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Louis Freeh: Illusion of a Moderate being Elected in Tehran

Louis Freeh  –Convention for Democracy in Iran, Villepinte, Paris, France

Convention for Democracy in Iran, Paris, June 22, 2013 - Thank you very much, thank you Linda.  Thank you, all of you.  God bless you all, what a wonderful audience.  You have been magnificent.  You have been just magnificent;  Your patience, your enthusiasm, your dedication, your love for liberty.  We are really moved by your presence and your patience is terrific.  Let me just make a few short statements and a few very short messages. 

Sixty nine years ago, a few days ago, as you know, an allied force landed here in France, penetrated Fortress Europe and freed millions of people from slavery and Holocaust.  What I want to say particularly tonight to the brothers and sisters in Camp Ashraf who are under grave threats, whose conditions in that camp are akin to some of the most horrific conditions that people were liberated from in World War II, that help is on the way and you should never, never, never, never give up. 

We have two goals; one in the short term and one is a long term goal.  The short term goal is to guarantee the protection and safety of the men and women in Camp Ashraf and Liberty.  This has been a slow, frustrating and bureaucratic process.

And the United States, along with the UN and along with our European friends, bear the responsibility for the slowness and the pace at which this rescue is taking place. 

Every day that those residents remain in Iraq they remain in harm's way and grave threat of death, as we saw on June 15th.  The most important thing for our government is not to stop, not to hesitate under the illusion that a moderate has now been elected as president of Iran. 

Well, we know a little bit about this moderate.  We know this moderate was the national security advisor to the president when the IRGC blew up Khobar Towers and murdered 19 Americans in 1996. 

We know that this moderate was the defender, engineer and supervisor of the Iranian atomic energy weapons program. 

So we should make no mistake and have no hesitation about the threat as it persists and as it continues.  The IRGC and the enemies in the regime in Tehran, with their coconspirators in Baghdad and in the Al-Maliki government, pose a grave and immediate threat not just to the residents of Camp Ashraf and Liberty but to all freedom loving people in the region. 

We can go back to the Marine Corps barracks bombing in 1983, 241 American Marines were killed and 41 French servicemen were killed by Hezbollah acting as the agent of Iran.  Khobar Towers in 1996 was a repeat.  So we are dealing with a very ferocious, a very unrelenting enemy. 

The last thing for us to do at this point is to relent under the illusion that there is a moderate that will now bring talks and rationality to a process that not only does he not control, but does not subscribe to. 

The second point and the last point I want to make is the point that comes from my experience as a policeman for many years, as a prosecutor and as an investigator.  We should send a message, and we send the message again tonight, to the murderers in Ashraf, to the murderers in Camp Liberty, to the so far anonymous people that set off those 40 rockets that killed two people and wounded many: Justice will be achieved.  They will be found, they will be prosecuted and they will be convicted for those crimes. 

We just discovered, as you heard probably the other day, a 95 year old alleged Nazi guard who was barely able to walk but was brought to justice for his crimes in this continent over 60 years ago. 

We have photographs of these people.  There are fingerprints and forensic evidence.  There are witnesses.  We will get at some point their internal memorandum and trafficking.  And we must remember, as with the Khobar indictment, the Khobar indictment is pending in the United States of America against 19 defendants, almost all of whom are in Iran. 

Someday, we say this to the residents particularly tonight as they hear us, those people as the murderers in Ashraf and Liberty will also be brought to justice. 

Very ironically, and very importantly, the prosecutor who indicted that case in May of 2001 in Khobar Towers has just been nominated as one of my successors at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

So we say to you tonight, God bless you, God protect you and your friends and families, and justice will be served.


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