Wednesday, June 30, 2004

An Interview With Congressman Tom Tancredo (R - CO) Can he really Be This STUPID!

An Interview With Congressman Tom Tancredo (R - CO) - Right Wing News (Conservative News and Views):

Edmund Burke said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Congressman Tom Tancredo is not willing to stand by and do nothing. He wants to help evil win. Look at his open blatant support for the group that kills American servicemen and seized our Embassy in Tehran. See how he glosses over the murder of civilians. Keep in mind this was a friendly interview. This was not a set up to snooker a dumb country congressman this is as he wishes to be seen. JBOC

"John Hawkins: Let me ask you another question, it's Iran related. I heard that you support the National Council of Resistance (NCR), a political arm of the Mujahedin-e Kalq (MEK)...

Tom Tancredo: Yes I do.

John Hawkins: While they are certainly an anti-Iranian group, the State Department says they are also terrorists. Do you believe that to be the case and...

Tom Tancredo: Well if you're a mullah in Iran, you definitely view them as a terrorist. They're not a terrorist threat to the United States. They pose absolutely no threat. In fact, they are a great asset. They are the ones who have brought to light almost everything we know about the nuclear capabilities...

John Hawkins: Now I'm just asking, have they made any sort of attacks on civilians or US troops?

Tom Tancredo: Back in the 1970s, right around the time of the takeover of our embassy and that sort of thing, they were accused of launching attacks against Americans. They deny it, but whether it's true or not, it was more than twenty years ago and they metamorphosed into the most significant threat to the present regime in Iran that exists today. The head of the organization is a woman who is very charismatic, she believes in women's rights, she believes in Democracy in Iran...I do support their efforts. I understand that the US characterizes them as a terrorist organization, but what you have to understand is that they were identified as such only after the Clinton administration agreed to mollify the regime in Iran. They wanted to reach some kind of detente with Iran, with the mullahs. The mullahs had only one demand, and that was that we put the Mujahedin-e Kalq on the terrorist list and so it was done for political reasons, not because they posed any threat to the United States.

John Hawkins: And they don't kill Iranian civilians or that sort of thing either?

Tom Tancredo: Well, they attack and do assassinate members of the Iranian government, yeah. That part of the world, it's not a Sunday school picnic over there.

John Hawkins: I understand. A lot of people seem to think Iran is going to fall in a revolution at some point. How long do you think they have or do you think that's the case necessarily?

Tom Tancredo: No idea. Believe me, these things are much too hard to predict. We're talking about so many variables. I can tell you, it would come quicker if we supported the Mujahedin-e Kalq.

John Hawkins: Should we be giving them a push...

Tom Tancredo: Absolutely, we should be aiding them instead of restricting their activities...

John Hawkins: As far as our Iranian policy goes, should we use troops, should we funnel arms to them...

Tom Tancredo: No, no, no, absolutely not. We can use the Mujahedin-e Kalq, they are in fact warriors. Where we need to use that kind of force, we can use them. Where we need to apply other kinds of force, we can do it. Economically, surreptitiously...we can do it. - More tall tales and crazy stories from Paul Wolfowitz - National News:

More tall tales and crazy stories from Paul Wolfowitz. Here we see Wolfowitz making the trek from the Pentagon across the river to Capitol hill to spin more yarns. One would think if Wolfowitz had any integrity that after the WMD Fiasco Wolfowitz would stick to the facts. His scud missile launchers turned out to be round Iraqi chicken Coops. Now he is claiming an elderly Palestinian bomb maker has come out of retirement to attack the US. Either way so what, but if Wolfowitz has proof it is time to show it rather than more of his wild stories. Why does Wolfowitz tell these yarns, I have to assume he was told to by the people he really works for. Wolfowitz is often accused of Dual Loyalty but it is hard to detect any loyalty at all to the USA. If Bush wants a second term it is time for Wolfowitz to go. JBOC

"Wolfowitz alleges that notorious Palestinian is making bombs designed to kill Americans, but other officials say there is no evidence

By Knut Royce
Washington Bureau
June 30, 2004

WASHINGTON -- Early in his testimony on Tuesday of last week before a House panel, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz alleged that a long-retired terrorist was killing Americans in Iraq.

He told members of the House Armed Services Committee that a notorious Palestinian terrorist, Abu Ibrahim, was inside Iraq 'making bombs today to kill Americans.' The startling disclosure, designed to remind the lawmakers of Saddam Hussein's 'killer regime that work(ed) with killers of various kinds' elicited no reaction from the lawmakers, some of whom were still in college when Ibrahim was last known to have made bombs.

When he appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Friday, Wolfowitz repeated his charges.

Earlier this year he said, 'Coalition forces conducted a raid in the vicinity of Mosul that disrupted a bomb-making shop that is attributed to his work.' Still, there was no reaction from the senators.

