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An Iranian-American journalist named Masih Alinejad fearlessly recounted to CNN the details of a man caught by police outside her home with a rifle, who was allegedly trying to gain access and assassinate her for the Islamic Republic.
She slammed the Iranian government for purportedly sending their goons after her a second time. Alinejad was targeted in an alleged kidnapping conspiracy that was planned and carried out by Iranian intelligence on American soil last year according to Mediaite. The Iranian government has denied the accusation.
Police arrested Khalid Mehdiyev last week after he was put under surveillance for two days due to suspicious behavior outside the journalist’s home in Brooklyn. Alinejad is a women’s rights activist and an outspoken critic of the Islamic Republic.
The complaint filed in the Federal District Court in Manhattan asserts Mehdiyev was driving without a license and investigators found a loaded AK-47 assault rifle, spare ammunition, and $1,100 in $100 bills after they searched his car according to the Washington Post. The rifle’s serial number had been removed, but markings on the weapon suggested it was manufactured by Norinco, which is owned by the Chinese government.
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Mehdiyev reportedly told authorities that he borrowed the car and that the suitcase with the gun wasn’t his. He also said he didn’t know about the gun.
Later, he admitted the rifle belonged to him and that he was in Brooklyn “because he was looking for someone,” according to the FBI’s complaint. He requested an attorney and then clammed up.
Alinejad told CNN’s New Day about her harrowing experiences, expressing shock as she stated, “It’s not about me. My stepchildren live in the same house.”
“Just imagine if the guy had opened fire, who knows how many of my neighbors would have been killed,” she warned. “This is happening in America! This is happening a second time. They tried to assassinate, to kill and kidnap an American citizen on U.S. soil. So, I’m not scared of my life, but this is scary, happening in front of the eyes of the whole world.”
Each weakness of democracies causes further escalation of terrorism supported by authoritarian regimes.
— Вчений Укроп (@Oleg_Bandera) July 31, 2022
She was cluelessly asked by the hosts why she believes this incident is connected to the kidnapping plot last year. To her credit, she didn’t laugh in their faces over the incomprehensible question. She pointed out that the Iranian government has oppressed and persecuted her family and contacts within the country in retaliation for her work. So, why not here as well? There’s really nothing standing in their way.
“I don’t have any enemy, I’m not a criminal, so of course, this is the Iranian regime,” Alinejad flatly charged. “When the U.S. government does not take a strong action, of course, they feel more powerful to continue this. I see the pattern, the continuation of oppressing women, oppressing dissidents outside Iran.”
Biden administration is the weakest government US has ever had. Incompetent and delusional at all levels.
Seeing such terrorist plots was impossible during Trump’s time. If this is not a clear sign for his strength in running a strong administration, then what is?
— streetsmart 🟥🍁🟥 (@streetsmrtz) August 1, 2022
She gave an impassioned condemnation of the Iranian regime. Then the journalist called on the Biden administration to take stronger action against Iran’s thuggish conduct.
“I wanna tell you… Go to hell! I am not scared of you! I have only one life. You care about power. I care about my dignity and freedom, like millions of other people inside Iran. I’m not scared of you. You can kill me, but you cannot kill the idea, the idea is just fighting for freedom, dignity, and here I have a message for Biden administration: shut down the Islamic Republic intersection. Throw out all the Iranian diplomats! Why are they here? The Iranian regime twice challenged the U.S. government on U.S. soil. I deserve to have freedom in the United States of America. Kick them out! If you don’t, believe me, they’re gonna come after more American citizens,” she ardently declared.
“My crime is giving voice to voiceless people,” Alinejad said according to The Guardian. “The US administration must be tough on terror.”
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