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. Winston

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FD1jHueZZc&w=640&h=360]

    This is what you will NEVER see on the news.... This is why we are hated around the world.

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

      you're a complete idiot

      October 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jec

    I'm thinking Iran will deny this....lol

    October 11, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. truthspeaks

    Sorry CNN I am not buying this one at all, interesting timing to around the time of the GOP Debate today.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Majid Saatchi

    Before Mahmoud Ahmadinejad echoed the repulsive views of the Iranian theocracy at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, thousands of Iranian Resistance supporters, who had come to New York from 40 states across the US, echoed the legitimate aspirations of the Iranian people by protesting opposite the UN headquarters.

    Among the speakers at the well-organized and energetic rally were former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton. Dozens of other prominent dignitaries attended from the United States and Europe.

    Demonstrators chanted "Down with Ahmadinejad; viva Rajavi", referring to the opposition leader Maryam Rajavi, who addressed the crowd via satellite from Paris.

    In her speech to a jubilant audience, Mrs. Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said, "The only solution for the Iranian crisis is democratic change by the Iranian people and their organized Resistance."

    October 11, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cvf

    Obama has weakened this country. Palestine Seeks UN Membership, Iran plots terrorism in USA, Pakistan playing host to Osama, etc. It's Jimmy Carter or worse all over again. If Reagan or Bush's were still president they wouldn't try this stuff because they know we would go mess them up for it, but now we are weak and they prey on us. Get this clown out of office ASAP.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simon

      oh? Funny then that under Reagan they killed 200+ marines in Beirut and under Bush they killed 3000+ Americans at the world trade center. You are an ignorant ride wing nazi fool. The very evidence that what you say is 100% wrong is right in front of your eyes.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • aa

      ur country is a big toilet anway. dont worry about it

      October 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • needle time

      and idiots like you march to the joo led drumbeat to make war on Iran ..shut your ignorant pie hole moron

      October 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • gerr

      Boy. Do you sound macho. BS

      October 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • conoclast

      You stay ignorant if that's what works for you, dude!

      October 11, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. World_Guru

    I love it!

    The evening news will now have tons of 'EXPERTS' talking about news, not talking about ANY REAL EVIDENCE they've seen... they will ALL WANT TO TALK, that's what they get paid for, not on the content of what they speak, they just get paid for talking! FOX, CNN, ABC... I am just about to start puking!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 11, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • independentofall

      agreed

      October 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. september1_05

    ok, this is one of the dumbest stories america has made up in a while. Iran stands united with many muslim countries and america knows that. America and its government are trying everything they can to ruin Iran. This is ridiculous. Iran is a well-off country and these two who are accused have been living in the US for a while and they are against Iran, but were actually working together with the US and then the US turned on them. Just like they have done with osama and suddam hussein. Nothing new. They are your friends then back-stab you to make you and your country look bad. America is digging a bigger grave for themselves daily and soon will be buried in it. No person in their right mind would believe this. America nad the government think they can brainwash everyone. But instead they need to focus on the problems here and leave other countries alone. The lies are just getting ridiculous.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • focusonjobs1

      You have no clue of what going on in the world.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mister Jones

      Did you eat a lot of paint chips as a child?

      October 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      Actually this sounds exactly like the fools of Iran would try. If you had kept track of the ridiculous things Iran has been doing for the last 10 years it would be apparent.
      The sham election of its president (a lot of districts had way over 100% voting), the sham with the hikers, its belligerence with the supposed border in the middle of the gulf, etc etc on and on

      October 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fookin' Prawn

      LOL Iran has never played well with others. Do us all a favor and go run with scissors.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bombiran

      Drop some bombs to Iran and teach them a lesson not to mess-up with the USA. Destroy all their nuclear facilities. Bring it now to their soil for daring this attempt on our turf.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Snoot

    More State sponsored mendacity.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. focusonjobs1

    In this day and age it’s almost impossible for the US to fabricate such a large plot involving so many people and agencies. You have the ATF, DEA, Mexico and a suspect in custody. This isn’t one shady character from a foreign country giving information (like the evidence for WMDs). This was a joint operation between multiple agencies here in the US. Even those who are prone to believe in conspiracy theories know something stinks here.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • ridiculouspolitics

      what stinks is that not a single bomb has been dropped on Saudi Arabia due to the 9/11 hijackers who were mostly from there.. all the wrong countries were attacked following that...yeah in this day and age the US government has managed to push their political agendas at cost of well being of its people and brainwashing them through irrelevant news in media...US is being run by jews...so long as there is hostility between jews and muslims none of world problems are going away.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Oh, let's not forget the added level of complexity – they are all controlled by Israel, including (apparently) the Saudi Royal family and the Mexican drug cartels.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    Why are we just now hearing about this? This happened several weeks ago.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      It is called case building.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jimmymax

    So the US knew this plot was in progress when lil Mahmoud was visiting, but allowed him to freely enter and leave?

    October 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sunny lovetts

    THIS IS WHAT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA DOESN'T WANT YOU SEEING
    TRUTH

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvEDHRk641Q&w=640&h=360]

    October 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tina times

    I am SO SO SO Tired of these LIES. This is absolutely RIDICULOUS. Why is it that anyone who questions U.S is a terrorist. Iran president has read the U.S's card. This is a distraction from the domestic problems. Then the media runs the story like it's true. That's Pathetic.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tiller In Texas

    See, it is just a matter of time before these f-ing criminals walk something across that totally open boarder of Mexico. Living in Texas along the 35 corridor I only pray it doesn't come to Dallas.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    To sum up how the foil hat gang think:

    1- It would be stupid of Iran to attempt a plot like this.
    2- Because it would be so stupid, we should not believe it.
    3- It is much more believable that the international zionist conspiracy which controls the CIA has duped the Saudis into thinking that this is a genuine Iranian plot, when it of course is not. They managed to get the Mexican drug cartels involved too. A rather complex scenario, but plain as day, right?
    4- Assertions that the Iranians simply did something stupid are ridiculous, even though THAT scenario is much simpler.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      Occam's razor is true for a reason

      October 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fookin' Prawn

      Iran's never done ANYTHING stupid. I mean, it's not like this is a country where you can get charges brought against you for summoning demons!!

      ...uh oh. Wait.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
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