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Posted on 02/23/2005 7:13:13 PM PST by hope
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Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Swiftvet author threatened with lawsuit
Posted: February 23, 2005
9:19 p.m. Eastern
By Art Moore
Picking up where he left off with best-seller "Unfit for Command," author Jerome Corsi once again is entering a maelstrom with the impending publication of a book that blows the whistle on U.S. politicians and activists allegedly on the take from Iran's radical Islamic regime.
New York Daily News columnist Lloyd Grove plans to report tomorrow that Iranian-American activist Hassan Nemazee, a figure Corsi criticizes in his upcoming WND Books title "Atomic Iran: How the Terrorist Regime Bought the Bomb and American Politicians," has threatened the author with a $10 million defamation lawsuit.
Corsi, a WND columnist, was the co-author with John O'Neill of "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry," regarded by many political analysts as a crucial factor in the 2004 election after it reached the top of the New York Times list.
Nemazee is a New York investment banker and former board member of the pro-Tehran lobby American-Iranian Council who served as Kerry's chief Iranian-American fund-raiser during the recent presidential campaign.
Corsi, whose book is scheduled for an April release, told WorldNetDaily the multi-million-dollar threat does not concern him.
"Why so little?" is his response, Corsi said, pointing out one of his sources already has been sued by Nemazee for $10 million, Aryo Pirouznia, leader of the Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran.
"I'll say the same thing as I said to John Kerry I'll send him the Federal Express package and save him the trouble," Corsi said.
According to Grove, Nemazee is upset at allegedly being cast as an agent of the mullahs who control Iran.
Corsi insists the book does not make that claim.
"I don't have any proof of that," he said. "But he was part of the pro-mullah lobby who worked with the Iranian-American Council, a group whose policy was to establish relations with the mullahs."
During testimony last October in his suit against Pirouznia, Nemazee admitted Tehran's Islamic regime is sympathetic to terrorism and presented a threat to the world and the United States, essentially repudiating Kerry's position on Iran.
Despite top Iranian officials openly calling for the development of nuclear weapons and overwhelming confirmation from intelligence, Kerry had vowed that as president he would provide Tehran with nuclear fuel as long as it were used only for peaceful purposes.
Nemazee warned that Kerry should do nothing to lend credibility to the regime and that normalizing relations with Iran would be a mistake.
However, the Iranian-American said he could not explain the inconsistency of having been a board member of a group on record in support of normalizing relations with Tehran.
Corsi said he still plans to take up residence in Boston this spring as the first step of a plan to challenge Kerry for his Senate seat in 2008.
He acknowledges an issue likely to come up amid publicity for the book and his political aspirations is allegations made by opponents last year of bigotry against Catholics, the pope and Muslims, based on some of his posts to the Internet site FreeRepublic.com.
Corsi insists he wrote the posts only to be satirical and provocative.
"I apologize to anyone who took them as a direct expression of my beliefs," he said.
Corsi emphasized he's a Catholic who has created a mutual fund for Israel and now is establishing a group led by two Muslims, called the Iran Freedom Foundation.
"I'm reaching out to Christians, Muslims and Jews to stop these criminal mullahs who have hijacked Islam and stolen a good country," he said.
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Art Moore is a news editor with WorldNetDaily.com.
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John Kerry's Iranian-American Fund-Raisers
Posted March 1, 2004
By Kenneth R. Timmerman
Among Sen. John Kerry's top fund-raisers are three Iranian-Americans who have been pushing for dramatic changes in U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Most prominent among them is Hassan Nemazee, 54, an investment banker based in New York. Nominated to become U.S. ambassador to Argentina by President Bill Clinton in 1999, Nemazee eventually withdrew his nomination after a former partner raised allegations of business improprieties.
Nemazee was a major Clinton donor, giving $80,000 to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during the 1996 election cycle and attending at least one of the famous White House fund-raising coffees.
