The tentacles are spreading far and wide. An authoritative report has just reconfirmed this. The media got the juicy stuff, but not the gist (why, we’re not sure).
Iran’s major front – the global subversive/psychological/ideological campaign – is led by its ‘all-knowing’ Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). The Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress has produced a lengthy report on the ministry’s work. While the headlines were about Iranian listening posts in Syria and the Golan Heights,
The report tells us much more:
MOIS is active wherever the Iranian government has interests. MOIS operates in Iran and cooperates with the Quds Force in the Middle East (Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and Lebanon), Central Asia, Africa, Europe (Austria, Azerbaijan, Croatia, France, Georgia, Germany, Turkey, the United Kingdom), and the Americas, including the United States.
The same report notes:
Latin America is an area of major interest for the Iranians. The existence of Iranian intelligence activities in countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Venezuela, where Iran has political and economic interests, is also part of Iran’s strategy of establishing a presence in the backyard of the United States for purposes of expanding Shi’a and revolutionary ideology, establishing networks for intelligence and covert operations, and waging asymmetrical warfare against the United States. In Latin America, Iran’s intelligence agencies— MOIS but mostly the Quds Force—use Hezbollah to achieve their goals.
In Europe, MOIS maintains a significant network in Germany. In January 2011, Hans-Peter Friedrich, Germany’s interior minister, and Heinz Fromm, head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (the German equivalent of the FBI), reported that the main responsibility of MOIS is “monitoring the opposition groups in and out of Iran and fighting against them.” According to their report, MOIS also has been collecting information on politics, economy, and science in Germany, and it adds, “Most intelligence activities against Germany are carried out by this ministry [MOIS]. The report also notes: “The Iranian Ministry of Intelligence is seeking to attract German citizens to cooperate with the ministry. This applies to citizens who often travel to Iran for visiting their families or for business.”
Germany… and the icing on the proverbial cake:
Vienna, the capital city of Austria is allegedly full of MOIS agents. It is because of the continuous good relationship between Iran and Austria since the Revolution—after the U.S. hostage crisis, which resulted in condemnation of the Islamic Republic by many countries and secluded Iran in many ways, Austria was one of the few countries that was not concerned. It appears that Iran takes advantage of this relationship by deploying its intelligence officers in Austria. It has been reported that MOIS agents identify anti–Islamic Republic political activists and threaten to silence them.
Ponder that next time you’re enjoying an apple strudel at Cafe Diglas. Shouldn’t come as any surprise, though: last year readers of the press in Germany, a country often criticized for its softer stance towards the Iranian regime, learned that the Iranian consulate in Munich sent threatening emails to a rapper in exile.
“An Iranian rapper has become “the Salman Rushdie of music” after clerics in the Islamic republic issued fatwas calling him an apostate, which is considered punishable by death under the country’s sharia law… Shahin Najafi, a Germany-based Iranian singer, recently released a song with references to Ali al-Hadi al-Naqi, the tenth of the 12 Shia Muslim Imams, a religious figure highly respected by millions in Iran.”
Most recently, the New York Times reported on Iranian influence in Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, the Ivory Coast, Niger, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea (and let’s not forget the Taliban in Afghanistan). We’re talking bullets here – and taking into consideration the last week’s violence in Mali and Algeria, Shia’ bullets are the last thing the African continent needs.
It doesn’t end there. Brazil – despite being openly warm to the Iranian regime in the recent past – has recently been tickled uncomfortably by the ideological tentacles of the Islamic Republic.
Today many get it. Canada has reacted with prudence to Iran’s psychological warfare and indoctrination efforts. Congress is becoming more aware, and subsequently more vigilant, regarding Iran’s actions in their backyard.
Is your country/media on the same page?