If you ever had any doubt about the degree to which John Kerry and the Obama administration was, and remains, a shill for the Iranian regime, let that doubt be dismissed:
Tragic. A doctor comes to the US to save lives and this happens. This is not who we are. https://t.co/l0kOaP4Xa1
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) July 12, 2017
This is the story:
On Tuesday, an Iranian “cancer researcher” (yes, I had to laugh at that, too, because everyone knows that if you want cancer research you have to go to Tehran) was detained at Boston’s Logan International Airport by US Customs and Border Protection. The detention lasted about 30 hours at the end of which time he was put on the next plane back to the Third World sh** hole he came from.
The detention of Dr. Mohsen Dehnavi, who holds a visiting work visa, comes two weeks after the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration could partially enforce an executive order banning people from six Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, from entering the United States. But US Customs and Border Protection said that the detention and return were unrelated to the order.
“This individual was deemed inadmissible to the US based on information discovered during the [customs] inspection for reasons unrelated to the Executive Order,” the agency said in a prepared statement.
“In order to demonstrate that they are admissible, the applicant must overcome ALL grounds of inadmissibility including health-related grounds, criminality, security reasons, public charge, labor certification, illegal entrants and immigration violations, documentation requirements, and miscellaneous grounds,” the agency said.
Cute. Note how they link Trump’s travel executive order to the detention even though ICE says his detention had nothing to do with that order.
What happened? Executive Order 13533 sanctions Iranian persons and organizations for terrorism and human right abuses. The list is here. One of those is the Basij militia, which is an auxiliary to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.
The guy in question is not only not a “cancer researcher” as a layman would understand the term, he’s a post-doctoral student working on someone else’s cancer research project, he is a leader of the Basij militia and has had a major role in supporting the mullahs and suppressing dissent.
— Banafsheh Zand (@BanPourZan) July 13, 2017
While some media outlets have portrayed the situation as U.S. officials preventing an Iranian doctor from performing legitimate work, Iranian sources familiar with Dehnavi’s past said that he has close ties to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its Basij fighting force.
“Here are the facts: Mr. Dehnavi is a high-ranking member of IRGC’s Basij, has been involved in the IRGC’s military research programs, has played a key role in oppressing dissidents, and Iran’s Supreme Leader has given him his own keffiyeh as a gift,” Saeed Ghasseminejad, a prominent Iranian dissident and regional expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies told the Free Beacon.
Other media outlets have independently identified Dehnavi as a top Basij member who was involved in efforts to suppress dissident and reformist voices in Iran.
Amir Etemadi, another Iranian dissident and Chair of the Iranian Liberal Students & Graduates, described Dehnavi as a “well known member of the Basij military organization in Iran.”
“You didn’t need to be an intelligence officer to find out who Dehnavi was,” Etemadi said. “The question is how he could get clearance from the US intelligence agencies, and how the State Department issued visa for him. I think the Trump administration should run an investigation into the case.”
There is exactly one reason why a regime operative of Dehnavi’s rank would be sent to the United States: to run the IRGC operation to intimidate Iranian regime and nuclear deal opponents. And there is no way possible that John Kerry didn’t know this the first time Dehnavi was granted a visa.
Etemadi is right. This guy was never, ever, eligible for a US visa and the fact that he was granted one–not to mention sponsored for one by a US research hospital that gets millions in federal grant money–should be something Homeland Security looks into. And when they do, you can bet John Kerry, Loretta Lynch, Susan Rice, and Ben Rhodes will be in the same hole curled up in the fetal position.