Wednesday, September 15, 2004

John Kerry's Iranian Connection

I'm going to look into this some more as soon as I know something(I now know a few somethings). I will say something. More to say below. In the mean time linkage:

The Freepers are at it again
Front Page covers Hassan Nemazee
Crush Kerry has it

Clinton names Hassan Nemazee Ambassador to Argentina. I wonder if its the same guy? Yep. However, the Senate in its infinite wisdom (well pretty good this time) blocked the nomination. See. It is not just judges who have trouble.

These guys I trust. Students

Hassan is Fighting Free Speech - is this a broken record? Probably went to the same school as Rather. Here is some daming stuff from this link:

Kerry says:

“As president, I will be prepared early on to explore areas of mutual interest with Iran, just as I was prepared to normalize relations with Vietnam a decade ago.” And most notoriously, his staff sent out an email that somehow made its way to the government-controlled Mehr News Agency in Tehran, where it was trumpeted as evidence of his resolve to patch things up with the mullahs. “It is in the urgent interests of the people of the United States,” the message read, “to restore our country’s credibility in the eyes of the world. America needs the kind of leadership that will repair alliances with countries on every continent that have been so damaged in the past few years, as well as build new friendships and overcome tensions with others.”
Kerry’s camp professed puzzlement over how this email made it to Tehran. Initially, a Kerry aide dismissed the story as “just a hoax.” But this pose proved impossible to maintain. Kerry’s senior foreign affairs advisor, Rand Beers, later admitted that the message was genuine, saying: “I have no idea how they got hold of that letter, which was prepared for Democrats Abroad. I scratched my head when I saw that. The only way they could have gotten it was if someone in Iran was with Democrats Abroad.” In light of the ties between the AIC and the Democratic Party, that possibility is at least open to question.

Hoax e-mails? More evanacent than hoax documents. But even electrons leave trails.

Jeeze did I read that right? Are we back in the jungles of 'Nam again? Did Kerry/McCain sell out the POW/MIAs to make a deal? Some think so (please provide links in the comments). What is he prepared to sell out re: Iran?

Will we ever get out of 'Nam? As far as this vet is concerned (Tonkin Bay Yacht Club '66) not until 03Nov2004. Minimum.

The site is a little hard to read but I got this neat bit from it (there is some corroboration from the above sites for this opinion):
It seems incredible that John Kerry would sell out America's safety and security in the world for Nemazee's blood money. But don't take our word for it. Read John Kerry's own e-mail sent by his campaign to the governing Mullah's in Iran: "It is in the urgent interests of the people of the United States to restore our country's credibility in the eyes of the world. America needs the kind of leadership that will repair alliances with countries on every continent that have been so damaged in the past few years, as well as build new friendships and overcome tensions with others."


IAPAC - Iranian American PAC - Namazee is a Trustee
The Board of Trustees are supporters of IAPAC whose purpose is to promote the goals of the committee and solicit funds on its behalf. Trustees must agree to the mission of IAPAC and be willing to raise a minimum of $10,000 annually for the committee. The Board of Trustees shall consist of a maximum of 50. Trustees shall elect the Board of Directors and provide general counsel to the Board and corporate officers to serve the best interests of the committee.

The Freepers are at it again. Nemazee, Barnes, and CBS all connected:
[S]everal donors, who spoke to CBS News on the condition of anonymity, said that the money was being carefully tracked by the Kerry campaign, most likely for recognition should Kerry win the presidency. In a sign of the campaign's involvement, last week's Leader Board memo was sent around by the Kerry campaign itself.

CBS knew that Kerry campaigners had already taken a large interest in keeping track of the big-money contributors, and Beth Lester specifically mentions Barnes: As of last week, according to information received by CBS News, 20 donors have given and/or raised more than $250,000, enough to earn them the designation of Trustee. Of those, eight have actually raised more than $500K. Those half-millions include Texas lobbyist Ben Barnes, Wall Street financier Stan Shuman, Iranian American PAC Board of Trustees member Hassan Nemazee and Texas lawyer Mark Iola.


Something from the tinfoil hat brigade? Maybe. Citizen Journal:
Amidst the buildup to the Republican National Convention in New York City this week is Democratic Vice Presidential nominee John Edwards presenting on behalf of Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry a bold foreign policy stratagem: appeasement.

The Egoist blogged it in May

The only new link from the Egoist is this one but it is really good. Full of much linkage: the Students again.

KOS has a few words most of them good for Nemazee.
In 2001, at the invitation of Mobil Oil Chairman Lucio Noto, whom he counts as a "personal friend," Nemazee joined the board of the American-Iranian Council (AIC), a U.S. lobbying group that consistently has supported lifting U.S. sanctions on Iran and accommodating the Tehran regime. Nemazee tells Insight he "now regrets" having joined the AIC board and resigned his position after 12 months when he was vilified by Iranian exile groups.

Funny thing is IAPAC still has him as a trustee if you can count their www site. I wonder if there is a connection?

This investigation shit sure is interesting.

Thank to Joe over at Winds of Change for the link.

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