PAIC’s letter to 14 Senators on Human Rights resolution

March 28, 2010

Dear Senator,

We at the Progressive American Iranian Committee (PAIC), a human rights organization, gratefully appreciate your effort in introducing resolution to punish Islamic regime’s officials responsible for human rights abuses against freedom and peace loving Iranian people.

Dear Senator, the Islamic Republic of Iran was the first government established with the Islamic ideology in the region, and since then Islamic extremism and terrorism have increased. These are threats to the security and well being of the Iranian people, the region and the world.

This regime, by owning all minerals and the major industries, as well as controlling about 80 percent of the Iran’s economy; is using the wealth of the country to buy domestic and international support  and repress the people by parallel security and police and paramilitary forces to maintain its grips on power.

The reform of the existing system of government with its current constitution is impossible, and this regime must be changed. The brave Iranian people are the most capable of changing the regime if given moral and diplomatic support, through economic and political sanctions. Sanctions that are tied to human rights violations.

Dear Senator, to the freedom loving Iranian people, the regime is the biggest problem and, never has the cause of freedom in Iran been more urgent. Human rights sanction legislation puts the United States, rightfully on the side of justice, liberty and the Iranian people.

Once again, we would like to take this opportunity and express our deepest gratitude for siding with justice. We believe, as you do, cutting the economic life blood of the regime in support of human rights of the Iranian people is the best strategic policy. We strongly request your continued moral support for the freedom loving people of Iran, in their quest to rid themselves of the tyranny of the Islamic Republic and to establish democracy in Iran.

With warmest wishes,

PAIC

2526 Mt. Vernon Rd. Suite B-220

Atlanta, GA. 30338

بررسی اسناد داخلی نایاک و تریتا پارسی (بخش اول)

December 6, 2009

حسن داعی

پیش گفتار: پس از شکایت نایاک و تریتا پارسی از من به دادگاه فدرال در سال 2008، طبق روال قانونی، برخی از اسناد مربوط به فعالیت های این گروه در اختیار من قرار گرفت. آنان نیز برخی از مکاتبات و اسناد مربوط به فعالیت من را دریافت کرده اند. طی ماههای گذشته، نایاک سه بار از دادگاه درخواست نمود تا این اسناد محرمانه باقی بمانند اما هر سه بار دادگاه مخالفت نمود. پس از موافقت دادگاه با انتشار این اسناد، تریتا پارسی در مصاحبه با نشریه هافینگتون پست اظهار نگرانی کرد که اگر این اسناد منتشر شوند، از آنجا که جامعه ایرانیان از ظرافت سیاسی لازم برخوردار نیستند، ممکن است تحت تأثیر منفی این اسناد قرار بگیرند.

برعکس من فکر میکنم که جامعه ایرانیان از ظرافت سیاسی بسیار بالائی برخوردار است و باید از حق خود یعنی اگاهی نسبت به آنچه در واشنگتن و پشت دربهای بسته میگذرد، باخبر شود. ازاینرو من اسناد مربوط به فعالیت آنان را با دسته بندی زمانی در اختیار هموطنان قرار میگیرد.  در گزارش حاضر، به بررسی کلی این اسناد می پردازیم. خوانندگان میتوانند با مراجعه به دو آدرس زیر، این اسناد را تک به تک مشاهده نموده و یک خلاصه فارسی از هر کدام را نیز مطالعه فرمایند. بنابر این، در گزارش حاضر از دادن لینک به هر سند خودداری میکنم.

مجموعه اسناد سری اول

مجموعه اسناد سری دوم

از محتوای ایمیل هایی تریتا پارسی کاملا پیداست که پس از چاپ اولین گزارش های من در مورد نایاک در اوائل سال 2007، مکاتبات وی با سیامک نمازی و دیگر وابستگان رژیم ایران از طریق ایمیل کاهش یافته و تنها به سلام و احوالپرسی و موضوعات معمولی خلاصه شده است. بسیاری از اسناد را نیز هنوز در اختیار ما قرار نداده اند که برای دستیابی به آنها تلاش میکنیم. به بیان دیگر، اسنادی که ملاحظه میفرمایئد تنها مشتی از خروار است ولی میتوان با مطالعه آنها، یک قضاوت درست از نایاک و لابی جمهوری اسلامی بدست آورد. برای دریافت این اسناد و همچنین اجازه انتشار آنان، وکلای من صد ها ساعت وقت و انرژی گذاشته اند. امید دارم که مطالعه آنها به درک ما از سیستم سیاسی آمریکا و نحوه نفوذ جمهوری اسلامی در آمریکا کمک نماید.

بررسی اسناد داخلی نایاک (بخش اول)

در سال 1997، کمپانی های مهم آمریکا و در رأس آن، غولهای نفتی یک لابی گسترده براه انداختند تا تحریم های اقتصادی و سیاسی آمریکا از روی جمهوری اسلامی برداشته شود و دربهای کسب و تجارت بروی آنان باز گردد. در چنین فضای مساعدی بود که جمهوری اسلامی و افراد وابسته به آن توانستند شبکه نفوذ خویش در این کشور را گسترش دهند. تریتا پارسی نیز در همین سال 1997 لابیگری حرفه ای خویش برای برداشتن تحریم ها از روی رژیم ایران را آغاز نمود. وی تا سال 2001 در سوئد به تحصیل مشغول بود.

پارسی در یکی از نامه های خصوصی خود اشاره میکند که در سال 1991 و زمانیکه وی دانش آموز دبیرستان در سوئد بود، در کادر مبادلات آموزشی، برای مدتی کوتاه به آمریکا آمد و در منزل باب نی میهمان وی بود. در گزارشات قبلی اشاره کرده ام که باب نی بعد ها به یکی از فاسدترین نمایندگان تاریخ کنگره تبدیل شد و بدلیل رشوه گیری از افراد مختلف منجمله کسانیکه با جمهوری اسلامی رابطه داشتند، دو سال و نیم در زندان بود و همین تازگی ها از زندان آزاد گشته است.

پارسی در سال 1996 و در سوئد با سیامک نمازی آشنا شد. نمازی در آنزمان از آمریکا به ایران بازگشته بود و همکاری خودش با شرکت آتیه بهار در تهران را شروع کرده بود. شرکت آتیه بهار مجموعه ای است از چند شرکت وابسته به هم که کار اصلی آنان کمک به کمپانی های مهم بین المللی برای ورود به بازار ایران است. آتیه بهار بصورت های مختلف با دولت جمهوری اسلامی شریک بوده است و در معاملات بسیار مهم تجاری که برخی از ارقام آن به صدها میلیون تا یک میلیارد میرسید، کار چاق کن جمهوری اسلامی بوده است. قابل ذکر است که به علت نزدیکی بیژن خواجه پور به خانواده رفسنجانی، پس از انتخابات قلابی چند ماه پیش ریاست جمهوری در ایران، هنگامیکه خواجه پور از لندن به تهران باز میگشت دستگیر و مدت کوتاهی زندانی شد. این دستگیری در چهارچوب حذف باند رفسنجانی از قدرت و مافیای نفت میباشد. قابل ذکر است که دو کمپانی مهم نفتی استات اویل نروژ و توتال فرانسه که از مشتریان “آتیه بهار” بودند، بجرم پرداخت رشوه برای ورود به بازار ایران، مورد مجازات مقامات قضائی کشورهای نروژ و فرانسه قرار گرفتند. در هر مورد نیز رشوه های مربوطه به خانواده رفسنجانی پرداخت شده بود که اسناد آن بصورت علنی موجود میباشند.

طبق اسناد داخلی نایاک، تریتا پارسی در سال 1997 به آمریکا آمد و یک گروه لابی بنام “ایرانیان برای همکاری بین المللی” درست کرد که هدف اصلی اش برداشتن تحریم ها از روی جمهوری اسلامی بود. این گروه، فعالیت های لابی خودش را با باب نی هماهنگ میکرد و متحدانی در کنگره آمریکا داشت که از این گروه حمایت میکردند. کار اصلی این گروه در واشنگتن متمرکز شده بود و با ارسال فاکس و نامه به نمایندگان کنگره، یکنوع لابی ابتدائی انجام میدادند.

باب نی تا سال 1997 از مخالفان حکومت ایران بود ولی از این تاریخ ببعد به یکی از پر و پا قرص ترین طرفداران دوستی با جمهوری اسلامی تبدیل شد. تریتا پارسی در چند سندی که خودش نوشته و در اختیار ما قرار گرفته میگوید که وی باعث این تغییر موضع باب نی بوده است. در یکی از این اسناد می خوانیم که: “تریتا پارسی استخدام شده بود تا نظر باب نی در مورد ایران را تغییر دهد و وی را با مزایای دوستی با ایران آشنا کند”. البته معلوم نیست که چه کسی تریتا پارسی را استخدام کرده بود و مشخص نیست که مزایای دوستی با ایران برای باب نی چه بوده است؟

تریتا پارسی تصمیم به ورود به آمریکا و ادامه لابی خود را داشت. این کار در سال 2001 عملی شد و هوشنگ امیر احمدی وی را بعنوان مدیر شورای آمریکائی و ایرانی استخدام کرد و بدین ترتیب پارسی توانست اجازه کار و اقامت آمریکا را دریافت نماید. وی به مدت شش ماه برای امیر احمدی کار کرد و ارتباطات خود با محافل طرفدار نزدیکی به جمهوری اسلامی گسترش داد.