In 2001, at the invitation of Mobil Oil Chairman Lucio Noto, whom he counts as a "personal friend," Nemazee joined the board of the American-Iranian Council (AIC), a U.S. lobbying group that consistently has supported lifting U.S. sanctions on Iran and accommodating the Tehran regime. Nemazee tells Insight he "now regrets" having joined the AIC board and resigned his position after 12 months when he was vilified by Iranian exile groups.
"I've never, ever given a speech suggesting rapprochement with the regime," Nemazee tells Insight. "Kerry is not calling for a resumption of relations with Iran, nor is he ignoring the regime's human-rights abuses, its ties to terror, or downplaying the nuclear issues. I haven't seen that he's said anything to date that warrants all the concern."
But Nemazee also acknowledged that he was rethinking his position in the wake of the recent parliamentary elections in Iran. "There is a legitimate argument to be made that the regime has crossed a line and shown they are undemocratic and incapable of reforming," he says, "and so there is no benefit to relations or to trading with them."
The Kerry camp has identified Nemazee as having raised more than $100,000 for the senator's campaign.
A Nemazee friend in Silicon Valley, Faraj Aalaei, has raised between $50,000 and $100,000 for the Kerry campaign. Aalaei has worked in the telecommunications industry for 22 years and is the chief executive officer of Centillium Communications, a publicly traded company.
Last year, Aalaei married a 35-year-old recent immigrant from Iran named Susan Akbarpour, whom the Kerry campaign also lists as having raised between $50,000 and $100,000 for the campaign.
In just six years since coming to the United States on a tourist visa from Iran, Akbarpour has started a newspaper, a magazine and, most recently, a trade association whose goal, she tells Insight, is to get sanctions lifted and promote U.S. business and investment in Iran.
"Susan Akbarpour was a journalist in Iran, where she was close to Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of [former president Ali Akbar] Rafsanjani," says student activist Aryo Pirouznia. "She has done programs on Iranian television praising Faezeh Hashemi, and demonstrated against pro-freedom groups in California when Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi came to Los Angeles in September 2000." Rafsanjani's daughter was a member of the Iranian Parliament until recently. Her faction, while hailed as "reformists" by pro-regime activists, has never pressed for an end to clerical rule and is widely believed to have served as a foil for hard-liners such as Hashemi's own father.
Kharrazi's trip to California was part of a failed Clinton administration effort to renew ties with the Islamic republic. Iranian-American Jewish organizations were outraged by his visit, which followed on the heels of the show trial of 13 Iranian Jews in Shiraz. Akbarpour was filmed by several Los Angeles-based Iranian TV networks insulting the protesters and supporting Kharrazi. In the Persian-language edition of her monthly newspaper, Iran Today, she printed numerous anti-Semitic articles, Iranian Jewish activists tell Insight.
Akbarpour's latest trade effort, SiliconIran, was planning to host a gala at the Ritz Carlton's Laguna Niguel resort in Orange County, Calif., on March 3 as Insight went to press. Among the guests will be fellow Kerry fund-raiser Nemazee.
"I am an actor in U.S. politics," Akbarpour boasted to Insight in an interview. "I am a fund-raiser for all candidates who listen to us and our concerns."
The two candidates Akbarpour said she would "never help" are President George W. Bush and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), because both have taken a no-nonsense approach to the Iranian regime. Federal Election Commission records show that Akbarpour contributed $1,000 to the Kerry committee in June 2002 and another $2,000 in June 2003.
Akbarpour tells Insight she is not a U.S. citizen. "I came here in 1997 as a tourist and changed my status several times. At one point, I had an H-1 visa. Then I got married last year and got my green card." Under federal election laws, permanent residents are allowed to make political campaign contributions. But her June 2002 contribution to the Kerry campaign appears to have been made before she acquired status as a permanent resident.
