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  • Morning Bell: Iran Conducting Anti-U.S. Operations in Latin America

    An attack on the British embassy in Tehran. A desperate pursuit of nuclear weapons. A plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington. Alone, any one of these actions by Iran’s regime would be cause for alarm, but taken together they make it undeniably clear that the Iranian threat cannot be ignored. Now, there is news of another effort by Iran to take aim at the United States, this time coming from Latin America.

    Heritage’s Israel Ortega and James Phillips explain:

    Iran is conducting anti-U.S. operations from Latin America, including military training camps in Venezuela, and expanding its reach across the border from the U.S. in Mexico, according to footage unveiled late Thursday by the largest Spanish-language network in the United States, Univision.

    The documentary showed a former Iran senior official accepting a plan to launch from Mexico a cyber war on the United States, one that would cripple U.S. computer systems, including the White House, the FBI, the CIA and several nuclear plants. The official, former Iranian Ambassador to Mexico Mohammad Hassan Ghadiri, was shown accepting the offer from undercover Mexican university students. A trailer to the documentary can be seen on Foundry.org.

    Other revelations in the documentary include undercover Mexican students presenting plans for the cyber attack to Venezuelan officials in Mexico. Ortega and Phillips write that the Venezuelan official appeared very receptive to the plot, saying that she was close to Venezuela’s hard-leftist President Hugo Chavez and that she would love to share the information with him as soon as possible. The same happened with Cuban officials in Mexico, who were equally interested in a plot against the United States.

    The documentary, called “The Iranian Threat,” claims that undercover journalists were also able to infiltrate Iranian military training camps working from mosques in Venezuela, though it showed no actual footage of the camps. Univision alleged there were links between the alleged camps and a radical Muslim implicated in the 1994 Buenos Aires bombing of a synagogue that killed 85 and wounded hundreds. The Iranian lives in Argentina, a country that also has strong ties to Chavez.

    Ortega and Phillips write that the “ties between the hard line Islamist government in Tehran and the anti-American government of President Hugo Chavez have been growing for years, including a weekly secretive Cairo-Tehran flight that is of grave concerns to U.S. officials.”  They also point out other disturbing findings in the report:

    Undercover journalists also confirmed Iranian-backed money-laundry and drug-trafficking cartels that are used to back Islamist networks and training camps in Venezuela and elsewhere, which exist to attack U.S. interests and undermine the U.S. in Latin America.

    Univision said in press release that it had “dozens of hours of secret recordings, conducted extensive interviews with people who participated in the meetings, including a former Iranian ambassador, and examined documents ranging from hand-written notes to internal federal reports and obtained unpublished video of a failed bomb attack against New York’s JFK airport. In Mexico, Univision, uncovered covert recordings of the alleged Iranian plan to cripple the computer systems of the White House, the FBI, the CIA and several nuclear power plants.

    Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has failed to confront threats like those that Iran poses to the United States. In August, The Heritage Foundation Counterterrorism Task Force wrote, “The President’s strategy pays insufficient attention to state-sponsored terrorism, which will increasingly be a major force to be reckoned with. Iran is one of the most prominent and aggressive state sponsors of terror and its proteges–both Hamas and Hezbollah–represent potentially grave threats. In addition, transnational criminal cartels in Mexico are increasingly taking on the character of terrorist networks.”

    With this latest report from Univision, we are reminded that those threats need to be identified and investigated, even in our own hemisphere. And the Obama Administration can no longer stand on the sidelines as civil liberties and democratic institutions deteriorate in Latin America, allowing for Iran and other rabid anti-American to enter, grow, and threaten the United States.

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    40 Responses to Morning Bell: Iran Conducting Anti-U.S. Operations in Latin America

    1. T-Texas says:

      I just read where the regime wanted to go to unmanned border crossings!! I think not.

    2. Mary......WI says:

      This comes as no surprise. And it's also no surprise Obama is doing NOTHING to "fix" this threat to the USA. I say prepare yourselves for that EMP attack….read the book "One Second After". Here's an interesting and frightening thought….we are attacked with an EMP right before the presidential election and Obama retains his presidency…no one can vote!!! God help us!….seriously!

    3. Jaime Calva says:

      When is our government going to realize that Iran is waging war on the United States and directly confront her.
      Engaging the Taliban, Al Qaeda or Hamas will never end the threat. We have to directly deal with the source of the funding.