2001: مهاجرت به آمریکا و راه اندازی نایاک

تریتا پارسی در آغاز 2001 به آمریکا آمد و ضمن کار در شورای امیر احمدی، ارتباطات خود با کنگره و محافل سیاسی را گسترش داد. پارسی از همان روز اول تصمیم داشت تا یک لابی جدی و قوی به رهبری خودش براه بیندازد. در آنزمان سازمان کوچکی که وی براه انداخته بود، یعنی “ایرانیان برای همکاری بین المللی” دچار چند دستگی گشته و اتوریته تریتا پارسی زیر علامت سوال رفته بود.

تریتا پارسی در سال 2001 رایزنی با افراد مختلف برای راه اندازی یک لابی قوی و تحت کنترل خودش را شدت بخشید. یکی از اسنادی که در اختیار ما قرار گرفته، صورتجلسه یک کنفرانس تلفنی بین تریتا پارسی با سه نفر دیگر است که برای راه اندازی یک لابی در آمریکا به مشورت با یکدیگر می پردازند. یکی از افراد حاضر در این جلسه، فریدون تسلیمی بود که ریاست بیناد “دانش  هنر” در آمریکا را بعهده داشت. این بنیاد در ایران توسط عباس عدالت تأسیس شد. بیژن خواجه پور (رئیس آتیه بهار) و همسرش پری نمازی نیز در هیئت مدیره این بنیاد ظاهرا خیریه عضو میباشند. رئیس این بنیاد در ایران مهدی حائری یزدی مدیر کل  وزارت صنایع است. عباس ملکی معاون وزرات خارجه و مشاور خامنه ای نیز عضو هیئت مدیره این بیناد است. عباس عدالت که بنیانگذار بنیاد دانش و هنر است، همان کسی است که بعد ها در سال 2005 سازمان لابی کاسمی را در انگلستان و در آمریکا براه انداخت. این سازمان تحت نام مبارزه با جنگ و تحریم فعالیت میکند.

در کنفرانس تلفنی بین افراد حاضر در جلسه سال 2001، به غیر قانونی بودن لابی در داخل یک سازمان غیر انتفاعی اشاره شد.  پارسی مطرح کرد که یکی از راه حل ها، ایجاد یک سازمان موازی در کنار سازمان اصلی است که بدین ترتیب فعالیت لابی از فعالیت جذب ایرانیان جدا باشد. در این کنفرانس پارسی به وجود متحدان خود در داخل کنگره، یعنی محافل آمریکائی که هدفشان برداشتن تحریم هاست اشاره میکند.

سرانجام و پس از رایزنی های متعدد، تریتا پارسی عده ای از نزدیکان خود در سازمان ایرانیان برای همکاری بین المللی را گردهم میآورد و نایاک در اواخر سال 2001 فعالیت خودش را شروع میکند. در 5 نوامبر 2001 اولین جلسه هیئت مدیره نایاک تشکیل میشود و حاضران که 7 نفر بودند تصمیم میگیرند که در مرامنامه نایاک بحث در مورد ایران را فعلا مسکوت بگذارند زیرا این موضوع باعث دور شدن ایرانیان از آنان خواهد شد. حاضران در این جلسه اظهار میدارند که در درازمدت باید هدف اصلی همان بحث ایران و فعالیت در آن جهت باشد اما فعلا باید از آن پرهیز کرد. تریتا پارسی، بابک طالبی و آلکس پاتیکو در این جلسه حضور داشتند.

فعالیت رسمی و قانونی نایاک در اوائل سال 2002 شروع میشود و در همین ایام، یک وکیل ایرانی بنام داریوش بقائی که مقیم کالیفرنیاست از سفر چند روزه خود به ایران باز میگردد و با یکی از لابیست های مهم آمریکا یعنی روی کافی که با خانواده بوش نزدیک و دوست بود ملاقات میکند و بهمراه وی نزد باب نی میرود. روی کافی در نامه ایکه نوشته به این مسئله اشاره میکند:

« در اواسط سال 2002 یکی از همکلاسی های سابق من که یک ایرانی بنام “داریوش بقائی” است (وکیل ساکن بورلی هیلز) برای دیدار خانوادگی به ایران رفت. وی قبل از انقلاب به آمریکا آمده و تاکنون به کشورش بازنگشته بود. وی پس ار بازگشت از ایران به من تلفن زد و تعریف کرد که چگونه اقتصاد ایران رونق گرفته و آمریکا دارد فرصت ها را از دست میدهد. وی هنچنین گفت که ملایان با بهانه کردن تحریم های آمریکا علیه ایران برای رفتار خود یک توجیه پیدا کرده اند و بهترین کمک به مردم ایران برداشتن تحریم ها و بهبود روابط دو کشور است. من او را نزد باب نی بردم و ملاقات ایندو که قرار بود یکربع باشد یکساعت و نیم طول کشید که بیشتر به فارسی بود و آنان از احساسات عمیق در مورد آرزوهای خود برای مردم ایران باهم صحبت کردند.  نتیجه آن شد که من، دی استفانو، بقائی و تریتا پارسی که یک ایرانی-آمریکائی است تصمیم گرفتیم که یک کمیته فعالیت سیاسی با عضویت ایرانی-آمریکائیان راه بیندازیم که بتوانیم استراتژی خودمان که عادی سازی روابط بین ایران و آمریکا بود را دنبال کنیم. ما چهارنفر با هم 9 ماه تمام فعالیت کردیم تا این تشکل را راه اندازی کنیم.»

طبق اسناد داخلی نایاک و نامه محرمانه ایکه تریتا پارسی به روی کافی در سال 2002 نوشته است، هدف از تلاش های 9 ماهه روی کافی و تریتا پارسی این بود که در کنار نایاک، یک سازمان دیگر نیز تأسیس شود و این دو سازمان دست در دست هم کار کنند. رئیس هر دو سازمان نیز خود تریتا پارسی باشد. یک تقسیم کار بین این دو سازمان در نظر گرفته شده بود: نایاک به جذب و سازماندهی ایرانیان بپردازد و سازمان دوم این افراد را برای لابی خودش در کنگره بکار گیرد.

با ایجاد این دو سازمان در کنار یکدیگر، مشکل لابی غیر قانونی گریبان نایاک را نمی گرفت و ایراینان نیز خیلی آسانتر جذب نایاک میشدند زیرا در ظاهر، کار نایاک لابی کردن نبود. اما آنچه در نامه محرمانه تریتا پارسی به روی کافی حیرت آور و شوکه کننده است، اعتراف صریح تریتا پارسی به اهداف این لابی و پیشنهاد راه حل عملی برای دادن یک چهره انسانی و ایران پسندانه به این لابی است. از نوشته تریتا پارسی بدرستی میتوان درک کرد که تنها هدف وی برداشتن فشار از روی جمهوری اسلامی است و استفاده از واژه هائی چون دفاع از منافع ایرانیان یا منافع ایرانیان مقیم آمریکا، تنها برای کسب اعتبار در میان جامعه ایرانی و آرایش چهره این لابی است.

تریتا پارسی در نامه خود روی سه نکته تأکید میکند:

هدف لابی برداشتن تحریم هاست ولی در آغاز  بایستی روی سوژه هائی مثل ویزا و تبعیض علیه ایرانیان کار کرد تا در میان جامعه ایرانیان اعتبار کسب کنیم.

دوم: اگرچه کسانی از این لابی فایده می برند که خواهان تجارت و بده بستان با ایرانند ولی بایستی به این لابی یک چهره انسانی بدهیم تا بتوانیم در میان ایرانیان جا باز کنیم.

سوم اینکه چه کسانی به ما پول میدهند؟ همان کسانی که خواهان معامله و بده بستان با ایران هستند و باید بیشتر سراغ تاجران ایرانی رفت.

ترجمه بخش هائی از نامه محرمانه پارسی به روی کافی: “ به سوی راه اندازی یک لابی ایرانی – آمریکائی”

« برای جلب اعتماد ایرانیان، هدف نهائی خودمان را فعلا مطرح نکنیم

اگرچه وظیفه اصلی این لابی باید بهبود رابطه ایران و آمریکا و برداشتن تحریم ها باشد اما در مرحله اول بایستی روی موضوعاتی کار کرد که حساست کمتری ایجاد میکند مثل مشکل ویزا یا تبعیض علیه ایرانیان.

اگر در آغاز کار روی اینگونه موضوعاتی که  بحث انگیز نیست متمرکز شویم، اینکار باعث کسب اعتبار  لابی ما در میان جامعه ایرانیان می شود.

