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February 15, 2012

SWIFT Movement Against Iran

The covert campaign beyond economic sanctions, targeting atomic officials and institutions in Iran brought to four the number of Iranian scientists killed by bombs in the past two years, as an assailant on a motorcycle slapped a magnetic bomb onto the Peugot 405 belonging to a 32-year-old chemical engineer in rush-hour in a northern Tehran neighborhood. The dead scientist was employed as deputy director of a large uranium-enrichment facility – Iran’s main uranium-enrichment facility – near the town of Natan; his bodyguard also was also killed.

When you lost your power base. The suddenness of bomb blasts, love, revolutions. The suddenness of them all, with lingering affects of age. When outside forces forced your hand, as hunger or drought leads to famine. When it was time to move on. Into the future.

A holy people, a holy Muslim nation. And then the The PIGS nations. Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain. Along with The Netherlands and France. All having oil supplies from Iran cut, per the announcement Wednesday by Tehran state media. Because there was no free press.

Did you notice the nations not on Iran’s list? India. Germany. Belgium where SWIFT headquarters are (in La Hulpe, near Brussels). Like the Federal Reserve Bank, the cooperative is owned by its member financial institutions, under Belgian Law. With offices world-wide.

Ruthless embargoes. The evidence of ruthlessness since 1981. Per the semiofficial Mehr News Agency, so extend oil-purchasing contracts long term with Iran, or face a cutoff. As Iran was looking at cutting off eighteen percent of their own exports, if these PIGS nations did not renew contracts immediately long-term. (Was there some theological irony that the cutoff was not announced to involve the BIG (Belgium, India, Germany) PIGS?)

Terror. Have you paid attention to the funding source for world-wide terror, if you became interested in charting not only the changes that were triggered by different events, but what different limitations did?

Evidence based upon factual data. The evidence against Iran. The funding source. How it treats it own. How it treats its allies. How it treats it exiles.

When the theology had become just for show in Iran? The Qods Force of the Ayaollah. Killing journalists and politicians. When life had no value, these honor killings were just for show? And all the “Show Trials” in Iranian courts.

Ruthless embargoes. The chronology of ruthlessness since 1981. The litany of terror throughout the world. In Germany. In India. In Bangkok. There was a pattern developing.

January 16, 1979: Shah of Iran forced into exile. Ayatollah Khomeni returned on Feburary 1, 1979.
February 10, 1979: Shah’s army surrended to the will of the people. Provisional government proclaimed the next day, with Mehdi Barzagan prime minister. Hundred accused of being members of SAVAK, with property seized and imprisonment. The world changed. Schools taken over.
November 4, 1979: Islamic Revolutionary Guards overtake US Embassy. Barzagan resigns.
December 1979: Nephew of the Shah assassinated in Paris.
July 1980: Posing as reporters, gunmen attmept to kill Shahpur Bakhtiar, the last Prime Minister of Iran under the Shah (later 1992 attempt succeeds).
July 1980: Assassination in Bethesda, Maryland carried out by David Theodore Belfield, an American now using the name Hassan Abdulrahman – formerly known by a name by a name he took at his conversion at age 18 to Islam which was Dawud Salahuddin — which is when he first got involved with Islamist radical movements in the United States. From a security guard position at the Iranian interest section of the Algerian Embassy in Washington, Dawud Salahuddin accepted an assignment on behalf of the Iranian Revolutionary government to carry out a political assassination in the Washington suburbs of Ali Akbat Tabatabai, a former press attache of the Shah’s regime living in exile. Dressed as a mailman, Dawud Salahuddin gunned down Ali Akbar Tabatabai at his home near the Montgomery Mall in 1980. Dawud Salahuddin then fled the United States.
September 1980: War with Iraq. No one was allowed to leave without a special passport. “No one wanted to know. About war, prisons. We were afraid to ask because we were afraid of KNOWING. Maybe if we can pretend it never happened, it will all be forgotten.”
June 1981: President Banisadr is impeached by Khomeni’s parliament.
June 28, 1981: Islamic Republic Party hdqtrs is bombed. General secretary Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti (head of judicial system) is dead with 70 others.
August 1981: New president Mohammad Ali Rajai, one of the leaders of the cultural revolution is killed along with the head of the Tehran police force (believed to be due to internal strife/purge of a new government.)
1982: Iran established Hezbollah
1983: Hezbollah attacks in Lebanon the US Marine Corps’ barracks.
July 1989: Ghassemlou, the leader of Kurdish DPKI party, is assassinated in Vienna at bequest of Iranian government.
April 1990: Kazem Rajavi, member of the Iranian opposition, is assassinated in Switzerland.
1991: Politician Abdulrahman Borroumand is assassinated in France.

March 17, 1992: Bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires which killed 29.

