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Join Us At Today's Iranian Alert Thread – The Most Underreported Story Of The Year!

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1 posted on 01/23/2004 12:01:37 AM PST by DoctorZIn
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Join Us At Today's Iranian Alert Thread – The Most Underreported Story Of The Year!

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2 posted on 01/23/2004 12:04:24 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iran Continues To Amass Equipment For Nuclear Weapons Material

Gary Fitleberg, 01/22/04

In violation of its agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the European Union, Iran is continuing to procure equipment to enrich uranium, a key ingredient necessary to develop nuclear weapons, Reuters reported.

"They're getting a lot of stuff" according to one Western diplomat, referring to centrifuge technology" as told to Reuters.

Another high-ranking official stated that "The ultimate goal has always been the cessation of enrichment activities and we're clearly not moving in that direction."

Late last year, Hassan Rohani, secretary-general of Iran's Supreme National Security Council and lead negotiator of nuclear disarmament, called Iran's suspension of enrichment activities "temporary" and said "the issue of ending uranium enrichment is not in question and nver has been nor will be."
3 posted on 01/23/2004 12:05:25 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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If I had to guess, the Iranian regime will be toppled no later than the end of 2005. The pressure is building, both from newly pro-western neighbors, but also from within. It won't be long.
10 posted on 01/23/2004 5:43:01 AM PST by Dog Gone
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Reform vs. Reality

January 23, 2004
The Washington Post
David Ignatius

DAVOS, Switzerland -- Even by the standards of this annual gathering of the masters of the great and the good, it was a remarkable sight: Iran's president, Mohammad Khatami, standing in his black turban and clerical robes before the assembled chiefs of the global economy, lecturing them on the convergence of Islam and the Western philosophy of Max Weber and David Hume.

It was a sort of Davos dream come true: The idea that, as Khatami argued, dialogue and rational debate could save the world from its troubles. The Iranian leader seemed like a man who had landed in the Swiss Alps in a time machine from the Age of Enlightenment: He decried the effects of overspecialization of knowledge; he spoke of the tension between the ideal and the possible and said that only reason and ethics could overcome such contradictions.

Harvard professor Joseph Nye emerged from the hall shaking his head in bemused wonder; it was the kind of presentation that could have been given at an American university and received a respectable grade.

Khatami's speech to the World Economic Forum was a stirring performance, but as a guide to the political future, I fear it was misleading. It's not that he doesn't mean his fine words. You could see the pleasure he took in displaying his intelligence and erudition for the Davos audience. It's just that he doesn't have the political cards back home to deliver on his promise of neo-enlightenment.

The reality is that Khatami and his fellow reformers in the Iranian parliament are being eaten alive by the conservative clerics who really run the country. The reformers have become enough of a nuisance that the mullah's Council of Guardians disqualified nearly half of them from next month's elections. Khatami and his parliamentary allies threatened to quit, but their protests are bootless -- and most Iranians unhappily know it.

Unless Iran's constitution is changed, the mullahs have the ultimate power. And, as Khatami conceded at a news conference after his speech, he has no plans to change the constitution.

Iran-watchers tell me the real power player in Tehran today is former president Hashemi Rafsanjani. He's a classic wheeler-dealer -- everything that the intellectual Khatami is not. Rafsanjani may run for president again, but even if he remains in the shadows, he is a truer image of Iranian politics than the philosophic Khatami. What's more, Rafsanjani is said to be the man coordinating Iran's highly manipulative (and highly successful) policy toward Iraq -- and the one who will coordinate any back-channel deals with Washington.

For me, Khatami embodies that classic dilemma of the intellectual in politics. His world is the library, not the street; however popular his call for modernism may be with ordinary Iranians, he won't win the brawls that determine day-to-day politics.

Over time, I suspect that Khatami's reformist ideas will prove more powerful than they seem today. That's the other paradox of intellectuals in politics: They may seem to lose in the short run, but in the long run, their ideas can transform nations and cultures. Khatami, the Islamic Hegelian who believes that ideas drive history, may eventually win. But he might not be around to savor the victory.

This is the mullahs' moment. Tehran is coordinating a very clever strategy of drawing the United States onto terrain where the Iranians control all the hidden levers of power. President Bush's claim that the U.S. show of force in Iraq has intimidated the Iranians is, as Khatami suggested, questionable. Tehran exerts substantial influence over Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who has defied U.S. occupation czar Paul Bremer and gotten away with it.