به لابی خود چهره ای انساندوستانه بدهیم

برای رفع نیاز های مالی این لابی بایستی به سراغ تاجران ایرانی رفت. اگرچه طرف حساب های  اصلی این لابی  تاجران ایرانی و آمریکائی هستند اما باید حتما یک چهره انسانی به این لابی و اهداف آن داد. باید توجه داشت که سازمان ایپاک یعنی لابی اسرائیل بخوبی موفق شده تا طرفداران برداشتن تحریم از روی ایران را بعنوان سرمایه داران پر طمعی معرفی کند که حاضرند برای منفعت اقتصادی خود، با یک رژیم تروریستی معامله کنند.

در مقابل، کمپانی های نفتی نیز که در صف اول برداشتن تحریم ها هستند، تاکنون نتوانسته اند به کارزار خود یک چهره انسانی بدهند و مثلا در توجیه فعالیت های خود، از اینگونه دلائل استفاده کنند: “ما برای ایرانیانی که در چنگال رژیم دیکتاتوری ایران هستند نگرانیم” یا مثلا: “تحریم های موجود علیه ایران باعث ویرانی بسیاری از خانواده های آمریکائی شده که شغل خودشان را بخاطر تحریم ها از دست داده اند.”

با انسانی جلوه دادن لابی خودمان هم میتوانیم اعتماد جامعه ایرانی را بخود جلب کنیم و هم میتوانیم برای پیروزی در کنگره آمریکا ازآن استفاده کنیم.

کمک مالی

تا کنون، سازمان های ایرانی – آمریکائی برای کمک مالی به سراغ کمپانی های نفتی رفته اند. این استراتژی مثل یک شمشیر دو لبه است. از یکطرف، این کمپانی ها بطور کامل با ما همراه هستند و در این زمینه گشاده دستی لازم را نیز دارند که باید به نمونه شورای امیر احمدی اشاره نمود. اما از طرف دیگر، کمپانی های نفتی وجهه خوبی در میان ایران ها ندارند و باعث بی آبروئی ما در میان این جماعت خواهد شد. باید حمایت مالی کمپانی های مزبور را محدود کرد مثلا بیشتر از ده درصد در آمد کل لابی نباشد.

باید به سراغ آندسته از بخش های اقتصادی رفت که هم چهره مثبتی دارند و هم آنکه از باز شدن دربهای ایران بروی تجارت و داد و ستد سود میبرند مثل کمپانی موتورولا که از  بازار 70 میلیون نفری ایران سود سرشاری خواهد برد. بطور کلی باید توجه داشت که کمپانی هایی که در بخش ارتباطات و کامپیوتر کار میکنند منفعت زیادی در ایران دارند زیرا نیروی کار ایران مجرب ولی ارزان است مثل هند. یا بایستی برای کمک مالی به سراغ کمپانی های ساختمان، آبیاری یا شرکت های نوشابه با شرکت هایی مثل مک دونالد رفت.

رقبای احتمالی ما

شورای آمریکائی ایرانی (امیر احمدی)

این شورا در طول پنج سال گذشته با نفوذ ترین گروه آمریکائی ایرانی در صحنه سیاسی آمریکا بوده است. این گروه توسط هوشنگ امیر احمدی اداره میشود. اما بخاطر روابط امیر احمدی با جناح محافظه کار در ایران، اعتبار شورا خدشه دار شده است. از طرف دیگر، حمایت مالی کمپانی های نفتی نیز کمتر شده و تلاش های امیر احمدی برای جذب جامعه ایرانیان مقیم آمریکا نیز با شکست روبرو شده است.

در همین ایام یعنی در اکتبر 2002، دو لابیست آمریکائی که در بالا اشاره شد، یعنی روی کافی و دی استفانو، برای اعضای نایاک جلسه لابی برگزار میکنند و  در اوائل سال 2003، باب نی در یک جلسه جمع آوری پول برای نایاک شرکت میکند.

در اوائل سال 2003، دو قاچاقچی لندنی قصد داشتند تا یک هواپیمای تشریفاتی از سلطان برونئی برای رهبران جمهوری اسلامی بخرند و مبلغ 80 میلیون دلار دریافت کردند. این دو قاچاقچی به سراغ دوستان تریتا پارسی یعنی روی کافی و دی استفانو رفتند و بهمراه باب نی به لندن مسافرت کردند تا مشکل تحریم این هواپیما را حل کنند.

روی کافی 220 هزار دلار دریافت کرد، دی استفانو 20 هزار دلار و باب نی 47 هزار دلار نقد از لندن با خود به آمریکا آورد و دو لابیست یاد شده نیز 20 هزار دلار به باب نی کمک مالی کردند.

در همین ایام، صادق خرازی که آرشیتکت و پدرخوانده لابی جمهوری اسلامی در آمریکاست، به کمک سفیر سوئیس در تهران، تیم گولدیمن، پیشنهاد معروف به معامله بزرگ را به واشنگتن فرستاد. این بار نیز باب نی و تریتا پارسی مستقمیا در ماجرا دخالت داشتند.

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مکاتبات تریتا پارسی با محمد جواد ظریف

لابی نایاک در کنگره آمریکا

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تعداد اعضای نایاک و نحوه کار کرد آن

NIAC’s internal document-Series three

December 6, 2009

Trita Parsi’s collaboration with his mentor, associate and lobby partner:

Siamak Namazi

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Introduction: Who is Siamak Namazi?

Siamak Namazi, was an Iranian-American living in US who went back to Iran in 1999 and became a partner and the managing director of Atieh Bahar Company in Tehran. The company was founded in 1993 by Pari Namazi and her husband Bijan Khajehpour. Babak Namazi (Siamak’s brother) leads the legal division of Atieh Bahar.

In a separate document, I have explained in details the relation between Atieh Bahar and the inner circle of the regime’s economic mafia. Please go to the following links to see the document:

Power presentation one: http://www.iranian-americans.com/AtiehBahar-3.pdf

Power presentation two: http://www.iranian-americans.com/AtiehBahar-4.pdf

Atieh Bahar, the leading Iranian consulting firm, helps the foreign companies, especially in oil corporations to work in Iran. The portfolio of this company entails a potpourri of engagements and partnerships with the Iranian regime, including joint ventures, consulting, organizing policy conferences for the regime, facilitating convergence of foreign and Iranian oil enterprises, representing and handholding of the multinational foreign companies in their dealings with the Iranian regime.  Atieh’s Iranian customer list includes high level Iranian institutions like Banks and the parliament. Atieh’s subsidiaries have unmatched access to sensitive electronic data from government banks and institutions.

Siamak Namazi, an owner and one of the active directors of this enterprise is inseparable from the Iranian regime and its mafia web that controls the wealth of the country.

Note: After the June 2009 election and the purge of Rafsanjani faction, Bijan Khajehpour, the chairman of Atieh was arrested upon his return from London. He was released later. Rafsanjani’s son did not return to Tehran and stayed in London.

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1999: Parsi and Siamak Namazi present their project for creation of an Iranian-American lobby in US

In 1999, Siamak Namazi and Trita Parsi participated at a Conference in Cyprus and presented their proposal to create an Iranian American lobby to influence US policy toward Iran, especially Congressional decisions.

The authors suggest three recommendations. Interestingly, they demonstrate an astonishing knowledge about how the Israeli lobby (AIPAC) works and propose the same kind of activities:

Public document: Iranian-Americans, a bridge between two nations:

Excerps from document:

1. Seminars in lobbying for Iranian-American youth and intern opportunities in Washington DC.

“While the new generation of Iranian-Americans has a greater understanding of the American political culture, they still have much to learn. It is import to further this group’s understanding of the American political system and the concept of lobbying.

Every year, thousands of college and university students flock to Washington DC to intern at different policy institutions, from the White House, to Capitol Hill, to lobby groups, to CSIS and other actors in the political field.

Established communities such as that of the Jewish-Americans have taken advantage of these floods of future American leaders and politicians. The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), one of the most powerful lobbies in the US 10, does not only provide Jewish-American youth with numerous intern opportunities, it also facilitates internships for members at other institutions and uses the influx of young political talents to export its pro-Israeli views and values…

Most impressive and educational is AIPAC’s “Youth Leadership Seminars,” which are held annually and offered at highly subsidized rates. They train AIPAC members not only in essential public policy skills such as lobbying, monitoring and responding to the media, etc., but also use the forum to guide members in how to succeed in the American society at large.

Creating similar types of seminars and intern opportunities to Iranian-American youth may not improve Iran-US relations in the short run, but it will help integrate the Iranian-American community into the political life of America. In the long run, a strong and active Iranian- American lobby, partly established through these seminars and by the participants of these programs, may serve to ensure that the US and Iran never find themselves in violent opposition to each other again. Arguably an Iranian-American lobby (which is different from a lobby group purely pursuing the interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran) is needed in order to create a balance between the competing Middle Eastern lobbies. Without it, Iran-bashing may become popular in Congress again.”