One immigration lawyer Insight consulted in Los Angeles doubted that Akbarpour could have obtained an H-1 visa, which is reserved for foreign workers sponsored by U.S. companies that need their specialized skills. "At the time, the INS [Immigration and Naturalization Service] was applying a very strict interpretation of the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act and was not allowing any hiring of Iranian nationals. And you couldn't convert from a tourist visa to an H-1 visa, especially if the tourist visa had already expired."
Because the United States has no embassy in Tehran, Iranians seeking to visit the United States must travel to Turkey or the United Arab Emirates to apply for a tourist or student visa, then wait several months while a background check is performed.
That experience still rankles Akbarpour, who has put loosening visa requirements for Iranians on the top of her political agenda, along with lifting U.S. sanctions on Iran and getting the U.S. government to open a dialogue with the regime in Tehran. Just by coincidence, those are the top three priorities of the Tehran regime, as well.
"I do believe in getting rid of the clerics," she tells Insight, "but not overnight. That would not lead to stability in Iran. I see this as an evolutionary process."
The FBI opposes loosening visa requirements because the Iranian intelligence ministry (MOIS) has a proven track record of sending intelligence operatives - and even assassins - overseas posing as refugees or legal immigrants. MOIS operatives have murdered Iranian dissidents living overseas, and helped plan and carry out the July 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 86 persons.
But Akbarpour did not think security was a legitimate concern. "I don't think the MOIS is very good. You give too much credit to these people. They're not that intelligent," she says.
Nor does Kerry worry about loosening visa restrictions. "We have to support the idea that someone who is an American citizen has a right to have their family visit them from anywhere in the world," he told Akbarpour at a Jan. 14, 2004, fund-raiser in San Francisco.
Kenneth R. Timmerman is a senior writer for Insight.
CEO / Chairman
Nemazee Capital Corporation
Born in Washington, D.C. on January 27, 1950 and attended the Landon School graduating in 1968. Received an AB degree with Honors from Harvard University in 1972.
1972 to 1979- Chairman of Iran Foundation, Nemazee Hospital, Nemazee School of Nursing, Shiraz Waterworks, and Member of the Board of Trustees of Shiraz University (formerly Pahlavi University). 1987- present Chairman and CEO of Nemazee Capital Corporation.
Nemazee Capital Corporation is a holding company, which invests in both public and private companies. 1979 to 1987 Chairman and CEO of HN Properties which developed real estate in Houston, Texas and suburban Washington D.C.
1972 to 1979, was Chairman and CEO of Nemazee Holdings. Nemazee Holdings was joint venture partner of American International Group (AIG), Morgan Bank, and Linbeck Construction in Iran.
-Member Council on Foreign Relations -2004
-Member Board of Trustees Asia Society -March 2003
-Nominated by President Clinton in 1999 to be U.S. Ambassador to Argentina
-Member of the Visiting Committee of the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University 1998 -present
-Member of Visiting Committee on University Resources, Harvard University 1986-2002
-Member of the Board of Directors, American Iranian Counci1 2001-2002
-Member of the Middle East Center Advisory Council at Harvard University. 1990- 1994
-Member of the International Affairs Planning Committee, Harvard University. 1990-1995
-In 1996 was named a John Harvard Fellow
-Vice Chairman of the Encyclopedia Iranica affiliated with Columbia University 1990-1998
-Taught seminars at Harvard and also in Japan and Korea in conjunction with Harvard University.
-Member of the Board of Trustees of The Spence School 1993 -1997
-Member of the Board of Trustees of The Brain Trauma Foundation 1996-present
Nothing to see here: Nemazee's candidate Kerry wanted to repair relations with the mullahs and to provide them with nuclear fuel.
The mere fact that our official verdict on that regime is that it remains a dangerous state sponsor of terrorism ought not reflect badly on Kerry and Nemazee--
--if you're part of the against-us class of people in the world.
Thanks for posting this. Of course the MSM mediots are more worried about a cross on some hill or the ten commandments in a court house.
Hence their ratings decline with no bottom in sight.
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