Feds Crack Iranian Backed Plot
How should the White House respond?
- Duration 5:40
- Date Oct 12, 2011
How should the White House respond?
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There are bad CR in naturalized United States citizen who holds that -- -- and passport.
And was arrested last month in New York.
He's accused of working with members of an arm of the Iranian revolutionary guard corps.
To devise an international murder for hire scheme targeting the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States.
All right and -- joining us now as we saw is Wally Ferris he's live in our DC bureau he's a Middle East expert in the author of the coming revolution.
Struggle for freedom in the Middle East thank you so much for joining us.
Thank you for having me today.
So how troubling is this based on what we know about it so far.
Very much this is and in some terms on which city crossing on the Red Line the first question has been since yesterday.
Wasn't -- the Iranian regime or this is a rogue group what we heard from the attorney general from the US government that launch is that there is a connection.
Between that person that cell and the 'cause they're on the Iran in -- -- and that is established and the question is simple.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards is the -- center of the Iranian regime it doesn't do things on its own it is under the ages and the supervision of the head of the Islamic republic that's.
Communicate to the second question is why would they do it now and why would they strike within the United States they know the Iranian leadership know exactly.
That if they are recognize and identified that as a return address.
Hence we have now the notion of maybe -- operation was designed.
That the Iran -- will push for this strikes will for the assassination and for the blowing up of the two locations the two embassies.
But then they would not actually issue a statement -- assuming responsibility now they were caught that's why the regime is is in bad shape today.
And now one of these guys involved with this or allegedly involved with this is -- still at large.
How how can we track this guy down before it's too late.
Well first -- full we have the first guy who was in custody and whom must have been talking it's -- double.
Yes there is another name that has been released by government button -- this may not be the whole story.
-- bombed two embassies to monitor -- the activity there on these and this is before doing so.
To actually execute at the operation of the assassination of of the ambassador and the restaurant.
All that -- more than one or two person so they may be more support two in the operation than just two persons and I'm sure.
That the agency is now and that their allies around the world saudis Israelis Europeans and others are working in consultation to try to figure out who's involved and that's.
-- that second name we have is Golan should -- but as well lead singer might be many more as well.
We want -- go back to Eric Holder for a moment the attorney general.
Saying that if these allegations turn out to be true.
Iran and that needs to be held accountable in a very serious way because it's a very serious allegation.
A government of the nation -- let's listen to Eric Holder.
Complaint alleges that -- -- He was conceived.
Was sponsored and was directed from Iran and constitutes a flagrant violation of US and international law including a convention.
That explicitly protects diplomats from being harmed.
In addition to holding these individual conspirators accountable for their alleged role in this plot.
The United States is committed to holding Iran accountable for its actions.
So while -- the the United States is committed to two holding these people accountable if indeed this turns out to be true.
But if -- what holder said is correct that this is a violation of international law.
Should we see international.
And involvement and whatever might have happened.
Absolutely the moment the US government is going to be presenting the evidence and -- -- strong evidence that it was the president on the Iran revolutionary guard -- part of the regime.
That task task of this individual or maybe more than one individual to strike within our federal capital and -- -- also to other.
Embassies it is normal and natural that even if we have issues with the other members of the Security Council such as Russia or China.
That is an issue that the Security Council must be -- for this is an opportunity for the United States for this administration and hopefully backed by congress as well.
To go after Iran at the Security Council outside the issue of the nuclear and outside the other issues and demand basically that there would be responsibility assumed by the Iran and -- And would you anticipate.
That's sort of support coming from a Security Council.
I think the window is here if the United States administration rushes to the Security Council and engages in discussions -- discussions with -- European partners and of course talk to the Russians and the Chinese and having them look.
If it wasn't Moscow if it wasn't Beijing.
Would be spending you know by you and with you because this is about terrorism.
And I think that the great powers when it comes to the national security of others directly.
You know deposition would be different now that is another story right -- running in in Washington.
Is that this is -- sloppy.
To be the Iranian -- that on I have a different view an -- show it quickly.
This is precisely designed to show that this is not the Iranian regime of of course when you subcontract it caught -- And Mexican cartel and give them money and asked him to go and place bombs in Washington DC the idea behind that is that they didn't want.
The American public the American government to know that it is the Iran in regime but they failed -- what intercept that so they got caught now in the situation.
Right all right Wally Ferris Middle East expert and the author of the coming revolution struggle for freedom that in the Middle -- a good -- thank you so much for joining us live from DC today.
Thank you very much and.