2. Increased awareness amongst Iranian-Americans and Americans about the effects of sanctions, both at home and in Iran.

3. The taboo of working for a new approach on Iran must be further legitimized.

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2000: parsi and Namazi meet in Iran and travel together:

trita2 siamak

Parsi and Namzi in a temple in Yazd, 2000

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Court Documents

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2002: Creation of NIAC

Parsi is hired by Namazi ’s company  Atieh Bahar. He prepares newsletters for Atieh and is paid in return.

Documents 1: Newsletter prepared by Parsi for Atieh Bahar in Tehran

Documents 2: Newsletter prepared by Parsi for Atieh Bahar in Tehran

Document: Atieh Newsletter sent to Parsi

Khajehpour pays back Parsi

Document: Khajehpour’s email:

“Dear Trita,

Thanks for your message.  Unfortunately, my visa authorization has not come through and I will certainly postpone my planned trip until some time in November.  I hope this is not too much of an inconvenience for you.

As soon as I get my visa I will plan a new date and let you know.

On a different note, I wanted to transfer some funds to your account on Thursday, but realized that I have not kept the account information.  Can you please email your account info to me?

Best wishes,

Bijan”

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2005: Start of NIAC’s lobby, Namazi’s role

Namazi is in Washington and starts a study group with Parsi, Karim Sadjadpour and Afshin Molavi to coordinate policy:

Document: Namazi’s email

Document: Siamak lays down the agenda for the meeting

Namazi lays down the agenda for the group:

Document: Namazi’s email to the group

I would think that these meetings have 3 main purposes:

1-       To get this group to bring to the table their various pieces of the puzzle so that we all see a clearer picture of what is happening in/about Iran;

2-       To develop a common list of policy recommendation to enhance our ability to influence decision-makers;

3-       To help “train” people like Haghighatjoo who will get a lot of attention but don’t nec have a good understanding of how things work in the USA

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Game plan: Namazi and Parsi are privately planning to meet with US under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns.

At the start of NIAC’s lobby in late 2005, Siamak Namazi and Parsi planned to meet Burns and advise him on US policy toward Iran. They coordinated a “game plan” to influence Nicholas Burns.

Document:  communications between Parsi and Namazi:

Parsi: “Btw, for the Burns meeting, I need your date of birth, city, country and ssn” (12.18.2005)

Namazi: “We need to meet up and coordinate.”

At the same time that they were planning to meet with Burns, Namazi and Parsi were also getting ready to hold their regular private policy discussions with Karim Sadjadpour and Afshin Molavi.

Document: Namazi’s email of 12.23.2005

Subject: RE: what do you think of this?

Let’s try to get the group together again before we meet with Burns.  That way, we will have fresh ideas. That was the 18th, huh?

It’s not a bad plan for us to sit and try to come up with some policy recs.  Actually, if you like, let’s have our Burns meeting (the private one) and come up with some policy ideas, then pitch them without mention of why to the group to see what sort of critiques we need to consider. I understand that we will have to focus the meeting with Burns on expat issues, but (1) most of our group is comprised of Iranian-Americans and (2) Burns is likely to ask us about generally what up in Iran too.  Good to be prepared.”

Parsi emailed back to Siamak and talked about their “game plan” with Burns:

“I guess the plan you list below is for us to first come up with some rec’s, try them on our group, then take the modified version to Burns? That sounds good.

I think Burns is interested in hearing our views across the board. My responsibility as the NIAC president is to also present the majority view per our statistics and mention the minority view. Other than that, we should stick to the game plan.”

Document: Namazi’s email:

“Agha, we need to carve out time to work on our discussion with Burns. If you have any policy papers I can look at, I could also start working on one for Hadley’s office. Once a draft is available, we can get input from our network and make it stronger.”

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2007: Parsi reports his lobby to Namazi in Tehran

In 2007, Siamak Namzi from Tehran asked Trita Parsi to report to him about what was happening inside the Congress with respect to Iran. Upon Siamak Namazi’s request, Trita Parsi, sent two reports to him in Tehran.

On March 1, 2007, Parsi sent the first report about US Congress to Tehran and by email asked Siamak:

Document: Namazi and Parsi’s communications

“Any comments on teh congress piece? Was it in line with what you wanted? So sorry about the delay, will have the other one for you tonight.”

A day later, Siamak responds:

“Thanks. Looking forward to reading what you have to say about AIPAC. And please send it soon!”

Trita responds:

“So terribly sorry. You this is not my style, but things have really been hectic lately. I cant wait till the baby comes because I am sure that is paradise compared to the current situation… 50% of the AIPAC piece is written. Will finish it tonight.”

On March 3, Parsi sent him the second report by email and wrote:

“Let me know your thoughts.”

Through the discovery process, we have received the second report titled “Lobby Groups” that you can read here:

Document: Lobby Groups

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Namazi writes a talking point for Parsi

Document: Parsi’s email

From: Trita Parsi [mailto:tparsi@jhu.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2006 1:19 AM
To: ‘Siamak Namazi’
Subject: dude

Where’s the report J

“Seriously, try to send it to me as quickly as possible. If I cant use it, I have to write a report for Friday and time is short L”

A day later, Namazi sent a talking point for Parsi

Document: Namazi’s talking point for Parsi

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Namazi from Tehran asks Parsi about what happens in Washington

Document: email between Namazi and Parsi

Namazi:

“I am not sure if it’s less risky or more. The main risk sits on your side of the fence. But the social/civil soc atmosphere is definitely getting more restricted. Let’s try to skype later this week.  Btw, what’s happening with ILSA? How can I find out?”

Parsi:

“Yes, skypt this weekend would be good.

Ilsa is standing still at this stage. Burns today opposed 282 in the senate, and most likely there will be a one year extension of ILSA. It won’t be permitted to elapse, but neither is it likely to be extended for five years. in the short term, do not expect any positive developments in it. “

Parsi reports NIAC’s lobby to Namazi in Tehran

Document: Parsi’s email

From: Trita Parsi [mailto:tp@tritaparsi.com]
Sent: Saturday, January 13, 2007 5:53 PM
To: ‘Siamak Namazi’
Subject: RE: nytimes read your article!

“I spoke to about 20 journalists yesterday, including NY Times, trying to get them ask questions about that angle. I spend almost 50% of my time at niac on this now, almost all the legislative work is left to Shervin and Bahram”

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Parsi needs some briefing from Tehran

Document: Parsi and Namazi email

From: Trita Parsi [mailto:tp@tritaparsi.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 2:16 AM
To: ‘Siamak Namazi’
Subject: RE: nytimes read your article!

“What are you hearing in Tehran? What is the thinking. They are reacting very cautiously. Is the strategy to sacrifice Ahmadinejad and reach out to Saudi? Will that work? I doubt it. what are people saying?”

Namazi responds:

“We have a briefing on thurs. I will write you some notes then. Meanwhile, read through the daily press summaries.  I don’t have insight beyond that, but will share with you anything interesting that I trip on.”

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Parsi asks 2 things from Namazi in Tehran. We don’t have Parsi’s email and do not know what he wanted. But we have Namazi’s response:

Document: Parsi and Namazi email:

“Trita, this is what I have so far. If he was also in 6th Majles, Hadi should know him.  Imam Sadegh University is headed by Mahdavy Kani and a hot bed of training conservatives. Believe it or not, I think Hadi might have taught a course or two there.

1. Sure. I’m ready whenever you have time.

2. Regarding Kazem Jalali:

He is an MP of Shahroud, Semnan province in the 7th Majles and is believed to be close to the modern conservative camp. He was born in Gorgan in 1967 and holds a PhD in political sciences from Imam Sadegh University. Some sources believe that he has reasonable positions. He was also an MP in the 6th Majels.”

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Namazi reports about a meeting with a British diplomat:

Document: Namazi’s email to Parsi

Ray was recently in a series of meetings where our Brit friend was also present. He too was angered about the duplicitous comments and policy recommendations that were being made. More reason to be careful of what we tell him. He is apparently considerably more hawkish than other diplomats from that country and apparently very malicious.

I have decided to ignore any future communications with this person, including on a social basis.   We have much more reliable, honest and professional channels to deal with the Brits if needed.”

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May 2007, Parsi & Namazi participate in Middle East Forum in Jordan

Atieh Bahar is managing Parsi’s hotel reservation:

Document: Communication between them about hotel

Document: Communication between them about hotel

Document: Siamak asks Atieh Bahar executive assistant to resolve the hotel issue

Alenoosh,

Please check something for me: call this hotel, pretend to be Trita’s secretary, and say:

1) Dr. Parsi is very picky about his room, please make sure it is a nice one

2) Check if the room has one or two beds in it. Say you prefer a room with two beds…

3) Tell them he would really like an Xbox game to be placed in the room for his convenience. Or at least a Playstation 3.