June 1992: Popular Iranian singer Fereydoun Farrokhzad is beheaded.

September 1992: Terror killing of four Kurdish exiles while holding a meeting in a small Berlin restaurant, part of contract put out on the lives of 500 Iranians in exile.

July 18, 1994: Car bombing of the Amia Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85

March 8, 2007: Retired FBI agent-turned-security consultant Robert Levinson checked into a Kish Island hotel to investigate, Levinson’s family said in 2010, a cigarette smuggling case which he was working as a private investigator in Dubai. CNN previously reported that shortly before his disappearance, Levinson met at the Hotel Maryam with Dawud Salahuddin, the American fugitive, now living in Iran. During the meeting, Iranian security personnell entered the room, detaining both Levinson and Salahuddin. Salahuddin was subsequently released. Levinson never returned to his own hotel room. No one has seen him since. It has been reported that he allegedly checked out to return to the United States the next day, as he went missing. New evidence suggests that he is alive and being held in Asia, according to U S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. With diabetes and high blood pressure, Levinson retired in 1997 from the FBI and later became a principal at the consulting firm Business Integrity International. He has not involved in intelligence matters with the bureau, officials have said. There was intial reports that the US Government believed that Levinson was visiting Iran for research on a book regarding Russian organized crime. In December 2007, Levinson’s wife and other family members traveled to Iran and met with officials. A year later, when she flew to the United Nations to ask questions about her husband, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declined to meet her. Christine Levinson has said the Iranian government was polite and guaranteed her family’s security on their trip but provided no details regarding her husband’s whereabouts.

The terror killings continue. Active in promoting Iranian women’s rights, Gelareh Bagherzadeh was struck by a single bullet outside her home that entered the passenger door window in Houston, on January 17,2012. A thirty-year old Iranian molecular genetic technology student at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Bagherzadeh died from the bullet wound, as she talked with an ex-boyfriend on a cellphone. Detectives found her murder occurred after she drove home, suspecting either someone was waiting for her or that she had been followed. Someone might send the Houston Police a copy of the book, Assassins of the Turquoise Palace.

While President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was being “briefed “ on “new nuclear achievements” expected to be announced later today.

Cheap. The affect on people of their currency. As life became even cheaper there. The insouciance from the rest of the world over economic sanctions, without previously affecting The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), operating worldwide exchanging codes when transferring money between banks, particularly for international financial institutions on the SWIFTNet Network.

Looking to transmit, via a secure system, payment. Transmitting a message. Like a woman wanted from a man. When murder steals fertility. Like war did. The terror when you killed your neighbors, in the name of God, with impunity. And left widows and orphans. Like this week in India or Bangkok. Around the clock and around the world, the terror created by Hezbollah, both pre and post September 11, 2001.

Claiming its scientists were victims of “cruel, inhumane and criminal acts of terrorism,” was there irony when Iran filed a formal complaint about the attack late Wednesday with the United Nations?

Evidence based upon factual data. The further escalating tension. Buried deep underground, the construction of a new uranium enrichment plant, known as Fordo, had been kept a secret until the Western intelligence confirmation of its existence. The Iranian government acknowledged the plant in September 2009, just as the United States and its European allies announced its existence. At the time Iran said that they had always intended to reveal the existence of the Fordo plant.

The affect on a people of their currency, as life became cheap, with the insouciance from the rest of the world over exiles, and the homeless, led by European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, the modern day Neville Chamberlain, who now offers Iran a new round of talks toward an agreement that “restores international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.”

The fierceness that came out of Liberation Movements. In the struggle for hearts and minds. When you no longer fit in here, as Muslims. When you were removed by either distant miles or time from the way of life which you had grown up with. When there were two million Iranian exiles.

Round up the usual suspects. Issue a proclamation about Israel. And target a few more Iranian living in exile. While Dawud Salahuddin worked at the English-language flagship station run by the Iranian government, as an editor for Press TV.

As the meek inherit the earth. The ensuing great doubts when you had comforts and lost them. Like home, a wife, or shared belief.

Did you see the pattern which both Iran and Hezbollah believed in? As only the size of their bombs increased. As India continues buying 500,000 barrels of their tainted oil each day. Ask a Syrian this week why would anyone buy the exported oil of Iran, or their Islamic ideals.

Maybe you had read about the Russian revolution. Life in Iran had been just as disruptive over the last thirty years. There are two million Iranian exiles who left, mostly before September 1980.

February 1978 in a Florida bar, I sat next to Iranians students learning how to fly aircraft as part of their studies attending a local university. I paid no attention whether they consumed alcohol.

After torture and internal spying, a homeland was not secure, and no one ever was the same. I wonder what ever happened to those Iranians in that Florida bar 34 years later.

