Humint Events Online: Chaos in Iran and US Meddling

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Chaos in Iran and US Meddling

How much of the protests in Iran are home-grown and how much are foreign influenced is hard to know. Perhaps some of the strongest provocateurs are US-backed, resulting in a govt crackdown on ordinary folks, resulting in more protests and chaos. You know, the standard agent provocateur ploy.

What seems in little doubt is that the US HAS meddled in Iran very recently:
In 2006, we did this through the State Department.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Congress this week that the administration is seeking $75 million in emergency funding to immediately begin ratcheting up support for pro-democracy forces inside Iran. Currently, $10 million was budgeted for such efforts, and little of that money has been spent.

[snip]

The money will go toward boosting broadcasts in Farsi to Iran, support for opposition groups, and student exchanges.
After some pushback from Iranian opposition groups the figure was multiplied and given to the CIA.
Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country’s religious leadership. The covert activities involve support of the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations.

[snip]

“The Finding was focussed on undermining Iran’s nuclear ambitions and trying to undermine the government through regime change,” a person familiar with its contents said, and involved “working with opposition groups and passing money.”
Though some of this money undoubtedly funded special forces operations, much of this 475 million dollars presumably went into the kind of political opposition we see in the streets of Iran right now.

3 Comments:

Blogger engineer said...

Just how does this benefit the taxpayer?

Should they be concerned about Iranian politics?

Do they understand the Persian culture?

Do they review CIA expenditures on CNN?

5:54 PM  
Blogger spooked said...

what is done, is done to benefit the elites. the taxpayers just help foot the bill.

9:31 PM  
Blogger engineer said...

exactly, the balance coming from the drug profits.

2:17 PM  

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