La Amenaza De Irani (translation: The Iranian Threat or The Iranian Menace)
A recent investigative report carried out by Univision (Television de Espanol) released this month has some pretty powerful footage showing an undercover operation that sent college students to propose cyber attacks on the U.S. to the Iranian ambassador in Mexico.
Ambassador Mohammad Hassan Ghadiri was approached with hidden cameras and talks were held to discuss the potential for state sponsored (by proxy of Hezbollah) attack on the White House, FBI, CIA, and nuclear power plant systems within the United States. The footage in the report clearly shows the ambassador talking about these topics and also asking about how to further this by making certain contacts.
Now, of course this whole story is sensational and of course the Ambassador could just as easily say that he was leading them on to get an in on those who would like to attack the US to use in other ways, not necessarily that he was actually plotting against the US.
Though, the likelihood is that the Ambassador was playing along in hopes that perhaps the Mexican students could be used as a proxy against the US and thus keep his hands clean... A win win for Iran and himself really.
However, there is a bigger story here than just the plot as laid out by the college student to the ambassador and his interest as well as the interest of the Venezuelan officials also caught on camera accepting the plans from the Mexican students.
The bigger and ongoing story is that of the connections between Iran and various countries in South America and their use of cocaine trafficking to further their agenda’s world wide as well as focused on the US.
The report goes on to cite others in the US and in the various governments in South America laying out the framework for a bigger picture on Hezbollah, narco-trafficking, and the potential for the semi porous border between the US and Mexico to be used to infiltrate Islamic terrorists (Hezbollah and others potentially) into the Unites States. The report cites as well that there are connections between mosques and training camps in Venezuela that also get support from the aforementioned narco-trafficking.
To me, it looks like what went on in the 80′s with Communism and terrorist groups in South America has now been supplanted with Iran and extremist Muslim thought and this is something we should be aware of. I am sure that the government and the agencies have been for some time, but this has not really been in the public eye until now, and even then, I am not seeing too much being made of this in the media as yet.
The most the media has been talking about has been the fact that there was a plan for a cyber attack on the US infrastructure, but, like the media does each and every time, they seem to fail to grasp the smaller issues that are more important than an alleged plan for a “cyberwar”
Iran, the Nuclear Plot, and Reality (Hezbollah Cyber Army)
The actual “plans” given by the college students to Ghadiri were not shown or elaborated on in the Univision report, however, one can assume that they included the STUXNET type attacks that hit Natanz but also perhaps denial of service attacks as well on the FBI, CIA, and White House.
Since there is nothing really to work with on this, I cannot say for sure, but, one need only look toward the “Hizbullah Cyber Army” that Iran recently unveiled to see where their ambitions lie after being spanked so well by Stuxnet and whoever carried it out. No doubt though, the Iranians would seek to welcome the likes of the Mexican hacker community to their effort as the Mexicans have had a track record with regard to hacking and digital scams in the past.
Once again though, I would like to see people have the realistic reporting that there was no real cyber plot, but instead that this was the entre into the Hezbollah by offering such a plan or plans… Let’s not let the media run with this cyberwar angle ok?
The plans that the college students passed to Ghadiri also included talk of EMP attacks as well as cyber attacks against infrastructure. The EMP attacks are of interest in that they could be carried out by missile launches. Launches that could come from sites that Iran and Venezuela have allegedly talked about having in place in country.
So far as I am aware, the only real way that an EMP of worth, could be carried out by such as Iran would have to be a high altitude detonation of a nuclear device. Which means that Iran really probably does plan on having nuclear weapons as opposed to their claims that they only want to have nuclear power for the country.
Frankly though, I do not see that the plan and this report should just be seen as a cyberwar piece. This all begs much larger conventional questions about the moves that Iran has been making in South America and now Mexico.
Iran and South America
Hugo Chavez has been getting closer and closer with Iran for some time now. Venezuela and Iran have forged close ties and much of their work together has been over more than just domestic and financial issues. It seems from the Univision report, that also the two have been working together on Nuclear programs.
