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Defense urged to fire ex-Muslim Iran expert

WASHINGTON – A former Iranian CIA operative, now an expert lecturer with the Defense Department, is being targeted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim Brotherhood front group, because he “renounced Islam and began the quest to find the real God.”

CAIR, based in Washington, D.C., is calling on the Defense Department to fire Reza Kahlili, a frequent contributing writer to WND, in part, a press release from the group states, because he became a Christian and revealed his change of faith in a commentary in WND.

“They actually cite my change of faith as a principal reason for targeting me,” Kahlili told WND in a phone interview. “I thought once I left Iran for America I wouldn’t have to worry about that kind of persecution.”

Khalili uses a pseudonym and guards his anonymity because of death threats he faces from The Islamic Republic of Iran.

Read Reza Kahlili’s stunning response to the terror-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations for demanding the Defense Department drop him as a lecturer at the Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy.

Among the other reasons CAIR says it wants Kahlili driven out of the Defense Department is because of his documented revelations that:

Kahlili is an expert lecturer for the Defense Department’s Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy where his identity is protected by means of audio-only lectures.

The former spy in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard also serves on the newly formed Task Force on National and Homeland Security, an advisory board authorized by Congress. He is the author of the award-winning book “A Time to Betray” and regularly appears in national and international media as an expert on Iran and counterterrorism in the Middle East. He has been featured on ABC, CBS, CNN, CBN, C-Span, BBC, Fox News, MSNBC, ZDF, Forbes, the Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, the Washington Times and numerous other media outlets in addition to WND.

“I always believed in my heart, though endangering my life as well as of my family, that my activity on spying on the regime ruling Iran was not only in defense of democracy and freedom for Iranians, but also for the security of America and the free world,” Kahlili told WND. “It truly hurts me that CAIR suggests otherwise.”

He spent an idyllic childhood in Tehran, the capital of Iran, surrounded by a close-knit upper middle-class family and two spirited boyhood friends. The Iran of his youth allowed Reza to think and act freely, and even indulge a penchant for rebellious pranks in the face of the local mullahs.

His political and personal freedoms flourished while he continued his education in America during the ’70s. He returned to Iran shortly after the revolution eager to help rebuild his country, honestly believing that freedom and democracy would prevail and lead his country into a glorious future.

Even though most Iranians had enjoyed varying degrees of success under the shah, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s message resonated with a population weary of oppression and desperate for the political choice denied them under the shah. To this end, Reza joined the Revolutionary Guards, an elite force that served Khomeini.

But instead of finding a new beginning for his country, he discovered a tyrannical ayatollah bent on plunging Iran into a dark age of religious fundamentalism and causing his fellow countrymen to turn on each other. Shaken to his very core after witnessing the atrocities at Evin Prison, atrocities that hit very close to home, a shattered and disillusioned Reza embarked on a mission that would change his life forever. He returned to America and emerged as “Wally,” a spy for the CIA.

Counterintelligence, coded communications, escape tactics and evasion, dominated his new life. He risked exposure daily and after several close calls, he managed to leave Iran. His CIA activities continued in Europe for a few more years before he and his family finally moved to America.

After the 9/11 attacks, Kahlili activated a handful of sources within Iran and once again contacted the CIA. He continues as an active voice for a free Iran and works toward ending what he calls the “thugocracy” of the mullah’s regime. He now lives in California.
Though valued by America’s Defense and intelligence establishments, to CAIR Kahlili is an apostate, a traitor.

“This is yet another unfortunate example of our nation’s military and counterterrorism personnel being trained by individuals who weaken America’s security by promoting their own religious and political agendas,” wrote CAIR national Executive Director Nihad Awad in a letter sent to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

The targeting of Kahlili is part of a broad pattern of attacks against consultants to government and law enforcement who recognize the threat posed by Muslim Brotherhood front groups such as CAIR and who offer first-hand experience in dealing with jihadists.

In announcing its sights were now set on Kahlili, CAIR itself pointed out other such experts it has targeted – with the Florida state police, others at the Defense Department and in other government agencies.

While CAIR bills itself as “a Muslim civil-rights organization” and its spokesmen are frequently represented as such on television news shows and in other media outlets, it is secretive about its funding sources – even to point of losing its Internal Revenue Service tax-exempt status as a non-profit organization.

Even more disturbing is what a review of criminal court documents, past IRS 990 tax records and Federal Election Commission documents reveal.

CAIR, unlike almost any other organization in the public eye, has been associated with a disturbing number of convicted terrorists or felons in terrorism probes, as well as suspected terrorists and active targets of terrorism investigations.

“Their offices have been a turnstile for terrorists and their supporters,” said one FBI veteran familiar with recent and ongoing cases involving CAIR officials.

Indeed, at least 14 CAIR officials and employees have either been investigated, charged, indicted or convicted in terror-related cases. The list is long and includes:

“Groups like CAIR have a proven record of senior officials being indicted and either imprisoned or deported from the United States,” said U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., co-founder of the House Anti-Terrorism/Jihad Caucus.

CAIR itself was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in an alleged scheme to funnel $12 million to the terrorist group Hamas. In the Holy Land Foundation case, federal prosecutors also listed CAIR as a member of the U.S. branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, a worldwide jihadist movement that gave rise to Hamas, al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.

“There was a lot of evidence presented at the recent Holy Land Foundation trial which exposed CAIR and others as front groups for the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States,” Myrick said.

CAIR, which receives financial backing from Saudi and Emirati royalty, denies charges that it has a secret agenda to Islamize America. But a Muslim Brotherhood document declassified in the Holy Land case reveals that CAIR’s parent was among Muslim organizations enlisted in a secret plot to destroy the American system from within and eventually take over the country.

Written early last decade in Arabic, the manifesto lays bare the subversive role of CAIR’s forerunner, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and other Muslim groups in America to carry out a “grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by the hands of the believers, so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”

CAIR’s founder Ahmad, while claiming to be a moderate and patriotic American, once told a group of Muslims in Northern California that they are in America to help assert Islam’s rule over the country.

“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant,” a local reporter quoted him as saying, adding, “The Quran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”

Ahmad insists he was misquoted. However, an FBI wiretap transcript quotes Ahmad agreeing with terrorist suspects gathered at the secret Philly meeting to “camouflage” their true intentions.

He compared it to the head fake in basketball. “This is like one who plays basketball: He makes a player believe that he is doing this, while he does something else,” Ahmad said. “I agree with you. Like they say, politics is a completion of war.”