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A former US army psychological warfare officer and counter-terrorism analyst described a recent UN Security Council meeting on Iran’s protests as a “sad attempt” by the US to continue to sell the “same old lies” to the UN.
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Publish Date: 07 January 2018

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"The UNSC urgent meeting that was called by the US is a sad attempt by US UN envoy Nikki Haley to continue to try and sell the same old lies to the United Nations, and scare them into action using propaganda,” Scott Bennett, from San Francisco

Bennett is a US Army Special Operations Officer (11th Psychological Operations Battalion, Civil Affairs-Psychological Operations Command), and a global psychological warfare-counterterrorism analyst, formerly with defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. He received a Direct Commission as an Officer, held a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (TS/SCI) security clearance, and worked in the highest levels of international counterterrorism in Washington DC and MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. He has developed and managed psychological warfare theories, products, and operations for US Special Operations Command, US Central Command, the State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism, and other government agencies.

The following is the full text of the interview.

 AS you know, the UNSC held an urgent meeting on Friday to discuss the recent protests in Iran at the request of the US. Washington, however, found itself at odds with its European partners, who used the hard-won debate to reject American efforts to make the protests an excuse for ditching the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). What's your take on the meeting?

Bennet: The UNSC urgent meeting that was called by the US is a sad attempt by US UN envoy Nikki Haley to continue to try and sell the same old lies to the United Nations, and scare them into action using propaganda. Once again, the US is doubling down on its "regime change" tactic and trying to somehow persuade the world to ignore the past 17 years of bloodshed, violence, and destruction, which the US has launched using the license of fighting terror and advancing democracy--when in fact the US is doing the opposite. The difference is the world has learned this lesson and no longer blindly trusts the US, and the only people who seem to believe these lies are the US government agents themselves.

The Iranian protests that occurred this week may be explained in two ways. Either the protests were a natural response of Iranians to problems and disagreements they have with their government, laws, leaders, economy, education, or other aspects of living in Iran. Or these protests were pre-planned propaganda operations to initiate a psychological war against Iran from foreign intelligence agencies such as the CIA, Mossad, and MI6. Recognizing the fact that "illegal or violent or destructive vandalism” can never be tolerated during protests, we next can agree that if the protests were a natural expression of Iranians, then they were an entirely normal occurrence since all societies and governments have people protest about things at different times, for different reasons. This also would clearly establish that the protests were not something the international community had any right to interfere with, encourage, or stifle.  However, if these protests were designed or inflated by foreign powers to try to destabilize the Iranian government, ignite a rebellion, or create conditions for a "regime change” by foreign military intervention, such as in Iraq or Libya, then we see an entirely unlawful and despotic reality that the world should not tolerate. This is what Russia and other nations saw, and have clearly stated. Many countries at the United Nations have stated that the United States should not be using these Iranian protests as an excuse to threaten, destabilize, or harm Iran through additional economic sanctions, or abandoning the JCPOA treaty, or trying to militarily support Saudi Arabian-Israeli agents who are working against Iran by creating and inflating protests into rebellion. We saw the same tactic in Syria, and the world has stated that it will not tolerate it in the future.

The Iranian protests lasted about 4-5 days, and then they effectively fizzled out and ended. What also happened during that time to help them end of course, were massive counter-protests by Iranians who were showing support for their government and expressing that they did not want anyone to destabilize their country or interfere with its politics.  This massive counter-protest by Iranians filling the streets, waving flags, and chanting support and love and hope for Iran, won the day, and seem to also have inspired the United Nations with a sense of relief.  America of course, along with Israel and Saudi Arabia, have been desperate to fan the flames and claim human rights violations and bloodshed and death were the reactions by the Iranian government to protesters. But of course these were lies, and the world now knows they were lies, and is not listening to the US propaganda. For too long the world listened, and the result has been the destruction of Libya, and Afghanistan, and Iraq.  Pakistan also recently said it will no longer blindly listen or follow the United States, and Turkey is doing this same. This is evidence of an awakening in the nations of the world to the truth—and that is to distrust and ignore the claims and orders by the United States is not only wise, it is essential in order to protect the life and sovereignty of nations.

 Last week, peaceful protests over rising prices and economic problems broke out in some Iranian cities, but the unauthorized gatherings turned violent after a number of opportunists, some of them armed, vandalized public property and launched attacks on police stations and government buildings. Siding with the rioters, a number of US officials, including Trump and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, did their best to hype up the unrest. Do you see any connection between the rioters and US continued support for them as Iran says it has hard evidence that the riots were directed from abroad?

Bennet: As stated, many suspect the US, CIA, State Department, and military worked with Saudi Arabia and Israel intelligence agencies to plant agents in Iran, spark protests about social problems, and then inflate these protests into national acts of violence and vandalism in the hope of provoking the Iranian government to react with harsh bloodshed and a military crackdown.  They planned that if the government reacted brutally, then the majority of the Iranian population would rise up and show anger at the government and leaders, and reject the government and demand change.  This change is what Israel and the U.S. have been desperate to create for the past 40 years.

Of course what needs to happen is for the Iranian people and government to communicate to the world that Iran is confident and stable enough to have protests and disagreements among its people, and does not react despotically or destructively, but rather uses the protest to strengthen their overall society and faith.

 How do you see Saudi Arabia and MKO’s role in the protests?

Bennet: Ironically, Israel and Saudi Arabia, are nations waiting for the government to be overthrown by its people.  Netanyahu is hated by many due to his war against Palestinians and his role in the fake 9-11 attacks against America which were used to start the American terror wars. Also, the Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman has also imprisoned his family members, tortured them, and stolen their money.

Saudi Arabia is oppressing its people and other nations and abusing Islam and the world using Wahhabism to justify wars against Libya, Syria, Iran, and Yemen.  Additionally, Saudi Arabia is exporting violent Wahhabism to Europe and causing massive instability and political division in Europe that is now rejecting the invading people from North Africa and other parts of the world.  Wahhabism is the source of intolerant violence, racial arrogance, and horrific acts of terrorism.  So what may soon be happening, is that similar protests that were waged against Iran, will very soon be erupting in Saudi Arabia and Israel, and the people in Saudi Arabia will be videotaped walking in the streets, waving banners and flags, and chanting "death to the House of Saud—the oppressors of Islam, the enslavers of women, the rapists of children, and the violent terrorists.”  Perhaps Saudi Arabia will hang themselves with the same protests they tried to encourage in Iran.  The difference is, people in Iran love their country and culture, while the people in Saudi Arabia fear and hate the family of Saud which has held control because they are puppets of the imperial powers of Britain and America.

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