US intelligence warns Iran poised to conduct terror attacks in US

posted at 11:00 am on January 31, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

During the debates, Rep. Ron Paul often wonders aloud why the US should fear an Iranian nuclear weapon.  I’d call this a good reason:

U.S. intelligence agencies believe that Iran is prepared to launch terrorist attacks inside the United States in response to perceived threats from America and its allies, the U.S. spy chief said Tuesday.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in prepared testimony that an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington that was uncovered last year reflects an aggressive new willingness within the upper ranks of the Islamist republic to authorize attacks against the United States.

That plot “shows that some Iranian officials — probably including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei — have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime,” Clapper said in the testimony, which was submitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee in advance of a threat assessment hearing Tuesday. “We are also concerned about Iranian plotting against U.S. or allied interests overseas.”

The assessment signals a potentially dire new direction in the adversarial relationship between the United States and Iran, at a time when there are indications that a covert campaign is already underway to thwart Iran’s alleged ambition to develop a nuclear weapons.

And now that covert campaign takes on a lot more significance.  If Iran develops a nuke, the presumed primary target of such a weapon would be Israel, which could get devastated by such an attack.  An attack on Washington DC simultaneously would decapitate most of our government and military leadership and make it difficult to organize a defense or a response.  However, it would also make it clear that Iran would have been the culprit, and any opposition to a full-scale war on Tehran after conducting such an attack on American soil would dissipate overnight.

Iran knows this, and if they acted in a rational manner, they would not dare to invite such a devastating war on their country.  The problem for us is that Iran’s policy is neither rational or irrational, but non-rational.  The theocratic clique running the show are true believers in the Twelfth Imam and the need for a conflagration to produce him, and the promised result of Islamic rule throughout the world.  Starting a war with the US won’t bother them as they believe that (a) the Muslim world will find itself in such a conflict anyway, and/or (b) they can hasten the arrival of the mahdi by kicking one off.  If they see their position threatened in Iran, they may even accelerate those plans before they lose the chance to put them into action.

Even without the nuclear aspect to the threat, though, this report should make clear to everyone that Iran’s mullahcracy has been at war with us ever since it took power in 1979.  Sometimes they have been more effective at it than others, but they have conducted a low-level war against the US that Americans are loath to acknowledge.  Fortunately, our intelligence services have taken a more practical look at Iran than they did in 2007, when they produced a thoroughly political and widely discredited NIE that claimed Iran wasn’t working on nuclear weapons at all as a means to curb George Bush from acting against the Iranian threat.  What’s changed since 2007?  Hmmmm …..


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I hoard lead. Lead trumps gold. One can reload lead.

troyriser_gopftw on January 31, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Never underestimate the value of lead, I agree.

But gold will allow you to recruit people to wield your lead for you. The reverse doesn’t work quite as well.

JohnGalt23 on January 31, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Gold will always allow you to have an influence. It’s like something preternatural built into humans… they will do stuff for gold, up to and including wielding weapons on your behalf. Have enough gold, and you can be the one to establish order.

JohnGalt23 on January 31, 2012 at 5:59 PM

The ability and desire to pry gold from someone else’s hands is built into humans. If law and order leave the land, flashing gold will become an open invitation to mischief of all kinds, acute lead poisoning foremost among them.

Archivarix on January 31, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I didn’t put words into your mouth. You wrote what you wrote–and don’t call me son. I know who my father is. And no, we aren’t pushing Iran to war with us. They’ve been at war with us. Our government has simply deigned to ignore that fact.

And yes, you did state that we–the United States–was responsible for the Pearl Harbor attack. Even the more hardcore Ron Paul supporters were taken aback, and that’s saying something.

troyriser_gopftw on January 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Have the last word junior ranger
You clearly need it more than the rest of us ^_^

daddytype on January 31, 2012 at 6:16 PM

If law and order leave the land, flashing gold will become an open invitation to mischief of all kinds, acute lead poisoning foremost among them.

Archivarix on January 31, 2012 at 6:03 PM

As with all things, Daniel-san… balance.

