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. Kendra

    I guess it's a good time to recall what an earlier tin-foil hat wearer, I mean PRESIDENT, had to say about situations like this:

    "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

    We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."

    -Dwight Eisenhower, 1961

    October 11, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MarkDiv

    Was that president Osama who bent over to kiss Saudi king's hand during one of their encounters? I see this is going... One way ticket to Saudi's A S S... Good job Osamaaaa... I mean Obama

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

      Actually, you are mistaking him for George Bush...You know the guy with the oil money in bed with the Saudis who allowed 911 hijackers, who were all from Saudi Arabia (With the exception of 1) to committ 911. Always baffles me how we invaded Afghnistan although the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. Oh wait, they control most of the oil and Bush and fam have alot of $$ invested in them and their Texas Tea!

      October 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HxC19D

    i think i saw that wallpaper in a hotel room once...nope nevermind...too...beige.

    October 11, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dean

    Wonder if Holder supplied them with weapons????

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

      He probably DID...but this is the First he's heard of it!

      "It reads like a Movie Script..." I didn't think he knew how to read!!!

      October 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LL

    Propaganda machine working overtime as the sheep began to realize that they are getting screwed with no vaseline by our government. Think about it, why would the Iranians plan as assasination attempt here as opposed to in Saudi Arabia, considering how close it is and the access they have? "We don't belive you, you need more people." Jay Z

    October 11, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. What the .....?

    "We’ve got a very good working relationship with the Mexican military in a number of ways, especially counter-narcotics". HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    30 billion dollar a year cocaine industry from smuggling across the border from Mexico to the US is a good working relationship? While over 35 thousands deaths in Mexico from their government trying to stop it over the last 6 years? Guess it’s good for you cocaine addicts.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TowelHeadsAreMorons

    I think if we just taught the Iranians to put the hind legs of the sheep (or goat) in their boots they wouldn't get kicked so much and they would be happier. Hey, it works in Montana.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. libertycall

    This is news but should not be Breaking News. The protests should be.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clinton

      Oh give me a break... modern day hippies chanting outside banks begging for them to stop foreclosing on people's houses and act fair isn't going to do a damn thing except continue the perception that people who are unemployed are not trying to get employed... If the people sitting there chanting and holding signs got together, you all could open a business and start being productive... but no... complaining is the way to go right? Ya know... there are jobs where people hold signs? you all could be getting paid instead of spending money you don't have and wasting job searching time sitting in the rain chanting at people that are NOT LISTENING.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • LL

      @ Clinton, give me a break! Obviousley you haven't been out of a job recently and have no idea how hard it is to find one. I live in CA and it took over a half a year to find a job, after sending out apps everyday. I am someone with a degree and an impressive resume, and oh sorry but i wasn't going to take some $8-$10 an hour job that would consume all my time and prevent me from finding a decent wage job that I have now. Employers are low balling and offering measley wages to experienced workers, because they know the job market is oversaturated with people out of work desperate to do anything. I personally know people, including lawyers who have been out of work over a year! So if you are missing the point of the protest, its to get the government to stimulate job growth, to stop spendin money on the mistakes committed by greedy irresponsible banks, to stop paying for pointless wars, and to reinvest in the rebuilding of AMERICA; i.e jobs, infastructure, education, healthcare, etc....Doesn't sound hippyish to me, it sounds like people who want a fair shot and their tax money put to good use!

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

      @LL Really? You're right about only 1 thing you said, that I haven't been unemployed lately, in fact, i have been unemployed for a total of 3 months my entire adult life, and that was when i got out of the Military and joined the Civilian work force. I don't have sympathy for you, A year and a half? You sat on your butt for a year and a half because you didn't want to take a lower paying job? THAT'S YOUR PROBLEM!!!! I'm sucessful now, but when i got out of school i had nothing... not even a car... my parents were poor, I worked and went to college... I worked sales, i worked as a mover, i worked in a Factory bending up scrap metal and crushing it down, I joined the army so i wouldn't go into debt with college and when i got out i got a job in I.T. Struggled my A@# off until i got promoted to management. All the crap jobs i ever took prepared me for the good job i have now, and if i lost my job now and couldn't get the same job somewhere else you BET YOUR !#$ I WOULD TAKE A LOWER PAYING JOB TIL I FOUND SOMETHING ELSE!!!!!!!!!! that's the problem... people somehow think that not working is better than working for lower wages... IT ISN'T!!!!!! bottom line is, making 30k is better than making 0K and if you're that damn stubborn and prideful that you won't take a job for a lower wage, then you deserve to lose your shirt... Because you'll NEVER find me asking for a handout so i can find the "ideal job" all the while passing up jobs for a year and a half... you should be ashamed of yourself

      October 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Depressed Paki

    Family Guy: Visiting Ground Zero

    Peter: Ground zero. So this is where the first guy got AIDS.