Iran's hegemony extends farther west. The most dynamic political force in the Arab world today is probably the Lebanese Shiite militia, Hezbollah -- another Iranian creation. Already, Hezbollah agents are said to be infiltrating Iraq. Are they preparing to use the tactics of kidnapping and hostage-taking that made Lebanon a deadly zone for Americans in the mid-1980s? I hope not, but this is a danger that should concern policymakers.

Finally, it seems inevitable that over the next few years, Iran will emerge as a nuclear-capable power. As long ago as 1995, Iraqi intelligence estimated that Iran was very close to having a bomb. That doesn't necessarily mean the Iranians will build and test a nuclear weapon. They may, like Israel, coast along in a posture of ambiguity, meeting demands of the International Atomic Energy Agency even as they covertly pursue their nuclear ambitions.

The rise of Iran is a decisive fact of life in the Middle East. The learned voice of Mohammad Khatami is part of that Iranian reality, and we should embrace his proposals for dialogue. But the West should remember that the real power lies elsewhere, far from the library.
17 posted on 01/23/2004 9:16:21 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Attack the Roots of Terror, Not Terrorists - Ebadi

January 23, 2004
Jordan Times

BOMBAY -- Iranian Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi says punishing those who commit acts of terror will not rid the world of terrorists and might even make the problem worse.

The outspoken lawyer, who has repeatedly accused the United States of using the Sept. 11 attacks as a smoke screen to violate human rights, said terrorism had only increased despite years of cracking down on militants around the world.

“The solution for eradicating terrorism is not just to punish terrorists. We must go to the roots of terrorism,” Ebadi told Reuters in an interview in Bombay late on Wednesday.

“Terrorism is the reaction, the wrong reaction, to injustice and discrimination,” said Ebadi, the first Muslim woman and the first Iranian to win a Nobel Prize.

In India's financial hub to speak at several venues including the World Social Forum (WSF), which ended on Wednesday, the diminutive Ebadi drew the sort of attention normally reserved for stars of India's Bollywood films.

Mobbed by excited teenagers, autograph hunters and reporters, she was also a big draw at WSF seminars packed with thousands of anti-globalisation activists from all over the world, who seemed to hang on her every word.

Iran's first woman judge, who became a hate figure among the country's religious hardliners for her outspoken support of social and legal reforms, denounced people who misinterpret Islam and misguide Muslims to commit heinous acts of terror.

“People who believe human rights, democracy and Islam are incompatible are only justifying dictatorship. They use it to impose their beliefs,” she said, speaking through an interpreter.

Not one to mince words, Ebadi is equally critical of the US-led war on terror.

“America and the West should know that Islam does not support terror. In Bosnia, when so many Muslims were killed, we did not consider it Christian terrorism,” said Ebadi, who was without a headscarf — compulsory under Iranian law — to cover her close-cropped auburn hair.

President George W. Bush has maintained since Sept. 11 that the US. war on terror is not a fight against Islam, though many Muslims still regard it as an attack on their religion.

Hailed as a hero among human rights bodies and a much sought-after speaker around the world, especially after receiving the Nobel award last month, Ebadi is still trying to come to terms with the global adulation.

“I have no hero or role model in my life. And I don't want to be a role model for other people, even my own daughters, because I believe everyone should live life by himself or herself and use their own wisdom.”

The 56-year-old human rights campaigner has been lambasted by Iran's conservative newspapers for shaking hands with men and appearing in public without a headscarf.

Because of her vocal support for political and economic reforms and abolition of Islamic penalties such as stoning and amputation of limbs, Iran's conservatives call her an agent of the West.

She is accustomed to living with the death threats she receives nearly every day by phone and mail. But Ebadi, the mother of two daughters and wife of an electrical engineer, says she is not a “superwoman” and has learned to cope with fear.

“She's a very forthright person,” said Helen Ralston, a Canadian sociologist who attended one of Ebadi's public talks in Bombay. “But she's also a woman of heart and compassion.”
18 posted on 01/23/2004 9:17:35 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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French Minister: Developments in Iran Bode Well for Expansion of Ties

January 23, 2004
Islamic Republic News Agency

Paris -- Commerce Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari, heading a trade delegation, met here Thursday with French Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry Francis Mer.

Mer welcomed Iranian delegation saying that the developments in Iran bode well for expansion of ties between Tehran and Paris.

Paris sees no obstacle in strengthening bilateral trade ties he said adding "The visit to Paris by the Iranian Commerce Minister is the right step in bolstering relations."

Shairatmadari briefed the French Economy Minister on policies in lessening the role of government in the Iranian economy, ceding the state-owned enterprises to the private sector and other structural adjustments in the economy in the past several years.

Implementing investment and tax reforms, unification of foreign currency rates, modifying imported exports laws, amending tariff regime and provision for establishing private banking system are among other economic policies, he stated.