JohnGalt23 on January 31, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Intel coming from the same James Clapper who thinks the MB is secular? From the same admin that tried, and failed, to sell the infamous Iranian pizza joint plot? Ed, this is sad, even by your own trusting standards.

abobo on January 31, 2012 at 6:23 PM

I see the thread descended into full on truther, Prison Planet, Info Wars talk while I was gone. And I missed it. Darn.

Logboy on January 31, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Intel coming from the same James Clapper who thinks the MB is secular? From the same admin that tried, and failed, to sell the infamous Iranian pizza joint plot? Ed, this is sad, even by your own trusting standards.

abobo on January 31, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Yes, this same James Clapper:

“Director of National Intelligence James Clapper appeared stumped Tuesday night when asked on ABC News whether a significant terror plot uncovered in London could have security implications in the United States. The plot received huge news coverage this week and was a major focus in the U.K., America’s closest intelligence partner.

“London?” Clapper asked

Dante on January 31, 2012 at 6:34 PM

I see the thread descended into full on truther, Prison Planet, Info Wars talk while I was gone. And I missed it. Darn.

Logboy on January 31, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Somewhere in the bunker, Mr. Ed Morrissey is rubbing his hands together and cackling in glee. Behold Ron Paul, the new Sarah Palin. 1000 comments or bust?

Archivarix on January 31, 2012 at 6:44 PM

I’d guess that if an attack does happen our little ron paul followers here will claim it was a false flag op or something to that effect.

Sultanofsham on February 1, 2012 at 2:05 AM

Without reading the previous responces (I know I know, I should so I could stay with the current topic of whoever is attacking whoever instead of the story..) I can’t help but wonder if Iran could plan to use a nuke to set off an EMP. Here’s a scenario: They buy a K-line missile system from Russia, they’re friends after all and Russia has no problem selling nuke materials to Iran apparently. They place the nuke on one of their Shahaab missiles (or 4, the K-line can hold 4 of them) plop the system on a cargo ship (doesn’t have to be Iranian; could be a cargo ship heading just about anywhere from any nationality willing to ship Iranian goods). At the right coordinates and time, the system is activated and 5000K above Ohio there’s a detonation triggering an EMP that wipes out the entire electrical grid of the US, and parts of Mexico and Canada as well. That attack would pretty much destroy the US as a country. Death toll has been estimated to be up to 90% after 1 year. With us out of the picture, Iran could then do whatever they want. Of course, we’d have no real way to investigate the crime, and even if we did, a launch from the middle of the ocean is not exactly detectable or traceable. Least, that’s what I’d do if I was Achmadnijad.

wolfva on February 1, 2012 at 5:55 AM

the problem is israel is also a theocracy. jewishness is not patriarchal by tribe, but rather by religion of mother. and one does not have to dig deep into jewish literature to find supremacy against gentiles. for example this quote which you can google : “the best of the Gentiles you should kill” from the Mekhilta 14:7 (“tov shebagoyim harog”) In the mideast (also pakistan and others) u have theocracy vs theocracy. and we are getting played. a pox on them both.

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NavoneNew on February 1, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Newsflash: the Twelfth Imam has already arrived, and he is living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
SickofLibs on January 31, 2012 at 11:19 AM

This

Cleombrotus on February 1, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Have the last word junior ranger
You clearly need it more than the rest of us ^_^

daddytype on January 31, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Snappy rejoinders just aren’t your forte, are they?

troyriser_gopftw on February 1, 2012 at 8:50 AM

So,how about we keep inviting Amadinnerjacket into the country to eat with (brainwash) college students?
Yeah, he has diplmatic immunity, surely we can trust he wouldn’t bring anything with him.
I’m sure TSA & DHS are on top of this with laser-like focus.///

askwhatif on February 1, 2012 at 11:33 AM

“Thread hijacking”.

Look it up, and get back to us.

JohnGalt23 on January 31, 2012 at 12:35 PM

“REALITY”.

Look it up, and get back to us.

Solaratov on February 1, 2012 at 1:11 PM

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