More Than 200 People, Including 3 Disney Workers And A Florida Coach, Have Been Arrested In Human Trafficking Operation

More Than 200 People, Including 3 Disney Workers And A Florida Coach, Have Been Arrested In Human Trafficking Operation

INDONESIA-CRIME-TRAFFICKING-PROTEST Youths pose with a placard during a protest to mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, in Yogyakarta on July 31, 2022. (Photo by DEVI RAHMAN / AFP) (Photo by DEVI RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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OAN’s Abril Elfi
8:58 AM – Friday, September 29, 2023


Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, & research purposes.

A high school coach and three Disney World workers are among over 200 people arrested in a human trafficking operation in Polk County, Florida. 

Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced that they had arrested 219 people, including a high school coach, three individuals who worked at Disney, and 35 illegal immigrants, during a human trafficking sting named “Traffic Stop 2.”

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd released the results of the operation on Thursday, claiming that 21 of the 119 prostitutes arrested during the operation, which began last week, were likely victims of human trafficking.

Freddy Escalona, 30, and 36-year-old Maria Guzman were arrested and charged with human trafficking and profiting from prostitution.

According to authorities, Escalona provided money to a victim to repair her vehicle, and when she was unable to repay him, he allegedly coerced her into prostitution.

Judd stated that when Escalona took the victim to the undercover site, he was arrested and told officers he had “several females that he worked with,” or who paid him to transport and keep them safe.

Guzman is also accused of trafficking two women from an Orlando hotel, arranging their “dates” and benefitting from the money they made.

Reportedly, of those arrested, 35 are suspected to be in the country illegally and are from the countries of Cuba, Chile, Venezuela, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia or the Bahamas.

According to Judd’s office, 83 individuals were detained for soliciting prostitution; 17 other suspects were apprehended, of which five earned proceeds from prostitution or aided and abetted prostitutes, and eight drove the prostitutes to the undercover location.

“Not only did we arrest more suspects during this single operation than we have ever arrested before, we identified 21 human trafficking victims; during a similar operation in February, we identified 24 victims,” Judd said. “That’s 45 victims we were able to identify this year. The valuable relationships that we have with the social services organizations who join us in these operations make it possible for these women to get help and be emancipated from this way of life.”

According to the sheriff, 42 of the suspects admitted to detectives that they were married; 13 said they received government assistance; 42 brought illegal drugs to the undercover location; two had firearms on them and 18 were from other states. 

Authorities reported that the oldest person arrested was 76-year-old Frank Bydairk, and the youngest was 18-year-old Latrice Vilsaint.

Judd continued by saying how one of the men arrested had left his one-year-old daughter at home alone while he left to have sex. When the man was confronted about it, he reportedly said he did not leave her alone because “the dog was watching her.” 

“We interviewed the dog and the dog said woof. I guess that means yes in dog language,” Judd said. 

Russell Rogers, an athletic director at Vanguard High School and a teacher at Auburndale High School REAL Academy, was among those arrested. He is also reportedly married and has three children. 

“Part of being an educator is understanding that you are held to a higher standard for your actions in the classroom, as well as the community,” district officials said. “These charges don’t involve students, and Rogers was not on duty as a teacher, but this kind of conduct still has no place in our school system.”

The district office also said three individuals who worked at Disney World, Kenneth Green, Marquis Nixon, and Carlos Ro, and one who worked at the Disney Hotel were also among those arrested. 

Authorities reportedly charged a total of 44 felonies and 242 misdemeanors during the sting operation. 

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Speaker McCarthy: Fund the Government and Secure the Border~Matt Gaetz: Democrats Battle Over His Amendment To Cut Funding To Ukraine

President Biden has dined with Hunter's business partners more times than he's been to our southern border.

Biden refuses to go to the border

Matt Gaetz: Democrats Battle Over His Amendment To Cut Funding To Ukraine

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) promotes an amendment to cut funding to Ukraine, which is opposed by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and other Democrats.

