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. MarkDiv

    Sure.... we believe you! Osama, I mean Obama is NOT trying to revange the 2 U.S. hikers freed by Iran a few weeks ago... Naaaaaaaaaa, that can't be it!

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

      What on EARTH are you smoking?

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

      No, it's not for the hikers; it's for power, oil and Israel. The U.S. is trying for control of the Middle East, or hadn't you noticed?

      October 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. zooni

    Seems like every time there is a US need to attack a Muslim country the Saudis are involved. Osama Bin laden the bad guy. Most of the 911 suspects. Saudi plus the US equals fraud.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MikeMcGuire

    So why would Iran attack America? This story is complete B.S., Just a distraction!!!!! Don't believe a pack of liars.
    Eric Holder is the terrorist protecting the real criminals.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      yup, accusing another country of an act of war is such a trumped up baloney thing to do.
      it's not like that will have any ramifications whatsoever.
      it's gotta be political spin doctoring, right? it couldn't possibly be something that actually happened. Let's have another war we can't afford and don't have the troops for, right? total political gamemanship

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

      In fact, the reason for selecting the Saudi ambassador was never really given. What possible reason would Iran have for taking out just some little ambassador? Especially in the U.S.? Notice the emphasis on "terror plot on U.S. soil (paraphrasing)"? It makes it look like another attack on the U.S., ergo, gives us the right to go after Iran. O what a bunch of slimy perps we have elected!

      October 11, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daytrip

      This story is worse than a bad "B" movie! Not only do they blast this story all over the place (nothing confidential here) so that all the American people are sure to bite, but they post this "ambassador's" photo! So, if you didn't know what he looked like before, you do NOW! That's how worried they are about his safety! This is just a crock of **** so that we can say there was a terror attack on U.S. soil! So transparent, so terrible, such a betrayal! Not only that, but Holder is grasping at straws here. Mueller was right, this is so scripted! P.S. The "Ambassador" looks like a Hollywood extra, just like all the bin Laden tapes!

      October 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Frazier

    If you wanted the Saudi's support for a strike against Iran...

    October 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. America

    I would be careful what comments you listen to on here....There seems to be a lot pro-Iranian talk, "Why don't we trust Iran? The American government is corrupt and fabricated this." Uh, yeah it is corrupt, but more than the Iranian?
    Seems to be a lot of Iranian sympathy on here...kinda fishy

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

      Iran has never pulled off such a risky attack and never will! i know it is futile for me to deny that my Country doesn't plan such Assasination in other countries and i'm not gonna do that.but in American Soil Iran will never do it this way!we might do something here and there and blame it on Al_Qaeda but this!!! i mean think! if you assasinate saudi amb. in the US you already know you're the prime suspect so why should you that? come on respect, we're not that stupid.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daytrip

      Yes, more than Iran. After all, which country has attacked Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Sudan, and on and on? Whom has Iran attacked please? We are just dying to attack them. We always give ourselves a reason that the public believes ("...hook, line and snicker...") Just like 9-11. And over 6,000 military have been killed now; why so loathe to believe we would kill 3,000 in the WTC? Where did the trillions go? Follow the money, people. Really.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • America

      People also couldn't believe that Hitler and the Germans were doing such atrocities to the Jews either. Just saying that just because you don't think Iran would do this doesnt mean they wouldn't. And it is far more likely it is a terrorist group within Iran than the Iranian government

      October 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian -PA

      Or allot of Obama haters who would rather side with Iran then their own country.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • America

      I am not an Obama supporter but i find the fractures in our national pride sad

      October 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Iran

      Terrorist Group within iran than the Gov???!!! you think such things exist in here?ah you have no idea what's going on down here.Everything and i mean Everything is Govorned in Iran(i.e you can not form a damn Kindergarten in here without checking in first, let alone a terrorist group)the Gov. itself is controled here by higher ups,i don't know what you think it is but to summurize it for dummies "it's Middle eastern North Korea".

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

      My point there was to say that it is harder for the American public to get behind us attacking the government as a figure head than a terrorist group. No doubt Iran harbors terrorist

      October 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Iran

      @America you really considering an attack on Iran just for this?for your pride sake don't even try it! in order to bring Iran down you need the whole world behind just can't persuade American public with this $it let alone....

      October 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ferd of Aragon

    Excuse me! Are Iranians Muslims or Christians?

    October 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      dude, where have you been the last ten years?

      October 11, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. R.H.

    How about this. Just to through it in the air.. How about fixing the economy and putting America back on track. Instead of chasing isreali enemies. When does this end? When all Americans are eating out of trash cans and living in pop tents??

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

      So you would advocate that US law enforcement do nothing and allow an ambassador to get murdered on US soil? Really?

      October 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      i hope you're kidding. Oldest political trick in the book: go to war to create jobs.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TIM

    We can only wait for more facts and evidence to come out. If the US can't provide creditable evidence and just try to use fear to invade Iran (like they did with Irag for 9/11), then it is definately time to revolt. American citizens are getting tired of paying the price for all of the government and corporate greed. Those in power are trying all the old tricks to make sure they stay in power. If there is creditable evidence and Iran is indeed guilty of this plot, launch more sanctions against them and allow the UN to deal with this international incident. Give the FBI and DEA a pat on the back for a good job and get right back to dealing with our internal problems... government and corporate corruption.

