As I wrote in my op-ed a few weeks back about the intelligence-collection priority decisions of the Biden administration that amounted to a monumental failure in the defense of our nation, those same decisions have led to the installment of Iranian infiltration at the highest levels of the U.S. national security apparatus.
Let’s start with the Iranian influencer installed at the highest ranks of the Pentagon. Ariane Tabatabai, an Iranian-American, is currently serving as the chief of staff to the assistant secretary of Defense for special operations. As reported last month by Semafor, Tabatabai, on multiple occasions, requested guidance from the Iranian Foreign Ministry dating back to at least 2014—the emails themselves are now public—when operating inside of the U.S. supposedly for our best interests.
As the former chief of staff for the Department of Defense (DoD) myself during the Trump administration, anyone caught seeking permission and guidance from the world’s largest state sponsor of terror would’ve been fired and relationships with the government terminated. In the Biden administration, she is rewarded. The Pentagon’s assistant secretary of Defense for legislative affairs (responsible for all of DoD’s engagements with Congress), Rheanne Wirkkala, issued a statement just last week, clearing Tabatabai of any wrongdoing. It’s confounding that Wirkkala, a former top aide to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)—a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and co-author of the now debunked Schiff memo—can justify anything given her own massive failures in putting out the truth. So, how did Tabatabai rise to such a senior rank, holding some of the highest security clearances in government? Who was her benefactor? I’ll get to that. As of today, she still has access to our nation’s most sensitive intel, leading special operations at DoD.
Enter Maher Bitar, senior director for intelligence programs on Joe Biden’s National Security Council (NSC) since 2021. The primary purpose of his post is to head up the intelligence-collection priorities at the White House. Bitar is a Palestinian sympathizer who has previously worked for Samantha Powers at the State Department, was general counsel to Rep. Schiff on HPSCI, and was the other co-author of the falsified Schiff memo (see a pattern?). Before entering senior governmental positions, Bitar served as the executive director of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), which, among other pro-Palestinian advocacy, supported convicted terrorist Leila Khaled to raise money for their causes (as reported by Revolver). After Hamas launched its war against Israel, the SJP called it a “historic win”—for Hamas. Don’t believe anything I’ve said? Fine, look at this photo—the writing’s on the wall. That’s Bitar front and center.
Two of the President’s most senior national security/foreign policy advisors are Maher Bitar and Ariadne Tabatabai are Palestinian and Iranian respectively.
Here’s Bitar performing in front of a “Divest from Israeli Apartheid” banner. pic.twitter.com/owjI1Lw2Ac
— Chris, just Chris (@coflayed) October 20, 2023
Bitar still maintains the highest security clearance at Biden’s White House and continues to be responsible for establishing intelligence-collection priorities. Still wondering how the Biden administration “missed” the attack on Israel?
Finally (well, as far as this article goes), there’s Robert Malley, known for his tenure in the Obama NSC (along with Bitar) and as one of the primary architects of the Iran Deal, the JCPOA. He and Bitar crossed paths, literally, in the Obama State Department, working on Middle East policy. Biden appointed Malley his special presidential envoy to Iran in 2021. This role commands the massive authority to establish American policy toward Iran—across the board. Malley hired Tabatabai into his Iran shop in Biden’s State Department and later sent her on to her current role. Semafor has recently revealed her decade-long relationship with the “Iran Experts Initiative” (a known Iran foreign ministry arm for covert operations), seeding Iranian nationals worldwide to advance Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s maniacal regime. Recently, the FBI suspended Malley’s top secret security clearance for “mishandling classified documents” (no further details provided). Shortly thereafter, he was put on a “leave of absence” by the State Department.
As I discuss in my new book, “Government Gangsters,” there are no coincidences in government. This sequence of events and personnel decisions led directly to the Hamas invasion, and war on Biden’s watch would have been included in the pages of the book. But the Biden administration blocked its release for nearly a year and froze my manuscript. I had to file a federal lawsuit just to get it to print. No coincidences.
When you couple the de-prioritization of collecting intelligence against Iran with Iranian sympathizers in senior government positions, one can no longer be surprised by the outcome. We now have the following in 2023 America: Iran has established direct communications to the Biden administration. These individuals are responsible for protecting America and our allies against Iran and preventing them from securing weapons-grade nuclear material for a bomb. Do you have confidence in a team whose leader can’t properly handle classified documents (the irony of Biden’s Corvette is not lost on me), where the head of intelligence has publicly demonstrated his proclivity for terror-affiliated groups while lying to the world with Adam Schiff, and someone who seeks permission from Iran’s foreign ministry when deciding how to “best” protect America? (Read more: PJ Media, 10/24/2023) (Archive)
Inquiries have been launched against several officials in the Biden administration revealed to have ties to Islamic groups in the aftermath of the October 7th attack in Israel.
