Black People : Iran Arrests 12 More CIA Agents

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  1. Chinelo

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    http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9007274713

    Member of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Parviz Sorouri said that the agents had been operating in coordination with Israel's Mossad and other regional agencies, and targeted the country's military and its nuclear program.

    "The US and Zionist regime's espionage apparatuses were trying to damage Iran both from inside and outside with a heavy blow, using regional intelligence services," Sorouri told the Islamic republic news agency on Wednesday.

    "Fortunately, with swift reaction by the Iranian intelligence department, the actions failed to bear fruit," Sorouri said.

    The lawmaker did not specify the nationality of the agents, nor when or where they had been arrested.

    This current announcement follows the unraveling by Lebanon's Hezbollah of a CIA spy ring in that country.

    Hezbollah Leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah revealed in June on television he had unmasked at least two CIA spies who had infiltrated the low ranks of the organization.

    Though the US Embassy in Lebanon officially denied the accusation, American officials later confirmed Nasrallah's announcement.

    US officials confessed on Tuesday that Iranian intelligence forces and Hezbollah have unraveled the CIA's spy network in Iran and Lebanon and arrested dozens of informants, severely damaging the intelligence agency's reputation and ability to gather vital information on the two countries at a sensitive time in the region.

    US officials said several foreign spies working for the CIA had been captured by Hezbollah in recent months. The blow to the CIA's operations in Lebanon came after top agency managers were alerted last year to be especially careful handling informants in the Middle East country.

    Separately, counterintelligence officers in Iran also succeeded in uncovering the identities of at least a handful of alleged CIA informants, Washington officials said.

    A CIA-led program in the Middle East is up in the air after officials confirmed to news organizations today that paid informants in Iran and Lebanon working for the US government have disappeared while attempting to infiltrate Hezbollah.

    During the past year, leaders of both Iran and Hezbollah have publicly announced the successes of their security and counterintelligence forces in uncovering CIA informants.

    Iranian intelligence minister Heidar Moslehi announced in May that more than 30 US and Israeli spies had been discovered and he quickly took to Iranian television to broadcast information explaining the methods of online communication that the agents would use to trade intel. Only a month later, Hezbollah leader Seyed Hassan Nasrallah announced that two high-ranking officers within his own organization had been identified as CIA spies. Just now, however, does the US government confirm that not only is this information true, but they believe that the rest of their Hezbollah-targeted operations in the Middle East have been compromised.

    In June, Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said two of the group's members had been arrested on suspicion of being affiliated with the CIA, and a third was held for working either for the CIA or for European or Israeli intelligence agencies.

    A former US intelligence official who worked in the region said U.S. operatives have been "battling for most of the last decade" in a shadow war with what he described as Hezbollah's extremely effective counterintelligence operatives.

    Over the years, Hezbollah has proven persistent and successful both in spotting CIA informants within its ranks and in trying to plant its own double agents on the CIA, the former official said.

    One frequent tactic used by the group, the former official said, is to send "walk-in" operatives into US embassies in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries claiming to have information about attacks being planned against US targets.

    Instead of having information about real attack planning, however, the "walk-ins" use their visits to US embassy buildings to gather information about embassy security measures and procedures which could then be used to plan possible attacks, according to the former official.

    Robert Baer, a former CIA operations officer whose books inspired the Hollywood movie Syriana, said that Hezbollah's counterintelligence capabilities are formidable and should not be underestimated.

    "Hezbollah's security is as good as any in the world's. It's the best. It's better than that of the KGB," the former Soviet spy agency, Baer said.

    Hezbollah, founded during Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war, has grown from a militia that fought Israeli forces in south Lebanon into the most powerful political and military force in the country.

    Baer said one reason Hezbollah has been successful in rooting out spies is that it has managed to find access to US equipment to identify and track down CIA informants.

    US officials were coy about the extent and seriousness of CIA losses. But they said damage to US intelligence was serious enough for extensive briefings and discussions to have been held with congressional oversight committees. A congressional source said any discussions remain classified.

    Hezbollah and Iran are major targets of interest for US spy agencies and the White House.

    The CIA declined to comment on the latest developments. Agency spokesman Preston Golson said the CIA "does not, as a rule discuss allegations of operational activities."

    A report by the Los Angeles Times on Monday revealed that that CIA operations in Lebanon have effectively been crippled due to Hezbollah's astonishing actions.

    US officials confirmed that some CIA informants assigned to gather information on Hezbollah and the government of Iran had been compromised, and that any such losses are considered damaging to US intelligence collection efforts.

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    CIA agents being arrested by Iran or anyone else, should not surprise us. American leaders and the corporate media, regularly spit fiery sermons against Iran. The CIA has it's agents in almost every country in the world. Who or what are they watching? The USA has for years, carried out an undeclared war against Iran, using economic means and proxy forces.
    Even though, Iran is not a threat to the USA, which is thousands of miles away from Iran, America's political establishment have managed to convince many Americans, that it is a danger! Just as they managed to convince so many, that Cuba, Grenada, Panama, Nicaragua, Iraq and so on,were threats. One day they will convince their faithful believers, that Venezuela or Zimbabwe is a threat?
    The question to be asked is, who is the real threat, the country that always discovers threats or the alleged threats?
     
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    This old movie connected many of the dots
     
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    Sometimes our political establishment reveals to us, the ugly truth behind our foreign policy through movies. Unfortunately, many miss the real message and think it's just entertainment.
     
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