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Re: Iran Lobby Infiltrates San Diego Persian Cultural Center

Postby Shahrzad BB » Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:42 pm

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And you guys were saying LA is gone and it’s in the hands of IRI Lobby! Look at SD, it’s all infected! :confused2:

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Shahri Estakhry Iran Lobby Mafia Godmother in San Diego

Postby CR » Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:00 pm

Shahri Estakhry Iran Lobby Mafia Godmother in San Diego

Shahri Estakhry Unmasked
Shahri Estakhry the Dark Godmother of Iran Lobby Mafia
Persian Cultural Center PCC an Arm of NIAC & PAAIA


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Godmother of Iran Lobby Mafia in San Diego
Persian Cultural Center of San Diego PCC – NIAC and PAAIA Associate


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Shahri Estakhry Iran Lobby Mafia Godmother in San Diego
Shahri Estakhry Iran Lobby’s Faithful Servant
Persian Cultural Center PCC an Arm of NIAC and PAAIA

Ahreeman X and Catayoun Razmjou
June 27, 2019

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Shahri Estakhry Iran Lobby Agent in USA – PCC Founder Agent
Godmother of Iran Lobby Mafia in San Diego
Persian Cultural Center of San Diego – NIAC and PAAIA Associate


At the first glance, Shahri Estakhry looks like a typical fine little Persian Grandmother, a nice pillar of the Persian Community in San Diego, a Humanitarian Do Gooder, a Good Neighbor and a Lovely Old Lady but all of that is only the façade and a mask on the face of the most dangerous Iran Lobbyist and IRI Propagandist in San Diego and the Southern California.

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Shahri Estakhry Iran Lobby Mafia Godmother in San Diego
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Iran Movement Index
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Critical: San Diego Funds Terrorism!

Postby CR » Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:09 pm

Critical: San Diego Funds Terrorism!

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Due to the critical nature of this issue, this post was sent to various political and media entities of America and Iranian American Community. Exposing the Iran Lobby in United States is a natural duty of all the American Patriots and Iranian Nationalists.

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Shahri Estakhry Iran Lobby Dark Godmother
Godmother of Iran Lobby Mafia in San Diego
Persian Cultural Center of San Diego PCC – NIAC and PAAIA Associate


Please read this important article:

Critical Note by Ahreeman X

Is City of San Diego Funding Terrorism?
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Persian Cultural Center of San Diego Propagates for IRI

Postby CR » Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:55 pm

Persian Cultural Center of San Diego Propagates for IRI
Persian Cultural Center of San Diego Promotes Pro IRI History
Persian Cultural Center of San Diego Reviews Pro IRI Book


Persian Cultural Center of San Diego Propagates for IRI
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Iran Lobby Mafia in USA

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Persian Cultural Center of San Diego – PCC
Iran Lobby Arm of NIAC in San Diego and Associate of PAAIA IRI Lobby Group
PCC is a direct threat to the Iranian Culture and Independence
PCC is the enemy of the Iranian Opposition and Iranian People
PCC is a Traitor to Iran and America


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Shahri Estakhry Iran Lobby Dark Godmother
Godmother of Iran Lobby Mafia in San Diego
Persian Cultural Center of San Diego PCC – NIAC and PAAIA Associate


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Ali Sadr Iran Lobby Agent in USA – PCC Agent
Propagandist and Peyk Magazine Editor
Persian Cultural Center of San Diego – NIAC and PAAIA Associate


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Saeed Jalali Iran Lobby Agent in San Diego – PCC Agent
Web Master of Peyk PCC Magazine
Atlas World Fresh Market International Supermarket and Kabob Lounge Restaurants Owner
Front Businesses for IRI Lobby
Some of the famous Persian Supermarkets and Restaurants in SD are IRI Front Businesses
Persian Cultural Center of San Diego PCC – NIAC and PAAIA Associate


IRI lobby has a good number of US senators, representatives, journalists and authors in USA. IRI friendly senators and reps are Democrats and RINO Republican Establishment. Both groups are Anti Trump or Never Trumpers. Amongst the so-called authors are Trita Parsi, Stephen Kinzer and Abbas Amanat.