JANUARY 2013 POST SCRIPT: In Algeria this week, Mokhtar Belmokhtar was accused of ordering an attack on a gas facility, master-minding the plot to take hostages and kill hostages. Nicknamed “Mr Marlboro”, Belmokhtar acquired the name because of his role in Algerian cigarette-smuggling across the Sahel region to finance his jihad. Did anyone see the connection between this story and the pattern of what it was that Robert Levinson had been investigating in that Kish Island hotel? The Levinson family had said in 2010, that he was there in a cigarette smuggling case which he was working as a private investigator in Dubai. And so he met prior to his disappearance from the Hotel Maryam Dawud Salahuddin.


January 2015 POST SCRIPT: See this news out of Argentina, per the attched link.

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    Crimestoppers is offering $200,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for murder of Gelareh Bagherzadeh.

    Comment by baseball91 — August 23, 2012 @ 12:51 AM | Reply

  2. When Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was interviewed Wednesday by Norah O’Donnell and Charlie Rose during their CBS morning show, Ahmadinejad did not deny that Iran still has Robert Levinson in its custody, with hints given there had been talks about a prisoner exchange.

    “I remember that last year Iranian and American intelligence groups had a meeting. But I haven’t followed up on it,” Ahmadinejad said. “I thought they’d come to some kind of an agreement.” This was called a “tacit admission” said CBS senior correspondent John Miller, a former FBI assistant director’s analysis, that he’s in their custody, that there have been talks, which in and of itself “is a big step.”

    Yet Tuesday Ahmadinejad had reportedly said in an interview with The Associated Press that he had no knowledge of the whereabouts of Robert Levinson, the former FBI agent who vanished in Iran five years ago. Though he did say that he directed Iranian intelligence services two years ago to work with their counterparts in the U.S. to locate him, “if any help there is that I can bring to bear, I would be happy to do so.” He claimed in the same interview to never have heard of former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati who is imprisoned on espionage charges in Iran. But based upon his past, the past history of the Islamic Republic’s little respect for human life, the president’s credibility had long been compromised.

    Comment by baseball91 — September 26, 2012 @ 7:01 PM | Reply


    According to the A-Rai newspaper report, quoting European and American sources, the Parchin blast at an Iranian military complex was an attack “by a foreign country,” rather than an accident as spun by the government of Iran. According to A-Rai newspaper, published in Kuwait, Iran then ordered Hezbollah to bomb Israel in retaliation for a mysterious fire at the Parchin military research complex in Iran. The Shi’ite militia Hezbollah took responsibility for the bombing in the Har Dov area of Israel on the Lebanese border, The Kuwait newspaper.

    Comment by baseball91 — October 10, 2014 @ 10:03 PM | Reply

  4. And if you happen to believe that Iran had moved into a new era of peaceful co-existence, did you miss this item about missile testing? By Iran. In a nation that has executed a total of 854 people in the Islamic Republic through the first ten months of 2015, according to the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC), which records “unofficial,” “semiofficial” and “official” executions.


    Comment by baseball91 — October 14, 2015 @ 3:18 PM | Reply

  5. In today’s news, Iran is held accountable in the United States, for all the mayhem of the Ayatollah, but really at the expense of the Iranian people who look to him as their leader.

    Comment by baseball91 — April 20, 2016 @ 4:07 PM | Reply

  6. To quote a recent speech, “The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy. It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. The longest-suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are, in fact, its own people.

    Comment by baseball91 — October 2, 2017 @ 10:43 AM | Reply

  7. At Tehran University today, protesters called for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down in the third day of clashes between police defending the system of the Ayatollah and protesters of a corrupt system. Two of the demonstrators, ignoring the warning by the “Interior Minister” that all citizens should avoid “illegal gatherings,” are reported dead. In the interior life of Iran, only Friday gatherings for prayer were allowed these days by the Interior Minister, in a nation where you were compelled to believe in the one religion of The Ayatollah which is hard if you happen to be a Sunni Muslim or any other believer in the Creator. And these protests are over an anger over hunger, going beyond the presidency and all the way up to the Ayatollah. Very worrisome for all factions of the establishment, Iran’s long ailing economy is connected to the Ayatollah’s dream of empire.

    Comment by baseball91 — December 31, 2017 @ 4:14 PM | Reply

  8. “What is wrong with Persia is not its autocratic form of government but its size which, in the grand scheme of things, is doomed one day to be diminished. Herodotus makes reference to the way in which cities and nation-states rise and fall, suddenly giving an ostensibly natural principle a moralizing twist:

    ‘….recounting cities both lesser and greater …. resting on my knowledge that human prosperity never remains a constant, I shall make mention of both without discrimination.’”

    Comment by baseball91 — February 2, 2018 @ 7:53 PM | Reply

  9. Comment by baseball91 — February 12, 2018 @ 4:10 PM | Reply

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