Alternate headline: When Do the Bombings Begin?
An elaborate Iranian-backed plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States was disrupted by FBI and DEA agents, officials said Tuesday.
Members of an elite Iranian security force planned to detonate a bomb at a busy Washington restaurant, killing Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S. and possibly over 100 bystanders, according to documents filed in New York federal court.
The State Department has listed Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1984.
The current plot was infiltrated by a Drug Enforcement Agency informant posing as a member of a Mexican drug cartel, officials said. The plotters planned to pay a member of the Zetas cartel $1.5 million to carry out the attack, and two advance payments of nearly $50,000 each were wired to an FBI-controlled bank account in August, they said.
An Iranian American, Manssor Arbabsiar, 56, has been arrested in the case. An Iran-based member of the secret Quds Force unit of that country's Revolutionary Guard, Gholam Shakuri, was also charged but is not in custody, officials said.
Apparently, we're not the only state entity helping out a Mexican drug cartel. Oh, stop. Like we were passing up that symmetry?
To our knowledge, this is the first time we have credible evidence of another country acting in the first person to carry out an act of terrorism on U.S. soil or even upon an U.S. interest as opposed to state-sponsored terrorism of the, say, Syria funding Hamas variety.
At the presser, here's the miserable hack that runs the Justice Department taking a question on the imminent subpoena he faces regarding Fast and Furious.
"thousands of pages of documents"
Yeah, thousands of pages of duplicative and heavily, heavily redacted documents, many of which could be found on-line.
And check out the implied dig at the Congressional investigation into Fast and Furious:
"... that will not detract us from the important business... of the Justice Department..."
Hey, champ, sorry to crowd your schedule but maybe, for the time being, we just let it be the Iranian government that's playing footsie with Mexican drug cartels.