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

      Tim – really? More "credible" evidence? What more is there? They laid it out like a T.V. drama; "All My Enemies," Program # 433, or "As the Enemy Turns," #135. Where the U.S. (wearing white trunks) is once again victimized by someone, anyone, from the Middle East (black trunks), and they duke it out in someone else's country and destroy it, level it, and with depleted uranium, destroy it for 4.6 billion years (half-life of du). That's what we did in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq, and now others. We are not winning, however, we are losing badly, and sacrificing our young people who don't know any better. Why don't you flag-waving patriots ("my country, right or wrong") wake up and smell the trillions of dollars that are leaving this country on a daily basis, while you sit home without a job and blog about how great the U.S. is. Take some time, read more.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 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 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • garc

      Where in here does it say we're attacking anybody? And whose blood (hisBLOOOOODDD!!!!) are you wanting? Oh wait–you're part of the group who thinks Jesus-is-going-to-come-back-not-as-he-was (peaceful)-but-as-a-World-Wrestling-Foundation-type, right?

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

    Wow! Almost as bad as the Justice Department giving weapons to Mexican drug cartels.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. The Great Saudis

    Thanks, for saving the ambassador of our great oily friends.
    15 of the hijackers on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia.Osama bin Laden was a Saudi too.

    Nobody likes to blame Saudis for 9/11. It's all Afghanistan,Iran & Pakistan.Just goes to show you can do whatever you like ,if you have the resources.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. propaganda–industrial-complex

    awesome anti-iran propaganda XD
    what's the incentive of iran to do that? maybe USA need some stupid reasons to make the next sanction round! go ahead...

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

      Are you at home sitting on your couch, wearing a aluminum foil hat?

      October 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      yeah dude, accusing another country of an act of war, especially when they could have sat on this for longer, is totally for the sanctions man. It's just propaganda man, like obama's birthcertificate and rich people having to pay taxes, it's all propaganda. Especially when you accuse another nation state of an act of war, right brah?

      October 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nick

    Anyone who posts should read the entire complaint before making stupid uninformed comments. First, they waited to release the information because the guy was helping to acquire new information by calling others invovled and making it seem as though the plot was still a go. Thanks to that we now have comfirmation of some of the other involved parties who had their conversations recorded. Second, after reading everything it seems very far fetched to say that this was some how made up. Third, the US has given no indiciation of a desire for war or anything of the sort. The US has said they view this as more of a criminal matter more so than one what would require going to war. It is not a big secret that Iran has their hands in this stuff, our government is well aware of it. If we wanted to attack Iran we already have enough to do so.

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

      If GW were still pres I think I would have to say that war would be much more likely but unless Iran does more there will not be war because it just does not make sense to do so at this time.

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

      Very well said. I think Iran is asking for a war between the US and we won't give into them.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • MAKO 10

      Nick. You are right it is funny when people don't read everything before making their posts. Furthermore I agree we have everything we need to attack Iran. Certainly our Military has been planning an air-strike bombardment on Iranian nuclear facilities and other key targets since 2004. The rushed development of the new EPW or nuclear bunker-buster bombs as a delivery system for US to strike these targets with tactical nukes. The end of the war and pullout from Iraq will certainly now allow the military to fully make their decision, but in the end we will probably not see this happen until after the 2012 election. Shaping up to be a scary situation. Will Russia and China consider a tactical nuke as a start of nuclear war or will they support the move? Who knows!

      October 11, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • JW

      thank you Nick for a normal assessment of the news and what we know as of now. You will never be able to convince the "America is the Evil Empire" crowd that ANYTHING our Country claims is accurate or true. They just cannot for some strange reason.

      October 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ekta Daitu

      Yes, Dustin. In time you should encourage USA to declare war with all the lower and mid developing countries of the world. By that time though, whether or not terrorism around the world gets demolished or not, you and me surely won't be able to buy any food, thats for sure. Cause you and me will be spending all the money for bullets and arm for the War. Won't it be funny...

      October 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • MAKO 10

      Wonder if we will send two more US Navy carrier strike groups to the Persian Gulf, if and when this move happens we would be "ready" to protect the straight they say they will shut down. This potential disaster we dread would bring gas prices here in the US to $10 or more per gallon, thus destroying our economy. There should be a healthy fear of this, but we are thinking like a bunch of terrified kids, locked in a dark closet. We would smash Iran, when will the President grow a set?

      October 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daytrip

      "...enough to do so." And what would that be Nick, for a full-fledged attack?

      October 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. T3chsupport

    I'm not sure what it is yet.... but something smells. Something here is not as it really is.

    Sure, we'll get our people out of Afghanistan... and march them right into Iran... only a matter of time.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. clayusmcret

    This cannot possibly be true; more of those tea party lies. When he won the election against McCain, President Barry Sotero reached out to the Iranian government, President Ahmadinejad and the Revolutionary Guard Corps; offering his hand in peace, love and utopia. This must be a terrible misunderstand among close friends. Simply have one of the 45 Czars take an iPod of Sotero's speeches over to the Quds Forces and all will be forgiven.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
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