FBI Combating Dubious Iranian Cyber and Other Threats

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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Last week the FBI announced (fabricated) charges against alleged Iranian hackers.

Falsely claiming Tehran poses a cyber threat to the US, the agency ignored the unparalleled threat posed by its forever wars on humanity at home and abroad, threatening everyone everywhere.

Dubious FBI charges against unnamed Iranians include “cyber intrusions and fraud, vandalism of US websites, and intellectual property theft from US aerospace and satellite technology companies (sic),” adding:

Hackers “believed to be operating at the behest of the Iranian government, or in support of it (sic).”

No credible evidence was cited to support charges. Without it, they’re baseless and have no legal validity.

According to FBI Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch official Terry Wade:

The agency “will continue to work with our partners to protect US interests and to impose consequences on those cyber actors working on behalf of the government of Iran in furtherance of their nefarious goals (sic).”

Separately last week, Iranian Behzad Mohammadzadeh and Palestinian Marwan Abusrour “were indicted on charges of damaging multiple websites as retaliation for US military action in January that killed” Iranian Quds Force commander General Qassem Soleimani in Lebanon (sic), an act of premeditated murder.

Two other Iranians were falsely charged with “cyber intrusion (and) vandalism…at the behest of the government of Iran (sic).”

Four more Iranians were charged with “engaging in a coordinated campaign of identity theft and hacking on behalf of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (sic).”

The agency also released what it claimed are eight sets of malware used by an Iranian front company to help its Intelligence Ministry target US companies, along with 100s of individuals and entities in numerous Asian, African, European and North American countries.

Again, no evidence was cited, nor any backing other charges against named and unnamed individuals, largely Iranians.

A statement by FBI director Christopher Wray saying the following:

“We want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to help our partners do what they need to do,” adding:

“That means using our role as the lead federal agency with law enforcement and intelligence responsibilities to not only pursue our own actions, but to enable our partners to defend networks, attribute malicious activity, sanction bad behavior, and take the fight to our adversaries overseas.”

Throughout the FBI’s existence since 1908, originally known as the Bureau of Investigation, headed by J. Edgar Hoover for nearly half a century (1924 – 1972), its secretive counterintelligence program ruthlessly targeted political dissidents, including communists; anti-war, human and civil rights activists; the American Indian Movement; and Black Panther Party among others.

From earlier ways to modern sophisticated techniques, the bureau operated and continues operating as a national Gestapo, including clandestine/largely illegal political repression and assassinations, mass surveillance, black propaganda, and other disruptive activities – amounting to state-sponsored terror.

The CIA, NSA, and other US spy agencies operate the same way – extrajudicially without accountability.

Historian Robert Gellately said Hoover sent one of his key aides, Edmund Patrick Coffey, to Berlin in January 1938 at the invitation of Germany’s Gestapo to learn firsthand how it operated, impressed with what he saw.

Post-WW II, the FBI recruited hundreds of Nazis, including some close to Hitler, to work for the agency, their identities concealed, wanting Gestapo tactics used in America.

Anyone daring to expose what went on risked either being called a threat to national security or eliminated.

Did the FBI operate in cahoots with the CIA to kill JFK, RFK and MLK?

The agency notably uses COINTELPRO tactics to infiltrate, disrupt, sabotage, and destroy activist groups for ethnic justice, racial emancipation, and economic, social, and political equality across gender, color, and ethnic lines.

Targeted individuals earlier included political dissidents, including communists; anti-war, human and civil rights activists; the American Indian Movement; and Black Panther Party among others.

In Agents of Repression, Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall explained that COINTELPRO includes “massive surveillance (via) wiretaps, surreptitious entries and burglaries, electronic devices…black propaganda, disinformation or ‘gray propaganda,” assassinations, and other disruptive activities.

Operating extrajudicially, the FBI, CIA, NSA, DEA, ICE, and related organizations are enemies of ordinary Americans and others elsewhere, not their protectors.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.