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Abbass Amanat

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Abbass Amanat

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Stephen Kinzer

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Stephen Kinzer

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Trita Parsi
Trita Parsi, top IRI Iranian Agent and Lobbyist in USA
Trita Parsi head of Iranian Fifth Column in USA
If lobby for the State Sponsored Terrorism (IRI) is a crime, then how come Trita Parsi is not being trialed for treason, jailed or at least deported?


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Trita Parsi
Trita Parsi, top IRI Iranian Agent and Lobbyist in USA celebrating the IRI - USA Nuclear Deal architected by Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, NIAC member and IRI Agent in the White House and fabricated by Hussein Obama the first American Muslim Socialist President!


Trita Parsi, Stephen Kinzer and Abbas Amanat

These three characters are all so-called historians but their versions of history are very IRI Friendly. From time to time, a number of Leftist, IRI Friendly and Anti Trump Tabloids and Organizations promote, praise and publish their works. Let’s review these three so-called historians:

Trita Parsi

Trita Parsi is the founder of NIAC and the person running the NIAC, behind the curtains. Trita Parsi is praised by the left as a historian and foreign policy expert! The truth is that Trita Parsi is an Iran Lobbyist in America.

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Trita Parsi
Scarface Trita
Trita Parsi IRI Lobbyist and Iranian Agent in USA
Lobby for a Terrorist Sponsor State is illegal in USA.
Then how come Trita Parsi is not in jail?
He walks the streets freely in DC and lobbies for IRI!
IRI is the largest Terrorist Sponsor State in the World!


Trita Parsi Site
https://www.tritaparsi.com/

Trita Parsi - NIAC
https://www.niacouncil.org/about-niac/s ... ita-parsi/

NIAC
https://www.niacouncil.org/

Stephen Kinzer

Stephen Kinzer is a leftist Anti Trump, IRI Friendly author, journalist and so-called historian. He is a New York Times correspondent, writer and associate.

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Stephen Kinzer

Stephen Kinzer Site
http://stephenkinzer.com/

Stephen Kinzer – Watson Institute of Brown University
https://watson.brown.edu/people/visiting/kinzer

Stephen Kinzer writes for Liberal Rag of Lies New York Times

Stephen Kinzer - New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/by/stephen-kinzer

Number of Stephen Kinzer’s leftist biased Books on US and Iran - Amazon

Stephen Kinzer Books - Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Stephen-Kinzer/e ... lp_pl_s_15

Abbas Amanat

Abbas Amanat is a leftist Yale Professor, Anti Trumper, IRI Friendly and so-called historian.

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Abbas Amanat

Abbas Amanat – Yale University
https://history.yale.edu/people/abbas-amanat

Abbas Amanat – New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/10/opin ... -iran.html

Abbas Amanat Biased Books on Amazon including

Abbas Amanat
Iran A Modern History

Abbas Amanat Books
https://www.amazon.com/Abbas-Amanat/e/B ... scns_share

Biased Promotions

Leftist Media and IRI Friendly Media promoting
Abbas Amanat + Stephen Kinzer + Trita Parsi

Daily Kos is a liberal socialist online rag

Promoting Abbas Amanat + Stephen Kinzer + Trita Parsi – Daily Kos
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2007/1 ... -Attention

Payvand Magazine is an IRI Lobby Online Rag

Promoting Abbas Amanat + Stephen Kinzer + Trita Parsi – Payvand Magazine
http://www.payvand.com/books/

Atlantic Council is a biased rag

The Books the Trump Administration Should Read to Understand Iran – Atlantic council
Promoting Abbas Amanat + Stephen Kinzer + Trita Parsi

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/i ... tand-iran/

Abbas Amanat goes Anti Trump with Democrat Chris Murphy on Yale Liberal Institute

Chris Murphy and history professor Abbas Amanat condemn Trump on nukes – Yale University
https://history.yale.edu/news/ydn-chris ... rump-nukes

Factual Records on
Abbas Amanat + Stephen Kinzer + Trita Parsi

Clare M Lopez

Clare M Lopez is a valid scholar and investigative author

Abbas Amanat + Stephen Kinzer + Trita Parsi are mentioned in this investigative piece:

Rise of the Iran Lobby - Clare M Lopez
https://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org ... 0Lobby.pdf

Amir Taheri

Amir Taheri is a valid journalist and author

Amir Taheri on Abbas Amanat Book

It is very important for you to read this review of this so-called history book “Iran A Modern History” by Abbas Amanat before you view PCC’s review of this book.