Elon Musk Supports Border Wall, Says Migrants Should Have ‘Evidence’ They Need Asylum

Elon Musk Supports Border Wall, Says Migrants Should Have ‘Evidence’ They Need Asylum

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OAN’s Abril Elfi
12:38 PM – Thursday, September 28, 2023


Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, & research purposes.

Elon Musk asserted that he is in support of a Mexico-United States border wall and says migrants need to show evidence in order to receive asylum.

On Wednesday, the SpaceX CEO responded to a thread on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, that the United States does in fact need a reliable wall and that the country should begin requiring immigrants to present a “shred of evidence” to claim asylum. 

“We actually do need a wall, and we need to require people to have some shred of evidence to claim asylum to enter, as everyone is doing that,” Musk said. “It’s a hack that you can literally Google to know exactly what to say!” 

The X CEO joined an online conversation that touched on a statement by Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, who in the previous thread was discussing the border crisis amid the possible government shutdown.

“But if you paid attention last night to what happened to the border yesterday, 11,000 people came across illegally. That’s 50,000 in just the last five days,” McCarthy told reporters in the posted video. “And you’ve got the governor of New York and the governor of Massachusetts declaring a state of emergency. The president can take action, the presidency can do something here that would really keep the government open but at the same time secure our border.”

The billionaire responded to McCarthy’s claims, saying that the border issues are “a severe crisis.”

“The border needs to be secured. This is not a partisan issue — even the elected Democrat Party leaders of New York are saying this is a severe crisis,” Musk said. “Will find out more when I visit Eagle Pass maybe as soon as tomorrow.” 

Musk then proceeded to state that he will be visiting Eagle Pass, Texas, this week “to see what’s going on for [himself]” after he spoke to a state congressman who called the humanitarian crisis at the border “a serious issue.”

According to reports, at least 11,000 illegal immigrants reportedly crossed into the U.S. from Mexico from Sunday to Monday alone, making it the “single highest day in recent memory.”

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SCOTUS May Place Independent Agencies Like Social Security and FDIC on the Chopping Block

SCOTUS May Place Independent Agencies Like Social Security and FDIC on the Chopping Block

SCOTUS May Place Independent Agencies Like Social Security and FDIC on the Chopping Block
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The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case with far-reaching implications. At issue is how independent government agencies are funded and whether Congress is violating the Constitution’s appropriations clause when budgeting monies for them.

The list of independent agencies that could be affected is staggering: the EPA, FCC, FTC, FEC, Social Security Administration, and dozens more. This specific case involves the agency that just won’t die — the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) — and its rules regarding “payday loans.”

The trade group for the payday loan industry — the Community Financial Services Association (CFSA) — is claiming that the CFPB has no authority to regulate anyone because Congress never specifically funded the agency. Congress instead took money from the Federal Reserve’s budget to fund the CFPB operations.

A lower court found in favor of the trade group, and the appeal has now landed in the lap of the high court.

Sheila Bair, former head of the FDIC, explains the risk for the agencies in question.


Essential government agencies and programs, including Social Security and Medicare, both of which are administered by independently funded bodies, would see their sources of independent funding vulnerable to challenge. The Federal Reserve, responsible for monetary policy and our payments system, would be particularly at risk, given that it runs on fees and profits from its market operations just like the CFPB. The budgets of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, responsible for regulating the nation’s largest banks, and the Federal Housing Finance Administration, responsible for overseeing housing finance, are also independent, coming from funds paid by the entities they regulate.

Requiring these agencies to seek direct Congressional approval for money to function would be particularly dangerous in times of crisis.

The conservatives’ reasoning in this case is sound. These agencies develop rules and regulations that have the force of law, so why shouldn’t their budgets be appropriated by Congress?

Ms. Bair points out that Congress has “oversight” responsibilities and sets “various limits and parameters, including for the CFPB.” In theory, she’s right. But given what some of these independent agencies have been up to when the government is more “activist” than not, it’s easy to see why simple Congressional “oversight” isn’t good enough.