Currently there are suitable opportunities for Tehran-Paris cooperation in telecommunications, aeronautics, and oil and gas sectors.

Shariatamdari, heading a 100-man delegation, is on an official visit to France to examine ways of promoting Tehran-Paris economic cooperation.

Meetings with a number of senior French economic and trade officials, including Foreign Trade Minister Francois Loos, and conclusion of memoranda of understanding on mutual economic cooperation are high on agenda of the Paris visit of Shariatmadari and h is entourage.

Seventy managers from Iran's manufacturing and export institutions grouped in 16 teams are to enter into negotiations with their French counterparts on issues of mutual interest.

The group of Iranian industrialists is expected to represent different economic and industrial sectors, which deal with the technical, engineering, banking, insurance, steel, food, and hand-woven carpet industries as well as the information technology, e xhibition, free trade and industrial zones, machinery, cosmetics, mineral, pharmaceutical, hospital equipment, marine and railway industries and vehicle related services.
19 posted on 01/23/2004 9:19:49 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Janati Warns EU Against Interfering in Iran Elections

January 23, 2004
Khaleej Times

TEHERAN - An Iranian Ayatollah warned the European Union on Friday against interfering in the parliamentary election process.

Relations with the EU does not mean that Europeans can interfere in our legal system and election process, said Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, a senior member of the senate-like Guardian Council, at Friday prayers in Teheran.

The European Union had voiced grave concern over the ban of more than 3,500 reformist candidates from running in the February 20 elections.

The EU should fulfill its obligations to Iran rather than come up with new issues such human rights and misuse them as political tools against us, said Jannati, one of the front-runners of the hardline clergy faction.

Iran last year signed the additional International Atomic Energy Agency protocol and had allowed unlimited inspection of its nuclear sites in return for an E.U. promise to acknowledge Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear activities and to assist the country in this field.

According to Teheran, the EU has failed to fulfill its promises and Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi even warned that Iran might not see any reason to continue the dialogue.
20 posted on 01/23/2004 9:20:56 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Witness Claims Attack 'Joint Venture' Between Tehran, al-Qaida

January 23, 2004

A surprise witness in the trial of a man charged as an accomplice of the Sept. 11 hijackers stunned a German court by claiming the terrorist plot was a "joint venture" between al-Qaida and the Iranian government.

Hamid Reza Zakeri, who claims to have been a longtime member of the Iranian intelligence service, also implicated the defendant, a 31-year-old former Moroccan student named Abdelghani Mzoud, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing sources familiar with the testimony.

"If the story was true, the consequences would be remarkable," a senior intelligence official told the Tribune.

The official noted the account, presented to a Hamburg court Wednesday, comes more than two years after Sept. 11, 2001, and "looks a little bit constructed."

However, Kenneth Timmerman, a senior writer for Insight magazine who interviewed Zakeri several times last summer, said the man "told a very credible story." [see below]

Iran's Shiite Muslim government denies it has aided al-Qaida, which follows the Sunni branch of Islam. Iran was one of the three nations designated by President Bush as part of an "axis of evil," along with Iraq and North Korea.

Timmerman wrote in a July article Zakeri claimed he worked for the Iranians' "supreme leader," Ayatollah Ali Khameini.

Zakeri said he attended two meetings between senior Iranian and al-Qaida officials in the months prior to Sept. 11, 2001.

A document purportedly signed by the Iranian intelligence chief, Hojjatoleslam Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri, in May 2001 ordered a strike at this country's "economic structure, their reputation and their internal peace and security," according to Timmerman, who said Zakeri gave him a copy.

German federal police were expected to testify yesterday why they believe Zakeri's testimony is credible.

German prosecutor Kay Nehm introduced Zakeri's testimony in a last-minute move to get a conviction in what is likely the last trial in Germany of a suspected 9-11 accomplice.

Last year, another Moroccan student, Mounir al-Motassadeq, was sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison for aiding the Sept. 11 hijackers.

Like Motassadeq, Mzoudi admitted knowing some of the hijackers but denied he knew anything about the plot. Zakeri, according to the German magazine Der Spiegel, claimed Mzoudi acted as the hijackers' liaison with their al-Qaida support network.