While Amir Taheri analyzes this book in depth and exposes Abbas Amanat’s bias, PCC sugar coats it and recommends Abbas Amanat’s book!

Abbas Amanat’s bias is widely exposed in this piece:

Factual Review
Abbas Amanat Book

Abbas Amanat’s ’Iran‘: The Challenges of History with an Attitude – Amir Taheri for Kayhan London
https://kayhanlife.com/culture/books/ab ... -attitude/

Persian Cultural Center of San Diego Propagates for IRI

PCC is an Iran Lobby Group posing as a Persian Art and Cultural Group.

PCC
https://pccsd.org/

Peyk is PCC’s Online and Offline Rag:

PCC Peyk Magazine
https://pccsd.org/peyk

PCC Promotes Abbas Amanat

PCC in Peyk # 182 promotes IRI Friendly author and so-called historian’s book “Iran A Modern History
“ which is a biased narration. PCC openly promotes IRI Friendly author. View:

Peyk # 182 in Persian
https://pccsd.org/All-peyk/No%20182/Pey ... si-web.pdf

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Shahri Estakhry Iran Lobby Mafia Godmother in San Diego
http://iranpoliticsclub.net/movement/sh ... /index.htm

Iran Lobby Infiltrates San Diego Persian Cultural Center PCC 1
http://iranpoliticsclub.net/movement/pcc-sd/index.htm

Iran Lobby Infiltrates San Diego Persian Cultural Center PCC 2
http://iranpoliticsclub.net/movement/pcc-sd2/index.htm

Javad Zarif Father of Iran Lobby in USA
http://iranpoliticsclub.net/movement/ja ... /index.htm

IRI Iranian Hezbollah Agents and Lobbyists in America 1
http://iranpoliticsclub.net/movement/IR ... /index.htm

IRI Iranian Hezbollah Agents and Lobbyists in America 2
http://iranpoliticsclub.net/movement/IR ... /index.htm

IRI Iranian Hezbollah Agents and Lobbyists in America 3
http://iranpoliticsclub.net/movement/IR ... /index.htm

Abbas Edalat Iranian Agent and Lobbyist Returns to UK
http://iranpoliticsclub.net/movement/ab ... /index.htm

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Iranian Spies & Lobby in San Diego & Southern California

Postby CR » Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:50 pm

Iranian Spies and Lobby in San Diego and Southern California
Promo of the Future Upcoming Investigative Research
Catayoun Razmjou
October 1, 2019

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Trita Parsi – IRI Lobby Boss
Founder of NIAC


Iran Lobby and Democrats

Let’s be very clear here:

All Iranian IRI Lobbyists, Spies, Lobby Financiers, IRI Friendly Media and Hezbollah are Democrats and Fund Democrats because Democrats appease IRI and are on the payroll of IRI Lobby. So:

Statements of Fact

* All Iranian Hezbollah are Democrats

* Not all Iranian American Democrats are Hezbollah


Who is Hezbollah?

- Note: Hezbollah is referred to Original Hezbollah, quartered in Iran (Ansar-e Hezbollah). All Pro IRI persons are referred to as Hezbollah. The Hezbollah of Lebanon whom in the west is known as Hezbollah, is only a fraction of the Hezbollah which is based in Iran and has agents around the world.

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Jahanshah Javid – IRI Backed Media
Founder of The Iranian Magazine and The Iroon Magazine, Online Magazines


IRI Espionage Network in San Diego and Southern California

There has been a network of Iranian IRI front businesses, spies, lobby and Media in Southern California with 4 decades of activity.

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Iranian American Center of San Diego (IAC) – Iran Lobby Center of PCC
IRI Front Business for Iran Lobby in San Diego posing as a Cultural Center
The Infamous Suite 7 – Mira Mesa Hall
IRI Lobby Wheeling and Dealing in San Diego is formed in this Espionage Nest
Persian Cultural Center of San Diego PCC – NIAC and PAAIA Associate


IRI Front Businesses
The front businesses are playing the role of the snitches. They are the eyes and ears of the Islamist Regime in Southern California. Front businesses such as restaurants, super markets, concert promoters, arts and cultural groups, mosques, foundations and media are the best examples of these groups.