For example, the National Labor Relations Board has put a heavy thumb on the scale and tilted the labor-management dynamic decidedly in the unions’ favor. The NLRB was never supposed to be an advocacy arm for organized labor. And yet in decision after decision, the NLRB has not only decided for organized labor but has also made it much easier for unions to gain a foothold in industries they historically have been unable to crack.

Would the NLRB be so enthusiastically pro-union if Congress held the purse strings?

Congress created the CFPB in 2010 and insulated it from political and industry interference in carrying out its consumer protection mandate in order to stop the kind of reckless lending that led to the financial crisis. And it worked. Today, the CFPB is a big reason why there is very little distress in mortgage finance, even as other sectors of our financial system are under pressure.

People of good will can differ on its funding structure. (I had strongly supported the CFPB but thought its funding should come from more traditional regulatory assessments.) But that’s a policy issue for Congress to decide, not the Supreme Court.

The cascade of Constitutional challenges to funding for independent federal agencies will probably not happen, although individual challenges are probable. For the CFPB, its mandate has always been far too broad and arbitrary. The rules governing payday loans, for example, sank many honest operations in addition to the crooks. The agency’s rules on home loans have put homeownership out of the reach of many and for no reason.

I think most federal agencies — independent or not — would benefit from federal oversight of their funding. And the taxpayer should be demanding it.

REPORT: Biden Crime Family ‘Earned’ $24 MILLION From China, Russia, Ukraine, Others

REPORT: Biden Crime Family 'Earned' $24 MILLION From China, Russia, Ukraine, Others
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The Biden Crime Family really knew how to rake it in, according to a new report just out from the House Impeachment Inquiry Committee led by Republican Reps. James Comer (R-Ky.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and Jason Smith (R-Mo.).

“From 2014 to 2019,” the report states, “Biden family members and their affiliate companies received over $15 million from foreign companies and foreign nationals in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Romania, and China. Biden business associates received an additional $9 million.” The committee has the receipts, which must not have been easy to get because “money was transmitted to Biden family members from foreign sources through an exceedingly complex chain of transactions that made it difficult to track the flow of these funds.”

This particular flow of foreign funds to the Biden Crime family began in 2014, when Biden served as Vice President under Barack Obama, and Ukraine was still ruled by flunkies loyal to Vladimir Putin. 2014 is the same year Hunter Biden somehow got himself a cushy no-show job for Ukraine’s energy giant, Burisma. Two years later, Biden père used his position to threaten Ukraine’s new anti-Moscow government that he’d withhold $1 billion in aid unless Kyiv fired prosecutor-general Viktor Shokin, who was investigating corruption at Busrima.

It doesn’t take much imagination to guess why neither Biden would want anyone looking too closely into what was going on at Burisma or into Kyiv’s once-strong ties to the Kremlin.

The report rather dryly notes, in the same way, that a shiv might easily glide between a pair of ribs, that “The President had knowledge of many of his family’s business dealings, and indeed participated in them by having phone calls and attending private dinners — including while he was Vice President.” The money went through Biden’s various shell corporations, paying for “no identifiable product or service.”

Today’s multimillion-dollar revelation comes just one day after we learned that in 2019, Biden the Younger had China wire $260,000 in payments that “listed Joe Biden’s Delaware residence as the beneficiary address for the funds.” At the time, Hunter lived in California.

Both Bidens have lied publicly and repeatedly on all these matters. As PJ Media’s own Matt Margolis wrote just as I was finishing up this column, a new text message “destroys Joe Biden’s defense in the influence-peddling scandal.” The text shows “Biden’s brother Jim Biden explaining to Hunter Biden that he needed the ‘usual’ help from Joe Biden to make a foreign business deal work.”

Two weeks ago, the Daily Caller’s James Lynch helpfully collected “all the evidence” that then connected the three Bidens and their shady foreign business dealings while Joe was both in and out of office. Now we have even more.

I’m so old that I remember when even Republicans were disgusted when President Ronald Reagan earned a $2 million windfall for a brief speaking tour of Japan — after he’d left office and with zero ambition to serve again. At the time, relations between the U.S. and our most important Pacific ally were strained. The Fujisankei Communications Group, which paid for Reagan’s visit, had hoped to generate goodwill on both sides. But many Americans didn’t see it that way — we were a more decent country then.

