#Iran’s regime is increasing its measures aimed at interfering in U.S. elections.
@DNI_Ratcliffe shed light on this important matter.
Americans should be aware that Iran is pursuing this initiative specifically through its US-based lobby arm @NIACouncil.
In this thread, I will be presenting how Iran:
-has infiltrated Congressional offices through its lobbyists
-is using its clout to provide Tehran’s regime access to U.S. citizens’ information
-is spreading pro-Iran misinformation & undermining the U.S. democratic process
NIAC is a lobby group in the U.S. pushing Iran’s talking points.
Listen to this Iranian regime insider explain that NIAC was established by @JZarif, the foreign minister of Iran.
@tparsi is the official founder of NIAC in the U.S.
Listen to how Trita Parsi parrots Zarif’s talking points.
Here we see @NegarMortazavi & @YasmineTaeb, the ladies leading this rally. They are both former NIAC members & thus linked to Iran's regime.
All Americans should be informed that Iran's lobbyists have established ties with American figures.
Here is proof that Mortazavi & Taeb are former members of Iran's lobby arm NIAC.
Mortazavi is also very fond of Iran's chief apologist Zarif.
Note: Iran's officials only allow pictures with Iranians who are their utmost loyalists.
Listen to Mortazavi in a TV interview boast about having close ties with Team Biden.
I recommend watching the video to the end.
Listen to how Mortazavi justifies the crimes of #Iran's regime.
This is the hallmark of Iran's network of apologists & lobbyists in the West.
An important piece on NIAC by @michaeljohnsjr.
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) frequently echoes Tehran’s rhetoric in redirecting blame at the U.S. for Iranian aggression and malfeasance. https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/10/an-iran-lobby-in-america/
NIAC was born from a 1999 white paper written by @tparsi based on holding “seminars in lobbying for Iranian-American youth & intern opportunities in Washington D.C.” & reducing “the taboo of working for a new approach on Iran.”
Last December, [NIAC] outrageously alleged that the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and U.S. forces elsewhere in Iraq were not the fault of the regime-backed militias that carried out the attacks, but rather of President Trump. https://www.niacouncil.org/news/memo-backlash-us-strikes-iraq-underscores-failure-max-pressure/?locale=en
This morning, Iraqi militiamen and protestors enraged by U.S. strikes against Kataib Hezbollah, an Iraqi Shia militia, breached the U.S. Embassy walls in Baghdad. In what is perhaps the biggest...https://www.niacouncil.org/news/memo-backlash-us-strikes-iraq-underscores-failure-max-pressure/?locale=en
2019—NIAC president @jabdi echoed Iran’s conspiracy theory that Iran’s attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman—corroborated by the US, UK, Germany & regional allies—were false-flag operations “orchestrated” by the Trump admin to wage war on Iran. https://btlonline.org/trumps-iran-strategy-of-escalating-confrontation-could-soon-spin-out-of-control/
National Iranian American Council's Jamal Abdi explains why Trump's confrontational strategy could lead to all-out warhttps://btlonline.org/trumps-iran-strategy-of-escalating-confrontation-could-soon-spin-out-of-control/
How Trita Parsi & NIAC Used the White House to Advance Iran’s Agenda
“… organizing the grassroots and pressure US lawmakers to pose a more Iran friendly position.” https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/parsi-niac-advance-irans-agenda
In 2005, Jack Abramoff’s corruption and lobbying scandal became public. One of Abramoff’s main accomplices was Bob Ney, a former congressman from Ohio who was sentenced to 30 months in prison. Part...https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/parsi-niac-advance-irans-agenda
Former Iranian Official, Pro-Tehran Lobbyist Hosted at Obama White House Dozens of Times
“Trita Parsi, a pro-Iran advocate long accused of hiding his ties to the Iranian government, met with Obama administration officials some 33 times…” https://freebeacon.com/national-security/former-iranian-official-pro-tehran-lobbyist-hosted-obama-white-house-dozens-times/
Two high-level Iranian government backers were hosted at the Obama White House for more than 30 meetings with top officials during diplomacy with Iran.https://freebeacon.com/national-security/former-iranian-official-pro-tehran-lobbyist-hosted-obama-white-house-dozens-times/
@hmousavian, a former Iranian official, also enjoyed unprecedented access to the Obama/Biden White House. Mousavian, dubbed as “Princeton’s Iranian Agent of Influence,” is known for his role in Iran’s assassinations abroad. https://www.weeklystandard.com/reuel-marc-gerecht/princetons-iranian-agent-of-influence
As the Islamic Revolution has devoured its own, many Iranians have sought refuge in the West. After the fraudulent 2009 presidential elections and the crackdown that followed, the United States and...https://www.weeklystandard.com/reuel-marc-gerecht/princetons-iranian-agent-of-influence
While @Princeton University says Mousavian had a “distinguished career,” it is worth noting that he was Iran’s ambassador in Germany overlooking the September 1992 Mykonos restaurant killing of four Iranian Kurdish dissidents.
