By Kash Patel
As I wrote in my op-ed a few weeks back about the intelligence-collection priority decisions of the Biden administration that amounted to a monumental failure in the defense of our nation, those same decisions have led to the installment of Iranian infiltration at the highest levels of the U.S. national security apparatus.
Let’s start with the Iranian influencer installed at the highest ranks of the Pentagon. Ariane Tabatabai, an Iranian-American, is currently serving as the chief of staff to the assistant secretary of Defense for special operations. As reported last month by Semafor, Tabatabai, on multiple occasions, requested guidance from the Iranian Foreign Ministry dating back to at least 2014—the emails themselves are now public—when operating inside of the U.S. supposedly for our best interests.
As the former chief of staff for the Department of Defense (DoD) myself during the Trump administration, anyone caught seeking permission and guidance from the world’s largest state sponsor of terror would’ve been fired and relationships with the government terminated. In the Biden administration, she is rewarded. The Pentagon’s assistant secretary of Defense for legislative affairs (responsible for all of DoD’s engagements with Congress), Rheanne Wirkkala, issued a statement just last week, clearing Tabatabai of any wrongdoing. It’s confounding that Wirkkala, a former top aide to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)—a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and co-author of the now debunked Schiff memo—can justify anything given her own massive failures in putting out the truth. So, how did Tabatabai rise to such a senior rank, holding some of the highest security clearances in government? Who was her benefactor? I’ll get to that. As of today, she still has access to our nation’s most sensitive intel, leading special operations at DoD.
Enter Maher Bitar, senior director for intelligence programs on Joe Biden’s National Security Council (NSC) since 2021. The primary purpose of his post is to head up the intelligence-collection priorities at the White House. Bitar is a Palestinian sympathizer who has previously worked for Samantha Powers at the State Department, was general counsel to Rep. Schiff on HPSCI, and was the other co-author of the falsified Schiff memo (see a pattern?). Before entering senior governmental positions, Bitar served as the executive director of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), which, among other pro-Palestinian advocacy, supported convicted terrorist Leila Khaled to raise money for their causes (as reported by Revolver). After Hamas launched its war against Israel, the SJP called it a “historic win”—for Hamas. Don’t believe anything I’ve said? Fine, look at this photo—the writing’s on the wall. That’s Bitar front and center.
Bitar still maintains the highest security clearance at Biden’s White House and continues to be responsible for establishing intelligence-collection priorities. Still wondering how the Biden administration “missed” the attack on Israel?
Finally (well, as far as this article goes), there’s Robert Malley, known for his tenure in the Obama NSC (along with Bitar) and as one of the primary architects of the Iran Deal, the JCPOA. He and Bitar crossed paths, literally, in the Obama State Department, working on Middle East policy. Biden appointed Malley his special presidential envoy to Iran in 2021. This role commands the massive authority to establish American policy toward Iran—across the board. Malley hired Tabatabai into his Iran shop in Biden’s State Department and later sent her on to her current role. Semafor has recently revealed her decade-long relationship with the “Iran Experts Initiative” (a known Iran foreign ministry arm for covert operations), seeding Iranian nationals worldwide to advance Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s maniacal regime. Recently, the FBI suspended Malley’s top secret security clearance for “mishandling classified documents” (no further details provided). Shortly thereafter, he was put on a “leave of absence” by the State Department.
As I discuss in my new book, “Government Gangsters,” there are no coincidences in government. This sequence of events and personnel decisions led directly to the Hamas invasion, and war on Biden’s watch would have been included in the pages of the book. But the Biden administration blocked its release for nearly a year and froze my manuscript. I had to file a federal lawsuit just to get it to print. No coincidences.
When you couple the de-prioritization of collecting intelligence against Iran with Iranian sympathizers in senior government positions, one can no longer be surprised by the outcome. We now have the following in 2023 America: Iran has established direct communications to the Biden administration. These individuals are responsible for protecting America and our allies against Iran and preventing them from securing weapons-grade nuclear material for a bomb. Do you have confidence in a team whose leader can’t properly handle classified documents (the irony of Biden’s Corvette is not lost on me), where the head of intelligence has publicly demonstrated his proclivity for terror-affiliated groups while lying to the world with Adam Schiff, and someone who seeks permission from Iran’s foreign ministry when deciding how to “best” protect America?
It is incumbent upon our government to demonstrate to the American public and the world that these are mere coincidences. Congress must get the underlying documents and publicize all communications between these individuals and all Iran-affiliated groups. Suspensions without details, internal government hall passes, and bankrupt media are not to be relied upon. In fact, they have shown themselves to conspire together and be quite the opposite. For America’s sake, I hope I’m wrong, but if the truth is any indicator of the future, I am in deep fear for our safety.