This is the fifth article of The Invisible Hands series. The second one was Iran regime’s Mafia in USA . The third was Shame on Iranian Journalists . And the fourth one was A Terrorist at Princeton Universitys
In the 1990’s, the American-Iranian Council (AIC) , with backing from multinational oil companies, was a front for the Iran’s lobbying efforts in the US, and Houshang Amir-Ahmadi (the left picture below) served as its president. Amirahmadi has been an active pro-Mullahs player in the US since the early 1980s. While residing in the US, he was also a presidential candidate in Iran’s elections. He officially collaborated with different Iranian institutions. In the recent years, Amir-Ahmadi and his daughter are building a hotel in Kish Island , of course with the total financial and special support of AN. AN and his team have a close and special relation with Amir-Ahmadi. He arrange many of AN’s programs in his trips to New York. In fact, Amir-Ahmadi is a key broker between the Mullahs and the US’s authorities. Trita Parsi (the middle picture below) has closely worked with Amirahmadi and was well positioned in the leadership of AIC. Tehran’s faith in Parsi was so profound that in 2003 when Iran decided to send a highly secret proposal for negotiations to the White House , Parsi was called on to arrange the delivery of the message through Bob Ney to Karl Rove. Parsi, admitted that “he was the point person for Ney in helping to manage this issue.”
As we said before, Siamak Namazi (the right picture above), was an Iranian-American living in US who went back to Iran and became a partner and the managing director of Atieh Bahar Company in Tehran. One of the debacle of Atieh enterprise was in 2007, when the CEO of the French oil company Total SA was charged for bribery of Iranian high officials to secure contracts. Total is one of the major customers of the Namazi’s Atieh enterprise and is mainly represented in Iran by Atieh and its affiliate companies. Tens of millions of dollars of bribes were paid by Total through individuals and third party corporations. Tehran’s trust in Namazi is elucidated by the fact that his enterprise provides the network and computer services for almost all Iranian banks, parliament, and other important institutions. While representing Tehran, Namazi, disguised as a scholar, travels to the US to seemingly pursue academic activities through think-tanks close to the Iranian regime. This link between the Iranian oil Mafia and “scholarly” pursuits in the US is hardly isolated. Three former Iranian deputy foreign ministers currently live in Boston posing as “scholars” at Harvard University. They are Mohammad Mahallati, Farhad Atai and, Abbas Maleki. We would write about them later.
Trita Parsi and Namazi worked very closely on developing the details of the grand plan of forming an Iranian-American “Citizen’s Lobby” in the US. In 1999, Parsi and Namazi presented a joint paper titled, “Iranian-Americans: The bridge between two nations,” at the DAPIA conference organized by the Iranian government in Cypress. One of the hallmarks of the new lobby was its desire to rival the “I-s-r-a-e-l-i Lobby” in the US. This aspiration was so strong that an organization was created and called IAPAC (Iranian American Political Action Committee) as compared with AIPAC (American I-s-r-a-e-l-i Public Affairs Committee). Three of IAPAC’s board members came from the AIC’s leadership . As Ney’s criminal bribery and lobbying fiasco became more public, NIAC’s president Trita Parsi attempted to deny the lobbying nature of NIAC. NIAC was not registered as a lobbying organization, and lobbying activities would have been illegal. But Bob Ney, Roy Coffee, and Dave DiStefano arranged numerous workshops, training classes, seminars and speeches in which they themselves and others with experience prepared members and affiliates of NIAC to lobby and influence Congress. Parsi, Namazi and Ney worked together and developed training manuals on lobbying. NIAC itself admits that, “In 2002, Congressman Ney benefited from letters sent by Iranian-Americans through NIAC’s Legislative Action Center in support of his resolution on US-Iran relations.”