Siamak Namazi
Managing Director

Atieh Bahar Consulting
No. 14 Fifth Street, Unit 7

Ahmad Ghasir (Bokharest) Ave

Tehran 15137, Iran

Alenoush emails  Parsi:

Dear Trita,

As of the email below I’ve checked with the hotel as Siamak had asked me but they explained that they have no reservation under Parsi name! they asked also for a confirmation number and said that if you have reserved a room you should have the confirmation number.

Could you please helping me in this case?

Alenoosh Shahnazarian

Executive Assistant – Atieh Bahar Consulting

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Parsi arranges an interview for Namazi with the Congressional Quarterly journal

Documet: Parsi’s email

Sia – Charles Hoskinson from Cong quarterly to discuss the idea of funding Iranian opposition groups. I spoke to him on the record. I think you should talk to him too, you can do so on background and they won’t mention your name. i told him that I will try to get you to contact him, without mentioning your name or who you are (except that you are usually based in Iran)  he is at 202-419-8337. choskinson@cq.com. I will send this to Karim as well

Follow up

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Namazi complains about Hassan Dai’s appearance on VOA TV

Document: Parsi and Namazi email

From: Siamak Namazi [mailto:siamakn@hotmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 6:04 AM
To: ‘Trita Parsi’
Subject: VOA

Agha, did you see Hassan D on VOA again?  He mentions Bijan and my father, in a cursory fashion, but not you and I. Can’t believe VOA has this guy on again!”

Siamak namazi writes to the VOA director:

Document: Namazi’s email

From: Siamak Namazi [mailto:siamakn@hotmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 9:27 PM
To: Jeffrey Trimble (jtrimble@IBB.GOV)
Subject: complaint about VOA
Importance: High

Dear Mr. Trimble,

Once again VOA has chosen to bring Mr. Hassan Daeoleslam at its guest and once again he makes a slanderous claim that my father and my business associate – Mssrs Baquer Namazi and Bijan Khajehpour – are fronts for the Iranian government.

I have brought the matter to your attention in the past, stressing that such comments not only hard the reputation of respectable democrats, but also put them in direct danger in Iran. I told you in detail how after Daeoleslam’s fictitious claims against me I was subjected to problems in Iran and also how it harmed my reputation in the Iranian community. We spoke at length about this issue when we met in August 2007 and you promised to look into it.

I am once again asking the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) to make it known to VOA, which falls under your umbrella of responsibility, that it cannot just air slanderous garbage at will. You have been served several notices about the harm that such acts have brought in the past and is likely to bring in the future.  BBG and VOA will be held responsible if any harm comes to my family and I due to such irresponsible behavior. I once again urge you to pay greater attention to the programming at VOA and to cease and desist from airing the views of a fabulist with malicious intent.

I expect immediate action to rectify this situation, specifically by barring VOA from bringing Mr. Daeoleslam on air.  Consider this a formal complaint which can be used as evidence of serving notice of harm in a court of law.  While my family and I do not desire to make a legal issue out of this matter, we reserve all right if you fail to take adequate measures and continue to allow Mr. Daeoleslam to air his malicious commentary.

Sincerely,  Siamak Namazi”

Parsi and NIAC lobby the Congress to “clean up” the VOA

Document 1

Document 2

Document 3

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Parsi & Namazi meet with Julia Nanay

Julia Nanay is a Senior Director at PFC Energy’s Markets & Country Strategies Group. She heads the firm’s Russia and Caspian Service.

PFC is one of the most important advisory groups for international oil companies

Document: Parsi and Namazi’s email with Julia Nanay

From: Julia Nanay [mailto:JNANAY@pfcenergy.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 11:35 AM
To: Trita Parsi; Siamak Namazi; Andrew Parasiliti
Subject: Next week for drinks?

“Thought I would coordinate a possible get together for next week.  Trita suggested Thursday Jan. 26.  If 6:45 were possible maybe we could set a place?  Alternatively, Wednesday Jan. 25 at 6pm.  What might be easiest for all of you?  Julia”

Follow up email

Parsi tries to find someone from Atieh Bahar in Tehran to report for IPS in Washington

Document: Parsi’s email

Parsi to Siamak Namazi in Tehran:

“Does any of your staffers in AB have time to write a weekly columns for IPS and get $150 or so a piece? They are looking for good English writers that can write for IPS on a range of issues. Tp”

Namazi introduces Parsi to Stefano Beltrame, Italy’s First Counselor in Washington

Document: Parsi and Namazi email

“Dear Stefano,

It was great to see you last week!

Following-up on our conversation, I would like to cyber introduce you to Trita Parsi, of NIAC fame. I think the two of you would have a lot of ideas to share.

I’m still in DC, but will be going to NYC and then San Francisco soon. I’ll keep you posted.

Warm regards, Siamak”

Parsi:

“Dear Stefano – I’ve heard great things about you and would be delighted to meet at your convenience. Tp”

Stefano Beltrame:

“Dear Trita, thank you for writing me.I know you name since quite some time.

Next friday I will have some Italian-iranian scholars plus some diplomats at my place for dinner. Possibly it will not be the best setting for a open discussions like the one I have in mind for you, but it van be a good way to break the ice and there will be people worth knowing (Prof Pedde, who has a review of Iranian studies in Rome and Karim Mezran) . Siamak is also invited

Stefano”

Parsi asks Namazi to brief the Congressional staffers

Document: Parsi’s email

From: Trita Parsi [mailto:tp@tritaparsi.com]

Sent: Monday, December 25, 2006 8:48 PM

To: siamak namazi

Subject: Re: coming to DC

“Awesome. Would you be available for a briefing with staffers (off-the-record)?

Niac is organizing monthly one-hour staff briefings during lunch hours on both the house and senate side.

Our first will be actually be a breakfast for freshmen members on jan 17″

Namazi:

“In principle, I’d love to. But I would ask you not to publicize it and would always have to check the weather before coming…”

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More communications between Namazi and Parsi:

Document 1

Document 3

Document 4

Document 5

Document 6

Document 7

Document 8

Document 9

درخواست سناتور جان کایل از وزیر دادگستری برای رسیدگی به تخلفات نایاک

November 25, 2009

روز 19 نوامبر، سناتور جان کایل از آریزونا که از بانفوذترین سناتورهای آمریکاست، نامه ای به اریک هولدر وزیر دادگستری آمریکا نوشت و رسما از او خواست که در مورد لابیگری نایاک تحقیق کند. طبق قانون، وزیر دادگستری بایستی هرچه زودتر به نامه سناتور کایل پاسخ داده و در اینمورد اقدام نماید.

نامه رسمی سناتور جان کایل از اریک هولدر وزیر دادگستری آمریکا در مورد نایاک:

“روز 13 نوامبر، روزنامه واشنگتن تایمز گزارشی تحت عنوان “یک گروه ایرانی احتمالا قوانین لابی را نقض کرده است” به چاپ رساند و در آن مدعی شده است که شورای ملی آمریکائیان ایرانی تبار (نایاک) بطور غیر قانونی مشغول لابی است و چه بسا قوانین مالیانی، قانون ثبت نمایندگان دولتهای خارجی و همچنین قانون گزارش در مورد لابیگری را زیر پا گذاشته است.

آیا وزارت دادگستری در مورد مطالبی که در این مقاله ذکر شده تحقیقاتی را شروع کرده است؟ اگر نه، چرا؟

آیا وزرات دادگستری ادعاهای طرح شده در این مقاله را تایید می کند؟

روند بررسی دقیق در برابر سازمانی غیر انتفاعی که مشغول لابیگری برای یک دولت خارجی است و جواز مناسب را برای لابیگری از وزارت دادگستری دریافت نکرده است چیست؟ این بدان معنی است گروه محلی مامور یک دولت خارجی است.

NIAC’s internal documents-Series two

November 25, 2009

Trita Parsi: 2001-2002

Director at American Iranian Council

Creation of NIAC

Discovery Documents: Part two

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2000: Trita Parsi is hired by Hooshang Amirahmadi to work at American Iranian Council

He moves from Sweden to US in early 2001

Document: AIC board re TP

Written by Amirahmadi:

Quote from the original document:

November 24, 2009

To:          AIC Board of Directors and Advisory Council

From:    Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi

President, AIC

It is my great pleasure to welcome Trita Parsi to our team at AIC. You may recall earlier conversations about his possible employment with AIC, and I am proud to inform you that the wait is over. Trita has received his work permit and will fly in from Stockholm, Sweden on Monday, February 5.

Trita has also been very active in the Iranian-American community, mostly through the organization Iranians for International Cooperation (IIC), which he founded in 1997. IIC’s main mission has been to advocate improved US-Iran relations and mobilize the Iranian-American community into an influential political force.

With the title Director of Development, Trita will concentrate on fund raising and membership development, as well as being responsible for congressional liaisons and our congressional roundtables. As with our other staffers, Trita will live within walking distance of our office.

Please join me in welcoming Trita to our team at AIC!

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While working for AIC and continuing his work as tha chairman of IIC (Iranians for international cooperation), Trita started the creation of his new lobby organization.

