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Dutch: Iran Should Be Held Accountable for Alleged Assassination Plot

The Baltimore County congressman issues a statement in the wake of a foiled assassination attempt on the life of Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States.

A heightened terrorism alert was issued yesterday in the wake of an alleged plot by Iranian militants to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, according to The Huffington Post.

Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued a statement last night stating that the Iranian government cannot be trusted. 

The goes as far as to say that Iran "crosses a line" in its "state sponsorship of terrorism."

You can read the full statement below: 

“I believe the alleged Iranian plot to hire members of the Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. on American soil crosses the line in Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism.  This was a well-financed, well-organized, sophisticated plot that reached to the senior levels of the Qods Force–the arm of the Iranian military responsible for terrorist attacks, assassinations and kidnappings.  This situation shows that all nations that respect international law must come together to hold Iran accountable for this most basic violation. 

"This is another example of the long history of why the Iranian government can’t be trusted and definitely should not have access to nuclear weapons. The brazen plot shows the Iranian government has absolutely no regard for human life.  It was a multi-stage operation where it went to great lengths to conceal the identity of the Qods Force. 

"Detecting and preventing this plot shows tremendous teamwork across domestic and international intelligence and law enforcement communities.  The Mexican government was a great partner in preventing this attack and helping bring the plotters to justice. Together, we were able to connect the dots and save lives.”

-- Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger 

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JDStuts October 13, 2011 at 08:10 PM
Are you stupid or a performance artist? It's left leaning hippy wackos like you that are the downfall of a great conservative nation like the USA. This is a nation of laws and no where in our laws does it say a government official has the right to place your name on a secret list to have you killed. Stalin (your hero probably) and the rest of his commie buddies had that right, but Washington, and Jefferson sure as hell made sure it didn't exist here. Tell you what, hop a plane to your buddy Hugo Chavez's socialist fantasy land and you two can whoop it up about making people disappear. Where the hell do you think Don't Tread on Me came from Franklin? You are a disgrace to the name.
Sean Douglas Franklin October 13, 2011 at 10:17 PM
Can I be both stupid and a performance artist or must I choose? There are absolutes. Once you commit treason and denounce the United States you are not entitled to the rights that you and I enjoy. You and Ron Paul surely do not represent the conservative party I know. If killing a American terrorist or a Islamic extremist terrorist is going to keep us safe I am all for it.
JDStuts October 14, 2011 at 01:35 PM
No son, we'll leave it at stupid. You support a Democratic Congressman's and Democratic President's right to place any American's name on a secret kill list ordering the United States military (a soldier could be prosecuted for refusing to murder another American) to carry out the task. That makes you dumb. The fact you can't see the precedent that has been set here makes you dumber. What makes you stupid is you believe any current politician no matter the party, including Ron Paul, is capable of handling this authority. But hey, good on you, ignorance is bliss. Surely this is exactly what Madison was thinking about with the Bill of Rights. If you call yourself a conservative you should probably have lunch at the Capitol Hill Club to see how that self description is received, if you are a member.
Sean Douglas Franklin October 14, 2011 at 01:52 PM
'dumber' is not a word. The proper grammar would 'more dumb.' You probably also believe we should close gitmo and that Hitler wasn't a bad guy, he just had bad PR people.
JDStuts October 14, 2011 at 02:10 PM
Son, you're dumber than a box of rocks - you manged to violate Goodwin's law in 3 replies. Shouldn't you be watching MSNBC right now? I would have suggested reading Mother Jones mag but I doubt you could hang with that level of left leaning intellectual thought. That's right you're a conservative. Better tune into Rush/Hannity wall of sound instead of reading the Federalist Papers. I could only imagine Ike looking at people like you shaking his head saying, "this is the fringe I told you we had to keep out."

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