Iran has been working with Venezuela on plants there and I am sure that Venezuela has likely been acting as a cutout for certain things that the Iranians would like to have (i.e. perhaps as a go between for parts etc, that Iran cannot get due to sanctions) So I am sure it is a beneficial relationship that Mahmoud and Hugo have, but there are other things under the crust that one has to take into account.
Proximity is one issue that I know has been spoken of before and it has to be discussed again. There has been talk in the past of Iran and Hugo’s desire to have a set of missile bases in Venezuela that could easily launch missiles at the US. With the Iranian technology that they have, they could in fact put in sites that, much like the Cuban affair back in the 60′s, cause great consternation for us all.
I have heard in the past that there was talk of this between the two countries and heads of state, but, now it seems that perhaps we should be more wary that perhaps there are some sites or portables that Iran may have slipped to ol’ Hugo.
However, the other issues brought up by the report from Univision do take some precedence today. The proxy war of using the Narco gangs to train Islamist terrorists is not a new one by any means, but, seems to be bearing fruit now. For some time the terrorists and narco traffickers have been getting closer because their needs can be fulfilled by both working together.
Much of this also is being backed up (allegedly) by the Univision reporters who now also claim to have hours of tape on Muslim jihadists training with the drug smugglers on tactics in training camps tucked away in South America.
Though, the real relationship to me, is that the drug gangs are being used as proxies for Iran’s and only for Iran’s benefit... They simply are pawns in a bigger game of global Stratego that Iran wants to play. They are also all being played by Hugo Chavez, who gets the money, the power, and the control he desires all the while getting in on the ground floor on the war against the “Great Satan” as Iran calls the US.
Iran and Narco Trafficking (Hezbollah/Los Zetas/Mexico)
Another disconcerting event came yesterday as it was announced that a Lebanese drug smuggler was charged in the US for smuggling 85K kilos of cocaine into the states. Ayman Joumaa a.k.a “junior” was captured and is now being charged with this crime as well as being the money man for Los Zetas, using a Lebanese bank in Canada to launder about $850 million dollars. Joumaa’s connections though also connect him with Hezbollah and thus, we now have more connections between the likes of Hezbollah and Los Zetas.
If you will remember back a bit, you will likely think about the plot that was broken up recently where Iran (Hezbollah) had worked a deal with Los Zetas (allegedly) to bomb a Saudi ambassador while in NYC. Many people thought that the plot seemed a bit cooked up and perhaps overly dramatic, even perhaps some thought that it was disinformation, but, it seems that from numerous sources you can see a pattern emerging between the cartels, Islamist terrorists, and the inspirations of Iran and Venezuela.
Further proof comes from the Antisec/LulzSec dump of the AZ DPS reports on the connections between the Islamic extremists and the Hezbollah network in Mexico. Clearly the government seems to be concerned. By using the Zetas, Hezbollah will have a far greater reach into this country through the trafficking routes, coyotes, and money that they are facilitating being made to launch campaigns here in the states… Someday.
Past as Prologue: The 80′s and Ron Reagan
In the end, this report shows quite a bit about how the Islamic jihad and Hezbollah have made inroads into South America. Inroads that could lead to some serious consequences with global terrorism as well as the goals of Iran as a whole where the US (a.k.a Shaitan) are concerned. It would seem to me that the 80′s are coming back and we will find ourselves once again sending wet work teams in country to work against such groups as ETA, FARK, and now Hezbollah in South America.
The report, which I suggest anyone who can speak Spanish see, covers much more than anything you might read in the English press. They talk to several US officials in DEA/CIA etc and one of them actually calls the acceptance of the “cyber attack plan” an act of war
However, you will get to see that Univision did their homework and connect the dots pretty well between the governments of Columbia, Venezuela, and Iran in complicity on a plan like the one offered. So, it could be possible in the future to see such attempts as plausible. We definitely have to keep an eye on the region and the machinations of the likes of Chavez and Mahmoud.
However, what I don’t want to see is another Iran-Contra Affair come up. Guess Ollie might have another job ahead of him…
So when do we get the second “New Wave” movement from Britain then?
Cross-posted from Krypt3ia