Iran's lobbyists found their way into the Obama/Biden White House.
@saharnow of NIAC worked on the Iran nuclear deal & had very close access to Obama himself.
If Nowrouzzadeh or anyone denies she was a NIAC member, her business card proves they’re lying.
“NIAC’s most accomplished alum is Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, who is now National Security Council director for Iran in the Obama admin & the top US official for Iran policy, bringing together various departments working on US strategy toward [Iran].”
"A conservative website had published an article depicting Nowrouzzadeh as a Barack Obama loyalist who had ‘burrowed into the government’ under Trump and even had ties to the hated Iranian regime itself. " https://www.politico.com/story/2018/03/15/emails-trump-administration-alarm-over-obama-holdovers-465528
"A cleaning is in order," wrote a former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, as State Department officials reassigned a career diplomat of Iranian descent.https://www.politico.com/story/2018/03/15/emails-trump-administration-alarm-over-obama-holdovers-465528
NIAC has also established ties with senior figures in Washington.
Jan 8, 2020
“Along with Reps. Ro Khanna (D., Calif.) and Barbara Lee (D., Calif.), Sanders and Warren are scheduled to speak Wednesday evening with members of NIAC.” https://freebeacon.com/national-security/warren-sander-hosting-call-with-pro-tehran-lobby-group/
Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are slated to host a conference call with a group accused of acting as Tehran’s lobbying arm in the United States.https://freebeacon.com/national-security/warren-sander-hosting-call-with-pro-tehran-lobby-group/
Iran apologists/lobbyists have established ties with Sen. Sanders.
One individual is @hodakatebi, a regular at events held by NIAC.
Katebi had called for burning the U.S. flag after the killing of Qassem Soleimani, the world’s number one terrorist.
Iran lobbyists have established ties with Sen. Warren.
Warren voiced gratitude for an endorsement from NIAC member @rezaaslan.
Aslan has close relations with Iran’s regime & also makes disgusting remarks on Twitter.
A look at some of Aslan’s latest tweets.
For the record, Aslan was forced to delete that last tweet.
However, these are quite telling of his character.
NIAC has strong ties with Sen. Chris Murphy who had a secret meeting with Iranian FM Zarif during the Munich Security Conference back in February. https://thefederalist.com/2020/02/17/source-democrat-senator-held-secret-meeting-in-munich-with-iranian-foreign-minister-zarif/#.XkqNtakwTew.twitter
Sen. Chris Murphy had previously condemned secret coordination with foreign leaders to potentially undermine the U.S. government.https://thefederalist.com/2020/02/17/source-democrat-senator-held-secret-meeting-in-munich-with-iranian-foreign-minister-zarif/#.XkqNtakwTew.twitter
“Murphy is a frequent speaker at [NIAC], a lobbying group with alleged links to the Islamic Republic of Iran,” via The Federalist.
He also criticized the killing of Soleimani, the world's most notorious terrorist, who also killed more than 600 US soldiers in Iraq.
@brhodes also established remarkably close relations with NIAC & NIAC founder Trita Parsi.
