An annual security assessment presented to the U.S. Senate by James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, has excluded Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah from its list of terror threats to U.S. interests, despite both being consistently included as threats in previous years.
The unclassified report, issued by Clapper on February 26 and entitled the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Communities, was published by the Times of Israel amid Israeli concerns that Iran was omitted simply because of Tehran’s efforts to combat ISIS.
In a previous report from January 2014, Clapper included Iran and Hezbollah in the ‘Terrorism’ section, writing that both “continue to directly threaten the interests of U.S. allies. Hizballah [sic] has increased its global terrorist activity in recent years to a level that we have not seen since the 1990s”. Iran was also given its own sub-heading in the ‘Terrorism’ section of such assessments in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Yet in the latest report, Clapper omits both Iran and Hezbollah from this section, only mentioning the Shiite Muslim militant group once in reference to the threat it faces from radical Sunni groups – such as ISIS and the al-Nusra Front – on Lebanon’s borders. In regard to Iran, the report names it as both a cyber and regional threat to the U.S. because of its support for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
However, the report speaks of Tehran’s assistance in preventing “ISIL [another term for ISIS] from gaining large swaths of additional territory” in Iraq. It adds that the Islamic Republic has “intentions to dampen sectarianism, build responsive partners, and deescalate tensions with Saudi Arabia”.
The report fails to mention that Hezbollah is labelled as a terrorist organisation by both the U.S. and the European Union, while it receives the majority of its funding from Tehran. The omission comes as Washington and other world powers continue to negotiate with Iran to strike a deal over its nuclear program and capabilities.
Iran holds as many Americans in their prisons as they can.
Iran targets Americans with their IEDs’ whenever they can.
Iran chants, ”Death to America!”
Iran has, in the past, targeted America with computer viruses, hack attacks and who-knows-what-else.
So, naturally Obama considers Iran a non-terror threat.
Hezb’allah kidnaps Americans and kills them.
Hezb’allah tosses bombs into Israel killing fellow Arabs, Israelis and Americans.
Hezb’allah chants ”Death to America!”
So, naturally Obama considers Hezb’allah a non-terror threat.
Clapper is a democratic bureaucratic suck up. He is on his knees everything he talks or meets with idiot giving him a hummer. Iran and the militant group Hezbollah are terrorist but since you have a muslim terrorist in the wipe house expect that he will do everything he can to get a lot of money from iran when he leaves office. He has buried this country and will destroy Israel in less than two. Expect a nuclear attack on Israel in July of 2017.
shocking. According to the racist right, to be Christian, you MUST hate everything Non-White, non-republican. Gotcha.
Neither Iran nor Hezbollah are terrorist groups.
You can not identify one single country invaded by either group.
Hezbollah is a Lebanese Patriotic group whose mission is to prevent Israel from stealing the land up to and including the Litani River.
That’s good news, actually. Israel’s leaders have been responsible for far more deaths and ‘terrorist’/Mossad attacks over the past couple of decades. Both directly and indirectly, they’ve helped destabilize the region.
As for Obama destroying America…
Best economy in the past 8+ years
US out of two economically crippling wars
Health care for almost 15 million people who never had it before
Increased benefits for US veterans
Kicked the banks out of the student loan program
I am an AMERICAN, not an Israeli-leader-loving sycophant. I’m also informed enough to know how Bibi and his Likud buddies are endangering the future of Israel with their apartheid, fear-mongering tactics.
And the list could go on and on…….
You have a strange notion of something being destroyed.
Barack Obama is the First President in history that DOESN’T follow the greedy, rich, white, capitalist mantra of his presidential predecessors, and it angers Limbaugh and his racist listeners. They are angry that Barack Obama’s priorities involve giving and creating equal rights for people of All Color, all religions, all sexual orientation, and again it angers them they he doesn’t spend time prompting up the Whites and Christians of this Country.
It angers them that a President DOES NOT give priority to all things White and/or Christian. This Isn’t racist, it’s stating the obvious, and according the Racists and bigots on the Right, something is wrong with you if you prompt up ANY group NOT White and/or Christian
Calling the POTUS a POS and a fraud seems to the usual calling call for you right-wing racists and bigots like you!
you are obvious a leftist liberal sucking down all propaganda. there is no know cure for stupidity. You smoking weed in the obama van?
The definition of a terrorist group does NOT include that it invades another country.
It requires the group to TERRORIZE people, especially by killing some of those people.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009%E2%80%9311_detention_of_American_hikers_by_Iran (After the female was diagnosed with cancer and two years had gone by each of the detainees was released after payment of $465,000.)
Also the incarceration of American man Saeed Abedini for the ”crime” of being a Christian.
What about hezb’allah? (literally ”army of allah.)
Hezbollah killed more Americans than any other terrorist group: 300 murdered in six separate attacks, including 243 Marines in the 1983 Beirut barracks attack.
William Francis Buckley. Former CIA Bureau Chief, Beirut murderedby Hezb’allah.
Colonel William R. Higgins. He was captured February 17, 1988, and taken hostage while serving on a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon. A year and a half after his capture, a videotape was released by his Hezb’allah showing his body hanging by the neck.