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Peter King: Iran May Have ‘Hundreds’ Of Hezbollah Agents In U.S.

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Peter King: Iran May Have ‘Hundreds’ Of Hezbollah Agents In U.S.

WASHINGTON — Iranian-backed Hezbollah agents, not al Qaeda operatives, may pose the greatest threat on U.S. soil as tensions over Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program ratchet up, according to the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

“As Iran moves closer to nuclear weapons and there is increasing concern over war between Iran and Israel, we must also focus on Iran’s secret operatives and their number one terrorist proxy force, Hezbollah, which we know is in America,” said New York Rep. Peter King at a Wednesday hearing of his committee.

The hearing, which featured former government officials and the director of intelligence analysis for the New York Police Department, follows a foiled plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, D.C., and testimony by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in late January that Iran’s leaders are “more willing to conduct an attack inside the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime.”

Opening the hearing, King said, “We have a duty to prepare for the worst,” warning there may be hundreds of Hezbollah operatives in the United States, including 84 Iranian diplomats at the United Nations and in Washington who, “it must be presumed, are intelligence officers.”

But Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said he was concerned that the testimony he was about to hear was based on outdated information and not current intelligence. He noted that “no current federal officials” were asked to testify on Wednesday.

“A word of caution is in order,” Thompson said. “When we examine our relationship with another country, we cannot look at any particular moment in time and pretend that it tells the whole story. We cannot view the politics, history and culture of any other country clearly by seeing a snapshot version.”

Referencing Clapper’s earlier testimony, Thompson said the director of national intelligence should be called in for a classified hearing, but added, “We should not engage in a public discussion that creates fear and delivers misinformation.”

King rejected the Democrat’s objections. “We’re not focusing on foreign policy,” he said. “We’re talking about an internal threat to this country.”

Most of the testimony — which came from former officials at the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Treasury, among others — concerned Iranian-linked attacks in other countries that dated back decades in some cases. However, Mitchell Silber, head of the NYPD intelligence unit that has come under fire for spying on the city’s Muslim community, said that between 2002 and 2010 his agency and federal authorities detected “at least six events involving Iranian diplomatic personnel that we struggle to categorize as anything other than hostile reconnaissance of New York City.”

The suspicious events, some of them publicly revealed for the first time, involved security guards at the Permanent Mission of Iran to the United Nations and Iranian diplomats stationed in New York. Among the cases Silber cited:

    • On Nov. 16, 2003, at 2 a.m., uniformed NYPD officers on a subway train observed two men filming the train tracks. The men, who initially claimed diplomatic immunity, were security guards at the Iranian Mission who had recently arrived in New York.
    • In May 2004, despite warnings from the State Department, two more Iranian Mission security guards were observed videotaping infrastructure, public transportation and New York City landmarks. A month later, the guards were expelled by the United States, Silber said, for “engaging in activities that were not consistent with their duties,” or spying.
    • In May 2005, six individuals “associated with the Government of Iran” were interviewed by the NYPD after a call to a city hot line reported suspicious behavior. The individuals on a sightseeing cruise were reportedly photographing and videotaping landmarks such as the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges as well as “reportedly speaking on their cellphones in an unusual manner.” One of the individuals worked at the Iranian Mission while the other five had diplomatic immunity based on their positions within the Iranian government. They were later released.
    • In September 2008, during the U.N. General Assembly, several members of the Iranian delegation were seen taking photos of railroad tracks inside Grand Central Station. After questioning, they were “released without incident.
    • In September 2010, again during the U.N. General Assembly, federal air marshals reported suspicious behavior at the Wall Street Heliport, where four people were seen taking “still photos and videotaping the water line and structural area of the heliport landing pad” from a nearby parking lot. The four produced press cards showing they worked for the Iran Broadcasting Co. and were released.

Although authorities could link none of the incidents to actual plots, “Iran has a proven record of using its official presence in a foreign city to coordinate attacks, which are then carried out by Hezbollah agents from abroad, often leveraging the local community — whether wittingly or not — as facilitators,” Silber testified.

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42 Comments »

  1. OMG…this dude is such a chode. He wouldn’t know an Iranian from an Albanian from a Dominican.

  2. This is the set up to profile every Lebanese and Shiite in the US.

  3. Dude has a point!

  4. Nothing this so-called person King can be taken seriously. He is a bigot pure and simple.

  5. Once an idiot gets a pink parasol he claims prevents Elephant attacks you just can’t shut him up!

  6. I dont know why this guy is even in office..

  7. He views all non white people as terrorists. He is a bigot and a hypocrite. He states every chance he gets how he fights terrorisim. Meanwhile in the 1980’s he was a backer of the IRA which was labeled by the US government at the time of being a terrorist organization. Eventually they realized they were going about it the wrong way and they changed. But the fact remains he was a supporter of a organization who killed British citizens,Irish citizen’s and would kil anyone who got in their way. And they were clearly in contact and in cahoot’s with Arafat’s PLO.

  8. oh my god

  9. Yup. Just the same way the CIA may have hundreds of agents in Iran.

  10. paranoid much

  11. Jesus, this scare the shit out of me.

    Not.

  12. this is just fear-mongering bullshit

  13. Yeah, that seems like a reasonable fear

  14. May? They May be hear. Doesn’t sound like he has much proof does it.

  15. omg he looks like n kidman’s husband in ‘birth’. creepy

  16. Wow! I meant here….uggg. guess it’s time for bed because i can’t even spell.

  17. The “enemy du jour”? King is an idiot. Why anyone would pay attention to his ravings is beyond me.

  18. Peter King is the obvious authority on these matters, so I believe it to be true.

  19. ….not true!! thier desciple, obama slime would be that!!