NIAC members have also gained foothold in the House of Representatives.
@mahyarsorour is the Senior Legislative Assistant to Rep. @IlhanMN.
Sorour was a candidate for NIAC Action's leadership board back in July 2019.
@ethanazad is a staff member of @RepRashida who handles a "broad legislative portfolio, helping Tlaib’s office on foreign affairs… and government oversight."
@samira_says was a permanent Legislative Assistant in the Office of then @RepBarbaraLee.
That could have potentially given her (and the regime in Iran) access to U.S. citizens' data.
A reminder of Iran’s threats:
Iran's hackers suspected of emailing threatening messages to U.S. voters last week & spreading false information about compromised election systems ran a disinformation campaign last year targeting the Middle East. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-facebook-iran/facebook-says-suspected-iranian-hackers-behind-u-s-election-threats-operated-in-2019-idUSKBN27C2RU
Iranian hackers suspected of emailing threatening messages to U.S. voters last week and spreading false information about compromised election systems ran a disinformation campaign last year target...https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-facebook-iran/facebook-says-suspected-iranian-hackers-behind-u-s-election-threats-operated-in-2019-idUSKBN27C2RU
Damning evidence: Airfare provided by NIAC for two Iran intel agents, Massoud Khodabandeh & his wife Ann Singleton, to come to the US in 2008.
Library of Congress issued a Pentagon-requested report describing the two as recruited by Iran's intel (MOIS) in the 1990s.
NIAC founder Trita Parsi is now the VP of @QuincyInst, a Washington, D.C., think tank funded by George Soros that has promoted anti-Semitic voices and parroted pro-Iran talking points. https://freebeacon.com/national-security/quincy-institute-vp-parrots-anti-trump-iranian-regime-talking-points/
A senior official with a Washington, D.C. think tank that has promoted anti-Semitic voices parroted pro-Iran talking points earlier this week, just minutes after a senior leader of the Islamic...https://freebeacon.com/national-security/quincy-institute-vp-parrots-anti-trump-iranian-regime-talking-points/
Iran took advantage of Obama/Biden’s appeasement & had its apologists/lobbyists push its talking points freely. They should not be allowed to continue.
For starters, the U.S. should pursue an investigation into Tehran’s lobby arm NIAC. https://freebeacon.com/national-security/congress-seeks-investigation-into-pro-iran-lobby-group-tied-to-tehran-regime/
Congressional leaders have petitioned the Trump administration to launch an investigation into a pro-Iran lobbying organization.https://freebeacon.com/national-security/congress-seeks-investigation-into-pro-iran-lobby-group-tied-to-tehran-regime/
Finally, the State Department is calling on US think tanks & other policy groups to publicly disclose how they are funded — or risk forfeiting access to top department brass.
NIAC should be demanded to disclose their funding. https://nypost.com/2020/10/14/state-department-pushing-think-tanks-to-disclose-funding-sources/
The State Department is calling on US think tanks other policy groups to publicly disclose how they are funded -- or risk forfeiting access to top department brass.https://nypost.com/2020/10/14/state-department-pushing-think-tanks-to-disclose-funding-sources/
Why is all this important?
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray said recently that Iran is working to undermine the integrity of the 2020 election. https://thefederalist.com/2020/10/21/fbi-lincoln-project-never-trumpers-peddled-iranian-disinformation-meant-to-help-biden/
American groups including the Lincoln Project served as Iran's American foot soldiers, buying into the disinformation and amplifying it.https://thefederalist.com/2020/10/21/fbi-lincoln-project-never-trumpers-peddled-iranian-disinformation-meant-to-help-biden/
"... we have already seen Iran sending spoofed emails to intimidate voters, incite social unrest & damage President Trump. You may have seen some reporting on this in the last 24 hours or you may have even been one of the recipients of those emails." https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fbi-holding-press-conference-on-election-security
Thanks for taking the time to read this thread.
I believe all Americans should be informed about the threats posed by Iran’s regime & its lobby arm NIAC in these U.S. elections.
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Thanks again & best!