    Brian: No, Peter, this is the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks!

    Peter: Oh, so Saddam Hussein did this?

    Brian: No.

    Peter: The Iraqi army?

    Brian: No.

    Peter: Some guys from Iraq?

    Brian: No.

    Peter: That one lady who visited Iraq that one time?

    Brian: NO! Peter, Iraq had nothing to do with this. It was a bunch of Saudi Arabians, Lebanese, and Egyptians financed by a Saudi Arabian guy living in Afghanistan and sheltered by Pakistanis.

    Peter: So…you're saying we need to invade Iran?.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chinatown

    I kinda tend to agree with Iran on this one, I wouldn't buy any of this "secret" CIA, FBI plants that Iran would actually try to commit terrorism IN the USA.....do people actually think Iran would go that far and risk starting a actual war, which would probably be a war of attrition??? Besides, if they kill the Saudis, who cares, the Saudis are just as much of corrupt tyrants as the Iranians......They're all the same, let them kill each other

    October 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clinton

      Chinatown, your name says it all, you don't give 2 sh.its about this country so why would anybody give a crap what you have to say. The Iranians have a messed up Government that not even their citizens approve of, yet you back international terrorism because "who cares" ....... would be nice if your family was in the restaraunt when one of these attacks were committed and your entire family died... wouldn't it? maybe think before you open your anti-us mouth that spews nothing but hate and ignorance.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chinatown

      @Clinton: you sound like a little chihuahua yapping.....I do care about this country you imbecile, except I THINK and QUESTION AUTHORITY since I'm not a flag-waving robotic moron like yourself

      October 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clinton

      Chinatown – Let me get this straight.... you're saying that by being Against the elected Government of the United States you are being patriotic and because i believe that we have honest people running our country i'm an imbecile? How dare you call me an imbecile after just posting that it's okay if terrorists blow up a restaraunt in our country and kill a foreign ambassador? You're pathetic dude, and by the way... I sound like a Chihuaha? you hear things through your computer and you're callin me crazy. lmfao get a job dude

      October 11, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Clinton

    It's funny, When you sit down and read the comments section during the day, it's mostly the psychotic tinfoil hat conspiracy theory freaks that are unemployable writing ridiculous comments about some conspiracy they're convinced is real... It gets to the point that you think half the country is crazy but in the end it's like i said, the reason the majority of them are on here posting this crazy crap is because they're too psychotic to hold down a job so all they got going on is this website and their crazy ideas.... This is a big catch by our intelligence folks. They stopped a terrorist plot that was planned by a known anti-US country that has had it's people screaming death to America after every Government run church service since the 80's and all these idiot conspiracy theorists can do is throw out ridiculous claims about how it's a lie and how we got all these other conspiracies that we're guilty of.... how dumb... wanna know why the US Government is more believable than you reta.rds? It's because they have evidence and facts where you have your tin foil hat, the internet, and nothing but time on your hands to come up with insane BS.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kendra

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Don't you people have any original ideas? Is it so hard to believe that intelligent, competent, gainfully employed Americans would have a different opinion than you? And if we're so crazy, why can't you refute our statements with facts? All you have are insults. Let me guess, you still believe there are WMD's in Iraq...