National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC): ACIP Recommends RSV Vaccination for Pregnant Women

ACIP Recommends RSV Vaccination for Pregnant Women

By Theresa Wrangham
Published September 28, 2023 in Government
SEE:;Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, & research purposes.

Pfizer’s Abrysvo Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) vaccine was recommended by the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023. The recommendation is to administer the vaccine only during the RSV season of September through January in pregnant women at 32 to 36 weeks of gestation. Abrysvo was approved in August for use in pregnant women to prevent RSV in infants by the FDA.1

The ACIP also approved the use of taxpayer dollars in the Vaccines for Children Fund (VFC) for Abrysvo so that the vaccine may be administered “free of charge” in many settings. The CDC is expected to accept the ACIP’s recommendation and add this vaccine to the adult schedule.

The ACIP also stated that generally, infants born to mothers who had been vaccinated for Abrysvo should not receive the newly recommended RSV monoclonal antibody nirsevimab, known as Beyfortus. This statement would seem to fly in the face of ACIP’s lack of concern in August regarding vaccine coadministration, which was justified by the committee noting that nirsevimab was a drug and not a vaccine.2

Yet Another Pricey RSV Intervention Expensive RSV Interventions

One constant for the ACIP was their continued unhappiness with the price tag for  RSV interventions. The nirsevimab RSV monoclonal antibody costs $395-$495 per dose3 and Abrysvo RSV vaccine costs  $295 per dose. When questioned by the committee about pricing outside the U.S., Pfizer didn’t provide specifics and instead stated that a tiered pricing strategy based on estimated affordability is used. 

Notably, the vaccine and monoclonal antibody offer limited protection to infants from RSV - about six months.4 5 6

RSV Vaccination Timing Hoped to Curtail Premature Births

Shifting the vaccination window to 32-36 weeks into a pregnancy is later than the clinical trial window considered by the FDA. Tables comparing outcomes for vaccines administered at 24-31 weeks vs. 32-36 weeks appeared to decrease preterm births. However, due to fewer study subjects, the data is likely to be underpowered, and real-world results for premature births in RSV-vaccinated women could differ. Notably, this clinical trial data reflects outcomes for only healthy, low-risk pregnancies.

Clinical Trail Data and Adverse Vaccine Events to be Monitored Pregancy & Vaccines

Vaccine safety monitoring for Abrysvo vaccine adverse events will be done through the CDC’s Vaccine Safety Datalink, the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), and V-safe.

A higher rate of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), a rare but serious neurological disorder that causes inflammation of the peripheral nerves,7 was reported among individuals who received the vaccine in clinical trials for Abrysvo. There was also a higher rate of atrial fibrillation, a serious heart disorder that may lead to complications such as stroke, heart attack, or heart failure,8 among vaccine recipients.9

In pregnant women clinical trials also revealed higher rates of preterm deliveries, as well as higher rates of pre-eclampsia, a complication of pregnancy with symptoms that include high blood pressure, swelling of the hands and feet, and protein in the urine and gestational hypertension, in women vaccinated with Abrysvo versus those not vaccinated.10

Conditions to be monitored include many neurologic, neuroinflammatory, and cardiac conditions such as GBS, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), multiple sclerosis, meningitis, transverse myelitis (TM), chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), atrial fibrillation, and supraventricular tachycardias (SVT).