There was, however, puzzled reaction from an administration official familiar with current intelligence on Ibrahim, a legendary 68-year-old terrorist who specialized in concealing bombs inside luggage in the late 1970s and early 1980s."

Iran has richest economy in Mideast

Persian Journal Economy - Latest Iran News, news Tehran Iranian News persian news web site sport irani news iranians site farsi women sport woman, newspaper football: "Iran has richest economy in Mideast
Jun 29, 2004, 07:27
The deputy economic minister of the German state of Baden Wuerttemberg said here on Saturday that Iran has the most remarkable economic and commercial potentials among regional states in the Middle East.

Ditter Frei, who is currently in the country meeting with Iranian businessmen, said Iran could be one of the most important economic partners for Germany in the near future.

Frei, during his nine-day stay in Tehran, is scheduled to discuss bilateral cooperation, particularly economic, with his Iranian counterpart.

The eastern German state of Baden Wuerttemberg exported goods and services worth 178 million Euros to Iran in 2002 which increased to 198 million Euros in 2003, he said.

He singled out Germany as Iran's second biggest trading partner worldwide, and said Iran and Germany have the potential to increase their mutual cooperation by diversifying their trade exchanges."

Belgian Senate Denies Official Support Of MKO

IRNA200604: "Belgian Senate Denies Official Support Of MKO

June 20, 2004

BRUSSELS (IRNA) -- The Belgian Senate has clarified that the signing of a petition by some Belgian senators in support of the Iranian terrorist group MKO was a private initiative which does not express the official position of the chamber.
'It is not the senate as a whole adopting the text of the petition. It was a private initiative of some senators,' an information official at the senate, speaking on condition of anonymity, told IRNA.
The official noted that not all the senators had signed the petition which called on the EU to remove the MKO from its list of terrorist groups.
'We are not concerned about it,' added the official.
According to local media reports, 41 out of the 71 Belgian senators had signed the petition last week.
A Belgian Foreign Ministry spokesman said the government has no intention of calling on the EU to remove the MKO's name from the terrorist list.
The European bloc entered the MKO on its blacklist in 2002.

Ecclesiastical Clothes and Objects? Exhibition Opens in Isfahan

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"Ecclesiastical Clothes and Objects? Exhibition Opens in Isfahan

Tehran Times Culture Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) -- An exhibition of ?Ecclesiastical Clothes and Objects? opened at Vank Church, Isfahan, concurrent with the quarter centenary of Armenian settlement in the region of Jolfa, Isfahan Province.
Over one hundred pieces of ecclesiastical clothes and objects will be on display during the ten-day exhibition.
A reliquary of sacred oil, capes, belts, embroidered and inlaid clothes, old coverings, a folio of the Holy Bible, and special silver pots are among the exhibits.
Sponsored by Vartan Davudian, the exhibition intends to introduce the precious works of Armenians to visitors."

IRNA- Rafsanjani terms US', big powers' accusations as baseless

IRNA-Islamic Republic News Agency: "Iran-US-Rafsanjani / POL /
Iran-US-Rafsanjani / POL /
Rafsanjani terms US', big powers' accusations as baseless
Tehran, June 30, IRNA -- Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani here Wednesday said the accusations made by the United States and big powers against Iran's peaceful nuclear activities has no basis in fact.
Addressing an ongoing seminar to assess the destructive consequences of the use of chemicals and other weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), Rafsanjani said the issues raised by the big powers against Iran's nuclear programs are stifling the country's efforts to acquire needed scientific and technical knowhow.
"Iran is itself a victim of chemical weapons. Those who accuse us of trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction are themselves guilty of the offense and are just looking for a scapegoat."
He further said that the enemies of the Islamic Revolution and those who cannot accept the success of the Islamic Republic are simply using the nuclear issue to tarnish the image of the country.
He criticized the destructive weapons competition between the US and the big powers. "Undoubtedly, chemical weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, as with modern industrial and technical innovations, have their origin in the West," he stressed.
The EC chairman further lashed out at the "deadly silence" of world powers and human rights organizations towards the use of chemical weapons by the former Ba'ath regime of Saddam against Iranian soldiers, stressing the need to expose the double standards of those who claim to be defenders of human rights.
"The world powers gave the greenlight to the enemies of the Islamic fighters and encouraged Saddam's regime in its crimes against us," Rafsanjani said, adding that it was the big powers that armed Saddam with dangerous weapons to commit his crimes.
He said that all the research that have been conducted so far on how to cope or deal with the consequences of chemical weapons have proved inadequate, and called on researchers to conduct more scientific studies on this vital subject.
He recalled a project wherein Iranian scientists were to study the consequences of chemical weapons and offer the knowledge gained to help victims of weapons of mass destruction.
He stressed that seminars of this kind which aim to expose the disastrous consequences of using WMDs need to take into account the legal and political aspects of the issue in their research.
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The Baluch Connection

The Wall Street Journal | March 18, 2003

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, is a Pakistani Baluch. So is Ramzi Yousef, who masterminded the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. In 1995, together with a third Baluch, Abdul Hakam Murad, the two collaborated in an unsuccessful plot to bomb 12 U.S. airplanes. Years later, as head of al Qaeda's military committee, Mohammed reportedly planned the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings, as well as the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000.