    4. tspacer50 says:

      President Obama had his chance to help the average citizens of Iran. What did he do ? Turn his back! Now it has gotten to the point, where it will take one aircraft, one bomb, Iran will become a glass bowl!

    5. The present administration and most of Congress are sitting in Washington saying "feed them cake" while many anti-Americans in this country and our enemies from outside our borders are poisoning our real food supply.

    6. "…his game plan is to neutralize the countries with nuclear fire power, particularly the democracies, using his own version of MAD. The way the Soviet and the US kept each other in check for fifty years. But, they just wanted to keep each other in check. I think once he has ringed the world with allies, including Venezuela, and armed them with nukes, he’s going to make a move for global power…"

      A line from Nikita by G. Hugh Bodell, a saga that could be but we pray will not.

    7. sdfultz says:

      WOW, Seems like a bunch of scared cats, everything scares you all, any recommendations as to what action to take, bomb somebody, anybody?

    8. Jack Kalter says:

      I suggest reading the book "Second Seal" by Jon Shaver. The book cover says "ripped from today's headlines" and it is. In fact, the story itself may be tomorrow's headlines. Scares the hell out of me to see that everything in this book is real.

    9. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Is it not interesting that Obama was so quick to employ the Jones Act to stop Europeans from helping stop damage caused by the BP spill, but refuses to invoke the Monroe Doctrine to stop Iran (Muslims) from establishing military forces in South America. Any wonder why Obama will not enforce our Southern borders?

    10. Oh, it's on extreme-right-wing channel Univision. It must be true, then.

    11. Leon Lundquist says:

      Mike, excellent piece. This is an indictment of our Enemy President, it is pretty clear to me Obama doesn't ever serve American Interests. I cannot believe this is a 'mistake' when the Chicago Gang are establishing Dictatorships in our Agencies and doing CoIntel on American Citizens. Amazing the Democrats are vetting the Republican Candidates but never vetted their own. . Actually Ron Paul is the middle of the road. He just looks extreme because the Far Right is invisible. I stand for the Far Right. I say we should Impeach Obama for Abuse Of Power, Try him for Treason and hang him. See? That's Far Right. I think we should arrest some 10,000 Fabian Socialists, jail a thousand of them and hang about a hundred of the genuine traitors in our midst. We need to preserve the Extreme View to preserve the middle. Otherwise Progressives will paint Conservatives as extreme. It is a Sacred Duty to Defend the United States. It is sworn duty to secure our borders and keep arms out of enemy hands. Playing pattycake with Iran is just one example of Obama's treason. It is so much worse than that.

    12. Leon Lundquist says:

      Thank You Heritage Foundation for keeping up the heat on these Gangsters (Michele Bachmann was right) but these days what bothers me the most is the invisibility of the Extreme Right. The only way to make Conservatism 'extreme' is to make the Far Right Invisible. Now it is 'extreme' to defend the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic! It is 'extreme' to insist on strict construction in Constitutional questions. Somehow, Ron Paul has been made to look extreme. (I see HF 'improved' their blog site so that nothing of consequence can be said. It would be "too long" if it were wholly truthful or difficult.)

    13. tom s says:

      It would appear that the country that should have been invaded was Iran, instead of Iraq & Afghanistan. Although all three are bad countries and should have been eliminated years ago, Iran has been the main trouble-maker by far. If Israel was to bomb Iran out of existence, the USA should provide the bombs & have Israel's back.

    14. Whicket Williams says:

      We are waging war with Iran, just do your research you will see On another note, we must get the US gov out of the drug business and get the cartels declared terrorist organizations

    15. The Ronbot Hunter says:

      Then with all this evidence, all the U.S. Federal Corporation and Univision, has to do is present this evidence to the Hague International Court of Justice.

      That is if this is true, but I doubt it, because Univision is a joke and its reporters are third rate reporters.

      If you have evidence then show it.

      The same was true of the claim that Iran was using a car dealer to assassinate a Saudi official.

      Iran asked for the evidence to be brought forth and exposed it as a lie.

      These people play mind games with your minds, hoping you will believe a false claim to justify WW3.


