What do you get when US Agents are working in Britain to capture and neutralize terrorist sponsors? Local outrage against Americans, of course!
In a recent operation, agents from America’s Department of Homeland Security set up a suspect by posing as dealers wanting to illegally sell night-vision goggles for export to Iran.
The spies arranged a series of clandestine meetings in London hotels, which they secretly filmed as evidence. It is thought to be the first time American agents have been caught using such sting tactics in Britain.
Urgent questions were being asked about whether the British Government had been aware of the operation. If so, it raises issues of the State collaborating with foreign agencies to entrap suspects – and if not it raises the spectre of American spies working unchecked on British soil.
More importantly, the question should be asked. Were the people buying the night vision goggles tortured by exposure to rock music? More specifically, System of a Down? Human rights are being violated!
My favorite bit of the story is how the buyer, one Nosrahtollah Tajik, former Iranian ambassador to Jordan, should be offered sympathy because he is a local family man and was recently hospitalized.
Mr Tajik, who has lived with his family in Britain for several years, is accused of conspiring to sell military equipment to Islamic extremists. He was arrested on the Americans’ behalf by British police officers before the alleged deal went ahead and detained in prison for a week.
…Mr Tajik, who is 52 and was recently in hospital with a serious illness, has since been released on substantial bail and has reported daily to a police station near his Durham home. He is an honorary fellow of Durham University’s Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and has an engineering degree from the University of Westminster.
He was also willing to buy prohibited military-grade items from arms smugglers for shipment over to Iran.
Since when are all of these radicals “just regular guys out buying 150 sets of night-vision goggles”?