PCC – Persian Cultural Center of San Diego
https://pccsd.org/

Iman Foundation Los Angeles
https://iman.org/

Alavi Foundation of New York
http://alavifoundation.us/

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PCC AKA Kanoon Logo
Persian Cultural Center of San Diego PCC – NIAC and PAAIA Associate


Muslim Mosques, foundations and Cemeteries of IRI are the best propaganda nests for espionage and fundraising of IRI in America and Europe.

IRI Spies
The spies gather information on opposition and steal high tech applications, programs and parts. They send these materials to Iran or they personally deliver them to Iran.

IRI Lobby
Iran Lobby, centers in Washington DC but they have local branches in important cities around the United States. San Diego is the bank for the Iran Lobby. Local Iranian Businesses named in documents under this thread, play the role of the money laundry and bank for Iran lobby groups such as NIAC, PAAIA and AIC.

AIC
http://www.us-iran.org/

NIAC
https://www.niacouncil.org/

PAAIA
https://paaia.org/

IRI Backed Media
Media such as Iroon, Payvand, Peyk and the Iranian are IRI backed media. They have one job and that is to promote IRI, IRI Lobby, IRI authors, IRI writers, IRI celebrities and IRI agenda. Most of these promotions are incognito and indirect, so they brainwash the public without the public noticing that they are getting brainwashed.

Iroon
https://iroon.com/

Payvand
http://www.payvand.com/

Peyk Magazine San Diego
https://pccsd.org/peyk

The Iranian
https://iranian.com/

Chinese and Iranian Spies Cooperation

Chinese and Iranian Spies Cooperation in Southern California is the norm. You can witness a number of Chinese firms and Iranian firms which are in fact espionage nests for Iran, China and combine espionage.

Chinese and Iranian spies are also posing as engineers, computer experts and IT in sensitive spots of the private and government sectors.

All Iranian and Chinese employees in sensitive high-tech corporations must be security checked, especially if they constantly go back and forth to China and Iran.

Iranian Travelers

Iranian Travelers who constantly travel between Iran and America or Iran and Europe must be under surveillance and security checked. Some of these travelers are not innocent travelers but they are IRI Spies and undercover 5th column.

Iranian Assassins

IRI Front Businesses, IRI Lobby and IRI Media gather the information on the opposition and Iranians in the sensitive positions, then they report to Iran. Tehran decides if it is time to send the assassins abroad for terror and assassination operations. IRI keeps a number of assassins and special ops on hand in Tehran for these projects.

Iranian Sleeper Cells

IRI also has a number of sleeper cells in local locations such as San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco Mosques, Foundations and Cultural Institutes. They pose as Pious Muslims, Activists, employees and Attaches but in reality, they are Hezbollah thugs on locations.

Ya Hussein Crew

Ya Hussein Crew who mourn on Ashura in various locations in California and Texas are in fact IRI thugs on location. IRI also uses its Lebanese Hezbollah, Palestinian Hamas, Foreign Legion Spies of IRGC (Paki, Bosnian, Afghani, Tajik, etc.) to cooperate with the local IRI thugs for planned suppression, battery, espionage and assassinations of the opposition.

San Diego Hezbollah

San Diego plays a key roll in the IRI Espionage Network because:

* San Diego is home to a great number of wealthy Iranian Americans.
* San Diego is home to a very large Iranian American population.
* San Diego is America’s 8th largest city in population.
* San Diego is an important military port (navy, marines, facilities, etc.)
* San Diego is the IPC Headquarter.
* San Diego is a Conservative Base in California.
(Crucial for the Iran Lobby to turn the Iranian Americans to Democrats and pro IRI appeasement)
* Anyone who is anybody in America, has a villa in San Diego

Iranian Billionaires and Millionaires in Business with IRI

Many Iranian Wealthy are in business with IRI, their companies have branches in Iran while their headquarters reside in America. They finance the IRI Lobby and they are a part of the money laundry business with the IRI. They have business with Iran and / or they actively support the Iran Lobby. They are dirty but play the role of the legit American business people and corporations. The best examples are:

Tayebi Brothers of San Diego
Anousheh Ansari
Maz Jobrani

Many Others

In the future we will expose many of these Iranian Billionaires and Millionaires which are in fact traitors to both, the United States of America and the Iranian people.