    16. Then with all this evidence, all the U.S. Federal Corporation and Univision, has to do is present this evidence to the Hague International Court of Justice.

      That is if this is true, but I doubt it, because Univision is a joke and its reporters are third rate reporters.

      If you have evidence then show it.

      The same was true of the claim that Iran was using a car dealer to assassinate a Saudi official.

      Iran asked for the evidence to be brought forth and exposed it as a lie.

      These people play mind games with your minds, hoping you will believe a false claim to justify WW3.


    17. gary888 says:

      The Monroe Doctrine has been ignored since Liberals who want and end to our Republic way of governance took over. Besides if some of these from Iran are here to vote, they are sure to vote for Liberals 100 out of 100 chances and Democrats just love that. JFK would not recognize his party if he were here today and would have to apologize for that "Bay Of Pigs" thing to even be heard by today's Democratic Party!

    18. Jill Maine says:

      BHO can't possibly be so stupid as to think he is still going to make friends and find the kinder gentler side of Iran. I wouldn't doubt for a moment that he is letting this happen on purpose.

    19. R. Peter Jackson says:

      Very interesting but I do wonder about how "real" it is. Sounds like the reporting is accurate but it isn't really necessar for such an attack to take place from Mexico. It could be made just as effectively from any place in the world. Perhaps Iran is just twisting the tail of the lion?

    20. SilverBullets says:

      Every one who is even considering voting for the pacifist isolationist, Ron Paul, should be REQUIRED to read this article! …then, if they're still determined to vote for Paul, they should be sent to an insane asylum (with Paul) or imprisoned for treason!

      • Leon Lundquist says:

        Good Heavens! Silver! Ron Paul wants to Trade he just doesn't want to pay for defending the whole lazy Socialist World (because they are too broke to defend themselves.) I swear! Ron Paul is Middle Of The Road and the playing field has been foreshortened by Progressives. Myself, on the Far Right Extreme has been lost in the land of 'no mention.' I am invisible, so you think Ron Paul is 'extreme' but how can a conservative be extreme? If the Far Right is invisible. They actually are Sorcerers, these Progressives, deceiving people above their heads.

    21. tom s says:

      I guess I'm done reading & trying to post my comments on this forum. Apparently the person monitoring these comments doesn't approve of comments that don't agree with his views.

    22. toledofan says:

      It's always an eye opener but it's clear that having the wrong guy in charge, of anything, always creates unnecessary problems, headaches, disruptions and a whole host of other calamities. So, when we see the threats to our borders, the pin pricks we get from a third world country like Iran, the lack of any cohesive strategy other than to ignore the threat, sending in Hillary or looking the other way , it's clear to me we have the wrong guy in charge. So, until we get a real leader, nothing will change.

    23. Brett Underdale says:

      I am not sure that it is wise to consider the actions of a group of college students an act of war however. That will discredit this message to all opponents as propaganda, which is what most citizens are already beginning to believe. If an EMP attack is imminent, one might also think that a Cold War MAD type tactic could be used diplomatically if Iran does fancy itself an enemy of our state, We have the full capabilities of launching such an attack anywhere in the world at this point.

      One must also take into account, that Mexican drug cartels have been using Venezuelan special forces to train their militants, and even fight for them. Now, in the wake of a streak of defeat to the cartels, it would not be surprising that they are turning to less honorable, terrorist tactics, which the Iranians are professionals at. When taken into account, it is easy to dismiss this as an act of war, but an act that does weaken our national security nonetheless. I believe these cartels are a greater threat than an Iranian power with few friends, and a weak military, and attention needs to be turned to the more imminent threat, less than an inch away from our soil.

    24. PADDY O says:



    25. Ahmed Moustapha says:

      I am not Iranian or pro Iran! I love Americans!Yet I find your article very biased!

    26. Daughter_of_Dust says:

      Doesn't impeachment work in this day and age? Seems like the Constitution makes provision for it and it seems like to me it is necessary. Is the Republican party so lax and ineffective they would allow this administration to destroy the United States and not lift a finger?

      • Leon Lundquist says:

        Well said, oh daughter of Dust, I figure the Impeachment of Clinton went so horribly wrong the Republicans lost their stomach for it. I have been screaming for Obama's Impeachment ever since I learned he stole his election. I wrote Eight Articles. Something about a Captive Media, they say the Constitution is 'old' and 'living' like newspeak is 'living language,' Progressives can twist it!