The Department of Defense (DoD) is refusing to terminate Yousra Fazili, a senior Pentagon official with strong ties to the Qatari regime which openly funds the Muslim Brotherhood and its subsidiary, Hamas. Qatar, which provides safe haven to Hamas leaders like Ismail Haniyeh and Khaled Mashaal, also sponsors the pro-Hamas news outlet Al Jazeera. Following the October 7th attack in which Hamas operatives massacred 1,400 Israelis and kidnapped 200 as hostages, Qatar said it “holds Israel solely responsible.”
Qatar’s ruling Al-Thani family includes Meshal Bin Hamad Al-Thani, who since 2017 also serves as Qatar’s Ambassador to the US. After Al-Thani’s appointment it was revealed that Qatar was planning a covert influence operation which involved damaging the reputations of government officials who oppose Qatar.
During that time, Al-Thani’s strategic advisor was Yousra Fazili. For over three years, Fazili served Al-Thani by arranging “strategic partnerships.” Shortly after Joe Biden took office, Fazili was suddenly appointed special assistant to the assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs at the Pentagon.
Since then Fazili has been promoted twice and now serves as the Pentagon’s chief financial officer and chief of staff to the under secretary of defense for comptroller.
This caught the attention of US Congressman Jack Bergman (R-MI), who raised the alarm about Fazili. In an August letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Bergman requested details about how the Pentagon vetted Fazili and what safeguards, if any, are in place to ensure she does not influence policy related to the Persian Gulf.
Bergman was brushed off with a brief response from Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs Rheanne Wirkkala, who simply told the congressman that Fazili had been vetted “in accordance with all appropriate laws and policies.”
Following this month’s attacks by Hamas, Bergman sent a second letter but received no response at all.
Wirkkala has also defended the Pentagon’s decision to employ Assistant Secretary for Special Operations Chief of Staff Ariane Tabatabai, who will keep her top security clearance despite being outed as an operative of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Emails obtained by Semafor last month show that Tabatabai was part of an Iranian influence operation called the Iranian Experts Initiative (IEI). The IEI’s objective was to recruit overseas academics and researchers to help shift policy towards Iran, particularly regarding its nuclear proliferation — an objective considered to have been successful.
Tabatabai was a core member of the IEI, which was overseen by Iran’s Foreign Ministry. She was reportedly in direct contact with senior Iranian officials such as then-Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and a top Foreign Ministry official named Mostafa Zahrani, from whom she requested permission to attend international conferences.
After joining the IEI, Tabatabai began writing articles for mainstream media outlets such as the Atlantic, Washington Post, and New York Times in which she promoted a nuclear deal with Iran. She claimed that Iran was seeking nuclear capabilities not to build nuclear weapons but for “production of radioisotopes for medical purposes” and for “desalination, an energy-intensive process.”
In addition to writing articles, Tabatabai also went on the lecture circuit at various globalist think tanks such as billionaire George Soros’ Center for American Progress and the Council on Foreign Relations, where she advocated for a nuclear deal with Iran.
Tabatabai also served as a key aide to former Biden administration Special Envoy to Iran Robert Malley, who was suspended in June for “mishandling classified documents.”
When US Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) pressed the Pentagon for an explanation on why Tabatabai is retaining her post and her top security clearance, she received a similar brush-off from Wirkkala, who herself is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
“We have confirmed that Ms. Tabatabai’s employment and clearance processes were carried out in accordance with all appropriate laws and policies,” Wirkkala wrote Sen. Ernst in an October 12th letter.
The Biden administration did, however, place Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official Nejwa Ali on “administrative leave” last week.
During 2016 and 2017 Ali served as a spokeswoman for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which created a “Palestinian Delegation to the US.” President Donald Trump banned the group, but she was able to find a position with the DHS as an adjudication officer for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It has been Ali’s job to determine whether asylum seekers should be granted entry to the United States.
Following the October 7th attack, Ali expressed support on social media for the Hamas attackers, writing: “I abso-f—ing-lutely celebrate [Palestinian hang-gliders], a–hole, f— you!” Her social media page, in which she describes herself as “American born” but “Palestinian @ heart”, contains several remarks about Jews such as: “F— Israel and any Jew that supports Israel.”
After the Daily Wire reported Ali’s posts, DHS spokesman Matthew Bourke confirmed she was placed on administrative leave. But the Biden administration has so far refused to terminate the former PLO operative despite several requests from lawmakers. (Frontline News, 10/24/2023) (Archive)
“Let me be clear, anyone who openly works on behalf of U.S. adversaries, particularly Iran, should not be employed by the Department of Defense.” @RepMikeRogersAL
— Armed Services GOP (@HASCRepublicans) September 26, 2023
They’re already here.
They’re in position.
They’re waiting for the signal.
This should concern every American.https://t.co/aLxla5G6iO
— Stacy Phillips🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@1stacyphillips) October 30, 2023