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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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Rezai and Velayati were among President-elect Hassan Rouhani’s challengers in this year’s presidential election. “In any part of the world, they would be in prison; in Iran, they run for president,” Nisman said.

Nisman said last week that Rouhani, then secretary of the National Security Council, was not at the meeting that green-lighted the 1994 bombing — but has “irrefutable proof” that Iranian leaders coordinated the attack.

Incredibly, Argentina agreed with Tehran this January to put the case to rest not by necessarily bringing any of the suspects to justice, but by establishing a joint “truth commission” whereby Iran would investigate its own involvement in the terror attack. The memorandum of understanding was given Tehran’s final stamp of approval in May, just before Nisman released his damning report.

“To not allow him to travel to the U.S. is a misguided act and it reaffirms the truth commission is a farce,” Ros-Lehtinen told PJM, adding the restriction on Nisman coming before Congress is a “deplorable situation” that “goes against his right to freedom of expression and freedom of travel.”

“Iran continues to harbor and support extremist elements,” she said. “…Shame on President Kirchner and anyone who’s had any say about not allowing him to come.”

Ros-Lehtinen said she believes 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.

The Islamic Republic’s expanded influence in the Western Hemisphere was even confirmed in the State Department’s annual international terrorism assessment, which was sent to Congress a day after Nisman issued his report and warned that sponsorship of terror by Iran and Hezbollah has surged to “a tempo unseen since the 1990s” with attacks spanning three continents.

The report implicated Iran in attacks in India, Thailand, Georgia and Kenya, as well as the plot to murder the Saudi ambassador in Washington. “The thwarted plot demonstrated Iran’s interest in using international terrorism – including in the United States – to further its foreign policy goals,” the State Department said.

Ros-Lehtinen noted the wave of Iran’s diplomatic and cultural missions popping up across Latin America. “No one in Latin America is trying to get to Iran,” she said. “These are being used as fronts to deepen their influence in the Western Hemisphere.”

Nisman said Iran’s terror network in Guyana was behind the 2007 plot to blow up the jet-fuel supplies at JFK International Airport. Two men, a U.S. citizen and a Guyanese citizen, were convicted in the conspiracy in 2010.

Ros-Lehtinen said she expected Nisman, who has been brushed off as a “Zionist” by Iran, to travel beyond Washington during his time in the U.S. and meet with some Jewish groups.

She said the Foreign Affairs Committee was waiting until Nisman had secured his visa to schedule a hearing, but now, in an effort to get around Argentina’s ridiculous block on his visit, they may have to ask the prosecutor to brief lawmakers via videoconference.

Ros-Lehtinen is still hoping Nisman will be able to air his warning of the broad terror threat in person, in public before the committee. “We could schedule it in a New York minute,” she said.

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Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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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.
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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.
1 year 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.
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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
1 year ago
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"the Argentine government’s historical lack of forthcoming surrounding the AMIA bombing "

"Forthcoming" is not a noun.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
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This is why border security is so necessary on our southern border. We need to push this angle hard.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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
1 year ago
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Insane or a rational assessment of Obama's strength?
1 year ago
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There you go. If you act like a pussy people cannot be blamed for thinking you are one.
48 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.
1 year 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/
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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
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