    27. Basia says:

      Obama is waiting for any excuse to declare martial law and suspend the 2012 elections. Ignoring terrorist threats like Iran and creeping shariah fit perfectly into Obama's plan. He wants to make himself "dictator" for life and covets what Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro have — power for life. But he needs a crisis to do so. Get ready for the many FEMA camps waiting for all of us liberty loving "dissidents". If we do not rid ourselves of Obama, our country as founded is dead .

    28. Casey Carlton says:

      A responsible person needs to go into the Oval Office and awaken our slumbering "president". Once this is accomplished, Obama needs to explain why he is napping while this, and so many other things are going on.

    29. Mutantone says:

      Opening the borders removing the National Guard from the area helping launder the illegal money from the drug traffickers which now means Iranian agents Obama is just full of surprises on how he is going to ruin the nation.

    30. Judith says:

      Thanks! Heritage, for bringing to light this latest news on the threat from Iran and Latin America! The news media is so busy vetting the Rep. candidates they can't be bothered informing the American public about the true threats to our country. Now, our gov. wants to do away with manned borders? The insanity just keeps marching along. I can only pray that at this time next year we will have elected a new President who truly loves this country. May God protect us until then.

    31. gary sheldon says:

      Time to put a boot in the rear end of Iran's chief midget and Venezooela's parapooper baby heuy Chavez. Maybe that is why ALL US soldiers have been scheduled to leave Iraq forthwith.

    32. jslonim says:

      Yes, our enemies are plotting against us. I have news for you: we conduct war games and create plans to invade Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran every day. That does not mean that we actually will. It's called a contingency plan. I agree that Iran is a threat, but that does not mean we have to start a preemptive war with them.

      All of you Ditto-heads need to take a break and study some history. You are just as bad as liberals. United States involvement in foreign wars never goes well, and we are not always the good guys. This article seems to suggest a preemptive war against all of South America. That is the worst idea I've ever heard.

      Instead of getting mad at Barry, why don't you complain about the Republican-controlled House of Representatives that hasn't declared war on Iran? I don't think they should, but aren't you Limbaugh fans supposed to be big fans of constitutional due process?

    33. mikie 46 says:

      Well said, Paddy O! Obama has no choice but to stand by and do nothing. He lacks the leadership abilities of a Boy Scout (my apologies to the Boy Scouts). I believe that the choas fits into the overall plan to destabilize nearly everything in the U.S. to the point where a majority can be lead to think that only the government can fix it. Our bureaucracy can't even fix the post office, much less deal with a very real and growing threat to our freedom.

    34. enlightenment says:

      Ha. Let's accept that war being waged on us is inevitable and the president has his own hidden agenda. There's nothing we can do about it, we can only speculate on what "is really going on." We are in those times…. our capabilites and technology is far more advanced than it has ever been.
      This isn't the civil war days when we just run around with guns. Our capabilities are way to advanced for our own good. And attack Will happen it's just a matter of When. How long before we are infilitrated…?
      Obama turned away foreign help by employing the Jones act and refuses to implement the monroe docterine to secure our safety and well-being — What does this imply? That he is not on our side, not the usa at least – fool is workin from within.. head of the state hahaha.

    35. enlightenment says:

      We are so nieve as a nation that we deserve to be attacked! People just gobble up liberal media and don't imform themseleves on what else is happening. Because it might make them eery. I wouldn't be surprised if obama caused the oil spill! he waited 100 days to get on top of it & turned away feasible help when it was offered from the begininng.
      Someone is pulling the strings We have too many people working against us. We all know what's going down, let's be real. I think it's pretty cool that we are in the end of times though — how much more can we prosper before we are hitting each other with wep bombs and it gets out of control, chaos everywhere.. A new awakening is in order. hahahhahahaa I'm so ready. C'mon it'll be fuuunnnnnn >:D

    36. @carlosqc says:

      Do you really trust this "documentary" that doesn't include the opinions of those accused by Univision? This seems more like a telenovela created by the Pentagon to justify the invasion of Iran.

      If you speak Spanish, watch the response of the Irani president Mahmud Ahmadineyad in an interview recorded last nigth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkvkqJC4mo8

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