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Argentina Blocks Prosecutor from Telling Congress About Iran’s Troubling Terror Network

"Shame on President Kirchner," Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen tells PJM after relentless AMIA bombing prosecutor not allowed to come to Washington.

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Bridget Johnson

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July 2, 2013 - 11:03 pm
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WASHINGTON — Nearly two decades after Middle Eastern terrorism left its devastating calling card in South America, special prosecutor Alberto Nisman issued a searing 500-page indictment drawing meticulous and harrowing connections between Iran and Islamic radicalism in the Western Hemisphere.

Going beyond the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, which killed 87 people and injured more than 100, Nisman painted a picture of Iran and Hezbollah’s vast network of sleeper cells in America’s backyard conducting “activities you wouldn’t imagine” or waiting indefinitely to receive an order to attack, the prosecutor told reporters when he unveiled his report in late May.

Nisman first accused Iran and Hezbollah of being behind the terrorist attack several years ago. But his new report details the infiltration of several Latin American countries through intricate intelligence networks and stresses that the AMIA bombing was just one cog in a greater plan: “a segment in a larger sequence.”

Congress wants to hear from Nisman about his investigation, and he’s willing to come to Washington to talk not only with lawmakers but the Obama administration.

But Argentina is now blocking the tenacious prosector from sharing his findings with Congress.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), former chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and current chairwoman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, invited Nisman — “a well-recognized, towering figure when it comes to going after bad guys and human-rights violators” — to brief Congress, she told PJM on Tuesday.

“People just don’t know that Iran sees Latin America as fertile ground,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “…I invited him to come. He was going to come educate Congress and the administration on the real threat Iran poses.”

“Few people if any know about this bombing, which should have acted as a wake-up call for us on Iran,” she added in reference to Nisman’s original subject of investigation.

Nisman was also sought by the House Homeland Security Committee, which scheduled a hearing titled “Threat to the Homeland: Iran’s Extending Influence in the Western Hemisphere” next Tuesday  at the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency. The panel’s chairman, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), tweeted, “I invited AMIA prosecutor Nisman to testify about Iran’s influence in western hemp but Argentine gov denied his request. Not transparent.”

According to Argentine media, Nisman was ordered by Prosecutor General Alejandra Gils Carbó to not talk to Congress because the testimony “is not related to the function of the public prosecutor.”

The government then “clarified” that it was an issue of approving travel costs.

But the Argentine government’s historical lack of forthrightness surrounding the AMIA bombing — and recent coziness with Iran on the investigation — just leads to suspicion over President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s true intentions in keeping Nisman bottled up.

Her husband, late President Nestor Kirchner, admitted in 2005 that the government covered up evidence to stymie the investigation into the attack. After that apology came Nisman’s first accusation pointing toward Hezbollah and Iran, eventually naming the shot-callers as Mohsen Rabbani, Iran’s cultural attaché to Buenos Aires at the time of the bombing and the alleged coordinator of Iranian cells across the continent; Mohsen Rezai, cur­rently Iran’s sec­re­tary of the Expe­di­ency Council; Ali Akbar Velayati, minister of foreign affairs at the time of the attack; then-President Hashemi Rafsanjani; then-Intelligence Minister Ali Fallahian; and, as the final stamp of approval, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Interpol red alert notices are active for Rabbani, Fallahian and Rezai. Upon protest from Iran in 2007, Interpol’s executive committee agreed not to issue red notices for Rafsanjani and Velayati.