Defector Links Iran to 9/11 Attacks

Insight Magazine

January 22, 2004

A national wire service and at least three major metropolitan dailies are chasing a breaking story that may confirm Iran's direct involvement in the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Towers that killed thousands of Americans. The source of the story is defector Hamid Reza Zakeri, now newly surfaced in Europe to give court testimony, who handled security for the planning meetings with al-Qaeda. In early June, Insight was the first to report the Zakeri information [see "Defector Alleges Iranian Involvement in Sept. 11 Attacks"], and to reveal that it dovetailed with a report on Iran's ties with al-Qaeda produced by the Defense Intelligence Agency and first reported by Insight in November 2001 [see "Iran Cosponsors Al-Qaeda Terrorism"].
22 posted on 01/23/2004 9:26:28 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Reading Iran Wrong

New York Post - By Amir Taheri
Jan 23, 2004

STARTING a revolution is hard, sustaining it even harder. But it is bringing a revolution to a close that is the hardest. This is the challenge that Iran's divided leadership faces today.

Consider the power struggle in Tehran that started with a sit-in by some 80 members of the Islamic Majlis (parliament) earlier this month.

The sit-in politicians were protesting a decision by the Council of the Guardians of the Constitution to reject their applications for seeking a new term in the Feb. 20 general election. The council, a self-perpetuating body of 12 mullahs and jurists, has the constitutional duty of checking applications and deciding who can and who cannot be a candidate.

Some foreign observers believe the fight is between a "hard-line" faction clinging to power and a "moderate" coalition that wishes to set Iran on course for democracy. Parts of the Western media identify the "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenei as leader of the "hard-liners" and President Muhammad Khatami as the standard-bearer of the "moderates."

All this reminds one of the old days of Kremlinology, when Western specialists tried to detect differences between Nikita Khrushchev and Grigori Malenkov on the basis of who had his suits cut by an Italian tailor.

The Kremlinologists divided the Soviet leadership into "hawks" and "doves," exaggerating what was a power struggle inside a small, and increasingly isolated, Nomenklatura into a fight of almost cosmic significance. The premise was that the Soviet system could be reformed.

A later version of Kremlinology promoted the idea of "Communism with a human face." Kremlinologists clung to their illusions right to the end. Even as the Soviet Titanic was sinking, they toured the world to seek support for Mikhail Gorbachev, who continued to sing of "revolutionary Leninist solutions."

Today, the Kremlinologists have been replaced by Iranologists: Western scholars and journalists who, continuing a well-established tradition of fascination for totalitarian ideologies, always support a revolution for as long as it does not affect them personally.

As mentioned, the typical Iranologist sees two factions in the present power struggle. Again, the illusion is that the "moderates" would preserve the romance of the revolution minus its ugly aspects.

Instead of "Communism with a human face," we now get "Khomeinism with a smiling face." The reality is more complex. To start with, this is a power struggle within the ruling establishment. No outsider, not even those who had collaborated with the regime in its earlier stages, is allowed any role, even as an extra.

Both factions insist that only those who are "100 percent Khomeinist" should be allowed to stand for election. Thus the debate is not about free elections in the sense understood in any democracy but about the right of some regime insiders to prevent some other insiders from becoming candidates. The best way to describe all this is as a family feud.

If you look at the top 600 positions in Iran today, including the 290 members of the Islamic Majlis (parliament), you would be struck by the fact that so many of the individuals concerned are related to each other by blood or marriage.

And neither faction is proposing any radical reform of any aspects of the Khomeinist system. Both reject the almost unanimous call of the opposition parties and movements for a constitutional referendum. Both claim legitimacy on the basis not of the people's will but of their fidelity to the teachings of Khomeini.

Those branded as "moderates" have, in fact, a much more radical record than the "hard-liners." Almost all the so-called "students" who seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran almost a quarter of a century ago and held its members hostage for 444 days are now members of the "moderate" faction.

To further add to the irony, almost all those who had opposed the seizure of hostages at the time are now in the Iranologists' "hard-line" camp. The mullah who created the Hezbollah in Lebanon is a leader of the "moderate" faction, while another who has persistently called for disentanglement from the Lebanese scene is classified as "hard-liner."

There are two areas in which the two factions differ.

The first is public relations.

The "moderates" grow designer stubbles, as opposed to full Khomeinist beards, and wear Italian-cut suits, as opposed to the traditional cloaks favored by the "hard-liners."

The "moderates" adopt much Western political terminology, including democracy, human rights and pluralism ? but immediately add the prefix or suffix "Islamic" to alter their meaning. President Khatami, for example, seldom uses the word "democracy" but constantly talks about "civil society" ? which, he says in private, means the same thing. The "hard-liners," for their part, have no qualms about saying that their brand of Islam rejects democracy, human rights and pluralism as "Zionist-Crusader" concoctions.

But when it comes to calling for the legalization of political parties, including those that reject Khomeinism, the two factions are more united than a pair of Siamese twins. Neither faction wants to open the gates of Iranian prisons where thousands of people languish because of their political, cultural or religious differences with the ruling establishment.