In the near future we will publish a complete new research on IRI activities in Southern California for suppression of the Opposition activists. In a meanwhile please read these important articles and past research:

Important Investigative Research on IRI Spies in Southern California

IRI, Anti Opposition Activities in Southern California
http://iranpoliticsclub.net/movement/IR ... /index.htm

Iran Lobby Infiltrates San Diego Persian Cultural Center PCC 1
http://iranpoliticsclub.net/movement/pcc-sd/index.htm

Iran Lobby Infiltrates San Diego Persian Cultural Center PCC 2
http://iranpoliticsclub.net/movement/pcc-sd2/index.htm

Hezbollah's Front Businesses in America! 1
Jahanshah Javid, Hezbollah in Disguise!

http://iranpoliticsclub.net/politics/sh ... /index.htm

Hezbollah's Front Businesses in America! 2
Jahanshah Javid, Hezbollah in Disguise!

http://iranpoliticsclub.net/politics/sh ... /index.htm

Shiite of the Season Index
http://iranpoliticsclub.net/politics/sh ... /index.htm

Complete information on Iran Lobby in USA

Iran Movement Index
http://iranpoliticsclub.net/movement/index.htm

Please read these important articles in relation to IRI activities and espionage in Southern California:

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Is Tehran spying on Southern California?
Feds say O.C. waiter and ‘Chubby’ from Long Beach were agents of Iran


Melissa Etehad
LA Times
https://www.latimes.com/
Jan. 13, 2019

They seemed an unlikely pair of spies.

The older man, Majid Ghorbani, worked at a posh Persian restaurant in Santa Ana’s South Coast Plaza Village. At 59, he wore a thick gray mustache and the weary expression of a man who had served up countless plates of rice and kebab.

The younger man, Ahmadreza Mohammadi Doostdar, was a Long Beach native who held dual U.S.-Iranian citizenship. Round-faced and bespectacled, the 38-year-old answered to the Farsi nickname “Topol,” or “Chubby.”

Yet even as the men sipped coffee at a Costa Mesa Starbucks, chatted outside an Irvine market, or made trips to Macy’s at South Coast Plaza, they were doggedly trailed by federal agents.

Despite the pair’s disarming appearance, U.S. authorities allege they were operating in Orange County as agents of the Islamic Republic of Iran — an accusation that has alarmed many in the local Persian community because it suggests tensions between the U.S. and Iran have spilled over into Southern California.

The men’s goal, authorities say, was to conduct surveillance on Israeli and Jewish facilities in the U.S., and to collect information on members of the Mujahedin Khalq, MEK, an Iranian exile group that has long sought to topple the regime in Tehran and enjoys newfound support among members of the Trump administration.

Within the span of a year — from the summer of 2017 to the spring of 2018 — authorities say the men crisscrossed Orange County and the United States, videotaping participants at MEK rallies in New York and Washington, D.C., and photographing Jewish centers in Chicago.

During that time, the men also flew back and forth between Iran and Los Angeles International Airport, and appeared to be assembling “target packages” — dossiers that would “enable an intelligence or military unit to find, fix, track and neutralize a threat,” according to documents filed in Washington, D.C., federal court.

In at least one instance, the pair were recorded by an FBI listening device as Ghorbani briefed Doostdar on a New York MEK event in September 2017, according to court documents.

“I took some pictures and collected some information of them and some senators that they are working with,” the waiter said, according to court documents. “I have prepared a package, but it is not complete.”

The target of the alleged spying, the MEK, is a shadowy organization with a militant past. Up until 2012, it was deemed a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department. Although few Americans have heard of it, the group has vexed the Iranian government since the revolution of 1979, when members helped to overthrow the shah.

Led by a husband-and-wife power couple — Massoud and Maryam Rajavi — the group was sheltered and armed by Saddam Hussein for nearly 20 years. Known for its female-led military units, the MEK was disarmed after the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Massoud Rajavi went missing that same year and is believed to be dead.

