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US: Defense Contractor Tried to Smuggle F-35 Blueprints to Iran
ABC News ^ | Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | Lee Ferran

Posted on 01/14/2014 5:41:18 PM PST by kristinn

An engineer for a major American defense contractor tried to smuggle thousands of secret documents, including blueprints, on America's multi-billion-dollar F-35 stealth fighter to Iran in boxes labeled as "household goods," U.S. prosecutors say.

Mozaffar Khazaee, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, was reportedly arrested late last week as he was attempting to travel to Germany and then on to Iran. Weeks earlier, Khazaee had arranged for a shipping company to take boxes containing "sensitive technical manuals, specification sheets, and other proprietary material" related to the F-35 and its engines to a contact in Iran, according to an affidavit filed by a Special Agent of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

The reams of documents were discovered in November when Customs officers inspected a truck shipment Khazaee had sent from Connecticut to California, which was intended to go on to Hamadan, Iran, the affidavit said. The 44 boxes, which had been described to the shipping company as containing "books and college-related items, two suitcases, a vacuum cleaner and some other items," actually held "thousands of pages contained in dozens of manuals/binders relating to the JSF [F-35 Joint Strike Fighter] program."

Court documents describe Khazaee as having worked as an engineer for several defense contractors, leaving his most recent employer last August. None of the contractors are identified in the court documents, but the latest employer, Company A, is described as a Connecticut-based contractor that produced the F-22 Raptor's F-119 engine.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany; News/Current Events; US: California; US: Connecticut; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: blueprints; california; companya; connecticut; dualcitizen; europeanunion; f35; germany; iran; irancitizen; mozaffarkhazaee; nato; waronterror

1 posted on 01/14/2014 5:41:18 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Time to get the rope and make an example.

However, given the way Obama handles things like this, he will have the plans FED-EX’d to the Iranians as a goodwill gesture.


2 posted on 01/14/2014 5:43:38 PM PST by Dutch Boy
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To: kristinn

I see two immediate red flags here:
“Mozaffar”
and
“Khazaee”


3 posted on 01/14/2014 5:44:15 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: kristinn

He was here in Indiana also, and worked at Rolls Royce, who manufactures the lift fan system.


4 posted on 01/14/2014 5:46:28 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: kristinn

It’s a good thing there are still a few honest people working in Customs. Now, I suppose Obama will have to tell John Kerry to take this stuff over in his diplomatic luggage.


5 posted on 01/14/2014 5:46:51 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: kristinn

A dual citizenship person is working on this? When one of them is Iranian?

Ah well, the Chinese almost certainly have it so why shouldn’t everyone else.


6 posted on 01/14/2014 5:47:49 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: kristinn

kill him.


7 posted on 01/14/2014 5:47:57 PM PST by RC one
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To: kristinn
Court documents describe Khazaee as having worked as an engineer for several defense contractors.

*Sigh*
8 posted on 01/14/2014 5:51:42 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: RC one

Won’t happen with the current regime ! Almost 30 years after the Shah of Iran was run out of office ! Thanks to Jimmy Carter !

> kill him.


9 posted on 01/14/2014 5:52:12 PM PST by CORedneck
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To: kristinn

Once found guilty, give him a firing squad.


10 posted on 01/14/2014 5:53:14 PM PST by Ray76
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To: driftdiver

Time to outlaw dual citizenship.


11 posted on 01/14/2014 5:54:03 PM PST by SecondAmendment (Restoring our Republic at 9.8357x10^8 FPS)
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To: SecondAmendment

When I was in working on this stuff they went to my birth hospital and checked my fingerprints and footprints on the birth records. Then they verified my parents.


12 posted on 01/14/2014 5:55:43 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver
"A dual citizenship person is working on this? When one of them is Iranian?"

No kidding. WTF???

13 posted on 01/14/2014 5:58:40 PM PST by gettinolder
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To: kristinn

“Mozaffar Khazaee, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen...”

Really? Seriously. Really? What freakin’ genius allows dual U.S.-Iranian citizens to work on highly classified, cutting edge military technology? In fact, just what the hell is a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, anyway?

