Iranian Lobbyist Now Works for Organization that Oversees American Nuclear Weapons


Come on. What’s the worst that could happen?

A former senior official at a pro-Iran activist group has been a member of the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) since June 2012, sparking concern among proponents of a tough U.S. policy stance toward Tehran.

Patrick Disney worked as an assistant policy director at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), an Iranian-American advocacy group long suspected of lobbying on behalf of the Iranian regime.

Disney sought to accommodate Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and later became enmeshed in a lawsuit that raised questions about the group’s potentially illicit lobbying activities during his two-year tenure with NIAC.

Now Disney is working for the NNSA, which overseas “the management and security of the nation’s nuclear weapons, nuclear nonproliferation, and naval reactor programs,” according to its website.

Disney met with Ahmadinejad and wrote that, “I saw a man wholly convinced of the righteousness of his actions, not cynical in the least. His combination of earnestness and cleverness convinced me of the need for the United States to drastically alter its current approach.”

And then Patrick Disney went to sleep with a photo of Ahmadinejad under his pillow. A long time ago, in a saner world, having ties to enemy countries would disqualify you from any position this close to the sphere of defense. But that was a pre-Obama world.

“Putting an alumni of NIAC on a nuclear policy desk is the domestic policy equivalent of having David Duke monitor civil rights,” said Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser on Iran and Iraq.

Disney—who has personally met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—could be privy to classified information in his new role at NNSA, and he is likely offering top NNSA brass advice on Iran.

Critics called this situation dangerous given Disney’s past advocacy work and sympathetic writings on Iran.

“This is one of the single most bizarre appointments I’ve ever seen and I’ve been around a long time,” said one former senior Capitol Hill aide with personal knowledge of Disney.

But Disney is small potatoes when you have NIAC buddy Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense.

  • onecornpone

    How many times and how many ways can we say, I told you so.?

    When this regime is done, the United States will have NO military secrets left.
    Clinton started that with the Loral/Chinese debacle.
    The Democrats have a reputation for selling our technological secrets.

    WHAT could go wrong, she asks while pointing the fire extinguisher toward her hair…

  • AdinaK

    The infiltration is complete, both on the Sunni and Shia side. In the main, the Muslim Brotherhood Mafia accommodates both warring sects, as long as America, Israel and the west are destroyed. And it is not for nothing that I commented on why Chuck Hagel was chosen, and where his (Iranian) allegiances lied –

    There is NO doubt: Obama Inc is setting the US up for its own demise and intends on taking Israel down as its first sacrifice. The region is VERY hot and is getting hotter as this is being written. So whatever shakes out on this end will surely, as day turns into night, reverberate on America's shores – Boston's jihad on steroids!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • truebearing

    The insidious creep of rabidly anti-American Muslims into positions of power has to be stopped, by any means available. Our foul media won't do its job, so the hue and cry will have to be raised some other way.

    The wealthy people of this nation had better start purchasing or creating media outlets, and start the dire job of informing Americans of the coup that is happening right under their stupid noses.Too many people with money think they can hide it and ride things out. They couldn't be more wrong. It is time to use it, or lose it. No amount of money will last long with a militant IRS ransacking your stash, or when Obama succeeds at bankrupting the nation with his Greekonomics. America will become the Weimar Republic 2.0.

  • sir_mixx

    Patrick is a muslim. He was born in Saudi Arabia.

    • Roger


      We need a president that actually loves his own country for a change.

  • DDay66

    Why am I no longer surprised when I read stories like this?