Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D.
The Jawa Report
Wow, this is big. Iran is the largest state sponsor of terror in the world, but the Islamic Republic is usually smart enough to a) use proxies; b) only hit US interests overseas.
Would this be the first time Iran had sponsored a terror attack within the US itself? I’m racking my brain for the answer, but maybe one of you knows something that I’m forgetting.
FBI and DEA agents have disrupted a plot to commit a “significant terrorist act in the United States” tied to Iran, federal officials told ABC News today.The officials said the plot included the assassination of the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, Adel Al-Jubeir, with a bomb and subsequent bomb attacks on the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C. Bombings of the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Buenos Aires, Argentina, were also discussed, according to the U.S. officials.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in an announcement today that the plan was “conceived, sponsored and was directed from Iran” and called it a “flagrant” violation of U.S. and international law…
…the complaint makes clear that the original plan was that the Iranians wanted the Mexican Drug Cartel to kidnap the Saudi Ambassador, but kill him if necessary. As the plot evolves, the DEA informant says that the easiest thing would be to kill the Saudi Ambassador at a restaurant that he visits at least twice a week.
It’s at this point that he asks whether or not the Iranians would accept collateral damage? It’s made clear that they would prefer just the Saudi Ambassador killed — no others. But, if the only way to kill him was to blow up the restaurant and risk others being killed, so be it.
So, the plot seemed to evolve from one where the Iranians just wanted the Saudi Ambassador kidnapped, to one where he is assassinated, to one where they were willing to kill large numbers of people.
One interesting tidbit is that the DEA informant tells Arbabsiar that the restaurant that the Saudi Ambassador frequents is also frequented by U.S. Senators, but Arbabsiar says to go ahead and do it — even if it means killing Senators.
Read the complete article at The Jawa Report.