(Liberty Bell) – On Fox and Friends this week, former CIA officer Bryan Dean Wright emphatically affirmed that there are indeed Iranian sleeper cells living among us.
“There are unquestionably [Iranian] sleeper cells in the United States, operated and directed by Iran,” he said. “We know that they usually operate in one, two or three individuals, normally men. Almost exclusively Lebanese or Iranian descent.”
“The CIA and the FBI have long had a pulse on this threat…So we know that the risk is there,” he continued. “The other deep concern is that we have to be right 100 percent of the time to mitigate these individuals [and] find this threat. And, unfortunately, we’re not going to be able to do that every time.”
“So the threat is real, we are going to unfortunately probably miss a handful of these folks who come in…and that’s the bad news,” Wright explained.
“The good news…is that because we have been investigating this threat for so long, we know most of them, and most importantly we have told the Iranian government that we know what they are up to and that we will strike back,” he continued.
“So, what’s important now is [if] the Iranians want to strike back, they know we will take a disproportionate attack against them,” he noted.
“That is powerful. That is important. And, the American people should sleep much, much, easier knowing that we have somebody in the White House who is willing to take that kind of a step,” he concluded.
There is no doubt that the threat of this international terror network is very real right here at home, and local leaders would be foolish not to ramp up security.
In New York City, NYPD is vigilant and aware in the face of a very real threat, as City Journal reports:
The New York Police Department has boosted security to thwart potential terrorist attacks on the city in response to Iran’s threats to punish the United States for killing its top military general, Qasem Soleimani, in Iraq. The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Soleimani was also a key strategist deemed crucial to Tehran’s efforts to build a network of operatives and proxies to extend Iranian influence throughout the Middle East and beyond. Though officials say that the NYPD has received no specific credible threats, the history of Iranian operatives has raised concerns that New York could be vulnerable to cyber- or other asymmetric attacks, should Tehran order one.
Officials say that within the past two years, the NYPD, in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has identified and arrested what a senior police officer called three “card-carrying members” of Hezbollah, the Iranian proxy organization that wields major political influence in Lebanon and is designated a terror organization by the United States. “Because we know that they have had sleeper cells here, as well as sympathizers, we must assume there may be more,” said Thomas Galati, head of NYPD intelligence.
John Miller, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for counterterrorism, said that because the NYPD was by now well aware of how Hezbollah and other Iranian proxies operate, he had reached out “very early on” to federal law enforcement through the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, on which some 100 New York cops serve, to explore how, where, and when Tehran might retaliate. “We already know that Soleimani directed the most experienced terrorist organization under his control to study New York City closely for the day the Iranian government decided conditions were right to strike on U.S. soil,” Miller recently wrote in the New York Daily News.