Pregnancy Vaccination Recommendations Increase as Flu Season is Rebranded

Abrysvo is the fourth vaccine to be recommended for use by the ACIP. Adverse event reports submitted for Abrysvo could also potentially be in connection with the coadministration of COVID-19, influenza, and TdaP vaccines.11

As seasonal COVID-19, influenza, and RSV vaccines are rolled out, what has previously been marketed as flu season has been rebranded as respiratory season to harmonize the push for the uptake of these seasonal vaccines.12

Vaccine Injury Compensation and RSV

The ACIP’s recommendation of Abrysvo RSV vaccine for pregnant women is one of the steps required before the vaccine is covered by the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).13

Last month, the ACIP approved the drug nirsevimab, as if it were a vaccine and it too may eventually be covered by the VICP.14

About RSV & RSV Vaccine ill infant

RSV is a common and highly contagious respiratory virus that produces cold symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, wheezing, decreased appetite, and fever. Most people who become infected with RSV will recover fully within a week or two without treatment.15

Young infants and children, older adults, and individuals with immune system disorders and chronic health conditions are at an increased risk of RSV infection and may also be at an elevated risk of developing complications from the illness.16 Complications of RSV infection include inflammation of the small airways within the lungs (bronchiolitis) and lung infection (pneumonia) and may require hospitalization for supportive care.17

To learn more about RSV and RSV vaccines and their complications and risks, visit NVIC’s RSV web pages.


1 U.S. Food & Drug Administration. FDA Approves First Vaccine for Pregnant Individuals to Prevent RSV in Infants.

2 Wrangham T. Vote to Add Drug to Childhood Vaccination Schedule Opens Door to Daycare Mandates, Tracking, and Injury Liability Shield. National Vaccine Information Center Aug. 10, 2023.

3 Wrangham T. Vote to Add Drug to Childhood Vaccination Schedule Opens Door to Daycare Mandates, Tracking, and Injury Liability Shield. National Vaccine Information Center Aug. 10, 2023.

4 Ortega-Sanches IR. ACIP Presentation - Economics of Vaccinating U.S. Adults ≥60 years old against Respiratory Syncytial Virus. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Feb 23, 2023.

5 Armstrong M. Nirsevimab data leave the door open for Pfizer. Evaluate Vantage Mar. 3, 2022.

6 Griffin MP, Yuan Y, Takas T, et al. Single-Dose Nirsevimab for Prevention of RSV in Preterm Infants. N Engl J Med. Jul 30, 2020; 383(5):415-425.

7 Wrangham T. ACIP: 2018-2019 Flu Vaccine 44 Percent Effective. National Vaccine Information Center Apr. 7, 2019.

8 NIH National Library of Medicine. Atrial Fibrillation. MedlinePlus Aug. 22, 2023.

9 US Food and Drug Administration. Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee February 28 - March 1, 2023 Meeting Briefing Document- FDA: Applicant- GSK. March 1, 2023.

10 Pfizer. Bivalent RSV Prefusion F Vaccine for Maternal Immunization to Protect Infants. Presentation to the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting. May 18, 2023.

11 U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Vaccines During and After Pregnancy. Nov. 9, 2021.

12 U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Respiratory Disease Season Outlook. Sept. 14, 2023.

13 U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration. Email Correspondence - EUA Vaccines and VICP. National Vaccine Information Center Aug. 24-30, 2021.

14 Wrangham T. Vote to Add Drug to Childhood Vaccination Schedule Opens Door to Daycare Mandates, Tracking, and Injury Liability Shield. National Vaccine Information Center Aug. 10, 2023.

15 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms and Care. Aug. 16, 2023.

16 Jha A, Jarvis H, Fraser C, et al. Respiratory Syncytial Virus. June 1, 2016.

17 US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. RSV in Infants and Young Children. Aug. 4, 2023.

Chief of Staff of Pentagon Counterterrorism Office Served Iranian Gov.

Senior adviser worked on a secret Iranian government propaganda campaign.


Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, & research purposes.

[Make sure to read Daniel Greenfield’s contributions in Jamie Glazov’s new book: Barack Obama’s True Legacy: How He Transformed America.]

In 2016, Ariane Tabatabai co-wrote an article arguing that the United States should ally with Iran against ISIS. The Iranian immigrant suggested the United States Air Force could “provide air cover for Iranian-backed militia” and “the US and Iran can share intelligence on targets”. Finally, she warned that “excluding Iran, the region’s major Shia state, from the international coalition built to fight ISIS worsens the regional sectarian conflict, ultimately playing into ISIS’ hands.”

