On March 21st, Associated Press reported that Iran made threats against Fort McNair, an Army post in the U.S. capital, and against the Army’s vice chief of staff.
The media cited two Senior US intelligence officials.
The unnamed sources said communications intercepted by the National Security Agency in January showed that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard discussed mounting “USS Cole-style attacks” against the Army post, referring to the October 2000 suicide attack in which a small boat pulled up alongside the Navy destroyer in the Yemeni port of Aden and exploded, killing 17 sailors.
The intelligence also revealed threats to kill Gen. Joseph M. Martin and plans to infiltrate and surveil the installation, according to the officials. The Army post, one of the oldest in the country, is Martin’s official residence.
The Pentagon, National Security Council and NSA either did not reply or declined to comment when contacted by The Associated Press.
The intercepted chatter was among members of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and centered on potential military options to avenge the U.S. killing of the former Quds leader, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad in January 2020, the two intelligence officials said.
These claims are incredibly questionable, and are more than likely fake.
They are an attempt by US hawks to have justification for Washington not to return to the Iran Nuclear Deal.
There is another reason, some officials in the US want to create a buffer zone in Washington, for increased security.
City leaders have been fighting the Army’s plan to add a buffer zone of about 75 meters to 150 meters from the shore of the Washington Channel, which would limit access to as much as half the width of the busy waterway running parallel to the Potomac River.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the district’s sole representative in Congress, was skeptical.
“When it comes to swimmers, I’m sure that must be rare. Did he know where he was? Maybe he was just swimming and found his way to your shore?” she said.
Norton told the AP that in the two months since the January meeting, the Pentagon has not provided her any additional information that would justify the restrictions around Fort McNair.
“I have asked the Department of Defense to withdraw the rule because I’ve seen no evidence of a credible threat that would support the proposed restriction,” Norton said. “They have been trying to get their way, but their proposal is more restrictive than necessary.”
She added: “I have a security clearance. And they have yet to show me any classified evidence” that would justify the proposal. Norton pointed out that the Washington Navy Yard and Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, which also have access to district waters, do not have restricted zones along their shorelines and have not requested them.
As such, Iran is being used as a threat to justify internal security measures in the US.
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