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. kurtinco

    A foreign government, hostile to the United States, finances and plans an attack on a diplomat on our soil, and all you idiots can do is blame the president and Attorney General? Really? I mean, REALLY? I swear, IQs in this country are taking a nosedive and fast. This whole "blame America first" B S has got to stop. We have enemies. They are bad people trying to do harm to us. If it's going to be a choice between their way of life and ours...I CHOSE OURS HANDS DOWN!!!!

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

      I know, some of these idiot people see government conspiracies instead of a foreign government violating our sovereignty by ordering the terrorist murder of an ally's ambassador on United States soil. They should be thanking both the FBI & the DEA for foiling this plot. How many people would have died in that bombing? What about the restaurant staff? What about anyone living on the floors above the restaurant? Do those idiots realize the result of that assassination might have been a joint declaration of war by both the Saudi & US governments on Iran? We would have been obligated to aid our ally. We cannot know for sure what our response would have been, but those were real possibilities.

      October 11, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RodRoderick

    I hope they at least planned to pay taxes on the 1.5million, Tax evasion is serious business!

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


      October 11, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • sonny chapman

      No taxes on Job Creators !

      October 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ryan

    Keksi, who needs an excuse there are legimiate reasons to preemptively attack Iran by both Isreal and the US in fact its a duty..if we don't we let an enemy of the west obtain the means to destroy us

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

      So true. We don't need any more reasons to hate Iran. Nobody in America has liked them since the late 60's.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. neverland911

    Good try, but this smoke and mirror ploy will not get you off the hook for Fast N Furious. Holder is a LIAR.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jim beam

    (quote)How do we enter a 3rd war in the Middle East when we can't even pay for the other two, which apparently will be going on for years more?(end quote)
    wait until we enter Mexico that will make 4. why do we need to be the "super power" and have all the fun let these countries police themselves. soon they will become instinct and amearcans can live in peace again.

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

      Jackazz, we are lucky the "assassin" was really a DEA agent or we would be faced with an international hit from Mexico ORDERED by Iran! Saudi Arabia could have rightfully demanded our aid in punishing BOTH! By the way, Europe policed itself in the 30's....look how well that turned out! jim beam have you pickled your brain with that stuff you drink, or did you fall asleep in world history class.

      October 11, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dreamer96

    See all the problems that come with being super rich...Man the Saudi's are not friends with Iran, long history there....waiting on details...the Iranian's probably tried to hire an FBI or DEA undercover agent....But Why DEA....

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

      The DEA agent was portraying a cartel assassin. The DEA has better contacts in Mexico & the FBI handles the parts on US soil. Both departments deserve our thanks for preventing this bombing. I bet the restaurant staff would have been killed along with other innocent patrons. They saved a lot of lives.

      October 11, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joshua Ludd

    Given their repeated failures since 2001, I would want some serious proof before I believe this. There are too many who have been too interested in a war with Iran.

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

      Didn't you read the statement from the Saudi Arabian government thanking our agents for foiling this plot? Reading is a valuable skill. Iran's response is just the same bullsh!t lies we always hear from them. I think we were lucky that the FBI & DEA stopped the bombing. As our ally we were honor bound to aid Saudi Arabia if they declared war over the assassination.

      October 11, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Johnny

    Bolivia is getting really desperate with False Flag operations.

    See I can blindly assert random ridiculous statements without any factual information to back it up also.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. XPLSV

    Israel, not Iran, is the true enemy of our nation. You do know Israel shot down an US commercial airliner once? USS liberty? Lavon Affair? We've also caught Israeli spies on our soil once or twice before, FYI, but your friendly neighborhood Zionist-run media won't tell you that. Learn your history people, 911 will then take a whole different flavor...

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

      Lol. Stupid conspiracy theorists.

      You guys are so cute.

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

      and you are the enemy of anybody with more then a double digit IQ-you inbred moron

      October 11, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Notislam

      All moslems must be made to feel shame for their vile ideology of islam just as Germans were shamed for their vile ideology of nazism.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • leecherius

      Jump on your friggin camels and go kick their backside then you cowards. Can't the entire arab/anti-Israel haters do anything for themselves.

