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Iran has plans for us

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Chet Nagle
Former CIA Agent
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      Chet Nagle

      Naval Academy graduate and Cold War carrier pilot, Chet Nagle flew in the Cuban Missile Crisis. After a stint as a navy research officer, he joined International Security Affairs as a Pentagon civilian -- then came defense and intelligence work, life abroad for 12 years as an agent for the CIA, and extensive time in Iran, Oman, and many other countries. Along the way, he graduated from the Georgetown University Law School and was the founding publisher of a geo-political magazine, The Journal of Defense & Diplomacy, read in over 20 countries and with a circulation of 26,000. At the end of his work in the Middle East, he was awarded the Order of Oman in that allied nation’s victory over communist Yemen; now, he writes and consults. He and his wife Dorothy live in Virginia.

The Iranian mullahs are rolling the Obama administration, just as they have rolled every White House since 1979. Media reports of deals and imminent meetings with Tehran are bogus — covert meetings between Iran and the U.S. have been held for years and are being held right now. A man who was in those meetings during the Reagan years, Dr. Michael Ledeen, gives us unreported news of secret White House hostage negotiations with Iran — and in Syria, no less! But today’s story is what Iran has in store for us, and that story is bad news indeed.

Reza Khalili, a former Iranian CIA spy, maintains contacts with high-level sources in Iran. He reports that Tehran plans to spark terror attacks across the United States if Washington further interferes with Iran’s nuclear program. According to Khalili’s highly placed informants, the mullahs set a deadline. If America increases sanctions or conducts a military strike on Iranian nuclear sites in the next six months, the mullahs will unleash terror teams in the United States.

Khalili writes that 10 senior Revolutionary Guards officers, members of the elite Quds Force, are already here. Highly trained and sophisticated, each commands a cell of five agents. Targets have been identified, photographed and approved by Supreme Leader Khamenei, and include electrical transmission lines, cell phone towers, water supplies, public transportation, bridges, tunnels and government buildings.

Sounds too far-fetched? Consider some recent revelations about Iran:

* Joseph Farah’s website, WND.com, broke a story on January 1 about Iran’s germ-warfare program. Here are satellite images of the germ-warfare factory at Shahid Bohanar.

* Clare Lopez, a senior fellow at the Center for Security Studies, warns about genetically modified pathogens like anthrax, plague and smallpox, against which we have no effective vaccines. Courtesy of Russia and North Korea, Iran has such germs, and The Washington Times reported in August they are now in the arsenals of Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist organizations. Will Al Quds terrorists attack us with those easily smuggled germs?

* James A. Lewis, a former official at the State and Commerce Departments and a computer security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says “there is no doubt within the U.S. government” that Iranian hackers caused major disruptions in websites of Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bancorp, PNC, Capital One, Fifth Third Bank, BB&T and HSBC. Will Al Quds terrorists be supported by hacker attacks on our electrical grid, water supplies and vital infrastructure?

* Agence France-Presse reported on January 12 that North Korea is planning a third nuclear test in the period between January 13 and January 20. Like the first two, this test is bankrolled by Iran, just as Iran paid for the “Shahab-3” missile, a knockoff of North Korea’s “Unha-3” that put a satellite in orbit on December 12. A missile that can orbit a satellite is an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that can reach the United States. All that Iran needs is a nuclear weapon small enough to fit in the warhead. They paid for the tests, so they get the missile and warhead data.

* Iran has built another secret nuclear enrichment plant and, like the plant discovered at Fordo, it is under a mountain. But the Khondab plant is near Arak, where a reactor produces plutonium, the isotope of choice for small warheads. (See these satellite photos of Khondab.) According to Dr. Vincent Pry, a former CIA analyst and the executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, “The imagery clearly shows some kind of highly sensitive and fortified installation.” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scrambling to contain international fallout from the Khondab revelation. The question is: Will plutonium from the Arak reactor be tested by North Korea in a warhead that is then delivered to Iran?