  20. But if the IRA had hundreds of operatives in the US, he’d be totally down with that.

  21. Peter King is a hater!

  22. so who gives a fuck, we’re not Falling for this war baiting, and you just landed in my Kill file, bye!

  23. The greatest terrorists on US soil are bigiots like Peter King.

  24. When you need a new war, just name a new boogie-man. Funny, al Quaeda was all the rage there, for a while. Wonder when they’ll have a ‘foiled’ Hezbollah attack. This is the preparation statement, and usually, the sinister plot comes a week or two later.

  25. Al-CIA-duh.

  26. In the shades of joseph McCarthy. This man knows no shame or dignity as neither did Senator McCarthy.

  27. This man sounds so much like Sen. Joseph McCarthy and Richard Nixon it’s both frightening and reprehensible. How dare this powerful but un-American politician start screaming along the lines of the “red baiters” of the Cold War. This man will go to no ends to lie about a non-existent threat in this society. We are sick and tired of this nonsense that has led to the Patriot Act and other laws that are contrary to our civil liberties. This BS has got to be put to an end with the removal of Rep. Peter King from office this November.

  28. This guy probably doesn’t even know the fundamental difference between a Sunni and a Shi’a.

  29. Or he thinks Al-Qaeda is the same as Hizbollah

  30. We need a mental health test for some people in power.

  31. This is beyond dumb, like some BNP asshole saying North Korea has hundreds of Chinese communist spies in the UK.

  32. One can always count on Peter King to come out with some over-the-top stupidity!

  33. One can always count on Peter King to come out with some over-the-top stupidity!

  34. The report of the Rand Corporation of the U.S. administration recently published in most U.S. newspapers
    They said the text:
    The line between radical and moderate is to accept the application of Islamic law,
    Radical is one of the accepted application of Islamic law
    Moderate and he has refused to implement Islamic Sharia
    Does this make sense? Is this justice? Is this the freedom that is talking about America? Manipulate the minds of American people Are you satisfied with me my friend??
    This is America and the top of extremism

  35. The report of the Rand Corporation of the U.S. administration recently published in most U.S. newspapers
    They said the text:
    The line between radical and moderate is to accept the application of Islamic law,
    Radical is one of the accepted application of Islamic law
    Moderate and he has refused to implement Islamic Sharia
    Does this make sense? Is this justice? Is this the freedom that is talking about America? Manipulate the minds of American people Are you satisfied with me my friend??
    This is America and the top of extremism

  36. America is the center of corruption .. is the center of terrorism .. America is the center of racism .. America is the largest occupied country to the Arabs and Muslims on the territory of the Arabs .. America is the thief of oil from the land of Arabs and especially Iraq .. American state dictatorship that spies planted in the Middle East .. America is the largest country distorted image of Islam and the perception of Muslims as monsters and kill him .. A stranger in America as long as it refuses to Arabs and Muslims to take what Muslim scholars have?? Why occupies Muslim lands?? Why Muslims to enter the U.S. territory?? Why care about us ?? Why America is determined to intervene in the Arab countries they wanted?? Why send us weapons expired?? the U.S. and non U.S. Muslim and non-Muslims invite you to think

  37. America is the center of corruption .. is the center of terrorism .. America is the center of racism .. America is the largest occupied country to the Arabs and Muslims on the territory of the Arabs .. America is the thief of oil from the land of Arabs and especially Iraq .. American state dictatorship that spies planted in the Middle East .. America is the largest country distorted image of Islam and the perception of Muslims as monsters and kill him .. A stranger in America as long as it refuses to Arabs and Muslims to take what Muslim scholars have?? Why occupies Muslim lands?? Why Muslims to enter the U.S. territory?? Why care about us ?? Why America is determined to intervene in the Arab countries they wanted?? Why send us weapons expired?? the U.S. and non U.S. Muslim and non-Muslims invite you to think

  38. Peter King is the leader by default of the lunatic fringe in the U.S. What a jerk! Way back when, Bud McFarlan (Reagan’s co-conspirator in Iran-gate) proved to the planet that he was the least expert person on Iranian history, culture, politics and diplomacy. Only a few years later our so-called journalists were dragging Bud-Baby in front of TV cameras and asking his opinion about the country. When Bud got too old to make a fool of himself (and viewers, and journalists), it was fortunate for American extremism that Peter King was ready to stumble into the breach, preaching more bile, fantasy, fear and untruths about a potentially very valuable ally. To which the American people will undoubtedly say, sheepishly, “B-a-a-a-a-“

  39. Peter King is the leader by default of the lunatic fringe in the U.S. What a jerk! Way back when, Bud McFarlan (Reagan’s co-conspirator in Iran-gate) proved to the planet that he was the least expert person on Iranian history, culture, politics and diplomacy. Only a few years later our so-called journalists were dragging Bud-Baby in front of TV cameras and asking his opinion about the country. When Bud got too old to make a fool of himself (and viewers, and journalists), it was fortunate for American extremism that Peter King was ready to stumble into the breach, preaching more bile, fantasy, fear and untruths about a potentially very valuable ally. To which the American people will undoubtedly say, sheepishly, “B-a-a-a-a-“

  40. I still dont support a war with Iran…sorry Peter King, but you can go to hell.

  41. Peter King has turned into some sort of gimmick politician

  42. Because we are all Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and Taliban members.

    Problems with consistency and facts. Dislike…

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