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The Iranian regime’s covert US network

A major security threat to America comes from both without and within.

An illustrative image of the U.S. intelligence community. Source: Office of the Director of National Intelligence
An illustrative image of the U.S. intelligence community. Source: Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Erfan Fard
Erfan Fard is a counter-terrorism analyst and Middle East Studies researcher based in Washington, D.C.

In the intricate world of global politics and security, the yearning for insights, foresight and preparedness stands as an imperative pillar. The U.S. intelligence community under the Biden administration undeniably predicted the looming influence of and threat posed by Iran. The professionals meticulously and continually warned the White House and the intelligence committees of the House and Senate, reflecting a proactive approach toward national security.

In recent days, reports about Iran’s influence in and infiltration of the United States have come to light. In particular, a bombshell Semafor report revealed a complex and multifaceted clandestine network operating inside America’s borders.

As an Iranian-American familiar with the intricate dynamics and activities of the Iranian regime, these revelations came as no surprise. Iran’s network is like the layers of an onion. Each layer has distinct characteristics and objectives.

The depth and extent of the Iranian regime’s influence in the United States encompasses various sectors of American society. Leaked emails have revealed an infiltration operation that includes academic, scientific, commercial and financial institutions; religious centers and Islamic organizations; think tanks; and even media associated with the U.S. government. The complexity and sophistication of this network appear to have bewildered the U.S. intelligence community—composed of 16 different agencies—for quite a while.

While some security analysts in agencies like the CIA or FBI may have identified this problem, the overall policy of appeasement and conciliation towards the Iranian regime that dominates certain echelons of the American government has inhibited decisive action. A paradigmatic example of this is the Pentagon, where individuals associated with the Iranian networks have retained their positions even after their affiliations were revealed.

Revelations from various sources, including the Semafor report and recently revealed emails, show the extent of the collaboration between certain American officials and the Iranian regime. Such interactions have been further substantiated by disclosures made by former American officials in their memoirs, underscoring the pervasive nature of the infiltration.

A consortium of Republican lawmakers has raised significant concerns regarding a potential national security breach. In particular, there are indications that the Iranian government may have successfully infiltrated the Biden administration, thus gaining access to classified U.S. government intelligence.

Iran’s alleged access to sensitive U.S. networks has also been unveiled through a series of leaks disseminated via Iranian state-controlled propaganda outlets. This infiltration is significant due to Iran’s historical alignment with terrorism. It could directly imperil not only U.S. national security but also U.S. allies, notably Israel. Moreover, it has implications for countries such as Ukraine, amplifying the geopolitical ramifications of the Iranian regime’s covert operations.

This scandal raises serious concerns about the manipulation of American public opinion and policymaking by the Iranian regime. Clearly, Iran’s Ministry of Information has been remarkably successful in disseminating its propaganda in the United States via this clandestine network. This influence could have a major impact on critical decisions regarding national security.

Clearly, Iran’s covert activities in the United States are an imminent threat that demands urgent attention from the U.S. intelligence community. There must be an immediate investigation into this network of apologists, pro-regime influencers, propagandists, clandestine agents and possible sleeper cells.

It is imperative to acknowledge and address this issue promptly. America must prioritize identifying and neutralizing these covert networks. The extent of the infiltration necessitates a comprehensive and coordinated response, with all relevant stakeholders collaborating in order to mitigate the growing threat.

The opinions and facts presented in this article are those of the author, and neither JNS nor its partners assume any responsibility for them.
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