Dissidents Say Iran Is Influencing US Policy at the Highest Levels of Government


Peter Kohanloo, president of the Iranian American Majority, joins 90 Iran dissidents, including foreign policy experts, university professors, interfaith leaders, prominent real estate developers, and human rights activists, among others, to ask Congress to investigate Iran’s covert efforts to influence U.S. policy.

The influence has reached the highest levels of the U.S. government.

They contend that the Islamic Republic uses a network of lobbyists and propaganda experts positioned in the Voice of America’s Persian service.

Concern centers around organizations like The National Iranian American Council, or NIAC, which played a key role in championing the Iran nuclear agreement and worked closely with the Obama administration. They have long operated under a cloud of suspicion. Dissident voices maintain that NIAC in particular serves as a mouthpiece for Iran’s regime in the United States.

The prominent dissidents say Congress isn’t doing enough. A number of influential Iranian-American groups claim to represent U.S. interests but their only interest is the Islamic regime.

The letter cites Voice of America’s Persian service as a source of pro-Iran corruption.

“There have been numerous instances of editorials by the VOA’s Persian service that have been lenient or favorable to Iran’s clerical despots. We consider this to be totally unacceptable and demoralizing for pro-democracy Iranians who watch these broadcasts.”

To give you an example of how this works, beyond the Iran nuke deal. The recent Gulftainer deal is tied to Iran.

Siamak Namazi is a former Iranian government official who, helped found the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) with Trita Parsi.

The family of Iraqi nuclear physicist Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar, considered to be “the father of Iraq’s nuclear weapons program,” has been awarded a 35-year lease for cargo container operations at Port Canaveral, Florida.

Jafar was Suddam’s bomb maker and the port is strategically located near a number of key U.S. facilities – including the Navy’s East Coast ballistic missile submarine base, two U.S. Air Force Space Command bases and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

The Obama administration decided to forego any national security threat analysis by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) which certainly seemed necessary given the nature and implications of this deal.

While this deal was going down, Namazi of NIAC, was head of Crescent Petroleum, a company also owned by the bomb makers family.  Crescent is closely involved in oil and gas projects with Teheran’s state-owned petroleum concern, the National Iranian Oil Company.

NIAC is considered to be the U.S. lobbying arm of the Tehran regime. Namazi, Parsi, and NIAC were all deeply involved in the negotiations that led to the “Obamabomb Deal”: the July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran.

They are all tied to Hillary Clinton as well. Clinton received large donations from NIAC.

The letter can be read on the link.

Letter to Congress (Royce) on Scribd

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