Nor would either faction end a system under which the so-called "revolutionary foundations" dominate key sectors of the national economy and sabotage any attempt at economic and trade reform.

Both factions reject calls for abrogating the law under which women are forced to wear a certain type of clothing and hijab. The "hard-liners" see elections as Khomeini saw them; i.e. as an occasion for the believers to renew their allegiance to the regime and not as a means of changing rulers and/or policies. The "moderates" share that belief but claim that elections are free only as long as they and their friends win.

In fact, there is not a single area of political, economic, social or cultural life in which the two factions defend clearly opposed positions.

The second area where the two factions differ is foreign policy.

The "hard-line" faction believes that the Islamic Republic of Iran, as the standard bearer of "true Islam," is duty-bound to challenge the claim, especially by the United States, that Western-style capitalist democracy is the ideal model for all nations. The "moderates," like Gorbachev in his time, have developed the illusion that a regime's foreign policy can be dissociated from its domestic policies.

The European Union and part of the Bush administration appear to believe that a win by the "hard-line" faction would be bad news for all concerned.

That belief, however, is not based on any evidence. In fact, a win by the so-called "hard-line" faction may end the decision-making paralysis in Tehran and enable the Khomeinist regime to speak and act with one voice. And that may enable Iran to develop a more predictable foreign policy than the one it has pursued in the past seven years.
23 posted on 01/23/2004 9:36:48 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iran to Put Dozen Al Qaeda Captives on Trial

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran, long accused by the United States of harboring al Qaeda militants, said for the first time on Friday that it would place a dozen jailed suspects on trial.

"They are currently in prison. Their relations are cut off from outside and they are going to be tried," Foreign Minister Khamal Kharrazi told Reuters at the World Economic Forum (news - web sites) in Davos, Switzerland.

The most important al Qaeda figure that Western intelligence agencies say may be in Iran is Egyptian Saif al-Adel, the security chief of Osama bin Laden (news - web sites)'s network.

In addition, Saudi sources said last year that Iran had detained Saad bin Laden, a son of Osama, as well as al Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith and Jordanian Abu Musab Zarqawi. The latter has suspected al Qaeda ties and is accused of plotting the murder of a U.S. diplomat in Amman in 2002.

Iran has never confirmed the identity of the suspects and Kharrazi said he could not name any of them for security reasons.

Asked if they were important figures, he said: "Al Qaeda members are very important to everyone these days, because of operating in different places."

The United States has long believed that Iran was harboring al Qaeda militants who escaped Afghanistan (news - web sites) after U.S. troops invaded that country in late 2001 in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

It has said Iran-based al Qaeda militants plotted suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia last May, and has demanded Iran help bring them to justice. Tehran denies al Qaeda operated from its territory.

Shi'ite Muslim Iran says it is ideologically opposed to Sunni-dominated al Qaeda and has arrested and deported hundreds of its militants since the Afghan war.

A recent warming of relations between Iran and Egypt prompted security analysts to speculate that Tehran might hand over Saif al-Adel to Cairo, if indeed it was holding him.

Asked when relations with Egypt would be formally re-established after a break of quarter of a century, Kharrazi said: "We are working toward that direction."

Al-Adel is widely believed to have taken charge of al Qaeda operations after Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the September 11 attacks, was captured in Pakistan.

Zarqawi, also named by the Saudi sources as being in Iran, attracted attention when Washington named him in the run-up to war in Iraq (news - web sites) last year as a possible link between al Qaeda and Iraqi then-President Saddam Hussein (news - web sites).
25 posted on 01/23/2004 11:45:22 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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The Iran-9/11 Connection?

By Stephen Brown | January 23, 2004

A surprise witness testified Thursday in the Hamburg trial of an alleged 9/11 conspirator that Iran was involved in the devastating terrorist attack.

The accused, Abdelghani Mzoudi, a Moroccan, was an associate of 9/11 suicide pilots Mohammed Atta; Marwan Alshehhi; Ziad Jarrah; and other Islamist radicals in the northern German city. He is believed to have belonged to al-Qaeda’s infamous ‘Hamburg cell’, which harbored the 9/11 death pilots. Mzoudi is charged with being an accessory to 3,066 murders and with membership in a terrorist organization. His trial is the second one to take place in Germany involving a 9/11 co-conspirator. Last February, Mounir el Motassadeq, another Moroccan, was convicted on the same charges and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The Iranian witness, who fled Iran last July and whose identity remained concealed, said he is a former agent in the Iranian intelligence service, from which experience he makes his claim that Iran was the author of 9/11. He didn’t appear in the courtroom, but instead a German intelligence official read statements from his interrogation out to the court, which heavily implicates Mzoudi in the attack. In it, the Iranian national claims the accused, who spent three months in Iran as well as time in Afghanistan before 9/11, was employed in the logistics side of the September 11 tragedy, collecting information and sending it on to associates.