Document: Conference Call June 18

“Conference Call June 18, 2000

Quote from the original document:

Attendees:         Fereydoun Taslimi (Afiliation)

Brian Oliner (Children of Perisa)

Esmail Ghorbani (Omeed)

Trita Parsi (IIC)

Meeting convened 07:58 PM, June 18, 2001

Topics:

  1. The issue of whether to lobby for an exemption for charitable NGOs or to lobby for the lifting of sanctions altogether was touched upon several times. Prior to the conference call, Mr. Parsi had submitted an email in which it was pointed out that the former strategy may prolong the sanctions policy in two different ways (June 17, 2001):
  • Proponents of sanctions may label the exemption for NGOs a great concession and argue that Iran deserves no further concessions until it reciprocates this “goodwill” gesture.
  • The exemption for NGOs may make the sanctions look smarter and give the impression that the sanctions, through the NGO exemption, only target the Iranian regime and not the people.

Furthermore, prior to the telephone conference, Sussan Tahmasebi had in an email dated June 18, 2001 argued for a “shooting small”, i.e. a lobbying effort aimed at getting an NGO exemption.

Mr. Parsi pointed out that focusing only on an NGO exemption might alienate allies within and outside of Capitol Hill, and that “shooting big” leaves us with the option of “shooting small” at a later stage if necessary.

Decision: Mr. Parsi agreed to do research and report back to the group. Although the majority tended to favor “shooting small”, the question was left open pending further research. [Is my impression correct?]

  1. All parties expressed concerns regarding the legality of 501 C3s getting involved in lobbying. Mr. Oliner pointed out that 501 C3 are not allowed to influence legislation, whether it be a complete lifting of sanctions or getting an exemption to NGOs through law. Mr. Parsi had in the email dated June 17, 2001 pointed out that one solution was to incorporate a new and legally and financially separate organization.

Sussan Tahmasebi had in an email dated June 18, 2001 mentioned the possibility of registration a 501 C4. She also pointed that 501 C3s can lobby granted that less than 10-20% of their resources are devoted to influencing legislation.

Decision: The question was left open and the general feeling was that expert advice should be sought.

Decision: Mr. Parsi will consult with Kenneth Katzman of the Congressional Research Service, Amb. Miller of Search for Common Ground and Congressional Staffers and report back to the group.

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Preparing the creation of NIAC

First board meeting: November 5, 2001

Dcocument: Minutes, 20011105

Quote from the original document:

By: Babak Talebi

In Attendance:

Silke, Alex, Farzin, Babak, Gabe, Banafshe, Trita

Ø      4th leg – linkage with Iran?  Discussing yielded that as a strategy, it is wiser not to take on this issue at this point. In the long-term, consensus exist that focus shall shift towards Iran, but at this stage such a principle in the mission statement could be polarizing unless very cleverly formulated. Banafsheh and Trita will present proposal at next meeting.

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Darius Baghai, a CA based lawyer comes back from Tehran, meets Roy Coffee, a Washington lobbyist, close to George Bush. Baghaei meets Bob Ney.

Trita Parsi, Baghai, Coffee and Diestefano work together to create a lobby group to assist NIAC

Public document: Roy Coffee’s letter to Front Burner:

http://frontburner.dmagazine.com/archives/013069.html

Quotes from Coffee’s letter:

Back in the spring or summer of 2002, a good friend of mine from law school, Darius Baghai, had just returned from visiting relatives in Iran for the first time since his family left before the revolution. He spoke with me about how the economy of Iran was humming and that the US was missing out because we were the only country imposing sanctions on Iran since 1979. In addition, he said the Iranian people love everything about America, would like to normalize relations with America and that the Mullah’s were using the sanctions as a way to keep hammering us as the great Satan. He felt strongly that the Iranian people knew better. In any of President Bush’s comments on Iran, he always makes a point to speak directly to the Iranian people about his hopes that they will someday enjoy greater freedom – as he did tonight in the State of the Union. From this, I took Darius into visit with Mr. Ney. What was to be a 15 minute meeting became a 1 1/2 hour meeting as they spoke passionately about their hopes for the Iranian people. They also spoke in Farsi a great deal – I’m sure talking smack about me. From that meeting, Darius, Dave and I began to work with Trita Parsi, another Iranian-American to try to form a political action committee of Iranian-Americans to pursue a strategy of normalization of relations between the two countries. …  The 4 of us worked very hard for about 9 months to form this committee, but we found that most Iranians do not want to get involved in politics because of their experiences in Iran during and after the revolution.”

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Parallel to the creation of NIAC Trita Parsi and Bob Ney, accompanied by 2 Washington lobbyists; plan to use NIAC in a lobby enterprise called NAIA

Parsi’s plan

Create a new organization (NAIA) to undertake NIAC’s lobby activities

NIAC will recruit and organize the Iranian-Americans

NAIA will use them to lobby the Congress

In this important document, Parsi explains the goals of his lobby and his strategy to materialize it:

•  The lobby’s goal is to remove sanctions and open up trade with Iran but:

•  This goal is a controversial issue among Iranians and therefore should be avoided in the beginning

•  The initial focus should be on less controversial issues like visa and discrimination

•  Working on these issues will  serve to establish credibility within the community

•  lobby should target business with positive images that have a strategic interest in trade with Iran

•  Give a human appearance to this lobby

Document: “Towards the creation of an Iranian-American lobby”

Quote from the original document:

Written by Parsi, 10.4.2002

To:                 Roy Coffee / Dave di Stefano

By:                  Trita Parsi, trita.parsi@mail.house.gov

Subject:     Towards the creation of an Iranian-American lobby

Date:            11/24/2009

Summary

This memo presents a preliminary strategy towards the creation of an Iranian-American lobby. It first explains the necessity of promoting a mature political culture within the Iranian-American community in order for successful grassroots lobbying to be able to take place. It highlights a few strategy issues that the proposed lobby should take into consideration: a strategic partnership with the National Iranian American Council (www.niacouncil.org), initial focus on non-controversial issues such as visas and discrimination, the importance of a “human element” in the lobby campaigns, and targeting of positive-image business with a strategic interest in Iran for financial support. The memo proceeds to describe the potential competition the lobby may face. It also presents a list of potential Board members from the academic and business communities. The memo concludes with a discussion regarding the lobby’s staffing needs, with Trita Parsi as the proposed Executive Director of the organization.

Some quotes from the document:

“Although the mission of the proposed lobby should be to improve relations between the US and Iran and open up opportunities for trade, the initial targets should be less controversial issues such as visas and racial profiling/discrimination. Since the lobby will be spared from creating a grassroots network of its own, the initial focus on non-controversial issues will only serve to establish credibility within the community, and not massive support (which would necessitate the complete avoidance of issues such as US-Iran relations).”

“Despite its predominantly business oriented constituency, it is essential that the lobby creates a “human face” for its aims and goals. AIPAC successfully painted the opponents of the Iran Libya Sanctions Act as “greedy businessmen who had no scruples when it came to doing business with terrorist regimes.” The oil companies failed to characterize their campaign with “human concern for the well-being of innocent Iranians stuck with a dictatorial regime” or “support for the poor mid-Western family father who lost his job due the sanctions.”  The human element is essential both when it comes to attracting support among Iranian-Americans and when it comes to winning the debate and the votes on the Hill.”

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Roy Coffee humanizes and reformulates Trita Parsi’s project

Document: NAIA sell document, 20021222

Written by Roy Coffee, 112.19.2002

Quote from the original document:

Mission Statement

The mission of the National Association of Iranian Americans (NAIA) is:

  • To promote the interests of the Iranian-American community by actively participating in the daily affairs of Congress and the Administration;
  • To strengthen the Iranian-American community by educating policy-makers and the general public about the achievements and contributions of Iranian-Americans;
  • To ensure that members of Congress and the Administration take the interests and concerns of the Iranian-American community into consideration in their day-to-day decision-making and,
  • To promote cultural, commercial, and educational ties between the Iranian-American community and their ancestral home by addressing existing barriers to such exchanges;

To this end, NAIA is, amongst other goals:

  • Encouraging members of Congress and the Administration to rectify the negative consequences of recent visa restrictions for Iranian-Americans and Iranian nationals,
  • Promoting investments in Iran’s IT-sector in order to put the youth in Iran in contact with the globalized world,
  • Working with the White House as it prepares an interim report on the consequences of the Iran Libya Sanctions Act due to Congress by December 2003 and,
  • Preparing the groundwork for potential changes in restrictions on commercial, cultural and educational exchanges between Iran and the United States.

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Roy Coffee and Distefano teach lobby techniques to NIAC members

Document: NIAC newsletter

Quote from the original document:

10.17.2002

TOP LOBBYISTS TO GIVE PRESENTATION ON LOBBYING AT NIAC POWER DINNER IN WASHINGTON
NIAC is proud to present two of Washington’s most experienced lobbyists at the NIAC Power Dinner on October 30 in Washington DC.Roy Coffee, former Chief of Staff for Governor George W. Bush, and David DiStefano, former Chief of Staff for Congressman Bob Ney (the only Persian-speaking member of Congress), will discuss the tricks of the trade of lobbying and advise Iranian-Americans on how they can start making their voices heard. As lobbyists with several years of experience in Washington, Coffee and DiStefano are excellent guides for Iranian-Americans who want to start participating in American political life.