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When the spanish language tv networks interview an spanish speaking Israeli, they invariably have and Argentinian Accent. Many Jews have departed Argentina for Israel. The "Argentos" would rather keep the party going than worry about terrorism.
41 weeks ago
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Also, let's not forget that Argentina became home to many Nazis after WWII. During the war the Nazis collaborated with Arabs to work to eliminate Jews. I wonder how much of this proArab feeling and antisemitism still exists is Argentina.
42 weeks ago
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It becomes clearer why obama is pushing for immigration reform- of course, NO border security! islamists are ready to come across all our borders- Saudis can fly in and out without being screened, Indonesian islamists can come from our west undocumented.
obama is not concerned with Latino immigrants, maybe for their votes, but, not out of the goodness of his heart for their welfare. The vast majority of Latino immigrants are coming to the US for a better way of life, islamists not so much- they continually tell US they will fly their flag over DC and kill the infidels. Very different reasons
All the Americas are to be jewels in the crown of islamist caliphate. obama is aligned with their goals IMHO.
42 weeks ago
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these is no such thing as "ISLAMOPHOBIA"- the actual threat from Muslim terrorists is quite real and embedded iinto USA now, at all and the highest levels- we have a prez and admin not in denial but actively encouraging and enabling JIHADISTS, not policing it.
The D party is a collaborator of USA's most dangerous enemy to date
42 weeks ago
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"the Argentine government’s historical lack of forthcoming surrounding the AMIA bombing "

"Forthcoming" is not a noun.
42 weeks ago
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We got to be careful with Argentina. They aren't just another Hispanic country. They don't see themselves that way, they don't have the same demographics or politics. Argeninian demographics resemble Western Europe more than their immediate neighbors. They align themselves strongly with Venezuela and Cuba and politically they have a disdain for America. I had the privilege of living there a few years ago and a military officer who I befriended warned me about the northern border with Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay is a hotbed for Middle Eastern terrorists. He told me this has been true for over 20 years he described it as the wild west. I think Argentina necessarily thinks Iran will have more sway on the Americas than the US. I think that Argentina has learned from their friends in Venezuela that the US is all bark and no bite.
42 weeks ago
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This is why border security is so necessary on our southern border. We need to push this angle hard.
42 weeks ago
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Let me understand. Iran commits an act of war against Argentina, murdering countless civilians. And I presume that's OK because they are Jewish?

Same old song.

Of course, Yassir Arafat ordered the mrder fo two American diplomats, and that's swept under the rug also.
42 weeks ago
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“Kirchner is “betting on Iran being the winner in all of this power play” — and assuming that Iran will have more sway over the continent in the long run than the United States.”

If true it marks Kirchner as insane; regrettably, an all too frequent affliction among leftist heads of state with an anti-American axe to grind.
42 weeks ago
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Either her or her Husband has been running the country for a decade and the US hasn't done anything to discourage this type of behavior more than pointing fingers and name calling. Argentinian politicians pull this crap to distract against their internal corruption bad press and their failing economy. Most people don't remember this but the Argentinian peso kept up with the dollar for a long time
42 weeks ago
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Insane or a rational assessment of Obama's strength?
42 weeks ago
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There you go. If you act like a pussy people cannot be blamed for thinking you are one.
34 weeks ago
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Here's the real problem.Guess who is really running the US govt.? Val /jar=Valerie Jarrett. Guess where she was born? If you said Iran,score 10 points, cross go and collect $200.
Lots of interlocking directorates within this broad communist regime we have here in the US.
Thanks God for Ileana. She is a fighter hates communism/terrorists and seldom gives up,great lady.
42 weeks ago
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Socialist leaders NEVER want to rock the terror boat, it serves their purposes to keep them afloat. Not only that, but South/Latin America's nexus to Hezbollah (and other assorted Islamic jihadi groups) is inexorable. So why is anyone shocked that Argentina's Prez has NO interest in exposing the nexus? http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/14/hezbollah-burrowed-within-u-s-cities-latin-america-forward-bases-readying-to-pounce-addendum-to-northeast-intelligence-director-digs-deeper-and-do-you-know-who-your-neighbors-are-comm/

It is the above Latin American forward bases, many of which are burrowed within US cities, which Obama Inc. also has ZERO interest in exposing. As such, the Islamist-in-Chief will do everything in his power to thwart the prosecutor from testifying!

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
42 weeks ago
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I'm surprised nobody has accused any of the Nazi war criminals that fled to Argentina of shaping their policy. Argentinians as a whole are fairly antisemitic
42 weeks ago
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