Despite a long history of lobbying U.S. lawmakers and officials for support, few have taken the group seriously — up until now, that is.

President Trump’s national security advisor, John Bolton, is not only a prominent hawk on Iran, he has championed the MEK. Rudolph W. Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer, has also supported the group.

“The MEK in recent years has spent time and money building political capital,” said Daniel Benjamin, director of Dartmouth College’s Center for International Understanding. “Bolton has been the MEK’s most dedicated long marcher.”

Although the Trump administration has not explicitly stated that it seeks regime change in Iran, it has reimposed tough economic sanctions and pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal. These actions, as well as new, cozier relations with the MEK, have apparently worried Iran enough to act against the group.

In a case similar to the one in Orange County, two Iranians in Albania were arrested in March after allegedly surveilling the MEK. In July, an Iranian diplomat in Germany was arrested on suspicion of plotting to bomb a MEK rally in Paris.

“This is escalation of Iran attempting to attack us,” said Alireza Jafarzadeh, the U.S. deputy director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran — an MEK-linked organization.

It is unclear how Ghorbani and Doostdar first came into contact, but investigators believe their first face-to-face meeting occurred behind Darya, the Persian restaurant where Ghorbani had worked for more than 20 years.

Doostdar was born in Long Beach but left at a young age to move to Canada and then Iran. An energy tech consultant, Doostdar had visited the U.S. on only a few occasions, court documents say. His wife gave birth to a baby girl in late August and was hoping to bring her to the U.S.

Ghorbani, whom neighbors and co-workers described as quiet and easygoing, was born in Iran but immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. He kept mostly to himself and lived with his brother and a Pomeranian dog in a quiet Costa Mesa apartment complex not far from the restaurant.

A fellow employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she wasn’t authorized to speak on behalf of the restaurant, said Ghorbani was well-liked and generous. On one occasion, Ghorbani lent money to a co-worker who was struggling, the employee said.

Investigators said Ghorbani also infiltrated meetings the MEK held at Darya. During one meetup in early August, Ghorbani met with MEK members as they discussed sending three American senators to evaluate the group’s base in Albania, according to the indictment.

Rene Redjaian, a spokeswoman for Darya, said the restaurant owners had no idea that Ghorbani was allegedly involved in spying. “Our owners love America and knew nothing about the events that took place at Darya,” Redjaian said.

As time went on, the men continued their alleged covert operation, unaware that federal agents were closing in.

In December 2017, Doostdar returned to Iran allegedly to hand over the intelligence Ghorbani had collected. Unbeknownst to him, FBI agents searched his checked luggage at LAX and found an orange and white CVS pharmacy envelope. Inside the envelope, FBI agents found photos of Ghorbani standing next to people who were at the New York City MEK rally from September 2017. Many of the photographs had names and positions of the individuals written on the back, including one photograph that had “Dr. Ahmad Rajavi, the brother of Massoud,” written on it, prosecutors said in court documents.

In March 2018, Ghorbani traveled to Iran to conduct an in-person briefing about ways to take photos for an upcoming conference supported by the MEK, prosecutors allege.

When he returned April 17, authorities found tucked in his luggage a list written in Farsi that detailed his future tasks, including deeper infiltration into the MEK and recruiting a second person, according to court documents.

The pair never succeeded in allegedly recruiting another operative, however.

On Aug. 9, FBI agents swarmed Darya restaurant and arrested Ghorbani in front of stunned co-workers.
Doostdar was arrested the same day in Chicago.

Both men have been accused of acting as agents of a foreign government without prior notification of the U.S. attorney general and with providing services to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. Both men have pleaded not guilty and remain in custody.

Ghorbani’s lawyer has declined to comment on the case. Doostdar’s attorney, Thomas Durkin, said he’s suspicious about the timing of his client’s arrest considering it comes on the heels of Trump reimposing sanctions against Iran.

“There’s political machinations going on between the Trump administration and Iran. Why did the government all of a sudden decide to arrest these people?” he said.
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The arrests of Ghorbani and Doostdar have left many in Orange County’s Persian community shaken.
“There is a sense of fear in the Iranian community that the regime in Iran are sending people to USA and keeping track of movements,” said Mike Kazemi, an Irvine immigration lawyer.