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January 2003: Bob Ney helps NIAC’s fundraising

Document: NIAC newsletter

1.15.2003

NIAC TO HOLD EXCLUSIVE FUNDRAISER WITH CHAIRMAN BOB NEY AND AUTHOR AFSHIN MOLAVI

Quote from the original document:

Washington DC , January 15, 2002. NIAC will hold a fundraiser with Chairman Bob Ney (R-OH), the only Persian speaking Member of Congress, and Iranian-American author Afshin Molavi (Persian Pilgrimages) at the Washington City Club in Washington DC on January 29.

This is an exclusive event with limited seats available for a very private and frank discussion of the state and role of Iranian-Americans in America. Minimum donations are set at $1,000. The donations will go towards various NIAC projects.

For more information, please contact Shervin Pishevar, Co-Chair of Fundraising at 202 369 4673″

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2002: Parsi seeking  sensitiveinformation from Roy Coffee and gives the address and phone number of Javad Zarif, the Iranian regime’s ambassador at United Nation

Document: Parsi’s email title: Question

Quote from the original document:

From: Trita Parsi

To: Roy Coffee

Sent: 12/24/02 12:44 AM

Subject: Question

Dear Roy:

Is there a way we can find out who drafted Bush’s statement on Iran this past

Friday?

Below is the address to the Ambassador:

H. E. Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif

The Permanent Mission of the Islamic republic of Iran to the UN

622 Third Ave. New York, NY 10017

Tel: (212) 687-2020 / Fax: (212) 867-7086

tp

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February 2003: Bob Ney, Coffee and Distefano are hired by 2 London based felon to help the Iranian regime buy a VIP aircraft

•   For a quick review of this story, see: http://www.iranian-americans.com/docs/BobNeyCorruption.ppt

•   Coffee’s letter: http://frontburner.dmagazine.com/archives/013069.html

•   Bob Ney accepted bribes from Al-zayat: http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2007/January/07_crm_027.html

•   Roy Coffee was paid $220.000 by 2 London based dealers. DiStefano was paid about $20,000

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/012506dnmetlobbyists.122fa520.html

NIAC’s internal documents-Series one

November 25, 2009

Trita Parsi: from Sweden to US

Lobby organization: IIC

1997 – 2001

Discovery Documents: Part One

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1991: Parsi came to US as a high school exchange student and was hosted by Bob Ney

Document: Letter for Bob

Written by Parsi to the judge in favor of Bob Ney – 1.16.2007

Quote from the original document:

“When I came to the US from Sweden in 1991 as a high-school exchange student, I was fortunate enough to get acquainted with Mr. Ney, who at the time served as a State Senator. I later ended up in a disagreement with my host-family and risked being sent back to Sweden without having completed my studies in the US. As the host-family and the organization who had arranged for my stay in the US were preparing to send me back to Sweden, Mr. Ney stepped in and took me in with his own family. It was nothing less than a random act of kindness.”

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Who is Bob Ney?

Trita Parsi worked closely with Bob Ney from 1997 till 2005 when his corruption was revealed to the public. Ney, a former Congressman from Ohio, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for corruption. Part of his indictment and plea agreement is related to the bribes he received from Fouad Al Zayat, an arm dealer in London who worked for the Iranian regime. For some information on Bob Ney: See this brief power presentation

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1996: Parsi met Siamak Namazi from Iran. Since then, Namazi has been Parsi’s partner in lobbying

Parsi told the Washington Times on 11.13.2009

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/nov/13/exclusive-did-iranian-advocacy-group-violate-laws/?page=3

Quote from the article:

“The genesis of NIAC goes back more than a decade to when Mr. Parsi was a student in Sweden. In 1996, he met another Iranian expatriate, Siamak Namazi. Mr. Namazi had a degree in urban planning but had recently joined a firm in Iran that sought to bring Western business standards to the Islamic Republic”

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Who is Siamak Namazi?

He has been managing director of Atieh Bahar Consulting. Atieh group works with the Iranian government.

For a complete review of Namazi and Atieh Bahar see the following exhibits at:

http://www.iranian-americans.com/AtiehBahar-3.pdf

http://www.iranian-americans.com/AtiehBahar-4.pdf

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1997: Living in Swededn, Trita Parsi founded the US based organization called the “Iranians for International Cooperation (IIC), the first Iranian lobby group to remove US political and economic sanctions against Iran

Document : IIC CV

Date: June 1999 by Parsi

Quote from the original document:

History

IIC was founded in August 1997 by Trita Parsi, the present President. While conducting research on Iran for US Congressmen in Washington DC in 1997, he recognized the necessity of establishing a lobbying organization …

Objectives

IIC’s main objective is to safeguard Iran’s and Iranian’s interests. Currently, our agenda is topped by the removal of US economic and political sanctions against Iran, and the commencement of an Iran-US dialogue.

What we can achieve

IIC is capable of organising the grassroots and pressure US lawmakers to pose a more Iran friendly position. We are also capable of undertaking nation-wide fax and petition campaigns. Furthermore, we have extensive contacts with the US media and can have IIC representatives participate in TV and radio debates. Moreover, we have highly educated members whit excellent diplomatic skills who can play the role of mediators between Iran and the US. We are, however, not fully capable of raising substantial amounts of money as of yet. But bearing in mind the age of our organisation, we are confident that we will double our fund-raising capacity this year.

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Parsi described the IIC as a lobby organization

Document: IIC FAQ to Congress

Date: June 1999 by Parsi

Quote from the original document:

Q: What is IIC, is it a political party or a lobby organization?

A: IIC is not a political party or even a political organization. We consider ourselves a lobby organization; we use our constitutional rights to influence our elected representatives. But we have no ambition to run for public office! We simply do not consider ourselves an alternative to the regime or to the opposition.

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In his personal CV, Parsi explains IIC’s activities

Document: Curriculum Vitae, till BOB

By Trita Parsi. date: June 1999

Extra Curricular Activities

Iranians for International Cooperation (www.iic.org)

Quote from the original document:

Founder and elected President (1997-99)

  • Established the first lobby group in the US to support the normalization of ties between Iran and the US.
  • Increased membership from 15 to 500 members worldwide in less than two years.
  • Interviewed by AP, Reuters, RFE and other news agencies.
  • Lobbied the US Congress, EU and Swedish Parliaments.

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In another personal CV, Parsi explains IIC’s activities

Document: CV, 20010830 ECON

Trita Parsi’s resume written by himself 2001

Extra Curricular Activities

Iranians for International Cooperation (www.iic.org)

Quote from the original document:

Founder and elected President (1997-99)

  • Increased membership from 15 to 1000 members worldwide
  • Lobbied the US Congress, EU and Swedish Parliaments.

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Parsi worked as a lobbyist a lobby firm in Sweden

Document: “Standard”

By Parsi, Auguste 2000

Quote from the original document:

“I am currently working as a strategy consultant and lobbyist at Kreab, Scandinavia’s largest PR and Communications firm. At Kreab, I have advised multinationals, Internet startups and interest organizations on political, communications and strategy issues. My experience in government affairs and communications consulting has provided me with a deep understanding of teamwork, coalition building and media relations.”

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1997: Parsi became Bob Ney’s foreign policy advisor

Document: CV, 20020131

Trita Parsi’s resume written by himself January 2002

Quote from the original document:

Work Experience

Chairman Robert Ney (R-OH)

Foreign Policy Advisor, Middle East and South East Asia 1997, 2001

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Trita Parsi explains his work for Bob Ney

Curriculum Vitae US version 0724

Trita Parsi’s resume written by himself, August 2000

Quote from the original document:

Qualification Summary

  • Strategy Consultant at Sweden’s largest communications/lobby firm

Congressman Robert Ney, Washington DC

Policy Advisor (June – August 1997)

  • Adviced on US foreign policy on Middle Eastern issues
  • Monitored the political and economic situation in the Mideast
  • Authored three reports on US-Iran relations which were used by Congressman Ney to alter his position vis-à-vis Iran

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Parsi influenced Bob Ney to become the most ardent US Congressman defending rapprochement policy with Iran

Document : IIC CV

Trita Parsi’s CV written by himself, June 1999

Quote from the original document:

Achievements

The first achievement of IIC can be traced back to the summer of 1997 when Trita Parsi worked as a political consultant for Congressman Robert Ney of Ohio. Congressman Ney was at the time a proponent of the US’s isolation policy of Iran and had contacts with the Mujahedine Khalq terrorist organisation. Mr. Parsi was hired to consult the Ohio Congressman on his policy vis-à-vis Iran, and persuade him to reconsider his position in favour of a pro-dialogue, pro-engagement policy.