Why should the Baluch seek to kill Americans? Sunni Muslims, they live in the desert regions of eastern Iran and western Pakistan. The U.S. has little to do with them; there is no evident motive for this murderous obsession. The Baluch do, however, have longstanding ties to Iraqi intelligence, reflecting their militant opposition to the Shiite regime in Tehran. Wafiq Samarrai, former chief of Iraqi military intelligence, explains that Iraqi intelligence worked with the Baluch during the Iran-Iraq war. According to Mr. Samarrai, Iraqi intelligence has well-established contacts with the Baluch in both Iran and Pakistan.

Mohammed, Yousef and Murad, supposedly born and raised in Kuwait, are part of a tight circle. Mohammed is said to be Yousef's maternal uncle; Murad is supposed to be Yousef's childhood friend. And U.S. authorities have identified as major al Qaeda figures three other Baluch: two brothers of Yousef and a cousin. The official position is thus that a single family is at the center of almost all the major terrorist attacks against U.S. targets since 1993. The existence of intelligence ties between Iraq and the Baluch is scarcely noted. Indeed, these Baluch terrorists began attacking the U.S. long before al Qaeda did.

Notably, this Baluch "family" is from Kuwait. Their identities are based on documents from Kuwaiti files that predate Kuwait's liberation from Iraqi occupation, and which are therefore unreliable. While in Kuwait, Iraqi intelligence could have tampered with files to create false identities (or "legends") for its agents. So, rather than one family, these terrorists are, quite plausibly, elements of Iraq's Baluch network, given legends by Iraqi intelligence.

Someone named Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was born in Kuwait to Pakistani parents on April 19, 1965. After high school in Kuwait, he enrolled at Chowan College in North Carolina in January 1984, before transferring to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where he received his degree in December 1986. Is the Sept. 11 mastermind the same person as the student? He need not be. Perhaps the real Mohammed died (possibly during Iraq's occupation of Kuwait), and a terrorist assumed his identity.

Mohammed should now be just under 38, but the terrorist's arrest photo, showing graying sideburns and heavy jowls, seems to suggest an older man (admittedly, a subjective judgment). Yet this question can be pursued more reliably. Three sets of information exist regarding Mohammed: information from U.S. sources from the 1980s (INS and college documents, as well as individuals who may remember him); Kuwaiti documents; and information since the liberation of Kuwait (from his arrest, the interrogation of other al Qaeda prisoners, and the investigation into the 1995 plane-bombing plot).

The Kuwaiti documents should be scrutinized for irregularities that suggest tampering. The information about Mohammed from the '80s needs to be compared with the information that has emerged since Kuwait's liberation. The terrorist may prove to be taller (or shorter) than the student. Interrogators might ask him what he remembers of the colleges he is claimed to have attended. Acquaintances -- like Gaith Faile, who taught Mohammed at Chowan and who told the Journal, "He wasn't a radical" -- should be asked to provide a positive identification.

Along these lines, Kuwait's file on Yousef is telling. Yousef entered the U.S. on an Iraqi passport in the name of Ramzi Yousef, but fled on a passport in the name of Mohammed's supposed nephew, Abdul Basit Karim. But Kuwait's file on Karim was tampered with. The file should contain copies of the front pages of his passport, including picture and signature. They are missing. Extraneous information was inserted -- a notation that he and his family left Kuwait on Aug. 26, 1990, traveling from Kuwait to Iraq, entering Iran at Shalamcheh on their way to Pakistani Baluchistan. But people do not provide authorities an itinerary when crossing a border. Moreover, there was no Kuwaiti government then. Iraq occupied Kuwait and would have had to put that information into the file.

Karim attended college in Britain. His teachers there strongly doubted that their student was the terrorist mastermind. Most notably, Karim was short, at most 5-foot-8; Yousef is 6 feet tall.

Nevertheless, Yousef's fingerprints are in Karim's file. Probably, the fingerprint card in Karim's file was switched, the original replaced by one with Yousef's prints on it. James Fox, who headed the FBI investigation into the 1993 WTC bombing, has been quoted as affirming that Iraqi involvement was the theory "accepted by most of the veteran investigators." Pakistani investigators were likewise convinced that Yousef had close links with the MKO, an anti-Iranian terrorist group run by Iraq, and conducted a bomb attack in Mashhad, Iran, in 1994.