Tabatabai’s bio now describes her as the Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict. Up from a Senior Advisor last year. The ASD(SO/LIC) office advises the Secretary of Defense on counterterrorism and it’s hard to think of a better place for a woman accused of being an Iran regime apologist to find herself in.

Almost as good as her former role representing the United States in the Iran negotiations.

In 2021, when the State Department had brought in Tabatabai as a senior adviser to the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, a congressional letter urged that her security clearance be pulled. The letter stated that Tabatabai “has echoed Iranian regime talking points and has made excuses for Iran’s oppressive government.

“Why would we hire someone… who has access and security clearance to some of the most sensitive and important issues there [and] who obviously has had a relationship with the administration in Iran?” Rep. Van Drew asked.

Biden’s State Department Spokesman Ned Price claimed that she “was thoroughly vetted and investigated before being granted the position. Any suggestion of security-related concerns about Dr. Tabatabai is baseless and illegitimate.” He fumed that, “we will not sit idly by as our employees—dedicated public servants—face personal smears and slander.”

Now a Semafor article by former Wall Street Journal chief correspondent Jay Solomon based on materials gathered by Iran International’s dissident media channel has revealed emails showing Tabatabai’s participation in a secret Iranian government to influence the United States.

In 2014, a year before Tabatabai began working as a NATO consultant, she joined an initiative by the Iranian Foreign Ministry to mobilize “Iranians who have established affiliations with the leading international think tanks and academic institutions, mainly in Europe and the US.”

Tabatabai, along with Dina Esfandiary, her co-author on the proposal to have the United States ally with Iran, who is currently a senior Middle East advisor to George Soros’ Crisis Group, allegedly became members of the “core group” of Iran’s influence operation.

Before Tabatabai testified about the Iran Deal in Congress, she allegedly checked in with the head of an Iranian Foreign Ministry think tank. “I am scheduled to go to the Congress to give a talk about the nuclear program. I will bother you in the coming days,” she wrote.

In 2015, while Tabatabai was consulting for NATO, serving as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Kennedy’s Atom/International Security Program, and teaching at Georgetown University, the Iranian government was bragging about her propaganda. Emails containing her articles were circulated from the Iranian Foreign Ministry operation all the way to Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

Ariane Tabatabai personally forwarded her propaganda articles, including one claiming that Iran really needs nuclear energy and doesn’t intend to use it as a weapon.

In one leaked message, Tabatabai emailed her handler her article, co-written again with Esfandiary, titled, “Meeting Iran’s nuclear fuel supply needs”. “Our goal was to show what is said in the West – that Iran does not need more than 1500 centrifuges – is wrong, and that Iran should not be expected to reduce the number of its centrifuges,” she allegedly told her handler.

Her handler then forwarded the email to Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif.

Before the Biden administration brought Tabatabai on board to negotiate with the Iranians, she was actually providing propaganda to bolster the nuclear arguments of Iran’s negotiators.

It’s unknown when Ariane Tabatabai stopped working with Iran’s government. Or if she ever did. The exact degree of entanglement is unclear, but Tabatabai asked for permission from her handlers before visiting or meeting foreigners which implies that she was working for Iran.

When Saudi Prince Turki al Faisal proposed having her visit Saudi Arabia, Tabatabai emailed her handler asking, “I would like to know your opinion; would you be interested in this?”

This is the language of an agent acting on behalf of an enemy nation and raises legal questions.

In 2018, she became a senior fellow at the liberal Center for a New American Security whose members typically staff incoming Democrat administrations. That same year she also joined RAND which acts as the think tank for the military. At that point, it was virtually certain that the next Democrat administration would bring her into the State Department and on defense issues.

In 2021, Robert Malley, Biden’s Iran special envoy, currently under investigation for mishandling classified documents, who had turned over the negotiations to Iran lobbyists, brought Tabatabai into the negotiating team where she spent over a year before leaving over an undisclosed issue.

There were multiple red flags about her even before the release of the emails.

