Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Letter from the Progressive American-Iranian Committee on Trita Parsi

via their site H/T Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi
Dear Fellow Iranians:
Jan 12th, 2010

The multitude of events and unrest over the last 6 months in Iran have clearly demonstrated the fact that the people of Iran uncompromisingly and bravely are determined to put an end to 31 years of dark and despicable clergy rule in their country.

In the meantime, some western political circles and their Iranian associates have been hard at work with endeavors to defuse the situation in Iran with an aim to redeem the Islamic regime of Iran by siding with one of the rival factions involved in the fraudulent June presidential elections.

“National Iranian-American Council” (NIAC) and its founder Trita Parsi is amongst such circles whose activities have taken new heights within the last 6 months or so.

The activities of Trita Parsi and his allies can be traced back to the last 12 years during which he founded a sophisticated web of lobbying exertion amongst the American politicians in order to dampen the US pressure over the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Lately, disguised as a “Human Rights advocate” and the “Voice of Iranians” in the US, he has been gathering momentum with the help of his American colleagues to hamper the US punitive policies against the Islamic Republic.

The US Congress and the White House corridors have become the focus of activities of those who like NIAC promote engaging with the rulers of Iran and have been pushing the US toward accepting Iran’s superiority in the Middle East. This is while the Iranian people, both in Iran and abroad, have been struggling to rid themselves from the tyranny of the Islamic regime and expect the international community to back Iranian peoples’ efforts by withdrawing their support from the rulers of the Islamic Republic.

Towards the end of 2009, some NIAC internal documents and Trita Parsi’s correspondence with certain contacts in Iran were made public through a Washington court of law which substantiated many claims of his role as a lobbyist of the Islamic Republic in the US. These documents hit the “Washington Times” headlines in the article “Iran advocacy group said to skirt lobby rules“.

Consequently, Arizona Senator for the Republicans John Kyl, launched an inquiry into the activities of “NIAC” addressed to the US Attorney General Mr. Eric Holder.

Two months have elapsed since Senator Kyl’s initiative, but to no avail. Instead, NIAC has been condoned by friends of the Islamic Republic in the US. Even “VOA” and “Radio Farda” which are financed by the US Congress have been promoting Trita Parsi and his agenda, and refrain from reflecting the voice and views of Islamic Republic’s opposition groups or individuals.

Dear compatriots,

We urge you to write to Senator Kyl and show your appreciation of his courageous initiative to pursue his inquiry into NIAC and Trita Parsi’s activities within the US.

We must do everything in our power to voice the demands of Iranian people of president Obama to make his choice; “Obama, either with them or with us”, people are chanting on the streets of Iran!

To make your task easier, we have provided a template to be used to address Senator Kyl. You may either post or fax your letter using this template.

Alternatively, you can e-mail us with your details which we would then collect and forward on your behalf.

Progressive American-Iranian Committee (PAIC)


Sentaor Kyl’s phone and Fax:

Phone: (202) 224-4521
Fax: (202) 224-2207



A sample letter:

The Honorable Senator Jon Kyl

730 Hart Senate Building

Washington DC, 20510

Dear Senator Kyl,

I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your insistence that the Justice Department conduct an investigation into the nature and extent of NIAC’s activities in the U.S.

The views held by this organization and its activities closely match the interests of the Iranian regime. Furthermore, there is ample, credible evidence pointing to possible coordination between NIAC leadership and the Iranian regime, which justifies an extensive investigation into this matter.

I request that you continue to pursue this matter with the Justice Department and inform the American people of the investigation’s results.


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