We are so far down the rabbit hole, we’ll never find our way out.

This is absolutely nuts.


14 posted on 01/14/2014 5:59:59 PM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: gettinolder

The next question is who was the idiot who granted this guy a security clearance, and who was he security manager at all the places he stole data from?


15 posted on 01/14/2014 6:02:49 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Dutch Boy
However, given the way Obama handles things like this, he will have the plans FED-EX’d to the Iranians as a goodwill gesture.

I am so cynical of the Obungler administration, I have no doubt they would do exactly that. The treacherous bast---s.

16 posted on 01/14/2014 6:03:42 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71a)
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To: gettinolder

The next question is who was the idiot who granted this guy a security clearance, and who was he security manager at all the places he stole data from? Nice work, Pratt and Whitney.


17 posted on 01/14/2014 6:04:15 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: PubliusMM

Just a little more paranoia and I could believe our government was helping him.


18 posted on 01/14/2014 6:04:52 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: driftdiver

A good Background Investigation should have prevented this guy’s employment.

Oh I forgot, they probably aren’t permitted to ask a person’s ethnicity.

In my days in LE, 50-60 years ago, I never heard of a dual citizen. Is this a new phenomenon?


19 posted on 01/14/2014 6:05:07 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: rockrr

Yep, it’s a joke name.


20 posted on 01/14/2014 6:05:54 PM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: driftdiver

When my second cousin went into military intelligence in the early 80s, I had a couple of uniformed officers show up at my house to ask questions. They asked how close we were, did I trust her, did she have lots of boyfriends etc. They also asked if I had had recent contact with a friend of my parents who was a civilian psychologist at Wright Patterson AFB and did my cousin know him.


21 posted on 01/14/2014 6:05:57 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Yep, they checked everyone I knew Although it was the FBI showing up at my tiny hometown where everyone knew everyone else.

Had an asian girl in my school at first. Turned out she had false paperwork and was from china.


22 posted on 01/14/2014 6:11:42 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Same kind of place I grew up.


23 posted on 01/14/2014 6:15:15 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: USNBandit

They should fire his ass too.


24 posted on 01/14/2014 6:16:09 PM PST by gettinolder
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To: kristinn

“Mozaffar Khazaee, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen....”

.
We just identified where the problem lies.

Perhaps I am prejudiced.


25 posted on 01/14/2014 6:24:56 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: kristinn

What’s with this dual-citizenship crap?


26 posted on 01/14/2014 6:25:10 PM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: Cicero

“It’s a good thing there are still a few honest people working in Customs. Now, I suppose Obama will have to tell John Kerry to take this stuff over in his diplomatic luggage.”
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Or stuff them in his underwear—another progressive Democrat favorite tactic.


27 posted on 01/14/2014 6:27:59 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: kristinn

Did he work for GE?


28 posted on 01/14/2014 6:41:25 PM PST by virgil
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To: SecondAmendment

Exactly, no one over 18 should have a dual citizenship.


29 posted on 01/14/2014 6:41:28 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: driftdiver

My thoughts too. Why in the he77 was this guy even close to these kinds of documents???? We truly have idiots running our classified programs now.


30 posted on 01/14/2014 6:51:07 PM PST by biff (WAS)
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To: kristinn

Let’s import hundreds of thousands of cheap H-1Bs from enemy countries.

What could possibly go wrong?


31 posted on 01/14/2014 6:52:56 PM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: ogen hal
What’s with this dual-citizenship crap?

Ask Ted Cruz....

32 posted on 01/14/2014 6:55:19 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: kristinn

VERY smart secret agent operation i’m thinking. First,,,, we saddle the Iranians with the slowest, least maneuverable, shortest legged, lightest load carrying fighter being built today.
And we bankrupt them when they try to build them.

Very edgy operation.


33 posted on 01/14/2014 6:57:16 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; Travis McGee; opentalk; ..

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...

34 posted on 01/14/2014 6:57:45 PM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: kristinn

But seriously, make me wonder if things like this are how the Iranians managed to take over and land that flying wing drone a year or so ago.
They had help.


