reza

      I fully agree but so far i hear is empty words. Where is the proof? They all blame Iran but they refuse to share the details. WHY?
      This whole fairy tale is a distraction from US bad economy and to pressure Iran's nuclear program. Again i dont support Irans regime but i hate this whole fabrication without a proof and trial.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • scranton

      Well Dave stupidity is spelling Israel wrong to begin with.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Well said. The USA is the hope of the world. Not perfect, but would you rather have China or Russia setting the standards for human life and democracy?

      October 11, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      Davethecanuck:
      It is stupidity on your part to ignore what we already know. You are probably one of those stinking Iraninas who never take showers neither use bath soap and toilet paper.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ballson Chinn

    Finally, an excuse to bomb Iran. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeetttttttttttttttttttttt

    October 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonboy

      I'd love to see Ahmadinejad and Khamenei left hanging from the Iranian capital. Seriously what kind of retard country has two leaders?

      October 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Let the Saudis do it. That would be sweeter.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ballson Chinn

      I'm plump with anticipation

      October 11, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • leecherius

      Jonboy..there's only one...the other is a muppet.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • fearlessdude

      Hey Bimbo. The Saudis support terrorism. Most of the 9-11 bombers were Saudies. They still finance the terror groups in Pakistan. Iran has never done anything against the US though we have shot down one of their airplanes carrying passangers to Mecca. Obama is closely folowing in Bush's steps, or he can't control the CIA.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. GJVT

    LOL – thanks for the chuckle

    October 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. muir

    Its on my TV right now

    October 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff

    Here we go...war #3. I'm sure they will find a way to blame Obama for this!

    October 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • garc

      Oh, they're already doing it. Read further down. He's the antichrist, don't you know? He destroyed much of his electability by trying to actually bring the most basic of health care to this nutjob nation (compassion–sure sign of the devil, right?), he tries to negotiate with the party of No (hmm, more signs of reasonable-ness, must be the antichrist), and he believes in education (DEFINITE sign of the devil).

      October 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • scranton

      Seriously? You are playing politics with this?

      October 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. us1776

    Who cares? I could care less about stupid terrorism.

    We got people starving in the streets for chrissake !!

    .

    October 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Micheal

      If you're so worried about them, then buy them a Happy Meal.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonboy

      Who cares about terrorism? Uh, you should since the Al Qaeda has declared war on western civilization. You comment has to be the stupidest I've ever heard. People are starving, ok. Lets make all news about starving. Lets devote 100% of our government funds to feeding people. Lets shut down the government so people that are bad with money can pay for food. Seriously the government helped people in poverty and later found out these people were using the money for strip clubs, cigarettes, and alcohol.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • us1776

      al-Qaeda is bankrupt you morons !! They have lost all of their supporters.

      The Arab Spring successes killed al-Qaeda. It showed the Middle-East that terrorism was not the path to travel.

      .

      October 11, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • extra medium

      You tell 'em Jonboy! YEEHAAA! BTW, Aunt momma and uncle daddy say you need to warsh up fer supper....

      October 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      Who cares? The people in the restaurant they intended to bomb, of course. Especially the staff of innocent people & the other customers. Plus the restaurant probably has families living above it in apartments. Do you understand that now? The FBI has arrested terrorists who have wanted to blow people up at a holiday tree lighting. Yeah, a crowd of mostly families with children.You should know that it is pretty hard to starve to death in this country, even now. Get your priorities straight, keeping people alive & not blown apart is damn important. Who cares?.....Obviously not you!

      October 11, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Micheal

    You mean Iran is getting desperate because we have them surrounded on 3 sides.
    How long do we have to wait until we find that International Pressure isn't working? Haven't we wasted enough time?
    Let's move in and wrap this up.
    Hell, it'll boost our economy as a Bonus.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clark Nova

      The US would have a 90% casualty rate in a war with Iran on their own soil.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reasonably

      Yes – the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have done wonders for our economy – we've never been better! Point is – if this WAS a plot sponsored by the Iranian government then we should act, but make no mistake it will be costly and do NOTHING to help our economic situation.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      How's the last 10 years of war doing for our economy? Right – I thought so.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • charles ray

      yes mike, because all these other wars have done marvels for our economy, havent they?

      October 11, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeeNYC

      you mean the way the iraqi war boosted our economy?

      October 11, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • H in Texas

      Boost the economy? Maybe you haven't been keeping score but Iraq cost us a bundle and we didn't get a whole lot out of the deal.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • MechaX

      I dont think you are an american for you to suggest to move in and wrap it up.. Boost your economy as a bonus with another war? haha you must be a pathetic idiot or simply ignorant living in your own world.. didn't your economy have suffered enough with two ongoing battle? what a jerk

      October 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • jkINC

      Oh yeah, good idea another war. I don't like these lying, murderous, SOB's either but they aren't worth a single American life. Keep them in a box, beat on their economy and let the UN work on them. They know that if they ever use even one of their nukes, they'll be wiped out.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • JKR79

      How well have the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya and billions of dollars in support and aid going over there boosted our economy? Our taxes are stilling going over there and our gas continues to increase. How will going into a 4th country help?

