Did The CIA Get Punked By Iran?

Something’s seriously wrong with this picture.

Intrigue, But Few Facts, Surround Iranian Scientist

The case of Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri is what counter-intelligence officers like to call a “wilderness of mirrors.”

Facts are slim.

Depending on which version you read – and there are multiple ones – Amiri was kidnapped by U.S. intelligence agents a year ago while on pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, defected to the United States of his own free will, or simply decided to disappear for a while. The confusion was heightened when three different videos surfaced, all featuring a man who appeared to be Amiri, making different claim: that he had been kidnapped, that he was living freely in Arizona, and that he had escaped from U.S. custody.

The mystery deepened Tuesday when he suddenly appeared at the Iranian Interests Section of the Pakistan Embassy, saying that he wanted to go home. Iranian media say he was “handed over” to the Interests Section by U.S. officials.

For its part, U.S. officials say he was not kidnapped, not held against his will, not tortured, was living here freely, and has freely chosen to return to Iran,

So how did he get here? What was he doing here? Good questions, but ones U.S. officials are not answering.

Some reports say he defected and was giving the U.S. valuable information about Iran’s nuclear program. But some former intelligence officers say he might have been a false defector.

It has happened before.

See also:
Shahram Amiri: Iranian Nuclear Scientist Mystery Deepens [SYNOPSIS]
Pakistan Embassy Denies Harboring AWOL Iran Nuke Scientist
Shahram Amiri: new twist in mystery of nuclear scientist’s disappearance
Missing Iranian scientist surfaces in Washington
‘Abducted’ Iran scientist surfaces in US
Missing Iranian nuclear scientist turns up in Washington
Who wins propaganda war over Iran scientist?
Amiri’s abduction fresh scandal for US
Scientist Seeks to Return to Iran From U.S., Pakistan Says
Clinton: Iranian Nuclear Defector Is ‘Free To Go’
Profile: Shahram Amiri
Profile: Shahram Amiri, Iranian nuclear physicist who turned up in Washington
Shahram Amiri

Okay, let’s assume that Shahram Amiri is in the process of voluntarilly making his way back to Iran. First of all, if we was a defector, he’d be insane to want to return to Iran. Second, if he was abducted by the CIA and interrogated for a year before he “escaped”, would it be a smart idea to return to Iran? Why would they believe his story? Surely, at a minimum, he’d be subject to some very harsh interrogation, much harsher than any interrogation practiced by the CIA, as the Iranian intelligence agencies attempted to determine, to their satisfaction, whether he was abducted or whether he defected. The fact that the U.S. is insisting that Amiri is free to leave the United States at any time certainly doesn’t help bolster his abduction story.

/the only scenario that makes a whole lot of sense, at least to me, is that Shahram Amiri is a double agent/false defector and he knows that returning to Iran will earn him a hero’s welcome rather than probable torture or death

Fifteen Pounds Of Stupid In A Ten Pound Bag

Seriously, what part of the following is not self-explanatory?

Travel Warning

YEMEN
February 25, 2010

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the high security threat level in Yemen due to terrorist activities. The Department recommends that American citizens defer non-essential travel to Yemen. American citizens remaining in Yemen despite this warning should monitor the U.S. Embassy website and should make contingency emergency plans. This replaces the Travel Warning for Yemen issued June 26, 2009.

The security threat level remains high due to terrorist activities in Yemen. The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen closed on January 3 and 4, 2010, in response to ongoing threats by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to attack American interests in Yemen. Following the attempted attack aboard Northwest Airlines flight 253 on December 25, 2009, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) publicly claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that it was in response to what they described as American interference in Yemen. In the same statement, the group made threats against Westerners working in embassies and elsewhere, characterizing them as “unbelievers” and “crusaders.” On the morning of September 17, 2008, armed terrorists attacked the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. A number of explosions occurred in the vicinity of the Embassy’s main gate. Several Yemeni security personnel and one Embassy security guard were killed, as were a few individuals waiting to gain entry to the Embassy, one of whom was a U.S. citizen.

Sounds pretty scary, right? If you’re an American, stay away from Yemen! But nooo, some idiots just can’t comprehend the concept of imminent danger, even after they’ve been duly warned.

American tourists kidnapped in Yemen

Two American tourists and their local driver were kidnapped by armed tribesmen in Yemen yesterday.

Kidnappings are common in the lawless southern Arabian state, but have become more of a risk since al-Qaeda moved into areas where government control is weak.

Tourists and other foreigners are usually snatched by tribesmen as a means of exerting pressure on the central Government.

The Americans’ driver, Mohammed Saleh, said in telephone calls with the media that the kidnappers were demanding the release of a fellow tribesmen in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital.

The tourists, a man and a woman, were in the Bani Mansour area, about 45 miles south of Sanaa, and close to the scenic 800 year-old hill village of Hajara, when six armed tribesmen stopped them.

They were taken to the village of Hamra. Their driver said they were being treated well by their captors. Tribesmen said the Americans were “guests” in their village.

The US Embassy in Sanaa, which has been the target of bombings by al-Qaeda in recent years, said it was looking into the reports with the help of Yemeni security forces.

See also:
Yemeni Tribesmen Kidnap U.S. Couple Near Sanaa
Two American tourists kidnapped by tribesmen in Yemen
Gunmen kidnap 2 American tourists traveling in Yemen, demand release of jailed tribesman
Two U.S. tourists kidnapped in Yemen
2 Americans abducted in Yemen
Gunmen kidnap 2 American tourists in Yemen
US tourists feared kidnapped in Yemen
Two Americans Kidnapped in Yemen
US: Kidnapping of couple in Yemen apparently terror-related

Just great, now we have to waste U.S. government time, effort, resources, and tax dollars trying to get these U.S. citizen dumbasses back from whatever Yemeni low lifes kidnapped them. If it were up to me, I’d say don’t bother, they’ve already been justly rewarded for their unbelievable tourism foolishness. Let them enjoy their holiday stay with their new found friends.

/who the hell vacations in Yemen anyway?