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Defense Contractor Employed Iranian Engineer Who Stole F-35 Plans

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On January 17, 2014 @ 2:12 pm In The Point | 24 Comments

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This is what happens when you employ a man [2] with close ties to an enemy country whose religion tells him to make war on non-Muslims in a place where he will have access to advanced weapons designs.

And this is also what happens when you train [3] large numbers of Muslims from enemy countries in advanced technical fields while clueless Republicans chant about pinning a Green Card on every Third World grad with a degree.

And finally this is what happens when you keep making concessions to an enemy country in the expectation that they want peace as much [4] as you do, when they clearly don’t.

A dual Iranian-US citizen was arrested in New Jersey last Thursday for attempting to smuggle to Iran the blueprints related to the F-35 joint strike fighter plane, according to US prosecutors.

Mozaffar Khazaee, 59, an engineer at Connecticut-based defense contractor Pratt & Whitney, reportedly arranged in November for a shipping company to transport 44 boxes labeled “household goods” to his brother-in-law in Hamadan, Iran, via Long Beach, California.

He was arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport as he was embarking on a trip to Tehran through Frankfurt, Germany.

The F-35, the Pentagon’s most advanced fighter jet to date, is slated to replace or complement the existing air fleet in the US and several other countries, including Israel.

Khazaee, who became a naturalized citizen in 1991, was laid off in August during widespread cuts at Pratt & Whitney. According to the affidavit, he has visited Iran five times in the past seven years.

Khazaee is accused of the interstate transportation of stolen goods worth over $5,000, a crime which carries a fine or 10 year sentence with it.

I won’t bother comparing that to Pollard’s life sentence. You can do the math on your own. More relevantly, a contractor employed an Iranian citizen in a position where he had access to sensitive documents.

How was this security breach allowed to happen and does Pratt & Whitney employ any other dual citizens from enemy countries?


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[1] Image: http://www.frontpagemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/f-35.jpg

[2] what happens when you employ a man: http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-iranian-citizen-caught-smuggling-f-35-plans-to-tehran/

[3] this is also what happens when you train: http://blazingcatfur.blogspot.com/2014/01/us-iranian-citizen-caught-smuggling-f.html

[4] in the expectation that they want peace as much: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/what-churchill-would-make-of-obamas-iran-appeasement/

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