In reference to the trial, another German intelligence official confirmed in court last Monday that Iran’s intelligence service worked closely with al-Qaeda. According to the official, Iranian intelligence contains a “Section 43”, which plans and executes strikes. A German federal prosecutor also said that federal attorneys have had information since last October about a possible involvement of Iran in the 9/11 attacks. Several al-Qaeda leaders, wanted by the United States, are also known to currently reside in Iran, which refuses to extradite them.

The Mzoudi trial has taken some interesting twists since it began last year. Last December, the Moroccan was, in a surprise development, freed from custody after statements from Ramzi Binalshibh, a 9/11 planner imprisoned in America, were entered into the court; they denied that Mzoudi was ever a member of the Hamburg cell and didn’t have any part in the attack. As a result, the trial’s presiding judge ruled that there now existed a grave possibility that, despite the Moroccan’s connection to the Hamburg cell and despite his stay in Afghanistan, he was excluded from the planning of the 9/11 strike and didn’t knowingly support it, and therefore ordered his release.

German prosecutors, on the other hand, saw no reason to lift the custody order. They say American officials denied them the opportunity to interrogate Binalshibh to verify the credibility of his statements and believe the terrorist in American custody is simply trying to protect the remaining members of the Hamburg cell. The Germans also claim Binalshibh has made “diverging and partly contradictory statements” in the past. Al-Qaeda terrorists, they say, were taught such “tricks” in Afghanistan regarding what to say and how to behave in interrogations to cover up the true background of their deeds.

The two efforts German prosecutors have made since last month to have Mzoudi’s custody order reinstated have both failed. They have also been ordered to produce their Iranian witness before the court next Thursday. German intelligence officials were evasive in court regarding questions concerning their witness’s credibility. His sources of information are also uncertain. This has caused Mzoudi’s defense attorney to remark that the Moroccan’s acquittal is not in jeopardy, saying the new witness’s testimony cannot be taken seriously, adding that any incriminating evidence from him also has to be proven first. The trial’s prosecutor says however it should only take one or two weeks to verify the witness’s credibility.

Last Thursday was also the day when judgment was expected on the charges against Mzoudi, but the prosecution’s surprise witness has caused the trial’s extension. However, even if acquitted, the Iranian says Mzoudi now still faces justice, only this time Islamist-style. According to his statement, the Iranian witness believes German authorities released Mzoudi from custody last month in the hope he would lead them to other Islamists connected to the Hamburg cell. And it is for this same reason, he told German intelligence officials, that al-Qaeda now wants to liquidate him.

If true, acquittal may be the worst thing that could happen to Mzoudi. Sharing a jail cell with Motassadeq in Germany for the next 15 years definitely seems a more inviting option than a bullet from a former comrade. Nevertheless, it is the one terrorist attack where 9/11 survivors and victims’ relatives would probably wish al-Qaeda all the best.
26 posted on 01/23/2004 11:53:19 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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I just received the following from a friend in the leadership of the
“Plan for the peaceful removal of the Islamic Regime Broadcast” which aired last Sunday, January 18, 2004.

“We just completed the news & press release last night at 11:00 PM
It will be on the site tonight. This is just the partial the translation of
the first few pages of the presentation.

Apparently this material will be available later tonight on:

It appears they have sent me an outline of the plan. Here is what they sent me…


General Reference

* The most effective approach for overcoming an obstacle is to impose &
follow a "Systematic Approach

* The Islamic Republic in Iran is an "obstacle in addressing the vision of

* The IRAN -E-FARDA project is determined to overcome this "Obstacle" by
following a "Systematic Approach".

Element in "Systematic Approach"

I. Evaluation & Identification of the existing settings. The "AS IS"
II. Evaluation & Identification of the future settings. The "To Be" condition.
III. Preparation of project plans & roadmaps to cause the transfer of
conditions from the "As Is" to the "To Be".
IV Implementation of project plans per selected priority.

Expressing A Glimpse of proposed projects. Phase 1 ended on December 31, 2003

Point of Start;
Brief reference to the nature of "As Is" condition which identifies two area
of study;
_ Current Condition in Iran and the rule of the Islamic Republic in the
_ The disunity of opposition groups outside of Iran.