U.S. authorities may unravel the story very quickly if they pursue the question of Mohammed's identity, instead of assuming they know who their captive really is. As for the larger issue of these murderously anti-American Baluch, that matter may become clear soon, once U.S. forces take Baghdad -- and take possession of Iraq's intelligence files.

Iran Didban - "Who is Paying Alireza Jafarzadeh?"

Iran Didban: My page "Who is Paying Alireza Jafarzadeh?" was quoted in Iran Didban has a wide range of useful stories on Middle Eastern terrorism. Sadly some of it is US backed. Take MEK for instance, which has close ties to FoxNews and Richard Perle. JBOC

Jafarzadeh offers no real proof for any of his wild claims but he has a willing audience in our Government. They feed the agitators to tell their stories and their fears build, so they feed the agitators more money and the reports get worse." - Mojahedin Revenge on Chalabi - Mojahedin Revenge on Chalabi: "Mojahedin Revenge on Chalabi


As the accusation waves of US against Chalabi heighten, this question comes to mind that 'what is US's source about transferring intelligence to Iran?' a newspaper discovered that CIA got its information from Mojahedin-e khalq. This organization has claimed that Chalabi has been involved in giving US's intelligence to Iran and that he has put Americans in Iraq at risk. This organization has also given to Americans the names of some Iranians who work for Iran beside Chalabi.

In a report published in Al-Siaseh, published in Kuwait, it has been said that raiding Chalabi's home and office in Baghdad was conducted under the supervision of CIA and that FBI agents and some security and police forces, as well as some spy agents of MKO, were involved in the raid. It continues to say that Paul Bremer was not aware of this operation.

The report ads that Mojahedin want to revenge on Chalabi, who gave to Americans information on MKO's long cooperation with former intelligence service of Iraq. Due to the information of Chalabi, CIA and US officials were forced to disarm MKO and keep them in a camp.

According to the newspaper and to MKO's propaganda sect / News / World / Iran's clerics could face challenge from Iraq / News / World / Iran's clerics could face challenge from Iraq: "Iran's clerics could face challenge from Iraq
By Parisa Hafezi, Reuters | June 30, 2004
TEHRAN -- The rise of a secular, democratic Iraq could pose a challenge to Iran's Shi'ite clerical establishment, which fears it would serve as a powerful model for moderate Iranians who seek change, clerics said.

Many senior clerics are particularly concerned about any shift in the center of gravity within Shi'ite Islam away from Iran's holy city of Qom, from where clerics wield immense political authority, toward Najaf in neighboring Iraq.
The emergence of Najaf coincides with the rise to political prominence of Iraqi clerics, such as Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who question the legitimacy of absolute rule by the clergy.
''Now Najaf, as a more moderate center, will regain the place it held for most of the past 1,500 years,' said Hadi Qabel, a reformist, mid-ranking cleric from Qom.
Monday's formal transfer of sovereignty represents a further opportunity for the rehabilitation of Iraq's Shi'ite community, which was brutally suppressed under Saddam Hussein.
Despite the prevailing view, many Qom clerics actually support the idea of a separation between mosque and state that some Iraqi clerics have suggested, Qabel said.
''If security returns to Iraq, many clerics from Qom and other cities which share the same beliefs will move to Najaf," he said.

Vice President Mohammad Ali Abtahi of Iran, also a moderate, believes Najaf's seminary will gain power. But he rejected the idea that it was a threat to Iran's theological centers: ''Even right now, there are different views in Qom seminaries and I do not believe it will cause a huge exodus of Qom clerics to Najaf."

ALL to set up Truck & Bus Plant in Iran -

ALL to set up plant in Iran - "ALL to set up plant in Iran

Wednesday, 30 June , 2004, 13:16

The Hinduja Group flagship firm Ashok Leyland is planning to set up a multi-million dollar plant in Iran for assembling CNG trucks and buses.

The company is talking to state-run gas firm Gail (India) Ltd and Iranian government for a joint venture for the project which would also involve laying pipelines from gas field to consumption centres and setting up CNG fueling stations.
'We will put up an assembling plant near Tehran while Gail would assist in setting up the CNG distribution network. The Iranian national company will supply natural gas, which will be piped to various cities where it will be compressed and dispensed to automobiles,' a senior official with Ashok Leyland said.
The investment, equity structure and timeframe for the project is yet to be firmed up, he said, adding Tehran has shown keen interest in the project.
The Iranian venture would be similar to Ashok Leyland's Sri Lanka foray where it has set up an assembling factory at Panagoda, about 40 km from Colombo, for manufacturing 15,000 trucks and buses per year.
While Ashok Leyland manufactures CNG buses for Delhi, CNG trucks for Tehran would be the such first venture.
'We have the technology. The problem in India is that CNG dispensing facilities are located only in two cities - Delhi and Mumbai and trucks plying on inter-state routes have problems of refueling,' the official said. "