Iranian dissidents had repeatedly warned about her ties to the regime. And even her own article on Iran’s “counterterrorism” in which she claims that Iran is actually fighting against terrorists, draws on “several years of fieldwork in Iran, interviews with current and former officials”.

But the Biden administration chose to ignore those warnings and it has refused to address the emails, replying that it won’t comment on “purported leaked Iranian government documents.”

Even in the face of serious evidence that the State Department and the Department of Defense are employing an enemy government agent, the Biden administration is not backing down.

The speed with which Tabatabai, who had been living in Iran during the Ahmadinejad 2009 election, has been able to fully penetrate the highest echelons of our national defense in a little over a decade is a testament to the national security collapse within a disloyal bureaucracy.

Under the Obama administration allegiance to the Iran Deal came to matter more than allegiance to the United States. Anyone willing to argue, as Tabatabai was, that Iran was eager to make a deal and could be trusted to keep to its terms had a smooth glide path into the liberal defense establishment that was busy sidelining the ‘hawks’ skeptical of Iran’s intentions.

Churning out articles like “Why Regime Change in Iran Wouldn’t Work” and “Don’t Fear the Hard-Liners” didn’t make Ariane Tabatabai look like an Iranian government propagandist, but like an Obama administration propagandist. Even while the Obama administration was covertly investigating its political opponents for ties to Israel and Russia, it had so thoroughly blurred the lines that Iranian propagandists couldn’t be told apart from administration figures.

Under Biden, who was backed by Iran lobby figures and benefited from an Iranian hacking campaign, the two groups have blended together so much that they are indistinguishable.

Robert Malley was the prototype of figures like Ariane Tabatabai and others who are not merely anti-American in the traditional leftist fashion but appear to have outright foreign allegiances. The Left, like most extremist movements, is no longer capable of making such distinctions. And neither is a government whose foreign policy ranks are being populated by Iran Deal advocates.

Tabatabai’s elevation from Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict shows how deep the rot is in the Department of Defense. The DOD, entrusted with defending the nation, has allowed itself to be suborned into ignoring national security and its allegiances in order to do the bidding of the Biden administration.

Not just politics, but the most fundamental kind of national security, requires urgent cleaning house in the Pentagon. It’s either that or handing over control over our government to our enemies.

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Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

HOMESCHOOL LEGAL DEFENSE: The Romeike family is facing deportation and renewed persecution for their religious beliefs in Germany. And there’s something you can do to help.



We’re working to ensure the Romeikes can remain in the US and homeschool in peace, and a critical part of that effort is a petition we’ve created asking the Biden administration to intervene.

We need at least 100,000 signatures in order to have the best chance of reaching the White House. Please consider signing the petition and voicing your support for the Romeike family’s right to follow their deeply held religious convictions.

Since we created the petition, the Romeikes’ story has begun to receive national news coverage. Fox News, the Daily Mail, and National Review are covering the story.

With this momentum in the press and your signature, we can have a big impact when we deliver a show of support to the White House and to Congress—hopefully by the first week of October.

Here's more context to the Romeike Story.

When Uwe and Hannelore Romeike decided that God was calling them to homeschool their five children in 2006, Germany responded swiftly by leveling fines that exceeded the family’s income, forcibly removing the children from the home, and threatening to take them permanently.

So the Romeikes fled to America, where we helped them apply for asylum. In 2013, after five years of legal battles and a growing public outcry, the United States government granted the Romeikes “indefinitely deferred action status,” which allowed them to live, work, and remain safely in the United States without fear of deportation.

Then it all changed.

Then, in September 2023, the Romeikes were told during a routine check-in that their deferred status had been revoked. The family was given four weeks to apply for German passports, so they could be deported to Germany. The family had no prior warning, and was offered no explanation, other than that there had been a “change of orders.”

More developments are coming, so watch your email this week as we share additional ways you can help our friends stay in the country and homeschool in peace.

Thank you!

James R. Mason, HSLDA President

P.S. Will you consider making a donation to HSLDA, so we can help the Romeikes fight the legal battle ahead of them?