Brief reference to the "To Be" condition which focuses on the inherent right
of individuals to Liberty & Democracy.
The affirmation of adherence to all principles of Human Right.

Ten Principles Goals;

1- Freedom of Thought ( Vision)
2- Freedom of Speech & Expression.
3- Freedom of Association & Assembly (Political party, Strikes, etc...)
4- Freedom of Press & Communication.
5- Freedom of Religion and the practices of cultural & regional traditions.
6. Elimination of Political Prisons.
7- Equality & Protection under the law irrespective of gender, race,
ethnicity and language.
8- National integrity & National unity of Iran.
9- Prohibition of government from imposing religious principles and the
religious institutions to impose governmental principles for the people.
10- Referendum to determine the will of the people in choosing a new
constitution and a system of government.


It will be interesting to read the entire document.
I have been warned that the Persian documents are several hundred pages in length.
I do not believe the English translation will be a complete translation. Therefore, depending on the size of the documents I will post what we can. -- DoctorZin
27 posted on 01/23/2004 12:21:33 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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White House Rejects Iran Plan To Try Al-Qaida Suspects

January 23, 2004
Dow Jones Newswires
Alex Keto

WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration Friday strongly rejected a plan by the Iranian government to put some al-Qaida suspects on trial.

Earlier in the day, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazzi told The Associated Press that his government plans to put 12 al-Qaida suspects on trial. However, he was vague about the details of the plan.

Asked when the trial would take place, he said, "that is not in my hands."

Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi also confirmed Iran is holding "a large number of small and big-time elements of al-Qaida."

White House spokesman Scott McClellan reiterated the U.S. view that Iran must turn over any al-Qaida suspects it holds to the countries the suspects came from.

"Any al-Qaida members that they have in their custody they need to turn over to their home country, the country of origin," McClellan said.

He also pointed out Iran has made a number of promises when it comes to the al-Qaida suspects.

"We want to see action, and the action we want to see is that they turn over those al-Qaida members in their custody to their country of origin," McClellan said.

Not only the U.S. but also a number of other countries, such as Saudi Arabia, have made similar demands.

McClellan also went on to say Iran needs to stop supporting terrorists worldwide.

"Iran needs to stop supporting terrorism," McClellan said.

Last May, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said al-Qaida suspects in Iran helped plan the bombings in Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital.

-By Alex Keto, Dow Jones Newswires; 202-862-9256;
31 posted on 01/23/2004 12:59:18 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, the Secretary of the Council of the Guardians (CG) lashed out Friday at the United States and Europe for denouncing the disqualification of many candidates to the next Legislative elections, reminding them not to mistake the Islamic Republic with the toppled Shah’s regime.

"They do not feel ashamed for interfering in the most domestic issues of a country. They think it is still the era of Shah when they could take whomever they desired into the Majles or the cabinet", he told worshippers during the traditional Friday prayers.

"That time is gone. They still have the wrong and old colonial thoughts and do not understand that there has been a religious and popular revolution in this country and people are supporting that revolution", he added, as the crowd was shouting "Death to America, Death to Britain, Death to Israel and Death to France".

The latest country was singled out because of a law that would prohibit school children, students and employees at public schools, universities or public places wearing visible signs showing their allegiance to a religion.

The law was proposed after a small number of young Muslim girls kept their veils at class or nurses at hospitals. Though approved by President Jacques Chirac, yet the proposal has stirred controversy, even among the ruling UMP party.

Condemning the US and the European Union’s comments on Iran’s internal affairs, the Ayatollah who is close to the leader of the Islamic Republic, said such comments are "clear signs of interference in Iran’s domestic developments".

"The Iranian people never let anyone interfere in Iran’s internal affairs. Any interference is forbidden. If Iran has good ties with the EU that never means that they can interfere in our affairs," Jannati said, observing, "relations have their own place as do the regulations".

Turning to the political crisis the 12-members CG created after it disqualified a number of incumbent reformist lawmakers, Mr. Jannati said the Guardians "would not persist on possible mistakes in disqualifying candidates from the February Majles elections, adding however that they would neither "violate the law".

Describing as "useful" the recent meeting of President Mohammad Khatami and Majles Speaker Mehdi Karroubi with some members of the Council to find a solution to the crisis, Mr. Jannati observed that they had "realized in the meeting that the data they had received regarding the issue had not been accurate".

"The quality of checking the qualification of elections hopefuls from the very early stages in supervision committees to the last judgments in the GC are all calculated, legal and accurate", the official news agency IRNA quoted Mr. Jannati as informing the worshipers.

"Several cabinet ministers had also contacted the Council about the disqualifications, and after listening to our explanations, they had nothing to say regarding the disqualifications", he went on.

