Argentina Prevents Iranian Terrorism Investigator from Testifying in Washington

(Washington Times) Guy Taylor - Argentina refused to let Alberto Nisman, the special prosecutor in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, testify in Washington on Tuesday about Iranian ties to terrorism in the Western Hemisphere. Nisman made international headlines in May when he issued a 500-page report claiming that Iran has spent the past three decades growing terrorist networks throughout Latin America, infiltrating several nations in the region with the goal of executing future attacks. Nisman's recent report "underscored a critical issue to U.S. homeland security, showing that Iran was 'the main sponsor' of an attempted attack in June 2007 on American soil to blow up JFK airport in Queens, New York," U.S. lawmakers said Monday as they protested the decision to deny authorization for Nisman to testify before Congress. Rep. Michael T. McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Nisman's probe of the Buenos Aires bombing has shown "the Iranian presence in the Western Hemisphere is greater than we imagined." "Iranian infiltration within countries in our region presents a clear and present danger to our homeland, as do attempts to silence or downplay this threat," he said.

2013-07-10 00:00:00

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