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

      Muslims were responsible for the 911attacks. Osama bin Laden claimed full responsibility for his 911 crimes & he roasts now in he!! for his atrocity. So stop with the lies. I live close & watched the smoke rise. You 911 conspiracy theorists are full of sh!t. Specifically, chicken sh!t.

      October 11, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. billy jester


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

      Pawn pawn pawn
      Pawn pawn of Israel...

      October 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pellikan

      Falks there is nothing new hear. both side want to kill each other some day there will be a showdown and will all be the loosers, while the war mongers gain more power. what we are seeing here is classic empire decline, just like the romans. over extended in multiple wars, loosing allies, high debt, the list goes on..... have you ever wandered weather the gaol is to get us to fight wars we cant win and thus destrying this country from within? these guys got nothing to loose. they are allready living a poverty levels and dont want us there let us just leave them the hell alone

      October 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      @Buzzk & Pellikan, Isn't it sad that even in decline the US has a decadent lifestyle that prompts people to throw themselves upon our shores begging to be admitted. We also have a freedom from religious persecution that really bugs repulsive throwbacks like you. Sucks to be you.

      October 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Biff

    US propaganda to distract citizens from recent local problems and justify another war. Stop believing everything you hear! It's 99% lies!

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

      doesn't that mean i should also not believe you?

      October 11, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • shura53

      one word....racial,only.answer.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Biff

      Believe what you want, it's your life. I at least don't believe the lies anymore.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uh huh

      Gotta love the conspiracy theorists. Because nobody would ever try to assasinate the envoy, right?

      October 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • muhammad

      this is just another false flag threat do not believe it is a way to persuade the people to stand behind this tyrannical war machine!!

      October 11, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      If anyone goes to war it would be the Saudis. I would think if they wanted to go to war, they'd claim that they planned to kill Americans.

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

      Clarification. If the American government wanted to use this as an excuse to go to war, they probably should have claimed that they thwarted an attack on Americans. This attack was aimed at the Saudis. The Saudis would be the ones wanting war with Iran then.....I need to buy up some aluminum foil commodities

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

      hmmm, who told you that, how do you know, what info are you working with

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

      why dont you go hide and bury your head in the sand because you are too frightened to beat down people threatening the rest of the world. because your sure if you do it long enough the bad guys will all go away right? wuss.

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

      I told you that. Just like they told you this. Yet you believe them without any real proof. If it's on TV, it must be true, right?

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

      @ anon

      yes, don't believe anything someone who tells you to not believe anything tells you....

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

      I will never bury my head in the sand like you would. Think about it. If this is really Iran trying to attack Saudi ambassador to US, why do they try to do it on American soil? It's so much easier to do it in Saudi Arabia itself.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Biff, I'm not entirely sure how you could rally the American people to war around an plot against a Saudi ambassador. It would be kind of like asking people to save the wales while showing them pictures of inhumane butchering of cows; it just doesn't go together.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      This news story is about averting a terrorist bombing that could have put the US in a war. Open your eyes. The FBI & DEA kept Iran from hiring a assassin to bomb the Saudi ambassador. Had the Saudi ambassador been killed ...It WOULD have been an act of war upon our soil. So be glad that the US government PREVENTED a new war from being started by IRAN.

      October 11, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jason

    I've heard this story before:

    "Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism [and exposing the country to danger]. It works the same way in any country."

    -Hermann Goerring, Hitler's ReichsMarschall

    I don't want our country and troops dragged into another perpetual war.

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


      Right. So people who are manipulative and seeking power lie to voters and citizens about patriotism and the threat of attack. Therefore anyone who talks about the threat of attack is lying, and, further, is a Nazi.

      Logic isn't your strong point, is it?

      October 11, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Biff

      It's not really yours either, now is it?

      October 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truthisneeded

      Please use the correct quote. 🙂

      October 11, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      If they wanted a war ,then why did the US government prevent the bombing? BY preventing the assassination they stopped IRAN from starting another war. Logic is just not on your side, nor with the liars in Iran.

      October 11, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Maltheus

    *cough* BS *cough* Nice try though. Distractions won't be enough this time.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jimi

    How convenient – just in time to divert attention from Fast and Furious and Solyndra. How stupid do they trhink we are?

    October 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Harry

    Oh, here we go again. How long before we bomb Terhan, ya think?

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