Noting that the directives of Ayatollah Ali Khameneh'i to the CG aimed at reviewing the disqualifications "must be carried out", Jannati said as a result, a number of rejected candidates had been allowed to run in the elections.

Mr. Khameneh’i, who has the last word on all state matters, has urged the council to review the bans and said that hundreds who had been allowed to run in previous elections should be allowed to stand again.

Among those barred from running are around 80 of the incumbent 290 MPs. They have been holding a sit-in at parliament for 13 days and fasting from dawn to dusk for the last week to protest against the mass disqualifications.

"The leader stresses that the qualification of elections hopefuls must not be stringent and the Guardians had always obeyed his directives", Mr. Jannati said, adding however that the CG will "strongly" carry out its constitutional duties "regardless to political considerations or factional bias".

But as he stopped short of citing names or giving the number of the reverses cases, sources said the Guardians had blessed some 1500 names they had previously rejected on charges of immorality, not adhering fully to the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of believing in the system of velayat faqih, the corner stone of the present Iranian theocratic regime giving the leader almost divine powers.

Reformists accuse the Council of the Guardian that has powers of rejecting or approving all candidates to all elections and to check the conformity of laws passed by the parliament with Islamic laws using its rights to secure the control of the next Majles by the conservatives.

32 posted on 01/23/2004 2:08:14 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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PRAGUE 23 Jan. (IPS)

"Iranian President Mohammad Khatami’s performance at the World Economic Forum (WEF) of Davos was utterly misplaced, out of context of the Forum and out touch with realities in Iran and the world", according to Mr. Fereydoon Khavand, a senior Iranian economist teaching at Paris universities.

In his speech to world’s leading entrepreneurs, business tycoons as well as the leaders of some countries, Mr. Khatami called for dialogue as a solution to global conflicts and at the same time he said there was no chance for political talks with the United States.

"The prerequisite for any kind of dialogue is the mutual respect between the two partners to the dialogue. Any time we sense that the other side respects us and isn't forcing anything on us, we are prepared to talk. We have not sensed that from the United States", the Iranian president, dressed in a black robe with black turban, said, adding, in a veiled reference to the United States that military power had limitations in bringing security.

"Partnership and security will only come about as a result of dialogue", the powerless and embattled Khatami said, explaining that the dialogue that I spoke of is between cultures and civilizations, between scholars and wise men". If those are realized, then we can have political dialogue as well".

"Mr. Khatami’s speech at Davos on Wednesday was not related to the ongoing developments in Iran or the world’s economic situation of the day that makes the essence of the World Economic Forum", Mr. Khavand commented Friday for the Persian service of the Prague-based Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty.

"What interested more the participants at the forum was not Khatami’s speech, but the presence of a Shi’ite cleric dressed in traditional outfits in one of the world’s most important centre of economic liberalism", he noted.

This contradiction was better highlighted when one realises that the Islamic Republic, contrary to the philosophy of the WEF, has one of the world’s most centralised economy and is among the poorest nations on the planet, comparable to North Korea, Turkmenistan or Libya, Mr. Khavand observed, citing a report from the American think tank institution The Heritage Foundation.

"Considering the frontal contradiction between the philosophy of Davos and the realities of the Iranian economy, it would not be exaggerated to say that the presence of a cleric like Khatami in the WEF is itself the translation of the many tangles prevailing at the regime’s economic policies and its decision-making instances", the economist observed.

This is the syndrome of an "economy without identity" that the economic monthly "Iran’s Economy" criticised in its latest issue published in Tehran. "The Iranian economy is neither a liberal market economy nor a socialistic one. The government lacks a proper identity and the bazaar a proper, clear mission…"In such situation, the presence of the president of the Islamic Republic in Davos should certainly not help understanding this confusing situation of Iranian economy", Mr. Khavand concluded.

33 posted on 01/23/2004 2:09:13 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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From Dictatorship to Democracy in Persian

January 24, 2004
The Albert Einstein Institution

The Albert Einstein Institution is pleased to announce the completion of the Farsi translation of From Dictatorship to Democracy, by Dr. Gene Sharp.

This piece is a thorough introduction to the use of nonviolent action and strategic thinking to topple dictatorships. Originally published in 1993 for use by Burmese dissidents, it has spread significantly in the last decade and has been translated into eight different languages, including Serbian, Indonesian, and Spanish.

The Farsi translation is available for free download from the Albert Einstein Institution web site at

For your reference, the links to the Farsi translation are:

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The Albert Einstein Institution

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41 posted on 01/23/2004 9:08:21 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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42 posted on 01/24/2004 12:04:12 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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