35 posted on 01/14/2014 6:59:34 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: kristinn

Why there should be NO muzzies AT ALL involved in our military or our government!!

String him up and leave him for the crows!


36 posted on 01/14/2014 7:00:12 PM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Joint Iran-US citizenship? Nice vetting.

Thanks kristinn.


37 posted on 01/14/2014 7:03:54 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: cripplecreek

The next-door neighbor’s son was in in some kind of naval intelligence and they sent a couple of spooks to interview my husband about him.


38 posted on 01/14/2014 7:18:24 PM PST by Ban Draoi Marbh Draoi ( Gen. 12:3: a warning to all anti-semites.)
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To: Ban Draoi Marbh Draoi

The next-door neighbor’s son was in in some kind of naval intelligence and they sent a couple of spooks to interview my husband about him..................................LOL, they scared the crap out of my 78 yr old mom, but my neighbors handled it. LOL, I was living with a Russian couple at the time too. They went pretty deep into my back ground, a lot more than they did for Obama I’m sure.


39 posted on 01/14/2014 7:37:18 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Remember Ty Woods? Glenn Doherty ? Forgot already?)
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To: rockrr

Why are those red flags?


40 posted on 01/14/2014 7:48:24 PM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: GOPJ

Because they are islamic names.


41 posted on 01/14/2014 8:00:40 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: DesertRhino

Post 33 may have it right, the F-35 is turning into such a flop that if Red China, Iran & our other potential adversaries go all out to make a lot of expensive copies, we may come out ahead. I think our aging Super Hornets may be superior to the F-35s.


42 posted on 01/14/2014 8:28:28 PM PST by RicocheT (Where neither their property nor their honor is touched, most men live content, Niccolo Machiavelli)
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To: kristinn

A dual U.S.-Iranian citizen having access to sensitive documents? Who could have seen this coming? He should be hung and the idiot that hired him should be hung too.


43 posted on 01/14/2014 8:41:49 PM PST by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: radu

and while we’re at it no student visas


44 posted on 01/14/2014 11:13:33 PM PST by dervish ("The only thing that can 'save us' is for John Kerry to win a Nobel Prize and leave us in peace.")
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To: dervish

No argument here!
It’s way past time to say enough is enough.


45 posted on 01/15/2014 12:11:52 AM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: kristinn

This guy immigrated to the U.S. in 1991, well after the Iranian revolution.

This guy kept dual-national status, including his Iranian passport.

This guy was granted access to sensitive defense information.

This is B.S. political correctness.

We used to never allow someone from an embargoed country such access. We used to not allow a American born child of a Soviet emigree was not allowed certain high-level clearances.

Of course, we cannot discriminate against citizens, especially citizens from the third world. But citizenship has become cheap, and apparently we do not look beyond that on a background check.

I bet this guy came to the U.S. claiming refugee status, and was allowed in outside of normal immigration quotas, and was fast-tracked to citizenship.


46 posted on 01/15/2014 5:17:26 AM PST by magellan
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To: DesertRhino
VERY smart secret agent operation i’m thinking. First,,,, we saddle the Iranians with the slowest, least maneuverable, shortest legged, lightest load carrying fighter being built today. And we bankrupt them when they try to build them. Very edgy operation.

In the old days that might have been possible. Then again this is ABC News...

47 posted on 01/15/2014 6:06:12 AM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: null and void

always good to have people on the other side… I mean crapola when will we figure it out???


48 posted on 01/15/2014 7:26:38 AM PST by Nifster
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To: kristinn
Khazaee is accused of interstate transportation of stolen property of the value of $5,000 or more, and if convicted could pay a fine or spend up to 10 years in prison.

The affidavit states travel records show Khazaee has traveled to Iran at least five times in the last seven years

Wow. Up to ten years for stealing Billions of dollars worth of R & D that will really put off any imitators. I wonder if he faces deportation after he gets out.(/s)

Returned to Iran five times in seven years. The Inspector Clouseaus in charge of security are really on the ball.

49 posted on 01/15/2014 11:37:53 AM PST by Timocrat (Ingnorantia non excusat)
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