      October 11, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chinatown

      Hey Clinton, Go F yourself, you're blind patriotism shows you for the sucker you are.....no doubt a self-righteous tea partier or die hard Repub who thinks America is 100% pure and incapable of error....NEWSFLASH: The American Govt concocted the Gulf of Tonkin Incident ON PURPOSE to get involved in Vietnam War, you ever read a history book??? NEWSFLASH: There was no connection between 9/11 and Saddam, no WMDs, again another fabrication your very own gov't cooked up to go to war..........And you're the type of idiot who still believes everything that's told to him........I have a job, a very successful one too, so go back to living your self-righteous life and shut the F up if you don't have anything smart to say

      October 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clinton

      Blind Patriotism? How is it blind patriotism? Because i believe the FBI and DEA uncovered a plot to assassinate the Saudi embassador? lmfao you make no sesne kid.. The US never linked 9/11 to Iraq, in fact they never tried, the WMD's they did try and they pushed for it because they had old evidence of Saddam trying to acquire WMD's but he was quite unsuccessful. Guess what though dip!@#$ I was in Iraq, i served this country and unlike YOU i was actually impacted by that decision. Guess what? We removed a dictator that was completely Anti-US, had no problem Murdering thousands of his people and would have loved to get ahold of WMD's... Do the ends justify the means? Maybe, Maybe not, but one thing is for sure, a guy that murdered thosuands of innocent people is dead and no longer a threat in that region... i believe That is a good thing, Are you pro-Saddam too? Does it make me Anti-American to be happy we removed that threat from the world? Go ahead genius tell me what's up.

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

      @kendra, hey you little b!@#$ where you at? Conspiracy theory whackjob, Go do some more blow and think up more conspiracies

      October 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. David M

    Interesting picture at the top of this article. Half the people in the picture have their heads down. Are they praying???

    October 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacob

      @David

      They aren't praying. If you notice the people with their heads down are women. They are trying to respect Saudi customs, in that women aren't supposed to make eye contact. You'll also sometimes fine men doing the same thing, although, they don't look at it as negatively when foreign men make eye contact as they do when women do it, since native women can't even make eye contact.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • GetRealLV

      Yep...praying they will get to "spin" this media fiasco first..they are reporters.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • David M

      @Jacob....yeah, I know. But since when did reporters respect anyone?

      October 11, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. deliz

    Lies, lies, lies and more lies, our government (from both sides ) is full of %^$$. Stop making excuses for another war! All of this is going to end up bringing a huge revolution in this country.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      are retarded internal politics aside, when our country is divided politically as we are, and in financial straights that we are, and has an overextended military like we do, it is the perfect time for someone to attack us. An actual nation state attack, not a simple terrorist group with box cutters.

      if you don't think you can trust american politicians, fine, good for you, but for the love of god, don't trust ahmadinejad

      October 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      *our

      October 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • deliz

      What a silly request obviously I have no trust in Iranian government. But I'm sick and tired of all this "terror attacks plots" it is obvious that our government is looking for an excuse to start another war to make profit out of it. I can't believe how dumb they really think we are, but they are right; there is a lot of people that still believe in everything the government says. Do you seriously think that all of this is to protect us? I want my government to finally work together for WE the people. I want them to get us out of all the mess that they have created, fix OUR economy, care about us. At the end we are the ones that put them in power so, we are the ones that have the power.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      I agree that there are reasons to be concerned about what our government tells us. I'm not too sure how the whole profit thing has been going so far for our most recent wars. Maybe for a company here and there, but in general, it's been a rough ride and iraq sure isn't paying for itself.

      and it is possible that this is some pretext gamble politicians are playing, a low chance of it though. The scary part for me is this isn't just a random terror threat, this is a nation backed visible assassination. I don't know the whole significance of it yet, but there's a good probability that this is the beginning of a cold war with iran. All of the chaos with the arab spring is creating a vacuum for power, this might be a first move in a power play in the region.

      so my nightmare isn't that it's lies, it's that in an environment rife with lies, real life serious problems still will emerge and we need to navigate them despite our flawed selves, hopefully

      October 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lee

    It sounds rather bizarre...

    October 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hisBLOOD

    looks like we are trying to gather our allies before we attack Iran. we are on the virge to WW3, beware of the leader that brings in the 7 year peace treaty !!!!

    October 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      i'm sure its revelations that's right, what with the six-headed beast and the nine-headed dragon like thing with the crowns all walking around. I'm sure that's how it's going to be. Heaven forbid we all figure out how to live in peace with each other. It just has to end in bloodshed with you people.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike in nv

      Beware the party that says that only a true christian is qualified to be President because this is a christian nation. They will be the downfall of us all.

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

      what more do you need to see or believe? before its to late! WW3 is at our door

      October 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      i'll agree with a world war 3 possibility, maybe even something different, a regional war without borders, a scary thing indeed. I'm just not big on prophecy : )

      October 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
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