U.S. Has Given Asylum to Top Terrorist of Islamic Regime of Iran
US has a history in making ties with global criminals and terrorists, Jimmy Carter was one of the pioneers in making such ties with the mothers of all terrorists, “Khomeini” and Ben-Laden, in fact he was the one who created them, whose adverse inspirations for more than three decades has fomented the Islamic radicals against the democratic world as we witness today.
US has no shame in sacrificing its own public servants to get its hand over the core elements of terrorism, not to punish them but to protect them, shelter them, and use them for their political purposes. American people haven’t forgotten the death, of their soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan by the IRI-made IEDs, of their marines in Beirut by suicide bombing executed by the IRI’s terror proxy Islamic Jihad Org, and of their servicemen by bomb in Khobar Towers by the IRI-supported groups of Hezbollah. In response, Ronald Reagan secretly facilitates the sale of arms to Mullahs (Iran-contra scandal), and sends them a group who carried a bible and his handwritten verse and a Key-shaped cake to symbolize the anticipated “opening” to Iran. During the presidency term of Bill Clinton, he shows his inclination to unite with terrorist mullahs and send Mullah Khatami the message “I would like nothing better than to have a dialogue with Iran”. GWB facilitates the largest US export ever to Iran and his administration gives asylum to IRI terrorist. Obama on other hand uses outstretched-hand policy to engage and bind with terrorist Mullahs.
This is a response pattern of 5 US presidents in a row in dealing with the global terrorism, as a result the spread of the radical Islamic groups of all kinds led by the IRI’ terror proxies and Al-Qaeda takes over the whole world, which has become an insecure place to live for the citizen of earth. The chaos and disorder that has entangled the Middle East in particular and the world in general is merely due to the wrongdoing policies of the US leaders whose scope of their strategies spans over preserving the interests of small groups, while puts enormous burdens on the shoulders of the mankind community. [DID]
The senior former Iranian intelligence officer who quarterbacked the 1983 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut and killed scores of Americans was recently living under CIA protection in the United States, a book being published Tuesday says.
Ali Reza Asgari was given asylum by the George W. Bush administration in 2007 after he defected in Turkey, according to The Good Spy, a biography of Robert Ames, a legendary CIA officer who was among those killed in the embassy bombing. In all, 63 people died, 17 of them Americans, including seven other CIA officers. Ames, who had been the agency’s Beirut station chief, was visiting the embassy as the CIA’s top Middle East analyst.
Asgari, a top commander of Iran’s shadowy Revolutionary Guards force in Lebanon, “remains in the United States, probably living under a CIA agent-protection program,” according to the book’s author, Kai Bird, who a shared Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2006 for his book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.
The CIA did not respond to Newsweek’s request for comment over the weekend, but on Monday evening flatly denied it had aided and abetted Asgari’s defection and resettlement.
“As a general matter, the CIA does not comment on who may or may not have been a source for the Agency,” a CIA spokesman said, “but we can categorically state that the assertion that CIA arranged the defection of Ali Reza Asgari to the United States or resettled him in the United States – as alleged in Kai Bird’s book on Robert Ames – is false.”
Bird could not immediately be reached for comment.
Bird, who says he interviewed 40 former and current CIA operatives, writes that Asgari made two phone calls to an Iranian friend who had defected four years earlier and was living in Germany, “once from Washington, D.C., and again from ‘somewhere in Texas,’” a source said. “Asgari reportedly wanted [his friend] to assure his second wife that he was in good health. He has since disappeared.”
The claim that Asgari is in the United States will likely provoke consternation, if not outrage from some members of Congress, which last month rushed to pass a bill designed to deny a visa to Iran’s United Nations envoy, a veteran diplomat who, when he was 22, served as a translator for the Iranian students who seized the American embassy after the 1979 revolution in that country.
Asgari, in contrast, was a key actor in the formation of the Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah movement, which in the 1980s carried out scores of bombings and kidnappings against Westerners in Lebanon. In 1997, he reached the rank of brigadier general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and deputy minister of defense, but in 2004 fell out of favor and was jailed for 18 months. In February 2007, he traveled through Damascus to Istanbul, where he disappeared. There has been speculation that he started spying for the U.S. as far back as 2003.
“The decision to give Asgari political asylum under the CIA’s Public Law 110 program was probably opposed by veteran CIA officers who have some knowledge of Asgari’s alleged responsibility for Roberts Ames’s murder,” Bird writes. “But they and the agency were reportedly overruled by the George W. Bush administration’s National Security Council (NSC).
“Granting asylum to a man with Asgari’s résumé was a political call that could only have been made in the White House,” adds Bird, who spent some of his youth in the Middle East as the son of an American diplomat. “Some of President Bush’s NSC advisers evidently believed that the intelligence Asgari brought to the table on the Iranian nuclear program was essential to the national defense.”
Former Bush officials aren’t talking—so far—but this news may force someone to step forward with an explanation.
If anyone could have understood the irony of granting someone like Asgari protection, it would have been Ames, an Arabist who had skillfully penetrated the Palestine Liberation Organization, gaining the trust of one its top officials, while serving as the CIA’s station chief in Beirut. To some, he was the closest thing the spy agency had to Lawrence of Arabia.
“Dealing with bad guys is part of spy craft. If you are seeking information about bad things, you necessarily seek out bad guys,” Bird writes. And in the spy world, people change sides all the time.
Asked over the weekend about the irony of protecting Asgari, a man responsible for killing some of the CIA’s very best operatives, a top former agency operations official hunched his shoulders and shrugged. “Oleg Kalugin lives here, doesn’t he?” he said, referring to the Russian KGB’s onetime chief of operations against the United States. Kalugin can often be found giving a talk at the Spy Museum in downtown Washington.
Jeff Stein writes SpyTalk for Newsweek from Washington.
May 19, 2014
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Summary of the book
The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames
The Good Spy is Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird’s compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history – a man who, had he lived, might have helped heal the rift between Arabs and the West.
On April 18, 1983, a bomb exploded outside the American Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. The attack was a geopolitical turning point. It marked the beginning of Hezbollah as a political force, but even more important, it eliminated America’s most influential and effective intelligence officer in the Middle East – CIA operative Robert Ames. What set Ames apart from his peers was his extraordinary ability to form deep, meaningful connections with key Arab intelligence figures. Some operatives relied on threats and subterfuge, but Ames worked by building friendships and emphasizing shared values – never more notably than with Yasir Arafat’s charismatic intelligence chief and heir apparent Ali Hassan Salameh (aka “The Red Prince”). Ames’ deepening relationship with Salameh held the potential for a lasting peace. Within a few years, though, both men were killed by assassins, and America’s relations with the Arab world began heading down a path that culminated in 9/11, the War on Terror, and the current fog of mistrust.
Bird, who as a child lived in the Beirut Embassy and knew Ames as a neighbor when he was twelve years old, spent years researching The Good Spy. Not only does the book draw on hours of interviews with Ames’ widow, and quotes from hundreds of Ames’ private letters, it’s woven from interviews with scores of current and former American, Israeli, and Palestinian intelligence officers as well as other players in the Middle East “Great Game.”
What emerges is a masterpiece-level narrative of the making of a CIA officer, a uniquely insightful history of twentieth-century conflict in the Middle East, and an absorbing hour-by-hour account of the Beirut Embassy bombing. Even more impressive, Bird draws on his reporter’s skills to deliver a full dossier on the bombers and expose the shocking truth of where the attack’s mastermind resides today.
Book – Author: Kai Bird