For those in the Persian community who are against the Islamic Republic but also disagree with the Trump administration’s policies toward Iran, the escalation in tensions has been disconcerting. They say it serves as a reminder of how both American and Iranian officials view members of the Iranian diaspora with suspicion.

“We are in the middle of two hard places,” Kazemi said.

Yet others in the community say they are refusing to allow geopolitics to interfere with their day-to-day lives.

Nasrin Rahimieh, a professor of humanities at UC Irvine, said she understands how recent developments might cause some Persians to feel scared of being too visible.

Throughout her career, Rahimieh said, she has been chastised for either appearing pro-Islamic Republic or anti-Islamic Republic.

But those experiences have left Rahimieh emboldened to speak out against what she said is the fear-mongering rhetoric present in today’s political environment.

“There is such rabid desire to show Iranians as bad actors and as bad agents that it’s had the opposite effect on me,” Rahimieh said. “To paint all Iranians with the same brush is something that needs to be protested.”

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2 alleged agents of Iran arrested in California for spying in US

Associated Press
Aug 22, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has charged two alleged agents of Iran, accusing them of conducting covert surveillance of Israeli and Jewish facilities in the United States and collecting intelligence on Americans linked to a political organization that wants to see the current Iranian government overthrown.

Earlier this week, Ahmadreza Doostdar, 38, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen born in Long Beach, California, and Majid Ghorbani, 59, who has lived and worked in Costa Mesa, California, since he arrived in the United States in the mid-1990s were charged with acting as illegal agents for Tehran. Ghorbani, who was surveilled by U.S. agents, became a legal permanent resident of the United States in 2015.

Their arrests come as the Trump administration ratchets up pressure on Iran. The administration recently re-imposed sanctions on Iran to deny Tehran the funds it needs to finance terrorism, its missile program and forces in conflicts in Yemen and Syria.

According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, Doostdar allegedly conducted surveillance in July 2017 on Rohr Chabad House, a Jewish student center at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park. The surveillance included security features around the center.

Mary Manning Petras, a federal defense lawyer, said a court hearing in the case is set for Sept. 6.
Jonathan Greenblatt, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, applauded the arrests and thanked the FBI for "disrupting the alleged intelligence gathering efforts of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a nation with a long record of involvement in, and support for, terror attacks against Jewish and Israeli institutions."
In September 2017, Ghorbani allegedly attended a Mujahedin-e Khalq rally in New York City where he photographed people protesting against the current Iranian government.

The MEK, despite deep ideological differences, were partners with Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in the 1979 revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Following the revolution, the MEK quickly fell out with Khomeini and launched an armed revolt against Khomeini's new theocracy. The group is outlawed in Iran and was listed as a terrorist organization by the State Department until 2012.

In late 2017, Doostdar returned to the United States from Iran and made contact with Ghorbani in the Los Angeles area. Doostdar allegedly paid Ghorbani about $2,000 in cash for 28 photographs taken at the September 2017 rally.

The photographs had hand-written annotations identifying the individuals in the photos. These photographs, along with a receipt for $2,000, were found concealed in Doostdar's luggage as he transited a U.S. airport on his return to Iran in December 2017.

In May, Ghorbani attended the MEK-affiliated 2018 Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights in Washington. During the conference, Ghorbani appeared to photograph certain speakers and attendees, which included delegations from across the United States. On May 14, Doostdar called Ghorbani to discuss the clandestine ways Ghorbani could use to get the information to Iran.

"Doostdar and Ghorbani are alleged to have acted on behalf of Iran, including by conducting surveillance of political opponents and engaging in other activities that could put Americans at risk," said John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security.

The indictment charged Doostdar and Ghorbani with knowingly acting as agents of the government of Iran without notifying the U.S. attorney general, providing services to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions and conspiracy. Both defendants were arrested on Aug. 9, pursuant to criminal complaints issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The FBI's field offices in Washington and Los Angeles investigated the case, which is being prosecuted by the national security section of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section of the National Security Division of the Justice Department.

In March, the Justice Department announced charges against nine Iranians accused of working at the behest of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to steal large quantities of academic data from hundreds of universities in the United States and abroad as well as email accounts belonging to employees of government agencies and private companies.

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