Skip to comments.Kerry Evades Questions About Ties to Terrorist Iranian Government
Posted on 10/14/2004 10:16:04 PM PDT by freedom44
WASHINGTON Sen. John Kerrys campaign Thursday was accused of avoiding sticky questions about Iranian influence on his presidential bid.
"Do I think they're running out the clock until after the election? Absolutely I do," responded Bob Jenevein, attorney for a top figure in the Student Movement Coordinating Committee for Democracy in Iran (SMCCDI). Story Continues Below
In answer to a question from NewsMax.com, Jenevein said the Kerry-Edwards campaign was stalling on signing any deposition acknowledging that Hassan Nemazee, a New York investment banker, had "provided the campaign with advice and/or insight on matters relevant to Iran and U.S.-Iran relations." Nemazee is listed as a member of the board of American-Iranian Council, which SMCCDI says favors "eventually normalization of relations with Iran," a state sponsor of terrorism. The attorney said Kerrys campaign told him that even though he had sought since July to put the Democrat nominees foreign policy adviser Rand Beers under oath about Nemazee's relation to the campaign for the White House, Beers would not be available until Nov. 10, 8 days after the election. "That is unacceptable," Jenovein told NewsMax. SMCCDI has alleged Nemazee has used his position to advance the interests of Irans Islamic regime. Jenevein represents SMCCDI Coordinator Aryo Pirouznia. Nemaze had filed a $10 million suit against Pirouznia charging defamation of character and denying that he has served as an agent for the Iranian government. Pirouznia has counter-sued, and his attorney's effort to put Kerrys campaign under oath is a part of that legal battle. Nemazee himself has been scheduled to provide a deposition on Monday in New York.
NewsMax has attempted without success to elicit comment from Kerrys campaign on this. We were put in touch with an assistant to Beers, Greta Lundeberg, who refused comment and referred NewsMax to the campaign's press office. That phone went unanswered. A "fact sheet" issued by Jenevein cited reports from the mainstream media and from Kerrys campaign itself that Nemazee had raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the senator's race.
John Corsi, who co-wrote the best seller "Unfit for Command," which contradicts many of Kerry's claims about his stint in Vietnam, reiterated at today's news conference that Kerrys campaign had been backed by pro-mullah groups that are funding terrorists attacking U.S. troops in Iraq.
SMCCDI has cited Kerry's comment in the first debate with President Bush, where the candidate made the following statement regarding Tehran and nuclear weapons: "I think the United States should have offered the opportunity to provide [Iran with] nuclear fuel, test them, see whether or not they were actually looking for it for peaceful purposes. If they willing to work a deal, then we could have put sanctions together."
Corsi compared that to handing a 5-year-old child a stick of dynamite to see what happens." Or, he added, perhaps something similar to the mistake the U.S. made in the 1930s in selling scrap metal to the Japanese, only to have them shoot it back at us at Pearl Harbor.
In his most recent letter to Beers and Lundeberg of the Kerry campaign, attorney Jenevein urged them to "confirm under oath what you have already confirmed on the record with a reporter." The reporter in question was investigative journalist Ken Timmerman, who was also at the news conference at the National Press Club.
Timmerman said he had warned Nemazee against joining the board of American Iranian Council, telling him that freedom-loving Iranians would regard him "as a traitor" to their struggle. SMCCDIs "fact sheet" notes that Nemazee nonetheless is on the councils board.
As for SMCCDI Coordinator Pirouznia, he told the news conference that he had "no agenda against John Kerry" or for President Bush, that his only interest was in securing freedom for his native land and keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of the radical mullahs who rule it.
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I find a very interesting connection here with this story.
During the early days of John Kerry's work with the Vietnam Veteran's Against the War VVAW, john Kerry spoke at a rally in Northern Virgina just outside of Washington DC. The FBI report of that rally states that one of the speakers was a student from "Iran", I wonder who that student from Iran was and if John Kerry still has contacts with him? And is the person high up in the government of Iran.
"The FBI report of that rally states that one of the speakers was a student from "Iran","
Yes, actually it does, and at the time I thought how odd that a student from Iran would be speaking at an antiwar rally.