Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Former CIA undercover agent: KGB and GRU former intelligence operators assist Hezbollah to penetrate the US

Hezbollah - the Iranian-backed Lebanese terrorist organization - has more American blood on its hands than any Islamic terrorist ring with the sole exception of al-Qaeda, The American Spectator writes. Last week FBI Director Robert Muller announced that though the FBI and Customs had caught others, Hezbollah had succeeded in smuggling some operatives across the Mexican border into the US, he said. "This was an occasion in which Hezbollah operatives were assisting others with some association with Hezbollah in coming to the United States. That was an organization that we dismantled and identified those persons who had been smuggled in. And they have been addressed as well". Former CIA undercover operator Wayne Simmons has been warning of this problem for years, The American Spectator notes. He spent almost two decades posing as an intelligence operative working with Colombian drug lords and risking his life to thwart their operations. Simmons's warning is dire. He marks that many former intelligence operators from the KGB and GRU are hiring out to plan terrorist smuggling operations through Canada and Mexico. Other US editions quoted recently US intelligence and terrorism experts saying that as tensions increase between the United States and Iran, they believe Iran would respond to US military strikes on its nuclear sites by deploying its intelligence operatives and Hezbollah teams to carry out terrorist attacks worldwide. There is also a growing consensus that Iran's agents would target civilians in the United States, Europe and elsewhere, they said. Terrorism experts considered Iranian-backed or controlled groups - namely the country's Ministry of Intelligence and Security operatives, its Revolutionary Guards (Pasdaran) and the Lebanon-based Hezbollah - to be better organized, trained and equipped than the al-Qaeda network that carried out the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Some of the analysts note possible connection between the Iranian intelligence and former Soviet intelligence officers.

The current state of Iran's intelligence apparatus is the subject of debate among experts, Washington Post wrote. Some experts who spent their careers tracking the intelligence ministry's operatives describe them as deployed worldwide and easier to monitor than Hezbollah cells because they operate out of embassies and behave more like a traditional spy service such as the Soviet KGB.