      October 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • JKR79

      You're a moron. How does another war boost our economy. You'd think with 2 or 3 we'd be living it up right now if that was the case.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • MightyMoo

      Sooo how are you going to pay for that? Credit? How's the US credit limit these days?

      October 11, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • pzanga

      Sure, another unfunded war would be great for the economy.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anchorite

      You should go into comedy. Iran has 50 million people and is three times the size of Iraq and their people are fighting for sovereignty. The US would lose an invasion with Iran so bad it's painful to think there are Americans who still want to do it. The most they and Israel could ever do is bomb Iran out of spite that they don't control its oil.

      October 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • CAL USA

      Can we asssume that you're willing to lead the invasion force, or at least accept a tax increase to pay for it? Or, are you like most conservatives, only interested in going to war with other people's kids and other people's money?

      October 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • TIM

      Micheal, you are exactly the type of idiot the government is counting on to stand behind them to invade Iran. America doesn't need another war. We can't even get out of the wars we have been in for a decade. How do you think another war is going to boost our economy? We need to leave this to the UN Security Counsel and stop trying to impose our will on the world. The American Government would not tolerate a country invading another country even with justification (i.e. Russia invading Georgia after Georgia invaded a part of Russia). Whether this story is really true or not, America has no business invading Iran. We can't let this distract us from the internal problems we are struggling with. Americans are ready for change and are ready to do what it takes to get it no matter what our government does to try and keep its corrupted power.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Tell me something, Michael. If going to war is so great for the national economy, then why is our economy in such bad shape? All we need is another useless and unnecssary war to drag our economy down even further and increase the national deficit but I'm afraid that the right-wing thugs in Washington will start one just to boost their sagging prestige!!!

      October 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reason

      But at what cost?

      October 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • M-Theory

      Let's see the evidence. Government administrations need to realize that they have consistently fed lies and misinformation to the public in relation to our enemies and possibly pretense for actions. Bottom line: we don't trust you because you have an agenda.

      Americans that have already bought into the agenda propaganda use any story like this as proof of their conviction.

      The question is are you smarter than your nationalistic instincts and the propaganda machine? Then view the evidence with impartiality.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • fearlessdude

      We have to "find" that yellow cake. Maybe Cheney could help us out on that. He is good at fabricating evidence.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • GluttonForNonsense

      Not even Iran would be that stupid.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • RLSmith

      Yeah, just like the Afghan and Iraq wars are boosting our economy.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clarify

      thanks for clarification on sorrunding issue,cuz from here it looked like they were F* you threeway.

      October 11, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • kaizoman

      Really? You think another war will boost our economy. If that was the case, we'd have the strongest economy since the end of WWII with the other two wars we're fighting.

      Are you insane or just misinformed?

      October 11, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Avi Shlomo

      Iran is desperate..I had no Idea Eric Holder is working for them on Fast and Furious..I guess the Iranians want to cover up the latest Holder's investigation.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christian

      And of course you will go there with courage, ready to give your life for this good cause ......and boost your economy.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • george

      yo, reply-bot, ask your nco for more s**t shovelling time, i don't think people are buying the lies.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • everettreb

      "Let's move in and wrap this up."
      Didn't we hear the same thing when we went into Afghanistan and Iraq ten years ago?

      October 11, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Tell me Michael, if going to war is so good for the national economy, then why is our economy in such bad shape??? Besides, who would be dumb enough to believe the right-wing thugs in Washington anyway? Only a stupid Tea Partying simpleton would!

      October 11, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Keksi blowz

    Hey Keksi, I hope you are the first one they kill you ignorant sack of nutz.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown (blowing tea out my nose laughing)

      Like

      October 11, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amaury

      she really needs to be sebding out from America.because of people like her we are in this kind of situations.go away! leave !

      October 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      You made me, spray. Not nice, but funny.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tank rothchild

    First the pastor story, then the actress, now a terror plot. The media is really turning up the volume of war propaganda noise.

    DON'T BUY INTO IT.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • XPLSV

      Everyone, if you would please focus your attention on this terrorism deal. Nothing to see here at the Occupy
      Wall Street protests, move along...

      October 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      So, you wish to remain not just ignorant, but willfully ignorant. Focused only upon yourself. I think I'll open a window....something smells like corruption. The stench of a coward.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JEDI 1

    Iran just made a major mistake. The war machine is about to turn back on.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • TrojanMan

      When did it ever turn off?

      October 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • extra medium

      Err, we have no fresh horses in our fighting stable, you dig? If we went to war with Iran we would lose. They know that, and hope to lure us into a fight.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      @ extra medium, There are other ways of warfare than just the "boots on the ground" approach. Drones have broken the back of Al Qaeda by removing their leaders. I think Iran is actually looking to rule their region by taking on Saudi Arabia first. Trying to sour US/Saudi relations might be an attempt to isolate Saudi Arabia from our support. However, if they choose to commit an act of total hubris by taking on the US, we might see an underground response from Iran's dissidents.

      October 11, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RollingHillz

    Chaz is a girl...?

    October 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • XPLSV

      LOL. not anymore (s)he isn't...

      October 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      ...was a girl, oh plulezzzze.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
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