I was reading the email today and got struck by this piece of news: Eursoc: Iran “targets European nuclear centers”.
Claude Moniquet, director of the European Strategic Intelligence and Security Centre said that “We have serious signals that something is under preparation in Europe… Iranian intelligence is working extremely hard to prepare its people and to prepare actions.”
Moniquet said that there is evidence of increased numbers of Iranian agents at work in Europe, possibly planning to target “British citizens on the streets of London… just as they kill British soldiers in the south of Iraq.”
The meeting with MPs from all parties took place in the British House of Commons this week. Conservative MP Patrick Mercer told colleagues that Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett “had acknowledged worries about Tehran backing terrorist activity inside Britain” in a debate last year. The UK’s Security and Intelligence Committee, which reviews the work of MI5 and MI6 had also warned “worries about Tehran backing terrorist activity inside Britain.”
Hmm, no, don’t worry they are here for having a little bit of fun… Tourism, and all of that
Mark My Words: ABC News pushes for military strike on Iran. This is very good:
The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert “black” operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com.
The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject, say President Bush has signed a “nonlethal presidential finding” that puts into motion a CIA plan that reportedly includes a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran’s currency and international financial transactions.
A published covert operation. Hmm, sounds logic. For the journalist, this seems to be a gossip. The bad thing is that, if this operation really existed, ehem, it is no more a secret. 😦 The cuestion is: who is telling this to MSM?
Read all the post… hmm, looks like Mark has all the logic the journalist has been deprived off
And just the same day: IAEA says Iran building atom program, defying UN. Do not worry, they are just going to come to Europe on a pleasure trip. 😦
Meanwhile, the mother of Haleh Esfandiari has tried to visit her:
Fanny Esfandiari, a 93-year-old great-grandmother with heart disease and bad eyesight, made a desperate trip to Iran’s notorious Evin Prison earlier this month.
“I have to find my daughter,” she told relatives reluctant to drive her. None thought it would be productive — or worth the risks. A nephew finally agreed. He stayed in the car as Esfandiari slowly shuffled on her cane up to the hulking white stone compound in Tehran where Iran’s kings and theocrats have incarcerated their most famous political prisoners as well as their toughest criminals.
The elder Esfandiari was told to try the prison’s high-security wing — the infamous Ward 209. There, however, she was turned away, and slowly made her way back to her nephew’s car.
Of course, a 93-year old woman with a delicate health condition cannot see his daughter and is turned away.
But Iranian Government is angry. Why? Because of the Iranian film at Cannes:
Iran has protested to France over the screening at the Cannes film festival of an animated film about a woman growing up in revolutionary Iran, slamming the movie as a “political act”, local media reported on Monday.
Persepolis, which stems from a best-selling comic book series by Iranian emigre Marjane Satrapi and is competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or, shows its heroine struggling with the authorities in the early days of the Islamic revolution.
The Cannes film festival has selected a film about Iran which presents an unreal picture of the outcomes and achievements of the Islamic revolution,” said a letter to the French cultural attaché in Tehran carried by the press.
The achievements of the Islamic Republic???Hmm, yes, 16-year-old girls hanged for having pre-marital sex [while stating that hanging is less cruel than stoned to death…], beating peaceful young protesters in the street and women not-dressed Islamic way, detaining dogs for being Un-Islamic and beating (130 lashes) to a Norvegian-Iranian for drinking two beers, obliging the shop-keepers to saw off the mannequin breasts, etc, etc..
Hmmm, yes, I can see the achievements…
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