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Parsi influenced Bob Ney to become the most ardent US Congressman defending rapprochement policy with Iran

Document: “Standard”

By Parsi, Auguste 2000

Quote from the original document:

Most of my work experience has pertained to politics, government affairs and communication. I have worked in the United States Congress as a political advisor to Congressman Robert Ney of Ohio, formulating and marketing his position vis-à-vis Iran. My job at his office was to point out to him the benefits of engagement with Iran and persuade him to change his position to favor such a policy. This task was successfully accomplished and Congressman Ney are today one of Capitol Hill’s most outspoken advocates of dialogue with Iran.”

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Another version of Parsi’s CV – This time he served Bob Ney after 2001

Document: WWC Coverletter

He writes:  (September 2005)

Quote from the original document:

“I believe that my background in policy making makes me particularly suitable for this project. I have served as a Foreign Policy Advisor to Congressman Bob Ney (R-OH) on a part-time basis since 2001. My work on Capitol Hill has primarily been focused on US-Iran relations and nuclear non-proliferation.”

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Parsi describes his success to change Bob Ney’s position toward Iran

document: “Statement of purpos”

December 2000, written by Parsi

Quote from the original document:

“In 1997, I worked as policy advisor on MidEastern issues to Congressman Robert Ney of Ohio. My job was to reformulate Ney’s position vis-à-vis Iran. At the time, Ney was a supporter of the Clinton Administration’s isolation policy of Iran. By identifying the long-term strategic necessity of befriending Iran and showing how such a policy should be pursued, I was successful in convincing Ney to alter his position. In 1997, he became one of the first Congressmen to propagate dialogue with Tehran. Ever since, I have continued to act as his advisor and in early September 2000, I was invited to accompany him at the Conference on Dialogue Among Civilizations held at the UN.

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Parsi’s lobby in the US congress was coordinated with Bob Ney

Document: Include Iran on FY 2001 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

Date: 5.29.2000

Parsi wrote to Bob Ney:

Quote from the original document:

“Thank you for the conversation we had on the phone just now. Below you will find a first draft of a letter we plan to send out to our members and Iranian-American webpages. We would appreciate if you gave comments on what else could be included in or excluded from the letter.

We are mostly interested in comments regarding the amendment itself, and perhaps arguments you wish to emphasize.

We would also appreciate if we could continue this communication so that we can adapt our activities to the developments in Congress.

At this stage, we believe that a fax/telephone/letter/email campaign will be more effective than a petition. But if you believe that a petition would be useful, we can launch one over the net.”

سخنرانی و گفتگو در شمال کالیفرنیا

August 28, 2009

SF-event

تفسیر خبر در تلوزیون صدای آمریکا

August 28, 2009

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Flynt Leverett and his Iranian dream

August 26, 2009

By Hassan Daioleslam

Flynt Leverett served as a National Security Council member in George Bush administration. Regarding Iran, he has had one permanent obsession (or dream): a grand bargain with the Iranian regime. He deeply regrets the missed opportunities by US administration to reach a historic agreement with Tehran; it suffices to be more generous and friendlier to the Iranian leaders.

Two months ago, just after the (mockery) of presidential election in Iran, millions of people poured into the streets braving batons, bullets,  torture and rape. As the daily images of the Iranian uprising arrived in Washington, one thing became certain; that the fractured and fragile Iranian regime can not and will not enter any serious engagement with the West over its nuclear program, let alone any kind of bargain, grand or small.

Hence the reason for leverett’s precipitated intervention to control the damage. He wrote an article titled: “Ahmadinejad won the election, get over it. Apparently, this did not convince too many people. He then appeared on TV to declare that “US media’s Iran coverage is ill informed and biased.

Here is his TV interview.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaaF6Xz_0eI&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Erealclearworld%2Ecom%2Fvideo%2F2009%2F08%2F03%2Fflynt%5Fleverett%5Fon%5Firan%2Ehtml&feature=player_embedded#t=140

Leverette:

“I do not believe that the Islamic Republic is in crisis. I also think that Ahmadinejad actually won the election. He has an enormous amount of popular support in the country.

Question: Is the media misinforming the American public? Because if you listen to the main stream media, you think %100 the Ahmadinejad stole the election

Leverett: Certain amount of wishful thinking.”

If the viewers are not convinced by Leverett’s performance, they can see another TV show, aired by the Iranian TV, a four people conference in New York organized by Ahmadinejad’s friends to prove exactly the same thing; that he truly won the election, the US media is biased and the public is misinformed about Iran.

http://www.khandaniha.eu/items.php?id=829

The Iranian uprising and Trita Parsi’s disarray

August 26, 2009

Hassan Daioleslam

The uprising in Iran has taken many by surprise. However, for Trita Parsi, it supersedes surprise and borders on total disarray.  He is the president of NIAC (National Iranian American Council). The governmental press in Tehran labeled NIAC the Iranian lobby in the US.1

To understand Mr. Parsi’s true state of mind, let’s revisit the post election days when millions of Iranians poured to the street braving bullets, batons, torture and rape. With millions shouting anti regime slogans, government’s ruthless repression and a fractured regime, the absolute majority of Iran experts concluded that this time around, the movement is irreversible and the regime’s future is uncertain.  As a result, they concluded that the Iranian regime can not and will not enter any serious engagement with the West over its nuclear program.  But, Trita Parsi, refusing to come in terms with the failure of his decade long pro-Iranian advocacy, found a genuine bizarre explanation. In an interview with Laura Rozen of “Cable” news website he declared2: “A possible motive for the alleged vote fix was to preserve a united hard line regime that could engage with the U.S., without the internal rifts that plagued Iran the last time it had a Reformist president split from the harder-line clerical establishment”.

How could someone possibly present this fractured regime as a united power? Parsi’s outlandish imagination did not stop here. He has also discovered that the uprising is approaching an early demise. In a peculiar article titled: “The end of the beginning” (making a mockery of the commonly used term “the beginning of the end” of mullah’s theocracy) he wrote:3

“Iran’s popular uprising, which began after the June 12 election, may be heading for a premature ending. In many ways, the Ahmadinejad government has succeeded in transforming what was a mass movement into dispersed pockets of unrest. Whatever is now left of this mass movement is now leaderless, unorganized — and under the risk of being hijacked by groups outside Iran in pursuit of their own political agendas.”

Several weeks have passed and the uprising has not died yet.  Moreover, it became clear that the regime is far from the “united power” that Parsi proclaimed. It was time for a 180-degree reversal; this time he discovered the risk of engagement with Iran. In an article titled “The case for a tactical pause with Iran” he explains the reason of his anguish: 4

“No one said diplomacy with Iran would be easy. And now, before it even started, the Iranian election crisis has left Tehran politically paralyzed and Washington without a clear diplomatic path ahead… Opening talks with Iran’s current government at this decisive moment could backfire severely. Indeed, now is the time for a tactical pause with Iran.

Iran currently is not in a position to negotiate. Some in Washington believe that the paralysis in Tehran has weakened Iran and made it more prone to compromise. But rather than delivering more, Iran’s government currently couldn’t deliver anything at all. The infighting has simply incapacitated Iranian decision makers.

The worst scenario is another one: where the parties begin talks according to the set timetable, but fail to reach an agreement due to an inability to deliver. If talks fail, U.S. policymakers will be left with increasingly unpalatable options as a result.”

What a reversal! For more than a decade, Parsi has led a campaign presenting the Iranian regime as the victim of a hostile US policy that refuses to have a civil dialogue with Tehran.  In 2006, he and a group of peace organizations and their affiliates claimed that the US has refused to engage in a dialogue with Iran for the past 26 years.5 According to Parsi, Israel is responsible for US-Iran impasse: “Israel is playing hardball to prevent Washington from cutting a deal with Tehran that could benefit America, but deprive Israel of its military and strategic supremacy.” 6

Now, a baffled Trita Parsi is telling that the US should not to go to the negotiation table because the Iranian regime is unable to deliver and this failure could lead the US to the “wrong” conclusion that engaging Iran is useless.

Could it be that the reason for Mr. Parsi’s peculiar and confused prophecies is the fear that the spirally downward fate of Khamenei’s regime is accelerated? Or probably the US would finally realize that engaging Iran has been merely a mirage, fabricated and made up by the pro-Tehran lobby?

Notes:

  1. Ghuds Daily, April 21, 2007 http://www.qudsdaily.com/archive/1386/html/2/1386-02-01/page61.html
  2. Laura Rozen Blog, June 26, 2009 http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/06/26/the_iran_chessboard_as_seen_by_team_obama
  3. Foreign Policy, June 26, 2009 http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2009/06/26/the_end_of_the_beginning
  4. Foreign Policy, July 39, 2009, Make them wait, Case for a tactical pause  http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2009/07/30/make_them_wait
  5. Statement signed by Parsi and several anti-war groups, 3.8.2007 http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/no_war_with_iran_coalition_570
  6. Parsi: “A challenge to Israel’s strategic primacy” at: http://www.bitterlemons-international.org/inside.php?id=468