Iran, Venezuela, Cuba and the Cyber Threat

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The filmmakers found out that Iran is financing mosques in Venezuela and Islamic terrorists are being trained in camps in the country. In 2010, Antonio Salas traveled to Venezuela by posing as a Palestinian jihadist. He learned of six camps in Venezuela and joined a Hezbollah branch in the country. He even met members of FARC, Hezbollah and Hamas in these camps. Univision’s investigators found out that the Iranian-backed terrorists in Venezuela engage in money-laundering and drug trafficking.

More evidence recently came out that Hezbollah and the Mexican and Colombian drug cartels have a three-way partnership in narcotics. A judge unsealed the case against Ayman Joumaa, who is accused of being involved in dealings between Colombian and Mexican cartels, specifically the Zetas. Joumaa used the Lebanese-Canadian Bank to launder money, which the Treasury Department has sanctioned for its Hezbollah ties.

The State Department said it found the documentary’s information “disturbing” but that the U.S. government doesn’t have any proof to confirm its allegations. President Obama has not commented on the matter, but did criticize Chavez’s alliances with Cuba and Iran in an interview with a Venezuelan newspaper. He said that Chavez is too busy “revisiting the ideological battles of the post.” Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Western Hemisphere subcommittee, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, say they will hold hearings on Iran’s activities in Latin America.

The cyber plot may date back to 2007, but Iran’s interest in cyber warfare did not end then. Iran has decided to spend $1 billion bolstering its cyber warfare capabilities. Earlier this year, an Iranian defector reported that the Revolutionary Guards assessed that the U.S. power grid would be the best potential target for a cyber assault.

Apologists of Chavez and Iran will point to the fact that they did not conceive of the terror plot, but they did entertain it. This demonstrates a keen interest in doing harm to the U.S. through non-state proxies. If these are the types of actions being considered by Iran, Venezuela and Cuba that we know about, then what are they doing that we don’t know about?

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  • Amused

    All those named countries need do , is consult with the Chinese , who have hacked their way into just about everything , even producing a jet fighter that is remarkably similar to one of our newest . If the Pentagons computers can be hacked so easily , how much more the targets mentioned in this article . Encryption codes in most American buisiness and industry are woefully out of date , and they all know it .Their reasons for not updating ? Why …cost ! Of course .

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Absolutely correct and I would not be surprised if they have not already
      done so but I consider the Chinese clever enough to want to protect their
      possibly best market…………………………………………..William

  • Adrian

    I think this article proves the absolute necessity to end Western dependence upon Middle eastern oil. Iran, Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries have been funding jihad, mosques and Islamic institutions in America, Europe and all over the world using petrodollars.

    • temarch

      Agreed. In fact, the best way to defeat and/or damage their plans is to cut off the funding which is mostly petrodollars. That is no doubt one of the reasons the dems want us to be dependent on foreign oil and this administration is one of the worst in keeping us on it. Look at the gulf oil problem and the way they handled it along with all of the related things that have damaged our energy independence.

    • joy52

      The public is starting to clamor for energy independence. It is not just the Right anymore. Let them sell their oil to people they like.

    • tanstaafl

      And yet the Obama Administration continues to drag its feet on the pipeline……

    • WilliamJamesWard

      The Obama administration's plans to subsidize energy for all citizen households
      may be ahead of this problem, it may be announced soon that Obama
      is sending a box with two sticks to all who file tax returns except of course
      the rich, you know those who have enough to eat and a roof over their

  • BLJ

    We need to send out some hit teams to start liquidating these lowlifes. A bullet doesn't cost much and when strategically placed is very effective.

  • SpiritOf1683

    And another thing. Why dion't those who throw up that bogus accusations of the Israelis as being occupiers have anything to say about the 62 years old Chinese occupation of Tibet?

    I think we know why.

  • g_jochnowitz

    The Marxist-Islamic Alliance is alive and well.
    Surprisingly, the world has hardly heard of the things Fidel Castro has said since he retired. His interviews with Jefrey Goldberg of the Atlantic are hardly known. Here is one of them:

  • KKKK

    this is no surprise. Islma is essentially Nazi-like hatered, Marxist-Leninism economics and political power, and a thin blanket of "religion." if Iran attacks the USA and ISrael (and they will very soon) it will be becuase our current stooge-in-chief did not do anything to prevent them from their attacks.